Last year’s edition was all about getting the ball rolling. This year we decided to take it up a notch.
Spread over two nights at V-Gen on the 5th and 6th of October, Brighton trio ESBEN & THE WITCH will headline this years Nil By Mouth Session in a line-up which also features another 2 British bands plus 3 local acts.
The only British band signed to legendary US label Matador Records (Interpol, Sonic Youth, Cat Power etc), Esben & The Witch were last year nominated for BBC’s “Sound Of 2011” and Q Magazine’s “Next Big Thing”. Their debut, “Violent Cries” received worldwide acclaim and also made it into NME’s “Top 50 albums for the first half of 2011”. Their haunting video for single “The Marching Song” was also nominated for a number of awards as the band undertook a number of festival slots throughout the summer, besides opening for bands like The XX, Foals, Wild Beasts and headlining tours in their own right.
Another band we’ve been really excited about for the past year or so are TALL SHIPS. They play the first night of the Nil By Mouth sessions just 3 days prior to the release of their debut album “Everything Touching”. NME summed them up perfectly when they described them as “the mathy skronk of Battles and Foals’ wounded hearts and The XX’s sense of space, all tempered by a freeness of mind that only comes from breathing a dose of sea air each morning.”
We had to miss out on them last May, but come October, JOE GIDEON & THE SHARK will finally make it to the V-Gen stage in true style. Loved by none other than Nick Cave, this brother and sister combo is an act surely not to be missed.
Noise merchants THE AREOLA TREAT and up and coming local act VIOLENT VIOLETS will be the two local bands featuring in this years edition, whilst UK-based Maltese artist CARRIE HABER will be flying back to her homeland to feature in what will be an already eclectic line-up.
Tickets cost 12 euros per night or 18 euros for both nights. Prices at the door will be more expensive. Tickets can be bought by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org or purchased online at http;//www.hairyampmalta.com
The Nil By Mouth Sessions are brought to you in collaboration with The British Council and sponsored by Vacations and Argento Hotel.