106 Parkway London NW1 7AN
£7.00 adv. (STBF)
Doors - 7pm
Weds 6 July 2016
Hymn For Her have been busy touring across the country and abroad over the past few years, injecting juiced-up backwoods country blues with a dose of desert rock psychedelia that has been described as “Hell’s Angels meets the Amish.”
They recorded their 2nd album, “Hymn for Her Presents . . . Lucy and Wayne and the Amairican Stream”, in their vintage 1961 Bambi Airstream trailer at locations stretching from Philadelphia to Malibu on a three-month tour.
For their latest release, “Hymn for Her Presents . . . Lucy and Wayne’s Smokin Flames”, the twosome kicked it into high gear. They traveled to Ghetto Recorders in Detroit to work with Jim Diamond.
They recorded live and mixed 12 original songs in just one week.
The duo certainly covers a lot of musical territory in Smokin Flames. Their wild-eyed mash-up of country, blues and punk led U.K. music critic Steve Bennett to call H4H’s sound “a riotous, rocking roadkill stew,” while others have referenced such diverse bands as Captain Beefheart, Primus, X, R.L. Burnside, JS Blues Explosion and the Ramones.
Impressively, the two create their “ripsaw sounds” (Los Angeles Times’ Randy Lewis) with only a few instruments. Wayne (with the devilish voice), mainly playing the kick-drum, high-hat, acoustic guitar and harp, serves as the group’s rhythmic driving force. Lucy (of the fallen-angel voice) delivers a gritty squall on her “Lowebow” — a custom-made cigar-box guitar: “The Riff Monster.”
Catch this duo as they burn down the highway and tear up your town like a Wichita twister.
Formed as a response to the erratic and all-consuming city of London, White Flower offers its audiences an opportunity to step away from urban life, pay attention to intimate sound, and be drawn into dream-like sonorities. Through creating a focus on stillness & silence, but exploring uncomfortability and contradiction, the group hope to provide space for contemplation, trance and catharsis. The music draws richly from folk music, but is approached through the lens of contemporary classical, improvisation and sound art perspectives. The music may be presented as solely acoustic, or extended and distorted by electronics, creating surreal atmospheres. Poems by the members and others feature in the work. The group recently recorded a live demo of some of their work at St. Sepulchre’s Church, Holborn; produced by Klaus Bru, mixed and mastered by Alex Bonney, with a cameo by Peter Straker.
Under the Winterfalle pseudonym, Jerseyman Sam Falle writes music dripping with vulnerability, powerlessness and heartbreak. Compared to Lightspeed Champion, John Grant and Foals at their most tranquil, Sam’s songs creep under your skin and make you shiver. New single ‘Deadbeat’ showcases Winterfalle at his spine-tingling best.
“With Winterfalle, Sam combines his brilliant grasp of storytelling with a gift for captivating riffs and musical imagery.” BBC Introducing Jersey
“Sam’s music is like the sea. It doesn’t merely wash over you. Rather it engulfs you. It takes you in its folds and, for a while, has you wholly in its grip.” Folkroom Records
“Haunting and melancholic. Watch this guy.” Culture Junkie
Winterfalle has been played by BBC 6, playlisted by BBC Jersey and recently featured on the front of the BBC Introducing blog. Sam has performed at Danny Boyle’s Shuffle Festival as well as Oxjam Islington and is appearing in folk circles and circuit spots around London where he now lives.