JULY 19TH – OLD QUEENS HEAD – ARTHUR RIGBY & THE BASKERVYLLES / IGOR VOLK / THE MODERN JESTERS – FREE ENTRY!!
Oh! Inverted World returns to the Old Queens Head on July 19th with (as ever, obvs) an AMAZING line-up of Arthur Rigby & the Baskervylles, Igor Volk,and The Modern Jesters. You’d expect to pay good money for such quality, but no, IT’S TOTALLY FREE!
———-ARTHUR RIGBY & THE BASKERVYLLES———-
Arthur Rigby & The Baskervylles are a Leeds orchestral-pop eight piece (yes that’s right, there’s EIGHT of them).The sound the band creates is a genuinely beautiful mixing pot of lush orchestrations, poetic lyrics, romantic melodies and powerful energy.
Arthur Rigby have become firm favourites of BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson, who regularly features the band on his show. The music is the invention of front man and guitarist Benjamin, scoring songs for violins, piano, bass, trumpet, trombone, Saxophone and flute. Originally a 2-piece, with drummer Alex joining Benjamin, the Leeds based duo used orchestral backing arranged on laptops with samples and programming.
Igor Volk, I believe, has made one of the best songs I’ve heard this year with ‘Voice’. I defy you to not spin this on repeat. Ivor was a member of New Young Pony Club and is now currently working on a full album with Nick Phillips from the New Sins. We are super excited for this!!
———-THE MODERN JESTERS———-
Our friend Jonny Taylor is now fronting The Modern Jesters which from what we’re heard are are also pretty awesome.
Oh! Inverted World is back on June 21st with another showcase of the best new music around! And we also have an Oh! Inverted World DOUBLE birthday thrown into the mix this month (James is oooold, Tom is even oooolder, please bring along cake to cheer them both up).
Up this month we will have our second O!IW appearance from the ace BEAR DRIVER. Expect awesome tunes, sweeping melodies, and a hell of a show. Exciting!
Speaking of exciting, the hotly-tipped (and quite-rightly-so) SOUTHERN will also be on the bill. Made up of Belfast duo Thom and Lucy Southern, this band not only come with the O!IW “stamp of approval”, but have recently been picking up accolades from the likes of BBC Radio 1 and The Fly, as well as supporting The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart and Willy Mason amongst others. Nice.
And kicking things off for us will be the downright magnificent SEA STACKS, charming and wondrous, this is the kind of act that the Old Queens Head was made for.
So that all sounds pretty good, right? Throw in some quality DJ sets and the fact the night is FREE ENTRY (yep, it won’t cost you a penny) and how can you say no? We’d love to see you all on Thursday, June 21st. Here’s an event page too folks! OIW – JUNE 21st 2012
O!IW teamed up again with Sound You Can See at our last monthly showcase for another exclusive O!IW Session. Following on from the wonderful session we did with Sam Airey (you can still watch that session HERE), we pulled aside the ace GOOD DANGERS who played a brand new tune for us “Better Than You Were” in the top of The Old Queens Head on a ridiculously sunny afternoon…
A great night followed with Amber States, Findlay and Good Dangers playing to a packed out night. Look out for a new session this month, and news on our June 21st showcase that will feature the excellent Bear Driver, Southern and Sea Stacks.
So we’re a full 5 days into 2011, and a full month and 5 days since we last added some astute ramblings onto this esteemed blog. What the hell have we been doing? And were there monkey pirates involved? Well, December consisted of an awesome Oh! Inverted World with Cibelle (God, she was incredible), Inca Gold and Saint Saviour; endless Christmas parties; James becoming The Human Hamster after becoming infected and fatboothed by Mumps; mulled wine; scrabble; ill-fated trips abroad; mince pies and Big Gigs (Arcade Fire, Lady Gaga, Biffy Clyro). On the final day of December we were treated to the first ever Oh! Inverted World wedding at the Old Queens Head for O!IW’s veteran Aussie Danyelle Mastroianni and her beau Daniel Bolden. Twas a tremendous day and our very own Sam Seager was even the resident photographer!
D&D GET HOOKED!
so yeah, we’ve been busy and we’ve neglected our blog writing duties. We sorry, please forgive us! To make up for this inexcusable laziness, here are some nice things for your ears.
1. Grouplove – Colours An amazing new band who we hope to chat to you more about very soon.
This Thursday the 28th of October, we are delighted and honoured to have the pretty special Liam Bailey playing at Oh! Inverted World at the Old Queens Head. The 25 year old singer-songwriter from Nottingham makes retro R&B like a modern day Otis Redding and has a voice that will soothe even the biggest, most hellish of hangovers (I am testament to these healing qualities). Recently signed to Polydor and with an album coming out in January produced by Amy Winehouse’s main man Salaam Remi, we reckon this might well be the last chance you have to see Liam in such an intimate place as our home at the Old Queens Head.
Check him out performing ‘It’s Not The Same’ at the Federation House Social Club in Nottingham.
Good in’t he? We’ve also got a track to give to you guys for free cos we like you that much…
Also on Thursday we have Isle of Wight boys The Shutes headling. They’ve been getting a ton of buzz recently, including NME who say they’re the “most far-out rock’n’roll joyride to have left IOW since August 31, 1970 when Hendrix’s trailer pulled out”, which is pretty good! To us they’re the South Coast’s answer to Sleepy Jackson, and we’re pretty happy about that. PLUS opening for us is a young man from Scotland called Aaron Wright. He’s got members of Belle & Sebastian, Teenage Fanclub and Camera Obscura in his band, and he sounds like the Beach Boys, which is nice. His first EP is out on the 1st of November and this is his only current London show, hooray!
On Thursday July 22nd FINALLY James Vincent McMorrow will be gracing the O!IW stage. We asked James to write us a few words for the blog to introduce himself before the show, cos you know, he’s Irish and as April proved, it’s waaaay harder to get over from Ireland than you’d think. That hasn’t stopped his record getting around though, in fact from this week you can get his amazing album ‘Early In The Morning’ in the wonderful Rough Trade.
So over to our man James for a few words on how he came to be playing at the Old Queens Head for us on July 22nd…
I was asked to write something for the blog before i come over to play the Oh! Inverted World show on the 22nd of July. They told me i could write about anything i wanted. That’s a fairly terrifying prospect for someone like myself. At any one moment I’m usually thinking about 20 different and fairly odd things. Thankfully Caroline came back to me again and said it’d be nice if i made it personal, spoke about who i am and how it is that i came to be doing all this, because most of you reading this will probably know very little about me. So I’ll give that a go.
I should start by saying that when you make the kind of music i make, some might have certain ideas about the type of person that you are, and the type of music that inspires you. What i mean by this is that they probably picture someone who spends a good portion of his day out in the woods staring at the ground, listening to After the Goldrush on repeat. And while it’s certainly true that i do spend a good deal of my time by myself and often in rather quiet places, and After the Goldrush does hold a place amongst my most favourite records of all time, it’s just a very small part of who i am, and what compels me to make music.
I began writing songs about 4 years ago. Before that I’d spent 3 or so years learning to play instruments, and to sing. The drums were my first love, i took them up because there weren’t many drummers about, and the notion of being at the back of the stage quietly going about my work really appealed to me. I learnt by playing along to bands like At the drive in, System of a down and Refused, because the drums on their records were unreal. I felt this urge to keep taking on new challenges though, so other instruments followed. One day i read an article with Pharrell Williams in which he was talking about his influences. The work the Neptunes were doing at the time was amazing to me, so i wrote down the musicians he’d mentioned. One of them was a man named Donny Hathaway, who I’d never heard of before. I bought his live record, ‘These songs for you’, i got to the song ‘I love you more than you will ever know’, and within 2 bars of hearing his voice on it, i knew i wanted to sing. I’d never heard somebody sound like that, everything he said, i believed. I played that song over and over, trying (and failing miserably) to hit the high note in the bridge section. It definitely did not come easily to me, i always just had this singular idea that if i put my head down and learnt the craft then one day it would just click, so i persevered.
I didn’t even contemplate writing my own songs until i felt i had something worth writing about. I knew that the first time i put a pen to paper the words should matter. So I would record demos in my house, coming up with ideas, scrapping most of them. I spent about 2 years doing this, when it comes to songwriting and recording there is so much to learn, i don’t think that you can ever say that you have it figured out, you just have to keep working at it.
At the start of 2008 i decided it was time to make a record. I gathered up the recording equipment i owned (a computer and a slightly damaged microphone) and moved out to a house by the sea in a quiet part of Ireland. I spent 6 months there recording by myself. I had tried making something before in a proper studio with an amazing engineer and it hadn’t clicked for me. The only place where i was ever truly happy up to that point had been in the front room of my folks house recording demos. I guess i was trying to get back that spirit in a way, and where better to try and do that than hidden away somewhere with no one to disturb you. But then if i’m honest i had no well thought out plan or agenda at all. I just wanted to make something i could listen to and be proud of. I didn’t know if it would be a record or not, i wasn’t even sure if it could be. I wasn’t sure if people would hear it and laugh at how odd and low-fi it sounded, i was simply making it for myself.
Having those first people listen to it and understand it for what it is was such a relief. The fact that it wasn’t this big studio record didn’t seem to matter. That was such a revelation to me, that if you made something honestly then it didn’t matter so much if sonically it wasn’t this big grand thing. Now I’m very grateful that i’m now being given the chance to travel and play my songs for others, (like the wonderful folks at Oh Inverted World!) there was a moment before i made the album where i wasn’t sure if that was ever going to happen.
And so that brings us pretty much up to now. I hope this has been relatively interesting reading. I don’t think I’ll ever get used to writing things about my own life, it’s a very strange thing to have to do! See you soon perhaps.
Here’s a nice little video that a fan’s made of ‘Follow You Down To The Red Oak Tree’
PLUS, James has been good enough (I know, I know, he’s already been amazing agreeing to write us an essay!) to give us an mp3 of the hauntingly beautiful ‘If I Had A Boat’.
Last night Oh! Inverted World descended once again on the Old Queens Head in Angel. It was an awesome night and thanks so much to Left With Pictures, Emit Bloch and Look, Stranger! for coming down. A particular highlight for me had to be Emit leading a singalong to Kelis’ 2003 hit ‘Milkshake’, damn right it’s better than yours!
As always though not everyone could make it and at the beginning of the night there was a flurry of texts from friends detailing various different ailments, World Cup watching commitments and varying states of ‘exhaustion’ that meant they were unable to attend. It was at this stage when the soundcheck was still running a bit too late for our liking that we started to get the infamous ‘Promoter Fear’. For those of you lucky enough not to be acquainted with Promoter Fear, it’s basically like throwing a birthday party every month and experiencing the dread and the sick-inducing internal monologue which goes something like “OHMYGOD NO ONE’S COMING, I’M SO ALONE! EVERYONE HATES ME! I HAVE NO FRIENDS” etc. etc. Mercifully our fears weren’t realised and it was a wonderful evening, but it was still inspiration enough for us to do start drawing cartoons that really expressed our inner fears. So here we are, NOW THIS IS ART!!
By Christopher George
By Joe Bish
By Christopher George
By Christopher George
By Joe Bish
By Caz Beashel
By Christopher George
By Joe Bish
And here for no other reason that it’s a fitting title and a good song is a tune by the Morning Benders…
BAXTER DURY, KIT RICHARDSON, THE BORDER SURRENDER
May 20th, The Old Queens Head (London)
Following April’s volcano wash out where we lost our line-up to acts stranded all around the globe, OIW comes back bigger and stronger on May 20th, and with less natural disasters! (hopefully). Here’s the sterling line-up for our next bash in the gorgeous surroundings of the Old Queens Head;
We are more than a bit excited to be welcoming BAXTER DURY to the Oh! Inverted World stage, his dad might have been the legendary Ian Dury, but Baxter has been carving out a niche of his own and proven to be a brilliant lyricist and songwriter in his own right. After signing to Rough Trade Records he put out two simply amazing records, “Len Parrot’s Memorial Lift” (featuring collaborations with Portishead’s Geoff Barrow and Adrian Utley, and Richard Hawley) and 2005’s excellent “Floor Show”. If you haven’t seen Baxter before then let us tell you that this will be something a little bit special.
We will also have the wonderful KIT RICHARDSON on the bill, there always seems to be some reason or the other that this show hasn’t happened yet (volcanoes were just the last in the series), but FINALLY we are delighted to have Kit confirmed and along for the show. Her live shows are something to behold, and as a taster here’s a live version of “You Look So Good Tonight” to wrap your ears around;
And if that wasn’t enough (it never is for you people!), we’re also bringing you the amazing THE BORDER SURRENDER to join us for the evening too! These guys are so on their way up it’s getting scary, and their tuneful Americana tinged music has been gathering momentum since they first hit the road in January. They released their debut EP in April to a packed crowd of nodding, knowing folk on Charlotte Street, and now they’re bringing their great live show to Oh! Inverted World.
It’s going to be damn good folks. We’ve also got the one and only MR DAVE DEPARES back on the decks to make everyone happy and drunk on music throughout the night. Get yourself down to this one and we’ll see you on May 20th! It’s only a fiver with a flyer too (coming soon)…
James Vincent McMorrow, a singer-songwriter from Dublin city, is new to our ears here at OIW. It’s easy to yawn and quickly dismiss him as yet another overly sincere male singer-songwriter strumming a guitar, and to be honest we were tempted. Thankfully we didn’t make this mistake with Mr McMorrow. In amidst a sea of beardy folky types strumming guitars, this is a man who manages to really standout. With his hauntingly gentle vocals, guitars as warm and cosy as an open fire, you’d expect this to be a cheesy as fuck affair, but it’s not. As lovely as it is affecting, there’s a hell of a lot of fragility on display here. And images of trees. Loads of trees. One thing you can’t ignore is how similar in part McMorrow is to fellow beardy ‘fan of trees’, Bon Iver. That’s not a criticism, Bon Iver is awesome on toast, and McMorrow’s different enough and good enough not to be accused of being an imitator.
Anyways, the reason we’re chatting about him today is he’s coming to play Oh! Inverted World at the Old Queens Head on April 22nd, which is incredibly exciting indeed!
It’s a while off yet, but to get you fully prepared here’s a track from his new album ‘Early In The Morning‘ he’s kindly donated for your enjoyment…
James Vincent McMorrow – Follow You Down to the Red Oak Tree
They do a grizzled cover of La Roux’s ‘In For The Kill’ included on a mix tape they’re putting out. Yes you heard correct, a freakin rewind, fast forward, pull the tape out, stick a pencil in tape cassette, and if you catch them on their current UK tour these are being handed out all decorated and collectible like. Along with a clip of their super sleazy track ‘Hung Up’, there’s some banging tunes and a Will Smith, big willy style cameo on it. I’d recommend joy riding the nearest escort, driving down a country lane and banging this out.
If you don’t know what a tape actually is or just want to hear this now it’s been uploaded to their blog, so although this feels like cheating it’s posted here for you to download.
The Cheek say: Presenting specks of dust volume 1; Troublevision is our favourite club night in London, on this mix we put to you a selection of some of the people who’ve kicked us in the head and made our feet move down at Corsica Studios. With some other stuff in there too.
et voila, le tracklisting…
The Cheek vs. Diplo – Hung Up (re-edit)
Phoenix – If I Ever Feel Better I’ll Go to the Disco (said the Buffalo Bunch)
Elite Force – No Turning Back (Mowgli and Solo mix)
Rivastarr – Vouxhall
Tomb Crew – Bigger Than
Will Smith – Miami (Laidback Luke bootleg)
Shab Ruffcut & Tee Ski – I’m Walking (Lee Mortimer remix)
The Rolling Stones – You Can’t Always Get What You Want (Soulwax remix)
The Cheek – In For The Kill
Kenneth Bager – I Can’t Wait (The Jayou Zub Refix)