The Nightingales & Ted Chippington + Politburo...

The Nightingales are on tour celebrating the release of their new album ‘For Fuck’s Sake’. WeGotTickets  £8 + booking fee NIGHTINGALES Birmingham’s original punk group The Prefects had been part of The Clash’s ‘White Riot Tour’, recorded a couple of Peel sessions, released a 45 on Rough Trade and, years after splitting up, had a retrospective CD released by NY label Acute Records to all round glowing reviews – from Rolling Stone to webzines. The Nightingales was formed by former members of The Prefects following that band’s demise in 1979. Described in John Robb’s definitive book on ‘post punk’ (Death To Trad Rock) as “The misfits’ misfits” and comprising an ever fluctuating line up, based around lyricist/singer Robert Lloyd, the Nightingales enjoyed cult status in the early ’80’s as darlings of the credible music scene and were championed by John Peel, who said of them – “Their performances will serve to confirm their excellence when we are far enough distanced from the 1980’s to look at the period rationally and other, infinitely better known, bands stand revealed as charlatans”. The group recorded a bunch of critically acclaimed singles (Almost always ‘Single Of The Week’ in the music press) and three albums, plus many radio sessions for their great supporter Peel. They also regularly toured the UK and Northern Europe, as headliners and supporting acts as diverse as Bo Diddley and Nico. In the late Eighties the Nightingales stopped working but, following the occasional gig between times, they re-grouped in 2004, with Lloyd being joined by original Prefects guitarist Alan Apperley. After fucking about with various wastrels, precious sorts and mercenaries the group arrived at it’s current line up, which features Lloyd, Apperley, Andreas Schmid from Faust on bass and ex Violet Violet drummer Fliss...

Stranger Son Album Launch + Politburo & Druss...

The new Stranger Son mini-album ”Last Days Of Butterfly” is to be released 25.11.13 on Leonard Skully Records. This gig will be celebrating the launch of the album. ”Last Days Of Butterfly”, Stranger Son’s third album, took place in a drained Edwardian pool in a listed building in Manchester, and was recorded and mixed live to 1/2″ tape. The first 100 copies will feature hand-printed sleeve inserts. The release will be also accompanied by a series of short films. Support comes from Politburo and Druss £4 Doors 8pm Facebook Event...

Labasheeda, Monster Island and Nick Alexander...

In The River presents…. Labasheeda: Labasheeda play at KRAAK as part of their April UK tour. Labasheeda hail from Amsterdam NL and take pop on a different journey via twisted post punk guitar riffs that might remind you of Spiderland era Slint and Sonic Youth. ‘Growling, dynamic stuff here from the Netherlands. Labasheeda make intelligent but not emotionless, angular rock music; it’s a brooding sound with touchstones in the post rock (some gorgeous violin playing in parts) and post-hardcore camps. Singer Saskia Van Der Giessen in forlorn almost-romantic vocals which sound all the more sharp set to a back ground of foreboding guitar chimes.’ In 2012 the band released the LP Castfat Shadows and a split 7″ with Wavezero. http://www.labasheeda.nl   Monster Island: Manchester’s Monster Island released their latest album The Retaining Wall late last year –  “These are often tales of the inner soul, the solitary dreamer’s inert reaction to the world around them, a sort of lugubrious coping mechanism…To prise open what is really going on the gnomic world of Monster Island – especially whatever’s happening on the title track – may be a mistake anyway.” (Incendiary Magazine) www.monsterisland.co.uk/ Opening up proceedings, we have an acoustic set from singer-songwriter Nick Alexander who is also the front man of the band Politburo. www.politburo.co.uk 8pm start, £3 otd....

Men's Adventures, Fruit Tones, Third Smoke and Nick Alexander...

In The River presents… London based Men’s Adventures head up the dusty trail to Kraak – “Dick Dale-style surf and spaghetti-western inspired rifts hark back to a simpler time and place: somewhere that’s a bit country and a bit South Pacific. It’s the type of music that makes you want to ride a horse and drink whiskey.” (Psychedelic Psyblings) https://soundcloud.com/mens-adventures-1 https://www.facebook.com/mensadventures New band Fruit Tones are about to release ‘Split Cassette Tape’. Good time palm beach vibes, plenty of lo fi sunshine. https://www.facebook.com/FruitTones https://soundcloud.com/fruit-tones From Dundalk in Ireland, Third Smoke present instantly strong beats and catchy hooks unfolding in unexpected ways. Intricate harmonies and a passion for song writing…influences include The Dandy Warhols, The Beatles, Kings of Leon and Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros. https://www.facebook.com/ThirdSmoke/ http://www.soundcloud.com/thirdsmoke Opening up proceedings, we have an acoustic set from singer-songwriter Nick Alexander who is also the front man of the band Politburo. www.politburo.co.uk 8pm start, £3 otd....

Politburo & Kingfishers Catch Fire...

8pm- 10:30pm, £4 otd Politburo are on a mini tour promoting their debut album ‘Sally & Prinss Revisited’: “Alexander’s songs are stories telling of blue tongued lizards, bible girls and rats’ skulls…it’s a gratifying trip.” (The Big Issue in the North) An endlessly inventive and dynamic recording, “Sally And Prinss Revisted” is the debut album by Politburo. Pleasingly hallucinogenic, through out the lp the band tightrope-walk a line between bucolic whimsy and a tougher willingness to forge ahead with noisey bursts, fuzz guitar and obscured sounds. At the heart of each song is a melodic sense that recalls the heady days of Kevin Ayers-era Soft Machine or mid period Gorkys. Peel back the layers and each component of every track seems expertly placed and a joy unto itself. (Rough Trade) www.politburo.co.uk www.11stsq.com with Kingfishers Catch Fire “…a boy / girl / boy trio, who have the girl on guitar, one smart looking fellow on keyboards and a singer who is both a poet, raconteur and emotionally flamboyant performer. Each nugget of a song was fitted out with retro-synth sounds and the twisted curl of a twangy but slightly distorted guitar – elaborate yet simple. This comes across with the delivery of Marc Almond (or at least the passion), as the bobbing digital beats mix in a light conversion of electroclash battling it out with an orchestral sci-fi ambition. This is an act I’d very much wish to encounter yet again.” (Manchestermusic) https://www.facebook.com/Kingfisherscatchfire/...