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Dm Stith

Thu 8 April 2010 // 20:00

Support from Joe Volk and I Know I Have No Collar

(Thu 8th April / 8pm / £6 advance, £7 on the door)

The Cube is pleased to announce a rare UK appearance from Asthmatic Kitty’s latest export DM Stith.

Having been raised in a musical family in Buffalo, New York, David Stith grew up with sounds all around him, often slouched in the kitchen interpreting his family’s melodies into line drawings and poetry. Though a gifted musician from an early age, he remained silent for a long time, instead choosing to express himself through poetry and the visual arts—excelling in many modes of artistic expression.

He’s wandered from Buffalo to Rochester to Brooklyn, where he became friends with Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond. David began helping her record her album Bring Me The Workhorse. By spending more and more time recording, David began to rekindle his passion for his first familial love: music. Something within him caught alight, and he began spending countless days stored away in his bedroom, sketching folk songs with epic electronic gestures, grappling with his inner demons, trying to capture his observations of the world with his music. His sustained period of silence, of gestation, of contemplation, was finally over.

He continued cultivating his musical compositions privately—until one day Shara introduced David to his doppelganger, Sufjan Stevens, co-operator of Asthmatic Kitty Records. After hearing only two of his songs, Asthmatic Kitty coaxed David to record an album of his own for release. The resulting album Heavy Ghost began to gain impressive reviews throughout the whole of last year, his haunting voice has been described by Mojo Magazine as sounding like “the singing python, Kaa in the 1967 Disney adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s the Jungle Book”.