Sunday, February 24, 2008

Young Marble Giants

According to Pitchfork, a reunited Young Marble Giants have signed on to perform at the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona at the end of May. The influential band formed in 1978, and essentially only released one album - Colossal Youth from 1980, which was recorded in three and half days in North Wales and released on Rough Trade records (the West London label that is home to Belle & Sebastian, The Fall, Galaxie 500, Giant Sand, The Raincoats, The Red Crayola, Jonathan Richman, Arthur Russell, The Smiths, Television Personalities, Lucinda Williams, Robert Wyatt and Toronto's The Hidden Cameras and Royal City). The album was reissued last year as a three-CD set that included home demos and rare sessions recorded with John Peel. The band's influential sound featured brothers Philip and Stuart Moxham on bass and guitar, the untrained vocals of Alison Statton and Peter Joyce's Kraftwerkesque electronics, which were often created from homemade equipment. YMG met with little commercial success but have proved popular with musicians. Their songs have been covered by labelmates Belle & Sebastian, Adam Green and Galaxie 500, and by Hole. Kurt Cobain often referred to them as one his favorite bands.

The impressive Primavera festival will also feature Animal Collective, Cat Power, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, A Place to Bury Strangers, Mission of Burma, Public Enemy, Bill Callahan, No Age, Throbbing Gristle, and many others.

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