Fire Records have joined forces with Independent Venue Week for a travelling independent label showcase filled with left-field and shoegaze pop.
The special co-headline tour kicks off in Southampton on 30 January at The Joiners, and will see Amber Arcades, Hater and Thala stop off in Cardiff, London, Coventry, Liverpool, Newcastle and Glasgow.
Amber Arcades (pictured top), the moniker of Dutch musician Annelotte de Graaf reinvents herself with every album. Her sound has been described as “wistful, glowing dream pop” by The Guardian. The experimental pop musician will be performing music from her new record ‘Barefoot On Diamond Road’, set for release on 10 February.
One of Sweden’s most exciting young acts, indie-pop band Hater will be offering up their infectious riffs and bittersweet shoegaze pop, following the release of their acclaimed album ‘Sincere’ last year. Evoking My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive and Deerhunter, the record is a dazzling piece of aching romanticism, destined to feature on a thousand mixtapes. The LP was also praised by Rough Trade who included it in their Albums of the Year and said: “few records have cut through the noise of 2022 quite like ‘Sincere’, achingly cool shoegaze with plenty of heart.”
Opening the bill is Berlin-based Thala, an emerging songwriter who, over the course of the last two years, has constantly reinvented herself with each release while touring with the likes of Snail Mail and Current Joys. In a pool of countless newcomers, she has found the strength to stand out by means of outstanding songwriting and undeniable charisma.
A spokesperson for the tour said: “set to showcase three incredible Fire Records acts, the tour will also shine a light on seven of the UK’s most vital small venues. Highlighting how important these independent venues are not just to the UK, but to overseas touring artists too, Fire Records are aiming to expose how much harder touring has got in a post-Brexit, post-affordable landscape.”
- Main image: Amber Arcades by Paul Kooiker.
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