The five of us are going to be reborn from an egg on a mountaintop in a little one off gig at the Greystones in Sheffield on the day of resurrection: Easter Sunday, 27 March. We’ll be playing all the songs from that first album. Tickets here.
We’re also going to be releasing a digital single, featuring new versions of Sheffield Shanty and The Secret Word is Groucho (the secret track of Kev’s at the end of the album). That’ll be out sometime in Feb.
Notes:To mark ten years since the release of their first album, “The Bright Carvings”, folk-pop five piece Monkey Swallows the Universe will be ‘reborn from an egg on a mountaintop’ in an intimate one-night-only Easter Sunday resurrection gig.
Nat Johnson, Kevin Gori, Cate Tully, Andy George and Rob Dean will reprise the roles that saw them ‘put the cor back into recorder’ in the mid-00s. “The Bright Carvings” was released on now defunct local record label Thee SPC in February 2006 and their follow up album, “The Casket Letters”, was released on Loose Records in 2007.
In their day MSTU enjoyed Radio 4 and 6 Music sessions, festival performances including Green Man, End of the Road and Latitude, and toured with Richard Hawley, Camera Obscura and the Long Blondes. They announced an ‘indefinite hiatus’ in 2008, playing their final shows in Scotland.
The Greystones show will see the five piece play all the songs from their first album. They will also be releasing a digital single featuring new versions of “Sheffield Shanty” and “The Secret Word is Groucho” in February.
Press for the Bright Carvings in 2006:
“Delicately sculpted indie-pop tunes whose brightness is granted by a clear, chiming simplicity.” – Drowned in Sound
“They recall the hey!-it’s-a-sunny-day heyday of Sarah Records, the sort of folk-tinged, cutely melodic, ba-ba-ba-ba-based acoustic pop that is pure late-night, late-80s John Peel.” – The Guardian
This week I’ve been listening to Joanna Newsom a lot, getting excited for her new album.
I hope this means she’ll be touring, I haven’t seen her play for ages (I’ll take this opportunity to show off again about the time she gave me a hug backstage at Green Man). I also found a great 70s playlist from the woman herself over here.
When Emily and those meteorites haven’t been circling in my head today, this one has been popping in, which I hadn’t listened to for years…
and that one reminded me of this…
This weekend I’m making a video to go with the lead track on the Lonesome Lake EP, and I’m seeing the Wave Pictures and Alvvays (not on the same bill, though that would be pretty great). Have a good Bank Hol!