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Willkommen Collective @ Union Chapel, June 12th.

Posted in Gigs, Hot Tickets, Tracks with tags , , on June 11, 2009 by musicmuleblog

willkommen collective gnomes

Brighton based record label Willkommen Records bring us some of the finest folk acts in the land this Friday at the idyllic Union Chapel in Angel. The full lineup now including The Miserable Rich and running times have just been announced and tickets are still available. Continue reading

The Local presents: The Miserable Rich @ Bush Hall, May 5th.

Posted in Gigs, Tracks with tags , , , on April 29, 2009 by musicmuleblog


What? The Miserable Rich

The Miserable Rich perform lyrically strong folk at times bordering on chamber pop. I caught them opening for Woodpigeon @ ICA in February and was blown away by the quality of singer James de Malplaquet’s voice. If you need further credentials then the band are part of the Willkommen Collective which features amongst many others, the super talented band The Leisure Society.

For Fans Of: Left With Pictures, The Leisure Society, Sufjan Stevens.

Support: Birdengine / Erland & The Carnival

When? Tuesday, May 5th.

Where? Bush Hall, Shepherds Bush.

How Much? £6

Tickets? wegottickets

mp3: The Miserable Rich – Muswell

Woodpigeon + The Miserable Rich @ ICA,London. Feb 25th 09.

Posted in Gig Pictures, Gigs, Music Reviews, Tracks with tags , , , , , on February 27, 2009 by musicmuleblog

Woodpigeon – Knock Knock

The Miserable Rich – Boat Song

It’s Wednesday night and I’ve had the Woodpigeon song ‘Knock Knock’ bouncing round my head all day as a lot of their tunes have a habit of doing but before I get to hear it there’s the support band to deal with. Who is this guy depriving me of my Woodpigeon goodness, standing in an almost Liam Gallagher, hands behind back, arched neck pose, staring out at me from the dimly lit ICA stage? His stance and glare are made less intimidating by the double bass, cello, acoustic guitar and violin that surround him but I’m still expecting him to pack some sort of a punch.

I’m talking about tonight’s main support act The Miserable Rich and in particular their frontman James Malplaquet, who grabs my attention this evening with the intensity and clarity of his voice. The music too is endearing but it’s his words that make the songs special. ‘Pisshead’, a witty tale of boozing, gets a laugh, starting with “I’m dead as a dodo, I’m flat on my ass” but as James continues a darker story of “fears and fevers” unravels. It’s engaging stuff as is ‘Boat Song’ another from debut album Twelve Ways To Count.

To avoid danger of proceedings getting too intense, an excellent, unexpected cover of Hot Chip’s ‘Over and Over’ is thrown in to break up the set nicely.  It’s only a brief change of mood though as it’s in a vocal driven intensity that The Miserable Rich’s strength lays. There’s evidently an intelligence and sense of humour to the song writing, demonstrated by ‘Poodle’, a track about the UK’s relationship with America. ‘Muswell’ is another highlight with James’ voice climbing and dipping athletically with the music. By the time the band play ‘Merry Go Round’ I’ve already been won over although listening at home today I’d definitely recommend the live experience over the recorded one.

Woodpigeon seem to have come from nowhere this year, fallen out of the sky even (couldn’t resist!). Signed to the increasingly impressive talent roster at End Of The Road label, the band officially released Treasury Library Canada only this month and already they play to a sold out crowd at ICA tonight. Not bad going. Continue reading

Woodpigeon, ICA, Feb 25th

Posted in Gigs, Tickets with tags , , , , on February 4, 2009 by musicmuleblog


What? Woodpigeon

Hailing from Calgary, Canada Woodpigeon write hushed acoustic driven songs built around the comic book fantasy lyrics of Mark Andrew. The songs are excellently structured and often build from introspective asides to all out exclamation, remaining satisfyingly melodic throughout. They possess the innocent charm of artists like Sufjan Stevens and Belle and Sebastian and are currently competing on similar territory to Left With Pictures who I’ve posted on a bit recently. I’ve had a sneak preview of forthcoming Woodpigeon album Treasury Library Canada out Feb 9th and if it’s anything to go by these guys could well be the new flag bearers for the quiet revolution.

Support comes from Brighton’s The Miserable Rich featuring sometime band members of Lightspeed Champion.

When? Wednesday, Feb 25th

Where? ICA, Pall Mall.

How Much? £8.50

Tickets? ticketweb

Woodpigeon – 7th Fret Over Andres

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