King Biscuit Time
King Biscuit Time's politically-charged anthem CIAM15 released last autumn heralded the start of a new chapter for ex-Beta Band front man Steve Mason. Embracing a myriad of musical styles and influences - dance hall, hip hop, psychedelia, electronica - it gave a taste of where Mason was headed in the new millennium.
Now, in post-Beta-world, things have got weird again and Mason is back with a new single Kwangchow, released on April 24th. Here, amidst the spacey prettiness and sublime grooves of Kwangchow Mason tells a plaintive tale of "melting metal hearts" in a never-ending quest for love.
Kwangchow is available on cd and 7" from April 24th on No Style, Mason's independent label in collaboration with Alan McGee. The sinlge features an additional track, Tears Dry – unavailable elsewhere – with the cd also featuring two mixes of Kwangchow, the Primal Scream-esque Doctors Of Love mix, all piano, bongos, riffs and shakers and the stripped down, hypnotic beats of the Suicide Dogz mix.
Following a one off appearance at Midem 2006, King Biscuit Time are ready to hit the road to coincide with the release of the forthcoming album Black Gold on May 15th. Black Gold sees Mason employ his trademark wide-screen, surround-sound sonics over ten masterful tracks to invent a world that will take the listener to the heart of the sun.
Catch King Biscuit Time Live:
Fri 12 Ireland, Galway, Roisin Dubh
Sat 13 Ireland, Limerick, Dolans
Sun 14 Ireland, Cork, Cypress Avenue
Mon 15 Ireland, Dublin, Whelans
Wed 17 UK, Edinburgh, Venue
Thu 18 UK, London, Scala
Fri 19 UK, Birmingham, Barfly
Sat 20 UK, Brighton, Hanbury Ballroom (Mojo Stage - Great Escape)
Mon 22 UK, Manchester, Academy 3
Tue 23 UK, Glasgow, Oran Mor
There's already an Oscars buzz surrounding this movie.