Spite House presents: Dubais & the Wolves, Knight Of The Comet, Heir Of The Cursed, Current Affairs
Wednesday 23rd May, 7:30pm, £5/ £3
Spite House welcome you to another night of hard DIY feminist live music!
We welcome DUBAIS! – The Lo-Fi Arab-futurist band from visual artist Nadia Buyse. Nadia has been in over 37 bands, collaborating with many artists and musicians in various capacities… but name dropping is boring AF…
That said, Dubais & the Wolves is: Nadia Buyse, Allison Wolfe, Steve Dore & Phil Hucknall.
Although DUBAIS operates like a band, it’s actually a vehicle for conceptual work and cultural activism in which Nadia uses the tropes of pop music to examine Diasporic migration, Neo-liberal dystopia, emotional incapacitations, consumer technologies, hybrid identities, intersectional feminism, and transnational communities. DUBAIS has released music, published text, taught a multitude of workshops, lectured, exhibited work, and performed internationally in a variety of spaces and places.
This band began as the Adrian Piper Cover Band, where Nadia would do “pop covers” of text excerpts from Adrian Piper’s seminal video installation Cornered. It mutated into DUBAIS during an art residency where the first song STEP BACK was written and recorded with a celphone, inside of a video feedback loop, in a bathroom.
From absurd synth covers to bedroom pop songs about dating the devil and murdering him , Nadia’s music jumps from genre to genre, being thread together by a strong DIY Aesthetic and video art that spans over installation, performance, visual albums, experimental pop operas, etc.
ONELINERS VIDEO EP
Supports from Knight Of The Comet which share members with Huggy Bear (Jon Slade)
Heir Of The Cursed, who is Beldina playing heavy hearted, grey songs – breath taking !
Current Affairs, who make a sissy racket
NOT TO BE MISSED!
As usual £5 in and £3 for those who are unemployed and/or cant spare the cash this time round for a wee gig. YOU ARE WELCOME!
Noone Turned Away For Lack Of Funds
(can we make this the norm already? ‘Mon Glasgow promoters!)
Mary Ocher, Hairband
Sunday 20th May, 8pm
Tickets £8 advance or £10 on the door.
Following last year’s UK dates with “The West Against The People” Mary Ocher is back with its follow up 10″/tape “Faust Studio Sessions”, having completed a tour of 20 countries and between two lengthy North American tours.
Mary has been persistently creating passionate, uncompromising work, raw, thought provoking, socially and creatively pushing against the current, dealing with subjects of authority, identity and conflict. Her work is as enchanting as it is polarizing, ranging from traditional folk to raw 60s garage, ambient with ethereal vocals and abstract synths, to experimental pop with African and South American rhythms, when accompanied by her drummers.
“Faust Studio Sessions and Other Recordings” (10″: Klangbad/DE + Sing A Song Fighter/SWE, tape: Related Records/US) features additional collaborations with cello player Julia Kent and German experimental artist Hans Unstern. Her previous solo release was produced by Canadian Psych Rock&Roll guru King Khan.
Craig White Album Launch
Saturday 19th May, 7:30pm, £6
“Craig White is a singer songwriter from Glasgow who has been on the scottish music scene since 2004. Having played in a variety of different bands at some of Glasgow’s biggest stages (king tuts, ABC, G2 and barrowlands) craig decided to go solo in 2012. After releasing 2 E.Ps craig took time out of his music for 3 years due to personal and work commitments. In 2016 craig began working on his debut album and is set to release his long awaited 14 track debut album at the old hairdressers on 19th May. His album will be available on all streaming sites and available for physical and downloadable purchase.
Craig has been compared to the likes of elliott smith, John Martyn, joshua martin and james Taylor which can be heard through his song writing and techinical methods of playing.”
Craig will be supported on the night by:
* Rob Duncan
* Who’s Olivia?
Tickets can be purchased at:
Synergy presents GIRLS NAMES
Thursday 21st June, 7.30pm
Tickets £12 buy HERE
It stands to reason that many vital albums come critically close to never being made. The eight-track upshot of doubt, upheaval and financial strain, Stains on Silence by Girls Names is one such release.
Following 2015’s blitzing Arms Around a Vision , and the parting of drummer Gib Cassidy just over a year later, the Belfast band suddenly found themselves facing down a looming void. “There was a finished – and then aborted – mix of the album, which was shelved for six months,” reveals Girls Names frontman Cathal Cully. “We then took a break from all music and went back to full-time work. We chilled out from the stress of rushing the record and not being happy with it, as well as being skint with no impending touring on the cards and constantly having to worry about rent.”
The stumbling blocks that proved a strain became the album’s defining breakthrough. Recorded in various locations including Belfast’s Start Together Studio with Ben McAuley, Cully’s home and the band’s practice space, spontaneous creation, cut-up techniques and self-editing took centre-stage for the first time. “We started tearing the material apart and rebuilding, re-editing and re-recording different parts in my home in early Autumn last year,” says Cully. “When we got them to a place we were happier with we went back into Start Together Studio with Ben McAuley to finalise the mixes to what they are now.”
Where AAAV proved a brazen statement of intent, Stains on Silence bounds forth as its feature-length comedown. What could have seen the band buckle became an opportunity for approaching things tabula rasa . During its two-year transmutation, Cully, bassist Claire Miskimmin and guitarist Philip Quinn had a single aim for their fourth album: to make an old-fashioned record clocking in around 30 to 35 minutes in length that made the listener reach straight for repeat. From the Bang Bang bar-summoning swoon of opener ’25’ and the submerged disco doom of ‘Haus Proud’ to the rapt, dub-leaning ‘Fragments of a Portrait’, Girls Names have excelled in their goal by forging an LP of synchronous nuance and defiance.
Marked by the presence of drum machines and programming throughout, these eight masterfully-woven tales are once again commandeered by founder Cully, whose words, understated yet defiant, mine purpose and meaning from the mire ( “I want to bathe again, I want to swim again / In a pool of twisting bodies, blackened gold.” — ‘25’). But while Stains on Silence came critically close to never being made, having lived with it, reconfigured it, and guided its metamorphosis from flickers of inspiration and half-formed schemes, it’s both a statement of pure perseverance, and a head-on confrontation with ambivalence that couldn’t be more assured.