Artist: Led Bib
Album: Bring Your Own
Album release date: February 7th, 2011
“Led Bib are the band bringing jazz back to contemporary music’s cutting edge.” The Sun; “a chink of light in ever darkening skies” Artrocker; "...like a gale of fresh air" The Guardian
'Bring Your Own', out February 7th through Cuneiform Records, is Led Bib’s first release since being nominated for the 2009 Mercury Music Prize. One of the most anticipated jazz releases of 2011, the white label of the record has already peaked at number 1 in the Jazzwise charts. Led Bib launch the record at the Purcell Room at London’s Southbank Centre on 28th February, a show that will be followed by a UK tour throughout February and March and a full continental tour in April and May.
Led Bib are bandleader Mark Holub on drums, Liran Donin on upright and electric bass, Toby McLaren on Rhodes and Chris Williams and Pete Grogan upfront on alto saxophones.
Those familiar with the Led Bib sound will recognise the trademark hooky melodies and idiosyncratic improvisation on this, their fifth album. The raw energy and style remains, but it has never sounded so confident or accomplished, so genre-crossing and definition-defying. Here eastern melodies tumble into rock and roll grooves, there jazz phrases open up pastoral overtures, and elsewhere crescendos rise and disappear into whirring kraut-rock wormholes. The group have been playing together for over 7 years – and it shows. There’s an electricity here, a ‘group mind’ built out of a confidence in each of the member’s playing that means risks can be taken and their unique sound world cracked open and reassembled time and time again. The band has come a long way from their humble beginnings as Holub’s university music project.
Bring Your Own was recorded by PJ Harvey producer/collaborator Head this summer at a residential studio in the Wales. Ensconcing themselves in the countryside (rather than London’s frantic backdrop) came to influence the music. Says bandleader Mark Holub: “I had no real preconceptions going into the studio of what we would actually produce. We talked a lot about space in the sound, and I think we have achieved it. While the sound is at times very dense, the music always has enough space to flip into a new direction.”
The album’s highlights include future single ‘Is that a woodblock?’, a punchy quasi–Latin tune with improvised playing that seems to expand space and time, plus a show-stopping solo by Grogan. Little X, penned by Williams, is a high-speed intergalactic three-part chase through airlocks, claustrophobia and sonar body scan clicks. Hollow Ponds brings it back to earth. A sorrowful melody, with upright bass bounding along to a down home grove, it tells a story about a Walthamstow park of renegades, water rats, bottom shaking mallards – and E17’s answer to Ibiza. Engine Room’s proggy-electro ride into the abyss features a strong Rhodes solo by McLaren, whilst Shapes and Sizes highlights a lovely interplay of sax, bass and drums. Walnuts is a feast of Arabian horns and choppy drums - like an enchanted forest of fireflies, rainbow toads and howling wolves. Then it’s on to powerful closing track Winter which highlights Holub’s mastery of the pen, beautifully arranged, the intertwining saxes tussle to the epic drawn out ending, like sonorous beasts in the wilderness.
Says Holub: “What’s been created is an album that documents everything we’ve ever done over the past 7 years, a culmination of all of the different directions we’ve gone in, but with the sound pushed in new and exciting place. The tracks are concise without sacrificing the integrity of the improvising.”
Led Bib continue to appeal to all fans of good music – it’s the reason that drum and bass heads, jazz aficionados and folk and pop fans are dotted across their audiences. They have been described as ‘the future of jazz’ and have drawn references from across the musical spectrum from Captain Beefheart and John Zorn to Pink Floyd. The band experienced widespread acclaim following the release of their 4th album Sensible Shoes when it was announced as an Album of the Year in the Barclaycard Mercury Prize. The ensuing media storm saw them reach in excess of 20 million people as they performed on TV & Radio sessions including Channel 4 TV News with Jon Snow and Radio 4’s Front Row. They watched on as sales of their album Sensible Shoes rocketed after their appearance on the BBC2 Mercury show and signed a synchronization deal with Faber Music & Media for film, TV and synch licensing.
With Bring Your Own they have created a record to rival their last. Not just an album of 2011, it also has the markers of a jazz album of all time.
February 28 - Purcell Room, London **Album launch**
March 2 - The Harley, Sheffield
March 3 - The Spin Off, Leeds
March 4 – The Kazimier, Liverpool
March 5 - Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh
March 6 – The Old Hairdresser, Glasgow
March 9 - Dempsey's, Cardiff
March 26 - Gateshead Jazz Festival
Further tour dates will be announced on www.ledbib.com
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