Sounds, hopes and dreams with God Is an Astronaut and JoyCut

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 18:00

With the reopening of our Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell room earlier this year, Robert Smith’s Meltdown is set to be the biggest edition of the long-running festival in some years. With more stages to perform on comes more incredible acts and so as the opening gigs loom into view, we’ve been getting to know some of the bands on the bill and what makes them tick.

Here, telling us what they’re listening to, what they’re looking forward to about Meltdown, and, who would be the first act they’d add to the bill if they were to curate the festival, are JoyCut and God Is An Astronaut’s Torsten Kinsella.

God Is An Astronaut

God Is An Astronaut are an emotive instrumental rock trio from County Wicklow, Ireland. Formed 16 years ago they consist of Niels Kinsella (bass), Lloyd Hanney (drums) and Torsten Kinsella (guitar, piano and synths) - the latter of which tells us about the personal inspiration he’d include on his own Meltdown bill.

What music are you listening to at the moment?

I’m listening to Singularity by Jon Hopkins, Holding Hands with Jamie by Girl Band and Nine inch Nails’ God Break Down the Door.

What are you looking forward to most about playing at Meltdown?

Firstly, to be asked to be a part of Robert Smith’s Meltdown festival is such a huge honour. We are really looking forward to giving the audience the most heartfelt performance we possibly can.

If you were the curator of Meltdown, who is the first act you'd add on to your bill, and why?

I would add a Whipping Boy reunion show and Girl Band. Whipping Boy are a big inspiration for me, their albums Heartworm and Submarine still stand the test of time. Girl Band are exciting and extremely intense, great live band.

God Is An Astronaut played Queen Elizabeth Hall on Monday 18 June as part of Meltdown, with support from Korean post-rock band, Jambinai

JoyCut

JoyCut are a Bologna-based band that design atmospheric layers of sound with a dark edge, a massive beat, and a twitching melancholy and inventiveness that makes them hypnotic in their power and imagination. The three-piece create their sound from a mass of electronics, orchestral breathings, tribal drumming and industrial percussion.

What music are you listening to at the moment?

Fractal sounds - suffering from tinnitus.

What are you looking forward to most about playing at Meltdown?

A pure moment we’ve been waiting for_
Without any defence, totally unprotected_
I hope we can inspire others to live and love_
The same way Robert has inspired us_ 

If you were the curator of Meltdown, who is the first act you'd add on to your bill, and why?

MOJA, from Tokyo_
Literally in love with these two insane and talented musicians_
Oh Masumi! She is a superb drummer and Haru is an unmissable creative and genius bass player_

JoyCut played Robert Smith’s Meltdown in Purcell Room on Friday 15 June, with support from Indian Queens

Meltdown festival is just one aspect of our live contemporary music programme here at Southbank Centre. We have gigs, performances and late night DJ sets throughout the year.

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