Line-up /EMA / WATERS / DROWNED IN SOUND DJS
Fans of guitar noise will have crossed paths with EMA as the scorching guitarist in legendary folk/noise outfit Amps For Christ before forming the genre-defying cult duo Gowns with Ezra Buchla, which Pitchfork called “one of the most heart-stoppingly great live bands on earth”. A native of South Dakota, the dead centre of America's great empty heartland, EMA’s unique and at times dervish-like guitar style, visceral songwriting expressions and DIY recording ethos have seen her develop a distinctive sonic signature, somewhat neurotically assembled and essentially raw, the product of obsession by somebody who never learned the ‘right’ way to do things. EMA’s songs are filled with harmonies and hooks that exist right in those sweet spots between melody and dissonance, and we're extremely excited that she returns here in support of her stunning critically acclaimed album 'Past Life Martyred Saints', already high on lists of the best albums released this year.
"Past Life Martyred Saints is a fiercely individual record, made by a musician with a fearless and courageous approach to her art..." PITCHFORK
“Intense, fierce and a welcome departure from past ventures” NME
“She's like the bastard daughter of Sinéad O'Connor, except twice as crazy and six times as funny.” Rolling Stone
Port O'Brien is dead, long live WATERS” states the entirely unbiased press release for new City Slang recruit WATERS, aka Van Pierszalowski and his bunch of “...fine Norwegian gentlemen.” Having recently split from previous group Port O'Brien, Van is now making lo-fi, confident, garage infused rock - replacing the acoustic guitars and sense of mourning with a head held high and a stack of dusty amps. This all comes after some time off travelling through Norway, Alaska and North America experiencing blizzards, lakes, open seas and secluded suburban dwellings. Like-minded label mates Kevin Drew, Royal Bangs and Nada Surf will give you an idea of what to expect but WATERS metamorphosis away the folkier, rural leanings of Port O'Brien is a change worth watching. Maximum volume is a must.
Drowned In Sound Djs will be on the decks for this show.