London Gig: Sep 24 – Endure 6 Launch Party

We’re playing a show in London on Sep 24, in support of the Endure 6 Challenge.

The Endure 6 Challenge is a set of events created by The Endure Foundation to support six major causes every three years. The charities and organisations who applied to take part in the challenge between 2013 and 2016 are Blue Ventures, David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, Oxfam, Renewable World, Think Big with O2 and Walking With The Wounded.

Full info below:


Join presenter Danny Crates, record breaking adventurer Jo Gambi and exclusive performances from Lara Smiles, The Winchester Club and Gareth Sommerville as they launch The Endure 6 Challenge.

Tickets are on sale at http://endureworldevents.com/store
(100% of the evenings profits will be donated to The Endure Foundation, supporting each of the six charities taking part in the challenge)

Danny Crates – Host
Danny Crates is a Paralympic gold medallist, World champion, European champion, Paralympic World Cup winner and World Record holder and, most recently host of his own BBC radio show and the face of Channel 4′s athletics coverage at the London 2012 Paralympic games. Danny will be our host for the evening.

Jo Gambi – Guest Speaker & Guinness World Record Holder – Seven Summits – “What champions you both are” – Bear Grylls

Rob and Jo hold the Guinness World Record for the fastest (and first) Seven-Summits ascent (both lists) by a married couple. (Both lists includes Kosciuszko in Australasia and Carstensz Pyramid in Indonesia). Jo is also the fastest women to climb the Seven Summits, as featured in the 2010 GWR book of the decade.

Despite facing cancer twice and near death in the Himalayas, Rob and Jo’s passion for life and the outdoors wasn’t dampened. Determined to live life to the full, they persevered and fulfilled dreams while unwittingly setting a string of records…
Jo has written about their adventures in her inspirational book Holding On, which is an enthralling account of mountaineering and polar achievements; it is a powerful and emotional story of love and survival against the odds.

Lara Smiles – ‘Lara shows massive promise’ – Q Radio, ‘Pretty spot on if you ask me’ – BBC Introducing

Lara Smiles is a multi-talented singer, songwriter and producer. Influenced by many genres of music Lara started out writing punk and soul tunes on her guitar – but all-night raves in her early teens led to a love of dance music and an obsession with sampling beats. Lara released her debut single ‘Take It Back’ in March 2013 and her second single ‘A Million Times’ drops in June 2013. http://larasmiles.com/VIDEO

‘Take It Back’ and ‘A Million Times’ are written by Lara Smiles, with production by acclaimed producer Tim Bran. Tim Bran has produced material for the likes of Le Roux and Richard Ashcroft and he’s brought his innovating sound to Lara’s tracks. Lara has collaborated with many bands and producers in her career so far and is currently working with legendary producer Youth (Primal Scream, Paul McCartney, The Orb). Most recently Lara featured on an Orb track called ‘Secret Ways Of Bees’.

The Winchester Club – “NEGATIVE LIBERTY -These five pieces play out like elegies for a civilisation that’s withered and died, and it’s a function The Winchester Club perform really f***ing well.” 4/5 – KERRANG

The Winchester Club have been carefully crafting epic instrumental post rock since drummer Tim Spear founded the band in 1999. Following the launch of their first album “BRITANNIA TRIUMPHANT” in 2007 the band went on to support Virginia based post-rock band OSTINATO. For the gig they recruited a second bass player – Elena Jane. As a result of this gig, the band was approached by German based Label EXILE ON MAINSTREAM, who offered to re-release the album.

The re-released BRITANNIA TRIUMPHANT proved to be a tremendous success, selling out of its initial pressing within 6 months with their second album NEGATIVE LIBERTY launched in March 2011, sees the band’s development of their epic instrumental sound in a heavier direction featured here in a Fujilfim short http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeWafqX0g9M

Gareth Sommerville – “Knowing the Edinburgh house scene like no other” – THE LIST

Gareth Sommerville has enjoyed a DJing career that is as long as it is varied. Currently to be found at the helm of one of Scotland’s leading house and disco nights Ultragroove – which has seen him perform alongside the likes of Dimitri From Paris, Joey Negro, Julio Bashmore, Horse Meat Disco, Tensnake and Kerri Chandler to name but a few from a very long list of A List DJs that have played at the club since it began in 1999.

Further afield, Gareth has performed at Ministry of Sound, East Village, Bar Rhumba, Faith and The End in London, numerous times in Ibiza, Sankey’s in Manchester, T in the Park (where he has enjoyed eleven consecutive years of bookings), Glasgow’s Melting Pot and Sub Club.


Adam Curtis – new work with Massive Attack

The Manchester International Festival is currently showing a new work by Adam Curtis and Robert Del Naja from Massive Attack

Described as ‘A collective hallucination.’ by Del Naja, and ‘A musical entertainment about the power of illusion and the illusion of power.’ by Adam Curtis, the work takes place at the Mayfield Depot Manchester until 13 July.

Curtis goes on – “We’ve used film, music, stories and ideas to try and do this – to build a new kind of experience. The best way we can describe it is “a Gilm” – a new way of integrating a gig with a film that has a powerful overall narrative and emotional individual stories.”

We created our last album ‘Negative Liberty’ in response to Curtis’ 2007 series ‘The Trap’ – here is a video from the track ‘The End of History’.

More on this work at the MIF site: http://www.mif.co.uk/event/massive-attack-v-adam-curtis

Adam Curtis statement and trailer in full

‘Falling Down IIV’ Compilation – Out Now.

We have contributed a brand new track “Burn it all down (pt.1)” to this french compilation CD. The deluxe edition looks really nice, and its a fantastic selection of bands.

Get your copy now from the BigCartel page

Here’s the lineup:

Falling Down IIV compilation
.digipak 2CDs – 1000 copies
.20 bands – 11 countries
.all the tracks are unreleased
.released the April 30th 2012

.CD 1

1| Hopewell – This is This
2| Year of No Light & Mars Red Sky – Green Rune White Totem
3| Ocoai – Mère de la Lumière du Matin (live recording)
4| The Flying Eyes – Apollo Creed
5| Vanessa Van Basten – Got to Say
6| Dyskinesia – Tra i Ghiacci
7| Planning For Burial – Friendship
8| Aidan Baker – Instrumental B
9| Julie Christmas – Scalps
10| The Winchester Club – Burn it All Down (Pt.1)

.CD 2

1| Black Sun – Syntax Error
2| Rorcal – Világvége V
3| Terra Tenebrosa – Apokatastasis
4| Monarch – Daggvrs
5| Syndrome – Now and Forever
[with special collaboration of CHVE (AmenRa) – backing vocal & Josh Graham (Neurosis, A Storm of Light) – piano and texture]
6| Ayahuasca Dark Trip – Manantial
7| Ethereal Riffian – March of Spiritu (Rise of Sheol)
8| Sendelica – Ingrid Cold (edited remix)
9| Vespero – Flight of the Lieutenant
10| Mouth of The Architect – How This will End