Lost Channels is Great Lake Swimmers’ fourth album and once again it finds them recording at a historic location. This time it is in the Thousand Islands region of Ontario and New York state, telling tales of hidden histories, still “mining for light in the dark wells,” still “tuned to an instrument of greater and unknown design.”
The instrument in question is the singular voice of Tony Dekker, a voice that summons ghosts from times past. It is a voice that is capable of conveying heartache and comfort all in the space of a single phrase. Though his supporting cast has changed over the years, Dekker has always surrounded himself with sympathetic players who value spacious arrangements that frame his vocals. Over time, the band has evolved from a sparse, delicate and hushed unit into a well-rounded folk rock band, sacrificing none of their original intimacy while upping both the volume and tempo whenever necessary.
Cymbals Eat Guitars
Saturday November 14th
CrawDaddy, Harcourt St, Dublin 2.
Tickets €12 available from Ticketmaster, City Discs, Sound Cellar and usual outlets.
“A glorious cacophony of xylophones, guitar noise and melodic bliss” Q
“A sublime listen from start to finish” THE FLY
“Epic hymns and ambitious grandeur” ARTROCKER
“Four hustling musicians who’d struck gold on the songwriting front, crafting a beastly, obtuse album.” RCRD LBL
Having only formed in the Spring of 2008, it’s been a meteoric DIY rise for young hotly tipped Staten Island four-piece Cymbals Eat Guitars. July saw their inaugural visit to the UK, as they played a handful of sold out shows including headlining a ‘Rough Trade presents’ night at The ICA and one of the hottest and loudest gigs ever played at the Windmill, Brixton (where the band were met by hardcore fans who had travelled all the way down from Scotland to see them).
Now, Cymbals Eat Guitars release their critically acclaimed debut album Why There Are Mountains in the UK on October 26th through Memphis Industries (home to The Go! Team, Field Music, Tokyo Police Club amongst others) who snapped the band up having seen the aforementioned July gigs.
The album’s opening track (and the band’s debut UK single) ‘…And The Hazy Sea’ is a sprawling, multi-layered, six minute gate-crasher that acts as a serious statement of intent for the band’s ambitions. Songs like ‘Wind Phoenix’ and ‘Cold Spring’ showcase the band’s ability to pair chaotic yelps and sinuous riffs from lead singer/guitarist Joseph D’Agostino with pounding drums alongside melodic bass lines and lush orchestral layers from Brian Hamilton’s keyboards.