Just a reminder that The Hanging Stars will be playing The Lexington in London on Wednesday 23 November for their biggest headline show to date.
THE HANGING STARS
At THE LEXINGTON on 23 November 2016
With support from By The Sea and Hollow Hand
Book here: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/371733
7.30pm | £6adv
96-98 Pentonville Rd, London N1 9JB
Watch gig teaser trailer here:
The Hanging Stars
Blending folk pastoralism with swampy 60s Americana, The Hanging Stars sound like the missing link between the California desert sun and the grey skies of London Town. The album was recorded between LA, Nashville and Walthamstow, with each of these vastly different places leaving an indelible mark on the songs.
The band is made up of songwriter, singer and guitarist Richard Olson (The See See, Eighteenth Day of May), Sam Ferman on bass, Paulie Cobra on drums, Patrick Ralla (The Alan Tyler Show) on banjo, guitar, keyboards and assorted instruments, with pedal steel courtesy of Horse (Dan Michaelson and The Coastguards) and Joe Harvey White.
The Hanging Stars place themselves firmly as part of a long folk tradition encompassing European and North American influences – as a continuation rather than a pastiche of these styles. This is the sound of a band really coming in to their own, fully formed and in no doubt of their vision. With Over the Silvery Lake they succeed in producing a record, which has the country, blues and folk traditions at its heart. And what a big heart it is. Embrace it.
Watch video for “The House on the Hill” here (directed by Paul Kelly)
Listen to “She Never Sleeps” here:
“An album with enough of a hazy, sun-dappled charm to make the capital’s dreariest weather bearable.” The Times 4*s
“A promising debut from London’s The Hanging Stars, who switch deftly between deliciously sentimental Americana and swaggering psychedelia.” Uncut
“A truly beautiful record.” Louder than War
“a hazy, desert-dream of a song, nicely sharpened with steely-eyed guitars, Mersey-laced harmonies and just a whiff of the Gun Club.” – Guardian
“Swampy psychedelia that recalls the Medway Delta as much as the Mississippi, the band’s new single neatly conjoins these influences.” – Clash
“Smoothes its way through, spreading its charm with consummate ease and totally capturing a sense of place and time.” Record Collector
“Songwriter Richard Olson knows how to take modern folksy skiffle, melancholy balladry and swampy pop and lets his band knit it something new but somehow classic.” Shindig 4*s
By The Sea
By The Sea are a wirral-based indie rock band. after a short run of sold-out 7″ singles, the band released their debut LP on november 12th via dell’orso records (CD), great pop supplement (LP) and digitally through AWAL distribution.
The album was recorded and produced with close friend Bill Ryder-Jones (Domino Records) in various bedrooms, garages and churches. the album hopes to recall the sound and culture of the seminal 1980s indie bands that helped inspire it.
“Beautifully bruised…with lashings of heartache thrown in – 8/10” – Matt Wilkinson, NME Radar
“A swoonsomely addictive wash of glistening synths, impassive sighs and effervescent jangles” – The Line Of Best Fit
“Solidly crafted melodic pop” – Uncut
“Chiming guitars & blessed out moods… imaginative & well-constructed” – Q
“By The Sea’s debut wraps itself warmly around ears; the melodies and joyful playing help create windswept hymns which soak blissfully into your pores. Tinged with melancholy but flushed with gorgeous hope, this is an album of sunshine and rain”. – Fake DIY
“By The Sea make music that can’t contain itself, that is so bursting with joy it sounds like it is tripping over itself in its desire to get out of the speakers.” – Fred Perry
Hollow Hand is the psych-folk project of Max Kinghorn-Mills, based in the English countryside.
The music is recorded at ‘Cosmic Ocean’, the band’s rehearsal space.
After gathering the talents and limited equipment of 4 like-minded friends, the band were able to record their first album; ‘Ancestral Lands’ which was released on limited cassette via US label Ongakubaka Records in January 2016.
The album is influenced by electric folk records of the late 60s/early 70s (Steeleye Span, Fairport Convention, Iain Matthews, Gene Clark).
“Ancestral Lands, is the consummate time-travel companion. Anyone game for getting deliciously lost in a strange landscape will reel with the twists and turns of the properly coherent body of songs possessing that rare quality: longterm listenability.” – Gold Flake Paint
“These tunes will appeal to fans of Fleet Foxes and Animal Collective. Chariot is weird, wonderful and unsettling in that waking-from-a -dream-you-can’t-quite-remember kind of way.” – Repeat Button