Synergy Concerts presents:
+ Fred Abong + Beerjacket
Entry Requirements: 14+ under 16s must be accompanied by an adult
Kristin Hersh, most recognized as the front person for the influential art-punk band Throwing Muses and power trio 50FOOTWAVE, will kick off a short visit to the UK this summer with her sold-out performance at Robert Smith’s Meltdown Festival on June 21st, followed by a set of solo dates in Glasgow, Newcastle, Halifax, Cambridge, Ramsgate and Brighton.
“LAX”, a preview track from of her upcoming album “Possible Dust Clouds” to be released later this year can be streamed at kristinhersh.com/xxx
Throwing Muses first gained traction in the early ‘80s, playing with similarly singular artists, such as The Pixies and Dinosaur Jr. They continue to release groundbreaking music, most recently with 2013’s double CD masterpiece ‘Purgatory/Paradise’.
Kristin’s solo career spun off in 1994 with the release of ‘Hips and Makers’, a widely acclaimed album that included ‘Your Ghost’, a duet with R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe. Since then, Kristin has released a steady stream of distinctly individual solo albums, including 2010’s ‘Crooked’, released as her first in the inventive book/CD format for which she is now known.
2016’s ‘Wyatt at the Coyote Palace’, on which Kristin played all of the instruments, received rave reviews; an explosive defined by blistering guitars, powerful drumming and her signature visceral vocal technique. Her poignant true stories bring the listener into what the BBC calls Hersh's "dark and dizzy world".
In 2004, Kristin formed the noise rock power trio 50FOOTWAVE, releasing a series of frighteningly intense mini-albums, all available for download free of charge. Their most recent 'Bath White' EP was described as “a series of loud explosions, of velvet like dreams all intermingled at the same time. Bath White takes no prisoners.”
Kristin’s writing career has flourished with the highly acclaimed ‘Paradoxical Undressing’ (released as ‘Rat Girl’ in the USA) and the award winning ‘Don’t Suck, Don’t Die’, a personal account of her long friendship with the late Vic Chesnutt, as well as the enchanting books which now accompany each of her record releases.
Beerjacket is the musical title of Glasgow alt-folk singer-songwriter, Peter Kelly but don’t give him credit for writing the songs. “I never actually sit down to write songs. I just get a feeling for a while. I won’t touch a guitar, I’ll just go about with a song in my head, or a word, or a picture. The songs obviously sit in the subconscious for years, so, when they come out, you almost hardly recognise them. If it’s any sort of craft, it’s almost witchcraft. It’s like a spell.” Since beginning Beerjacket in 2004, Kelly has shared the stage with many great musicians such as The National, Kristin Hersh, Feist, Arab Strap, Sean Lennon, Ron Sexsmith, St. Vincent, Mogwai, Rilo Kiley, Frightened Rabbit, British Sea Power, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Bat For Lashes, Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan, Guillemots, Joan As Police Woman, Mark Eitzel, and Tom Vek (to name a few). The list is almost infinite but name your favourite musicians of the past twenty years and there’s a pretty good chance Beerjacket has opened for them… Beerjacket has found fans in musicians and critics alike with Matt Berninger of The National describing Kelly as “the new Elliott Smith”. Features have appeared in national press including The Herald, The National and the Daily Record, as well as in international publications such as Rolling Stone. Kristin Hersh toured intimate Scottish venues with Beerjacket, ending each night by duetting with Kelly on her signature song, Your Ghost. Hersh is a long-time supporter of Beerjacket and said of 2011’s The White Feather Trail: “No matter how much music you listen to, you rarely stumble across a musical approach that does not wear its influences on its sleeve. These songs speak in their own language." Extensive TV, radio and press coverage followed the production of two studio albums, The White Feather Trail and Darling Darkness, recorded by long-time collaborator Stuart MacLeod and featuring vocals from Louise Connell (Reverieme) and Julia Doogan (Julia and the Doogans). A third studio record - Silver Cords - is almost complete and, like its older siblings, this one practically wrote itself. Like magic.
“When you start with nothing, it’s the juxtaposition of having too much possibility and no foundation to build from,” he explains. “The first song to be written for the album was in January 2015, and the lyrical ideas and images that fell into my head for that song did become threads for the rest of the album. I find it interesting that ideas that appear random at the beginning can become the backbone of a body of work.”
“Glorious… one of Scotland’s finest singer-songwriters” (Jim Gellatly) “Quite simply the finest exponent of this genre around in Scotland (if not the whole of Britain) today.” (Metro)