Kane Strang, Chain of Flowers

S&S Presents

Kane Strang

Chain of Flowers

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

7:00 pm

Kilby Court

Kane Strang
Kane Strang
Kane Strang’s first album, Blue Cheese, picks up on the rough disaffection of his earlier demo collection, A Pebble And A Paper Crane, which he recorded in a WWII bomb shelter in Germany. Now back in his hometown of Dunedin, New Zealand, Kane spent two curious months alone, housesitting for his parents. Relocated, yet still isolated, Kane composed all of Blue Cheese over those quiet days. Lead-off track “The Web” channels pummeling bass lines punctuated by a twinkling synth that calls upon microscopic pop principalities of restlessness (“Yeah, I met someone else/ Without leaving my little house/ No, I haven’t held her yet/ I met her on the internet”). Its abrupt ending parallels Strang’s own disconnect. “She’s Appealing” weaves day-glo guitar motifs into distant, detached ‘80s garage pop vocals. “Never Kissed A Blonde” is driven by a slapping delay on both vocals and guitar. Kane never doesn’t surprise with his path towards a melody, nor does he miss a hit-on-the-head-obvious-in-retrospect memorable line.
Chain of Flowers
Chain of Flowers
Emerging from the murk and dirt of their Cardiff city home, Chain Of Flowers have revealed their long-awaited debut album. Recorded at Monnow Valley Studios in Wales, Chain Of Flowers is a dense eight-track opus of heavy shoegaze sonics and urgent post-punk. The band's razor sharp attention to classic songwriting nous means the record dips and dives between euphoric, hazy melody ('Glimmers Of Joy') and overwhelming gloom ('Bury My Love'), all whilst retaining a breathless pace. Lead track 'Crisis' epitomises this frantic personality exquisitely, skirting between sludgy atmospherics and hardcore's punchy immediacy with aplomb. The six-piece sowed their seeds through the release of six songs over the past three years (via the band's own Swine Language tape label), cutting their teeth on dates alongside Iceage, Cremation Lily, The Fall, The Smear, Shallow Sanction, Eagulls, Nothing and more before decamping to Monnow Valley for the four-day session that spawned their debut LP. "We dropped ourselves into the middle of nowhere and hammered it out with next to no sleep available to us. The urgency and delirium of the situation helped us," explains the band's vocalist Joshua Smith. "Though we only had 96 hours in a studio to physically make it what we wanted, this record is the product of our last three years as a band and beyond that as individuals. We spent a lot of time in our space writing these songs and we've also spent a lot of time ironing them out through playing as and when and wherever we have been able to. "Mixed over six months by New York-based Ben Greenberg (Uniform, The Men, Pygmy Shrews), the LP sees Chain Of Flowers break free of their locality. "It's been a drawn out but very necessary sonic exorcism for us," explains Josh. "We are happy that it will see the light of day."
Venue Information:
Kilby Court
741 Kilby Court
Salt Lake City, UT, 84101
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