Waiting for a Sign marks the return of Githead after a five-year break from recording and is set for release on December 8th via swim~ to coincide with the band’s performance at this year’s
DRILL Festival in Brighton.
Although Colin Newman, Malka Spigel, Max Franken, and Robin Rimbaud have been pursuing their own successful creative ventures during their extended sabbatical, the lure of unfinished Git-business has eventually proven too hard to resist. Fans will recognize many of the classic Githead tropes here: present and correct are the hypnotic, motorik repetition, the weighty bass lines, and the dreamy melodicism that have come to define the band’s aesthetic.
Githead are Colin Newman (Wire), Malka Spigel and Max Franken (Minimal Compact), and Robin Rimbaud (Scanner). But who they are is far less important than what they are: a band, rather than just a collaboration between individuals, each with their own highly regarded creative resume.
They formed in 2004, for what was initially intended as a one-off performance at the Swim record label’s ICA-hosted 10th anniversary event. Over the course of preparations for the gig, though, it quickly became obvious to all involved that there was a natural and rare chemistry between them, one that held the potential for significant organic development.
“There were no songs. Nothing,” says Spigel. “We didn’t talk about it at all, we just stood in a room and played.” Newman adds: “How the material turned out is at least in part because there was no plan as regards the actual music. The time in the studio was simply the frame; there was no discussion at all as to what kind of thing we’d be playing.”
They couldn’t have chosen a more stimulating setting for the first round of recording sessions: the legendary Rockfield Studios near Monmouth on the Welsh-English border, an establishment with a deep rock tradition, having hosted everyone from Freddie Mercury to Lemmy. The presence of these past visitors lingers, and there’s also a special energy to the place and its equipment – machines such as the studio’s vintage echo chamber housing their own creative spirits, with which Githead communed, coaxing out unusual and arresting sounds.
Githead will perform tracks from Waiting for A Sign for the first time at DRILL : BRIGHTON – Wire’s festival already in its 3rd and most ambition incarnation. The Festival takes places in venues across the city between December 4th – 7th 2014. For more information visit: For more information visit: http://drillfestival.com/
Waiting for a Sign track list:
1. Not Coming Down
2. Bringing the Sea to the City
3. To Somewhere
4. For The Place We’re In
5. Air Dancing
6. Slow Creatures
8. What If?
9. Waiting for a Sign
* Headgit (Nov 2004)
* Profile (June 2005)
* Art Pop (May 2007)
* Landing (November 2009)