Exclusive EP Premiere

Photography: Nata Moraru / @Nata_Moraru

Fresh from winning the 2016 edition of the Merseyrail Sound Station prize, ASTLES wasted no time in laying down tracks (of the non-railway variety) for his debut release.

Live At The Nordic was recorded in a single afternoon with Joy Division and New Order engineer Michael Johnson. The five cuts display the Southport artist’s depth as a songwriter while the location of the recording – the Scandinavian Church – perfectly frames his emotion-filled vocal delivery and reverb-rich guitar sound.

Astles said of the recording: “The idea behind Live at the Nordic was to create something which is honest and raw, completely about the songs and what stories they are trying to tell. I wanted this EP to be a introduction for people who have never heard my music before, or don’t know much about me.

“It gives me a platform to build upon, because it is so stripped back and live, anything else I do can only be bigger and more produced. I want to show an evolution in my music, show a growth and this is a great place to start. I wrote these songs over the ages of 16 to 18 , I think they tell a story and act as a soundtrack to that period of my life.

A lot of things have changed through this time in myself and in the world. I look forward to having my music public for the first in this way and I hope that people can appreciate it for what it is.”

The release of the EP signals the start of a busy few months for Astles (a feature artist in issue 75 of Bido Lito!) as he plays a launch show for the record as well as Threshold Festival. To celebrate the release of Live At The Nordic, Astles will be playing an intimate show at The Small Cinema on Thursday 30th March. Support on the night will come from Beach Skulls’ Ry Viera who is performing a rare solo set.

Tickets for the launch of Live At The Nordic at the Small Cinema on 30th March are available on We Got Tickets.

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