Kicker Conspiracy

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And we are back - Lock Tavern show Thursday 10th may

lock tavern
After a 6 month sabbatical we are back with a one-off show at the Lock Tavern as part of their 10th anniversary celebrations on Thursday 10th May. Featuring live are Emperor Yes and Mark Corbett. Free entry as always - so let’s kick back old school style yeah?
             
                                                      
              Emperor Yes
EMPEROR YES are a brand new act, though if you get the feeling that they might look somewhat familiar, you’d be right in thinking so. They feature lead man Ash Gardner, known for his previous incarnation House Of Strange, which is also the name of his hive of creativity/recording studio. Just ask the likes of Summer Camp, Noah and the Whale, Mumford and Sons and many more. Emperor Yes also feature Adam Betts of Three Trapped Tigers fame on drums.
MARK CORBETT is a Lock Tavern favourite - and a Kick Back one too. Whenever we’ve put on a name at the last minute we’ve been pleasantly surprised and enamored by the act in question. Mark Corbett is one example with his bittersweet tales as interpreted in the form of acoustic singer-songwriting. And we’re very happy to have him back too.
There’ll be more shows announced in the near future too. Rumours of our demise have been greatly exaggerated.

It’s been a little while. We’ve missed you too. But enjoy this. From late November, it’s Future Of The Left performing one of the hits. And speaking on a personal note, one of my favourite songs in the last decade. 

This will also be ace. But then all our shows are! 

This will also be ace. But then all our shows are! 

They’re back with their inimitable minimal synth stylings. And we cannot wait. 

They’re back with their inimitable minimal synth stylings. And we cannot wait. 

Less than about 70 tickets left. So get your wallet out. 

Less than about 70 tickets left. So get your wallet out. 

Last night..

Last night..

Tomorrow.

Tomorrow.

Bachelorette the other night..

Bachelorette the other night..

Xeno & Oaklander interview

         

Ahead of Xeno & Oaklander’s appearance for us at the Lexington on 6th July, they kindly spared a few minutes of their time to answer a few questions..

What’s the best way to describe xeno and oaklander to someone who has never heard your music? 

We’re a synth duo based in Brooklyn, girl and boy: we play minimal electronics. The music is cinematic in that it conjures up a lot of visual connotations when people listen to it, and it is also quite visceral in that our live shows are rather intense. A lot of celestial arpeggios, driven drum-machine beats, walls of harmonic noise, washed away vocals. 

What is about the minimalist feel and sound that appeals most to you as a band and as individuals? 

The hand is important to us - we love playing our synths live, and to record them like that too. We enjoy the immediacy of it. It is fun to shape voltage there and then, to alter envelopes, and create melodies that way. So the reason why the music is minimal is because it is restrained to the number of instruments we can play at once, resulting in sparse arrangements. The warmth comes from the analogue gear that we use, synthesizers from the 70’s and the 80’s, living and breathing voltage-based instruments.

Would you ever consider incorporating some digital instrumentation? 

We have nothing against digital, we just prefer the sound and the interface of analogue gear.  If there were digital instruments which could interface with our voltage based systems, sure, however very few exist.

 Does playing in Europe feel more enjoyable in terms of audience appreciation, particularly in Germany, France etc. 

The minimal electronics genre takes its roots in Europe so there is already a history and a time-honoured sensibility there. Also a lot of the minimal synth collectors are based in Europe. Although, there is an inspiring minimal electronics scene here in New York and in the US at large, with brand new bands releasing great new tracks, and playing live shows all the time. 

 What’s the biggest misconception surrounding cold/synthwave? 

The sound is overall cold and dark, but there is warmth to the sound and hope to the lyrics that make our music ultimately celebratory and affirmative. 

Not long now.

Not long now.

Coming soon..

Coming soon..