“English art music of the best quality from a band continually suspicious of what England exactly is” - The Quietus
“Ambient, psychedelic… a love-struck fugue… they were greeted as the herald of rocks “new golden age” - Spin Magazine
Not long ago after their reformation, pioneering dream pop outfit and legendary former 4AD artist A.R. Kane have announced they will be playing multiple shows this summer. Coining the term 'dream pop' for the music they make back in the 1980's, the group went on to influence everyone from My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive to Andrew Weatherall - whose long-running night A Love From Outer Space derives its name from their seminal 1989 track, and also were an important progenitor of such genres as shoegaze, trip hop, acid house and post-rock.
They will be playing Soup Kitchen in Manchester on Monday, May 23. This will be the first time an A.R. Kane line-up has played a non-festival headlining show in about 22 years (the last ones being at CBGBs in NYC and at Hammersmith, supporting David Byrne) and their first in Manchester since playing Manchester Boardwalk in 1987. This is also the first live performance this year, arriving ahead of their slot at Primavera Sound Festival in June and The Good Ship in London on July 13.
Rudy says "We are still firmly entrenched in Dreampop; from psychedelic folk to trip hop, from shoegaze to electronica, dub and experimental noise ... we are focused on live performance more than ever before”. Their performance now combines 3 voices, 3 guitars, effects-drenched noise intervals, beats, loops and live synths, creating a fresh space for their structured Dreampop songs.
“We have a bunch of new songs and are going to start recording this spring – we’d like to release something soon”. In the meantime, the band is collaborating with Canadian-Ukrainian dreampop duo Ummagma on several new tracks. Most recently, A.R. Kane worked witih The Veldt to produce 'And It's You' on their new EP 'The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur'.
East London duo Rudy Tambala and Alex Ayuli originally formed A.R. Kane in 1986, disrupting the UK music scene by combining groove-based music with indie rock. Refusing to being categorized, they coined the descriptor “Dreampop”, with the term being widely adopted by music critics thereafter. Widely recognized as one of the most influential bands of their era, they laid ground for many musical genres that came to dominate the alternative music scene. AllMusic describes A.R. Kane as “the most criminally under-recognized band of their era”. The Guardian calls their work “some of the 80’s most extraordinary music”.
After releasing their debut EP on the One Little Indian label, they moved to 4AD in 1987 and issued the Lollita 12", produced by Robin Guthrie of Cocteau Twins. Alex and Rudy later released through Rough Trade and David Byrne’s own label Luaka Bop. During their brief stint on 4AD, A.R. Kane collaborated with label-mates Colourbox to produce the sample-heavy dance track 'Pump Up The Volume' under the name M|A|R|R|S. They blew the top off the UK charts, reaching number one - the biggest single to ever have appeared in 4AD's history to this day.
Recording highlights include A Love from Outer Space, the two albums 69 and“i”, and M|A|R|R|S Pump Up The Volume/ANITINA. In 2013, One Little Indian also released a double CD ‘Singles Collection’ to great critical acclaim.
Tickets for A.R. Kane's performance at Soup Kitchen in Manchester are already on sale via See Tickets (£9). On May 23, doors open at 7pm. Tickets for The Good Ship in London may be pre-ordered here.