The Arches presents
Sat 4 Jun 2011 | 8pm | £6 + bf
Strawberry Ocean Sea at the Arches, Glasgow on Saturday 4th June.
Since forming in March 2010, Glasgow five piece Strawberry Ocean Sea filtered in to the local underground scene with a strikingly honest selling point: solid musicianship, and solid songwriting.
The name is an homage to singer and rhythm guitarist Jonny Skinner’s recurring dream of “a place where you can do what you want and be happy and have hope and belief”, and it shows in their massive, ambitious sound. Referencing the soaring heights of Arcade Fire and early U2 and the whimsical melancholy of Echo and The Bunnymen, as well as the lyrical home-town frustration of countless just-starting-out indie rock bands – who, unlike Strawberry Ocean Sea, with their anthemic choruses and big, dreamy lyrical compass, fail to live up to the grandeur of such musical comparisons from the offset.
Furious gigging across Glasgow and Edinburgh resulted in a sell out headline show at King Tut’s in January 2011 as part of the New Year’s Revolution series, which left a highly receptive crowd wanting more. Right enough, their tracks Enough Is Never Enough, Under The Moonlight and Today’s The Day were soon getting airplay from Ally McCrae and Jim Gellatly, as well as being touted as the Sun’s Ones To Watch, with Today’s The Day deemed ‘one of the best unsigned songs of the year’ by the Daily Record’s Rick Fulton.
Fresh from three dates supporting Glasvegas, this show is the first part of the launch of double A-side single Down By The River, with part two to follow later this summer.
Down By The River will be released as a digital download on iTunes on 4th June. Enough Is Never Enough, Under The Moonlight and Today’s The Day are available to download for free from the band’s website.
Enter on Midland Street
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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