Friday 21st October 2016
Girl Ray + Stuart Warwick + DJ Charlie No.4
Doors 7:00 pm
Price £9 + booking fee / £11
After a sold-out stunning show, Haley Bonar returns to Brighton along with her new LP ‘Impossible Dreams’ (Memphis Industries). Bonar delivers her minor-key tunes and elliptical lyrics in a haunting, delicate voice, telling real stories back to us as if they were our own.
Bonar first reached a national audience as a teenager, when fellow Minnesotan Alan Sparhawk heard her perform and offered her a spot on tour, opening for his band Low. In the last decade, Haley has released eight more recordings to critical acclaim and mounting success: lots of touring, playing festivals, capturing awards and artist grants, inventive video productions, placing song tracks on prime TV shows and popular film, appearing on myriad Best-Of lists while continuing to write and perform locally. It’s no accident that her creative prowess drew the attention and respect of fellow collaborators like Dave King, Andrew Bird and Justin Vernon.
Haley Bonar is more than a hard working musician. She is an innovator, creator and visionary, dug into the trenches of living. She writes genuine, epochal and poetic tales that feel like our heartbreak, failure, frustration and joy. She remains true to her artistry regardless of trend, politic or scripted gender barriers. In a clear, insistent and often haunting voice, she tells real stories back to us, as if they were our own. It just doesn’t get much better than that.
Bonar returns with her latest LP offering ‘Impossible Dreams’, recorded on analog tape at Pachyderm Studios, Minnesota and produced by Bonar and Jacob Hansen, the new album is the follow-up to 2014’s ‘Last War’, which enjoyed widespread critical acclaim and featured in Rough Trade, NPR and Village Voice’s ‘Albums of the Year’ lists.
“I’m keenly awaiting the return of Dakota-born Haley Bonar, whose whip-smart, alt-rock album, Last War, was my record of the year in 2014” -Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music
“Echoing the bright guitars and synths of The Cure’s poppier fare, Bonar creates a whimsical masterclass of indie-pop songwriting.” -Consequence of Sound
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A North London trio who deal in fuzzy pop gems that Moldy Peaches would still be making a name from, Girl Ray shape their love of off-kilter pop bands such as Neutral Milk Hotel, Pavement and Cate Le Bon in to a sound that feels instantly familiar and completely lovable. An endearing presence, full of promise.
Frequently compared to Rufus Wainwright and Thom Yorke (much to his chagrin), a more accurate comparison would be to Perfume Genius; indeed it could be stated that much of the tone and feeling heard on Mike Hadreas’ recent review busting album was lifted straight from Warwick’s solo debut ‘The Ordeal’- an album of fractured minimal piano and delicate ethereal singing, which Warwick self-released in 2010.
+ DJ Charlie No.4