Paper Dress Vintage
352A Mare Street, Hackney Central, E8 1HR
£8.50 adv. (STBF)
Doors - 7:30pm
Thurs 12 July 2018
Appearing with his full band, Benedict Benjamin is Ben Rubinstein, formerly of The Mariner’s Children and Peggy Sue (Wichita Records). His debut album ‘Night Songs’ is a collection of timeless compositions recorded in a series of churches, bedrooms and kitchens across London and Kent with producer Dan Blackett (Landshapes, Bella Union). Benjamin is first and foremost a songwriter versed in the classcl traditions of the form, capable of crafting both operatic crescendo and lullaby-like stillness shot through with the heartbreaking swoon of Roy Orbison, the soothing harmonies of the Everly Brothers and the honesty of Jeff Tweedy. His songs undercut the dream-like beauty of early 60s pop music with lyrics both frank and poetic. In September 2017 he and his band played the prestigious Green Man Festival. His forthcoming second album will be released in 2019.
“Inventive, weighty pop music which dazzles, shimmers and glows exquisitely in the cold light of the day.” – Gold Flake Paint
Brighton based musician Kristin McClement has lived many lives before finding herself on the shores of Southern England.
Born in South Africa, the daughter of a Classics teacher and a carburetor repairman, Kristin spent her early years travelling through both arid and tropical lands as her family looked for work. Kristin moved to England aged thirteen and it was around this time that she picked up her first nylon string guitar and began writing songs. She caught the attention of the local folk scene while studying Fine Art in Brighton and after a handful of early performances was eagerly adopted by The Willkommen Collective (The Leisure Society, Eyes & No Eyes, Sons of Noel & Adrian, etc).
Kristin’s music is born of two separate worlds; the vast shape shifting landscape of her childhood South Africa engraved with the melancholic romance of old England’s sacred woodland, rivers and valleys.