In 2012, Le Guess Who? hosted Fuzzbox, a garage rock-focused program that was later also staged in London. This year, the genre receives another celebration with Fuzzland, a mini-festival within Le Guess Who? with its very own area in Utrecht. Fuzzland is dedicated to showcasing all things fuzzy and focusing on a wide range of garage rock affiliated acts. Le Guess Who? festival kicks off TODAY and this Saturday it’s time for this amazing festival-within-a-festival, including two bands of the Sedate roster.
The story goes that Yonatan Gat (former Tel Aviv based garage band Monotonix guitar virtuoso) found the inspiration for his solo project while hearing Igor Domingues soundchecking at a festival in Portugal. The African-influenced punk drums and percussion he heard that faithful day, together with Gat’s guitar shredding and Middle Eastern resonance, make his solo work an explosive and otherworldly mix of sounds. NY Press adequately labelled it as “Jimi-Hendrix-meets-Godzilla”, and for its genre-bending qualities that’s probably the closest you’ll get to finding a descriptive categorization. *Yonatan Gat is scheduled to perform at the ACU at 21:00 on Saturday 22nd of November.*
Watch Yonatan Gat perform live for Joyfull Noise:
de sp aties take inspiration from Dutch beat music and sixties punk. Sung in Dutch, their songs are about the joys and disappointments of getting older and living in the countryside. Knowing their own limitations, they celebrate the freedom that is yielded by this. Their motto? ‘Half an hour lasts 30 minutes’. With that, they rock away until the end with a big smile on their faces. *de sp aties are scheduled to perform in the Moira at 19:00 on Saturday 22nd of November*.
Get in the mood with this hit song of de sp aties:
Iberian Passage, the debut EP from New York-by-way-of-Tel-Aviv composer and guitarist Yonatan Gat, of Monotonix fame, is being reissued on CD and white vinyl. The EP, which was first released last May via Joyful Noise Recordings, came to life after Gat played in a festival in Portugal where he met Portuguese drummer Igor Domingues (Throes + the Shine). The pair began to collaborate and Gat moved to Porto temporarily, and ended up recording Iberian Passage at Estúdios Sá da Bandeira. Inspired by Brazilian psychedelic experimentalists Os Mutantes and African ensembles such as Orchestra Baobab, Iberian Passage is a tropical and frenetic improvisational affair.
To celebrate this re-release, Yonatan Gat will embark on a European tour next week, with no less than THREE Dutch dates including the amazing Le Guess Who? festival this weekend:
2014-11-20: Rotterdam @ WORM Rotterdam
2014-11-21: Amsterdam @ De Nieuwe Anita
2014-11-22: Utrecht @ Le Guess Who?
What’s more, the EP comes with an ace brand new song, ‘East to West’, and you can listen to it now via THIS link.
The release of ‘Stay Reckless’, Austin Lucas latest record, marked an important moment for this young troubadour who amassed fans all over the globe. An alt-country album brimming with punk rock energy and heartland earnestness. TODAY we’re happy to tell you he’s working on his follow up named ‘Between The Moon and The Midwest’ for New West Records.
ALSO we’re happy to announce the first batch of tourdates in support of this album for his European tour which is set for the end of January until the beginning of March. Find all freshly announced tourdates at the bottom of this message. Aaron “Cuz” Persinger known for his time with the Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band will be the special guest opening the shows.
Raised in the backwoods country of Monroe County, Indiana, Austin Lucas was born into a folk and bluegrass lineage. His father, Bob Lucas, is an accomplished musician and performer in his own right, having earned songwriting credits on two of Allison Krauss’ albums. Learning to harmonize before learning to read, Lucas honed his vocal control as a member of the nationally-acclaimed Indiana University Children’s Choir. In a narrative as well-worn as it is true, Lucas rebelled against his upbringing, leaving his Americana roots for the catharsis of punk rock. After the better part of a decade spent criss-crossing the globe with a series of bands in broken-down vans, Lucas hit a musical glass-ceiling, eventually finding respite for his ringing ears in the delicacy of traditional songcraft.
Singing with the conviction of a preacher bereft of his faith, Lucas tackles recurrent themes of the soul, sin as personal purgatory, and the possibility of finding redemption in this life. The fallacies of man take center stage as the righteous false prophet is denounced as a “hollow vessel with unsteady hands.” Turning the harsh light of hindsight on himself, Lucas addresses the hard lessons learned in the passing of youth, ruminating on the failures and missed opportunities, pledging, “If there’s a light shining/ Point the way there/ A straight way of walking/ I’ll be like an arrow.”
2015.01.28 Hamburg (DE) @ Hafenklang
2015.01.29 Leipzig (DE) @ Werk 2
2015.01.30 Berlin (DE) @ Cassiopeia
2015.01.31 Jena (DE) @ JG-Stadt
2015.02.03 Vienna (AT) @ Arena
2015.02.04 Pavia (IT) @ Spaziomusica
2015.02.05 Livigno (IT) @ Marcos Pub
2015.02.06 Cantu (IT) @ All 1&35 Circa
2015.02.07 Vignola, Modena (IT) @ Stones Cafe
2015.02.08 Lyon (FR) @ KraspeK Myzik
2015.02.10 Bilbao (ESP) @ Kafe Antzokia
2015.02.11 Barcelona (ESP) @ Rocksound
2015.02.12 Madrid (ESP) @ Siroco
2015.02.14 Winterthur (CH) @ Gaswerk
2015.02.22 London (UK) @ Boston Arms
2015.02.23 Brighton (UK) @ The Prince Albert
2015.02.25 Venlo (NL) @ Grenswerk
2015.02.26 Aarschot (BE) @ Gasthuisschuur
2015.02.27 Eindhoven (NL) @ Wilhelmina
2015.02.28 Munster (DE) @ Gleis 22
The Legendary Shack Shakers (originally Those or Th’) have been a high-energy mixture of blues, gypsy, twang and just about anything else that they can fit in, for about twenty years now and we’re happy to welcome them back barnstorming through The Netherlands for THREE shows next week:
Described as “the maddest, baddest, most outrageous band in America (a hat that once proudly sat on the head of The Cramps) the maniacal preaching and hard stomping sound of JD Wilkes and the Legendary Shack Shakers is a show that truly should not be missed. This will be onslaughts of full tilt, sweat drenched, kick arse, harp blowin’ voodoo-billy.
For their fifth album, Elliott Brood wanted to break things. 2008’s Mountain Meadows was shortlisted for the Polaris Prize, and the band’s last record, Days Into Years, won a 2011 Juno award for roots album of the year. Now was the time to smash the precedents, break the mould. To withdraw to a farmhouse in Bath, Ontario, hammering out nine songs in two weeks.
The new studio album Work And Love is to be released on October 21st on Paper Bag Records. The day after their EU tour starts and will run till mid-November. In the meantime you can already listen to the album which is streaming one week early right here: www.relix.com/premiere_elliott_brood
On Work And Love, songwriters Casey Laforet and Mark Sasso draw on their life experiences for songs that feel of the moment with nods to such artists as Richard Buckner and Neil Young & Crazy Horse. Joining Laforet, Sasso and Stephen Pitkin on this release are such guests as Aaron Goldstein (City and Colour, Daniel Romano) on pedal steel and John Dinsmore (Kathleen Edwards) on bass. For this tour Aaron Goldstein joins them on the road.
Expect songs which are loud and quiet but mostly loud, and always reaching toward something. First loves, lost loves, fuck-ups and young men’s just desserts. Laforet has called Work and Love a “lament for youth”, but it’s also a eulogy for the moments that came just after, on the doorstep of manhood. It’s music of remembered abandon, new burdens, and those nights, years ago, when the moonlit fields seemed to go on forever. It’s Elliott Brood at their sheerest, facing forward and backward at the same time.
2014.10.22 Leiden (NL) @ Q-Bus
2014.10.24 Lyon (FR) @ Les Bons Sauvages
2014.10.25 Bilbao (ESP) @ Sala Azkena
2014.10.27 Madrid (ESP) @ Boite
2014.10.28 Barcelona (ESP) @ Rocksound
2014.10.31 Jerez (ESP) @ Serie Z Festival
2014.11.04 Hamburg (DE) @ Astra Stube
2014.11.05 Berlin (DE) @ Crystal
2014.11.07 Suffolk (UK) @ The Bank Eye
2014.11.08 Bristol (UK) @ Stag & Hounds
2014.11.09 London (UK) @ The Islington
2014.11.10 Brighton (UK) @ Prince Albert
2014.11.11 Nottingham (UK) @ The Doghouse
2014.11.12 Deventer (NL) @ Burgerweeshuis
2014.11.13 Amsterdam (NL) @ Paradiso
2014.11.14 Borger (NL) @ VanSlag
2014.11.15 Ottersum (NL) @ Roepean