Amazing/creative review of the last Tor Press batch

Watch this sweet video of Hebden Bridge legend Ned Netherwood of http://www.wasistdas.co.uk/ and his son Otis reviewing the last two tapes released by Tor Press. I love it!

Here’s a photo of me about to eat a microphone at the Shipley gig taken by the ace Golden Cabinet guys

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Last few copies of split tape with Ignatz…

Hello!

This split with Ignatz has sold out from the label and Norman Records. I think there are a couple with No Magic Man in Nottingham and Eclipse in America but I have a few (5) left at home if anyone wants one off me. Click on the old buy it now picture and that’ll take you straight to paypal to pay £6. I’m away over Christmas so best to order before the 16th December if you want one before 2014. Get in touch if paypal isn’t your thing at sofiesea@gmail.com. I’m hoping to do the same with my Exotic Pylon release Labyrinth in the next couple of days so email me if you want to wait and get both.

Update: 16/01/14 This release has now sold out from myself and Tor Press.

 

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This n that:

Really chuffed with this review of Labyrinth on Australian website Cyclic Defrost. Check it out here: http://www.cyclicdefrost.com/blog/2013/12/sophie-cooper-labyrinth-exotic-pylon/

A track off Labyrinth called Lady Lilac got played on The Wire radio show, I’m well made up about that. Hear the show here: http://thewire.co.uk/audio/on-air/adventures-in-sound-and-music5-december-2013

First show of 2014 will be an afternoon gig in Leeds on the 19th January at Wharf Chambers along with Phil Todd and Foldhead. On the 1st March I’m playing in Shipley on this bill: http://www.goldencabinet.co.uk/events/ekoplekz2014-03-01. Always open to suggestions on the gig front so drop me a line if you have any ideas.

Mint! Ok, bye 🙂

New release on Tor Press

Hi hello!!

As promised, a new tape out just yesterday on the great Tor Press label. This one is a split with Ignatz who is an awesome musician I’ve been slightly in awe of for a while now so this tape really means something to me, so pleased it’s come out. I’ve called my side ‘Landscape at Large’ named after a collage by Paul Nash. As ever lots of love and thanks to Jake, Bram and Andie for making it happen x

This tape is kind of a duel release on Tor Press. It’s ideal partner, which has came out on the same day, is a split by Hellvete and Jake Blanchard. I’m playing a bit of trombone on one of Jake’s tracks. You can buy both from the Tor Press website by clicking on the picture below. It’s also available at Norman Records.

Cheers,

Sof

Click here to buy these tapes on the Tor Press website

Click here to buy these tapes on the Tor Press website

Tor Bookings #3 Report.

Here are three photos I took at the latest Tor Bookings show in Todmorden starring Cath and Phil Tyler, Stephaine Hladowski and Chris Hladowski. It was a truly fantastic night for all involved! Big thanks to everyone who came along and for ongoing support for this project. We’ll be back in the New Year with even more quality gigs. Cheers. www.torpress.co.uk

Tor Bookings, new shows update!

Here’s an update on two Tor Bookings gigs we have coming up in Todmorden.

MXLX has unfortunately had to pull out of playing the show we have booked on the 13th October. But, the show must go on and in an exciting twist, our friends the incredible, N.RACKER, will be headlining this show.

Here’s a video Sam sent me this morning:

I saw N.Racker play at Bradford’s Recon Festival last weekend and they were one of my favourites of the whole event and I’m so happy they are able to perform at the church. N.Racker work as an in-sync duo collaboratively producing an eerie sound even John Carpenter would be creeped out by. Long, droning dark synth tones from homemade instruments, strings and fractured vocals make for an unique experience. The live show is so impressively PRO, I wouldn’t miss seeing them if I were you. Oh and they are local to Todmorden.

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Then just 10 short days after on the 24th October we have another great night featuring Cath and Phil Tyler, Chris Hladowski and Stephaine Hladowski.

Cath and Phil Tyler

Cath & Phil Tyler play Anglo-American folk music using guitar, banjo, voice and fiddle. Cath was a member of the band Cordelia’s Dad in the 1990s when she lived in Massachusetts, USA. Phil, from Newcastle upon Tyne has played in various folk, rock and ceilidh bands for many years. Coming together musically through a shared love of traditional narrative song, full voiced sacred harp singing and sparse mountain banjo, they have performed on stages as diverse as the Royal Opera House in London and a dank tower in the old city walls of Newcastle. Taking a more minimal approach to their material than some, they have been described as ‘one of the most compelling musical partnerships on the scene’, their music being ‘a highly concentrated and intimate musical experience that penetrates to the very rawest essence of folk tradition’.

Stephanie Hladowski

Stephanie is a vocalist known for her take on traditional folk singing. Her style often reminiscent of the 60’s folk revival. Her music is raw, emotive and deeply affecting. Both her EP on Singing Knives Records and her recent collaboration with C Joynes have been met with critical acclaim.

Chris Hladowski

Chris is best known for his band and chief project The Family Elan. A truly talented and effortless Bouzouki and Saz player, most of his music is inspired by the traditional songs of Eastern Europe and the middle east. Amongst other projects he’s played in A Hawk And A Hacksaw, Nalle and The One Ensemble as well as collaborating with musicians from Southern Asia and Pakistan.

Another great poster by Jake Blanchard 

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Hope to see you at one or both of these shows!

All the best,

Sof x

www.torpress.co.uk

Tor Bookings returns to Todmorden! MXLX, Pascal Nichols and 2 Koi Karp.

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Another fine poster by the incredible Jake Blanchard which advertises TOR BOOKINGS #2. After the success of and support received for the last Tor Bookings show we are really pleased to return to the Unitarian Church in Todmorden for a most excellent evening of music. These guys can really wail… 

MXLX – London 

Aka Matt Loveridge of Team Brick and Beak> fame. This guy is a musical genius making intense and incredibly creative compositions. Everytime we’ve seen him play live he’s had a different set up and approaches the performance in a totally unique fashion building up tons of loops, drones, and interesting noise. We heard a rumour that this show might involve some saz rock outs but who knows what to expect. 

http://vimeo.com/42120037
http://hatesphere.tumblr.com/

http://kindarad.bandcamp.com/releases

Pascal Nichols – Manchester 

Pascal is one half of Part Wild Horses Mane on Both Sides and we’re really excited to have him in Tod for a solo percussion performance fresh from European tour and from working on a new solo album. Expect minimalist drums played using the weird contents of Pascal’s bag (and hands) which will captivate the audience into tranced out states. 

https://soundcloud.com/rayon-recs/pascal-nichols-one-word-for
http://pascalnichols.tumblr.com/

2 Koi Karp – Manchester 

New project from artists Louise Woodcock (ex-Womb, and Poppycock) and Neil VG (Gnod, Terminal Cheesecake) Think kinda freaky synth based horror with lots of atmospheric vocals and creepy tape samples. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7RQEaDtnNk&feature=youtu.be
https://www.facebook.com/2KoiKarp

£5 on the door. We’re going to be open from 6.30pm and probably start around 7pm with a curfew of 10pm which will give you lots of time to get home afterwards. There will be a bar.

Last trains: 

To Leeds – 10.45pm 
To Manchester – 10.35pm 

Cheers, Sof and Jake x
General enquires and suggestions box: info@torpress.co.uk

Tor Bookings, hosting our first show in Todmorden!

I am so pleased to announce that Jake and I are joining forces and getting into the gig hosting trade where we live in Todmorden, West Yorkshire. We’re calling the event series ‘Tor Bookings’ to match Jake’s label Tor Press and because I do like a good pun.

We are fortunate enough to have access to the keys to The Unitarian Church where we will be hosting the shows. Classic camera phone quality photo here shows you how massive this place is… you can see the church from the train station, easy to find. Image

…and for our first show we have called upon old and new friends!

Human Combustion Engine (aka Ashtray Navigations) – Leeds

HCE is the electronic music output of psychedelic rock legends Ashtray Navigation. Expect wild synths, space rock expressions and sonic conversation from this great duo.

Vile Plumage – Stoke on Trent

We consider this their ‘art project’ and every performance is different. Last time we saw them play they dished out cassette tape weird sounds and various types of ‘other’ noises. Love it all.

Daniel Weaver – Todmorden

Daniel is a pro multi-instrumentalist and we’re thrilled to have him play loud experiments on his electric guitar. He intends to work with the church’s acoustics to create a big blanket of sound for us all to snuggle under.

This event starts at 6pm and will finish at 9pm at the latest. There is an after party at a secret location in Hebden Bridge hosted by the one and only Was Ist Das? We’ll tell you where at the show.

Food provided by Incredible Edible Todmorden will be available at the church so bring your empty stomachs.

All this for just £4.

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Hope to see you there x