The Antiquated & The Arcane draws heavily from 3 Daft Monkeys experiences on the road and takes the listener on a rollercoaster journey via the frenetic, the serene and the surreal. Named in homage to the band's local "Antiquated and the Arcane Society" where weird and wacky characters meet to talk about unusual or strange occurrences in Cornwall throughout history, it is an anthology of stories both shared with, and experienced by, the Monkeys.
The Antiquated & The Arcane is the follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2008 album Social Vertigo'' and demonstrates a leap forward for the quirky folk trio in both musically and in terms of production. Beautifully produced by the band themselves and mixed by Richard Evans (Real World) the album was recorded in an authentic 'live' studio setting.
The Antiquated & The Arcane has an intensity mixed with a light, almost ironic edge which provides the album with moments of bitter-sweetness. Tracks like 'Civilised Debauchery' have a saucy, sexy carnival-esque quality, others like 'Love (sic) Fool' are thoughtful and heartfelt. In the words of the band, "It's a celebration of life and love. We hope it will leave people breathless, exhilarated and uplifted."
With a line-up consisting of Fiddle (Athene), 12 String Guitar (Tim) and Bass (Jamie), 3 Daft Monkeys weave world music influences around classic folk melodies, combining them with classic Pop sensibilities. The band deserve immense credit for their unique style and their DIY approach to the music industry which has seen them sell thousands of copies of each of their previous 3 albums without the backing of any record labels or widespread media attention.
This is your chance to see a the trio whose reputation as one of the best live acts on the circuit has been earned from almost non-stop touring, whether that be on 40 date tours across the length and breadth of the UK, or playing to over 20,000 people at festivals including Cropredy, which led to them receiving the rare honour of being invited back the following year.
3 Daft Monkeys - 'The Antiquated & The Arcane Tour 2010' dates are as follows:
Sat 23 October The Wharf, Tavistock
Sun 24 October The Vic, Swindon
Tue 26 October Borderline, London
Wed 27 October Jam, Brighton
Thu 28 October Mr. Kys, Poole
Fri 29 October Marr's Bar, Worcester
Sat 30 October The Met, Bury
Competition dates available:
Tue 02 November Cox's Yard, Stratford
Wed 03 November Slade Rooms, Wolves
Thu 04 November The Boileroom, Guildford
Fri 05 November Phoenix, Exeter
Sat 06 November The Bullingdon, Oxford
Sun 07 November Trades Club, Hebden Bridge
Tue 09 November Academy 3, Manchester
Wed 10 November Fibbers, York
Thu 11 November Guildhall, Gloucester
Fri 12 November Quarterhouse, Folkstone
Sat 13 November Thekla, Bristol
Sun 14 November The Old Bell, Derby
To enter the competition, and be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets to to see 3 Daft Monkeys at the gig of your choice in November, just answer the following question:
What is the name of 3 Daft Monkeys' new album?
The winner is Jane Barr.
Rules: The competition is open to all UK residents OVER 18, except employees of egigs.co.uk and companies involved in the competition. Closing date for receipt of entries is 9am, Friday 29th October 2010. The winner's name, will be announced on this webpage soon after. The winner will also be informed via email. The winning entries are selected at random from all correct entries. The prize is not redeemable for cash or resale. Please note the prize does not include travel or accommodation.