Free gig at South Street this Sunday
June 22, 2009
South Street have teamed up with Wonder Wheel Presents to bring the nine-piece Icelandic band Hjaltalín to South Street Arts Centre for a free gig on Sunday 26 July during their tour of European festivals including Roskilde, Latitude and Truck.
Hjaltalín + Dry The River (ex-Godwits) + IDRchitecture at South Street Arts Centre, Reading, Sunday July 26.
Hjaltalin make "strangely beautiful orchestral pop" (Time Out) using a variety of instruments from bass and drums to violin, cello, clarinet and bassoon. They have topped the chart in their native Iceland with their debut album 'Sleepdrunk Seasons', won twice at the Icelandic Music Awards and toured Europe with Cold War Kids.
The Sunday Times summed them up their effect perfectly, "They are that rare thing: a band who arrive unheralded, unknown, and ensnare you instantly".
Musically they combine a huge number of influences from classical to house. Hugh Stephens of Radio One describe them as “A touch Arcade Fire but more interesting, vocals are stunning, instrumentation is awesome. Joyous and gentle. Big colourful band to fall in love with. Soul, classical. Classoul.”
In February, Godwits played a great gig for us supporting Fanfarlo at the Oakford Social Club. The band have now become DRY THE RIVER and their new songs show even more promise than before with striking harmonies evoking the influence of Fleet Foxes and Sufjan Stephens amongst others.
Opening act IDRCHITECTURE are named after the infamous Reading ring road and formed from the remaining three members of Reading band stem. In their own words, they "now number at least eight, depending on which friends/girlsfriends turn up." Their music references everything from folk-hop to micro beat electronica and they sing about a unicorn named after a window cleaning company (Staybrite) and how to complete a successful season on the World Rally Circuit.
Their biog is one of the most bizarre and entertaining things we've ever read...they will be well worth getting down early for!
Doors open at 7.30pm and admission is free. Capacity is limited so early arrival is highly recommended. For more information contact Pete Wheeler at email@example.com or on 07734 434087.