Damnably and Go Ape present an ATP warm-up show
(+ support TBC + Model Boat)
Bitch Magnet – Thursday 8 December 7:30pm £12.5 adv
After a mammoth break of 21 years, an invitation from Battles‘ Ian Williams to play at All Tomorrow’s Parties in Minehead coaxed Bitch Magnet out of retirement. The original recorded lineup will reunite to perform in Europe for the first time since 1989 this December.
Along with their contemporaries in Slint, in the years following their breakup, Bitch Magnet has been recognized as a significant influence on generations of aggressive and musically complex bands, including Mogwai, Battles, Don Caballero, Rodan and June of 44.
Bitch Magnet was formed by bassist/vocalist Sooyoung Park and Jon Fine at Oberlin College in 1986; drummer Orestes Morfin joined shortly thereafter. Immediately following the release of its debut Star Booty in 1988, the band garnered rapturous reviews and established itself among the top-tier of America’s independent music underground. The band’s reputation continued to grow with tours of the US and Europe, and the subsequent releases of Umber (prominently included by Mojo magazine’s list of ’67 Lost Albums You Must Own’!) in 1989 and Ben Hur in 1990.
On December 6, their critically-acclaimed three albums – Star Booty, Umber, and Ben Hur – will be reissued as deluxe, limited edition triple-LP/CD sets to include songs that have never previously appeared on CD or LP, and a collection of previously unreleased studio recordings newly mixed in October 2010 with John Congleton (Explosions In The Sky, The Walkmen).
“Probably more than any other band, Bitch Magnet sent me in the direction I took with the music I have tried to make” – Ian Williams (Battles)
“Inbetween the US noise wave of Sonic Youth and the initial stirrings of grunge. Bitch Magnet stands a mile high above most of its kin” – Mojo Magazine.
“Bitch Magnet created this amazing equilibrium between heaviness/prettiness and density/space. These juxtapositions were explored by a ton of bands at the time, but Bitch Magnet wrote songs.” – Mac McCaughan (Superchunk)
Bitch Magnet play just 4 UK shows, with two dates in London, ATP in Minehead and The Fleece in Bristol on Thursday 8th December.
Tickets £12.50 advance available from Bristol Ticket Shop, Ticketweb, WeGotTickets