Tindersticks were one of the most original and distinctive British acts of the '90s, standing apart from both the British indie scene and the rash of Brit-pop guitar combos that dominated the U.K. charts. Now they are back and better than ever! Be aware that the support band starts exactly at 19.45, and Tindrsticks at 20.30.
Tindersticks are an alternative band from Nottingham, England. Their sound is characterized by a synthesis of orchestral backing, lounge jazz, and soul; the lush orchestrations of multi-instrumentalist Dickon Hinchliffe and the smoky baritone of lead vocalist Stuart A. Staples are the band’s hallmarks. Tindersticks have employed electric guitars, as most rock bands have done, but augment their instrumentation with a wide array of instruments: Rhodes piano, glockenspiel, vibraphone, violin, trumpet, trombone, clarinet, bassoon, Hammond organ, and many more are prominently utilized in the music of Tindersticks.
The band has a cult following in the United Kingdom and continental Europe, although the eclectic and unique sound Tindersticks possesses never made significant inroads in the mainstream.
* Stuart Ashton Staples, born 14 November 1965 - Lead voice, guitar, melodica
* Dickon James Hinchliffe, born 9 July 1967 - violin, guitar, voice, piano, string and brass arrangements
* Neil Timothy Fraser, - born 22 November 1962 - lead guitar, vibraphone
* David Leonard Boulter, born 27 February 1965 - keyboards, percussion
* Alasdair Robert De Villeneuve Macaulay, born 2 August 1965 - drums, percussion, trumpet
* Mark Andrew Colwill, born 12 May 1960 - bass guitar
The band formed in late 1991, Staples, Boulter, Frazer, Macauley and Hinchcliffe having previously been members of Asphalt Ribbons. The final band line-up for the “old horse” mini-LP (1991) was: Stuart Staples (vocals) Dave Boulter (organ & accordion) Neil Fraser (guitar) Dickon Hinchliffe (Guitar & strings) Al Macauley (percussion & drums) John Thompson (bass).
Thomas Belhom is a french musician, born in 1969, who played drums from 1991 to 1995 in a hardcore band from Paris called The Witches Valley and in the Musical Theater's group "Generation Chaos", directed by an ex situationnist and Lettrist : Marc'O.
He also learnt "modern percussions" with Jean-charles François, a french percussionnist and composer who teached at the Universitie of San Diego-usa the "John Cage heritage".
In 1996, Thomas Belhom moved to USA where he formed the AmorBelhomduo in Tucson-Arizona with the guitarist Naïm Amor. He also played percussions in Calexico (from Tucson) in the period of the "Black Light" album.
In 1999, AmorBelhomduo & Calexico made an album together under the name of the band : ABBC (Amor Belhom Burns Convertino).
From 2000, Thomas Belhom made solo albums, half instrumental / half songs, exploring others instruments than the drums : vibraphone, accordion, piano,
2000, a very first cd : "mobile home passport". In 2003, he met the musician David Grubbs from Gastr' Del Sol and went on
tour with him and the guitarist Noël Ackchoté. Thomas Belhom participated in "A guess at the riddle", an album by David Grubbs. The same year, Grubbs played guitars on the second album of Thomas Belhom : "Remedios".
In 2004, Belhom moved back to Europe, and Stuart Staples from the Tindersticks, invited him to work on the soundtrack for the movie "L'intrus" by Claire Denis. He went on to play drums on Staples' 2 solo albums and in 2006, he became a member of the tindersticks team playing on the new album, "The Hungry Saw", and touring with the band as well as recording on the next two soundtracks for Claire Denis, "36 Rhums" and "White Material".
In 2007, "No Border", the third album of Thomas Belhom featured members of Calexico, Tindersticks and Lambchop.
In 2008, Thomas Belhom recorded a percussion album,"Cheval Oblique", released by Apparent Extend Records (the label of Volker Zander from Calexico).
In 2010, he collaborated on the music of "Persecution", a movie by french film-maker Patrice Cherreau and "Soul Red", a japanese movie by Osamu Minorikawa.
"Rocéphine" will be Belhom's third solo album with the french label "Ici D'ailleurs", and will be released in May 2012.
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