Pete Fij & Terry Bickers

Friday 5th September
Pete Fij & Terry Bickers
£7 / £9
(+ 10% booking fee)
Doors open 8pm
Seated show

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Former Creation Records label mates Pete Fij (Adorable / Polak) & Terry Bickers (House of Love / Levitation) have crawled out of musical hibernation to come together to declare that ‘quiet is the new loud’ and ‘down is the new up’.

Conjuring levels of intensity to match their more electrified combined musical pasts, their predominantly acoustic new album, Broken Heart Surgery,  celebrates the downbeat and melancholic with a wry humour and lyrical wit. Imagine Johnny Cash, Simon & Garfunkel & The Velvet Underground jamming together at four in the morning. Quietly, so not to wake the neighbours.

Terry Bickers’ guitar playing attests to why so many consider Terry Bickers to be the missing link between Johnny Marr and Bernard Butler in the canon of great indie guitarists whilst vocalist Pete Fij, described by the Independent on Sunday as “The most under-rated lyricist since Jarvis Cocker put pen to paper”, confirms his credentials as a singer/songwriter to be reckoned with.

Their new album ‘Broken Heart Surgery’ is shaping up to be one of the albums of 2014 and we’re delighted to bring them to the Trades Club.

‘A gently melancholic album that’s really rather lovely.’ The Guardian

‘A sparse, rather lovely album. Bickers’ playing is a masterclass, while Fij’s voice has the fragile, worldly wise tenor of Richard Hawley or Ian McCulloch’ Q Magazine

‘Gorgeous set of bruised mid-life ballads’ MOJO

‘One of the most captivating albums of this year,…an acoustic album that is darkly and poetically beautiful with shades of a late night Johnny Cash, Simon & Garfunkel & The Velvet Underground but with a very English take.’ Louderthanwar

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