Kiran Leonard

& the Tresspass On Foot Group

Sunday 20 March 7:00pm
£10

21-22 The Centre, Margate CT9 1JG

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The “TRESPASS ON FOOT GROUP” was convened to support Kiran Leonard’s new record of the same name, a record in two 59-minute parts released on double cassette/double CD in October 2021. The first half of Trespass on Foot was recorded alone in six days, consisting of five long pieces for voice, electric guitars, and radio and feedback collages; the second half, with shorter, acoustic songs, was recorded over three years across different houses, with friends contributing strings, woodwind and voices. Inspired by Jonas Mekas’ ‘epic home movies’, the complete record takes the ‘domestic’ as its primary subject matter, and everything that very nebulous word contains: interiority, frontiers, safety, desire for escape, joy, sadness, stasis, changes.

This new five-piece is an attempt at finding a midpoint between the noisy electricity and quiet sparseness of discs one and two. The knotty and dense pieces performed by this group – new arrangements of songs from Trespass on Foot and from earlier records – are (as Kiran tells himself) “a bit more like chamber music, actually”. The unique instrumentation of the line-up allows for a broad dynamic range, ranging from quiet, reverberant chord clusters to fractious polyrhythms. First premiered at last year’s End of the Road Festival, Trespass on Foot Group features members of Caroline, Shovel Dance Collective, Dear Laika and Historically Fucked.

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“One of the UK’s most underrated singer-songwriters” – The Guardian

“I tried to find something wrong with it to avoid sounding crazy and hyperbolic in my praise—because how could anything sound this powerful—but I came up empty” – Paste

“Typically dense/intense double album from the Saddleworth subversive: one disc of solo guitar and electronics, the other with a chamber group” – Uncut

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