Archive for September, 2011
Miami’s wacky pop purveyors ANR, who we last heard from when they played an LFC show in an East London basement (The Victory) back in May, have recorded a brand new track entitled “Blood On Blood”.
Mixed by the in-demand Ben H. Allen (whose recent credits include Animal Collective, Reptar and Bombay Bicycle Club’s critically acclaimed new LP), the track featured on a double A-sided 7″ release on Neon Gold Records last month, alongside older song (and latest album highlight) “It’s Around You”.
More direct than anything on the “Stay Kids” album, it channels everyone from Passion Pit to Muse (to our ears at least) and got us all hot under the collar when we first heard it live at the aforementioned gig. The excitement levels didn’t wane upon listening to the studio version either, which is always a promising sign. We’re looking forward to the band returning to the UK.
Austin, TX outfit The Black Angels are a band who wouldn’t be out of place on the bill for The Isle Of Wight Festival in 1968, or Woodstock the following year. All fuzzed up, psychedelic guitars, eerie organs and lazy, hazy vocals, when listening to them you can’t avoid images of fortified cigarettes, peace sings and hair-adorning flowers. Obvious reference points are The Velvet Underground, Jefferson Airplane, Brian Jonestown Massacre and 13th Floor Elevators. You get the (rather smoky, twirly) picture.
In 2010, with two full lengths to their name, they signed a deal to release their third LP, “Phosphene Dream”, with the revamped Blue Horizon label (also home to our friends Scoundrels). The imprint was brought back to life after some success in the 1960s (with the Peter Green fronted Fleetwood Mac and Chicken Shack) by Seymour Stein and Richard Gottehrer, both of Sire Records fame, with Black Angels spearheading the label’s new dawn.
Of the deal, Stein declared: “Great musicianship and performers, mesmerizing vocals, and songs that penetrate the subconscious. That’s the best way to describe Black Angels, our first signing to Blue Horizon records. In every way the band is perfect choice to re-launch to this iconic label.” Quite.
Currently, the band are on tour in Europe promoting “Phosphene Dream”, and play a headline show at London’s Scala on Monday 19 September.
In the meantime, we’ve teamed up with the band’s distribution company, The Orchard, to give away TWO copies of the aforementioned LP. After deliberating with ourselves about the best way to do this, we’ve decided to keep it simple – we’ll ask you a question, and you Email lfclubrecords [at] gmail [dot] com with your answer to be in with a chance of scooping the prize. Think you can do that? Here goes:
-What was the name of The Black Angels’ 2006 debut LP?
Deadline is 12 noon, Friday 16 September. We’ll pick two winners at random from the people that answer correctly and post you the album shortly after that. We’re keeping it UK-only on this occasion – sorry to any fans in Indonesia, or Cape Verde. Next time. Anyway – good luck. We’re off to watch a re-run of Almost Famous.
Photo by Laurie Lee Boutet of The Ladies Toilet
As you might have noticed, our third release through the LFC label, “Elephant Room” by the brilliant Channel Cairo, came out last Monday 29th.
Thanks to those who dropped by The Borderline in Soho for the launch party on Thursday night – it was a complete sell out, and regrettably we had to turn some people away (apologies if this was you). For those of you who did make it inside, you’ll know what a special gig it was. Apart from a room silencing rendition of the single, there were many more memorable moments – the call-to-arms opener “My Design” or the emotive, radio-ready new track “Blood”, which featured as the encore. Plenty more to come, in other words – this is just the start.
7″ copies of “Elephant Room” are moving fast – you can grab yours directly from our shop, or from selected indie stores such as Rough Trade, Jumbo, Norman and Piccadilly. If you’re in Japan, you’re able to pick up copies from The Stone Records. All vinyls come with mp3 codes inside, so you don’t have to buy both physical and digital formats (you can buy solely from iTunes, of course).
Here’s some selected press we picked up along the way:
“Blissful pastoral-pop loveliness” - Sunday Times Culture
“Josh Bowyer’s voice lunges from gentle to soaring in the space of a syllable, while the harmonies give the track an overall widescreen, epic feeling. Here is to more of the same” – Music Week
“It involves the piano in prominence, played in a rousing, climactic journey throughout the tune and will be a wonderful way to welcome the world to their broad, open space” – The Recommender
“The result is a band worth getting obsessed with” – RockFeedback
Stay tuned for more from Channel Cairo between now and the end of the year.