Independent Venue Week: Still House Plants + Comfort / 02.02 / The Glad Cafe, Glasgow
Wed Feb 02 2022 at 07:30 pm to 10:30 pm
The Glad Cafe | Glasgow, SC
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Still House Plants are a UK group made up of Jess Hickie-Kallenbach, Finlay Clark, and David Kennedy.
From a bare bones set up of guitar, drums and vocals they create fractious and sharp music with a melting pop heart. Bridging elements of sampling, slow core, and repetition the trio have developed a sound that constantly breaks apart and fuses together again.
Their second LP, Fast Edit, released on blank forms and bison, was written aided by mobile phones, dictaphones, laptop recordings, conversations, and live shows, blending fidelities and aural spaces. Things sit on top of each other, fall over one another, or click into place, with hearts on sleeves and spirits in motion.
Notable shows include empty gallery (Hong Kong), Hyperlocal Festival (with NTS/British Council, Buenos Aires), various DIY spaces in Santiago de Chile, and a six-month residency at Cafe Oto as recipients of the Oto projects UK artists residency fund, (supported by Jerwood arts). 2021-2022 sees the trio touring Europe, North America, as well as shows in Mexico and Japan.
The group are currently working on their third studio album.
‘Comfort’ is a word that implies safety, convention, it’s connotations are parental, soft and neutral. For a band whose music and live performance is deeply original, emotional and challenging, the innocuous band name is an initial challenge to expectations. Sibling duo Natalie and Sean have a shared passion for music and political activism, sending each other track ideas online as they lived in separate places. They moved to Glasgow with the intention of forming the band, and there they found a supportive music scene despite sounding different to everything else there. Comfort’s simple set up of Sean on drums and Nat as magnetic frontwoman, backed with industrial soundscapes and off-kilter electronic sub beats is anything but conventional, and they have a genuine desire to inspire other people in Glasgow to express themselves confidently.
Citing hip-hop, politics and dance music as their main influences, Comfort are something entirely idiosyncratic. Their sheer live power leaves audiences excited and wild-eyed, and their energy is infectious, as is the rawness of their messages. They create with a unique formal approach, rejecting concepts of how music is supposed to be written and produced. The confrontation in their music is a sheer reflection of anger at the world’s intense injustices as well as a free outlet of self-expression. The assertion that all art is essentially political runs through their work and Comfort’s anger comes from the injustices they see around them constantly.
Where is it happening?The Glad Cafe, 1006a Pollokshaws Road, G41 2HG Glasgow, UK, Glasgow, United Kingdom
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