‘Her Name is Calla’ + ‘Worriedaboutsatan’ have confirmed a show @ Nexus Art cafe on Friday 26th March. These two Leeds based bands have been causing quite a stir among critics and fans across the U.K and this a great oppourtunity to see them both in an intimate venue before they reach U2 status!
Her Name is Calla + Worriedaboutsatan
Nexus Art Cafe
Tickets on sale here
More Information, Songs, Videos here
Nexus Art Cafe – 2 Dale Street, Manchester, M1 1JW. www.nexusartcafe.com
HER NAME IS CALLA
Formed some years ago out of a desire to create music that had a more emotional core, Her Name is Calla have since expanded to a six piece – seven if you include the occasional addition of cello. The music they make is the music they want to make. Encapsulating brass, strings, pianos, oddities and anything else at their disposal, they craft songs and music that have a heart. 2007 saw the release of ‘Condor and River’ on Loom, and ‘A Moment of Clarity’ on Gizeh, two records that won the band a great deal of critical acclaim. These were followed in 2008 with the mini-album, ‘The Heritage’. Again, the critics loved it, those that heard it loved it, and slowly more and more people caught on.
After playing live all over the United Kingdom to much critical acclaim with the likes of iLiKETRAiNS and The Twilight Sad, Calla’s current manifestation in sound form consists of manifold instruments, including but not exclusive to: guitar, violin, drums, cello, bass, trombone, cello, trumpet, piano, and live electronics. The winter of 2009 saw the recording of new tracks, and re-construction of old favourites, for Calla’s first full-length album, the eagerly awaited ‘The Quiet Lamb’. The end result is something they are all very excited about. Excited about creating the music, about playing the music, and about getting back on the road again.
“…there can be no denying that Her Name Is Calla are one of the most daring, unconventional bands the UK has to offer right now. For that alone we should all be exceedingly thankful.” Dom Gourlay, Drowned in Sound
The band comprises of Gavin Miller and Tom Ragsdale, who met whilst both attending Leeds College of Music in 2005. Worriedaboutsatan began as a side project for Miller, but later became the joint focus of Miller and Ragsdale after their other band, Johnny Poindexter, split up.
The band’s mixture of rock and electronic genres can be attributed to Miller and Ragsdale’s musical influences, which give equal importance to post-rock bands such as Explosions in the Sky and Mogwai as well as electronic dance music artists, such as Underworld and Trentemøller. Worriedaboutsatan’s sound, in reflection of their musical tastes, is in their own words, an attempt “to fuse elements of everything we listen to – glitch, techno, electronica, rock and metal”. Worriedaboutsatan also employ the use of samples from a wide variety of sources, such as a speech given by Patricia Hearst (as featured in the EP1 track, ‘Patty Hearst’) and a spoken performance of a Siegfried Sassoon poem, sampled in a new track called ‘Evil Dogs’.
Worriedaboutsatan’s music has appeared on several BBC Radio shows, including Steve Lamacq’s show on 6Music and Tom Robinsons’ Introducing  and Mary Anne Hobbs’ Experimental Show, both on Radio 1. Since 23rd July 2008, their music has also been featured in episodes of the popular British soap, Coronation Street. Their debut full length album ‘Arrivals’ was released on Gizeh Records to widespread critical acclaim in 2009.
“the percussion is manicured yet spritzy, with the baroque cadences of spitting rain. periodic vocal samples are hung about in hazy washes, making it sound a bit like Burial for english-lit majors… they got the album title right– they’ve arrived.” Brian Howe, Pitchfork
“a sumptuous, immersive piece, populated with lonely clicks, earthly organs and stirring synthetic strings. infrequently a voice appears; disembodied, quietly squalling, it is not quite of our world – much like worriedaboutsatan, in fact” Lauren Strain, Plan b magazine
“it would smack more than faintly on hyperbole to say that this is a pioneering album, regardless of its qualities. i shan’t waste any more words on what genre the sea of sound that is Arrivals fits into. let’s just call it an hour’s worth of creepy, organic, nearly always-tension-building electronic ambience which certainly owes as much, if not more, to the hidden influences as the obvious ones” Luke Slater, Drowned in Sound