Gigs Of The Week
Camille recorded her recent, fifth album, Oui, in a 14th century former monastery in Avignon. Ironically, that record reflects on her country’s turbulent, politically-charged recent history. It’s a lovely culture clash that sums her up quite neatly; her phenomenal voice easily flits from delicate ballad to traditional folk song to rousing pop in a heartbeat. “All the voices are telling a story,” she says, “and I am all the voices.” See her live at the Barbican on Monday 30 October.
The Melvins wrap up their European tour at Electric Brixton on Halloween, Tuesday 31 October. The veterans of alt-noise have clocked up nearly 35 years and a whopping 25 albums throughout their career. Expect plenty from their most recent, A Walk With Love And Death. Support comes from Redd Kross, which also feature The Melvins’ Dale Cover and Steve McDonald, who will be in for a busy night.
Blondes – aka New Yorkers Sam Haar and Zach Steinman – are in town this week, with a gig at The Pickle Factory. A fizzing whirl of sophisticated electronic techno, their live shows are complex affairs, with an extensive line-up of kit. Expect to be washed away in a thoroughly immersive set, where they’ll be airing tracks from their recent album, Warmth, on Wednesday 1 November.
Announcement Of The Week
Franz Ferdinand are set to release a new album, Always Ascending, on 9 February next year. Their press release reckons it’s: “Nothing short of a rebirth…[its] 10 songs are a triumphant recasting of the group, bursting with fresh ideas and vigorous sonic experimentation.” They’ll be touring in support of the record, and have confirmed a mammoth set of shows which will see them play in America, Japan and Europe from December-March, including a show at Brixton Academy on 24 February. Catch an intriguing glimpse of the new record below.