The thing is, I'm venturing back into the gig promotion thing that I did back in 2011 to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the blog. That time it was Butcher Boy supported by Adam Stafford and a fun night was had by all, even if it did leave me absolutely exhausted and vowing never to do it again.
But I've changed my mind. It's partly to do with me turning 50 years of age in just over three months time but it's mainly cos I got offered the chance to get involved with a show by a young band who I've long predicted a big future for...and now it seems the NME, the UK's most popular and influential music paper is also tipping Father Sculptor for stardom as evidenced by this online piece yesterday:-
Last summer, they marked themselves out as the new go-to guys for arched miserablism brushed over with a kind of grand, elegant euphoria. Now, Glasgow via Manchester’s most sombre bunch Father Sculptor are set to release their debut EP ‘Faith And Violence’ next month. They’ve already previewed one track from that record - the gloriously swoonsome ‘Lowlands’ (listen here) - and following swiftly behind is another, in the form of ‘Sault’.
On first appearances, it’s far less solemn than any of their previous output, bouncing with delicate marimbas and a groove ripped straight from the heart of a mid-80s indie disco. Then, frontman Thomas David’s howls unravel, dampening the buoyant guitars with gloomy lines like “all I want is a purpose to live for” and the later growls of “it’s the ways they lie when I always try... But the things they hide I can no longer abide.” The latest in a growing catalogue of deftly played-out anguish, ‘Sault’ sees Father Sculptor further defining their role as one of our greatest new despondent hopes.
The ‘Faith and Violence’ EP is released digitally and on 12” vinyl on April 15 via IX Hispana Records. Father Sculptor play the following dates around the release:
April 13th - Stereo, Glasgow
April 15th - Birthdays, London
April 16th - Castle Hotel, Manchester
April 17th - Nation of Shopkeepers, Leeds
April 19th - Think Tank, Newcastle
The gig on Saturday 13th is one that I'm involved in as promoter. And thanks to great help from the band along with Matthew at Song By Toad there's a cracking couple of support acts in the shape of Plastic Animals and Secret Motorbikes.
Click here for more on Plastic Animals
Click Here for more on Secret Motorbikes
The tickets for the show are an absolute bargain at £4 plus 40p booking fee per person. They're real easy to obtain. Just click on this link.
For a listen to the sorts of stuff you can hear from Father Sculptor, click here.
Hope some of you can come along.