On Thursday 11th July we’re playing a one-off show at Kennington Cinema Museum before a screening of Frank Perry’s 1968 cult classic ‘The Swimmer' starring Burt Lancaster.
Based on a short story by American author John Cheever, The Swimmer is an allegorical film that masks a distinctly surreal vision under an apparently realist setting. Visually indistinguishable from the saturated Hollywood movies of its day, The Swimmer in fact subverts the genre and presents a focused and unique narrative arc: we follow the story’s principle character, Neddy Merrill, as he decides to swim back home one summer’s day, using the backyard pools of his affluent Connecticut suburb to form a ‘river’ all the way back to his house. On this seemingly innocuous journey, Neddy’s interactions with his neighbours tell us about his life, and his journey home becomes a regression into a mysterious and troubled past.
We are playing before this screening of The Swimmer because the film resonates with themes in NZCA/LINES' music. Our debut record, released in 2012 on Lo Recordings, is built around a narrative in which everyday objects and places become imbued with another life, a magical realist take on what appears to be the regular world around us.
We will be performing these songs alongside a preview of new material that will be included on our sophomore album, currently in the latter stages of production. We hope you can join us for this unique event, the first in what will become a series of Wonder Reels concerts at the Cinema Museum
The good people over at Blessing Force have included both Not Strong Enough and Jonquil’s excellent remix of Airlock on their 2nd ‘Stutters’ compilation. You can stream the whole thing right now over at The 405.
We’re taking a break from working on new material to play a very exciting one-off show at the Cinema Museum in Kennington on July 11th. We’ll be playing before a screening of one of our favorite films, The Swimmer (1968). Tickets are a mere £8/£5 conc., with the money raised going towards the Museum itself.
Check out the Facebook event page for more info/ticket links:
We’re headlining an Eat Your Own Ears night at the Roundhouse tomorrow night, playing alongside Teleman, East India Youth and Dark Bells. Get there early to take in the full view.
SXSW was an awesome experience. Not only was it our first trip to the US as a band, but it was my (Michael’s) first time in America. Pretty darn exciting. We played some fun shows, met great people and most importantly actually saw the sun for what felt like the first time in years. Below are a few snaps from our time in Austin, TX.
Georgetown suburb at dawn.
Is God really dead? Are Daft Punk alive?
Our first show. Bizarre networking event. Breakfast + met the British Consulate for Texas; stories about Obama.
East 6th St!
Irony has finally crossed the Atlantic, it seems.
Imperial motorcycle, and …
Yes, it’s Boba Fett. Only added to the feeling that we were somewhere in Mos Eisley spaceport.
Our bassist Ady … nailing it.
Our drummer Leo rocking that Francis Ford Coppola look.
Hangin’ out atop Maggie Mae’s during our DJ set for BlahBlahBlahScience.
It’s Charlotte Church!
Lucky enough to catch Toro Y Moi playing tracks off Anything in Return. Pretty sweet.
Cycle taxis. Guilt alleviated by extortionate prices.
Syrup for blood. I believe this combination is referred to as ‘umami’ in the great cities of the East. Crippling both body and mind, yet feeding the soul.
Ady retaining his composure at our Last Show (with Beautiful Buzz, it was great).
Which meat to eat?
Walked in randomly on the Flaming Lips soundchecking.
Did somebody say … KENDRICK LAMAR??
Chilling out on Enchanted Rock.
Monument Cafe in Georgetown - great breakfasts.
How does he do it?
Until next time, Texas.
We’re playing Friday 15th March at 12.45pm!
Tomorrow night we’re playing at The Old Queen’s Head in Islington for the final night of their ‘Best in Class’ week of showcases. Support comes from Glitches. See you there!
We’re getting Nordic upstairs at The Garage in Highbury on Thurs 21st February as part of an ØYA Festival showcase.
We’re playing at The Old Queen’s Head in Islington on March 1st. This comes as part of their ‘Best In Class’ series of showcases, happening all that week and including Eliza & The Bear, Gaggle, Animal Kingdom and Kites. Support on the 1st comes from Glitches.
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