Still recovering from the unique two-night Hookworms residency at Islington Mill at the end of May, Grey Lantern look to be just as busy as we enter the summer months.
The independent promoter kicks off the first week of June with two special album launches by local artists. June 4th sees the brooding electronica of Shield Patterns unfurl at Soup Kitchen. The duo are putting out their debut LP, Contour Lines on Gizeh Records this week, and are joined in celebrating the release by producer, Vei.
Two days later (June 6th) at First Chop Brewing Arm in Salford, Douga will be launching their own debut album, The Silent Well. Named after a childhood nickname given to front man Johnny Winbolt-Lewis by his parents, Douga have grown from wide-eyed, exploratory experimentalists to become a BBC 6 Music-featured act, who have now created a record gripped with a gentle but firm sense of cohesion and clarity. Support comes from a welcome return by former Manchester-based - now London-dwelling - shoegazer Daniel Land, and Leeds' singer-songwriter Juffage.
Grey Lantern welcomed Hookworms to Islington Mill last month, and the group's drummer Jonathan Nash returns on June 17th as part of driving krautrock group, Nope. Also featuring members of Leeds' bands That F*cking Tank and Mucky Sailor, Nope combine a two drum-kit assault with riff-laden repetition to create hurtling momentum.
On June 25th, the reflective electronica of Border Community (James Holden, Nathan Fake) artist Luke Abbott returns to Kraak in the Northern Quarter. Abbott's new album Wysing Forest is inspired by the woodland of Wysing, just outside Cambridge - and as such imbues an organic growth through its winding structure. He's joined by Erased Tapes' Rival Consoles and local prodigy Howes.
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