The fourth Boduf Songs extended play was created using Mathew Sweet’s standard recording set up of a single microphone and a small array of instruments, but it comes with a few surprises – most notably the prominence of electric guitar, bass and stomping drums on a few tracks. All of the elements that make his previous sound creations so arresting are still present; the impeccable song structures, the minimal approach, the delicate yet dominant singing. The album opens with the naked sound of the hammers of an old upright piano striking strings, an apt metaphor for the lyrical content which is just as raw and exposed. Mathew broadens his vocal approach here, exploring range and employing some unpredictable, well-placed harmonies. This Alone Above All Else In Spite Of Everything is effectively a concept record, and makes for a dramatic journey. Mat states..
“There is a theme that runs through each song and the track order is paramount to that – it’s a hugely important part of making a record work.”
So pay attention.
On this tour the live band will consist of Mathew Sweet, Clive Henry, and Jessica Bailiff Sweet.
Boduf Songs will play the following venues:
02.03. F – Paris @ Lespace B
03.03. NL – Tilburg, Incubated @ Paradox
04.03. B – Diksmuide @ 4ad Musiekclub
05.03. D – Dortmund @ Pauluskircke
06.03. NL – Utrecht @ Bastiaan & Ellen’s
08.03. D – Duisburg @ Steinbruch
09.03. D – Leipzig @ Conne Island
10.03. D – Berlin @ Schokoladen
11.03. D – Dresden @ AZ Conni
12.03. D – Stuttgart @ Galao
13.03. D – Bamberg @ Morph Club
14.03. D – Erfurt @ Woodstock record store
15.03. CZ – Pardubice @ Divaldo 29
16.03. CZ – Praha @ A Studio Rubin
17.03. A – Vienna @ Rhiz
18.03. CZ – Brno @ Falk Cafe
19.03. SK – Trencin @ Kino Luc
20.03. SK – Bratilslava @ A4 – Zero Space
21.03. HR – Zagreb @ KSET
22.03. SLO – Maribor @ Pekarna-Gustaf
23.03. IT – Udine @ Cas’Aupa
24.03. IT – Genova @ La Claque/Teatro della Tosse
25.03. IT – Ravenna @ Bronson
Future Songs is the bracing result of Pat’s isolation; an album of brilliant off-kilter pop, anchored by woozy baritone vocals, angular guitar lines and a gloriously careening approach to rhythm and arrangement. Evoking sounds and sensibilities that encompass David-Baker-era Mercury Rev, Joy Division, Scott Walker and Can, to name just a few, Future Songs was self-released on cassette and went up on Bandcamp in summer of 2010, circulating quickly through Montreal’s DIY music community and Tumblr accounts across the continent. While entirely self-recorded, with almost all parts played by Jordache, the material unmistakably cried out for full band treatment, for which there was no shortage of eager participants.
Early Pat Jordache shows were solo ventures, re-working the recorded music using a DD-3 pedal capable of looping only 1.4 seconds of sound. These droning minimalist arrangements soon came to be supported by the explosive percussion efforts of duelling drummers Phillip Chanel, Jeffrey Malecki and Thom Gillies. Rory Seydel (Shapes and Sizes) soon joined the group on guitar, allowing for a more faithful interpretation of the recorded songs. Pat Jordache toured house show circuits as a 3-piece and 4-piece throughout 2010 while playing tirelessly at home in Montreal’s underground spaces, with occasional forays into the mainstream, including a raucous and rhapsodic late-night set at the Pop Montreal after-party venue.
Future Songs opens with the clarion call of “Radio Generation” (also pressed on a tour-only 7″ with previously unreleased “Radar” on the B-Side), where Jordache’s falsetto kicks off the tune against stuttering and fluttering guitar vamps before settling into an off-beat chord pattern and verses delivered in Jordache’s unique baritone. “Get It” follows, built from a great staccato riff and driven by tripled octave-shifted vocals. “Salt On The Fields” brings back the damaged Beach Boys falsetto winding around a rhythmic track of bubbling wood block and chimes, with a taste of afro-beat guitar lines. “Gold Bound” is woozy psych-tinged lo-fi folk. “The 2-Step” instantly sounds like a lost classic from a Joy Division session. “ukUUU” deploys nature sounds, reverse vocals and spaghetti western guitars winding their way towards a speak-song testimonial and a Velvets-style doo-wop to close the album. All in all, an awesome ride.
With the original sessions lost in the theft of Jordache’s laptop from a Montreal roadside smoked meat shop, the initial release of Future Songs was in lo-res, self-mastered 160 kbps mp3. In one of the many small miracles of our digital age, full resolution back-up .wav files of the sessions were dredged up from a forgotten Mediafire account, from which the songs were re-mastered for the Constellation release of the album.
Across Tundras’ Tanner Olson this week also made a statement on their induction into Neurot’s family: “The opportunity to stand alongside such a talented and driven group of artists and musicians is something we have been working along time for. Neurot Recordings releases the most inspired and original music out there, and its a huge compliment that they see us as kindred musical spirits. Eternal gratitude to the Neurot family for believing in us and giving a proper home to our nomadic sounds.”
O2 Shepherds Bush Academy
Saturday 19th November. Doors 7pm
Special guests: The Cravats
(more to be announced and probably some unannounced ones too.)
In 2007, STEVE IGNORANT gathered some friends together and put on two shows at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London.
Called The Feeding Of 5000, the show was a celebration of the Crass album of the same name, which was performed in its entirety.
Having started in London in 2007, this new expanded show has visited other parts of the UK and Europe and is soon going to head across the pond to North America before the FINALE in London. At which point the door will be firmly closed.
Implodes is a Chicago quartet that has coalesced around guitarists Matt Jencik and Ken Camden in the last few years, with the group settling on their current lineup in 2009. The group has been hunkered down in a secret location, hard at work honing their craft, and occasionally venturing out for for signs of intelligent life in the real world, as well as the increasingly frequent live show. The first pronouncement from the group was a 2009 self-titled cassette, followed by a solo album from guitarist Ken Camden on kranky entitled Lethargy & Repercussions in early 2010.
Ken Camden-Lethargy & Repercussions LP 2009