New Yorkers Scott Rudd and Jo Schornikow (The Shivers) both of whom have featured on Folk Radio UK are spending July 2012 touring the UK together, around the Fence Records Away Game Festival July 21-23. Jo, (an Australian native) and Scott (Australian/Canadian) met cutting their musical teeth in folk, diy and acoustic venues in New York.
Described by the Scotsman as ‘Effervescent’, Schornikow’s music consists of guitars strumming to the fibres of travelogues and anecdotes. It’s made with friends in churches and bedrooms in Melbourne and New York. It’s eclectic, a sum of parts and experiences. There are bits of soul, folk, rock, pop. It’s not cohesive necessarily – that’s not the point – but there’s a timeless quality to it, like the music she loves most.
Rewind to 2008, Schornikow moved to NYC to join The Shivers. The band continue to build their cult following, helped in 2011 by steady US & UK touring, an appearance on BBC Radio 1 and an MTV ‘O’ award nomination (only to lose to Marilyn Manson for not showing enough ass). Before ever having sang or written a ‘real’ song (her words) this Melbournian artist was a jazz pianist, performing solo for then PM John Howard and accompanying Hugh Jackman, James Morrison and Darryl Somers, amongst other things. Jo also contributed 3 songs and appeared in the 2009 Joe Swanberg/Noah Baumbach (Squid & The Whale/Royal Tenenbaums) film ‘Alexander The Last‘. But now Schornikow breaks through from the background to the foreground, evolving from her role as sideman with The Shivers (NYC), Kelli Scarr (Moby) & Jack Howard (Hunters & Collectors). She has worked quietly on her own songs and finished something, a record, that’s unlike anything she’s made before.
Scott Rudd is a lo-fi indie folk artist from Brooklyn, NY. He started playing shows in 2008 and recently toured Europe with his first release Lonely Life. He has played with Jeffrey Lewis, Mute Swimmer, The Shivers. His song ‘Bullshit Love’ was featured on Australian radio’s Triple J Unearthed as well as being included on the Stroke Your Beard compilation. Playing with my Heart was also featured on the Valentines’ Day release. Scott has recently been working on a series of lo-fi, 4-track cassette demos – delving into raw, unpolished and emotional material. His music has been placed somewhere between Elliott Smith & Daniel Johnston, there is a rawness and exposed fragility to his music that is mirrored in his photography work, a unique lens on the world . His performances are intense, sometimes withdrawn, but often punctuated with cathartic outbursts or offbeat stage banter.
30th June – Imploding Inevitable Festival – Fell Foot Wood – Ulverston, UK http://theiifestival.co.uk/
1st July – Old Cinema Launderette – Durham, UK
2nd July – Oporto – Leeds, UK
4th July – The Tudor – Wigan, UK
5th July – Riverside – Sheffield, UK
6th July – The Continental – Preston, UK
7th July – Puzzle Hall Inn – Sowerby Bridge, UK
8th July – Prince Albert – Brighton, UK
9th July – The Louisiana – Bristol, UK
10th July – The Workshop – London, UK
11th July – The Lamb Beer & Liquor – London, UK
13th July – The Yorkshire House – Lancaster, UK
14th July – Hey Baby Chief Panda – Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
18th July – The Captain’s Rest – Glasgow, UK
21st July – Fence Records Away Game Festival – Isle of Eigg, UK
27th July – Henry’s Cellar Bar – Edinburgh, UK
28th July – Cloudspotting Festival – Aspinall Arms – Lancashire, UK
29th July – Mello Mello – Liverpool, UK
For more information visit: www.joschornikow.com & www.scottruddmusic.com