Sunday 23 July 2017, 7.30pm
"I’ve seen too many bands who are content to rework hip reference points, but Still House Plants are genuinely alchemical, creating magic from unlikely elements." – The List
"The group’s consciously sparse use of their instruments within four simplistic repetitive songs is immensely satisfying, and the general tone is consistently soft and beautiful. To boot, it’s all somehow bathed in glorious light rather than Glaswegian damp and grey. Experimental songwriting is very rarely this successful or approachable, save perhaps the likes of Robert Wyatt’s ‘Sea Song’ or perhaps more pertinently, the Velvet Underground’s ‘Heroin'." – The Quietus
Still House Plants are a UK group made up of Jessica Hickie-Kallenbach, Finlay Clark, and David Kennedy.
From a bare bones set up of guitar, drums and vocals they create fractious and sharp music with a melting pop heart. Bridging elements of sampling, slow core, and repetition the trio have developed a sound that constantly breaks apart and fuses together again, like a chance meeting on the dissecting table of Scritti Politti’s early eps and a 2-step 12” by Lady Legs.
Their latest LP, Fast Edit, released on Blank Forms and bison, was written aided by mobile phones, dictaphones, laptop recordings of rehearsals, conversations, and live shows to create a collage of different fidelities and aural spaces. Things sit on top of each other, fall over one another, or click into place, with hearts on sleeves and spirits in motion.
Notable performances include Empty Gallery (Hong Kong), Hyperlocal Festival (with NTS/British Council, Buenos Aires), Soundtiago (Santiago), zdb (Lisbon), and uh fest (Budapest). 2021 sees the trio perform at Salon de Normandy by the community (Paris, as part of fiac), Gavin Brown’s enterprise (New York), Zebulon (Los Angeles), Canicas Festival (Oaxaca) and Tokyo (with 33-33/mode and British Council). Still House Plants have also undertaken residencies at the CCA (Glasgow), the Pipe Factory (Glasgow) as well as an ambitious six-month residency at Cafe OTO as recipients of the OTO Projects UK artists residency fund, (supported by Jerwood Arts).
Horse Whisperer, otherwise known as Max Syed-Tollan, is a multi-disciplinary artist from the Scottish border region of Galloway. He released his debut album 'Fifth Season' on GLARC in 2016 and will follow that in 2019 with a new work called ‘Planctae’, a cycle of 11 short movements for woodwind ensemble. For this show Horse Whisperer will perform a series of improvisations responding to material from this forthcoming release.
Cucina Povera is a Fenno-karelian producer with feet firmly in Glasgow, mind aloft in the imaginary and heart ambling around Europe. Produced, curated, composed and performed as part of Luxos (optimo, huntleys and palmers), Between the Acts (subcity radio, GI, radiophrenia) and Gong bath (green door studios).
"I make songs about nourishment, precarity and serendipitous ephemera."