Glasswerk are pleased to announce that are promoting a tour for London pop-rockers Ambershades, to coincide with the launch of their excellent debut album, Clap Clap Clap.
The Ambershades first came tot he attention of Glasswerk London exactly a year ago at a somewhat eclectic night at the Dublin Castle, alongside Surferosa and Neil's Children. It was six months before contact with the band was made, but since then two Glasswerk gigs cemented a mutual respect and friendship, and a short nationwide tour was discussed. Travelling with fellow Londoners Brinkman (ex The Vessels), they will be dropping in at the following venues
Mon Nov 15th – CARDIFF Moloko
Tues Nov 16th – LONDON Upstairs at the Garage
Fri Nov 19th – CAMBRIDGE Man on the Moon
Tues Nov 23rd – LIVERPOOL Barfly
Weds Nov 24th – MANCHESTER Dry Bar
Thurs Nov 25th – LEEDS The Vine
Fri Nov 26th – LEICESTER Sumo
Mon Nov 29th – LONDON Turnmills
The tour draws to an end at North London's Turnmills for what promises to be a very special night. Added to the bill are the excellent Earth The California Love Dream.
“No Kitsch, no nostalgia, no gimmick – these are simply magnificent tunes performed magnificently” NME
And so; two years, several breakdowns and a handful of break-ups, countless hold-ups, a shotgun Vegas wedding and 12 wonderful songs later, Ambershades debut album is finally ready for release.
Can it really be 18 months since the band first came to the world’s attention with their glorious debut single? Described by the NME as ‘joyous’ and having The Fly proclaim ‘Rejoice my friends! Rejoice! For our saviours have arrived!’ ‘Clap Clap Clap’s soaring five part harmonies and epic melodious guitars announced the entrance of a huge new talent, it even made it into the NME’s Top 50 Singles Of The Year 2003. Then 8th Day was released. The response was incredible. It seemed Ambershades were on the road to stardom
So what happened? An essay could be written on everything that has gone wrong between now and then but frankly, who wants to hear another rock n’roll hard luck story? Rock n’roll stories are boring. Lets just say that a combination of bad advice and good drugs, and catastrophic errors at pressing plants has meant this record has come out slightly later than scheduled. So it’s late, who cares when the songs sound this good? Not for the first time has Ambershades timing been way off, when everyone else was seduced by that particular week’s garage rock bores, Ambershades were busy crafting their own strain of lush beatledelic pop. It didn’t stop them then and surely nothing can stop them now.
Brinkman released their debut offering, Where the Years Go, on September 27th 2004. Formed last Autumn by Paul Cook (Vocals, Guitar), Neil Kerly (Drums, Vocals) andTom Brown (Bass, Vocals) and joined by Scott Raison – BRINKMAN’s sound is unashamedly big, mainstream guitar pop, tempered by narrative-driven lyrics that middle between sweetness and cynicism: lost love seen with 20-20 hindsight.
And unlike their too-cool-for-school contemporaries, the band is
unafraid to seek anti-cult status deserving of their songs; music is meant to be heard.