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Anja McCloskey & Band / Etao Shin
Sun, 9 April 2017, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM BST
Sotones Records presents
Anja McCloskey & Band / Etao Shin at The Water Rats, London.
Doors 8pm, £5 entry on the door, £4 early bird (online)
Anja McCloskey is a half-German, half-American singer and accordionist. Ever since her grandpa started playing his accordion to her as a little child, she wanted to play it too.
Having worked with various bands (The Irrepressibles, Moulettes, Haunted Stereo) and solo artists (Katy Carr, Helen McCookerybook, Ana Silvera, Dan Whitehouse), she decided to start her own project in 2010. Two albums later, she has toured the work in the USA, Canada, UK and Europe and has been awared the prestigious Musicians Benevolent Fund Emerging Artists award.
“Sultry folk, like a Romany gypsy cabaret show.” (Q Music)
“Smart songwriting from an emerging talent.” (R2 Rock’n’Reel Magazine)
Etao Shin is a weird rock / queerwave band from Bristol via Southampton. They play unconventional songs with improvised jams, raw delivery and a balance of harmoniousness and noise in live performances. Their songs range from afrobeat-inspired odes to immortal light bulbs to free-jazz monologues by invented gods, and many of their songs are very queer (in both senses of the word).
Their song “A Solitude Sheer” was declared one of legendary music journo Everett True’s 100 Favourite Songs of 2013 onand they have garnered favourable comparisons to Cardiacs, The Fall and Tune-Yards in praise of their recordings, but they are best experienced live in unusual venues. With this show, the band are celebrating the release of their debut album "The Fool" on Sotones Records.