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Wesley Gonzalez

Wednesday 1st February 2023

Canned Pineapple + DJ Winter Gardens

At The Hope & Ruin

Doors 8:00 pm

Price ADV: £10 + BF // OTD: 14

Melting Vinyl presents:
Wesley Gonzalez + Canned Pineapple + DJ Winter Gardens
The Hope and Ruin, Brighton
Doors 8pm
£10 + booking fee / £14 on the door
Age restrictions – 18+

When it comes to songwriting, Wesley Gonzalez has always been a rule-maker. There’s always been a plan for each album, right back to when he was a teenager, through his tenure as leader of Let’s Wrestle and over two critically lauded solo albums that translated his undeniable pop smarts from the scuzz of rough lo-fi to the rich production of mid-70’s soul and funk. However, when it came to writing his third solo album Wax Limousine released via Moshi Moshi Records, Gonzalez had grown tired of rules. In support of the release, Gonzalez heads out on tour this November, headlining Electrowerkz on 25th and supporting Young Knives across the country.

“This new album was a process of letting it come out naturally, there was no ‘plan’ for what this was supposed to be” Gonzalez says. “It was a brilliant experience to just write with no pretence at all and to not worry about something fitting a certain musical narrative. The lyrical themes are the connective tissue of the record which came about organically from life experience rather than something altogether more conceptual.”

That’s not to say that the songwriter has left his penchant for an earworm hook behind. He is, after all, the sort of artist who possesses the rare knack of naturally being able to bring things back to the centre no matter how far leftfield he goes, and Wax Limousine is resplendent with the sort of snappy melodies that have long been a hallmark of his writing no matter what style he pushes himself towards. on this third studio album of his there’s the undeniable sense of an artist letting go, pushing away the barriers and pushing himself to seek out new terrains. It’s a record that showcases an artist who, despite the personal sadness he’s had to document across these tracks, perhaps feels more at peace with himself than ever before.

Wesley Gonzalez – ‘Drive You Home’


Canned Pineapple

Hot of the trails of an Irish Tour, Brighton based Slacker rock 5-Piece CANNED PINEAPPLE consist of Seán Drury, Oakley Gardiner, Charlie Pringle, Jude Allenby, and Gabe Rice.

Listen here:


DJ Winter Gardens

East Sussex Dream-Pop/Indie Electronic five-piece, putting all the best genres into one energetic bonanza will be spinning an array of Indie bangers as a supporting DJ. and keeping the vibe going between sets.

Taster playlist: