Introducing Liverpool's hotly-tipped psych-folk darlings . Stealing Sheep.
What's in the water up on Merseyside? It's as if there's an endless source of almost psychedelic otherness running deep beneath the place. It's a source that's bubbled up as the rumblings grew from the Cavern Club and it's there washing up against the feet of Antony Gormley's Crosby Beach installation. It's there in the music of everyone from the La's to Ladytron; an off-kilter wonder that sets the place and its art apart from the rest of the country.
Stealing Sheep are very much a group channelling that source. You could hear it in their first recordings, released collectively as the Noah & The Paper Moon e.p. And its there flowing throughout their as-yet-untitled debut album proper which is due for release in a few months.
A collection of songs that don't so much defy genres as gleefully hand pick the most mellifluous elements of everything from voodoo folk, DIY pop, post punk and analogue electronica and stitch them together into a glorious harmonic whole.
Following their headline December tour which ended with a sold-out show at Bush Hall, STEALING SHEEP are taking to the road again next month, this time as special guests to their friends VILLAGERS, on the below UK dates:
Friday 8 February - SHEFFIELD - Leadmill (with Villagers)
Saturday 9 February - NEWCASTLE - Warehouse (with Villagers)
Sunday 10 February - GLASGOW - Stereo (with Villagers)
Tuesday 12 February - LEEDS - Wardrobe (with Villagers)
Wednesday 13 February - MANCHESTER - Gorilla (with Villagers)
Thursday 14 February - BIRMINGHAM - HMV Library (with Villagers)
Saturday 16 February - BRISTOL - Trinity (with Villagers)
Sunday 17 February - BRIGHTON - Old Market (with Villagers)
Monday 18 February - PORTSMOUTH - Wedgewood Rooms (with Villagers)
Wednesday 20 February - LONDON - Village Underground (with Villagers)
After these UK dates, Stealing Sheep will be heading off to the continent to join Alt-J on their European tour. Having bonded with the Mercury winners whilst touring last Autumn, Thom from Alt-J has delivered a brilliant remix of 'Shut
Free Download: Stealing Sheep - 'Shut Eye' (Thom Alt-J Remix)
The live album is set for released in November.
The movie begins filming in the UK.
Time to learn what Kathy Bates' character has to do with all of this.