Roman Candle Presents The Sadies
Roman Candle is thrilled to welcome The Sadies back to St Mary's Creative Space, Chester. Special guests The Hanging Stars and Toria Wooff.
Thursday 19th October, doors 7.30PM. Tickets £18 advance from Grey N Pink records or See Tickets.
Without doubt or qualification, The Sadies are one of this continent’s greatest extant rock ’n’ roll bands — just as they have been for the last quarter-century. Versatile and imaginative, they skip from astral psychedelia to shuffling bucolics and leap from puckish pop to righteous garage-rock without losing momentum or mastery. Their albums deliver masterclasses on pointed songwriting, lockstep harmonies, and a devil-may-care attitude to expectations and past successes. With their new album – Colder Streams – out now, check out what Shindig Magazine calls “a stone-cold masterpiece”.
I was utterly thrilled the Sadies asked me to produce this record which mostly meant I just hung around listening to the greatest live band in the country playing their asses off, and then occasionally I’d get off the couch and sing backing vocals. That said, this is The Sadies’ finest album, the one I always hoped they’d make one day and I’m stoked to have been there helping them do it. What an incredible band.
Richard Reed Parry
Producer of Colder Streams, Musician
With their preternatural musicianship and vocal harmonies, The Sadies can blow pretty much any band off the stage—anyone who’s ever seen them live knows that. But what is sometimes overlooked is their superlative songwriting. With Colder Streams they’ve delivered one of their most memorable albums yet: 11 distinctively original new songs imbued with melody, mystery and that indefinable Sadies magic. I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: most bands only get worse with age—much, much worse—the Sadies continue to confound us by getting better and better.
Ugly Things magazine
The Sadies don't just hit the heights because they are very tall. They touch the sky with their incredible songwriting, musicianship and exceeding charm as well. "Colder Streams" brings listeners to the warmest waters we've yet encountered from these Canadian stalwarts. There is a familiarity that breeds anything but contempt. There is a sweeping majesty to the songs on "Colder Streams". From the opening explosion of "Stop and Start" onward, it's obvious that something very special is happening here. Songs such as "More Alone" and "All The Good" offer melancholy yet simultaneously provide elation with their beautiful panoramic soundscapes. The searing "No One's Listening" features some of The Sadies most fiery six string squeals to date. "Better Yet" somehow matches the ferocity of Love's "Seven and Seven Is" yet offers a brand new equation. "Ginger Moon" brightly illuminates the band's passion for sixties garage rock.
It's fitting that an album so boldly cinematic in nature should close with "End Credits". And like a classic film, everytime you encounter "Colder Streams" you will discover something you missed previously. There is so much beauty to take in here it can be overwhelming. Get in the water now!
THE HANGING STARS
Cosmic Americana from London town mixing desert haze with grey rain.
Awash in a haze of burnt orange and golden browns, Toria Wooff’s world is a colourful palette of opposing plains. A painter, poet, songwriter and storyteller, her songs are steeped in gothic romanticism, pagan and Germanic tradition, enchanted by an alchemy of ‘70s sound and vision where she magically blends the raw power of Led Zeppelin with Alice Cooper’s raven hues to forge her own spellbinding folk-rock concoction.
In an age when punk politics’ grey skies can overwhelm, Toria Wooff’s own darkness offers unexpected solace and leaves an equally poignant mark. Fuelled by the thunder of individual spirit and a beating wild heart, her debut EP Badlands shone a light through sorrow’s cracks whilst extending a withered autumnal branch between stormy skies and solstice aligning her with Mother Nature’s tour de force. “I’m proud to be a young woman who sings and writes songs, and don’t apologise for being drawn to the gloomier things in life,” she says.
With the sonic rabbit hole well and truly open, Toria encountered Joan Baez, Crosby Stills and Nash, Pink Floyd, and Townes Van Zandt. Her roots entwined to the windswept valleys of Lancashire, the rural setting provided a fitting backdrop to the music as she began to sense a connection with the Celtic and Gaelic folklore of her mother’s Scottish heritage. Making past times strangely present with pagan-like spirituality, Toria’s melancholic bite lies between the pages of gothic literature and historical texts.