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SORRY RELEASE DEBUT SINGLE ‘WISHED’ ON DOMINO

Sorry | 16/11/17

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Sorry are a new London band centered around Asha Lorenz and Louis O'Bryen, two 19 year-old childhood best friends. Along with Lincoln Barrett (drums) and Campbell Baum (bass) Sorry have been making a name for themselves on London's underground circuit since 2015.

Although starting life with a conventional rock band set up, Sorry’s tastes are wide-ranging and reflect their age and omnivorous YouTube-era musical upbringing where rock, hip hop, noise, electronic soundscapes, grime and folk all sit side-by-side and without confusion. Accordingly, all these influences and more form the band's unique nascent musical universe - a bold, ambitious and at times irreverent canvas onto which the symbiotic intensity of Lorenz’s and O'Bryen's emotional and hyper-melodic songwriting is projected.

‘Wished’ is their debut studio recording and follows the recent self-release of Home Demo(ns) Vol. 1, an eclectic, homespun 13 track audio/visual mixtape. Recorded by Sean Oakley (Rick Rubin, Frank Ocean) and mixed by Andrew Savours (My Bloody Valentine), it is an enticing first document of the band's effortlessly emotive songwriting and command of atmosphere which will be familiar to anyone who has seen their visceral live shows so far, as well as a glimpse at in-studio production possibilities to be explored in their future work. ‘Wished’ will also be accompanied by a b-side, ‘Lies’ - set to arrive later this month. Both tracks will be packaged together on Sorry’s very first 7” vinyl release on Domino, available to pre-order here.

Sorry will embark on a full U.K. tour supporting South London’s psychedelic soul reinventors Childhood on 16 November - taking in Leeds, Dublin, Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester, Brighton and London - before ending 2017 with their biggest headline show to date at Corsica Studios in London on 5 December. The evening will see the band curate a line up of artists, DJs and visual artists, including Middle England (live), DJ sets from Mica Levi and Glows, and poet Georgie Jesson, plus an exhibition from Flop / Spit Tease.


See Sorry at the following live dates:

16 November | Brudenell, Leeds*

18 November | The Grand Social, Dublin*

19 November | Hare and Hounds, Birmingham*

21 November | Broadcast, Glasgow*

22 November | The Dead Institute, Manchester*

27 November | Patterns, Brighton*

28 November | Scala, London*

5 December | Corsica Studios, London

*w/ Childhood

 

HOOKWORMS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM MICROSHIFT, OUT FEBRUARY 2ND 2018

08/11/17

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Domino is very proud to present Microshift, the third album from Hookworms, due for release on February 2nd 2018. With the announcement of Microshift, the band share new track, ‘Negative Space’ – listen HERE. Along with new music, Hookworms will return to the live circuit with dates in both 2017 and in 2018 (a full list of dates and ticket links can be found below).

Microshift is the Leeds band's first new work in over 3 years and marks a seismic shift in their sound, dynamic, songwriting and production, whilst still bearing all the ferocious energy, intricate musicianship and bruised but beautiful song-craft of the previous releases which have quietly made them one of the UK's most revered young bands. 

This is the band's third studio album technically but arguably the first in which the studio has been central to its creation. Pearl Mystic and second LP, The Hum were heavily informed by the band's live sound, Microshift on the other hand came to life in the studio, formed out of loops, modular synthesizer sequences, drum machines, homemade samples etc. which were jammed around and layered until the songs began to emerge. The band have also opened their writing to include collaborations with artists such as Richard Formby (on Opener), Christopher Duffin (on Boxing Day) and Alice Merida Richards (on Each Time We Pass).

Radiant, immersive and teeming with light, but still heavy and forceful - the music on Microshift acts as a very deliberate counter to some of the difficult topics the album's lyrics address. Death, disease, heartbreak, body image and even natural disaster are all present here but the overall effect these songs achieve is euphoric catharsis.

The album was written and recorded in full following a complete rebuild of the band’s Suburban Home Studio after the River Aire floods in Leeds in the winter of 2015 which devastated the studio. The band had an incredible response to a GoFundMe campaign and the subsequent help of volunteers over several months to rebuild the studio from nothing is a huge part of the band’s continued existence. Striving through the toughness, it is perhaps no surprise that the record is one of both defiance and darkness. “All of our records are to an extent about mental health,” comments MJ. “Largely this is an album about loss but also about maturing, accepting your flaws and the transience of intimacy”. 

Hookworms are MJ, MB, JW, JN & EO.

Microshift will be available on deluxe limited edition LP (including orange colour vinyl, exclusive alternate artwork sleeve, and printed PVC outer sleeve plus bonus hand numbered screen print limited to 500), deluxe LP, standard LP, CD and download.

Pre order via:

Dom Mart / iTunes / Bandcamp

Hookworms Tour Dates

2017

Friday 24th November – Hebden Bridge – Trades Club - TICKETS

Sunday 3rd December – Leeds – Community Room @ Brudenell Social Club - TICKETS

2018

Friday 23rd February – Liverpool – Invisible Wind Factory – TICKETS

Saturday 24th February – Brighton – Patterns - TICKETS

Sunday 4th March – Birmingham – Hare & Hounds - TICKETS

Friday 9th March - Manchester - The White Hotel - TICKETS

Saturday 10th March  - Manchester - The White Hotel - TICKETS

Sunday 18th March – Newcastle – The Cluny - TICKETS

Saturday 24th March – London – Electric Brixton – TICKETS

Sunday 25th March – Sheffield – Picture House Social - TICKETS

 

JOB OPPORTUNITY: PARALEGAL / BUSINESS AFFAIRS ASSISTANT

27/10/17

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Domino seeks a Paralegal / Business Affairs Assistant to join its Business Affairs department working across both the record label and publishing company.

Core Responsibilities Include:

  • Preparing short form agreements for compilation releases, broadcasts, sync licenses, lyric licenses, contract summaries and sample licenses including negotiating within prescribed limits
  • Coordinating signing and finalisation of agreements
  • Updating licensing spreadsheets and arranging delivery of masters to external labels
  • General contracts administration and coordination, maintaining files, know-how documents, formatting and updating templates as required
  • Managing priorities and task lists
  • Simple contract drafting and amendment
  • Liaison with other departments and artist management in relation to clearances
  • Drafting and issuing letters
  • To assist on all other issues that contribute to the running of the Business Affairs department where appropriate

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE WILL HAVE:

  • Experience of the music industry in a business affairs/legal capacity;
  • Excellent attention to detail and a proven track record in negotiating and concluding deals in challenging environment;
  • A law degree or legal background;
  • Excellent drafting skills, with a keen commercial mind;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with people at all levels of the business;
  • The ability to work autonomously, think strategically and creatively;
  • Strong administrative, time management, organisation and planning skills.

Location: London  

Reporting to:  Business Affair Manager

Salary:  Please state your salary requirements.

Please send a covering letter stating how you meet the requirements along with your CV to vacancy@dominorecordco.com before 6pm on Friday 10th November, 2017.

 

FRANZ FERDINAND RELEASE NEW ALBUM ALWAYS ASCENDING ON FEBRUARY 9TH 2018

25/10/17

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Always Ascending’ the new album from Franz Ferdinand, is being released by Domino on Friday the 9th of February.  Nothing short of a rebirth, the album’s 10 songs are a triumphant recasting of the group, bursting with fresh ideas and vigorous sonic experimentation.  You can listen to the first single, also titled ‘Always AscendingHERE and download or stream it HERE.

Always Ascending’ was recorded at RAK Studios, London and Motorbass in Paris, with the help of French producer extraordinaire Philippe Zdar (Cassius, Phoenix, The Beastie Boys), the mutual affection between band and producer seeping into every dazzling groove. ‘Always Ascending’ shows Franz Ferdinand broadening their palate, as exuberant as it is euphoric, creating a sound that singer, Alex Kapranos, refers to as “simultaneously futuristic and naturalistic.”

From the city which jointly played host to the album’s conception, the band will mark the announcement of ‘Always Ascending’ with a live streamed launch event at Paris’s Point Ephémère, to be broadcast from the Franz Ferdinand Facebook page from 8.30pm BST tonight, Wednesday October 25, during which the band will preview a selection of their new recordings.

 ‘Always Ascending’ is available to pre-order via iTunes and all DSPs now and will be available on CD, vinyl and ltd edition cassette via DomMart, with a special DomMart edition, featuring marbled blue and white vinyl, with a signed print and tote bag. 

Franz Ferdinand are Alex Kapranos, Bob Hardy, Paul Thomson, Julian Corrie and Dino Bardot.

The tracklisting for ‘Always Ascending’ is as follows:

  1. Always Ascending
  2. Lazy Boy
  3. Paper Cages
  4. Finally
  5. The Academy Award
  6. Lois Lane
  7. Huck And Jim
  8. Glimpse Of Love
  9. Feel The Love Go
  10. Slow Don’t Kill Me Slow

The band are also announcing their forthcoming tour dates, including a show at London’s 02 Brixton Academy on Saturday the 24th of February, full worldwide dates are as follows:

Monday 4 December / Seattle, WA / Showbox Market 

Tuesday 5 December / Vancouver, BC / Commodore (SOLD OUT)

Wednesday 6 December / Vancouver, BC  / ommodore 

Thursday 7 December / Portland, OR / Theater of the Clouds (947FM Portland DEC2REM) 

Saturday 9 December / Pomona, CA / The Glass House 

Sunday 10 December / Los Angeles, CA / The Forum (KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas) (SOLD OUT)
 

Thursday 25 January / Tokyo, Japan / Shinkiba Studio Coast

Saturday 10 February / Galway, Ireland / Leisureland

Sunday 11 February / Dublin, Ireland / Olympia Theatre

Tuesday 13 February / Manchester, UK / Albert Hall

Wednesday 14 February / Nottingham, UK / Rock City

Friday 16 February / Newcastle, UK / 02 Academy

Saturday 17 February / Glasgow, UK / 02 Academy

Monday 19 February / Leeds, UK / 02 Academy

Tuesday 20 February / Birmingham, UK / 02 Academy

Wednesday 21 February / Bristol, UK / 02 Academy

Friday 23 February / Cambridge, UK / Corn Exchange

Saturday 24 February / London, UK / 02 Brixton Academy

Sunday 25 February / Brighton, UK / Dome

Tuesday 27 February / Paris, France / Zenith

Wednesday 28 February / Brussels, Belgium / Forest National

Thursday 1 March / Hamburg, Germany / Mehr! Theater

Saturday 3 March / Utrecht, Netherlands / TivoliVrendenburg

Sunday 4 March / Groningen, Netherlands / De Oosterpoort

Monday 5 March / Cologne, Germany / Palladium

Wednesday 7 March / Berlin, Germany / Tempodrom

Thursday 8 March / Warsaw, Poland / Stodola

Friday 9 March / Prague, Czech Rep. / Forum Karlin

Sunday 11 March / Zurich, Switzerland / Halle 622

Monday 12 March / Munich, Germany / Tonhalle

Tuesday 13 March / Vienna, Austria / Gasometer

Thursday 15 March / Bologna, Italy / Unipol Arena

Saturday 17 March / Madrid, Spain / La Riviera

Monday 19 March / Toulouse, France / Zenith

Tuesday 20 March / Montpellier, France / Zenith Sud

Wednesday 21 March / Lyon, France / Amphi 3000

Friday 23 March / Rennes, France / Liberte

Saturday 24 March / Caen, France / Zenith

Sunday 8 April / Toronto, ON / Rebel 

Tuesday 10 April / Boston, MA / House of Blues 

Wednesday 11 April / Washington, DC / 9:30 Club 

Friday 13 April / Philadelphia, PA / The Fillmore 

Monday 16 April / Brooklyn, NY / Brooklyn Steel 

Friday 27 April / Minneapolis, MN  First Avenue 

Saturday 28 April / Kansas City, MO / The Truman 

Monday 30 April / Milwaukee, WI / The Rave

Wednesday 2 May / St. Louis, MO / The Pageant 

Monday 7 May / Dallas, TX / House of Blues 

Tuesday 8 May / Houston, TX / White Oak Music Hall 

Friday 11 May / Phoenix, AZ / The Van Buren 

Sunday 13 May / San Diego, CA / North Park @ The Observatory 

Tuesday 15 May / Los Angeles, CA / The Wiltern

Thursday 17 May / Oakland, CA / The Fox Theatre

Tickets for shows in Ireland, UK and Europe will be available to purchase from 9am on Friday the 3rd of November, Japan from the 11th of November and US and Canada from 10am local time October 27th.  More information can be found on the band’s website: http://franzferdinand.com

 

SPINNING COIN DEBUT ALBUM PERMO RELEASED NOV 10TH VIA GEOGRAPHIC MUSIC

Spinning Coin | 06/09/17

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Over the space of three years, two singles and countless gigs, including tour supports with Teenage Fanclub and Real Estate, Glasgow’s Spinning Coin have determinedly, and with single-minded purpose, made their music heard: beautifully rough-hewn guitar pop that takes in frustration, escapism, but also gracefulness and splendour, in equal measure.

The five-piece now announce that their debut album Permo will be released on November 10th via The Pastels’ Domino imprint, Geographic Music and have shared the video for new track ‘Sleepless’. 

Recorded with Edwyn Collins at his AED Studios, and at Green Door Studio (the recording centre for the new wave of Glasgow artists) with Stu Evans, Permo is an album of bold steps and simple gestures, coming from a group who have found, seemingly effortlessly, a confident, unpretentious and egalitarian way of working together. Spinning Coin’s two songwriters - Sean Armstrong and Jack Mellin – oscillate taking centre stage on a song; Armstrong’s more melancholic melodies contrasting with Mellin’s urgent refrains.

The fourteen songs on Permo trace all kinds of terrain, though the overarching story might be that of a group looking for escapism, somehow and anyhow, in the midst of a social and cultural climate that’s closing down possibilities for difference and community.

It opens with the gorgeous ‘Raining On Hope Street’, an Armstrong song that was released on 7” earlier this year – there’s an undercurrent to the song, too, as Armstrong reflects that he wanted to write something “slightly spooky, ambiguous and open to interpretation”. ‘Tin’ follows, one of many Mellin songs that looks to the outside world and finds things wanting. “’Tin’ is trying to look at the two extremes of privilege and under-privilege,” he says. It’s a theme that Mellin returns to, with variation, over the course of the album – from the deceptively spry ‘Money Is A Drug’, whose flecks of country-soul charm conceals lyrics calling out ‘class war’ and ‘stupid rules’, through to ‘Powerful’, where Mellin takes on the possibilities of self-empowerment:

Spinning Coin write from lived experience, grounding their songs in an understanding that we’re all finding our way through the world, trying to figure out what the hell is going on out there. Armstrong takes on similar themes with ‘Starry Eyes’, and its blunt lines about how it’s not ‘the right time to celebrate, when people in the world are dying at the hands of the government’, but he also writes some of the album’s more peaceable songs, like the sleepwalking reverie of ’Metronome River’, or the driftwork of ‘Floating With You’.

Elsewhere on Permo, The Pastels’ Katrina Mitchell and Breakfast Muff’s Simone Wilson sing on ‘Be Free’ and ‘Running With The World’ respectively, plus the band have just welcomed new member Rachel Taylor. That’s a typically Spinning Coin development: a group fiercely engaged with community, welcoming new experience into their orbit, and looking for ways to move forwards with a warmth for humanity. It’s writ large across Permo – finding better ways to live, and to be together in the world, against the odds.

Spinning Coin are Sean Armstrong (vocals, guitar), Cal Donnelly (bass), Jack Mellin (vocals, guitar), Rachel Taylor (vocals, keyboards) and Chris White (drums). 

Album tracklisting:

  1. Raining On Hope Street
  2. Tin
  3. Money For Breakfast
  4. Money Is A Drug
  5. Metronome River
  6. Magdalene
  7. Floating With You
  8. Be Free
  9. Sides
  10. Sleepless
  11. Powerful
  12. Starry Eyes
  13. Running With The World
  14. I Feel The Need To Be An Actor

Permo is available to pre order on limited-edition green coloured vinyl, standard vinyl, CD – all of which come with a booklet - and digital. Pre order: Dom Mart / Digital

 

Upcoming live dates

30th September – Tenement Trail @ Nice N Sleazy, Glasgow Tickets

21st October – Simple Things Festival @ The Sportsmans Bar, Bristol Tickets

29th October – Liverpool Music Week @ EBGBS, Liverpool Tickets

30th October – Old Blue Last, London Free

31st October – Heartbreakers, Southampton Tickets

1st November – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff Tickets

2nd November – Picture House Social Club, Sheffield Tickets

3rd November – Think Tank? Underground, Newcastle w/ Girl Ray Tickets

4th November – Wharf Chambers, Leeds Tickets

5th November – Hare and Hounds, Birmingham w/ Girl Ray Tickets

6th November – The Cellar, Oxford w/ Girl Ray Tickets

7th November – The Louisiana, Bristol w/ Girl Ray Tickets

8th November – Green Door Store, Brighton w/ Girl Ray Tickets

9th November – Scala, London w/ Girl Ray Tickets

10th November – The White Hotel, Salford w/The Pastels Tickets

17th November – Mono, Glasgow (album launch) Tickets

10th December – The Art School, Glasgow w/ Dinosaur Jr. Sold out

11th December – The Art School, Glasgow w/ Dinosaur Jr. Tickets

 

SUPERORGANISM SIGN WORLDWIDE DEAL WITH DOMINO, RELEASE NEW SINGLE 'SOMETHING FOR YOUR M.I.N.D.'

Superorganism | 05/09/17

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Occasionally, along comes a band that perfectly captures so much of what is exciting about music right now. In 2017, mining the golden moments of pop’s past, sights firmly set on the giddy possibilities of music’s future, emitting an infectious sense of wonky fun and producing a kaleidoscopic riot of sound and visuals, that band could well be Superorganism.

Superorganism is a sprawling, multi-limbed collection of international musicians and pop culture junkies. They number eight in total - recruited from London, Japan, Australia and New Zealand - seven of whom now live together in a house-stroke-DIY studio-stroke-band HQ in Homerton, east London.

It was in this house, in early 2017, that the collective had their musical Big Bang! moment. Though they’d previously created music and visuals together, this was something distinctly fresh. They sent the track to their friend Orono, a Japanese student who at that time was studying at high school in Maine, New England. Orono wrote and recorded a vocal part and pressed ‘reply’. What came back across the Atlantic was an intoxicating piece of idiosyncratic, technicolor pop. That track was ‘Something For Your M.I.N.D.’. Superorganism was born. 

At that point it’s unlikely any of the members would have expected to hear that song - or Superorganism’s debut AA single  ‘It’s All Good’ / ‘Nobody Cares’ - played by Frank Ocean or Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig themselves on their respective radio shows.  Or that the band’s identity would be the subject of so much speculation. Or that they would sign a deal with the legendary independent Domino label. Or that there’d be such demand to see Superorganism live that their debut UK show would take place at London’s 700 capacity Village Underground venue. But over the last few months, such is the trajectory of this unique band that that is exactly what has happened. 

Today, following a huge amount of online chatter ‘Something For Your M.I.N.D.’ finally gets a full single release. The track will be available on all digital services, as well as a limited-edition, one-sided etched 7” with download card. It is their debut release on Domino.

DOWNLOAD or STREAM ‘Something For Your M.I.N.D.’

BUY the ‘Something For Your M.I.N.D.’ 7” 

Speaking about the track, Superorganism’s Orono states:

"SFYM was created purely online. My buddies in London sent me the demo on Facebook, then I wrote the lyrics and recorded the vocals on Garageband via my Macbook microphone in about an hour or two... then it was pretty much done! We just had to add a couple of key missing ingredients to the mix: some sweet backing vocals, a sick artwork, Tucan's magical touch to make the track sound even more dope, and chemical X.

We're more than excited to bring this song to back to life (officially) and to let it, once again, fluoresce on the dark corners of the Internet."

Meanwhile, Superorganism is delighted to announce a run of live dates across the UK, Europe and US. Following a debut live show at Hamburg’s Reeperbahn Festival on 22nd September, they will play their first ever UK show at London’s Village Underground on 5th October. Dates across Europe follow before December sees Superoganism’s debut US shows – at Brooklyn’s House Of Yes on 12th December and Los Angeles’ Moroccan Lounge on 14th December.

Full dates below, with further information here.

22nd Sep            Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg, Germany

5th Oct               Village Underground, London, UK

14th Oct             Band On The Wall, Manchester, UK

21st Oct             Primavera Club, Madrid, Spain

22nd Oct            Primavera Club, Barcelona, Spain

28th Oct             London Calling, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2nd Nov              Beacons Metro, Leeds, UK (with Jungle)

17th Nov             Sonic Visions Festival, Luxembourg

12th Dec             House Of Yes, Brooklyn NY, USA

14th Dec             The Moroccan Lounge, Los Angeles CA, USA 

 

JOB OPPORTUNITY: SENIOR INTERNATIONAL MARKETING MANAGER

30/08/17

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Domino Recording Co. is looking for a Senior International Marketing Manager with 5 years+ proven experience in international marketing and promotions, including the running of global campaigns.

The International Marketing Manager’s core responsibility is to oversee international campaigns for our artists from the inception of the campaign strategy (jointly with the artist team, the project manager and our global marketing strategist) to the rollout of campaigns to our offices and distributors and partners around the world.

The role will be focussed on the marketing of our releases internationally: ensuring the overall strategy is rolled out successfully to all markets, agreeing specific targets for the campaign territory by territory and monitoring results and reporting back to the Domino UK-(or US) based team. The role will also include elements of managing the international promotions information flow and coordination of international promotions on some specific campaigns.

The successful candidate will be part of a team of four and report into the MD of the label.

They will work very closely with other departments within the company including the UK and US project management team, our global marketing strategy team, our digital marketing and digital account management team – as well our 3rd party partners in offices and distributors around the world.

 

Core Responsibilities

For each artist campaign assigned to them the Senior International Marketing Manager will be in charge of:

  • Working alongside the rest of the global team at Domino, the project managers, the artist team, the tour agent to help design the best international campaigns for each artist.
  • Overseeing the overall international campaign, including driving results through our partners and staff around the world, reporting international activity on our campaigns to the Domino UK or US team and artist teams as appropriate, and overseeing marketing budgets for an assigned list of artists.
  • Overseeing stock orders, sales feedback and sales target projections
  • Collecting int’l radio feedback and creating reports on airplay and radio strategies
  • Collecting int’l marketing plans and presenting budgets for approvals
  • Request and help create specific marketing tools for use in the territories
  • Being fully aware of the artist promotion and touring plans driving the campaign
  • Keep track of all tour dates and communicate them accordingly with the int’l teams
  • Additional tasks to include overseeing some of the international promotion activities on some specific campaigns.

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How to apply:

To apply, please email a CV and covering letter stating how you meet the requirements to vacancy@dominorecordco.com  before close of business on Friday September 22nd, 2017.  Please quote the job title in email subject line.

 

JOB OPPORTUNITY: UK RADIO PLUGGER

27/07/17

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Domino seeks radio plugger

Domino is looking for a new radio plugger to join its in house promo team. The successful applicant will work within Domino’s current radio structure and will have an extensive knowledge of all aspects of UK radio. He or she will need established relationships at radio and a proven track record of working successful releases.

The ideal candidate will be articulate, persuasive, knowledgeable, sociable, a frequent gig goer and music lover.

Minimum 2 years appropriate experience. Salary dependent on experience. 

 

Please send covering letter and CV to vacancy@dominorecordco.com before the 18th of August.

 

TRAILER TRASH TRACYS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM ALTHAEA, RELEASED 11TH AUGUST 2017

Trailer Trash Tracys | 12/06/17

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Over the course of their lush, strange album “Althaea”, London duo Trailer Trash Tracys condense a number of disparate styles into music that thrillingly broaches the void between figuration and abstraction. While undeniably beautiful and quite often infectious in parts, this is certainly not pop music by any traditional definition; rather, it appeals to the more intuitive of mind and wild at heart. More than simply becoming a philosophical exercise however, the result is their most ambitious and idiosyncratic body of work to date, one which operates at the very limits of what pop music can be.

Their debut, “Ester”, released in 2012, manifested the band’s approach to making music as a fine balance between chaos and order, laying out a dense and dreamlike ecosystem of Sufi poetry, Solfeggio scales and, floating above it all, Susanne Aztoria’s otherworldly yet emotionally charged vocals. Early singles such as “Strangling Good Guys” and “You Wish You Were Red” proved to be outliers – rather than simply making lo-fi dream pop, the band were instead aiming for something far more subconscious and esoteric. 

With “Althaea”, the band continue their investigations into the farther flung reaches of pop music, with stunning results. Spanning 10 deeply esoteric tracks, “Althaea” sees the band drift further afield from traditional song structures to create a new aural lexicon of their own, one as influenced by Filipino carnival music and Latin rhythms as it was by Japanese tropical music from the 80s. Even at their most outwardly pop – the pristine “Eden Machine” for instance, or the swooning “Kalesa”, there is a baroque splendour, and heightened sensuality. The interplay of light and dark, the foreign and the familiar, brings forth an album with manifold pleasures, one which rewards repeated listening and further exploration.

Watch the video for new single “Eden Machine” below aalongside the trailer for the short film of Althaea - as premiered last week at the Whirled Cinema in Brixton.

“Althaea” tracklisting:

01 Smoked Silver          

02 Eden Machine          

03 Gong Gardens          

04 Siebenkäs                 

05 Money For Moondogs  

06 Betty's Cavatina        

07 Casadora  

08 Singdrome                

09 Kalesa                      

10 100 Aspects Of The Moon  

Pre order: Domino Mart: http://smarturl.it/AlthaeaDM Digital Pre-Order: http://smarturl.it/AlthaeaDL 

UPCOMING LIVE DATES

MON   18-Sep-17     UK      MANCHESTER        SOUP KITCHEN

TUE    19-Sep-17     UK      GLASGOW    HUG & PINT

WED   20-Sep-17     UK      NEWCASTLE           THINK TANK

THU    21-Sep-17     UK      LEEDS           BRUDENELL GAMES ROOM

FRI      22-Sep-17     UK      BIRMINGHAM          ACTRESS & BISHOP

SAT    23-Sep-17     UK      BRIGHTON   THE HOPE

SUN   24-Sep-17     UK      BRISTOL       LOUISIANA              

TUE    26-Sep-17     FR       PARIS            POINT EPHEMERE           

SUN   01-Oct-17      NETHERLANDS      ROTTERDAM           V11

MON   02-Oct-17      NETHERLANDS      AMSTERDAM          U/S MELKWEG

TUE    03-Oct-17      BELGIUM      ANTWERP    TRIX BAR

WED   04-Oct-17      GERMANY    COLOGNE    BLUE SHELL

THU    05-Oct-17      GERMANY    HAMBURG   NOCHTWACHE

FRI      06-Oct-17      DENMARK    DENMARK    IDEAL BAR

SAT    07-Oct-17      GERMANY    BERLIN         AUSTER CLUB                   

MON   09-Oct-17      GERMANY    MUNICH        MILLA

TUE    10-Oct-17      AUSTRIA       VIENNA         CHELSEA

WED   18-Oct-17      UK      LONDON       CAMDEN ASSEMBLY

FRI      27-Oct-17      ITALY ROME            MONK

SAT    28-Oct-17      ITALY BOLOGNA    COVO

 

BRIGHT PHOEBUS – SONGS BY LAL AND MIKE WATERSON REMASTERED AND REISSUED BY DOMINO

Lal & Mike Waterson | 31/05/17

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Bright Phoebus, Lal and Mike Waterson’s 1972 folk-noir masterpiece, has long been recognised as one of British music's legendary lost records. Following the parting of ways of The Watersons and freed from the strictures of folk orthodoxy, Lal and Mike Waterson’s love of words allowed them to serve the needs of their songs in ways that weren’t possible when singing already written songs.

Featuring performances from Lal, Mike and Norma Waterson, Martin Carthy, Richard Thompson, Ashley Hutchings, Dave Mattacks, Tim Hart and Maddy Prior, amongst others, the album is now recognised as a forward-thinking benchmark for the genre. Fans include Arcade Fire, Stephen Malkmus, Billy Bragg, Jarvis Cocker, Richard Hawley – the latter two performed the record themselves in 2013 on the Bright Phoebus Revisited tour.

Domino are pleased to reissue Bright Phoebus – Songs By Lal And Mike Waterson on 4th August, this will be the first time since its release the album will be widely available. Additionally under the supervision of David Suff (Topic/Fledg'ling) and Marry Waterson (daughter of Lal), the album has been remastered from the original tapes.  

Alongside the reissue of the original album, there will be a deluxe version containing 12 demos for the album, themselves tinged with their own mythology and previously unreleased. The standard single-disc CD and LP editions replicate the original artwork with lyrics; the deluxe editions of both are double-disc and contain sleeve notes by Pete Paphides.

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The origins of Bright Phoebus started in 1971, only a few years after the split of The Watersons whose three albums had a profound effect on the folk world. Following the split, and independently of each other, Mike and Lal had started writing their own songs; after Lal moved back to Hull; they started to cultivate these ideas together.

Not long after, Martin Carthy was visiting for a show, "We did Hull Art School or something, and then the next morning we went round to visit Lal, and she had all these songs. We sat there listening to them and… now, I knew Lal wrote songs but I had never heard any of them prior to this point. It was extraordinary.” Convinced that these songs needed to be heard by the wider world, Martin alerted Steeleye Span bandmate and former Fairport Convention bassist Ashley Hutchings to their existence. “I was instantly in tune with what I heard,” remembered Ashley, “I found an empathy with the songs, and I really would have fought off anyone to play bass on them.

Ashley got to work; he contacted Bill Leader and set the whole thing up, along with Richard Thompson and Martin Carthy. All Lal and Mike Waterson had to do was allow themselves to be swept along by the collective will of everyone who had either heard or heard about their songs. And when, at the very end of 1971, it emerged that a homesick Norma Waterson would be returning to join them, the heavens looked to be aligning as never before.

Recorded in a week in the basement of Cecil Sharp House, Mike recalled Lal and I dreamed our way through the recordings. It was magic.” Marry, who was eight at the time, remembered her father George describing the sessions as “a great big party”, people just wandered in. Tim Hart and Maddy Prior are on a few tracks because they happened to walk through the door, so they were lassoed in to do some vocals. One poor sod came in to deliver a package and we said, ‘Right! You’re in! And we stuck some words in front of him and put him in the chorus! He sang away, thank you very much, and then he left!’”

Despite the anticipation for a new ‘Watersons’ record, the release of Bright Phoebus was viewed with suspicion from the conservative folk community and shortly after, Bill Leader’s company went bankrupt and the initial pressing of 2000 LPS soon fell out of print. Since then, the album has become legend, its scarcity not hindering generations of music fans falling for its beguiling atmosphere. Sadly Lal – who passed away from lung cancer in 1998 - never got to see Bright Phoebus receive a full re-evaluation. Mike Waterson did, at least, get to enjoy some of backdated acclaim before his death in 2011. But he remained dogged in his belief that none of that mattered. “You do what you do,” he insisted. “And nothing is right to them, and everything’s right to you. Who are you making the record for? *You.* If fans like your record, then wonderful. If they don’t, well you’ve made it anyway. Because you love the songs.”

 

Tracklisting:

  1. Rubber Band
  2. The Scarecrow
  3. Fine Horseman
  4. Winifer Odd
  5. Danny Rose
  6. Child Among The Weeds
  7. Magical Man
  8. Never The Same
  9. To Make You Stay
  10. Shady Lady
  11. Red Wine Promises
  12. Bright Phoebus

Disc 2 – The 1971 Demos

  1. Danny Rose                                                                          
  2. Fine Horseman                                                                  
  3. Winifer Odd                                                                        
  4. Child Among The Weeds                                            
  5. Magical Man                                                                        
  6. Bright Phoebus                                                                 
  7. Red Wine Promises                                                       
  8. Song For Thirza                                                                  
  9. The Scarecrow                                                                  
  10. Never The Same                                                           
  11. One Of Those Days                                                       
  12. Jack Frost                                                                           

 

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