Gigs Of The Week
The brilliantly bonkers Anna Meredith plays at the Scala on Wednesday 23 November. She’s had a fantastic festival season, taking her Moshi Moshi-released debut Varmints to a bigger audience for the first time. The composer/producer/performer has a background in contemporary classical music, and that attention to detail can be felt throughout her foray into experimental, electronic music. It’s boisterous, fun, adventurous – and it translates fantastically onto the live stage.
Throwing Muses lynchpin Kristin Hersh stops off at the lovely St John on Bethnal Green this week, for a rare show to mark last month’s release of double CD and book, Wyatt At The Coyote Palace. This is the third time she’s released using this format combination, so expect readings and songs from entire, incredibly productive career, from Throwing Muses to her solo work that began with 1994’s Hips and Makers, to her time with 50 Foot Wave, and her more recent work as an author. Catch her on Thursday 24 November.
Joan As Police Woman marks the release of her fifth album, Let It Be You, with a show at Heaven, on Monday 21 November. The record sees her join forces with fellow Brooklyn multi instrumentalist Benjamin Lazar Davis, who’ll be performing at this show with her and a full band. They’ll be showcasing tracks from the album, as well as reimagining tracks from her back catalogue.
Announcement Of The Week
Post-industrial noise makers Factory Floor released their latest album, 25 25 over the summer, and we were super impressed. It’s by no means an easy listen, in fact, we noted that “the sheer force of will that drives 25 25 batters you into submission.” Upon its release, they sold out a show at the ICA, and have just announced a short tour early next year, wrapping up at Heaven, on 30 March. If that feels a way off, check out this gorgeous video for Wave, directed by Gabe Gurnsey. It was shot over a three week period and follows a frantic journey from the urban sprawl to the rural landscape of the English/Welsh borders.