Archive for the ‘Gigs’ Category


September 16, 2010

Tickets are now available for most of the Brainlove Tour shows. Links are below.

27 10 Feet Tall Cardiff *Full band show*
28 CAMP London
29 Knowhere Bar Norwich (door only)
30 The Well Leeds

01 Firebug Leicester
02 The Twisted Pepper Dublin
08 The Kings Arms Manchester *Full band show*
09 The Attic Bristol

I’m also excited to announce that I, along with We Aeronauts and wonderful new Brainlove affiliate Bastardgeist will be appearing at the Iceland Airwaves festival on the 15th October at Faktory. Tickets are presumably available somewhere… anyone travelling all that way just to see me wins a firm handshake.



August 26, 2010

Quick update. Here’s a list of PWL shows over the next two months. The Brainlove Tour features me, Napoleon IIIrd, Mat Riviere and Stairs to Korea. There’s also a date in York on 5th October which is just Niiird and Mat if yr interested.

19th September – LONDON – Catch, Dalston – w/Anna Madeleine
27th September – CARDIFF – Ten Feet Tall – Brainlove Tour *FULL BAND*
28th September – LONDON – Camp – Brainlove Tour
29th September – NORWICH – Knowhere Bar – Brainlove Tour
30th September – LEEDS – The Well – Brainlove Tour

1st October – LEICESTER – Firebug Bar – Brainlove Tour
2nd October – DUBLIN, IRELAND – Twisted Pepper – Brainlove Tour
8th October – MANCHESTER – Kings Arms, Salford – Brainlove Tour *FULL BAND*
9th October – BRISTOL – The Attic – Brainlove Tour

There’s also another exciting show which I can’t announce just yet. But it’ll be taking place in October, somewhere quite far north…

European Monsoon out next week/Launch gig

June 10, 2010

So it’s nearly here. The blog’s been a little quiet of late as I’ve been very busy doing things which actually relate to music (fancy that?) – although of course my twitter keeps ticking over…

The new album is out on the 14th June through digital outlets and record shops via Cargo. Last time you could get it in HMV, but please support your local independent shop – or alternatively buy it from me or from Brainlove.

The day after (15th June) I’ll be performing a special show at the Old Blue Last in London with my new band. This is a new lineup than the old ‘Volunteers‘ band I had in 2007. This time I’m joined by Ben on drums, ‘Buzz’ on keyboards, Eleanor on synth and violin, and another Ben on bass and gadgets – as well as the faithful PWL Powerbook. It sounds pretty massive to be honest.

I meant to take a picture of us practicing or something but I forgot so here’s a picture of me on my own (by the ever wonderful Kirsten McTernan):

We’ll be playing the whole album all the way through, and this might be the only time we get to do that so don’t miss it! Most importantly the gig is FREE and it also features Stairs to Korea launching his new single, and A Scholar & A Physician who aren’t launching anything but will just be doing good fun stuff.

There’s one of those Facebook event things for it. So help burglars and stalkers know your whereabouts by clicking ‘attending’.

There’ll also be a single out in July – ‘Banish Negative Thoughts’ backed with ‘Even the Cacti’ and remixes by Napoleon IIIrd and Dreamtrak Diamond Sound. Digital only.

Tour dates are being booked as you read (contact me if you want to book).

Brainlove vs. Cardiff video

May 9, 2010

Here’s a video from Bethan Elfyn’s blog showing clips and interviews with myself and the other Brainlove bands who played at her night a Buffalo a few week’s ago.

The School tour reviews

March 31, 2010

Found a couple of reviews of my sets on the School tour. They both seemed to like me.

from the Bush Hall gig - picture by acb (click to his flickr)

“Some mighty deep songs, in the context of the universe what about the Mona Lisa, and some mighty shallow stuff about going to PizzaExpress. Imagine MJ Hibbett crossed with Denim and you’d be in the right brane.”
Ill and Ancient

(I don’t recall writing a song about pizza express but I could be wrong…)

“There seems to be a knotty heart to each song, circled by an esoteric braininess and some killer one-liners that I signally fail to write down”
The Joy Collective


February 25, 2010

Quick update. Here are the gigs lined up for March & April.

6th March – CARDIFF, Clwb Ifor Bach – The School’s Album Launch – w/The School & Allo Darlin’
9th March – BRISTOL, Mother’s Ruin – w/Chris T-T & Oxygen Thief
10th March – CARDIFF, Buffalo Bar – w/Eric Chenaux, Draw Me Stories, & Dead Rat Orchestra
16th March – LEICESTER, Firebug w/The School and Poppy & Friends
20th March – BIRMINGHAM, The Victoria – w/The School
27th March – LONDON, Bush Hall – w/The School & Allo Darlin’
28th March – BRIGHTON, Prince Albert – w/The School
31st March – CHELMSFORD, Basement – w/The School & Allo Darlin’
23rd April – CARDIFF, Tommy’s Bar – w/Little Eris

In other news ‘European Monsoon’ is being pressed as you read, so I’m hoping I’ll have copies in time for these gigs. Stay tuned.

Pictures from Shunt gig

February 8, 2010

This was fun.

pics by John Brainlove.

Green Man

August 29, 2009

Finally got round to blogging about Green Man. It’s the fourth time I’ve been and the first time I’ve played.

GM crop

I was on first on the Pub Stage, narrowly pipped at the post of being able to claim I opened the festival by We Aeronauts, the massive folk ensemble featuring James from Keyboard Choir who won the competition to play the main stage.

My set went well, the usual stuff… you’ve all seen it. Got soaked during soundcheck and the omnichord wasn’t working but it managed to sort itself by the time I came on.

You can hear a live track from my set and a brief interview with me on this week’s Bethan Elfyn show (on the listen again thing).

The rest of the festival was great. Animal Collective ruled but didn’t exactly play to the festival crowd. Bon Iver was good as I hoped. Wilco and Dirty Three were a nice surprise and I also enjoyed 9Bach and Right Hand Left Hand.

I’d forgotten how good it was actually. It’s much more relaxed than some other festivals I’ve been to, a generally friendly atmosphere and stunning surroundings. Ace.

Woodstick 2009

August 16, 2009

Last weekend my friends Harri & Nicola from Little My organised the second annual ‘Woodstick’ mini-festival. This takes place in a park in Cardiff and is a small unamplified festival. This year it was sunny, last year it rained. This year more people just happened to wander past and sit down to watch which is a nice thing to have happen.

Anyway I played, here’s a video (which I’m designating #14 of the 15 films thing):

Vimeo link

Also here’s a video of me playing in Silence at Sea:

And here’s a link to a YouTube playlist with a song from every band that day, including the Gentle Good, Picture Books in Winter, Zissou, Lucky Delucci, and an exclusive never-to-be-repeated Gindrinker song.

[If any of the bands stumble upon this post and want to let me know what the songs are called please do so.]

Interview with For Folk’s Sake

July 26, 2009

I did an interview with ace new music website For Folk’s Sake last week. They asked a lot about reviews and the marketing of music, giving me plenty of opportunity to rant. You can read it here.

I also talked more about Jandek (see previous post). I received a box of 20 of his albums last week, working my way through them now. Only 36 to go to complete my collection!

jandek cds

In other news I’m playing at the Firebug bar in Leicester on 6th August for Sweeping the Nationdetails are here.