Darklands

The Leaf Library + Sun Skeletons + Drug Store Romeos

Venue: Macdevitts South Street (Directions)

Sat 30 Sep, 19:30

Door time: 7.30pm

Advisory age: 14+

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About

The Leaf Library are guitarist Matt Ashton (formerly of Peel favourites Saloon), singer Kate Gibson, bass player Gareth Jones (Wintergreen), drummer / synth wizard Lewis Young, and guitarist Simon Nelson (Cosines). Live they are joined by saxophonist Daniel Fordham from The Drink and horn player Laura Copsey from London band Firestations. They make multi-layered, two chord drone pop, channeling the warm fuzz of Yo La Tengo, the spacious repetition of Talk Talk, and Movietone’s seaside melancholy to beautiful effect.

The band released their debut album Daylight Versions in 2015, a record of woozy love songs about meteorology and the incoming sea that Uncut described as “a charming debut, with songs soaked in atmospheres that conjure thoughts of hazy mists and setting suns”, and the Guardian called “a melancholy wonder”. 

Live they bring a volume and intensity to their performances that’s belied by the gentle drift of their records, with motorik drums busying themselves over a bed of constantly unfurling synth tones and warm brass. They have appeared at End of the Road Festival, Indietracks, and Reading’s DoubleDotBash Festival. In September 2016 they headlined London’s prestigious St Pancras Old Church with a unique show featuring the woodwind players from A Little Orchestra.

At South Street the band will be playing songs from Daylight Versions, as well as brand new material from their new album, due next year. 

Support comes from Sun Skeletons and Drug Store Romeos. 

Ticket information

£6 on the door only (no advance tickets)

Reviews

  • "Fascinating, bold and experimental drone-pop..."

    Louder Than War
  • "Shimmering synths and slowly decaying feedback... a revealing, restorative experiment"

    Uncut
  • "Like experiencing The Clientele’s ghostly pastoral elegies warped through the drone melodies of Stereolab..."

    Poplib