We are delighted to announce that we will be holding an intimate one off in store performance with ‘Ralfe Band’.
the band have just come back from a European and UK tour with I Am Kloot, plus have just played some shows with Alessi’s Ark. Alessi is also a guest vocalist on 4 of the album’s tracks.
There will also be a Marc Riley session booked in for album release day (June 3rd and availabe in P&V) and an XFM session with John Kennedy for that week too.
The show will start promptly at 7pm, and is absolutely free…(first 40 people through the door)
Pies and records will be available as per usual.
Press release and more info below –
Ralfe Band – Son Be Wise
June 3rd, 2013
Vinyl / CD / Digital
Welcome back to the intriguing world of Ralfe Band, whose new collection of 12 songs Son Be Wise is out on June
3rd. The brainchild of English songwriter Oly Ralfe, Son Be Wise marks a new chapter in the Ralfe Band story, and
draws on a vivid pallet of sounds blending euphoric folk pop, whispering ballads and gothic picaresques to craft its
uniquely enigmatic sound.
Infused with images of travel, the album draws inspiration from Olyʼs life of living between England and Berlin and
adventures in Iceland, Mexico and the USA. The album was recorded in the UK, beginning with Rob Ellis (PJ Harvey,
Anna Calvi) in a remote Wales studio, continuing with Andy Ramsay of Stereolab in South London and was completed in rural Oxfordshire. On his writing
process Oly muses, “Iʼve been a nomad these last few years, writing my songs on the move. I find different locations make me feel alive and conjure up
The albumʼs musical journey takes us from the sweeping opener ʻOxʼ, to the striking anthem ʻBarricadesʼ, through hushed
vocals and echoing synths on ʻMagdalenaʼ, expansive eastern strings on ʻOh My Fatherʼ, delicate motifs in ʻLadderʼ and the
stormy finale of ʻCold Chicago Morningʼ, closing with the introspective waltz “Boy With an Old Tin Drum”. The album is
underpinned throughout by Oly Ralfeʼs signature piano playing.
The albumʼs lead single ʻCome On Go Wildʼ dances its way through an infectious bossa nova rhythm, imbued with an English
eccentricity that is unmistakably Ralfe Band. On penning the surreal tale, Oly says “I wanted to cheer myself up with a fun song.
It came to me while jamming to an old ʻ80s drum machine, and it made me laugh whenever I played it.
Son Be Wise marks a new chapter in Oly Ralfeʼs songcraft, drawing on a kaleidoscope of inspiration from Eric Satieʼs music to Borgesʼs Labyrinths and Emily
Brontëʼs poems. Of his lyrics Oly continues, “I like my songs to be slightly mysterious. Iʼm inspired by lyrics that possess puzzling intrigue, straddling places
Son Be Wise also features backing vocals from Alessi Laurent-Marke aka Alessiʼs Ark who appears on four songs, including
album openers ʻOxʼ and ʻBarricadesʼ, with Piney Gir lending her voice to ʻDead Soulsʼ. Oly says “Itʼs the first time Iʼve used female
vocals. I love the interplay of male and female voices like Serge and Jane.”
Alongside Olyʼs vocals, piano, guitar and accordion, the key players are Nick Fowler (bass, guitar), Garo Nahoulakian (guitar) and
Mike Monaghan (drums), who also make up the live line-up. Long-term Ralfe Band players John Greswell (strings, viola, mandolin),
Andrew Mitchell (guitar) and Ben Nicholls (lap steel guitar) add to the sound, along with guests Rob Ellis (drums on Cold Chicago
Morning), Blur and Radiohead brass and woodwind player Steve Hamilton, saxophone by Pete Wareham of Polar Bear and Acoustic
Ladyland and Garance Louis on accordion.
Ralfe Bandʼs musical journey began in 2005 with debut album Swords, a madcap voyage praised by Mojo and The Independent and earning the band an
early cult following. Second album Attic Thieves strengthened Ralfe Bandʼs reputation for blending ingenuity and intrigue in their wholly original sound. Son
Be Wise follows Ralfe Bandʼs acclaimed soundtrack and album to 2010 feature film Bunny and the Bull (Warp Films).
As well as extensive tours of the UK and Europe, Ralfe Band have played at many festivals including SXSW, CMJ, Reading and Leeds, End Of The Road
and two of the main stages at Glastonbury. Their unique songs have drawn wide-reaching radio support including multiple live sessions for Mark Radcliffe,
Marc Riley and Tom Robinson.
Oly Ralfeʼs distinctive artwork and videos have shaped a unique image, from his animated video for single ʻWomen of Japanʼ – winner of Best International
Music Video at SXSW – to his artwork for Ralfe Bandʼs singles and albums. Past creative collaborations with Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt have seen
Oly contributing songs and cameos to The Mighty Boosh TV shows, and in 2010 he directed the film The Mighty Boosh On Tour – Journey of the Childmen.
Oly Ralfe also won the Raindance Award at the British Independent Film Awards for BBC4-screenedThe Ballad of AJ Weberman, a documentary about the
notorious Bob Dylan obsessive.
Ralfe Bandʼs music takes us to a place vibrant with impulse and emotion. Sons and daughters, listen and be wise.