Dear Githead Fan,
Welcome to the latest edition of our occasional, small, perfectly formed and NEW LOOK newsletter!
Not only do we have a new look newsletter but also we have a new album, new dates and other newness to share with you so without further ado..
Githead proudly present their 3rd album Landing which will be released in the 2nd week of November 09 (which day depends on your country). The band and those that know us well reckon it's the best yet!
Landing marks Githead's fourth release (its third album) since its inception in 2004. In a short career that's boasted more 5-star reviews than most bands have had hot dinners, Landing is, without a doubt, Githead's most accomplished recording to date.
For the uninitiated, Githead are Colin Newman (of Wire), Malka Spigel and Max Franken (of Minimal Compact) and Robin Rimbaud (aka Scanner). However, who they are is far less important than what they are. And what they are is a band, rather than a collaboration between four individuals. Githead is a band that has developed incrementally and organically: from the Krautrock-infused roots of its 2004 debut EP, Headgit, through an expansion in style and mood on the first album, Profile (2005), to the self-descriptive Art Pop (2007) -- critically regarded as the band's zenith. Improbably, Landing goes one better.
On Landing, all the familiar components of Githead's distinctive idiom remain in place -- Newman and Rimbaud's minimalist guitar patterns, their supremely catchy melodic sense, Spigel's propulsive bass rumble, Franken's solid, steady drive -- but Landing broadens the band's vocabulary considerably. Adding depth, texture and shading, Landing's ten tracks are somehow simultaneously harder, edgier, more expansive, more organic, more hypnotic.
Crucially, though, while Githead might now be speaking a more sophisticated, nuanced language, they never once lose touch with their essential pop sensibility. It's this unique balance of convention and subtle experimentation that's always distinguished Githead from so many others attempting to plough the same adventurous avant-pop furrow.
Of course we wouldn't tell you about it without adding a special offer :) so let us tell you about the
2nd Prize - a pair of tickets for one of the four album launch shows (see below)
Anyone who has already pre-ordered need not worry as registration for this competition is automatic, your name is already in the draw!
This just in..... find a teensy review of the title track Landing "It’s a bloody brilliant track that you will want to listen to again and again" at Stereo Subversion with the track as a FREE DOWNLOAD
Accompanying the release of Landing will be 4 special, major city, shows.
These shows are a prelude to a further series of European shows planned for February 2010 about which we will share more news when we can!
Information about gigs, past and future, can be found on the gigs page of the site. Set lists are archived and in some cases, as in the case of the show at Ososphere in Strasbourg last month a gallery is put online. Thanks to Arne & Eric for the pictures BTW!
FACEBOOKING & TWEETING
For those that didn't discover it so far Githead have a Facebook Page where you can comment on the various tidbits we share and discover links to various delights like the broadcast from Orchard Studios in Brampton, Canada back in June.
MAIL ORDER & DIGITAL
With the opening of the Swim shop all Githead releases and merchandise has now been moved in with the rest of the swim catalogue. As well as CDs (when in print) releases are also available in digital formats (MP3 & Flac). We are also fully into iTunes as well as other digital stores. If you already have it all put a customer review up on one of those sites!
See you next time.
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Dear Githead Fan
Welcome to the latest edition of our occasional, small, but perfectly formed newsletter. Our numbers continue to swell and once again we'd like to welcome all those who are new here. We've been keeping the news page up to date but have saved the newsletter until we had some proper announcements to make. So without further ado...
2009 tour news
We can now announce Githead's first foray into North America, a short Canadian tour.
26 JUNE: Junction Theatre (Sled Island Festival) Calgary, Canada (all ages)
27 JUNE: Warehouse (Sled Island Festival) Calgary, Canada
29 JUNE: El Mocambo, Toronto, Canada
30 JUNE: Rose Theatre, Brampton, Canada
Dates include two in Calgary at the Sled Island Festival, as part of Colin's guest curatorship of the festival (see below for the news item). The first is an all-ages show at the Junction Theatre alongside The Famines and Indiensoci. The second Calgary date is at Warehouse and features alongside Githead what must undoubtedly be the line-up of the festival: Sub-Linguals, Women, Health and Holy Fuck!
There are a further two dates in the Toronto area, the first of which at the Rose theatre in Brampton will be streamed live. Sign up here to get a ticket.
25 SEPTEMBER: Festival L'Ososphere at the Laiterie, Strasbourg, FranceWe soon expect to be able to announce more dates in September. The gigs page carries links to the venues if you need to know addresses and other information.
Githead's third album
Githead's eagerly awaited follow up to "Art Pop" is now in the final stages of completion. Mixing will continue during the summer with an aim for an autumn release. Upcoming shows will feature a large percentage of the new material, described by those ‘in the know' as yet another big step for the band, featuring, as it does, an increase in intensity with faster tempii, and an approach which is deeper and wider yet more upfront. Intrigued? You certainly should be!
Githead on show
Those who will not be able to make the Canadian shows this summer but will be in London might like to stop by the Elixir Bar in Eversholt Street (near Euston Station) which is currently showing a small selection of Malka's images, including ones of Max and Robin. The owners are Githead fans, and so you might even here the odd Githead tune during your visit!
With the sad demise of posteverything last year, all Githead products have been now moved to the Swim shop. The shop sells physical product (where available) and digital in both MP3 and FLAC formats.
Here's some news from the site you might have missed.
APR 18, 2009: SLED ISLAND
Colin is this year's guest curator of Calgary's Sled Island Festival. The hugely ambitious city based festival which encompasses music, film, visual arts, comedy and more will take place between 24th and 27th of June 2009 and Githead will play more than one show. The line up is expected to be announced by May 1st.
NOV 28, 2008: VIDEO
Some new videos have been added as streams from the downloads page of this site. They are from performances earlier this year at the Mains d'Oeuvre in Paris and were shot by an audience member and posted on their YouTube page. In addition, some rarely seen classic videos from Githead members have now been posted on the Headgit You Tube page these include Immersion Live At the Royal Festival Hall.
See you next time.
Dear Githead Fan
Welcome to the latest edition of our occasional small but perfectly formed newsletter, and the one you are waiting for!
Meanwhile, you may have noticed that "ART POP" has been getting some very nice reviews over the last few days, here's a small selection for those that haven't seen them -
Dear Githead Fan
Welcome to the latest edition of our occasional small but perfectly formed newsletter, and only a month and a bit since the last one! What's going on?? Are we crazy or something:)
Well the fact is that things have moved apace since last we spoke and after a furious post Rotterdam mixing spree the 2nd Githead album is complete & even titled. It's called ART POP and the track listing is - On Your Own/ Drop/ Drive By/ Lifeloops/ These Days/ Jet Ear Game/ Space Life/ All Set Up/ Darkest Star/ Rotterdam/Live In Your Head. The album is slated for a March 2007 release. See a cover shot above. However you won't have to wait until March to hear some of it. We are starting to seed tracks in various obvious & not so obvious places. Try checking out www.myspace.com/githead & www.myspace.com/malkaspigel for now but there will be other places and the tracks won't stay for ever...