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Partisan Presents: Kiran Leonard + Cult Party + The Birthmarks
8th September 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Kiran Leonard plays a fundraiser gig for Partisan! A collectively owned, not-for-profit arts and community space in Manchester. Kiran’s a pal of ours and we’re really excited to be putting him on as our first big in-house gig! This is Kiran’s first full-band tour in two years and tickets on sale RIGHT NOW!
KIRAN LEONARD – https://kiranleonard.bandcamp.com/
Kiran Leonard is a mercurially talented 21 year old musician from Saddleworth, Greater Manchester. He takes inspiration from artists such as Mothers of Invention, Sufjan Stevens, Deerhoof, Albert Ayler, the Residents, Krzysztof Penderecki, the Beach Boys, Don Caballero, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Adrian Belew.
After releasing countless digital-only releases via Bandcamp, Kiran garnered much acclaim for his debut album Bowler Hat Soup, and later signed to Moshi Moshi to release second album proper Grapefruit. Both of these records featured x3 BBC Radio 6 Music-playlisted singles, and were crowned Album Of The Day upon their release. His 2017 record Derevaun Seraun is in five movements, each inspired by a different piece of literature, arranged for piano, strings and voice, and he’s just announced his new album ‘Western Culture’, released on 19th October, but this Partisan gig will be one of the first places you can hear those songs!
The first single, Paralysed Force, has just been released, and we’re really looking forward to this and more being played live! (we’re only the second non-festival date on the tour!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHwNb1QVOTY
Beginning life as the bedroom project of multi-disciplinary artist Leo Robinson – a specialist in the kind of hushed, evocative recordings which bring to mind the intimacy of well-loved acts like The Microphones and Thanksgiving – Cult Party has quickly blossomed into one of the most respected bands working out of Manchester.
With his creativity at a peak, and ideas humming around his head, Leo and his band have produced a rich follow-up album with its eyes very much to the sky. Brimming with energy, inventiveness and positivity, it’s a master-class in taut songwriting and economical arrangement. The new album was composed and recorded at the same time as Leo, who also works as a visual artist, was busy readying artwork for his debut solo show at the Tiwani Gallery.
A Rock band featuring people that are or have been involved with Sex Hands, Irma Vep, Klaus Kinski, Aldous RH, Egyptian Hip Hip, Human Hair, Sydney, lovvers, TDA, Wait Loss and many more. You may know The Birthmarks from their debut EP and that long long pedigree, but there are some new Birthmarks in town! Dylan And Edwin have recruited a keyboard player, Henry Withers out of Lovvers and Human Hair and that, and while eating a fry up at Fuel they recruited the chef Billy Tebb to play bass guitar after Oliver left to travel the world and become a chef himself. Ed’s away for this one so it’s a tight lean 4 piece affair.