The Victoria, Birmingham, 7:30pm / Tickets £5 (available on the door).
We’re very pleased to announce the latest in our series of live shows at The Victoria, featuring three of our very favourite bands from the fiercely independent Make Mine Music label collective. The evening will feature full-length sets from all three acts, Colour DJ sets and live visuals selected by the bands and us.
Anyone who has followed our activity over the past few years will know that Epic45 are a mainstay in our programme and with good reason – they are without doubt one of the most exciting bands in the region, dedicated to the obsessive progression of their sound, which deals with the psychology of nostalgia and the impact our surroundings have on our outlook.
Their acclaimed 2007 album May Your Heart Be The Map was a vivid exploration of the British countryside, tinted by childhood memories and the metamorphosis of the seasons, influenced by dramatic post-rock structures and warm acoustic folk. Last year’s mini album In All The Empty Houses explore the resonances of abandoned buildings; the ghosts of past lives and memories that inhabit them as they fall into dilapidation.
“Tracing emotional reactions to shifting seasons, May Your Heart Be the Map did something new with old materials and gave the Black Country its very own Boards of Canada.” – Word Magazine, Best of the Noughties
July Skies is a West Midlands based recording project commenced by Antony Harding in 1997, who has released four albums and two EPs since 2000. Sonic resonances of a lost England, faded memories of youth and the grain of Super8 all colour Harding’s evocative soundscapes. The project is driven by a need to capture the innocence of youth, where “everything seemed possible and there was a need to capture feelings and a growing interest in exploring towns, villages, ruins, abandoned places and the countryside through sound”.
July Skies has received support from the late John Peel and Rob Da Bank of BBC Radio1 and Stuart Maconie on BBC 6 Music. Harding is currently working on the fifth Skies full length, A Day In The Country.
“The whole mood suggests nostalgia for an age that might never have been.” – The Guardian
One of the most elusive acts in the Midlands, experimental three-piece Avrocar have been recording since the late ’90s, honing a sound shrouded by the ghosts of the future that never was. Recorded in isolation in a small loft in near darkness, 2008’s Against The Dying of the Light features spectral guitar, disembodied humanoid voices lost in the ether and creeping electronics that bring to mind Vangelis’ Blade Runner soundtrack, shimmering in the neon light of dystopia.
Avrocar have previously appeared in session for John Peel.
“Lush bedroom electronics which will stir up things inside you that you never knew you had.” – Norman Records
Bonnie “Prince” Billy & The Cairo Gang – The Sounds Are Always Begging // Phosphorescent – Reasons To Quit // Andrew Bird – Fitz And The Dizzy Spells // Sleeping States – The Next Village // Caribou – Sun // Hot Chip – I Feel Bonnie (House Mix) (Feat. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy) // Toro Y Moi – Blessa // Bibio – Sugarette // White Hinterland – Moon Jam // Epic45 – Onwards As The World Sinks // Autechre – Slip // Yo La Tengo – I Heard You Looking // Galaxie 500 – Pictures // Hood – L. Fading Hills // Worriedaboutsatan – You’re in My Thoughts // Washed Out – New Theory // The Radio Dept. – Heaven’s On Fire // Slowdive – Alison // Beach House – Zebra // Max Richter – A Sudden Manhattan Of The Mind // Four Tet – Circling // Deerhunter – Microcastle // The American Analog Set – Hard to Find // Modest Mouse – Dramamine // Richmond Fontaine – Watch Out