Synergy Concerts presents:
Spare Snare & De Rosa
+ Broken Chanter
Entry Requirements: 18+
Spare Snare hail from Dundee, Scotland, releasing their first 7” in 1992. Over the last 25 years they have released 12 albums on their own Chute Records. The band have recorded four John Peel sessions, a Marc Riley session and various BBC Scotland Sessions. Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse was a fan and Snow Patrol and Idlewild have cited Spare Snare as in influence. Their 2018 LP 'Sounds' was recorded by influential engineer Steve Albini (Nirvana, Pixies, Breeders).
After hearing that Albini was a fan and happy to travel to Scotland to record the band, they approached Creative Scotland to fund a Scottish Engineers’ Workshop for 10 engineers, where Spare Snare and Albini would host. Spare Snare were the sound source for the workshop and Albini recorded the band for the rest of that week at Chem19 studios in Blantyre. Albini had only previously recorded once in Scotland, doing The Breeders ‘Pod’ album in Edinburgh.
The result is the pure analogue recording of ‘Sounds’. An album where the band recorded tracks from their catalogue that have matured over the years of playing live or tracks that would suit the Albini touch.
They all had a blast. 10 tracks recorded and mixed by Albini in 5 days.
The album features guest musicians and sounds including: Trumpet, Bagpipes and vocals by Emma Pollock (The Delgados). It also features one of the oldest Fender slide guitars in the world, fact fans. The album is available on Vinyl and Digital, mastered, cut and pressed at the highest spec by the renowned Pete Norman. Think Audiophile.
Being record collectors themselves, the band were keen to thank and help record stores. Various limited coloured versions of the album are available, including an edition especially for Scottish Indie Stores, another for UK independent Stores and a neon yellow version for Rough Trade Shops, who have championed the band since the first 7”.
De Rosa are a band from Lanarkshire, Scotland. They released their debut single Camera on local indie label Gargleblast Records in 2004. The single was championed by John Peel and received airplay on Radio 1. De Rosa spent the next two years creating their debut LP. They have released three acclaimed studio albums – Mend (2006), Prevention (2009), and Weem (2016) - on Glasgow's legendary labels, Chemikal Underground and Rock Action Records. De Rosa are songwriter Martin John Henry (vocals, guitar), James Woodside (bass) and Neil Woodside (drums). They have toured in support of Mogwai, Doves and Arab Strap and have collaborated with Under the Skin author Michel Faber on the album, Ballads of the Book (Chemikal Underground, 2007). In 2018 they were invited by Robert Smith to play his Meltdown festival at the Southbank Centre in London. De Rosa are currently recording the followup to Weem with producer Andy Miller (Mogwai, Arab Strap, Scout Niblett).
Weem (Rock Action Records, 2016) is De Rosa's third studio album. The band wrote and tracked the album's 11 songs in a cottage in the Perthshire village of Weem before returning to the studio to mix with esteemed producer Andy Miller (Mogwai, Life Without Buildings, Songs: Ohia).
Looking to escape from their urban routine, De Rosa chose to record Weem in the isolation of the Scottish highlands. They have produced a collection of expansive, multi-layered songs where dark synth pop meets pastoral folk rock. Singer Martin John Henry’s vocals reveal a subtle and distinctly Scottish voice, exploring themes of community, ritual and reflection. Through this rigorously independent approach De Rosa have journeyed into new terrain and emerged with some of their most immediate and important music to date.
“The kind of parochial majesty you might encounter if The Pixies reworked The Go-Betweens' "Before Hollywood" for a documentary about the social history of Lanarkshire..." - Mojo Magazine, June 2006.
Barry Burns of Mogwai and Robert Dallas Gray of Life Without Buildings have guested on De Rosa songs. The cover artwork of second album Prevention features a portrait of De Rosa painted by Glasgow writer and artist Alasdair Gray. The band have recorded sessions for BBC Radio Scotland and BBC 6 Music's Marc Riley Show.
When asked about the importance of place in his lyrics, founding member and song-writer Martin John Henry stated: "I guess in some small way I’m trying to give post-industrial Lanarkshire a place in culture.”