Martin Carr

Date:Tue 30 Jan
Time:8pm
Venue:J2
Price:£15 adv

A rare opportunity to see Martin Carr (former Boo Radleys guitarist and songwriter) perform material from one of the best albums of his career 'New Shapes of Life'. 

Martin released previous album 'The Breaks' a few years back now, an intriguing document that dealt with the songwriter's increased feeling of isolation from the world around him.

Spending time working - unsuccessfully, he adds - on pop projects for other acts, the death of David Bowie left an enormous impact on Martin Carr.

Sparking a period of re-analysis, he emerged stronger and definitely reinvigorated. He explains: "I was wasting my time scrabbling around in the dirt for pennies, making myself more and more miserable. I reflected on how many years I'd wasted chasing smoke and mirrors, living the life of an artist but neglecting the art."

"I ditched everything else I was working on and decided to write a new album rather than waiting until I had a few songs. I started completely from scratch, writing and recording, often at the same time, in my home studio in Cardiff. I was looking for a sound and a voice to call my own. That was the starting point. The theme was to be myself, to attempt to discover what made me tick, to work out why I behaved the way I did. I wanted to go deeper and find more room in the depths."

New album 'New Shapes Of Life' is the result. It's a vital, probing, searching return, one that pushes the songwriter to the outermost limits of his capabilities.

 

 

 

"solo record that reminds us he’s not only one of the most redoubtable tunesmiths of his generation, but one of its most adventurous sonic architects as well." Pitchfork

"A cohesive, immersive listen that heartily repays repeated listens." Clash

"Moments of Intense Beauty" Mojo

"Sophisticated dance-pop, rock, soul and Brian Wilson-like orchestral curlicues" Q

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.

Bar and Box Office open 1 hour before show start time.

All prices inlcude booking fee.