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The Pictish Trail + Rozi Plain + Lazy Sheepdog @ The Tunnels, 25th September

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Thursday 25th September 2008

The Tunnels (Room 2), Carnegies Brae, Aberdeen AB10 1BF. Phone 01224 211121

Doors 8pm

Tickets 7+bf in adv / 9 on door

Available from One-Up Records, Belmont Street, Aberdeen. Phone (01224) 642662 or http://www.ticketweb.co.uk





You know this guy by now, eh? With a previous imp headlining show at the Tunnels in November last year and a not-so-long-ago performance at The Lemon Tree re-opening weekend with his left hand man King Creosote, Johnny Lynchs live reputation as The Pictish Trail is gathering momentum and plaudits in equal measure.

When hes not busy running Fence Records, taking the lead axeman role in the KC band or watching J.Mascis vids on YouTube, he spends his time fronting his own Fence Collective supergroup, armed with an array of hypnotic folk-drone electro-psych-rock gems primed to make you move in mysterious ways. O-o-oh.

In this stripped-down (to his pants) performance, PT will stir your loins with warm, welcoming tales, keyboard odysseys, acoustic neo-folk rumblings and all manner of undeniable oddball noises. Hell maybe have a special guest with him and will also try and sell you his new album Secret Soundz Vol 1, the chancer!

a sound comparable to Hot Chip-meets-Beta Band, with a dynamite voice thrown in. (The List)

a brilliant collection of songs which blend warm electronic instrumentation with guitars and Mr Lynchs distinctive vocal talent. (Words Fail Me Now - Track of the Month, The Scotsman)

The album is a strolling, home-made blend of acoustic pop and electronica, resoundingly rural and effortlessly immediate. (Clash Magazine, August 2008)




Rozi Plain thinks that guitar tuner pedals are for losers. She works on a ferry in Bristol, she's pretty good at doing impressions of people's voices, and she produces incredibly lo-fi folk-dirges that stick in your head for days. Her new album Inside Over Here will be released by FENCE later this year. Remember her stunning Aberdeen debut at Peacock last October with Francois and the Atlas Mountains? Yeah? Well this will be even better

She possesses a voice that somehow sounds like it's singing just for you, and her songs shine in your eyes and on your cheekbones like permanent summer sun. Perfect. (Fence Records)





Lazy Sheepdog is Pete McConville with acoustic guitar. Pete is a confused beardy sleep-on-beaches-tree-talking-thought-filled-grumpy-morning-sandal-strolling-dust-scuff-pavment-staring singer*lad. Expect lo-fi clicks, pings, drums, strums and a quiet voice quivering.


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reviews starting to come in for PT's album...

Here's one from The Skinny

The Pictish Trail - Secret Soundz Vol. 1 :: The Skinny

Joyously schizophrenic

In his behind the scenes role at Fife's Fence record label, Johnny Lynch has obviously been well-placed to soak up all the best aspects of the label's varied output. Secret Soundz Vol.1 is a collection of intricate but playful electronica as colourful as its striking cover art. The album's joyously schizophrenic combination of strong pop songs and wistful experimentation are given focus by Lynch's plaintive vocals, and there's also musical accompaniment by various members of the Fence Collective, and on three key tracks The Earlies. This contributes an autumnal depth of field that perfectly complements the fairground incandescence of Lynch's own arrangements. Words Fail Me Now is a supernatural carousel with such melodic strength it could spin you off your centre of gravity; The Lighthouse might appear to emit a lasting glow of metaphorical optimism but in fact hides a darker tale of psychopathic behaviour; and Into The Smoke is a slow-burning anthem that recalls the effortless transcendence of prime Beta Band. A sterling debut. [Milo McLaughlin]

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