You don’t hear from us in weeks and then we hit you with two events? Crazy. Anyway, we’re getting together with our good friends and fellow Vic residents This Is Tomorrow to bring you a rather special evening of live music:
For a Minor Reflection
Hailed by touring mates Sigur Ros as “a band with the potential to out-Mogwai Mogwai”, For a Minor Reflection have also drawn favourable comparisons with post-rock’s leading lights, Explosions in the Sky and Godspeed You! Black Emperor.
This Icelandic band started out as four 19 year olds playing hard rock in their garage in 2007. In just two years their music has developed into stunning compositions that are epic and abrasive, melodious and moving. Cavernous guitars ebb and flow, recalling their homeland’s breathtaking, otherworldly geography.
Ever since we made the move to Birmingham, we’ve been itching to get these guys back. Epic45 make music that is rich in concept and big on atmosphere. Their albums are explorations of the rural landscape and its relationship to memory and nostalgia. 2006 release Slides fuses grand, sweeping shoegaze-tinged post-rock, whilst last year’s May Your Heart Be the Map took a more acoustic and vocal approach.
This event will see them test out material from their forthcoming and as-yet-untitled EP ahead of a full European tour in Autumn, their first since a successful run of dates in Japan and Taiwan.
Is I Cinema
The smart, angular and melodic indie pop of relative newcomers Is I Cinema is sure to win them a big following. The band’s unusual name stems from an altercation the band suffered aboard a London tube when a strange man caught their eye and shouted: ‘What ya lookin at? Is I cinema!?’ The fate of the bands name was sealed from then on.
In addition to all this fine live music, we’ll be duking it out with This Is Tomorrow on the decks (read: laptops), as well as celebrating Icelandic Independence Day, which falls just two days before the event. So expect themed cocktails, homemade cakes and stunning visuals.
Located on John Bright Street, about a minute’s walk from New Street Station, The Victoria is one of the city’s most exciting venues. rapidly gaining a reputation for hosting great events. The decor adds a fresh, modern take on tradition and the range of cask ales and cocktails is great.