“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest is from a new Manchester band called Gary, Indiana.
I know they’ve got taste because any photo which includes the rocking of a Daniel Avery photo is alright with me. Not to mention a video that comes over like EBN (Emergency Broadcast Network) meets DJ Shadow “Midnight In A Perfect World” and Aphex Twin “Come To Daddy” (musically, the granny’s scream at least) and the fact that in their press release they say they were influenced by the videos they saw on MTV2, the channel which I helped launch here in the UK and then channel managed for some of the noughties.
Singer Valentine Caulfield adds vocals in her native French to a frankly punishing backbeat, but it’s not so much Stereolab “French Disco” than a death disko or the uncompromising Thomas Bangalter soundtrack to shocking film “Irreversible” and Hans Zimmer’s score to “Blade Runner 2049” that they cite as influences. Possibly even going for the brown note in terms of its bowel inducing lo-frequency oscillations their song “Nike of Samothrace” is some statement indeed. It was too intriguing a prospect not to get Valentine Caulfield on these pages to see what tune makes her tick right now and she hasn’t disappointed with an absolute crate digging gem, so please wish Valentine a big bienvenue to VS!
Gary, Indiana founding members Scott Fair and Valentine Caulfield met when their previous bands shared a bill at Aatma in Manchester. Fair was struck by the visceral punk poetry delivered in French and after witnessing “liberating experimental sets” at venues like The White Hotel, The Peer Hat and Studio B two like minds met and the die was cast to make music that defied being cast in die. Enlisting Liam Stewart, a touring member of Lonelady on percussion, Gary, Indiana (a rust belt steel town and the birthplace incidentally of the Jackson 5) may be in their embryonic stages, but if “Nike of Samothrace” and other uncompromising singles “Pashto” (see below) and “Berlin” are anything to go by, it’s going to be a bone shaking thrill ride.
And to prove their cerebral devotion to the musical cause, Valentine has picked a thought provoking tune. So without further ado, this is Valentine Caulfield’s “song for ewe”…
“We heard this on a release from a cassette label called ‘Death Is Not The End’, who specialise in really interesting old recordings.
There’s something very cinematic about this piece from the early 1930s, performed by Japanese geisha Kouta Katsutaro, like something out of a Maya Deren film. It‘s the kind of music you want to walk in the rain to.”
Kouta Katsutaro –
Shima no musume
THANKS TO VALENTINE AND TO FRANKIE DAVISON AT STEREO SANCTITY PR
Gary, Indiana are currently working on new music for release in 2021. In the meantime, here’s “Pashto”.