THE STAVES+ GABRIEL RIOS

Following their previous sell-out show, and the release of their Top 20 second album If I Was, The Staves return to The Institute Birmingham on Sun 1st November 2015.

Just one listen to Blood I Bled EP will tell you The Staves have changed since their debut album was released in 2012. Of course, the sisters haven’t abandoned their beautiful, signature close harmonies, but they have bolstered them with a clutch of multi-layered, hugely ambi-tious songs, recorded with the scale and confidence that can only come after three years on the road.

The aforementioned ‘Blood I Bled’ opens The Staves’ second album If I Was, and was indeed the first track written, recorded, and released from the album. Initially, the song lay dormant while they performed all over the world, including appearing alongside Mumford & Sons during their Glastonbury headlining slot in 2013 and several tours with American cult heroes Bon Iver. Having formed strong friendships with the latter band’s founder Justin Vernon and his assembled gaggle of players, the sisters were invited to his April Base studio in Wisconsin to work on whatever music they had in a relaxed, idyllic setting.

The resulting album is as stunning as the snow-covered landscape it was recorded in; at once deeply personal to each sister, fuelled by heartbreak and individual turbulence, it’s also full of hope, redemption and positivity for an uncertain future.

The Staves Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Watch the video for ‘Black & White’ below:


Plus support from GABRIEL RIOS

For one year between October 2013-2014, Gabriel Rios posted a song a month on his website. They now form his fourth studio album, This Marauder’s Midnight.

Born in Puerto Rico, Rios moved to Belgium  when  he  was  17  years  old.  Eight years later he released his first solo album Ghostboy with hit single ‘Broad Daylight’, followed by two more studio albums including Angelhead in 2007. Combining Latin, funk, electronic sounds and pop, his songs stormed the Flemish hit lists and he played all the big festivals. Now with his fourth album, This Marauder’s Midnight, Rios has reinvented his music, using just cello, bass, guitar and his voice.

Moving to New York City Rios was introduced to the world of Rockwood Music Hall, that little place on Allen Street where people go to find great music. The slightly daunting reality of all that talent and all those powerful songs became a motivation rather than a deterring force. One night he bumped into Ruben Samama, a musician who would eventually join Rios on double bass and go on to produce the record. After trying out several line-ups they asked his wife, cellist Amber Docters Van Leeuwen, to accompany them on a couple of songs. It quickly became clear that they had found the right set up. The idea then came to make a record that would sound like little more than the three of them in a room. They headed to Dreamland Studios in Woodstock and returned with half the record.

The success of the album’s first single ‘Gold’ in Europe and a dance remix version of the same song, made independently by Thomas Jack, went viral, opening doors for Gabriel and his band, unexpectedly introducing people to a record they would probably not have found otherwise.

Gabriel Rios Links:  Website | Facebook | Twitter 

Watch the video for ‘Gold’ below: