D/B Recommended: Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat + RM Hubbert @ HBC. Berlin | Monday, 31.10.2011

Their recent album on Glasgow’s Chemikal Underground records “Everythings Getting Older” represents a career high for the former Arab Strap front man and pianist Bill Wells.

[audio:Aidan Moffat & Bill Wells – 02 – Lets Stop Here.mp3]Bill Wells has also collaborated with Future Pilot AKA, Maher Shalal Hash Baz, The Pastels, and most recently Stefan Schneider aka Mapstation with their album “Pianotapes” on Karaoke Kalk.

Fellow Scot RM “Hubby” Hubbert was guitarist in the now defunkt El Hombre Trajeado and recently supported Mogwai on European tour, while his solo album “First & Last” marks a triumph in post-flamenco classical guitar.

A collaboration eight years in the making, Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat’s paths first crossed in 2003 when Arab Strap invited Bill to contribute some music to their new album, Monday At The Hug & Pint. It was then that Aidan and Bill (a respected bassist, pianist and experimental jazz composer) resolved to make an album together, with the first recordings taking place shortly after the Hug & Pint sessions. Wheels turn slowly in the world of music collaborations though, and it’s been an elongated creative process bringing an album’s worth of material together.

Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat | The Copper Top

It’s been worth the wait though, with the end product, an album entitled ‘Everything’s Getting Older’ (due out on May 9th), ranking alongside some of the best work Aidan has ever done. Thoughtful and reflective, with Bill’s poignant scores underpinning Aidan’s increasingly peerless lyric writing, ‘Everything’s Getting Older’ looks set to be one of the albums of the year.

Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat | (If You) Keep Me In Your Heart

A hugely gifted guitarist, Hubby’s work incorporates elements of flamenco, folk, samba and taiko and is inspired by events in his life that have, at times, been heartbreakingly difficult.

Not so fast with the doom and gloom though because there are also amazingly evocative pieces dealing with adolescence, love and even his dog Mr Bone. The strength of Hubby’s playing lies in his ability to evoke emotions in a way that many of his peers in bands with vocals can’t even come close to.

Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat LIVE
Support RM Hubbert

Monday, 31st Ocotber 2011 | 20:00 CET
.HBC | Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 9 | 10178 Berlin/Mitte

www.chemikal.co.uk | hbc-berlin.de