The Dirty Canon is the Figs’ first full length album. Produced in Hamburg by Jem Finer and DM Bob, and finished in London with Brian O’Shaughnessy, The Dirty Canon has big booming piledrivers, lost soul singalongs, flophouse ballads, epic screeching skronking songs, monkey grunts, thunder and lightning.
"The Figs roll. The Figs rock. The Figs take it to the bridge, over the bridge, across the ridge on the other side of the bridge, and onto that ledge on the horizon. You will believe a guitar strumming, sweet talkin’, tub thumping three piece can fly. I wanna be in the Figs." Sean O’Hagan
Original press-kit stuff for The Dirty Canon is on this page.
Memories are made of this.
Not So Very Long Ago:
The Figs supported the Pogues on their
Xmas 2009 UK tour:
Wed 09 Dec: Newcastle Academy
Thu 10 Dec: Glasgow Academy
Sat 12 Dec: Sheffield Academy
Sun 13 Dec: Manchester Apollo
Mon 14 Dec: Leeds Academy
Wed 16 Dec: Birmingham Academy
Fri 18 & Sat 19 Dec: Brixton Academy
The JUMBO LAUNCH PARTY:
Tue 6 Oct. 2009. Doors @ 8, Band @ 10. The Iambic, 40 Pitfield St., London N1. With guests Andrew Ranken, John Edwards and Jem Finer. Admission Free. Flyer is here.
Two U.S. East Coast dates:
15 Mar 09. The Parkside Lounge, New York. 317 E. Houston (btw. Aves. B & C)
16 Mar 09. The 9:30 Club, Washington DC. Supporting the Pogues.
11 Dec 08. The Black Gardenia,
London. 3 Sets, and the debut of Jumbo.
13 Dec 08. The George Tavern,
London. Shore Leave. Great fun. Flyer is here.
The Figs’ first U.S. Shows, mid-March ’08:
18 Mar 08. Parkside Lounge, New York. Nice joint. Two Sets. A grand time.
2 Shows supporting the Pogues:
13 Mar 08. Electric Factory, Philadelphia.
15 Mar 08. Roseland, New York.
29 Feb 08. White Trash, Berlin. DJs Silke Thoss & Vicious Vroni. The flyer is here.
Viva Cake, Saturday the 26th of May 2007, at the St. Aloysius Social Club, London. Bake off, rollergirls, dance lessons, the works.
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The Figs played The Black Gardenia on Saturday the 19th of May 2007. 93 Dean Street, London. Thanks to Denna and Zimon. Jolly nice place.
White Trash, Berlin, Saturday the 2nd of June 2007. €5 on the door. Figs played all night. It was a gas.
Stranger Than Paradise, Sun 4 September 2005. Drinking, dancing and carousing. Magic tricks too. Click to enlarge.
Barden’s Boudoir, Sat 11 June 2005
38-44 Stoke Newington Road, London
With Little Wet Horse. 10pm / £5.
Clärchen’s Ballhaus, Auguststr. 24,
Berlin Mitte. 10 April 2005. Doors @ 9. Clärchen’s Ballhaus is a splendid, big, boxy, old local ballroom in Mitte.
On the 18th of June 2004 Marseille Figs provided musical accompaniment to Marcia Farquhar’s To the Power of Ten performance in the Camberwell Leisure Center swimming pool in London. There’s more of this on Page 2.
Marseille Figs have played in front rooms, back rooms, ballrooms, speakeasies and saloons, as well as museums, swimming pools, town halls, theatres, barn dances, holiday camps, working man’s clubs and public parks.
Their arrangements include guitars, vocals, accordions, saxophones, pianos, organs, flugelhorns, trombones, trumpets, ukeleles, melodicas, banjos, bass clarinets, blues harps, jews harps, a broken Big Muff box, a Yamaha Portasound and an old Roland Space Echo machine.
Marseille Figs is an international contingency. Boom Boom.
There are downloads, live stills and videos available on page 2. Some Figs miscellany and biographical information, as well as links and photographs, can be found on page 3.
Full resolution images, PDFs and other such press-kit material are available for download from a separate page here.
A complete list of downloadable mp3s is available here.
Marseille Figs can be reached at:
Updated November 2011.
Listen up! NEW FIGS EP is OUT NOW:
A. 1. Jumbo at 45 rpm
B. 2. My Latest Mistake
B. 3. Bad Bad Baby
B. 4. The Human Tragedy
B. 5. The Long Goodbye at 331/3 rpm
Distributed by Cargo UK.
More information is here.
Out now, Wild Weeds is a booklet of lyrics by the Figs’ singer and songwriter J. Maizlish.
The book was launched with a party and performance on 26 February 2011. Details are here.
Fuck the details, why not just buy one right now?