Sunday, 10 November 2013
Hurrah! Our new album 'Clapper Is Still' is released today and is widely available in shops across the land, it's on itunes etc. too! Alternatively you can buy the album on LP (inc. CD) or CD directly from our label Upset The Rhythm who are selling copies now for £10!
"Clapper is Still is an ecstatic survey of England: clattering and chopped music of concrete, crops, rosettes and rituals. There’s an uncanny sense of tradition through this record, not necessarily in the touchstones of Shirley and Dolly, nor in the imagined nostalgia for a past frequently conjured by hauntological explorers of the landscape. Instead, in a modern, lived tradition of rural rites of passage and wide-eyed explorations of the English countryside: of ruined villages, fallow fields, pylons and flyovers; of cobbled drum kits and photocopied posters for gigs in village halls, an often unknowing participation in some far-away DIY culture. The spaces Way Through map aren’t mythologised, instead brought (back) to life with a potent sense of implicit understanding, a raucous, intelligent picture of the English landscape."
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Monday, 21 October 2013
The Quietus have just premiered our video for 'Imber & Tyneham', enjoy!
Imber and Tyneham are both examples of villages taken over by the MOD during WWII for the war effort. Both were never returned to the original occupants of the villages after the war and persist now as ghost villages of bombed out houses and unexploded debris. 'Imber & Tyneham' from our forthcoming album 'Clapper Is Still' (out Nov 11th) contrasts the differing fates of both places, with Tyneham becoming a weekend heritage destination amongst a still active army range, and Imber remaining a strictly out of bounds training ground for urban combat. Whilst Tyneham has decayed into a nature reserve with adequate picnic facilities and infoboards, Imber now boasts the eerie addition of a recent housing estate of obliterated concrete houses with corrugated roofs. Both were visited in a narrow window of access at the start of the new year when the firing ranges were dormant. The song's lyrics were penned onsite, alongside the collection of field recordings which informed the music and the footage of the resultant video, documenting the uneasy silence of the ruins, the portal-like nature of the destroyed buildings, the often surreal signage and the countless instances of water pouring out of the ground.
Wednesday, 16 October 2013
Sunday, 13 October 2013
Tuesday, 17 September 2013
Here's some recent nice press we've received recently for 'Clapper Is Still', Loud & Quiet said it "might be the most intelligent contemporary folk record you'll hear this year." Impose said it was "More like a Morrissey than a Sid Vicious". 20 Jazz Funk Greats said some really thoughtful things here in their review. We have a track about MOD ghost towns called 'Imber & Tyneham' included on this month's Office Ambience for WIRE magazine, keeping company with Robbie Basho and The Shangri-Las! Dots and Dashes also wrote some insightful things about our new track 'Roughting Linn' too!