Now Wave are proud to announce a special double bill containing two of our favourite artists of the last few years. As well as welcoming back Kurt Vile back to Manchester for the first time this year, he will be joined by Waxahatchee at The Ritz on Wednesday 18 November.
Bewitched by lo-fi figureheads like Beck, Pavement, and Smog, along with a love for classics like Petty, Creedence, and Neil Young, Kurt Vile recorded his first songs and self-distributed them on CD-R between 2003 and 2007. These were compiled on 2008’s Constant Hitmaker and the 2009 mini-album God Is Saying This To You… The dreamy and psychedelic tangles of damaged but still-lyrical songcraft announced a major new artist wandering in from the hinterlands.
The Violators debuted on the 2009 EP The Hunchback, coming into their own on Childish Prodigy, Vile’s third album and his first for Matador. More violent, more vivid, more ecstatically ‘rock’ than anything in Vile’s catalogue, the album was a righteous leap forward. The album that followed, the breakthrough Smoke Ring For My Halo, was more reflective, something sun-dappled and sexy in softly strung-out strums like “Peeping Tomboy,” the kindred flipside to barnstormers like “Freak Train” off the previous record. His fifth album, Wakin On A Pretty Daze, was a 69-minute double LP that alternated between gorgeous fingerpicking and heavy guitar workouts into dreamy, expansive songs that gradually unfurl like a massive flag. Kurt Vile’s next LP, b’lieve i’m goin down, will be out in late 2015.
Waxahatchee is the creative output of Katie Crutchfield, a 26 year old from Alabama. Kate has been in a couple of bands before (some with her twin sister, Allison) but it’s only really with Waxahatchee that things seem to have really come together – and they’ve come together really very quickly.Her debut under this latest moniker came in 2012. Recorded in her bedroom, American Weekend came out through Don Giovanni Records and garnered some critical acclaim – New York Times and Dusted magazine put it on their end of year lists.
Her sophomore effort, Cerulean Salt, earned Crutchfield the wider audience that her talents so richly deserved. The sleeper hit of the 2014, the LP’s anger and passion earned fans at Pitchfork (8.4, best new music), NME (8/10), Q (4/5), The Observer (album of the week), and Dazed & Confused (album of the month). Waxahatchee’s latest album, the more mature and considered Ivy Tripp, was put out earlier this year – Katie described the record as “[being like] steadying yourself on shaky ground and reminding yourself that you have control in situations that seem overwhelming”. The 405 were among the many to fall in love with the record, noting in their 9/10 review that Ivy Tripp confirms that “[Crutchfield is] already making her mark as one of America’s premier songwriters and she shows no signs of stopping”.
Tickets on sale Thursday, 9am.