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Les Cox Sportifs

Sat 25 July 2009 // 20:00

(Sat 25th / 8pm / £4)

Three guys fresh off the Hebridean folk circuit take time out of their hectic ceilidh schedule to play something a little more, how shall we say, American? Making the leap from the tabor to the more conventional drum kit is old Harrovian Christo Wallers, while Michael J Patterson swaps his viola for an electric guitar,bass and keyboard, and Pea Sea (who usually 'calls' and dances for a living) plays electric guitar and sings. In a sense they play 'modern' folk songs, taking tales from everyday life. Of course, punk has happened, so folk can never be the same again, a fact which this band have tried to understand and accommodate in their music.

‘Two Guitars, half a Drum kit and great great songs’ – Fakeindielabel
‘A refreshing blast of primitive indie-ism, these cocks will definitely give you a buzz!’ – Dazed And Confused

‘They’ve the wonderful knack of making quirky, sideways songs full of eccentric lyrics, shambling Guitar, biscuit tin Drums and a kind of irresistible homespun jerkiness that makes you just want to adopt them’ – Norman Records

‘A distinctive blast of crisply cool northern pop splatter’ – Alt.Vinyl
‘Les Cox and his canny sportifs, head and shoulders above your usual ‘Indie’ dandruff’ – City Life


with Support from Love.Stop.Repeat
Fence Collective affiliates Love.Stop.Repeat create a willowy, alt-folk sound, a beguiling mix of guitars, harmonium, accordion, ukulele and banjo. As the accordion and harmonium wheeze and a guitar is plaintively played you can't help but be caught up in West and Millar's trip. Having performed shows alongside King Creosote, James Yorkston and other Fence Collective regulars the duo hit the road this Spring in support of their current mini-album, including a return to Fence's annual Homegame Festival in April with KT Tunstall, Malcolm Middleton and more.

Their self-titled debut received national airplay, including BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music, and attracted the following comments:

"little short of a revelation" NME

"lovingly packaged and very nice it is too" Steve Lamacq (BBC Radio 2)
"this is really lovely" Guy Garvey (BBC 6Music / Elbow)

"a precious sugar web" Plan B magazine