20th June | Motion
When Melbourne mixers, The Avalanches released Since I left You in 2000, their eclectic melody-melding opus contained no fewer than 3500 samples, intricately woven into an hour of way-out, loosey-goosey grooves. Whimsical, humorous, yet sometimes melancholy, it was touted as one of the albums of the Noughties. No one would have expected the follow-up album, Wildflower, to roll in sixteen years later, after a litany of hitches and numerous departures of band members. Despite its prolonged gestation (and that their record company said that it was nearly done as far back as 2006), their difficult second album dropped gloriously last summer, bringing much sampledelica ‘feel good’ to a year that, far too frequently, felt anything but joyous.
Robbie Chater and Tony Di Blasi still remain from the original line-up, supported by their touring band, including Eliza Wolfgramm and Naeem Juwan (AKA Spank Rock) on vocals. They come to Bristol as one of only four UK shows (as well as London, Manchester and Glastonbury) on their European tour. Having recently toured the US and curated and headlined their own two-day block party, beneath the iconic sails of Sydney Opera House, they’ll be positively on a roll by the time they slide into Motion.
With crowd pleasers like ‘Because I’m Me’, ‘Frankie Sinatra’ and their trademark track, ‘Frontier Psychiatrist’, to look forward to, you’d be crazy in the coconut not to seize the chance of catching them live.
Check out ‘Frankie Sinatra’ below.