ATP confirm more line-ups

ATP have confirmed more acts for their December festivals.

For the ATP curated by Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel from 2nd-4th of December, Joanna Newsom, Thurston Moore and Sebadoh in Minehead with tickets priced at £170 for room only and £180 for self catered apartments.

The second ATP in December, their Nightmare Before Christmas event curated by Battles, Caribou and Les Savy Fav which runs from December 9th to 11th, will see the reformation of Hot Snakes as well as sets from Cults and Pharoah Sanders.

Tickets are priced the same as the former, get yours at  www.atpfestival.com.

Les Savy Fav cover Dead Kennedys in London

lessavyfavThe mighty Les Savy Fav played a packed out Heaven venue in London last night and covered the Dead Kennedy’s classic California Über Alles in fine style.

The band known as ‘one of the best live acts in the world ever’ here at crossfire are famous for their incredible cover versions and have performed outstanding versions of Debaser by the Pixies, Nirvana tracks and plenty of others over the years. Last night’s show with Pulled Apart By Horses as support was another classic to this year’s shows, look out for them at festivals this year as both bands will give you a good reason to be happy about your life, and that is gauranteed.

Enjoy this video shot by Sherry from the show.

Les Savy Fav announce UK tour

Les Savy Fav have announced details of a new UK tour.

The band will hit these shores in February and March and will also release new single Dirty Knails. The dates are:

February

22nd – London, Heaven
23rd – Cardiff, The Globe
24th – Manchester, MOHO
25th – Birmingham, Sound Bar
26th – Liverpool, The Kazimier
27th – Sheffield, Corporation.

March

1st – Aberdeen, The Tunnels
2nd – Newcastle, Cluny

Les Savy Fav – Live

Les Savy Fav
London Electric Ballroom
22.11.10

Photo: Chico Hooke

Well, better late than never. Les Savy Fav have been visiting our shores for at least a decade, but it is only tonight – after previously missing out for various reasons – that I will finally clap eyes on the gloriously unhinged NYC art-rockers. Their shows – and in particular, the actions of vocalist Tim Harrington – are fast becoming the stuff of legend, but as far as LSF are concerned, it’s best to expect the unexpected.

I thought The Bronx were a crazy bunch, but they have nothing on these guys. There aren’t many bands around whose singer would start their set by dressing in pyjamas and pretending to doze off on a table placed in the centre of the stage. Said table gives way just as Harrington’s bandmates arrive, and all hell breaks loose in the crowd as they rip into ‘Excess Energies’, the band’s abrasive sound providing a suitably visceral soundtrack for the madness that unfolds.

Whatever Harrington is on, I want some. During the rare moments that he’s actually onstage, he’s busy tearing nipple holes in his t-shirt, climbing around the lighting rig like some kind of punk rock gorilla, or even piggybacking his band’s guitarists onto upturned monitors whilst simultaneously bellowing his way through ‘The Sweat Descends’. Most of the time, he’s romping around the venue with a wide-eyed sense of adventure, engaging in all manner of random anecdotes and chats with the audience, who rightfully greet him as one of their own.

You’d think that all these antics would somewhat distract from the music, but the band’s ‘Root For Ruin’ album is arguably one of this year’s finest, and the likes of ‘Appetites’ and the understated ‘Sleepless In Silverlake’ sound superb tonight. Ultimately, Les Savy Fav’s main strengths lie in their songs, their fan-friendly approach, and their ability to put on a fantastic show that without resorting to any clichéd pyro/explosions nonsense. Check them out whilst you can – this is genius of the most demented kind.

Alex Gosman