In Firlej will play: dark songwriter King Dude, psychedelic folk artist Dead Western, doom metal band TOW / The Old Wind, indie pop electronic band Fenster and representatives of the british experimental scene Esben and the Witch.
KING DUDE (J Cowgill) has previously shared his spiritual visions with releases on Dais, Avant!, Bathetic, Clan Destine, and Ván records. Pulling together the biblical sound and isolation of the bygone days of revelation with an atmosphere filled with hope and salvation, King Dude has woven his own brand of American music.
He brandishes many varied influences in his songwriting. Everything from British Folk, Americana, Country and Blues can be heard in his songs. Even the heavier sounds of Heavy Metal tend to sneak and slither it’s way into the King Dude canon. The resulting songs are much more of a modern day hymn then your average pop song. King Dude’s music beg’s the soul to lift itself up from the darkness of ignorance, towards the ever shining glorious “Light” that exists outside of all of us yet that which we are eternally connected to and at once connects everyone on Earth.
“Who is Troy Mighty? In shadow, he appears neanderthal; in light, he waxes angelic. He sounds like a forest growing with the throatless groaning of age-old trees, feels like a Victorian passage through limbo, looks like a Grecian statue. It is the shifting of rock, the scuttling of insects, the hissing of the wind: frightful, eternal.” His latest effort SUCKLE AT THE SUPPLE TEATS OF TIME (2010) reaches out with the familiarity of the dark and saddened guitar-based Folk, it surprises with the momentum of life, the comprehension of the beauty in life, confusion and self – it reaches straight to the heart.
DEAD WESTERN is the soundtrack to your fever dreams. Songs that sound like they have been here for hundred years, music you can hide within and brave the world outside. And you might need to climb in a wooden horse to get to the heart of this Dead Western.
FENSTER started out in 2010 when JJ Weihl, a New Yorker and Jonathan Jarzyna, a Berliner started making music together in a basement in Berlin. They were later joined by Lucas Chantre (FR) and Will Samson (UK).
They have released two full length records on the Berlin based label Morr music: Bones (2012) and The Pink Caves (2014) They like to tour. A lot. They’ve toured in the USA 3 different times and have played loads of shows all around Europe in lots of different cities in Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, The Netherlands, England, Luxembourg, Croatia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden and Denmark.
From the darkest parts of Northern Sweden, THE OLD WIND blows… raw and cold, just like its origin and heritage. This constellation of 5 is a new project incepted, after years of absence from the live-scene, by Tomas Liljedahl, former vocalist of the legendary BREACH, who must be counted as one of the most visionary and influential bands of the past 2 decades – a band without whom none of all these newer sub-genres of heavy music that have the word „post“ in them, would exist.
Tomas wrote and recorded every instrument on Feast On Your Gone all by himself. Originally incepted as a studio project, Liljedahl soon realized that these rough, abrasive songs needed to be performed live, with a real band. Make no mistake about it, Feast On Your Gone is a vile, cold, ugly record. „Lyrically, the album embraces deep and dark primal thoughts and emotions that i have and feel, like hate, possession, addiction, grief, makeing amends with myself… and those thoughts and feelings create images, and these images forge words and sounds“, says Liljedahl.
ESBEN AND THE WITCH is an indie rock trio from Brighton, England. The band members are Rachel Davies, Daniel Copeman and Thomas Fisher. They named themselves after a Danish fairytale.
Since forming in Brighton in 2008, Esben and the Witch have had just a few releases behind them including “Lucia, at the Precipice” from February 2010 – and have had positive press support from NME, Pitchfork Media and The Guardian, plus experience of concerts alongside Warpaint, The xx, Wild Beasts,Foals and The Big Pink. In May 2010 the band contributed to the London edition of The Creators Project, warping one of 33’s tracks, “Corridors”, into an eighteen-minute soundscape to soundtrack artist Karl Sadler’s lit forest installation. On October 19th 2010 it was revealed that the band were nominated for a Q Award as “next big thing”, pipped to the post by Clare Maguire at the Awards on October 25. The following day Matador Records announced the band’s debut album Violet Cries is to be released in January/February 2011. The band were included in the BBC Sound of 2011 poll long-list, announced December 7th.