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Volcano! + Spokes + Greater The Shadow @ The Tunnels, 11th November

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as part of SOUND festival, interesting music and Idol Wild promotions present


Tuesday 11th November 2008

The Tunnels, Carnegies Brae, Aberdeen. AB10 1BF. Phone 01224 211121

Doors 8.00pm 

Entry 5







Listening to volcano! is a journey through highs and lows, through confusion and clarity. An experimental avant-rock band from Chicago, ranging from lush sing-and-strums to schizophrenic dance-punk anthems to claustrophobic descents into guitar-noise and electronic freak-outs.

Forming in summer 2003, they believed in the importance of fusing improvisation and abstraction, with pop melodies and harmonies - a beautiful, epic noise, resulting in their debut album Beautiful Seizure on the Leaf label. New album Paperwork retains the same explosive powers but use some restraint, which makes the peaks feel more rewarding.

Paperwork is a thrilling journey of exuberant swoops and peaks balanced against puzzling but rewarding thrills. This is an album that benefits from mulitple listens, just as those of volcano!'s sonic compatriots Battles and Foals (Drowned in Sound)

You could use words like prog, complex, experimental, lush, polyrhythmic, post-rock, jarring, uplifting, catchy and mind-blowing, but even these words combined still dont quite articulate the magnificently wonky otherness of Paperwork (Kerrang KKKK)




Spokes are a five piece outfit from Manchester who, following the release of their critically acclaimed debut, are now embarking on an extensive UK headline tour. The grand sound of their album People Like People Like You has been compared to the likes of Arcade Fire and Broken Social Scene by the music undergrounds most influential press. Read the reviews if you dont believe me...

"It's incredibly easy to fall in love with an album when it takes in elements of slow-core, post-rock, shoe-gaze, folk and pop music so effortlessly, and when the richly textured instrumentation balances out grandiose gestures with quietly reflective passages, we're primed for singing praises to anyone who'll bother listening. Absolutely gorgeous stuff and a real find...." (Boomkat)

"Spokes - one of our picks for 2008 - have that feel of a post-rock-indie mini-orchestra, with a gorgeous, lush and textured sound built from washes of delay and violin and occasional bits of dreamy vocal" (Manchester Music)



Greater the Shadow are a band who have been writing together for about a year and a half and seem to be getting better and better every single show they play. Purveyors of the quiet/loud instrumental dynamic, they'll mix enticing electronica into the mix to lure you in, before administering a sonic smack in the kisser. With obvious nods in the direction of Slint and Explosions in the Sky, Greater the Shadow sound more like M83 being seduced Black Sabbath.


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