Wednesday 7th September 2016
Bella Spinks + The Boy Who Kicked Pigs
Doors 7:30 pm
Price £7.50 + booking fee / £9.50
Northwest indie hero, Karl Blau the enigmatic vocalist charts a new vision of country music, bringing his music to Brighton. Blau channels darkness and hope in a cinematic collection of Nashville country hits from the 1960’s and 70’s in his LP Introducing Karl Blau. Produced by Tucker Martine, the record features performances by Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Laura Veirs, Jon Hyde, Eli Moore (Lake), Steve Moore (Earth, SunnO)))), among others.
Karl Blau is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and DIY icon who helped turn his hometown of Anacortes, Washington, into an indie-music mecca. He has released more than 40 records in 20-odd years, many self-released in handmade packaging and mailed to subscribers, and others on iconic indie Northwest labels K and knw-yr-own. Blau has also toured and recorded for years with Laura Veirs, the Microphones, Little Wings, D+, and Earth.
Tucker Martine, known for his distinctive production work on music by My Morning Jacket, the Decemberists, and Laura Veirs, was first introduced to Blau’s early music by Veirs. “I was transfixed by Karl’s voice and completely absorbed by the world of sound he had created. I felt like I had been shown one of the great hidden treasures of music.”
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Bella Spinks is a 24 year old singer/songwriter from Brighton. She played her first gig at Brighton’s Concorde 2 at only 12 years of age. Fusing her characteristic piano style and inventive vocals she has drawn comparisons to Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush, Carole King and Regina Spektor. She has a passion for creating both interesting sounds and words.
‘Bella has the true instincts of every born poet, lyricist or writer that ever breathed. ‘ Tom Robinson 6music
The Boy Who kicked Pigs is the Alta ego of Independent Brighton musician Karl Bray. One time member of electro rock band Kovak. Expect haunting lyrics, beautiful melodies and harmony. Often working and writing with other musicians along with recording solo contemporary classical piano music. Don’t be scared, be inspired.