The mighty Empress will be stopping off here at The Boileroom before they head off for their UK tour with Arcane Roots in April – catch these amazingly talented local lads in the intimate surrounds of the Boileroom before they go stellar! Tickets available here, here and here.
The fabulous Scritti Politti will be playing here live on Thursday 10th April – we are so excited to have Rough Trade stalwarts down here to play at the venue, tickets are now on sale here, here and here.
Scritti Politti are pleased to announce a headline show at the Guildford Boiler Rooms on April 10th 2014. They will also be supporting The Manic Street Preachers on three of their UK dates.
Forming in Leeds after seeing the Sex Pistols, Scritti became a Camden squat land collective, devouring Marxist critical theory and applying it to pop so remorselessly that after several landmark singles, they became too self – conscious to make it. Gartside re- emerged from this stasis and his 1980 collapse, as a genuine pop star. His talent was hinted at in the aching beauty of “The Sweetest Girl”– and full blown by “Cupid & Psyche 85” a landmark album that inspired black US pop. In 2006 he released the Mercury Nominated album “White Bread Black Beer”.
The marvellous Howling Bells are back at the Boileroom Thursday 29th May as part of their UK tour promoting their fabulous new album Heartstrings. Recorded at London’s Assault and Battery Studios with producers Catherine J Marks and Alan Moulder, the album is preceded by a single, Slowburn, on 7th April. The band will celebrate the release of the single with a live show at London’s Oslo, also on 7th April.
Heartstrings is Howling Bells’ fourth album, and the first they have recorded in their adopted hometown of London (the band’s debut, Howling Bells (2006), was demoed in Australia and recorded in Liverpool, while Radio Wars (2009) and 2011’s The Loudest Engine saw the band decamp to Los Angeles and Las Vegas respectively).
Taking a different approach to the making of their previous records, Howling Bells made the recording of Heartstrings an intense process, laying down a track a day for 11 days, resulting in a potent collection of songs. “Having a deadline means you’re forced to make crucial artistic decisions in a very short time. You don’t have the luxury of overthinking. I feel this process shaped the album. As a result, you become incredibly connected to the musical spirit of the band.” says frontwoman Juanita Stein. “We loved every second of it”.
Tickets now onsale here, here and here.
More stuff! Ezra Furman will be playing here LIVE Thursday 15th May with his rock n roll band – tickets go onsale this Friday 7th March at 10am from here, here and here.
For those not in the know about this talented individual, here’s some further reading: Ezra Furman started writing songs. Then he broke up with his longtime sweetie and formed a blistering rock and roll band (in Boston) called Ezra Furman & the Harpoons. They made albums: Banging Down the Doors (2007), Inside the Human Body (2008), Moon Face (2009) and Mysterious Power (2011). And they played some really great shows. They even became popular overseas.
Then Ezra went solo. He holed up in the attic (in Chicago where he is from) and made The Year of No Returning, released in 2012. Ezra’s follow-up album, entitled Day of the Dog, will be released in September of 2013 on Bar/None Records. Right now he is one of the best songwriters around. He rocks, he connects, he haunts and he kills. These days he usually plays with his wild band, The Boy-Friends. He’s one of our finest Rock ‘n’ Roll fools, heart open wide and fangs bared. Keep your eyes peeled, ladies and gents. He’s far from finished.