Glasgow new romantics A New International take to the stage at the legendary Wee Red Bar on the grounds of Edinburgh College of Art for a headline show this January.
A NEW INTERNATIONAL + support
The Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh
Saturday 28th January 2023
'From Glasgow to the world, new Scottish romanticism; a little bit of this and a whole lot of that, A New International are searching for another pop music.
Reference points for the unfamiliar include Scott Walker, Calexico, Beirut, Ennio Morricone, The Associates and more.'
“Jacques Brel meets Ennio Morricone in Barcelona, 1937, lyrics by George Orwell... dangerous, strange and heartbreakingly beautiful” – Ricky Ross
“Biff Smith and his pasty-faced street corner cabaret band strike up... a string of chansons that soundtrack a night of the undead... as each and everyone sings out for the great refusal, and for the joy of life itself“
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ The Herald
“...rare and marvellous ... a musical poem ... sit back and revel in this strange and wonderful entertainment for the moment we live in; and for all those who understand how human beings can always create songs and stories, wit and beauty, even in extremis.“
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ The Scotsman
“...immediately seductive ... a rich tapestry of ideas and characters and a poignant memento mori that is ultimately life affirming”
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ The Times
”a sumptuous feast of the dead... Biff’s lyrics are devilishly weaved together and set the tone perfectly“
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Scottish & UK Theatre
“...peerless troubadours ... an un-erring ear for melody, raw guts, enormous heart, and a supreme gift for lyrics that meld the witty and the meaningful”
– We Are Cult
“a bleakly comic piece ... infused with the atmosphere of the early 20th-century Berlin music hall... a nicely- wrought, delightfully varied suite of songs, performed by the fine eight-piece band, led admirably by the charismatic singer and musician Biff Smith“
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ The Telegraph
“A New International have crafted a soundtrack worth praise... Biff Smith’s lyrical genius means you’ll still be singing Necropolitan the following morning. His voice, aesthetic and tone are a timeless blend. There’s a sense of French Jazz, Leonard Cohen but even remnants of the late 70s Muppet Show, and what a concoction it makes“
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ The Reviews Hub
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