Folowing first three singles ‘1,000 Opera Singers Working in Starbucks’, ‘Peculiar Form of Sleep’ and ‘Sin is Crouching At Your Door’, Wovoka Gentle have shared a new track taken from their debut. Another example of their limitless sonic horizons, and of their winning way with a song title, ‘Tell’em Makoto!’ starts with a hint of sea shanty, goes Pure Folk, then deploys a sample of gospel singer Mahalia Jackson to devastating effect.
Will from the band explains that the song was inspired by the book ‘Culture Care’ by Makoto Fujimura. He talks about Mahalia Jackson and how people like her exist on the periphery of influence; they exert influence on people who are actual influencers, and that’s the role of art in society. And Mahalia Jackson is a good allegory for him. She was next to Martin Luther King during a speech that was flagging and she shouted to him, ‘Tell them about the dream, Martin!’ And that’s how the ‘I Have A Dream’ speech started.”
The band are about to embark on a full European and UK tour this month in support of Malena Zavala. Wovoka Gentle will also play an Album Launch party at London’s Corsica Studios on the 5th June, and have been confirmed for Live at Leeds, The Great Escape and Dot to Dot Festivals.
Supporting Malena Zavala:
Sun 14 April – Maze – Berlin, Germany – TICKETS
Mon 15 April – Prinzenbar – Hamburg, Germany – TICKETS
Wed 17 April – Trefpunt Concertzaal – Gent, Belgium – TICKETS
Thur 18 April – L’Olympic Cafe’ – Paris, France – TICKETS
Tue 23 April – The Louisiana – Bristol, UK – TICKETS
Wed 24 April – The Moth Club – London, UK – TICKETS
Thu 25 April – The Blue Moon – Cambridge, UK – TICKETS
Fri 26 April – Sound Basement – Liverpool, UK – TICKETS
Sat 27 April – YES – Manchester, UK – TICKETS
Wed 01 May – The Boileroom – Guildford, UK – TICKETS
Thu 02 May – The Blue Arrow – Glasgow, UK – TICKETS
Sat 04 May – Live at Leeds Festival – Leeds, UK
Fri 10 May – The Great Escape Festival – Brighton, UK
Fri 24-Sun 26 May – Dot to Dot Festival – Manchester and Bristol, UK
Album Launch party:
Wed 05 June – Corsica Studios – London, UK – TICKETS
Wovoka Gentle are an experimental three-piece from London, comprised of William J Stokes and twins Imogen and Ellie Mason. Taking its root in folk and Americana songwriting, the Wovoka sound draws upon the psychedelic soundscapes of the late 60s as well as contemporary experimental, pop and collage music; marrying classic instrumentation with sampling, analogue synthesis and sound manipulation.
PRE-ORDER DEBUT ALBUM ‘START CLANGING CYMBALS’ HERE