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Subject: THIS FRIDAY AT ORANGE STREET MUSIC CLUB-TREMBLING BELLS Live, plus SYD ARTHUR acoustic set.
TICKETS £8/£6 in advance
Tickets-from the club (01227) 760801
or from Canterbury's indoor market record stall (01227) 470328
"Trembling Bells are my kind of band."
PAUL WELLER -
TREMBLING BELLS Album "Carbeth" was his favourite album of 2009 ....“Carbeth is a great album. Really folky but not slavish and there is a mystery in there.”
Trembling Bells are a Glasgow based band who seek to reanimate the mythic landscapes of Great Britain via a love for Traditional Folk, Early music and canonical Rock. Founded in early 2008 by renowned UK drummer, Alex Neilson, Trembling Bells have enjoyed two successful British tours and rave reviews for their debut album, Carbeth (Honest Jon’s records).
These include ‘debut album of the month’ (UNCUT, July 2009), 4-star review in MOJO (May 2009), David Fricke’s ‘recommended album of the month’ (ROLLING STONE, May 2009) and ‘recommended UK band for 2009’ (New York Times, 12/4/09). Carbeth has also appeared in several Best of 2009 charts (UNCUT, WIRE, THE TIMES, FRIEZE magazine).
Additionally, Trembling Bells have been heralded by such influential musical figures as record producer, Joe Boyd (“Trembling Bells are my kind of band...”) . Trembling Bells were featured in Will Hodgkinson’s book Ballad of Britain and Jeanette Leech’s book Shifting Sands. Both books can be read as surveys of the contemporary psychedelic folk movement.
This acclaim has ensured favourable comparisons to such folk-rock pioneers as Incredible String Band and Richard Thompson, and indeed Trembling Bells were invited to participate in a prestigious Incredible String Band tribute concert (A Very Cellular Song) at the Barbican, London (June 2009), gaining particular mention in the Guardian’s 5-star review of the concert.
Trembling Bells have just finished recording their second album, Abandoned Love, for Honest Jon’s records (due out in spring 2009 to coincide with the SXSW festival). They feel it is their most successful attempt to synthesise traditional folk forms with the bathetic romanticism of Country music, the deceptive complexity of Medieval music and the swagger of Classic Rock. Trembling Bells effortlessly combine and personalise these superficially disparate musical forms generating a sound that is saturated in the myths and mysteries of their native terrain but also startlingly original.
Mojo (4-stars), Will Hodgkinson (May 2009) Alex Neilson has a theory that folk music is at it’s heart free, and hence can serve as the base of whatever kind of journey you care to take from it. That theory is put into practise brilliantly on this incredible collection of songs which combine early music, psychedelic noise, anthemic rock and traditional British melodies to carry tales of heartbreak and yearning. A deeply affecting ode to Love lost resonates deep with the ancient spirit of Britain.
Uncut (‘the month’s best debut’), Rob Young (July 2009) Trembling Bells mulch of mudcake grooves, harmonium, trombone and valve amps establishes a fertile bed for some bracing, often ecstatic folk-inflected sonwriting, where glimpses of incredible String Band puckishness vie with melting improv, skirted by wraiths of ancient lays. There’s a frayed but genuinely exploratory vibe here, that’s not afraid to get tough. This is the noise of Caledonia dreaming.
Shindig!, Richard S Jones (November 2009) It can’t be easy for a band at the beginning of their musical career to achieve on a debut album the sound of uncompromising beauty, grandeur and unequivocal fun. An album that sounds beyond it’s years, the influence of it’s peers and avoids all the caveats of doing all of the above, simply ‘in places’. One band however that has done all this and more, from initial chimes to it’s farewell fade out is Trembling Bells.
Rolling Stone (Fricke’s Picks), David Fricke (May 2009) History keeps repeating itself on Carbeth (Honest Jon’s), the intoxicating debut album by Trembling Bells. The English- Scottish quartet essentially revive an earlier revival: the rediscovery in the sixties and early seventies of traditional British balladry and country-dance tunes. But there is a robust beauty here too. Garlands of Stars is a rattling bouquet of shooting-star guitar, lusty trombones and Lavinia Blackwall’s arcing voice, driven by Neilson’s tidal drumming. The folk roots still show, but in fresh air.
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