TED LEO AND THE PHARMACISTS Friday 29th June @Laverys Bunker

TED LEO AND THE PHARMACISTS( Touch and Go/Lookout! Records)

Friday 29th June 2007
doors 7pm/ first band on 7.30pm sharp

Laverys Bunker 12-16 Bradbury Place, BelfastTickets £8 from www.wegottickets.com now and from virgin,backbeat and the venue soon.
Note: This is an early show 7pm to just after 11 pm!!


Maybe the dilapidated garages and all-ages clubs of the East Coast post-hardcore scene of the late 80s is a fitting place to begin our story.That's where the chronicle of our era's ever-humble valedictorian, Ted Leo, really gets interesting, anyway. It was here in bands Citizen's Arrest and Animal Crackers (and later as the main song writer in Chisel) that Ted developed a sharpened political prowess, an assiduous commitment to his Gibson ES-335, an ear for melody, and charisma contagious enough to be considered chemical weaponry. A mod-punk savant in an age where punk (like practically everything intangible we've ever expressed interest in)has been replaced by product. With his latest, Living with the Living, Ted Leo delivers that existentialist ethos to a new crop of rude boys.

For their fifth full-length release (and first with Touch and Go Records),Ted Leo and the Pharmacists met up with Brendan Canty (Fugazi) at Long View Farms to iron out a new set of anthems that arrive with a confident and outspoken immediacy. With Living with the Living, Ted & Co.wipe clean the slate that once held names like Weller, Strummer and Bragg and indulge some of their farthest-reaching musical ambitions



Crayonsmith is the indie/alternative music of Ciaran Smith from Dublin. On his fifth birthday, he was given a plastic snare drum which he added to his makeshift drumkit of pots and plastic paint pots set up in the family shed. Then, when he was eight years old, he robbed his sister's Bontempi keyboard, and, together with a pre-historic tape recorder and a cassette of The Beach Boys' "Summer Dreams", began learning to play his favourite songs on keyboard and, later, guitar. Having played in various musical projects and bands from the age of twelve, in early 2004, Ciaran began playing his own songs live with the help of two friends under the name Crayonsmith.In December 2004, Crayonsmith released a split Christmas single with Windings (Outonalimbrecords) which was very well received.Ciaran spent 2005/6 recording his debut album in his bedroom and Slow Loris Studios and then took these recordings to Steve Fanagan (North Station) for touch up mixing and production. Released to great reviews in May 2006, "Stay Loose" is available nationwide on Musical Voodoo Records and worldwide from his Myspace page. "Stay Loose" was written with the help of some friends and whatever instruments he had close to hand(drum-machine, guitar, keyboards, bass, glockenspiel, tooth-brush etc.) It combines melody, beats, rhythms, harmonies, dueling vocals and foundsound/studio experimentation to produce an eclectic yet ultimatelycohesive album. Mark Linkous (Sparklehorse) heard the music and then asked Crayonsmith to open for Sparklehorse on their UK and Irish tour in October 2006. It has also seen the band tour with Juana Molina, Peter Bjorn and John and Viva Voce, and play with The Decemberists, Quasi, Islands, Robin Guthrie, Electric Six, Joy Zipper and Jim Noir as well as Irish bands The Coldspoon Conspiracy, Hooray For Humans, giveamanakick,Windings, Ten Past Seven, Waiting Room, The Chalets, Jape, Goodtime John and The Dudley Corporation. It has also been confirmed that the excellent Irish label,Out On A Limb Records, will be putting out the next Crayonsmith album in February 2008 for which work is well under way.



After the dissolution of the enormously popular Torgas Valley Reds, Barry Peak began playing solo shows, opening up at punk rock shows with a solo acoustic set which added a new, melancholic dimension to his sound. Joined frequently by Niall Harden on banjo, guitar and drums, the two played for around a year as a duo, with friends like Tanya Mellotte of Skibunny (formerly Barry's bandmate in Go Commando) helping out when they could. In 2007, while recording their album, the two were joined by some friends from Tracer AMC, and became Julip.