Acclaimed band back home for Emin gig
THIS weekend marks the homecoming of two Thanet artists as Margate band Two Wounded Birds celebrate Tracey Emin's Turner Contemporary exhibition launch with a concert at the gallery.
It is a rare homecoming concert for the quartet, who have enjoyed rave reviews for their live shows.
Early releases have attracted acclaim from Beach Boy Brian Wilson and Blondie's Deborah Harry.
Tracey personally requested the band to play at the premiere of her new show, She Lay Down Deep Beneath The Sea, although the band's singer-songwriter Johnny Danger is yet to meet the artist herself.
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He said: "We played at The Lighthouse Bar for the launch of Turner Contemporary a year ago and it's great to be playing at the gallery this time round.
"It's great to be back home and we're really looking forward to the show. I'm looking forward to meeting her as I respect what she's achieved."
Johnny is a former Hartsdown Technology College pupil and filmed the video for the band's debut single there in a nod to his schooldays. The band shot a video last year on Margate seafront and around the Old Town.
Two Wounded Birds feature the Thanet trio of Johnny Danger, bassist Ally Blackgrove and drummer James Shand alongside guitarist Joe Stevens from Wolverhampton.
Their self-titled debut album is released next month through the Holiday Records label.
The imprint is owned by Jacob Graham of New York group The Drums and the Brooklyn band have been friends and fans of the band from their early days.
Johnny recently played guitar with The Drums on tour and returned this week from a string of dates in Japan.
The jetlagged songwriter said: "Although I love getting the perfect take in the studio, I love playing live. When you hit that sweet spot on stage, it gives you a buzz that's hard to beat."
Two Wounded Birds play the Foyle Rooms at Turner Contemporary in Margate tomorrow (Saturday) at 7pm. Tickets costs £5 (£4 concessions).
For a review of the concert, see next week's Isle of Thanet Gazette.