NO shirking from dark pop trio Erland & The Carnival as they head to Sheffield.
Just a year since their self-titled debut LP, the London-based act – fronted by statuesque Orcadian singer Erland Cooper – return with a second album ahead of their April 2 Leadmill show.
Nightingale emerges with a more direct, electronic and twisted sound, aided by recording in the bowels of a ship moored on the banks of the River Thames.
“It influenced the music because we’re trying to create a soundtrack to an imaginary horror film about the supernatural,” says ex Verve guitarist Simon Tong, also of Gorillaz.
“You could hear sounds in the hull when we were mixing the record,” says drummer David Nock, former right hand man of producer Youth. “You’d get home and play it again and realise that something was missing, so we had to set up contact mics all around the ship to capture its unique sounds.
“Last time, we came out saying we were reinventing folk, but people said we were taking really old folk into the 1970s.
“This one, we wanted to take something even older and make it even newer.”
Get yourself Stoned in village
MICK Jagger and chums don’t visit the Sheffield village of Stannington very often so it is a good job Rollin’ Stoned have friends.
Said by many critics to be the closest to the original thing you’ll see this side of a stadium, the tribute band, above, set their sat nav for Lomas Hall on April 2.
Former Boardwalk boss Chris Wilson is promoting the show at the Chruch Street venue, on the outskirts of the old village, next door to the church.
Advance £10 tickets are available at Rocky Horrors, Record Collector... and Stannington Fruit and Veg.
Book a summer Roach trip
MIGHTY American hard rockers Papa Roach, above, are to play one of only two UK shows in 2011 in Sheffield.
They will headline the O2 Academy on July 17, following a show at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire, with support from Yashin and Slaves To Gravity. Tickets, £18.50, on sale now.