Rebecca Gates and the Consortium

Rebecca Gates and the Consortium

Swansea, The Glorious First of June

Wed, May 23, 2012

8:00 pm


Off Sale

This event is 21 and over

Rebecca Gates and the Consortium
Rebecca Gates and the Consortium
Rebecca Gates + the Consortium are set to return with their first album in eleven years, The Float, out May 29 on vinyl via 12XU and June 12 on CD/digital via Parcematone. You can download the album track “&&&” which premiered today via Stereogum here. Gates is best known for her work in the ‘90s with The Spinanes who released three full-length records on Sub Pop and one for Merge before Gates went solo for 2001’s Ruby Series on Badman Recording Co. After a successful tour supporting Stereolab across North America, Gates decided it was time to start a new chapter in life. Already involved with the Chicago contemporary visual and sound art scene Gates began investigating various modes of thinking about sound and design. Gates curated The Marfa Sessions, Co-founded ‘The Relay Project’, exhibited art and lectured in North America and Europe. She also leant her voice to albums by such artists as Califone, Ted Leo, Laetitia Sadier, The Decemberists, Willie Nelson, The Minus Five, The Aluminum Group, The Mekons and Joan of Arc.

The recording of The Float began in the fall of 2004 and continued, in fits and starts, through the fall of 2011. Gates says it was a process “spurred on by engineers and peers”. Indeed, the list of musicians is impressive and includes members of Califone, The Decemberists, Godspeed You Black Emperor, The Jicks, Iron and Wine, Los Lobos, Tortoise, Silver Mt. Zion, The Sea and Cake, Wild Flag, Eleventh Dream Day, Blue Cranes and Portland Cello Project. “The Float”, written near the Atlantic, the Pacific, on ranches and old bank buildings in west Texas, in the mountains of Vermont and during the travels in-between, showcases Gates love of space, sound, and rock ‘n’ roll.
The Glorious First of June
The Glorious First of June
'The Glorious First of June - the latest group from former Soft Tags ringleader Richard Shirk - is college radio, beatnik indie-rock and sixties psyh-folk at its finest.  Playing live shows with just (an often fuzzed out) acoustic guitar, the First of June's music falls somewhere between the literate pop of bands like the Go-Betweens and Beck's art-damaged brand of four-tracked, junkyard indie folk. Songs like 'Eucalyptus Trees' and 'The Goal Keeps Moving' are short, sweet and to the point while Shirk (who also played in one of New York composer John King’s legendarily loud guitar orchestras), alone with his guitar,  keeps up the same intensity displayed when fronting Soft Tags, the cult psychedelic group that still enjoys a large underground following.

Shirk’s music comes from a guy who spent his formative years immersed in Ray Bradbury books and college radio while living in a haunted house in Iowa.
After stumbling into the world of rock’n’roll groups at the age of seventeen and buying his first four track machine (Yamaha MT 50), Shirk has spent his time barricaded in various basements, apartments and rehearsal spaces playing, writing, recording and overdubbing indie-folk music that draws from influences as from each other as Donovan and Kraftwerk. Shirk is currently sequestered in a basement in the Oakland hills writing and recording the first three LPs from the Glorious First of June.

Look for the first 45 this summer.
Venue Information:
Hotel Utah
500 4th Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107