Mark Lanegan Band | KOKO | 12 December 2017
Mark Lanegan’s voice is so rich and textured that he can, and sometimes does, perform without a full band. But while there’s a purity and intimacy to the stripped back approach, there’s a real thrill to hearing the songs as they were recorded, those robust vocals paired with equally uncompromising instrumentation.
The five songs performed from far-reaching current album ‘Gargoyle’ especially benefit from a full musical palette. Brooding set opener ‘Death’s Head Tattoo’ pairs a motorik beat and rumbling bassline with muted but threatening guitars; the off-kilter waltz ‘Sister’ takes full advantage of keyboards and female backing vocals; the bright and breezy ‘Emperor’, all shiny happy guitars and lush organ swells, swings like an Americana hit on speed; the industrial blues of ‘Nocturne’ would lose its menace without the synth drums and pounding heartbeat bassline; and ‘Beehive’ absolutely needs those jangly guitars and that Peter Hook-Stephen Morris groove to sound like the best song New Order never wrote.
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Following the recent release of his tenth album, ‘Gargoyle’, and a sold-out UK tour in June, Mark Lanegan is returning to London’s KOKO on 12 December as part of an extensive European tour.
The tour will be preceded by the release of ‘Still Life With Roses’, a six-track EP of remixes from ‘Gargoyle’ by producers picked by Lanegan including Andrew Weatherall, Adrian Sherwood and Pye Corner Audio.
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Mark Lanegan is returning to London with a new album in tow.
The singer, who played an intimate show at Union Chapel last year, plays KOKO on 22 June as part of an extensive European tour in support of Mark Lanegan Band’s latest LP, ‘Gargoyle’.
Tickets are available now.
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Los Campesinos! are back – with their first album since 2013’s ‘No Blues’ and two London shows in the space of six months.
The release of ‘Sick Scenes’ on 24 February 2017 will be accompanied by an already sold-out show at Moth Club on 5 December 2016 and a performance at KOKO on 1 May 2017.
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Big Thief are heading to the UK for the first time ever.
The Brooklyn band’s short run of shows – which includes Leeds, Manchester, Glasgow, and Festival No. 6 – reaches London on 6 September when they support M Ward at KOKO.
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Nahko and Medicine for The People are heading back to London following their sold-out debut visit to the UK last year and a sold-out tour this January.
The band perform at KOKO on 10 August 2016 as part of an extensive European tour supporting their forthcoming new album ‘Hoka’.
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Breaking Benjamin are making their UK debut with a sold-out show at KOKO in London.
The gig, on 27 May, is part of the US band’s first European tour in support of their latest album, ‘Dark Before Dawn’, leading up to their performance at Download Festival on 12 June.
“We’re so very excited to be coming overseas for the first time ever,” the band said in a statement. “Breaking Benjamin is tremendously grateful for all of the support we’ve received from our fans all over the world and we can’t wait to rock out with you all.”
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