Glasswerk presents: Upstairs at the Garage
You only have to read the review of last weeks Bugwig/drinkme gig to see how great it was and indeed how popular these nights are becoming, and Thursday night promises another great line-up.
Londoners Jaded kick off the night with a bang, bringing their infectious tunes to the Garage for the first time and are guaranteed to get the crowd on their feet early on. Then things slow down a bit with acclaimed Nottingham band Mia before Flipcycle, fresh from recording their EP, take to the stage. Finally we have The Fades, who, having just survived a tour with Art Brut, show few signs of fading.
One day as Tom flicked through a book on the life and works of H. R. Giger, a name for his new, considered direction suddenly grabbed him; Mia – the name of Giger’s first wife and one of his least flattering paintings.The name and it’s origin make perfect sense when listening to Mia, where alluring, dramatic beauty hide senses of the macabre and contorted charm.
“In three words: bewitching atmospheric pop. 'Pure Listening Pleasure' takes the listener on a hypnotic aural adventure through a cornucopia of dazzling synths and loops helmed together with saccharine vocal.” BBC Radio 1 One Music
In the three years they’ve been together Mia have shown themselves to be respected tour animals, supporting the likes of Six By Seven and Seachange. Describing their sound as an eclectic mix of synths, vinyl loops and acoustic guitar and electronic sounds , Mia are gearing up to release their debut album Documentary early next year. They’ve also had Primal Scream’s Mani offering them a few words of wisdom. Clearly a band going places.
After a stream of successful gigs (including supporting the awesome funeral for a friend and aconite thrill on various tour dates) Flipcycle have finally found time to finish tracking their new 4 track EP. They’re now out to parade their great material to a soon-to-be adoring public, so it’s great that we have them Upstairs at the Garage.
'Trendy though it is to try and place yourself in a lineage defined by a place and time (San Francisco 1967, New York 1976, London 1977), London’s Fades genuinely reset the clock to Year Zero.
Few have noticed of course, but only because these guys aren’t in receipt of a six figure advance and common sense defying hype. It’s that old black magic again; the sound of nothing new being done in the same old way with the same old chord changes and the same old beats. And it’s fucking staggering; the equivalent of twelve monkeys hammering away on a typewriter and writing the complete works of Shakespeare in one hit, a collision of primal passion and sheer dumb luck. 'It’s rock ‘n’ roll baby; it’s what it’s always been about, and if it feels good you just have to go with it.' (LOGO Magazine)
THE FADES write and perform crafted yet riotous songs that have been picked up and played by Radio One's Steve Lamacq and Zane Lowe, their debut single 'YOU SAY' was playlisted at XFM and a live session recorded with Claire Sturgess that has since been aired 3 times, including the most recent one as part of the ‘Highlights of 2003’ on Tuesday 2nd December. The single was also Kevin Greening's 'Knee Trembler Of The Week' and was the most popular taster on Zane Lowe's show for eons. Debut single ‘YOU SAY’ also won the Music:Response vote on the website [link].
THE FADES released second single ‘LIFE SUPPORT’ in July, which was also playlisted on XFM and a number of stations across Europe.
WILD promotions did club promotion on both singles and got rave reactions across the board with most DJ's wanting more tracks and keen to see the band break.
The STUDENT BROADCAST NETWORK recently aired 4 exclusively recorded live tracks to support the single ‘LIFE SUPPORT'.
Added to that an X-RAY MAGAZINE covermount and a support slot in Liverpool with the Bandits (Bandwagon Night) the future is looking rosy for the lads.