AZORES Tour 2012
17.10 MANCHESTER Night & Day (w. Champion Lover // plus more)
18.10 SHEFFIELD Green Room (w. Blood Sport DJs // plus more)
19.10 LEEDS Wharf Chambers (w. Doomsday Student // Gum Takes Tooth // Nope)
20.10 MILTON KEYNES The Gallery (w. Blood Sport and more)
21.10 LIVERPOOL Mello Mello (w. Windmill Moth Glue plus more)
"AZORES is a brand new band from Leeds, West Yorkshire, who sound more like they're a band from Nigeria circa 1975. Channelling the electrifying, relentless pulse and repeated refrains of Afrobeat, this soaring group of musicians simply demands that you get off your ass and dance like there's no tomorrow.
In recent years, the underground scene has focused hard on faraway continents for its musical stimulation (Sublime Frequencies, Ethiopiques, etc) and it was only a matter of time before their influence crept into Western independent musics. Well, with Azores, it's not so much a case of creeping influence as it is a crushing tidal wave. Get ready to be astonished."
Azores occupy a unique space somewhere between afrobeat, psyche rock and post-punk, with influences ranging from the No Wave movement pioneered in New York during the 1980s by bands such as Liquid Liquid, James Chance and The Dance, to 1990s US bands Heroic Doses and Golden, Afrobeat players such as Ebo Taylor, Victor Uwaifo and Fela Kuti and Sublime Frequencies bands such as Group Inerane.
Into The Azores High starts with a four-to-the-floor Afrobeat dance then twists and turns through heavily syncopated time shifting post-punk, eventually climaxing with all-out punk rock riffing. Straight Outta Tokyo works in much the same way, and both songs share similar space to that occupied by bands such as Zun Zun Egui. The psyche-rock of My Way Or Steve Highway suggests a more direct influnce from Golden's Recital (Spindac Volare) from their 2000 album Golden Summer.
Mathew Dixon (guitar)
Gavin Montgomery (bass guitar)
Matthew Woodward (drumset)
Mathew Dixon also plays guitar in Beards. Matt Woodward also plays drums in Galaxians. Gavin Montgomery also plays drums in Castrato Attack Group.
Cowtown are an econo party rock from leeds. Occasionally referred to as pop on account of them not sounding that much like a conventional rock band. They possess GOLDEN ENERGY....for when you've had a hard hard day at the office.