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Revolver, We were Evergreen and Singtank at the festival HMV Next BigThing
08/02/2012 from 19:30 to 23:00
For the third year running, live music festival HMV Next Big Thing will be bringing 2012's best new music to the masses.
The French Music Office have joined forced with the kind folks at HMV for a Oui Love labelled gig at the Barfly, Camden on 8th February. What could be more fitting?
Oui Love promotes the best of new French indie music and this line up is nothing short of amazing!
Headlining for the first time in the UK are 'pop de chambre' trio, Revolver. You've got to love a classically trained rock band. Ambroise Willaume (vocals, guitar, piano) and Jeremie Arcache (cello, vocals) met at France’s prestigious Maitrise Notre Dame de Paris music school. The pair later teamed up with Christophe Musset (vocals, guitar) to form the basis for their current band, REVOLVER. While their name is taken from the influential Beatles album, it’s a fitting description for the group’s evolving sound. Pairing classical chamber music with influences such as Elliot Smith and The Velvet Underground might seem like a particularly daunting task, until you hear the masterful way they pull these influences together. With their new album Let's Go just around the corner (12th March!), make sure you catch their lovely harmony laden, cello infused indie pop.
We Were Evergreen
The Uplifting Parisian trio We Were Evergreen, will also be taking to the stage. The band was born in 2008, after a new year's resolution that, for once, actually stuck. Brought together by a shared fondness for all kinds of pop music and nursery rhymes, they tell stories of small trees growing too fast, of yodelling yaks and children flying south for the winter: stories of adolescence, of things lost, then found –then lost again. There's a naïve freshness to their toy-like instruments, and their mellow-yet-uplifting choruses will inevitably get caught in your brain – just throw in some live sampling, a lot of percussions and a dash of electro, and you'll find your hands and feet joining in too. Not only has this band supported class acts such as Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sande, Soko, The Wombats, Little Dragon and BBC's Sound of 2012 Michael Kiwanuka, but they also headlined a sold out Borderline in December! We're expecting their debut album this year, things are looking big for them in 2012 – a definite don't miss!
To top this tasty line up, French duo SingTank will mesmerize the audience with their soft folk pop. A sound which sparkles like some of the greatest musical partnerships. Nellee Hooper (Massive Attack, Björk, U2, Madonna) and Alan O’Connell (Placebo, Gossip) are two of the band’s idols and have now produced their album, due to be released in early 2012. And the band has served up a delicious sample of their teamwork on a digital EP The Party which is already out. They’re like The Kinks at home with Colette, Pulp at the Deux Magots or Nick Drake on the banks of the Seine. Two Mods in the metro.They are Joséphine and Alexandre de la Baume. Sister and brother. They are Singtank.
49 Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8AN, London
- Age group: Adults
- Price: £10
- Website: http://www.hmv.com