Lach's Antihoot music showcase returns to 2011 Edinburgh Festival

  • The List
  • 27 July 2011

This article is from 2011

Lach's Antihoot

Antifolk set and nightly showcase from Edinburgh-based New Yorker

Having brought his Antihoot night to the Edinburgh Fringe for the first time last year, New York’s antifolk originator Lach (it’s pronounced ‘latch’, which Scots might find counter-intuitive) has found himself a new home. The man whose seminal open mic night The Fort discovered artists like Beck, Regina Spektor, The Moldy Peaches and Hamell On Trial is in Edinburgh to stay.

‘The first time I came to Edinburgh I remember looking up at those big white houses on Ramsay Gardens,’ says the singer-songwriter, ‘and I got this strange sense of déjà-vu, like I hadn’t been here in real life, but I had in a dream.’ This isn’t, it seems, just a summer flirtation: Lach’s sixth album Ramshackle Heart, recorded in Cornwall with Neil Halstead of Slowdive and Mojave 3, was released last month through Edinburgh’s Song, By Toad label.

‘I met Matthew (Young, Song, By Toad founder) last Festival,’ laughs Lach. ‘I like his spirit and his abrasively discerning nature. It’s been like a Tolkien dream for me so far, who knows whether I’ll stay for six months or twenty years.’ He’s sleeping on Young’s floor while he looks for a flat.

This year will see Lach perform two Fringe shows in a marathon daily burst. The Waitress, the Walls and the Weirdos is his own set, named after the characters he’s used to playing for at the end of the night, while Antihoot will this year see him focus on local talent including Thomas Truax, The Last Battle and comedian Keira Murphy. ‘One of the Antihoot’s goals this year is to bring Edinburgh back to the festival, where it belongs,’ he declares. ‘Do you feel left out or like a misfit in August? Then come to the Antihoot, ‘cos you got a home.’

Lach’s Antihoot, Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, 4–29 Aug, 12.30am, £12 (£10)

Lach: The Waitress, the Walls and the Weirdos, Cabaret Voltaire, 220 6176, until 29 Aug, 8.45pm, £tbc.

Antihoot Open Stage

Anti-folk hero Lach hosts this open mic free-for-all featuring music, comedy, poetry, stories, magic and more.