Monday, 18 July 2011

DRIVER DRIVE FASTER LIVE at Band On The Wall with The Miserable Rich

Quick heads up about tomorrow night's Driver Drive Faster show at Band On The Wall, in aid of Nordoff Robbins Trust.

Tuesday 19th July, 7pm
Band On The Wall

The second in a special series of fundraising shows that showcase some of Manchester's most prolific and prominent artists, labels and collectives in aid of Nordoff-Robbins, a music therapy charity that works to improve and transform the lives of vulnerable children and adults all over the UK by using music as a form of therapy, breaking conditions of isolation and improving the lives of those affected by disability, illness or trauma.


The Miserable Rich's story began in Brighton in 2007. Will Calderbank (cello), Mike Siddell (violin) and James de Malplaquet (vocals) met each other when playing in the much-loved alt-folk band Shoreline. James had a collection of songs of his own, and he and Will had started to work on these, playing with various electronica ideas (perhaps influenced by James's time touring with Bonobo) and performing as a band under the name The Grape Authority.

What really separates The Miserable Rich from the plethora of bands currently employing strings in their lineup is, where other bands use cello and violin to augment the standard indie set up of guitar, bass and drums, The Miserable Rich set out deliberately to turn that notion on its head, the strings becoming the feature in the arrangements, with guitar and bass providing the rhythm and harmonic backing.

They started recording, and over the summer of 2007 (mostly in James's flat in Hove) they put together twelve songs with a little help from their friends, now more widely known as The Willkommen Collective. The first single, Boat Song, was iTunes Single Of The Week, and has become a long-term favourite of Marc Riley and Guy Garvey on 6Music. The debut album, Twelve Ways To Count, was 6Music Album of The Day in November 2008.

"heartbreakingly beautiful" 8/10 NME

"The Miserable Rich's striking, fully fledged debut immediately sets them apart." Q

"a perfect accompaniment to those lazy summer nights" High Voltage

"a rich distinctive sound; The Miserable Rich are instrumentally very talented, sound like no one else and have a sense of the old world about them" 9/10 Virgin Online

Two critically lauded albums and three years of touring later, the band decided to change things round a little. They holed themselves up in a stately home in Norwich to write and record their third album, bringing in a recording engineer and a drummer - both roles ultimately filled by David Schlechtriemen, Driver Drive Faster's drummer. Blickling Hall, the haunted ancestral home of the Boleyn family, provided the setting, and they spent February 2011 putting together the tracks for the follow up to 2010's Of Flight & Fury. New single "Anything's Possible" is released on 19th June. The new album, titled "Miss You In The Days" will be released in October.


Driver Drive Faster are a new band from Manchester, but you wouldn’t necessarily tell: this masterful debut album presents a rich, timeworn sound that exists somewhere between Americana and spectral indie rock. It’s crafted song-writing at its best, hinging on stirring chord sequences and moments of fragile beauty. “A review described us as ‘misfits’,” says singer/guitarist Dylan Giles. “We took it as a compliment.”

Named Open House and recorded in the shared digs in which the entire band reside, the album was a labour of love begun in late 2009, poured over in 2010 and set for release in 2011. The result is a lush, layered record that slowly draws you into its world. Think Mercury Rev’s Deserter’s Songs for a new generation.

"Ambitious, big-vision pop" Uncut

They have supported acts such as The Aliens, Japandroids, Erland and The Carnival, The Drums and ex-Pavement's Marble Valley and have received strong support from BBC radio 6 DJs Marc Riley and Steve Lamacq, as well as Radio 2's Radcliffe & Maconie show. In February 2010, DDF released their debut single 'They May Talk' through Lex Records, along with remixes of the song by The Young Knives and Manchester's May68. The latter of which received numerous plays on BBC Radio 1. The band have recently finished their first album 'Open House', out now on the Akoustik Anarkhy label.

"a lush, layered record that slowly draws you into its world. Think Mercury Rev’s 'Deserter’s Songs' for a new generation" Piccadilly Records

...burst into being from the sunny imagination of songwriter Matt Grayson Walton Hesse are a lapsed congregation of optimistic outcasts standing on the shoulders of Big Star and Wilco, peering into the shaft of a 13th Floor Elevator.

Frontier facing and burdened by a twisted nostalgia this alt-country psych creation blend the melodious harmonies of Matt and Nicola Crosby haunted by the ghostly union of Gram and Emmylou to bring Arizona desert plains to the streets of Manchester. The dual status of banjo playing lead guitarist Dom Marsh creates a butterfly of sound to intertwine a flawless rhythm section of Dan Fleming on drums, Scott Carey on bass and Dor Knightley on keys.

Walton Hesse have been friends forever, born of a chance encounter and a ten year love affair the North Mancunian scum scrub up golden in the sunshine, blend MC5, Creedance and Hank Williams to shake the peaches from your dusty tree. Walton Hesse make you homesick for a place you’ve never lived… so don’t look now, listen, and bring it home.

Band On The Wall
25 Swan Street,
Manchester, M4 5JZ

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