Lach at the Festival

Lach is back at the Edinburgh Festival this year, and with his return Song, by Toad Records is going to end up involved in some different stuff than the more straightforward manufacturing and release of records.

There are three main things going on over the course of the next wee while, all of which you might be interested in, and some of which you might be interested in taking part in.

1. New album Ramshackle Heart out now on Song, by Toad Records
2. Lach’s Antihoot returns to the Gilded Balloon.
3. Solo show The Waitress, the Walls & the Weirdos part of the Free Fringe at Cabaret Voltaire.

First, a quick bit of background.  As I mentioned when I posted Lach’s Toad Session, the term Antifolk is bandied about so much these days it’s become a sort of generic catch-all for acoustic pop music, but the actual term originates from Lach’s Antihoot – the open stage in New York which gave starts to the likes of Jeffrey Lewis, Kimya Dawson, Beck, The Moldy Peaches and all sorts of others.  But it has a very specific origin, and a that origin was Lach.

1. New album Ramshackle Heart out now on Song, by Toad Records This album was recorded in Cornwall with Neil Halstead of Slowdive and Mojave 3 fame, and is out on 12″ vinyl, with a download code, and can be bought in Avalanche Records in Edinburgh, as well as from our own webshop.  And just as a kindness, here is a free song from it to help you make up your mind:

Lach – Break The Day by Song, by Toad

2. Lach’s Antihoot returns to the Gilded Balloon. If anyone wants to play this year’s Antihoot, just get in touch via info@antifolk.net .  The first night is this Thursday 4th August at the Gilded Balloon, and the slots are filling up fast.

This year between Lach, myself and the audience at large we will be selecting finalists to invite back to the last weekend (25th-27th August) when we’ll hold an Antifolk-off, which will basically just be a bloody great party whereby we record everyone, and a dozen or so bands will be chosen to appear on the Best of the Antihoot, which we’ll be releasing on Song, by Toad Records.

3. Solo show: Lach, the Waitress, the Walls and the Weirdos. Named after the people to whom he used to find himself playing at the end of the night at the Antihoot in New York, this is going to be part stand-up comedy, part anecdote and part music. It’s part of the Free Fringe at Cabaret Voltaire, so is free to enter, although you’ll be encouraged to give a wee donation.

The first night (Wednesday 3rd August) is officially the launch night for the new album as well, so please come on down and help us celebrate.