Local Bands Unite for Sparklehorse Benefit Gig

10th May 2010

Hi All, Tom Whiter from Monday nights here, letting you know about a gig you shouldn’t miss out on this Weekend in town:

It was back in March that the sad news began to filter through from the US that the frontman of Sparklehorse- singer, songwriter and musician Mark Linkous- had taken his own life.

As the tributes poured in from the likes of Patti Smith, Steve Albini, Chris Walla of Death Cab For Cutie fame and Radiohead’s Colin Greenwood, obituaries from major newspapers down to the music blogosphere remembered a man who’s beautiful and haunting music made him a pin-up of the alternative indie-rock scene.

I came to Sparklehorse relatively late in the day, only picking up on the albumsIt’s A Wonderful Life and Good Morning Spider after arriving at Uni and finding myself woefully uneducated. From there it was great to discover the collaborations with Tom Waits, PJ Harvey, Radiohead and Danger Mouse that he was also famous for.

So it was with great pleasure that I found out this Saturday 15th May sees Sparklehorse tributes come to Nottingham in the form of a benefit gig at Rescue Rooms. Playling songs written by Linkous will be a stellar line-up featuring some of the finest bands, solo artists and Sparklehorse enthusiasts Nottingham has to offer, many of whom you will have heard on my show on Mondays, 7-9.

Paul from The Amber Herd

They include:

Lorna

The Amber Herd

We Show Up On Radar

Peter Morley (ex Model Morning/ Lorna)

Chris Britten (Strings of Seville)

Emily Cash

The Twlight Elevators

Sugar and Lust

Have a click on the links above to take you to some of the MySpaces, and discover for yourself some of the great bands the East Midlands has to offer. The gig is a great chance to see them perform live, but playing some songs you’ll know and love, getting over that barrier of ‘well I don’t know any of their tracks’ excuse I hear so often, and all the proceeds go to local mental health charities, so everybody wins.

You can buy your tickets HERE and make sure to listen in next Monday 17th May for a review of the gig on the show.

Hope to see you there

Tom