• Lespectre + Echo Hotel at The Crofter’s Rights

  • Fri, 07-08-2020 at 19:00
  • The Crofters Rights
    117-119 Stokes Croft
    BS1 3RW Bristol
Lespectre + Echo Hotel at The Crofter’s Rights - The Crofters Rights - Bristol

LespectreAtmospheric dream pop from Bristol“...absolutely love that. Brilliant.” BBC“Cracking!” BBC IntroducingLespectre are an atmospheric dream-pop band from Bristol. The five-piece began life as an experiment insongwriting for Tom Hackwell (guitar, vocals) and Max Perry (drums) – a vague attempt at creating somethingphonically reminiscent of the dream-like verse of Clarice Lispector (the name ‘Lespectre’ is an homage to thework of the Brazilian writer).The full band took shape with the addition of Becky Leach (vocals, keys, violin), Gary Walker (guitar) andSam Winter-Quick (vocals, bass). The illusionary, atmospheric shoegaze sound of Lespectre was born.Debut EP Atmospheric Dream-pop From Bristol was released on 11 April 2019 via Deaf Endling Records. Itsfive songs fit into the ethereal dream-pop tradition, but push at and transcend those boundaries, existing asDeluezian multiplicities.Recorded at Bristol’s legendary Coach House Studio, where Massive Attack conjured their shadowymasterpiece, Blue Lines, the EP has already piqued plenty of interest. Lespectre were BBC Upload’s houseband back in September, the quintet’s live session showcasing a stripped-back version of their somnambulantdreamscapes.Fans of the sleepy splendour of bands such as Cigarettes After Sex, Mazzy Star, Phosphorescent and PhoebeBridgers will find much to love here. The coruscating, sun-dappled 30 Fathoms finds the band evoking thestrident guitar sound of The War On Drugs, diving deep down into Lake Zarathustra with Tom “Out in thedeep, finding solace in the eye of a stranger”.Impossible has become an irresistible ear-worm at the band’s Bristol shows, a tale of a doomed relationshiptold through Max’s enduring love of the philosopher Michel Foucault, whose tattoo adorns his snare arm.Elsewhere, If On A Winter’s Night, A Traveller Comes, nods to the postmodern novel of the same name byItalian author Italo Calvino.Follow-up single Lost With You, an arresting foray into Motown territory led by Winter-Quick’s insouciantbassline joined soon enough by a wall of dreamy doo-wop harmonies and reverb-lavished guitars, hasalready been picked up by BBC Introducing prior to its December release. The band have also reached thefinals of the Pilton Stage competition for a place on the Glastonbury bill and are now booking up dates forspring and summer 2020.“Fleetingly it’s here with me/ Clear as day from the night,” sings Tom on the EP’s signature track SleepWhile I. Yet with Lespectre things are rarely that concrete, the ephemeral shimmering tantalisingly into focusbefore evaporating just as quickly, instruments and vocal harmonies melting into each other mirage-like.Moments such as this ebb and flow aplenty throughout Atmospheric Dream-pop From Bristol.Echo HotelEqual parts reflective and energetic, Echo Hotel mix tightly-round rhythms and fitful guitars with a chronically self-aware lyricism into genre-hopping alternative songs - heartfelt in their introspection and almost caffeinated in their nervousness. instagram.com/theechohotel?igshid=1r6r85t89u7q3facebook.com/theechohotelopen.spotify.com/artist/5arVqiEanbw5NCjRr6zBrS?si=7ChXR3nURleaiTi9cEcqOgsoundcloud.com/echo_hotel