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Thu 26th Jun 2014 @ Concorde

Headliner: tUnE-yArDs
Event: One Inch Badge presents
When: Thu 26th Jun 2014
Time: 7:30pm
Age restriction: 14+
Other info: Event page

“Being released in the week commencing 5th May, Nikki Nack follows on from 2011’s hugely successful W H O K I L L, an album that topped the highly prestigious Village Voice Pazz & Jop poll, based on votes from 700 of America’s most notable music critics.

After affording herself a much needed break, Merrill Garbus is back. As well as announcing a raft of live shows, she’s also given her fans their first taste with a ‘Megamix’ of the album; “I’ve put together a mash-up of a lot of the songs from the album, so you can get a tiny taste. We really can’t wait to play this music for you. Thanks for all your support and patience while we cooked this chicken!,” she said when posting it online earlier this morning.”



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tUnE-yArDs and support

11/04/2014 By James McLarnon

tUnEyArDs1What is it that makes for a truly brilliant live performance? A voice equally as capable in low and high registers, with the power to bring a room to attention and the subtlety to convey extremes of emotion? A musician talented enough to write and record her music solo, who rather than use a backing track, uses those instruments building the song like a skilled and swift engineer? A personality so humble, fun-loving and infectious, that those in their presence are willing accomplices to a cult-like state of adoration? Or is it a catalogue of material that demonstrates a song writing skill so nuanced that brilliance is maintained over a number of song-writing palettes. After tUnE-yArDs appearance at the Free Butt (RIP) in 2009 – which still ranks as this writer’s finest live music experience in this city – those assembled’s, entranced, “once in a lifetime reaction” led to the belief that it is all these things.

That show was promoting the overlooked brilliance of that year’s 4AD released debut album BiRd-BrAiNs. The record was written entirely solo by Merill Garbus and recorded on a Dictaphone, before being mixed using shareware. Sure, it was lo-fi – annoyingly so at times – but songs such as the DIY trip-hop of ‘Lions,’ the ukulele led ultra-minimal, showcase of her vocal talent ‘News’ and especially the build and release drama of the heartbreaking ‘Fiya’ marked her out as a serious songwriting talent. By the time 2011’s w h o k i l l arrived, Garbus had found a kindred spirit in the form of bassist Nate Brenner. The tUnEyArDs2second record was an upgrade on the first in both songwriting and production, with the three most accessible tracks ‘Gangsta,’ ‘Powa‘ and ‘Bizness‘ all sounding like exciting modern pop songs, albeit delivered in her quirky fashion. By the time the tour for w h o k i l l came round to The Haunt the band had picked up three touring saxophonist’s and any reduction in the intimacy of the performance was more than compensated by the high quality of the new material.

This year has seen the release of Nikki Nack and it’s a further improvement on an already fantastic formula. Another increase in the production values is allied to the dialing up of the already present African influences has produced a more focused effort than the occasionally bewildering array of styles of before. Her image has had something of an overhaul as well. The shy girl in the unassuming trousers and jumper of the Free Butt is now a sassy, confident modern pop star as demonstrated genius video for recent single ‘Water Fountain.’ The Concorde 2 is merely the next step on her journey to the really big venues.

One Inch Badge


Founded by Alex Murray, One Inch Badge (or OIB it’s also known) is an independently minded music collective based in Brighton. Disheartened by the lack of support the true Brighton scene was receiving at the time, OIB Records launched as a label that focused on the artist and did justice to the innovation and creativity of the underground.

While One Inch Badge Records has expanded beyond its original parameters, releasing records for acclaimed international artists as well as less established acts, they remain dedicated to supporting the local scene that built and inspired them. This is particularly evident in the April 2011 released 18 track compilation ‘Sea Monsters’ which is a comprehensive 18 track compilation of the most crucial bands out of Brighton right now.

The One Inch Badge collective are also active and prominent local promoters on the Brighton scene, recently promoting Brighton shows for MF DOOM; Wire; Venetian Snares; Sage Francis; Nina Nastasia; Why?; KRS-One; 65daysofstatic; Health; Wolf Parade; Vashti Bunyan; Pains of Being Pure at Heart; Liars; and many more.

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