Ben Marwood, Jim Lockey, Richard Abberline and Oxygen Thief live in Cheltenham!
The latest labour of love from folk underdog Ben Marwood, Back Down is released 13th May 2013 on Xtra Mile Recordings.
The third and final part of a loose trilogy that began back in 2008, the follow-up to 2011’s acclaimed debut album Outside There’s A Curse finally sees the self-deprecating solo songwriter swap the bedroom-based 8-track for a studio approach.
Recorded over an eighteen-month period where finances allowed, Back Down retains the coiling, intense lyrical style that earned its predecessor so much attention. Joined on record by a collection of friends and fellow musicians, mostly from the Reading scene he calls home, songs switch naturally from the stripped-back, bare bones of guitar and vocals to full-band affairs with a distinctly live feel, all click tracks and metronomes discarded (“including the parts that needed it” - Marwood). Thirty-five minutes of melody half-sung, half-spoken, but always pointed regardless of whether the targets are his own shortcomings or a BBC One light entertainment show, this is pop music for the bitter.
To coincide with the release Ben steps out on a short headline UK tour with the penultimate date being in Cheltenham.
This may only be album two, but Marwood is already a mainstay of the UK live scene, having notched up countless shows over the past decade alongside the likes of Billy Bragg and labelmates Chris T-T, Franz Nicolay, Jim Lockey & the Solemn Sun, Beans on Toast and Retrospective Soundtrack Players. 2011 saw him embark on his first two national headline tours and a month-long stint as opening support to friend and label-mate Frank Turner and 2012 was spent polishing off the new record, as well as headlining the GreenHouse stage at 2000Trees and being part of Turner’s extended backing band at the London Olympic Opening Ceremony.
Praise for Outside There’s A Curse:
“Packed with witty lyrical observations.. bold, intelligent and wholesome.” 8/10
- Rock Sound
“There’s an over riding sense here.. that we could be peering into the colourful minutiae of a songwriter whose story will be well worth following.” – 4K’s Kerrang
Since the release of ‘Death’ through Xtra Mile Recordings in April 2012, Jim has had an amazing 12 months with his band The Solemn Sun which has seen them getting rave reviews in Kerrang, supporting Frank Turner on his UK tour, going on their first US tour supporting Dropkick Murphys and packing out venues up and down the UK. Take this rare opportunity to catch him solo!
A promoter, DJ but foremost a singer-songwriter of rare pedigree, Richard blends elements of folk, blues and gospel with lyrics which can delight and disturb in equal measure. One moment, he’ll be gently tugging the heartstrings and the next one, lacerating them altogether.
Eschewing the traditional gentle folk leanings of the “singer/songwriter” crowd, Oxygen Thief plays with the same level of passion, intensity, and all out volume as most people would with a full backing band behind them - incorporating the absent rhythm section with bass heavy riffs and a rhythm-heavy strumming style that generally looks like he’s beating the living crap out of whichever guitar is unlucky enough to be chosen for that evening’s gig.
Vocally aggressive, but with a keen ear for a rousing melody and a tempting hook, his mix of bite, brevity and beards has won him support slots with the likes of Frank Turner, Johnny Foreigner, Chris T-T, and Tubelord to name but a few, alongside a regular slot at Cheltenham’s award-winning 2000 Trees Festiva and a place on the BBC Introducing stage at T In The Park 2012l.
DATE: 7 June 2013
VENUE: The Frog and Fiddle, Cheltenham
ENTRY: £4/£3 NUS