Supporting Drugstore!

Some exciting news: we will be supporting the amazing Drugstore at the launch for their forthcoming “Best Of” album (on Cherry Red Records) in September! Advance tickets for the gig at London’s Madame Jojo’s are available from here.

It will be quite surreal (and great) to play with a band we saw on TV and read about in Select as teenagers, but as you can see they are still making wonderful music to this day. This should be a lovely night of music, so do come along if you can.

Gondola no Uta

Saturday night’s Cinema Songbook at Kennington’s wonderful Cinema Museum was a fantastic event – a great selection of film clips by Lisbonne and Zooey, as well as lovely performances by them, Night Works and Graham Mushnik.

Here we are performing Gondola no Uta from Akira Kurasawa’s Ikiru. The scene where this song appears is very emotional but we decided to take our interpretation down a more Ghibli route.

To be taken seriously music has to have an element of “danger,” and easy listening, from its name on down, embodies the opposite of danger. It’s safe. But it’s possible to be “safe” and thrilling, melodic, and rhythmically compelling at the same time, and have beautiful melodies and harmonies. If you listen closely to it – take an album like Look Around by Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66 – it’s some of the most thrilling music ever. And I always try to incorporate something that thrills me in my own music, to put some kind of profound beauty into it. I’m not always successful but I try.

Chris Cummings, Marker Starling Interview in Cut From Steel

Cinema Songbook: 8 June 2013

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Our next appearance will be at Cinema Songbook on Saturday 8 June 2013, held appropriately at The Cinema Museum.

Cinema Songbook is a night hosted by Marie Merlet celebrating songs in films that aren’t musicals. It’ll be a mixture of screenings of great film scenes, curated by Marie, and live performances by ourselves, Night Works, Zooey and Graham Mushnik.

Come and sing along! If last year’s Cinema Songbook event was anything to go by, this is going to be a magical evening. Tickets are available from WeGotTickets or directly from the museum.

We’ve specially prepared a few covers of our favourite songs in film – wonder if you can guess what they’ll be…

Rouge (1988)

If you’re in London, don’t miss the chance to see this immensely sad and beautiful film at the Terracotta Far East Film Festival. This year the festival is hosting a trio of films in memory of Leslie Cheung and Anita Mui who both passed away in 2003.

I remember first watching Rouge on TV as a kid when it was shown as part of Channel 4’s Chinese Ghost Stories season and I’ve been haunted by its evocation of 1930s Hong Kong ever since.

THE BEAST WITHIN (1982)

Right now in the US, it’s that scary time that comes every 17 years, when swarms of cicadas burst forth after their lengthy gestation. Therefore, it seems fitting to post about this…unique film directed by Franco-Australian B-movie auteur Philippe Mora - a film that we have fondly nicknamed “My Son Is A Teenage Cicada-Boy” (which pretty much sums up what you can expect from this unforgettable movie). For further info and analysis, see here.

NB look out for Meshach Taylor (aka the Mannequin films’ outrageous Hollywood Montrose) in a relatively, erm, straight bit-part.