Cate Le Bon


Doors 7pm


Over 18 Only

Cate Le Bon hails from Carmarthenshire, rural West Wales and is currently a resident of Highland Park, Los Angeles, having relocated across the pacific, coinciding with the recording of her new album.

Towards the end of 2012, having completed extensive touring for her previous album, Cyrk, Cate returned to Wales to write the songs that would become Mug Museum. The album was informed by a period of taking stock after bereavement. ‘Following the death of my maternal Grandmother I felt a very palpable shift in the roles that we’d all become accustomed to within the female line of the family which, for the first time, had me mulling over the importance of my placement and purpose within this female chain’ says Le Bon. ‘The album’s theme emerged from and circulates around these maternal familial relationships and this period of calm, lengthy, intent consideration in turn drew other relationships into the Mug Museum.’

With Le Bon now relocated to California Mug Museum was recorded at the recently opened Seahorse Sound studios, Los Angeles. Produced by Noah Georgeson (who is perhaps best known for his work with Joanna Newsom and Devendra Banhart) and Josiah Steinbrick. Mug Museum is an album that lets in the sunlight and space and relocates the West Wales lilt in Le Bon’s voice to an equally apposite West Coast setting. In the studio Le Bon assembled a band of friends from both continents.
Accompanying Le Bon on the recording are the multi instrumentalists Sweet Baboo, H. Hawkline and Nick Murray from White Fence. ‘I flew H. Hawkline and Sweet Baboo over from Wales who I've had the pleasure of playing alongside for years’ she says ‘I saw White Fence play at the Troubadour last year and was mesmerised by the whole show but especially by Nick Murray’s drumming and asked him to play on the album immediately after the gig.’

As well as describing the personnel involved in Mug Museum, ‘Welsh – Californian’ is a phrase that captures the album’s sound: woozily melodic, dreamily confident and wrapped in a hazy psychedelic gauze. This is a record made with the type of clarity that follows a change in perspective and situation. There is a directness and openness across the ten tracks on Mug Museum that suggest everyone involved had discovered the same lightness of touch and sense of purpose.

‘I wrote the majority of the record in the home country but a few songs were finished out here in the run up to recording’ says Le Bon ‘I'm sure Los Angeles has bled into the recordings somehow but exactly how I do not know. There was a calm brutality to making decisions - It all happened very quickly and directly, as it should.’

Throughout Mug Museum Le Bon’s voice changes register to great dramatic and emotional effect; on ‘Duke’ and ‘Cuckoo Through The Walls’ these shifts occur during the course of the same song. Perhaps her voice is at its most startling on ‘I Wish I Knew’, a duet with Perfume Genius, one of the album’s most atmospheric tracks and one on which two distinctive personalities and voices combine to produce a performance of rare alchemy. ‘Last April I toured with Perfume Genius’ says Le Bon ‘I watched him play every single night and not once did my attention waive. I was over the moon when he agreed to come and sing on the album.’

From the bewitching circular riff of the album’s opener ‘I Can’t Help You’ to the closing title track that sees Le Bon accompanied by piano and the occasional burst of double-tacked clarinet, Mug Museum’s reflective song writing weaves around a richly detailed framework. Like all museums it is a contemplative space, a personal world that is open to everyone. ‘A place of weighted hauntings and considered reconciliation, where you resolve and tailor your purpose and significance within your relationships’ is how Le Bon describes it. As these ten songs attest, Mug Museum is also a unique and dreamlike edifice and one that has been created by an artist at the height of their powers.

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Venue Details

TUE 25 OCT 2016
Liquid Room, EdinburghDoors 6.30pm£15.00
THU 27 OCT 2016
Glass Animals
The Art School, Glasgow7.00 p.m.Sold Out
St Luke's, GlasgowDoors 6.30pm£15.00
FRI 28 OCT 2016
Let's Eat Grandma
Broadcast, GlasgowDoors 7.00pm£7.00
The Lumineers
Usher Hall, EdinburghDoors 7pmSOLD OUT
SAT 29 OCT 2016
Ezra Furman + The Boy Friends
Liquid Room, EdinburghDoors 7pmSold Out
SUN 30 OCT 2016
Arc Iris
Broadcast, GlasgowDoors 7pmcancelled
TUE 1 NOV 2016
Broadcast, GlasgowDoors 7.00pm£6.00
THU 3 NOV 2016
Frank Carter + The Rattlesnakes
Support: Dead! and Thee MVPs
The Bongo Club, EdinburghDoors 7pmSOLD OUT
FRI 4 NOV 2016
SWG3, GlasgowDoors 7.00pm£15.00
And Yet It Moves
The Mash House, EdinburghDoors 7pm£8.00
SAT 5 NOV 2016
Ded Rabbit
Broadcast, GlasgowDoors 7.00pm£5.00
Julia Jacklin
The Art School, GlasgowDoors 7.00pm£10.00
SUN 6 NOV 2016
Broadcast, GlasgowDoors 7.00pm£5.00
MON 7 NOV 2016
Broadcast, GlasgowDoors 7.00pm£7.50
WED 9 NOV 2016
Broadcast, GlasgowDoors 7.00pm£8.00
FRI 11 NOV 2016
Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats
Barrowland, GlasgowDoors 7.00pm£20.00
The Primitives
Broadcast, GlasgowDoors 7.00pm£13.00
SAT 12 NOV 2016
Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats
Barrowland, GlasgowDoors 7.00pm£20.00
The Low Anthem
Electric Circus, EdinburghDoors 7pm£15.00
SUN 13 NOV 2016
Catfish & The Bottlemen
SECC, GlasgowDoors 6.30pmSOLD OUT
Okkervil River
Stereo, GlasgowDoors 7.00pm£20.00
MON 14 NOV 2016
Black Mountain
Stereo, GlasgowDoors 7.00pm£15.00
TUE 15 NOV 2016
Ryley Walker
Broadcast, GlasgowDoors 7.00pm£10.00
FRI 18 NOV 2016
Steve Gunn
Broadcast, GlasgowDoors 7.00pm£10.00
FRI 25 NOV 2016
Broadcast, GlasgowDoors 7.00pm£7.00
SAT 26 NOV 2016
Scott Matthews *please note change of date*
Broadcast, GlasgowDoors 7.00pm£17.00
The Complete Stone Roses
Definitely Oasis, The Trend
Barrowland, GlasgowDoors 7.00pm£18.50
SUN 27 NOV 2016
Scott Matthews
*Recheduled from 2nd June*
Electric Circus, EdinburghDoors 7pm £17.00
St Luke's, GlasgowDoors 8.00pm£13.50
TUE 29 NOV 2016
Mystic Braves
Broadcast, GlasgowDoors 7.00pm£8.00