Sounds From The Other City

April 25, 2017

Thor & Friends added to the SFTOC line-up

With 5 days to go until SFTOC, we’ve got an announcement to make – joining The Beauty Witch’s stage at The Crescent will be THOR & FRIENDS, the project of former Swans drummer Thor Harris. Having been due to play across the border at Deaf Institute, we’ve instead brought them across to Salford to join in the party.

Unfortunately, Thor & Friends are replacing Sex Swing, who have had to withdraw from the festival due to an injury. Get better soon, Sex Swing!

Listen to Medival by Thor & Friends, and find out more about them below.

You can get one of the final SFTOC tickets here: 

After five years of touring as the percussionist of Swans, Thor Harris began Thor & Friends in the autumn of 2015 as a vehicle to experiment with a cast of rotating Austin based musicians in the vein of American minimalism. As an instrument carpenter and acoustic polyglot, Thor & Friends is the sound of Harris’ return home — an elongated greeting and ode to his community, woodworking shop and the instruments his hands bring texture too.

With the three core members of Harris, Peggy Ghorbani and Sarah “Goat” Gautier, the expanding and contracting ensemble works within the flux of compositional and improvisational contexts, where the range of tonal color depends on what instrumentalists are joining or absent from the process. They can perform acoustically or with hues of electronic instrumentation, as a stripped down trio or a large ensemble. In addition to drawing on minimalist composers such as Terry Riley and Steve Reich, Thor & Friends amalgamate the diverse influences of Brian Eno, Aphex Twin, Moondog and The Necks through a polyrhythmic center of mallet instruments, primarily marimba, xylophone and vibraphone. Around the core motifs of the aforementioned mallet timbres are shifting streams of everything from processed pedal steel and analog synthesizer to violin, viola, stand up bass, clarinet, duduk and oboe.

The group builds off of the similarities and contrasts of Harris’ past projects and continuing collaborations, which includee Swans, Ben Frost, Bill Callahan, Hospital Ships, Shearwater and John Congelton. The result ushers in a utopian optimism contemporized through 20th century predecessors via the promise of improvising with neighbors and friends and utilizing what and who is around at any given moment.

Thor & Friends debut LP came out on LM Dupli-cation in autumn 2016 — recorded with A Hawk & A Hacksaw’s Jeremy Barnes and Heather Trost and Deerhoof’s John Dieterich in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

April 25, 2017

Sounds from the Other City joins Block Party!

We’re pleased to announce that Sounds from the Other City is taking part in Block Party! as part of Hull’s UK City of Culture celebrations

Block Party! is a radical youth arts creative empowerment programme bringing together young people living along the M62, from Merseyside to Hull, to explore new places, people and experiences. Working in five communities along the M62, artists will support young people to explore their creative roots and identities, through fashion, food, digital production, music, visual art, poetry, dance and performance.

Showcased in five Block Party! events, performances will explore the lives, challenges and future aspirations of disadvantaged young people.

Each group will travel along the route of the M62, culminating in the biggest event in Hull on 24 June 2017, where workshops will take place at Thornton Estate Youth Space, followed by a performance at Australia House, Thornton Estate.

More about Hull UK City of Culture

Hull was announced the winner of UK City of Culture 2017 in 2013. The award is given every four years to a city that demonstrates the belief in the transformational power of culture.

To deliver on this promise, Hull City Council set up Hull UK City of Culture 2017 as an independent company and charitable trust. The team are now working hard to deliver 365 days of transformative cultural activity in 2017.

The arts and cultural programme for the year celebrates the unique character of the city, its people, history and geography. In 2017, the programme runs from 1 Jan to 31 Dec and is split into four seasons, each with something distinctive and intriguing to say, and each created to challenge and thrill.

April 24, 2017

6 DAYS TO GO: Sham Bodie’s guide to Salford

We’re on to the final stretch before the big day itself – so what better way to get yourself ready for Sounds than to have a personal tour around the wonderful city? Sham Bodie are here to make sure you find out everything you need to know about the Other City before April 30th.

You can get one of the final festival tickets here: 

What Sham Bodie had to say:

Hey! Ever wondered what Salford has to offer? Here’s a handy guide to the city everyone knows is definitely a city!

We’ll be in Salford for Sounds From the Other City on Sunday 30th April in The Salford Arms. Come say hi!

Sham Bodie are teaming up with Ping Pong Club to take over Salford Arms at SFTOC this year, with Birthday Bread Man, Sam & Tom, The Delightful Sausage, Goose, Maddy Storm, Bethlehem Casuals, South Island Son, Ben Kewin & Ben Wronge on their stage.

April 23, 2017

7 DAYS TO GO: Comfortable on a Tightrope – The Realest Vol. III No. I

Only 7 days to go until SFTOC – which means that this time next week, you’ll be in the midst of the best day of the year. We can hardly wait.

To celebrate – Comfortable on a Tightrope have released a compilation album featuring the acts that play their stage at SFTOC this year. In addition, any purchase made will go towards the #saveislingtonmill project, and M.A.S.H., meaning you you’re doing good too – win/win/win.

Comfortable on a Tightrope are taking over United Reformed Church at SFTOC. You can get one of the final festival tickets here: 

On the eve of Sounds From The Other City 2017 we’ve gathered here some recordings from most of those who’ll perform on our stage at the United Reformed Church.

Whether exclusive to this release, recorded expressly for the purpose of inclusion here, available elsewhere all of the recordings herein were given with generosity and we would humbly and sincerely appreciate your reciprocity as the proceeds from this release will be divided between the charity M.A.S.H and the Save Islington Mill fundraising drive

Your research into these radical and necessary organisations, and to the artists who’ve contributed recordings is steadfastly encouraged.

April 22, 2017

8 DAYS TO GO: Introducing Kllo

With 8 days to go til Sounds from the Other City, we thought it best to introduce another one of the acts playing this year’s festival to help get you in the mood.

‘Bolide’ from Australian duo Kllo is one of those “can’t stop pressing repeat” kind of bangers, well thinking about it, so are all their other songs. Last year’s Well Worn EP developed the duo’s sound into a more dance-focused and dreamy synth-based soundscape which of course we’re all for here at SFTOC.

Based in Melbourne, cousins Chloe Kaul and Simon Lam have done nothing but tour extensively since their debut 2014 EP Cusp and have totally captivated the scene here in the UK from the other side of the world. Although it makes a lot of sense, the duo’s influences dive deep into UK garage, appearing in Kllo’s use of samples and hypnotic rhythms heard throughout their work. Expect to leave their set captivated, mesmerised and yearning for more.

Kllo play Now Wave’s stage at Unit 5 Regent Trading Estate at SFTOC. You can get one of the final festival tickets here: 

Elli Brazzill is a journalist based in Manchester editing the new music section for Too Many Blogs, finishing off a degree in Music Business and is part of the SFTOC marketing team. In the weeks leading up to the festival, Elli will be introducing some of acts from the Sounds bill.