Glasswerk presents Ambershades Tour 2004

Glasswerk is pleased to be promoting a short tour of the UK by sensational pop-meisters The Ambershades, and Tuesday November 16th sees them play at Glasswerk’s celestial home, Upstairs at the Garage.

In front of a fervent home crowd, and playing alongside touring buddies Brinkman (ex- The Vessels), as well as The Seen and Pope Joan, Davey Lah and the boys will surely go on to tour the rest of the country safe in the knowledge that the London fan club has been adequately wooed.

Glasswerk Media presents.. The Ambershades on tour
Tuesday November 16th, 2004
Upstairs at the Highbury Garage
Doors 8pm, entry £6 (£5 with flyer)

Debut Album “Clap Clap Clap” launched 29th November 2004

“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.

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. The Ambershades will headline at 22.15

Pope Joan (21.35)

Tangy and sleek, Pope Joan combine great songwriting with fuck off rhythm. Hailing from Brighton, the band formerly known as Citizen Rex is a gutsy four piece unit whose music encompasses moments of subtle intimacy to pointed aggression. All of this cross bred with a high energy live show make Pope Joan an up and coming band to take notice of!

Brinkman (20.55)

Formed last Autumn by Paul Cook (Vocals, Guitar), Neil Kerly (Drums, Vocals) and Tom 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.

The Seen (20.15)

Kav, the guy behind the legendary Get Loaded nights at Turnmills and the Happy Mondays at Clapham Common (Get Loaded in the Park) sums them up perfectly…

“The Seen are a band that don't seem to be affected by trends or fashions around them they just do what they do and give everything – the band ooze a lot of personality and a brotherly attitude, they live together, practice together, hang out together and gig together. If you're in with these guys your part of the family. The old school rock n' roll attitude is great to see in London mixed in with a driving drum beat that pushes right through! Solid bass lines, soul full guitars and passionate vocals, the band really combine the rock with the northern soul. The Seen always seem to be gigging, playing venues around London week in week out creating a buzz from Alan McGee's Death Disco (cracking show) to Getloaded at Turnmills. The Seen are the perfect band to chill and groove to, come get yourself a bit of sonic soul.”

Ambershades + Brinkman tour dates:

Mon, 15 Nov 2004 Cardiff Moloko
Tue, 16 Nov 2004 London Upstairs At The Garage
Fri, 19 Nov 2004 Cambridge Man On The Moon
Tue, 23 Nov 2004 Liverpool Barfly
Wed, 24 Nov 2004 Manchester Dry Bar
Thu, 25 Nov 2004 Leeds Vine
Fri, 26 Nov 2004 Leicester Sumo
Mon, 29 Nov 2004 London Turnmills (Album Launch)

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