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CRACK A JACK
By D.C.08 July 2004

CARAMEL JACK
Okay, let's get the touchstones out of the way, so you have some inkling of where this goes from here. An amalgam of R.E.M., Lincoln, Tom Waits, Mercury Rev, Jacques Brel, Pink Floyd, Randy Newman, Gomez, Crowded House, Calexico and Lionel Bart will do for now. Consider, also, that core Caramel Jack members Joe Doveton (vocals), Richard Scott (guitars, keyboards, vocals) and Norman Walker (bass, vocals) include Green on Red, Wire and Clouddead amongst their influences, and it should be apparent that this is no ordinary pop band. A gloriously unfashionable sound in their hometown of Brighton, they have been painstakingly piecing together their cinematic chamber pop sound for several years. Their album songs from Low story, takes in epic, orchestrated pop, country heartache, mysterious lyricism, gentle electronics and exquisite melody to achieve a considerable, spellbinding whole.

“Once dubbed keepers of the Lambchop flame, this leftfield Sussex six-piece have moved on to combine their fascination with America with a blossoming English art-pop sensibility... It's wonderful stuff - imaginative, intelligent and melodic to boot." Q
'Sublime... when Joe Doveton sings "Thank God for drinking... and her friend, the rain", you'll remember that it's time to trim those hairs on the back of your neck." INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
'Caramel Jack need to be shouted about from the rooftops... Songs From Low Story is the finest piece of alt-country - with hints of the circus - I've heard for five years.' DROWNED IN SOUND

QUIET LONER
Quiet Loner is the ever changing band from which Manchester's raging melancholic Matt Hill spews his tenderly yet savage songs. Their debut album "Secret Ruler of the World" (Circus65) is currently number one in the UK Americana chart. The album has already had some national radio play from Virgin radio and has gathered a whole pile of suitably gushing press reviews. For this show Matt will team with quiet loner stalwart and "King of the Pedal Steel" Alan Cook and honorary loner the multi-instrumentalist Gabe Minnikin formerly of top Canadian country band The Guthries.
"If heartbreak has ever before been melded into such an intriguing, downright splendid attraction then I'd be at pains to believe it, for this is an absolute treasure of originality." Logo Magazine
"It's not an overstatement to say it's up there with Ryan Adams' "Heartbreaker". Believe me, you need to hear this album." Whisperinandhollerin
"Secret Ruler of The Word is a real find. Deserves to take pride of place in anyone's Best Of lists at the end of the year, it simply is that good." Comes With A Smile
"Eleven songs that we guarantee will strike you dumb. As sweetly stinging as you could ever imagine an album could be." Losing Today
"Quiet Loner surely have an early contender for 'Americana Album of The Year'." Triste
"poised between light and dark, like the sweet sting of velvet nettles" Uncut

ME AND MY GOOD SELF
This is the new project from Charlie Peverett former singer with Brighton indie band The Flying Machine. He has teamed up Susan Young from Vancouver's lo-fi pop-country sweethearts Flophouse Jr for what promises to be an ongoing concern of barbed and pretty acoustic pop from the very top drawer. They are currently writing their debut album, and you can grab a taster at this special guest appearance.

Caramel Jack + Quiet Loner + Me & My Good Self
Saturday July 10th The Kings Arms, Bloom St, Salford, M3 6AN, tel: 0161 839 4951
Tickets £5 adv


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