ALL YEARS LEAVING 2015 – SATURDAY ACT RUNDOWN
EAST INDIA YOUTH
We are truly delighted to say that the Mercury-nominated East India Youth will be the act capping off this year’s AYL. East India Youth is the stage-name of electronic musician William Doyle. Hailing from Bournemouth, Doyle caused considerable buzz – and rightly so – with the release of last year’s stunning, bedroom-recorded debut – the brilliantly titled ‘Total Strife Forever’.
Singles like ‘Heaven, how long’ and ‘Dripping down’, released prior to the record, were highly ambitious, widescreen songs, showing Doyle to be a master of crafting left-field, emotively charged electronic pop music. The fact that these were songs recorded from Doyle’s London-based bedroom studio, makes his accomplishment, and subsequent Mercury-nomination all the more staggering.
Doyle followed this break-out year and acclaimed debut swiftly, with this year’s follow-up LP ‘Culture of Volume'; a record born out of two years of intense effort (the majority of Total Strife Forever was recorded long before the record’s release-date). This new record is a sea of ideas, sounds and influences; skipping rapidly from one musical style to another, and switching emotional gears often just as often. This time around, Doyle enlisted These New Puritans producer Graham Sutton for the final mix; helping to ensure that the records’ numerous juxtapositions remain its core strength.
A myriad of influences are at play here; everything from Pet Shop Boys and Underworld, to the beguiling, atmospheric compositions of Tim Hecker and Oneohtrix Point Never (particularly on opener ‘The Juddering’) can be found here, whilst two of Doyle’s biggest touchstones – Eno and Bowie – continue to colour and enrich his sound. All in all, this is a compelling and rewarding listen, with soaring moments as dynamic as those found on his debut, but with a noticeably greater scale and refinement.
His live set-up has an interesting dynamic; on stage, he is alone, surrounded by synths, drum pads, laptop, with his trusty bass in-hand. It clearly takes a lot out of him to perform these songs live, but when he finds his stride on-stage it is something to behold (just watch his truly mesmerising performance at the Mercury prize show below).
In his signature 3-piece suit, he appears an unlikey electronic troubadour, but with these two brilliant records under his belt, we are sure to be in for a spellbinding performance to bring this year’s fest to a close. We honestly cannot wait….
Manchester’s Money played a wonderfully intimate and captivating show at the Bull’s Head last year and we’re delighted to welcome them back to Birmingham this October.
They are truly a band with a unique sensibility and something new to say; thoughtful and fully-formed; qualities rare in a new bands.
They seem utterly uninterested in the ten-a-penny sentiments and gesticulations of many of their current ‘peers’. In regards to their sound, it might best be described as hymnal indie, filled with space and echo, with frontman Jamie Lee’s voice cascading effortlessly through the octaves and the ethereal, shimmering landscapes of their song. It is sound they fully articulated on their brilliant, self-produced debut record ‘The Shadow of Heaven’ (2013).
In March 2014 the band played as support act to Wild Beasts on their tour across Europe, before a headline tour of UK of their own in October. Though there has been little indication of much new material since, we’re sure they’ll give another unique and enthralling performance, and will no doubt prove the perfect bridge into headliner East India Youth.
Playing just before Money will be Spring Kings, another Manchester band, but one of a distinctly different flavour. Not much is known of this quartet outside of the excitement they have cultivated around their latest EP, which contains lead single ‘City'; a frenetic and angsty, singalong anthem. The EP represents a noticeable departure and improvement on their earlier releases; a surprisingly diverse set of songs, that points to what we might expect from a potential debut record.
From what we’ve heard, they are are also a great live outfit, having played Birmingham before in support of Jaws at the beginning of this year. This will mark their debut performance at the Hare however and is a chance to catch them in illustrious company.
Kins were a late, but welcome addition addition to this year’s line-up. Hailing from just outside Melbourne, Kins have an ethereal, muted power to their sound, with something of the sparse late-night atmospheric guitars of The xx.
Its a spacey, delicate sound, full of yearning, with melancholic melodies that tip-toe around each other, though it remains propulsive; like it could explode outwards at anytime. They share much of the same hushed intensity of Money, but have more in common with their previous touring partners Wild Beasts; the frontman singing with the same disarming falsetto quality as Hayden Thorpe.
Their latest release is this year’s ‘Cyclical’ EP, which is a noticeably denser and darker take on their sound. Take a listen here.
They have not played extensively in the UK before, but have toured with many noteworthy artists – chief amongst them being Courtney Barnett.
Its said the band push much more power, much more attack into the music in a live setting, while maintaining the complexities of their recordings to date. We’re looking forward to seeing for ourselves.
Local duo Free School are purveyors of epic, playful electro pop; their songs are playgrounds of cosmic, disco grooves and sweeping synth sounds. They have performed on the Hare stage before – as recently as this June – but we’re very happy to have them playing again for AYL.
Theirs is a sound instantly reminiscent of ‘Discovery’ era Daft Punk, but often with a strain of weirder, more left-field of modern electro. Animal Collective’s ‘Merriweather Post Pavilion’ and Yeasayer come to mind.
Those who haven’t seen them before will be in for a big thrill; donning their signature – and slightly unnerving – cut-out lamb masks onstage, Free School will quickly have heads whirling and feet moving for what will no doubt be another electric live performance.
Latest single ‘Love Calling’ is brilliant (listen here).
They also recently sat down and spoke to Matt about some of their major influences. Take a look.
Another local band, and generally one of our favourite, young new groups, Chartreuse have played some great support slots, for some amazing bands recently; Dredge, Ought, Diiv to name a few. And they are due to support jaws on their upcoming November tour.
Its no surprise to see them on the bill for this years AYL.
There is not much to find of them online, but the one demo they have on Soundcloud currently is titanic sounding, driven by this huge drum sound and the ghostly vocals. Its honestly one of the most interesting pop sounds we’ve heard out of anywhere in a while.
If this one recorded song track is anything to go by, we are very excited to see Chartreuse grace our stage again, with their brand of big, soulful indie-pop. We just can’t wait for them to release some more material. So keep yours ears to the ground, but also, make sure you catch them live.
Listen to the wonderful Brutus demo here.
The opening act on the Saturday this year is the wonderful Dorcha. This female singer-songwriter is a brilliant new talent, with an enchanting sound, backed in a live setting by a cast of talented musicians. On digital release ‘Black Streams’ released via Bandcamp, we discover a collection of skewed, avant-garde, yet dynamic and beautiful pop songs.
Earlier this year the band supported San Francisco’s esteemed Deerhoof.
Saturday’s line-up is a truly eclectic mix of wonderful local acts and renowned bigger acts. The entire weekend is sure to be huge, so make sure to grab tickets.
The weekend tickets are sold out but you can pick up individual day tickets below..