The Arches presents
Thu 9 Jun 2011 | 7pm | £17.50 + bf
Ladytron at the Arches, Glasgow on Thurs 9th June 2011.
Using vintage analogue equipment to create a whip-smart, digitally edited electronic pop sound, Ladytron are one of the most important acts of the last decade’s synth-pop revival.
Fronted by the iconic duelling vocals of Glaswegian Helen Marnie and Bulgarian Mira Aroyo, the quartet formed in the summer of 1999 when Reuben Wu and Daniel Hunt bonded over a shared love of French electronica and Krautrock. Rebelling against the seemingly two-proonged choice of either indie-rock or house music at the time, their use of synths to create pop tracks set them apart immediately.
Having perfected the air of nonchalent art-house detachment way before it became the norm, and with a sound referencing everything from glam to disco to new wave, their underground hits Seventeen, Blue Jeans and Evil, from second album Light & Magic in 2002, saw them tacked with the trashy day-glo aesthetic of electroclash by an excited music press – a label they vehemently ignored.
Third album Witching Hour in 2005 was perhaps proof of this. Adding a drummer and bassist to their (now sell-out) live shows, they focused their attention even more on sleek, sophisticated composition and a wider gamut of influences. The critics loved it; it received almost unanimous critical acclaim, and single Destroy Everything You Touch became their new trademark song.
Already known for their extensive touring, the band went on to enjoy two more sell-out US tours, as well as appearances at Coachella, the headline slot at the Brian Eno-curated Luminous Festival at the Sydney Opera House and curating the 2006 Ether Festival in London.
Best of 00-10, released in March this year, is both a documentation of the evolution of both a truly pioneering quartet and a musical decade, with a companion compilation, Best Of Remixes, released digitally beforehand. Their fifth album, Gravity The Seducer, will be released at the end of the summer.
Support comes from Glasgow-based Let’s Talk About Trees.
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Legendary international acts, cult festivals and the most exciting new bands collide at one of the city’s most eclectic live venues.
It’s perhaps natural that, as one of the nation’s most unusual live music venues, our programme spans rock, pop, indie, electronica, soul, jazz, country, metal, folk, and the many sub-genres inbetween. The unique atmosphere and space of the building means it’s often used for anything from intimate acoustic gigs to stage-diving, sweaty rammies and slick, spectacular international concerts.
Supporting the best examples of the known and the not-so-known, the Arches stage is host to everything from the latest stars of leftfield pop, such as Grimes and Chvrches, to alternative indie rock acts such as Peace and Yeasayer, prog and rock heroes such as The Fall, Swans and Dinosaur Jnr, and cutting edge electronic talent, from Rustie to James Blake.
We also regularly plays host to international legends – from Martha Reeves to Ben E. King to Jane Birkin – and provide the perfect multi-room setting for various festivals, from Celtic Connections to the Glasgow Jazz Festival. In 2012, the hallowed arches played hosted to the UK-wide Africa Express tour, featuring Damon Albarn, Baaba Maal and a trainload of world music stars, and in 2013, the building was transformed into a sonic Cineplex for our own co-curated cult event the Glasgow Music and Film Festival, featuring live film scores and AV sets from Jeff Mills, Dieter Moebius and Raime.
“A classical gig in the vaults of Scotland’s dance mecca might sound an odd prospect, but the Arches proved the perfect setting”
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