The incredible SONS OF NOEL AND ADRIAN at THE LEXINGTON on the the 15TH OF FEBRUARY (With support from EYES NO EYES and SOCCER96)
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SONAA are back on the road and will be releasing a brand new collection of songs – their second long player, Knots. The band’s sophomore album sees them breaking far away from the acoustic roots of their debut album which lead them to tour twice with Mumford & Sons and support Laura Marling at Royal Festival Hall.
The Sons’ immersion in folk music was always more informed by guitarists
like Dave Pajo, David Grubbs and Jeff Parker than by traditionalists. These influences, rooted in the city of Chicago’s pre-millennial post-rock, jazz and avant-pop scenes, are explored on Knots resulting in an album much closer to the band’s live sound.
The duelling fingerpicked classical guitars are still there, but they’re put through cranked up, needle-in-the-red valve amps. There’s still a bit of banjo, but it’s played with an e-bow and a slide so it sounds like a haunted Hammond organ. And there’s plenty of actual Hammond, giving the track “Come Run Fun Stella Baby Mother of the World” a kind of fairground darkness borrowed from Liars or Captain Beefheart.
Elsewhere the fragile strings of “Black Side of the River” evoke the still sadness of humanity epitomised by Arvo Pärt augmented by the weighty piano chords of Earth; “Big Bad Bold” sounds like These New Puritans started an earthquake in a burning symphony hall; “Cathy Come Home” demonstrates the band’s love of drone, unison and extended guitar techniques and ends up sounding somewhere between Tortoise and the scores of Danny Elfman; and aching closer “Heroine” sounds like Robert Wyatt sped up a track from Twin Peaks for Will Oldham to sing over.
At times soft and orchestral, at times crass and loud, Knots is always infused with beauty and tenderness: soulful, taunt, honed and with a new found love of kosmiche experimentation.Knots’ expanded sonic tapestry is marshalled and woven with growing stature by SONAA’s chief song-writer, Jacob Richardson, whose meditative lyrical concepts and melodic craftsmanship mark him out as musician of genuine depth and gravitas whilst remaining as arcane and beguiling as Palace.
Rejecting notions of a fixed line-up, Sons of Noel and Adrian is more of a sprawling musical whirlpool centered around a few key members than a traditional band – a bit like Broken Social Scene, with whom two Sons toured last year as their horn section. The band members make up most of the renowned Willkommen Collective that spawned The Leisure Society, and the various members lend their talents freely to everyone from Damo Suzuki to the Laura Marling, with one Son, a full time contributor to her band and as many as four playing with her on certain shows including last year’s Glastonbury Festival Pyramid Stage performance.
Such selfless creative interdependence is at the heart of the Willkommen Collective and Sons of Noel and Adrian. The results of their musical co-operative have yielded a sophomore effort that transcends their debut and positions them as one of 2012’s most unique and thrilling propositions: Knots see SONAA charting new, unexplored aural terrain as immersive an experience on stage as it on record.
Also, we’re excited to have the wonderful RUE ROYALE coming over from the states to play at THE WINDMILL in BRIXTON on the 24TH OF JANUARY
Like an early 20th-century Elliott from ET (minus the BMX basket/alien), a besuited
man flies through the sky on his bone-shaker bicycle. He’s clutching two
clothes lines of flags that spell out ‘Guide To An Escape’.
The cartoon cover art of Rue Royale’s second album perfectly sums up the
Anglo-American outfit’s self-propelled adventure.
Driven in every sense of the word, Ruth and Brookln Dekker have amassed
over 80,000 miles on the road in Europe alone since the release of their first
eponymously-titled LP in 2008.
Meanwhile, without the backing of a label or manager, between tours the
couple has rustled up a cottage industry at their cozy Nottingham home.
Together they’ve printed, snipped, sewed and stuffed 7,500 Rue Royale CDs,
including 500 pre-orders for ‘Guide To An Escape’ – carving out a tunnel in the
tarmac to their local Post Office.
Fans have also been treated to hand-made Rue Royale knitted goods (how
many groups do you know who sport hot water-bottle covers on their merch
stand?), bags and clothes. Meanwhile, over in cyber-space, RR have personally
nurtured a large Facebook/Twitter following and racked up over 500,000
Not bad for a husband and wife songwriting team who, then living in Chicago,
only started performing together five years ago, inspired by the likes of
Fleetwood Mac, Radiohead, Grandaddy, John Martyn, Jose Gonzalez and
‘Guide To An Escape’, which gets its official worldwide release on 3 March,
retains the acoustic duo’s hushed, evocative melodies but is richer in sound and
wider in scope. It was recorded at home between touring and festival dates in
summer 2010, following experimental sessions with producer Paul Pilot (who
mixed the record) in London. The echo loop that lurks on the opening title
track and the drum machine exit on “Get Me Standing” hint at the band’s
The album includes recent single “Halfway Blind” which got repeat plays on
BBC 6Music by the likes of Gideon Coe and Nemone when released as a limited
edition seven inch in January. The song, along with “Blame”, alludes to a
struggle to see clearly – figuratively and literally for Brookln who’s legally blind
in one eye. ‘Guide To An Escape’ is about self-discovery, embracing the flipsides
of life on the road (“Foreign Night”) and the tussle of uncertainty and
hope as dreams are chased (“We’ll Go On Alright”).
After clocking up over 400 shows in the last three years, Rue Royale will
continue to build their grass-roots following as they tour ‘Guide To An Escape’,
playing many of their biggest venues yet across Europe in 2011.
It’s all about the journey, not the destination. The adventure is theirs, and
yours, for the taking.