A night of stunning psych – kraut and electronics.
Celebrating the return of The Early Years and their first album in 10 years and the new album from XAM (MB from Hookworms) both on the spectacular label Sonic Cathedral
With support from local spacerockers Parastatic.
The Early Years
“the triumphant return of one of the best live bands in the country…like a Neu!/Hawkwind hybrid…pulsing synth-lines bringing a snaking groove to the mix.” The Quietus
“Propulsive motor grooves, FX-addled shoe gazing and heart-clenching space rock like this doesn’t come round very often.” Time Out
Almost 10 years since they released their self-titled debut on Beggars Banquet, The Early Years return with a brand new album called, simply, ‘II’. It was recorded in their home studio in rural Cheshire before being mixed in Atlanta, Georgia by Jason Kingsland (Deerhunter) and mastered at Abbey Road Studios by Frank Arkwright (Mogwai, New Order).
It’s a stunning record, the sound of a band who have matured and relaxed into their playing, created without any external pressures or expectations. It is also more relevant now than ever, despite their long absence; it towers above the legions of kraut-psych bands who came along in their wake with the sheer scale of its scope and vision. Opener and lead single ‘Nocturne’ is a ferocious collision of man and machine: guitars sounding like Will Sergeant has moved to Neil Young’s farm, Roland TB-303s squelching away and the wild-eyed energy of Julian Cope circa ‘Fried’, Cope and the Bunnymen are reference points throughout, but ‘II’ also takes in the elegiac New Order of ‘Fluxus’, the Dean Wareham duelling Tom Verlaine solos of ‘Out of Signal’, the Spiritualised lullaby of ‘Hush’, and the Harmonia-meets-pre-definite-article-Verve of album closer ‘Memory Case’.
“New Age soundscapes, kosmische experimentation and Terry Riley-esque looped minimalism combine to produce meditative and peaceful improvised jams. Exploratory synthesizer and saxophone duo made up of members of Hookworms and Deadwall.”
“Like New Order going through a Prog phase” Steve Lamacq
“Total obliteration of the senses guaranteed.” NME
“A musical and visual package ackin to Factory era Velvets or late 90s Flaming Lips.” Crack