Shapes - Von Spar + Batsch + Mauno + Grace

The Tin Music and Arts and Tin Angel Records present: SHAPES

Saturday 01 October 2016 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
£5 advance / £3 concessions / £7 on the door

SHAPES with Von Spar + Mauno + Batsch + Grace + DJs

The Tin Music and Arts and Tin Angel Records continue their longstanding collaboration to bring you a sterling line up of both local and international talent at The Box at Fargo Village on Saturday 1st October.

Precarious bon vivants, gifted musicians, radical guys – Von Spar are many things, but above all, they are one of the most amazing bands in the realms that the British music press once baptized as Krautrock. Sebastian Blume, Jan Philipp Janzen, Christopher Marquez and Phillip Tielsch have in past been praised even more than the revenants of the genre (in 2012, together with Stephen Malkmus, before the watering eyes of CAN founding members Irmin Schmidt and Jaki Liebezeit, they provided a reinterpretation of the album “Ege Bamyasi” at the Cologne Weekend Festival) – even if the four were inspired equally by techno, synthpop, noise, post- punk and new music.

If boredom really does breed creativity, then Halifax, Nova Scotia weirdo pop-rock sophisticates mauno must be four intensely bored individuals. Formed in September 2014, mauno – pronounced Mao-no, and named after bassist Eliza Niemi’s adamantly unmusical Finnish grandfather – have a wandering sound that refuses to be pinned down. Over the course of rough master it strays from twisting grunge-pop on ‘Again’, to a breezy lilt on ‘Champs’, to piano ambience (‘Pulses’) and string-accompanied haze (‘Reeling’) elsewhere. But then, what do you expect when Eliza has a background in classical cello and old R&B, while Nick boasts a record collection jammed with choral and folk? The result is an album that sounds like a windows-rolled- down summer road trip with the cast of Seinfeld. mauno were made in Halifax, but they’re ready to take on the planet and galaxies beyond.

Batsch are a Midlands quartet opening up the world of dark disco with a meticulous approach to pop songwriting and a dedication to treading the line between the gutter and glamour. Much like the music of their favourite artists: Talking Heads, Chic and Fela Kuti among others, Batsch’s songs have a deceptively effortless groove. Batsch have released two EPs that skirt the edge of lo-fi whilst retaining the clarity necessary for dance floor satisfaction. Currently working on a new album, Batsch will be back soon with interesting melodies and darkly infectious pop sounds.


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