SONGS FOR FAILED RELATIONSHIPS
After the minor disaster that was our Shitmat show (proving once and for all, in case of any doubt, that Facebook-based confirmations of attendance aren't worth the cyberspace they're written on) and the splendid but stressful Nadja show, allow Lesson No.1 to ease you from your Easter stupors with this rare treat on Monday 13 April (that's Easter Monday).
Matt Elliott first emerged as Third Eye Foundation from the mid 90s post-rock scene in Bristol, which also included names like Flying Saucer Attack and Movietone – bands that he was either in at one point, or remixed, or just generally kicked it with. Taking the then-still-pretty-new drum’n’bass template and mixing it with shoegazing fuzz and pure, invigorating noise, he released a bunch of albums and singles on the Domino label in the late 90s/early 00s before moving to France (and now Spain) and venturing further into the territory of dark, nervous breakdown folksong with walls of effects-laded gloom. And now he’s playing live in Cardiff for the first time since 2001, maybe 2002. Hear what he's been crafting.
Trembling Bells are a late but vital addition to the bill. They come from Glasgow and have some fine past form. Probably the best-known of the quartet is Alex Neilson, a fantastic drummer who’s played backing Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Alisdair Roberts, Six Organs Of Admittance and a ton of others, as well as having several other projects. Other members have been in, or still are in, Directing Hand, Scatter, Lucky Luke and Motorghost among others. Their debut album ‘Carbeth’, on the really ace label Honest Jon's, is a sideways look at 70s British folk-rock, with chewy jazz parts and the occasional freaky jam session. Take a listen.
Ratatosk is the moving ambient multi-instrumentalist project of Rhodri Viney (who also performs as, or as part of, Right Hand Left Hand, Vito, Broken Leaf and too many more to mention in full). He’s influenced by post-post-rock types and experimental pioneers, the likes of Eluvium, Tarentel, Steve Reich, Do Make Say Think, and is probably the person in Cardiff most excited by this Matt Elliott show, even more than the people putting it on. And we’re excited so y’know. Get excited too.
John Barnes is otherwise known as Sam Arnold, currently found hurting a guitar in instrumental power duo Zail (featuring former members of Mountain Men Anonymous). He plays a very rare show under his football-inspired pseudonym, for which he will no doubt put breakcore, avant-classical and prime IDM in his old kit bag, which is actually a laptop bag probably. Releases can be found on the Fire, Boobytrap, Machine and No Ground Processes labels. Might be a bit of a treasure hunt finding them these days, but still, have an aural butchers here.
All of this is at Buffalo, Windsor Place, Cardiff - 8pm doors, just £5.
Thanks to Lesson No.1's man in Eire, Mr Keith Tormey, for the fine poster above. He's also lining up a beauty for Eugene Robinson's spoken word show - more info on that here shortly. But for now, guarantee you can get in by buying your ticket for this super-limited capacity gig from the link right here. Thanking you...