Smoke Fairies

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Wednesday 22 November 2023 

Venue: Metronome Nottingham

Time: 7pm

Price: General admission - £15 + booking fee

After the success of their EP 'Sticks and Stones', Smoke Fairies come to Metronome this autumn ahead of the release of their forthcoming sixth studio album.

It has been over a decade since Smoke Fairies entered a recording studio to record their debut single ‘Living with Ghosts’. Since the release school friends Jessica Davies and Katherine Blamire have carved out an incredible body of work.

Having self-released several early singles, the band were first introduced to a worldwide audience with their 7” ‘Gastown/River Song’ released as a Third Man Records Blue Series, which Jack White produced and played drums on. The band has toured the world with the likes of White himself, Seasick Steve, The Dead Weather, Richard Hawley and Public Service Broadcasting after collaborating on the single ‘Valentina’.

Their debut album proper ‘Through Low Light and Trees’ received rave reviews, MOJO giving it four stars and describing the record as “heartfelt and sensual… poised and elegant”. The album went on to be named one of American Songwriter’s Top 50 albums of 2011. On the band’s follow-up release ‘Blood Speaks’ Pitchfork commented that Blamire and Davies “don’t trade vocal duties so much as appear to sing from the same body, their voices nearly indistinguishable, shifting between smoky moans and toe-curling trills,”. Their eponymously titled third album was released in 2014 of which For Folks Sake said “Smoke Fairies are attempting to creatively push themselves into and beyond the ether.” ‘Wild Winter’, the seasonal album, followed in 2015. Rough Trade’s record of the month. Clash noted it was less a Christmas record and more “mid-winter-noir”.

In February 2020 the band released what many commentators believe to be their greatest work to date. ‘Darkness Brings The Wonders Home’ was recorded in Seattle with producer Phil Ek. This album saw the band reach the top ten UK Indie Charts and bag a number one in the UK Rock Chart. Then with their single ‘Elevator’, a 7” picture-disc, they reached number one in both the UK Indie and Physical Singles Charts. The album went on to be described as a “masterpiece” by The Metro newspaper in London.

To celebrate their incredible body of work the band released a singles compilation last year and put on a one-off Singles Night live shows where they performed each of their 18 single releases to date back-to-back to a sell-out crowd.

2022 also saw the release of the “Sticks And Stones” EP. The first three tracks to be taken from their forthcoming 6th studio album, scheduled for release in Autumn 2023.

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