Disq & Phil Madeley (co-headline) in Leeds
Disq & Phil Madeley (co-headline)
Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds
Friday 11th September 2020, £8.50
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Disq have assembled a razor-sharp, teetering-on-the-edge-of-chaos melange of sounds, experiences, memories, and influences. Due out March 6 on Saddle Creek, Collector ought to be taken literallyit is a place to explore and catalogue the Madison, Wisconsin band's relationships to themselves, their pasts, and the world beyond the American Midwest as they careen from their teens into their 20s. This turbulence is backdropped by gnarled power pop, anxious post-punk, warm psych-folk, and hectic, formless, tongue-in-cheek indie rock.
Collector, like the band itself, is defined and tightly-contoured by the ties between the five members. Raina Bock (bass/vocals) and Isaac deBroux-Slone (guitar/vocals) have known each other from infancy, growing up and into music together. Through gigging around Madison, they met and befriended Shannon Connor (guitar/keys/vocals), Logan Severson (guitar/vocals), and Brendan Manley (drums)three equally dedicated and adventurous musicians committed to coaxing genre boundaries.
Produced by Rob Schnapf, Collector is a set of songs largely pulled from each of the five members' demo piles over the years. They're organic representations of each moment in time, gathered together to tell a mixtape-story of growing up in 21st century America. The songs are marked by urgency, introspection, tongue-in-cheek nihilism, and a shrewd understanding of pop and rock structures and their corollariesas well as a keen desire to dialogue with and upset them.
Combining a distinctive fusion of originality and homage, 23-year-old Phil Madeley's music is born of equal parts disdain and anger for the current state of play. Wrapped up in his laid-back, Neil Young meets Jamie T, grit-edged soft rock, are pressing and serious issues of present-day alienation, loneliness and mistrust. With the ability to carry a refined maturity, as well as charming throwaway youthful aphorisms, his voice serves as the perfect vehicle for such reflections - resulting in songs that want to offer as much refuge as they do commentary. Having cut his teeth as a solo performer, Madeley has crafted a commanding live act that is captivating and exciting, drawing comparisons with Jarvis Cocker and Mick Jagger. Performances at 2019's Dot to Dot festival and headlines at The Waiting Room and The Sunflower Lounge (amongst a range of supports) have led to live shows defined by clout and purpose. The early demos Phil recorded at home on his Tascam four-track tape machine served to document the growing maturity and control in his voice and his songwriting. Off the back of recording sessions at RAK studios in London, his long-awaited debut single 'Same Skies' was released via Nice Swan Records on October 11th 2019.
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