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The Unwinding Hours + Olympic Swimmers + Foxhunting @ The Tunnels, 31 Aug


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THE UNWINDING HOURS + OLYMPIC SWIMMERS + FOXHUNTING

Friday, 31 August 2012

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

Doors 7.30pm

Advance Tickets £8 / £10 on door

Available from One-Up Records, Belmont Street, Aberdeen. Phone (01224) 642662 or online http://www.wegottickets.com/event/174932

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In February 2010, from the ashes of Aereogramme, THE UNWINDING HOURS emerged, releasing their eponymously titled debut album, in typically unassuming fashion. Their new album ‘Afterlives’ will be released on 20 August on Chemikal Underground Records. You should buy it.

After the release of their debut album, a number of European tours and support slots with Idlewild, The Twilight Sad and Biffy Clyro, The Unwinding Hours made it known they would take their time writing and recording any new material. Craig went back to university to study Theology and Sociology while Iain concentrated on production and recording in his studio on the south side of Glasgow, but at least once a week Craig would bring new demos for them both to work on, and their sophomore effort slowly took shape.

Spurred on by a new found excitement for study, Craig claims this had a huge influence on the writing process. “I felt I was finally able to learn and absorb as much as I could but also use it to be able to articulate what I had been trying to express for years. Working with Iain at our own pace allowed us to experiment, try out new ideas and make sure we didn’t repeat ourselves”.

“We tried to tie ourselves to different time signatures, made some songs specifically guitar orientated, made others more synth based but also stripped it all back when necessary. We basically just had a ball throwing ideas around. You can hear a kitchen sink being battered by a piece of metal near the end of the first song so yes, we had a lot of fun.”

Personal responsibility, the fire of knowledge and experience, wrestling with belief and moving onwards are all themes that appear throughout the album. Musically, The Unwinding hours have also moved forward which the immediate and driving album opener “Break” makes clear. Influences such as the Flaming Lips, Max Richter, The Cocteau Twins and even Laurie Anderson can be heard in the heartfelt, questioning anthem of “The Promised Land”, the minimal but cinematic “Saimaa” and the complex layers of “Say My Name”.

The album artwork was taken from an etching by an American artist called Jack Baumgartner. It depicts the biblical story of Jacob wrestling with the Angel. Craig explains, “We thought Jack’s depiction was perfect for the front cover. I love the fact that the biblical story is so enigmatic and open to so much interpretation. These stories, as all things capable of stirring the imagination, continue to have an afterlife.”

With a strongly held belief that an album should be consistently engaging from start to finish, The Unwinding Hours have produced just that and have plans to continue making music for as long as it remains possible. They just might take their time doing so.

http://theunwindinghours.tumblr.com/

http://www.chemikal.co.uk

OLYMPIC SWIMMERS are a band based in Glasgow made up of Simon Liddell, Susie Smillie, Graeme Smillie, Jonny Scott and Jamie Savage. They recently released their first album ‘No Flags Will Fly’ on 4 June.

“I would describe our music as shoe-glancing indie that goes down the quiet/loud path, but with lots of wandering around along the way,” says vocalist Susie. “We're all agreed in our admiration of Low, Pavement, The Wedding Present, The National and Bonnie Prince Billy.” (The Skinny)

“Their familiar yet endearing sounds pay homage to myriad Scottish forebears, notably the Cocteau Twins, whose yearning distortion, disembodied vocals and celestial guitars are echoed on In This House; and perhaps indirectly, the picturesque folk-rock of early-90s Pearlfishers (Bricks of our Building) and the unsung guitar-pop of Wild River Apples (Apples and Pears).” (Nicola Meighan, The Herald)

http://www.olympicswimmers.co.uk

FOXHUNTING is the solo project of one Joe Sutherland, a teenage singer-songwriter from Aberdeen, Scotland. Dealing mainly with acoustic guitar and vocals, he provides a visceral edge not often found in the folk-pop scene. Live shows combine energetic, foot-tapping music with soulful, emotional lyricisms.

He has supported the likes of Withered Hand, Woodpigeon, tUnE-yArDs, Jim Lockey and the Solemn Sun, Juffage and Esperi since his first proper show in 2011.

Debut studio album ‘Come On Sweetheart, Take My Hand’ in October 2011 saw Foxhunting experiment with electronic music, providing a contrast to the organic and homemade noise captured on earlier EPs.

After a year's stay in Australia, Foxhunting is due to return to his home town in August.

http://www.huntingfox.es

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