Erland & The Carnival
Tuesday 5th August 2014
Doors 7:30 pm
Price £6 / £8
Melting Vinyl are pleased to welcome Erland & The Carnival!
Formed in London by multi-instrumentalist Simon Tong (The Verve, Blur, Gorillaz, The Good The Bad and The Queen), folk guitarist and singer Gawain Erland Cooper, and drummer/engineer David Nock; the band are set to release their third album Closing Time, their most accomplished release to date and out on Full Time Hobby.
Originally bonding over Jackson C Frank’s song ‘My Name is Carnival’ after his show all those years ago,
Erland was first approached by Simon with a view to recording for his Butterfly folk label. The next day they were recording Frank’s song in the studio together and by the end of the session a band had formed.
Closing Time is an understated, inward looking collection of songs that feature stunning string arrangements and Erland’s impassioned vocals at centre stage. But rather than the modern folk adaptations of traditional songs, children’s poems, and ancient literature on the band’s earlier albums or the pair’s recent conceptual folklore project The Magnetic North, this time the band tell tales of a more personal nature.
Above all, Closing Time is the very first time the listener can truly hear the wholly collaborative process that is Erland & The Carnival. Lyrical and musical duties have always been shared, yet here the combined creativity of the pair’s working friendship is only solidified with Erland taking a more ‘hands on’ approach to production.
Don’t miss out on this delicate and passionate band.