Announces UK & European Live Shows:
Manchester Deaf Institute – October 6
London Hoxton Bar & Kitchen – October 7
Album: Blood To Bone – October 2, 2015
Lolloping, menacing, fuzzy synth-pop Sunday Times
She has established herself as an artist who doesn’t bow down to pop-music trends Nylon Magazine
Written In The Water propels her music into new places, showing the listener shades of blues, jazz and even electronic music without missing a beat Noisey
Wigmore’s scratchy blasts sound like heaven here Stereogum
Gin Wigmore has announced details for a clutch of European tour dates, including two forthcoming UK headline shows at Manchester Deaf Institute on October 6 2015 and London Hoxton Bar & Kitchen on October 7 2015. The dates –on sale Friday August 21 from 09:00am BST– arrive close on the tail of Gin’s new album Blood To Bone, out through Island Records on October 2, 2015. The record follows the double-platinum 2013’s Gravel & Wine, which spawned hit singles including ‘Man Like That’, synced to a Skyfall-themed Heineken advertisement, in which Gin appeared alongside Daniel Craig’s James Bond. Gin announced the album alongside preview track ‘New Rush’ (written with Alt-J producer Charlie Andrew), with the lead single ‘Written In The Water’ due on September 11, 2015, following a radio first play from Radio 2’s Jo Whiley.
You sense Wigmore has come some distance since her accidental teenage entry into music, when her elder sister entered Gin’s self-penned song into the U.S.’s prestigious International Song-writing Competition (previous winners include Gotye & Passenger). The song- ‘Hallelujah’, written in response to the death of her father- went on the win the Grand Prize, in the process making Wigmore the only unsigned winner in the competition’s history. The coup proved to be no fluke when Wigmore’s debut EP Extended Play went platinum in NZ, with Ryan Adams’ band The Cardinals subsequently signing on for recording duties across her first album Holy Smoke.
Blood To Bone sees Wigmore turning the tables on the circumstances in which the double-platinum selling Gravel & Wine was written. The Auckland resident had decamped from her native New Zealand to America’s Deep South whilst writing Gravel & Wine, where a search for a better understanding of the Blues led to co-writes with Stax alumni William Bell, later borne out in the record’s classic-referencing sensibility. Wigmore’s latest release however, finds her now resident in Los Angeles (newly married to hardcore outfit LetLive. frontman Jason Butler), with an album recorded between London, Australia and downtown L.A. Whilst Blood To Bone bears the fruits of Wigmore’s song-writing this time refracted through American culture from the inside out, it was the leftfield odd-pop of 4 Leeds Uni students which lit the touch paper on her new record. Obsessed by the unorthodox approach to sounds across Alt J’s An Awesome Wave, Gin left the West Coast for London to acquire the services of the man behind that album’s production credits, Charlie Andrew.
Having originally envisaged Andrew as the new album’s producer, during sessions at Brixton’s Iguana Studios (where he recorded An Awesome Wave) his input soon evolved into a song-writing based collaboration. ‘The idea of us co-writing together was unexpected for us both’ recalls Gin, ‘Because Charlie is largely known for producing, we were both sort of in the deep end with each other’. The success of the partnership however, is evident in co-write ‘New Rush’, which fuses Wigmore’s unmistakeable gravelly vocals to semi-tonal synth fuzz and barrelling off-beat drums which reflect a love for the grand-scale drama of Woodkid’s album. ‘Charlie sort of opened a door for me to see I could do it myself- he played a huge role in terms of changing my headspace and showing me what is possible with electronic sounds. Charlie showed me about 808s, loops, pedals and samples- all this manipulation of sound that I had never know about before’.
October 6 – MANCHESTER Deaf Institute http://myticket.co.uk/artists/gin-wigmore
October 7 – LONDON Hoxton Bar & Kitchen http://myticket.co.uk/artists/gin-wigmore
October 9 – COLOGNE Luxor https://mct.tickets.de/en/events/6623-Gin_Wigmore
October 11 – BERLIN Frannz Club https://mct.tickets.de/en/events/6623-Gin_Wigmore
October 12 – HAMBURG Mojo https://mct.tickets.de/en/events/6623-Gin_Wigmore
October 14 – MUNICH Strom https://mct.tickets.de/en/events/6623-Gin_Wigmore