Last Harbour

  • Monday | 26.03.12
  • 7.30pm
  • Band on the Wall, Manchester
  • £6 advance ...

Brooding, bleak and bible black, Band on the Wall presents the windswept cry from the wilderness that is the wonderful Last Harbour.

“With their gothic archness and deathly strings, eight-strong collective Last Harbour offer semi-orchestral comforts from the same tangled patch of briar as The Bad Seeds and Tindersticks.” Uncut

Last Harbour are an expansive collective playing “swooning dustbowl baroque” (Plan B) that comes from “the same tangled patch of briar as The Bad Seeds and Tindersticks (Uncut).  The only claims they make for their music are that it be honest and searching.  From dusty Nick Cave-esque laments to doom-filled rock, from starkly beautiful duets to drifting clouds of ambient noise, there’s always an intensity that strikes hard.  

Last Harbour’s acclaimed 2010 album Volo and EP Lights were co-produced by Richard Formby (Wild Beasts, Spacemen 3) and were featured across 6Music shows including Gideon Coe, Tom Robinson and a session on Marc Riley. The band have played alongside, among others, Dirty Three, Josh T Pearson, Michael Gira (Swans/Angels of Light), Willard Grant Conspiracy, Lanterns on the Lake, Mark Mulcahy (Thom Yorke’s favourite singer), Devendra Banhart and The Handsome Family. Their 2010 UK tour included headline dates at London Union Chapel and Manchester Deaf Institute. They were also featured on the ‘I Am Cold Rock’ Will Oldham tribute alongside Calexico, Iron & Wine and Mark Kozelek.

“The final frontier of funeral pop.” Artrocker

“A dark and dusty mood, perfectly realised.” Clash

“Rich and foreboding, tracing a thread back to the post-industrial landscapes of Joy Division.” Drowned In Sound

“Classic outback brooding.” Metro

Presented by Band on the Wall and Hey! Manchester