H Hawkline & Gwenno
Thursday 24th September 2015
+ Charlie No. 4 (DJ)
Doors 7:30 pm
Price £8 / £10
Pleased to have a fantastic co-headline show with surrealist pop extravaganza H Hawkline, and electropop love from Gwenno (The Pipettes).
Mercurial Welsh indie rocker Huw Gwynfryn Evans, better known by the nom de plume H. Hawkline, which he appropriated from author Richard Brautigan’s 1974 gothic Western The Hawkline Monster, crafts melodic, slightly surrealist pop confections that fall somewhere between post-punk and psych-pop. Based out of Cardiff, Evans’ first collection of self-described “strange pop” arrived in 2010 with the independently released A Cup of Salt. The Strange Uses of Ox Gall arrived the following year, and in 2012 he issued an EP, Black Domino Box. He inked a deal with Heavenly Records the following year, and in 2014 issued a compilation called Salt Gall Box Ghouls. That same year saw Evans traveling to Los Angeles to record his official debut for the label. The resulting In the Pink of Condition, which was produced by fellow Welsh pop auteur and significant other Cate Le Bon, arrived in early 2015.
Gwenno Saunders is a music producer, DJ, radio presenter and singer from Cardiff. She has just released her debut solo album, ‘Y Dydd Olaf’ following a string of critically acclaimed EP’s – ‘Chwyldro’, ‘Golau Arall’ and ‘Fratolish Hiang Perpeshki / Calon Peiriant’.
From 2005-2010 Gwenno was a writer and performer as a member of Brighton-based conceptual pop band The Pipettes and more recently, toured as a synth player with Australian duo Pnau (Empire Of The Sun) and Elton John. She is a native Welsh and Cornish speaker and it’s this along with co-producing and co-hosting Welsh language show Cam O’r Tywyllwch (A Step Away From The Darkness) with Peski for Radio Cardiff and more recently, Resonance FM, that has led her to create music that translates her internationalist influences into layered, home-fi keyboard sounds wrapped in echoed vocals and musique concrète-inspired beats.
On H Hawkline: “a carousel of wiry weirdo pop” – Guardian ****
On Gwenno: “Songwriting strong as steel.. melancholy clangs… stabbing like a stilletoe” – JOY COLLECTIVE
DJ set from Charlie No. 4
Charlie No.4 has been playing records in public since the days of dial-up. Before moving to Brighton in 2010 he had the pleasure of doing the between-bands bit at many of London’s most beloved venues, from the ICA and the Scala to the much-missed Luminaire (including its opening night, and its last hurrah).