Caribou, Four Tet, James Holden, Nathan Fake and Rocketnumbernine tour UK
Electronic/rock/dance quadruple header tours UK
Sonic and mathematical sage Dan Snaith is busy browsing a Slow Food market in Italy. ‘It’s great – I’m in Torino!’ he beams, while The List languishes in the Central Belt rain. ‘We had an awesome gig last night. Now we’re eating bourgeois commodities.’
Snaith – aka electronic diviner Caribou, formerly known as Manitoba – is a London-based Canadian dancefloor fetishist with a Polaris Prize (Canada’s Mercury, for 2008’s Andorra) under his belt, and a sideline in academia. (Unfortunately, space restrictions mean we cannot summarise his PhD thesis, Overconvergent Siegel Modular Symbols).
His ecstatic recent album, Swim, meanwhile, has just been revived with a raft of remixes from the likes of Fuck Buttons, Gold Panda and Ikonika.
Snaith is heading to Glasgow with an electronic cavalcade that includes his aural and earthly neighbour, Kieran Hebden, aka Four Tet (‘we live round the corner from each other’), James Holden and Nathan Fake. ‘I’m so excited about this tour!’ he enthuses. ‘It feels like something really special.’
Although Snaith records at home alone, Caribou live is a full-on four-piece band. ‘The thing that I’m most adamant about is having a live show that’s genuine, spontaneous and interactive,’ he insists.
Indeed, The List recalls a Manitoba show in 2003, wherein Snaith and co thrilled the Tron Theatre’s Victoria Bar, bedecked in animal heads. ‘Was that for the Triptych festival? That was one of the first gigs we ever did – it was fucking madness!’ he laughs. ‘Unfortunately, our faces melted. So we’ve abandoned the masks’.
O2 ABC, Glasgow, Sun 21 Nov