BROKEN RECORDS & FREELANCE WHALES - Crawdaddy - 1st Feb (1 Viewer)


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Tipped Edinburgh 6-piece BROKEN RECORDS have announced a co-headline European tour with FREELANCE WHALES, to include a Dublin date at CRAWDADDY on February 1st 2011.

The indie-folk outfit, dubbed the “Scottish Arcade Fire” by NME Magazine, return to Dublin next year after the unfortunate cancellation of their Brazen Head show in October- called off due to weather damage at the venue. The band released their sophomore album Let Me Come Home in October. They have just been shortlisted for BBC 6 Music’s top 40 tracks of 2010 for their single “A Darkness Rises Up”.

New York newcomers FREELANCE WHALES make their return to Ireland following a triumphant set on the Body & Soul Stage at September’s Electric Picnic. Their debut album Weathervanes was released to great acclaim earlier this year.

**Tickets on sale today Monday 6th December**

POD presents

Tuesday 1st February 2011
Crawdaddy – Harcourt St – Dublin 2.
Doors – 8pm

Tickets €14 (inc. booking fee) available from Ticketmaster, City Discs, and usual outlets.

Broken Records:
Broken Records formed in 2007 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The seven members use their different musical backgrounds and a wide variety of instrumentation to compliment the eclectic sound they create.

Their 2007 self-released debut EP which was sold at shows created a wider interest in the band. Drowned in Sound said of the release, “This is magical, engrossing and wholly enveloping, genuinely and excitingly bursting with commercial potential." They refined their sound throughout 2007 and 2008 with numerous gigs throughout Scotland, including support slots with Idlewild, Sons & Daughters and Editors.

Broken Records released their highly acclaimed debut 7" single, 'If The News Makes You Sad Don't Watch It', on London based indie label Young Turks in April 2008. This received plaudits from such varied publications as NME, The Guardian, Drowned in Sound, The Sun and The Times. Radio 1’s Steve Lamacq made it his single of the week and Huw Stephens invited them to do a session for Radio 1 at Maida Vale. Limited releases of singles 'Slow Parade' and 'Lies' led to a scramble of album deal offers, with the band excited to sign to 4AD. They rounded off the year by playing at the Edinburgh Hogmanay Street Party and being tipped for 2009 in Q magazine, The Times and News Of The World amongst others.

In January 2009 they recorded their debut album, Until The Earth Begins To Part at Monnow Valley Studio in Monmouth with producer Ian Caple (Tricky, Tindersticks, Yann Tiersen). The album was released on 1st June 2009 to wide praise, and live performances in support of it garnered 5-star reviews in both The Guardian and The Times. Summer saw them perform at many UK and European festivals including Glastonbury, T in the Park, Haldern Pop Festival and a main-stage slot at Latitude. The successful summer culminated in an invitation to support The National at their Royal Festival Hall show in London, followed by their own sold-out show at The Queens Hall in Edinburgh.

Broken Records spent the Autumn touring Europe and the UK as well as releasing the 'Out On The Water' EP in November. Early 2010 found them making their well received live debut in the US at the SxSW Festival in Austin, Texas, while their music was also featured in episodes of the TV dramas Skins and Lost. They have just finished recording their second album Let Me Come Home in Glasgow with producer Tony Doogan (Mogwai, Belle & Sebastian, Delgados) which will be released on Monday 25th October 2010. In July, the band once again appeared as support to The National on part of their European High Violet LP tour.

In May 2010 the band completed their second album, Let Me Come Home, recorded in Glasgow with producer Tony Doogan (Mogwai, Delgados, Belle & Sebastian) and is due for release on 4AD in the UK and Europe on October 25th, 2010. A new single, 'A Darkness Rises Up' will be released prior to the album October 18th, 2010. In August the band also announced the move from being a seven-piece to a six-piece for live touring with the departure of Arne and Gill, and the introduction of new member, Craig Ross taking up bass and guitar duties.

Freelance Whales:
To call them multi-instrumentalists might be a little overdone. The kids in Freelance Whales are really just collectors, at heart. They don’t really fancy buffalo nickels or Victorian furniture, but over the past two years, they’ve been collecting instruments, ghost stories, and dream-logs. Somehow, from this strange compost heap of little sounds and quiet thoughts, songs started to rise up like steam from the ground.

The first performance of these songs took place in January of 2009, in Staten Island’s abandoned farm colony, a dilapidated geriatric ward, in one of New York’s lesser visited boroughs. A seemingly never-ending jigsaw of small rooms, the farm colony ate them whole and threatened to never regurgitate them. And even though the onlookers were only spiritual presences, the group was still palpably nervous and visibly cold. After a bit of singing, strumming and stomping asbestos, they realized that they’d found a good crowd. They heard a bit of clapping from an adjacent room, also some laughing, but not a single soul asked about their record.

Weathervanes, the groups debut LP, finished tracking just a few nights earlier. Swirling with organic and synthetic textures, interlocking rhythmic patterns, and light harmonic vocals, the record works to tell a simple, pre-adolescent love story: a young male falls in love with the spectral young femme who haunts his childhood home. He chases her in his dreams but finds her to be mostly elusive. He imagines her alive, and wonders if someday he’ll take on her responsibilities of ghosting, or if maybe he’ll join her, elsewhere.

Since their brief residency at the Farm Colony, Freelance Whales have taken to city streets, subway platforms, and stages with their swirling nostalgia. Many people who found them playing in those public spaces, managed to forget what train they were supposed to take; some of them forgot what language they originally spoke. And so, after playing in New York City, almost exclusively, for about a year, they embarked on their first tour of the United States, and Canada. They saw buffalos posted on hilltops, armies of windmills, and lots of lovely people who let the music run their blood in reverse.


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