With sparse melodies, melancholic beats and lush, echoing vocals, Oxford trio, Trophy Wife - who describe their sound as "ambitionless office disco" - announce their arrival with a lingering whisper of great promise that suggests a serious force to be reckoned with. Essentially makers of modern and innovative new-electronica infused funk, the first time the three-piece recorded together was on a remix/cover of Joanna Newsom's 'The Book of Right On'. The trio wanted to recycle nothing from the original track, instead reworking the parts from scratch, successfully melding the song into a new form in their own style and with the resultant offspring, Trophy Wife was born.The band's sound and aesthetic is informed by influences as diverse as Studio, Polmo Polpo, The Notwist, Hank Marvin and Tortoise. This sees the hotly tipped band's first London show and single launch for Microlite (on Moshi Moshi), one of the tracks of the year, it's no surprise they've burst onto things with such fierce might. With fans including Zane Lowe, NME, Pitchfork, The Guardian (and of course Rockfeedback) already, the future is almost dazzlingly bright for this new band. This intimate chance to see the new band follows a national arena tour with their close friends Foals, and Toro Y Moi.
"What a lovely song and a lovely sound from a lovely new band....Their debut single, Microlite, marvellously meticulous in its production, is four minutes of limpid loveliness that suggests – with its gently insistent electronic pulse, swathes of shimmering synths and aching perkiness – Vampire Weekend playing New Order. It exudes melancholy even as the beat fires up; it's our old friend, sad disco, something to dance to even as you ponder the vapidity and meaninglessness of frivolous self-expression." The Guardian
Sparse but considered and exciting R n B from former Youthmovies man. Pet Moon are part of what's now a bouyant and exciting new Oxford scene, and will also be playing a few of the regional dates alongside Foals. He plays here as special guests to Trophy Wife.
Worship make brilliantly moody, haunting music. Soaring vocals and tense, synth-laden atmospherics combine with subtle rhythmic complexities, creating very mood driven, dark and broody sounds with bursts of light. A new project, the band spent a month of writing and recording (self-producing) at a small residential studio in Norway. A bright, if slightly dark future, awaits.
The show takes place at a new favourtie venue of ours, the studio room of the Electrowerkz club and venue, just behind Angel station. Capacity is very limited so to avoid disappointment please buy tickets quickly.
Tickets for the show are on sale now at wegottickets, seetickets and ticketweb