Label: Sharp Attack Records
Release Period: July 2014
* THINK DARK FOLK STORIES AND DREAM-POP ALLOYED TO LEONARD COHEN, JOHNNY CASH, BRIAN ENO, NICK CAVE WITH PJ HARVEY AND YOU’LL BE GETTING A SENSE OF SIX YEARS AURAL MANIFESTO *
“Ever wish The xx had a bit more bite? Then you’ll love the sultry undertones of indie pop duo Six Years;. They mix a Raveonettes feel with the work of the aforementioned Mercury Award winning band to create a layered yet intense atmosphere that actually goes somewhere” - Drunken Werewolf
“Quite the fantastic, raw indie rock duet, think Mark E.Smith dueting with PJ Harvey” - Deadly Music.
“sounding like a dark hearted Serge and Brigitte performing a psychedelicised spell craft over Animotion’s ’obsession’ this honey just smoulders with intent”- The Sunday Experience
Six Years is Marc Makarov and Vanessa Anne Redd. Their debut album ‘Rivers’ came from a request from Sean McLusky (1234 Records owner)to record a duet of Kris Kristofferson’s song “Help Me Make It Through the Night” for a feature film. Six Years is the side project of the critically acclaimed band Rubicks, and is a much more grown up affair which captures raw performance, intimacy and mood over production.
Self recorded in the back of 1234 Studios, an art gallery in Redchurch street, Shoreditch, a black room with nothing but some reverb and delay, a drum machine and their instruments , Vanessa on organ/guitar and Marc bass/synth. In the spirit of old recording studios like Sun records they recorded takes as live.
They ran into producer/engineer MPEG winner Al O’Connell who had his studio in the basement of the same building and he proceeded to mix and put the finishing touches to the record.
Rivers is a dialogue of lovers glimpsed through the shadows of stories influenced by writers, Kris Kristofferson, Tennyson , Murakami , Walt Whitman, William Golding, Greek/African myths / Native American influenced stories, Aldous Huxley.
Set in magical realities the thread of stories and myth run through like the Lady of Shallots’ cursed weaving and the thread of Anansi the spiders’ web. The lovers speak, tease, abandon, love, lust and long for one another. Intertwined with reflections on wild abandon, thoughts on death, the afterlife, heaven and hell, angels and demons and out of the doors of perception experience the artist deals with imagination and the creative process.
River of Dark
This is the story of two lovers entwined asking each other to stay the night pleading for salvation in each other’s arms. Hoping their love will cure all ills.
The struggle of creativity. The idea that being lost in imagination is a good thing. Embracing the chaos.
This Is The Day
Hopeful, wishing that the perfect moment would stay frozen forever. Influenced by Tennyson’s story of the Lady of Shallot and the African myth of Anansi the trickster spider-god of all stories.
Inspired by the strange hotel and lift in Haruki Murakami’s book ‘Dance Dance Dance’ when the protagonist goes into the lift and ends up in a different magical world, and Aldous Huxley’s the Doors of Perception.
I Go Fast, We Go faster
The excitement and realisation of the need to move through life quickly, making the most of every moment.
This is the story of a soldier going off to war and leaving the lover at home. A tragic end to a love story. The phrase ‘war’s perfume’ is taken from Walt Whitman’s novel ‘Leaves of Grass’.
The image of Crazy Horse riding across the hills in the first light of morning.
This song encapsulates the idea of the femme fatale. The idea of seduction. A reference to Pincher Martin drowning chained to the rocks in William Golding’s novel. Seduction, capture and tease.
Help Me Make It Trough the Night
A Kris Kristofferson cover. The ballad of two lovers not wanting to spend the night alone.
The story idea was influenced by Carol Carpenter / Sonic Youth track ‘Super Star’. The tragic tale of unrequited love, an imagined life between two people.
Influenced by the story of the Greek myth, ‘halcyon’ Overcoming all odds. The passage of time.Not being afraid of death or the future.
This is the lullaby of rest.
THE GREAT ESCAPE FESTIVAL + ARTROCKER NEW BLOOD SHOWS
“…they put the angular into the grungealist revival allowing their riffs to trip and stutter over the beat, it’s spiky but utterly slacker faithful…with a bit of luck in the right places, these guys should be going even more places next year .” Artrocker
“Francobollo will rock your world!” – John Kennedy – Xfm
After the release of ‘Steven Hawkins‘ and its mental video in March, FRANCOBOLLO are now making the single’s B-side ‘Hot Cars’ available for free:
GET ‘HOT CARS’ MP3 FOR FREE : https://soundcloud.com/francobollo/hot-cars
Breaking their tradition of directing their own videos, for ‘Hot Cars’ FRANCOBOLLO asked their friend of the band Opera Goodwin to make it, on the condition that she’d do it without letting them see any part of it from conception to delivery. Here are the results:
‘HOT CARS’ VIDEO: http://youtu.be/niifYpcB1yg
FRANCOBOLLO, made up of Simon Nilsson, Sean Bean and Petter Grevelius, hit the shores of the UK from Sweden in 2009. Picking up Londoner Sam Bailey and more recently fellow Swede Wiya Ngeh on their journey, they’ve honed their raucous own brand of wonky grungy pop, slowly picking up a growing legion of dedicated pit-filling Francophiles along the way. Combining dashes of Beck, Pavement and Nirvana, they create a unique cacophony of melody infused guitar-pop with twinges of electronics picking up the energy.
FRANCOBOLLO have announced they’ll be playing The Great Escape Festival and Artrocker New Blood Festival:
08/05/14 (daytime): Dr. Martens Stage @ The Great Escape Festival – Brighton, UK
08/05/14 (evening): The Bunker @ The Alternative Great Escape, Brighton, UK
13/06/14 – Artrocker New Blood Festival @ Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London, UK
AUGUST 7TH – 10TH 2014
FASTEST GROWING FESTIVAL IN THE NORTH REVEALS SPECIAL GUESTS: ACTION BRONSON
ACTION BRONSON / XXYYXX / DAM-FUNK / GREG WILSON
£99.50 (+bf) Full weekend early bird ticket
£25 deposit scheme (pay rest in July)
Beacons Festival are very pleased to reveal the special guests for 2014. Action Bronson will be joining headliners Darkside, Daughter, Jon Hopkins and The Fall. Other great acts added to the line-up include the slick R&B XXYYXX, Dam-Funk (part of the revered Stones Throw gang and Greg Wilson. Predictability is never a threat. Full list of acts below.
BANDS FOR 2014 SO FAR
ACTION BRONSON new
GREG WILSON new
NIGHTMARES ON WAX
THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART
CATE LE BON
EAST INDIA YOUTH
FAT WHITE FAMILY
MELT YOURSELF DOWN
NAKED (ON DRUGS)
+ LOTS MORE TBC
PLUS DJS / CLUB PARTNERS
A LOVE FROM OUTER SPACE (FEATURING ANDREW WEATHERALL + SEAN JOHNSTON)
MANO LE TOUGH
SET ONE TWENTY
BIGGER THAN BARRY
GIN & JUICE
& LOTS MORE
See / Crash / Jumbo / Ticket Arena
£99.50 (+bf) Full weekend early bird ticket
£25 deposit scheme (pay rest in July)
Beacons Festival, Funkirk Estate, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 3AB
After a couple of years feeling out their sound across the UK live circuit, Johnny Kowalski and the Sexy Weirdos took on the task of recording their brass, strings, electric guitar and drums based “carnival punk” sound.
They released the independently recorded Victory for the Monsters in October 2012, gaining BBC6 Music radio airplay and capturing their notorious live energy on a record that they followed up with a tour that took in France, Belgium, Germany and the Czech Republic.
Reactions across Europe were enthusiastic and the band soon embarked on a second visit in April 2013, this time making additional stops in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. A highlight of their career to date, the band was invited to play in the Czech town of Jaroměř. This was an honour as it meant being able to entertain audiences in a region of the globe whose traditions had influenced their music in the first place.
With summer festival performances that included Boomtown, Y Not, Tramlines, Nozstock, Wychwood and Swingamajig and a third European tour under their belts, the band went into the studio to record their second album, Kill the Beast, with producer by Gavin Monaghan (Editors, The Destroyers, Robert Plant).
Kill the Beast takes its influences from disparate cultures and movements such as rabble rousing two tone on “Tequila Song”,”Raggle Taggle Gypsy”‘s explosive make over for the twenty first century festival scene or the apocalyptic swing of the title track. The result is a surprisingly cohesive set of songs, all infused with the trademark Weirdo energy, successfully captured on record. The band have taken a mains-wired blender to the last fifty years of popular music and dared it to dangle its naughty bits in.
Recorded and produced by Gavin Monaghan (Editors, Carina Round, The Destroyers), Kill the Beast‘s conception was helped along by rock and roll history. The band borrowed The Clash’s tuba player (from Sandinista!), Bowie’s mixing desk, Joy Division’s guitar and even Ned’s Atomic Dustbin’s drum kit to add their own voice to rock and roll’s delightful history.
The album will be available for download on May 7th. Johnny Kowalski and the Sexy Weirdos will be playing all over the UK and Europe in May 2014 to promote Kill the Beast.
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