Artist : Juffage

Juffage is Jeff T. Smith, a solo sound artist and multi-instrumentalist from Leeds, via Chicago, Illinois. He is often seen in bars, art galleries, and basements with a band’s worth of instruments. A recording enthusiast at heart, he has spent time in some of Chicago’s finest studios including Engine Studios (w/ Brian Deck), and Electrical Audio (w/ Steve Albini). Live shows see him coming up with inventive new ways of bringing his multi-layered recordings to the stage, utilising live looping and multitasking of drums, vocals, basses, guitars, keys, omnichord, clarinet, melodica, and manipulated cassettes. Juffage performances have been compared to a synthesis of Lightning Bolt’s rhythmic ferocity, Radiohead’s lush pop sensibility, King Tubby’s manipulative production, and Andrew Bird’s ability to make a good loop. The result has been described as a “hyperactive and technically accomplished display”, “magical”, and “wildly exuberant yet deceptively delicate”. His new album, 'Semicircle’, takes his distinctive larger-than-life performance style to an even grander scale, adding even more instruments to the mix. But there’s careful orchestration at work under the surface: couched in a patchwork of sounds and cut-up samples is a plethora of pop sensibilities. ‘Small Fires’ casts layers of whirring keys and erratic, densely-packed drums as the oddball trappings that conceal Juffage’s earworm hooks, and ‘My Weakness’ layers, fuzzes, and distorts its way out of being a straight-forward pop song. ‘Semicircle' and ‘HHV’ combine fragments of layered vocal harmoies, analog synthesizers, and thick slabs of slow-moving melody. This debut is a perfect distillation of what Juffage is all about – both defiantly experimental and unashamedly pop-oriented, with neither feature seeming out of place or at war with the other. Recorded over a six year period in 22 different locations around the U.S.A. and U.K., ‘Semicircle’ is an ambitious record and a bold statement of the Juffage story so far. 'Semicircle' is released on 6th June via London label Function Records (Maybeshewill, Shield Your Eyes, Cats Cats and Cats, Nitkowski). Juffage will be on tour in UK throughout May. Details and tour dates are on the reverse. Tracklisting: 1) Semicircle 2) 120/240 3) Small Fires 4) Stop Making Music 5) Under Fanblades 6) My Weakness 7) HHV 8) Drone II Selected press quotes: "Crawling around amid a tangled mass of wires he leaps from one instrument to the next with the dexterity of a one-man Mogwai." – Loud & Quiet “Dreamy anti-folk with layers of distortion and feedback ... well and truly mind-blowing.” – Clash Magazine “Jeff T. Smith (a.k.a. Juffage) is changing the face of experimental music as we know it.” – Toledo City Paper "You don’t often find a solo artist as original as Chicago-born Juffage.” – Vibrations Magazine Semicircle Album Launch Tour Dates: OCT 4 – leeds @ oporto (w/ sweet williams, magnapinna) OCT 5 – glasgow @ 13th note (w/ esperi) OCT 6 – edinburgh @ whistlebinkes (w/ esperi) OCT 7 – aberdeen @ tunnels (w/ esperi) OCT 8 – dundee @ drouthy neebors (w/ esperi) OCT 9 – newcastle @ tyne bar (w/ invisible cities) OCT 10 – york @ basememt (w/ where’s hollywood?, section 9, aboy) OCT 12 – liverpool @ mello mello (w/ hope & social) OCT 13 – barrow-in-furness @ derby hotel OCT 14 – bolton @ dog and partridge (w/ invisible cities) OCT 15 – leeds @ brainwash festival – brudenell social club (w/ lite, kong, maybeshewill, etc.) OCT 16 – manchester @ carefully planned festival – gullivers OCT 17 – nottingham (TBC) OCT 18 – derby @ victoria (w/ tellison, little courage) OCT 19 – stoke @ the smithfield (w/ plank!, amateur assassins) OCT 20 – sheffield (TBC) OCT 21 – norwich @ karma kafe OCT 22 – ipswich @ kai bar OCT 23 – london @ buffalo bar OCT 24 – brighton @ the cowley OCT 25 – (the south UK) available —————————————————————————————————— OCT 26 – (lille / roubaix / tournai / tourcoing / kortrijk) available OCT 27 – paris, FR @ l’international OCT 28 – reims, FR @ au temps des cerises, nouvelle plateforme chapiteau OCT 29 – strasbourg, FR @ LE CEAAC (w/ balmorhea) OCT 30 – nancy, FR @ le caveau du grand sauvoy OCT 31 – (luxembourg / metz) available NOV 1 – gent, BE @ kinky star NOV 2 – (brussels / charlerois / mons / liege) available NOV 3 – antwerpen, BE @ bar nadar NOV 4 – maldegem, BE @ de walrus NOV 5 – breda, NL @ mezz NOV 6 – (amsterdam / urecht / groningen) available NOV 7 – hannover, DE @ sing sing NOV 8 – berlin, DE @ marie antionette NOV 9 – leipzig, DE @ noch besser leben NOV 10 – praha, CZ @ final NOV 11 – brno, CZ @ brno club (w/ shield your eyes) NOV 12 – wien, AT @ e.k. haus NOV 13 – (budapest / gyor / bratislava) available NOV 14 – (graz / ljubljana / udine) available NOV 15 – maribor, SI @ gustaf hall pekarna NOV 16 – (ljubljana / udine / north italy) available NOV 17 – riva del garda, IT @ lochness pub NOV 18 – firenze, IT @ exfila NOV 19 – faenza, IT @ clan destino NOV 20 – ferrara, IT @ zuni NOV 21 – itri, IT @ brigadisco’s cave NOV 22 – roma, IT @ dal verme NOV 23 – forlì, IT @ diagonal loft club NOV 24 – carpi, IT @ mattatoio culture club NOV 25 – pavia, IT @ spazio musica NOV 26 – montpellier, FR @ up and down NOV 27 – barcelona, ES @ kasal de roquetes NOV 28 – (valencia / girona / zaragoza) available NOV 29 – madrid, ES @ la faena NOV 30 – lisboa, PT @ lounge NOV 1 – don benito, ES @ rincón pío sound NOV 2 – san sebastián, ES @ sala mogambo DEC 3 – bordeaux, FR @ les lectures aléatoires DEC 4 – périgueux, FR @ some dudes living room DEC 5 – (limoges / nantes / renes / laval / paris) available DEC 6 – (nantes / renes / laval / paris) available

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