By Andy Golden
Wednesday 12 Oct 2011 10:41:00
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The Kids Are Solid Gold are proud as punch to present a fantastic and exclusive show this Saturday when the magnificent Butcher Boy come to Teesside. Just one of four dates in Europe – how good is that for Teesside, Middlesbrough, the Westgarth and we the fans.


Over to Andy Carr from TKASG because he is just far too excited to bottle this in any longer. Just a day after the totally sold out Cattle and Cane gig (don’t even try to get it in it is bursting at the seams) Glasgow’s Butcher Boy will play the Westgarth this Saturday.


Here’s Andy


It really does encapsulate everything that we're about. It's been a long, long time in the making but our perseverance has paid off handsomely and our show is one of just 4 tour dates with the others being in London, Glasgow and Milan. Yep, we're in great company.  


File this one next to that first, legendary, Young Republic show, or The Leisure Society's fantastic north east debut, or Fanfarlo's stunning Westgarth show which came complete with three encores. Well, add another one to the list because this show is really one for the purists. Butcher Boy have garnered huge critical acclaim throughout their career and we feel very proud to be bringing them to the north east as they promote the release of their new album, Helping Hands. Tickets are available from all of the usual outlets and you can also pay on the door on the night.


Please take a moment to look at the reviews Butcher Boy have gained in recent times and you will understand why we are so excited for this show.


 The Times - Pete Paphides (5 out of 5)


In the mid-1990s, with the Smiths and the bands that came in their wake long defunct, and after Oasis had given it the treatment, indie music as a strain of pop for people who read books and wore duffle coats had suddenly become an endangered species.


So, when Belle and Sebastian arrived in 1996, they represented a rearguard action for a marginalised aesthetic. As weapons go, such unabashed feyness was probably no more effective than those Tibetan monks who think meditation is a more powerful weapon than Chinese guns. But 13 years after the Smiths released This Charming Man, Belle and Sebastian re-emphasised the core values of indie pop. Now, another 13 years on, here's an album that will do it all over again.


If React Or Die feels like the result of all that history, that’s no accident. Like Belle and Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch, Butcher Boy's 34-year-old frontman John Blain Hunt gravitated from Ayrshire to Glasgow and spent years observing the city's music scene as an outsider. He was a published poet before meeting musicians who helped him turn his creations into the songs on Profit In Your Poetry, his debut album in 2004. But as if to formalise his transition to proper frontman, his group's second album begins with When I'm Asleep - little more than a single couplet repeated over a fine rain of cello and mandolins.


…every song in React Or Die elicits a thrill beyond speed or volume. The secret ingredient here is the monastic commitment that the most beautiful pop songs divine from those given the job of playing them. By filling up an album with them, Butcher Boy have set a standard against which every other release this year must surely be judged.


New Musical Express (8 out of 10)


As Stuart Murdoch continues to dick around with his musical and the Belle and Sebastian sabbatical drags into its third year, Butcher Boy return to seize the demographic marked 'young, Glaswegian, twee'. Their second album serves up what all good indie-pop comebacks do: more of the same. In their case, this means piano ballads along the lines of B&S's We Rule The School and richly plotted arrangements of cellos and horns, regret, childlike wonder and the lilting sadness of a foggy morning, all swirling into something self-deprecatingly lovely. "I gather books and I read with missionary zeal," whispers John Blain Hunt on Clockwork. We suspect he's not really into horra-hop.


The Sunday Telegraph (5 out of 5)


I'm worried that if I give it five stars you'll go out and buy it and sniff 'Hmm, this is a bit slight' - because it does initially sound quite fey and fragile and it's only a measly half-hour long. Trust me, though, it's a grower and a joy. Butcher Boy are fronted by a thirtysomething Scots poet named John Blain Hunt, whose sweet vocals, gnomic, off-kilter lyrics, neat, folk-tinged arrangements and restrained but gently lilting melodies call to mind Belle and Sebastian at their best.


Drowned In Sound (9 out of 10)


Delightfully pleasant indie pop from the Glasgow seven-piece, possibly even exceeding efforts on their last record Profit In Your Poetry. The production is perfect and John Blain Hunt's words (both melodically and lyrically) float care-freely through not quite a sea but a calm lake of guitars, strings, pianos and all manner of accompaniment. That warm fuzzy feeling when something AMAZING happens- React Or Die is strikingly close to the musical equivalent of it.


So, it gives us great pleasure to announce:


TKASG proudly present








Saturday 15 Oct 2011, 7.30pm


Tickets £8 Adv


Ages 14+ show (14 - 17 yrs with an adult)


Westgarth SC


99 Southfield Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 3EZ



Tickets from the venue, SJ Guitars, Ack! Ack! Ack! Records and online via the following links:


Ticketweb http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/user/?region=gb_northeast&query=detail&event=460212



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