Wednesday 24th October 2018
Doors 7:00 pm
Price £12 + booking fee / £14 on the door
Manchester-based singer-songwriter BC Camplight returns with full band alongside his second album for Bella Union – Deportation Blues – an exhilarating dynamic document of calamity and stress, relayed through richly melodic and bold arrangements.
After BC Camplight’s BU debut 2015’s How To Die in The North was released, the New Jersey native Brian Christinzio found that he was being deported back to the US two days just after the critically acclaimed album was released.
Occasional gigs in Europe, where his Manchester-based band could meet him, and extended sojourns in Dublin and Paris, broke up the monotony, but he was still “living in a constant panic attack.” After the dust settled and Christinzio could finally return back to live in the UK in his newly adopted home of Manchester, he locked himself in a windowless studio and recorded his next album almost exclusively in the dark.
Deportation Blues spans singer-songwriter classicism, gnarly synth-pop, ‘50s rock’n’roll and various junctures between, mirroring their maverick creator’s jarred emotions and fractured mindset. Genius and pain may be here to stay at last.
“Melodic and eccentric, this is a multi-layered beauty” – Q Magazine ****
“Not only a remarkable return, but also a songwriting master-class that will hopefully see BC Camplight embark upon a second act worthy of his talents.” – Record Collector ****
Support comes from:
Psychic Markers – consisting of Alannah Ashworth, Lewis Baker, Steven Dove, Leon Dufficy and Luke Jarvis – are a hodgepodge bunch made up of members of various other bands and with a geographical backdrop that stretches countries as well as counties. So it makes sense that their music would be eclectically emblematic of such sprawling backgrounds.
Their new album Hardly Strangers is out now on Bella Union.
“While the machine-made pulse and texture suggest the influence of Kraftwerk and Cluster, traces of Broadcast and Ghost Box are just as discernable amid the band’s shimmering brand of psych.” – Uncut
“Veers from 50s doo wop to Krautrock abstraction and a neat line in devoutly English psych-pop… ‘Fields Of Abstraction’ is an off kilter indie gem, with its hard-earned melodic nous coupled to a willingness to step outside the rules.” – Clash