Hailing from Ireland, France and England THE WHARVES sport startling duel vocals, courtesy of Gemma Fleet (bass) and Dearbhla Minogue (guitar), which hang gracefully over their minimal rock format. They invoke the reverberated spook of 60’s girl groups, the mid-fi guitar crunch of Kim Deal’s The Amps, the vocal flavours of The Roches and the narrative and structural panache of 70’s progressive folk. Marion Andrau’s thunderous drumming drives through these compositions, ensuring the wealth of disparate influences remain focused and celebratory. In 2013 they released a split LP with The Rosy Crucifixion on Glasgow’s Soft Power Recordings and release a full length LP in 2014 with Nottingham’s Gringo Records as well as their latest album ‘Electa’ in Novemeber 2016.
The Family Elan
The Family Elan generally performs as a trio, featuring Krzysztof Hładowski (of A Hawk and A Hacksaw, The One Ensemble, Nalle, Scatter fame) on Greek bouzouki, elektrosaz & vocals, Harry Wheeler on fancy bass, and Shakeeb Abu Hamdan (of Please, Ygrec, Cleckhuddersfax, The Wub) on Western drum kit.
The scope of the Family Elan’s output ranges from self penned meditations in the key of Z minor, and the odd party hit, to irreverent interpretations of everything from Hindi film songs to Turkish folk dances, delivered with the countenances of psychedelic rockers.
Five piece unit attempting to emulate recent solo recordings by Robert Sotelo. Featuring members of Death of Pop, Flemmings and ex-Poino/Buttonhead, the live incarnation extends and builds on a set of songs designed for the forthcoming long-player entitled ‘Cusp’ which will be released on Upset The Rhythm in the second half of 2017, and looks to later Beatles, Robert Wyatt & Stereolab as reference points.