The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger

True Endeavors Presents / WORT Welcomes:

The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger

(featuring Sean Lennon & Charlotte Kemp Muhl), Syd Arthur

Saturday, May 31st 2014

9:30 pm

$13 adv / $15 dos

$15 at the door

This event is 18 and over

The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger
The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger
On April 29th 2014, The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger (The GOASTT) released Midnight Sun, a guided tour of bold, shape-shifting sonic murals and evocative lyrical panoramas. Plucking musical ingredients from all over the map, the album has a highly imaginative and distinct feel. It celebrates the unusual and the grandiose but fundamentally just rocks hard and feels good.
Like the hero in the album’s melancholy “Don’t Look Back Orpheus” who takes a journey into a dreamlike underworld, the listener embarks on an auditory voyage of soaring whimsical keyboards and crunching space-age guitars that blends original melodies with kaleidoscopic freakouts. Midnight Sun injects a surreal landscape with colorful, classic hooks.
With an infectious sense of adventure akin to Beck and Flaming Lips, and several years of touring and recording under their belt, the GOASTT takes their creative and savvy approach to psychedelia to new extremes. The ambitious songs flow cleverly together with unexpected ease to tell a vivid and provocative story.
Familiar yet compelling, visceral and vital, Midnight Sun is at once a response to the bizarre world we’ve inherited and helped to create, and a refreshing escapist daydream that, if not hopeful, is keenly insightful. The GOASTT has given us a record that is poised to be a postmodern-psychedelic classic.
The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger has been busy since their debut. The band toured with The Flaming Lips and Tame Impala, performed at the Hollywood Bowl with Jean-Claude Vannier and released a Record Store Day vinyl EP entitled La Carotte Bleue. Muhl released an EP with her teenage folk duo Kemp & Eden, who also performed in the film Greetings From Tim Buckley. Lennon, meanwhile, released a record by his experimental duo Mystical Weapons with Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier, a film score to the indie comedy Alter Egos and produced the new album by Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band.
Syd Arthur
Syd Arthur
Hailed by MOJO as "Canterbury's dazzling new sons," Syd Arthur offer a strikingly fresh take on 21st century psychedelia, their exceptional approach born of prodigious musicianship, elemental songcraft, and an unabashed spirit of adventure. "ON AN ON," the UK-based band's Harvest Records debut, swings as much as it swirls, with songs like "Ode To The Summer" fusing expansive grooves with arcadian instrumentation, intricate time signatures, and lyrical, free-spirited melodies to conjure a potent and particular musical magic.

Comprising Liam Magill (lead vocals, guitar, flute, percussion, effects, and cover art), his brother Joel (bass, vocals, percussion, effects), Raven Bush (violin, piano, mandolin, percussion, vocals, effects), and Fred Rother (drums), the band first came together early in the new millennium, initially to perform at the outdoor gatherings presented by the brothers Magill in what Liam describes as "really interesting places" around their native Canterbury.

Dubbing themselves Syd Arthur – a name that conjures at minimum three of psychedelia's most magical monikers – the band looked for new ways to move forward, educating themselves to recording's vast possibilities by building their own Wicker Studios in 2009. Conveniently located on the edge of South East London, Wicker allowed Syd Arthur to assimilate the dark arts of production, engineering, and mixing, offering them innumerable new routes for their autonomous musical activity.

The Moving World EP, released through the band's own Dawn Chorus Recording Company, arrived in 2011, followed the next year by the full-length On An On. Like any great debut, the album manages to capture the very essence of a young band taking control of its developing powers. From the slicing strings on "Edge Of The Earth" to the truly epic album closer, "Paradise Lost," On An On sees Syd Arthur marrying off-kilter breakdowns with blissfully bucolic folk-pop hooks, the warm arrangements both colliding and coalescing with avant garde aggression.

On An On justly earned Syd Arthur reams of national attention, with critical acclaim and increasingly bigger gigs, including recent tours alongside White Denim and confirmed fan Paul Weller. Next on the docket is a concerted foray into America. Having devoted so much time to the insular development of their idiosyncratic psychedelia, Syd Arthur are keen to embark on their upcoming journey, certain the trip will fire their boundless ambition and imagination.

"It's such a buzz," Liam says. "This is the culmination of so much. We just can't wait to go out and start smashing it."

"Hopefully all these new experiences - seeing new places, meeting new people - that kind of stuff is going to influence our sound," says Bush. "We can't wait."
Venue Information:
High Noon Saloon
701A E. Washington Ave
Madison, WI, 53703