Slightly delayed in posting this, but tour is nearly upon us!!!! 😱😱😱We can't contain our excitement. It's our longest route to date and we'll be covering 4 countries.
FRI 18TH MAY - Bilton WMC, Harrogate (UK) - TICKETS
SAT 19TH MAY - Scruffy Murphy's, Birmingham (UK) - TICKETS
SUN 20TH MAY - B2, Norwich (UK) - FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE
WEDS 23RD MAY - Rock N Eat, Lyon (FR) - FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE
THURS 24TH MAY - l'Elastic Bar, Strasbourg (FR) - FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE
FRI 25TH MAY - Monkey Show, Metz (FR) - FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE
SAT 26TH MAY - Les Citrons Masqués, Yverdon-les-Bains (CH) - FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE
SUN 27TH MAY - Pitagora, Lugagnano (IT) - FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE
Thank you so much to those of you who came down to support us on Sunday 22nd April at The Venue in Selby. We won our heat and advanced to the semi finals, which is amazing! We were so happy and grateful for all the support - having the audience's vote really made all the difference! 😃 Sadly, The Venue closed its doors for the last time, and their M2TM competition is no longer continuing 😔 We're gutted to see the closure of another live music venue, and we wish everyone at The Venue the best of luck for the future. Luckily, as we were already through to the semi finals, M2TM in Lincolnshire threw us a lifeline, and offered us a spot on their semi final in June. So our next round will be:
SATURDAY 16TH JUNE - CAFÉ INDIEPENDENT, SCUNTHORPE - DOORS 5PM
Please come down and support us if you can, the audience still have a say with who goes through to the grand final, so your votes could make all the difference! Plus the line up looks cracking, we can't wait to play with a load of new and exciting bands!
Photo by CBowley Photography @ Girls Rock! Festival, Stoke-on-Trent
The Contortionist - Clairvoyant Review by Mike
Clairvoyant (2017): An Amateur’s Opinion.
What? Modern, progressive, intelligent and emotional songwriting. Who? For fans of modern, progressive, intelligent and emotional songwriting. Why? Let’s jump in, SHALL WE?
While polishing my loupe in preparation for this quick look into contemporary mastery, I decided the following; you know you’re onto a winner when you’re listening to some of your favourite bands’ favourite band. Seeing the Contortionist’s extremely busy tour schedule include bands such as Tesseract, Sikth and Periphery (all in fairly quick order), I can’t help feeling glad for the Contortionist, who remain firmly in touch with the tech metal and ‘djent’ movements despite growing further away from the heavier aspects in recent years. Different though the Contortionist are, the circle remains tight, such that you are able to have a fairly good guess at who will tour with these bands when they make their announcements.
Clairvoyant appears to be the perfect progression from their 2014 album Language. The two albums share similar aspects in that they display confident disregard for simple verse/chorus/verse/chorus forms, for the most part, but when they do choose to adopt these structures, it has the effect of solidifying the overall structure of the album. For example, the first track, ‘Monochrome (Passive)’ is an atmospheric instrumental which flows seamlessly into ‘Godspeed’, during which vocalist Michael Lessard makes his appearance. This then transitions into one of the singles of the album, ‘Reimagined’. This track has the distinct ‘single’ familiarity to it, from which the band then leaps from into the title track ‘Clairvoyant’, and ‘The Centre’ (ending with a two minute synth section), which both depart from the comparative simplicity of Reimagined. Absolve and Relapse seem to return to a less ‘organised’ feel, though the latter exposes a thematic gesture first heard in ‘Clairvoyant’.
Return to Earth was the second single to be released, and does contain some aspects one may expect from a single, but remains in keeping with the overarching unusualness of the album as a whole. This track seems to be the climax of the album, perhaps drawing a parallel with ‘The Parable’ from their last release - it certainly echoes the almost frantic buildup. Unlike Language though, Clairvoyant has a long, smooth finish with ‘Monochrome (Pensive)’, which too draws thematic parallels from earlier in the album, not only in name.
In all, a powerful and triumphant close to one of the finest albums I have heard in recent months, smoothly weaving between order and subtle disorder, while keeping the listener fascinated at each turn, all with that most enviable of musical traits: effortlessness.
(If that hasn't sold you the album, we don't know what will! We tried to cut down this review to a 'brief' summary, but we enjoyed reading it too much...)
Much love everyone, thank you for being awesome as ever. See you soon! Lizzie, Mike, Hendo, Wilson & Si x