The Arches presents
Wed 21 Nov 2012 | 8pm-11pm | £18.50 + bf
8pm-9.45pm JD Twitch (Optimo)
9.45pm-11pm The Fall
*all set times are approximate
The Arches are delighted to welcome one of the world’s most idiosyncratic and enigmatic bands of the past thirty years, The Fall, to the venue.
One of the first champions of what is broadly known today as post punk, The Fall’s influence amongst bands of the last two centuries is astonishing. From Sonic Youth, Nirvana and Hole to Franz Ferdinand and LCD Soundsystem, the abrasive guitars, forceful repetition and cutting, wry lyricism which has defined their ever evolving sound as the band moved through an impossible number of styles and line-ups is evident in a huge range of underground acts all paying tribute to Mark E. Smith’s cult legacy.
Formed in Manchester in 1976, the four original members – Mark E. Smith, Martin Bramah, Una Baines, and Tony Friel – would meet to exchange their writings, take drugs, and bond over literary and musical influences from H.P. Lovecraft and Raymond Chandler to Can and Captain Beefheart. Debut album Live At The Witch Trials came three years later in 1979, by which point the band had already established themselves as a fearsome live force. Backed by John Peel and Buzzcocks manager Richard Boom, the list was set to include Rough Trade, Flying Nun and Domino Records in the years to come, as well as a fiercely devoted fanbase.
Those years saw the band spit out an incredible number of albums – currently totalling 29, not including live albums and other releases – as they simultaneously evolved at an astonishing rate – both stylistically, and through a rapid turnover of personnel, the one constant being the now-iconic Smith; as he stated on Pitchfork in 2003, “if it’s me and your granny on bongos, then it’s [the] Fall”.
Despite the band’s exhilarating twists and turns, their sound has always been united by abrasive guitar, punk-inspired repetition and Smith’s cutting, often misanthropic lyrics, taking apart society one cryptic line at a time. Remaining to this day a powerful and enigmatic live force, and named as one of Q’s 50 Bands to See Before You Die, this is an essential gig for fans of punk, post punk and alt-rock at its most raw.
Support comes from Optimo legend Twitch (DJ set).
Mark E Smith (vocals)
Eleni Poulou (keys)
Peter Greenway (guitar)
Keiron Melling (drums)
David Spurr (bass)
Please enter on Argyle 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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