City Life - By Sarah Walters | Mon, 01 June, 2009...

Kloot close Un-Convention Festival

JOHNNY Bramwell, Peter Jobson and Andy Hargreaves must take great heart from seeing their old Manchester pals, Elbow, finally achieving bucket loads of gushing recognition 19 years in to their career.

Because Johnny, Peter and Andy, AKA I Am Kloot (pictured), have been conjuring similarly ambitious, reaching indie sermons for 10 years and (Guy Garvey included) no one can quite figure out why they aren’t currently shuffling for bum space on the same pedestal as their fellow Manc musicians.

Well, according to Garvey, Kloot’s new album could change that.

Recorded with the Elbow tag team of Guy (who also took production credits on their debut record Natural History) and guitarist Craig Potter, The Sky At Night has already been billed as ‘John’s best’.

Heart snatched

“Listening to the demos was like being jostled by gentlemen thieves,” said Guy of the songs. “I looked down and my heart was gone; and my ******* wallet!”

Play your cards right and you might get to have your heart snatched tomorrow when I Am Kloot close the Un-convention Festival alongside Sisters Of Transistors, Arch Nazards, The Tombots and Fangs at the bijou Blueprint Studios.

The festival runs from Thursday, June 4, to Saturday, June 6, with art exhibitions and muso chatter plus appearances from Magic Arm, Jake Flowers and hotly tipped newcomers Kasms.

Un-convention closing party, Saturday, June 6 at Blueprint Studios, 39 Queen Road, Salford, £7.50.