THE TELESCOPES + ONE UNIQUE SIGNAL – UK DATES, FEB 2010!
The Telescopes head off for a bunch of shows around the UK this Feb, accompanied on stage by members of One Unique Signal. Playing material from the era of the ‘Taste’ album, these shows will be fully amped up full band affairs in intimate venues. Support on each date is also provided by One Unique Signal, performing a set of their own material.
Please check individual events for full line up and ticket details.
Thursday 11th February 2010
1 Phoenix Place, Brighton, East Sussex. BN2 9ND.
With: One Unique Signal + Gin Panic.
Doors: 7.30pm/ 16+
Advance tickets £6 From local store outlets +
We Got Tickets: http://www.wegottickets.com/viewcart/festrtn_60356
Friday 12th February 2010
Colchester Arts Centre.
1 Church Street,Colchester, Essex. CO1 1NF.
With: Beatglider + One Unique Signal
Doors: 8pm / £6 Advance.
We Got Tickets: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/61837
Saturday 13th February 2010
Birmingham Sound of Confusion @ The Victoria.
48 John Bright Street, Birmingham, West Midlands. B1 1BN.
With: Einstellung + One Unique Signal
Doors. 8.30pm – 12.30am / Cost: £4
Tuesday 16th February 2010
141 St Marys Street, Southampton, Hampshire. SO14 1NS.
With: One Unique Signal + TBC
Doors 8pm / Advance Tickets £6
Wednesday 17th February 2010
London – Monto Underbelly
11 Hoxton Square, London. N1 6NU.
With: One Unique Signal + TBC
Doors: 7.30pm / Cost £6 Advance / £8 Door
Thursday 18th February 2010
Exeter Cavern Club
83-84 Queen Street, Exeter, Devon. EX4 3RP
Doors: 7.30pm / Cost £4
Friday 26th February 2010
Manchester – Blowout Club
Chorlton Irish Centre, 17 High Lane, Chorlton, Manchester. M21 9DJ.
With: The Second Floor + Gnod + One Unique Signal.
Doors: TBC / Cost: TBC
Ride recently reunited in Oxford for a chat with the local Nightshift magazine. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of their debut EP the band took some time to reflect on their early days in Oxford, signing to Creation and deny any responsibility for the bands that followed them from the city.
Here’s a section of the interview:
The big break, though, came with that tour support to The Soup Dragons, at the time pretty big favourites on the UK indie scene. Apart from exposing Ride to a national audience and national music press attention, it was here they met and formed a relationship with Alan McGee, head of Creation Records – home to many of Ride’s heroes and easily the coolest label around.
MARK: “I think Sean from the Soup Dragons asked us to support them and the link came through Dave and the Warners connection at that time. I remember feeling like we were blowing the Soup Dragons off the stage every night and this was also the time that Alan started coming to see us one night after another and talking to us after every concert. It was an amazing time.”
LOZ: “It was art college kids on tour, but with the usual touring antics, I suppose. Steve was so grown up he had something called a ‘girlfriend’. Andy and I would take photos, play tapes and often sketched in our sketchbooks; Mark seemed to be in a cosy state of preparation for impending stardom… it was all pleasantly odd.”
ANDY: “They let us use their gear, which was nice of them. So we were playing through Marshall Stacks instead of tiny little combo amps. We got our first national music press on that tour, in NME, Melody Maker, and Sounds. I remember that we played very loud!” Having Alan McGee as a fan must have been an incredible feeling.
ANDY: “In theory, we were aiming for 4AD because we felt that Creation was too obvious. But then, once there was an actual offer on the table from Creation we decided to take it. McGee seemed nice enough and was obviously mad on the band. But there was no relationship until later on.
We’d send Dave up with our recordings and sleeves and everything and he’d come back having got us what we wanted. Later on, McGee became one of my closest friends but that was after Ride finished.”
MARK: “Alan quickly became like family to me, and I still feel the same way about him now. He supported us in a big way and let us make the records that we wanted to make and from the sidelines also personally educated and turned me and all of us on to lots of other great music that had a big influence on us.”
Yesterday’s Guardian (8th Jan 2010) featured an article about the forthcoming movie ‘Upside Down’ featuring Time Abbott and and film director Danny O’Connor.
Below is the text of the article:
When an unsigned Noel Gallagher took the train from Manchester to meet the bosses of Creation records in 1993, he had little idea what to expect.
In a room above a sweatshop in the back streets of east London, surrounded by self-confessed “misfits, drug addicts and sociopaths”, the Oasis songwriter found his spiritual home.
“He came to the Creation office and saw the words Northern Ignorance scrawled in magic marker across the roof of the reception,” said Tim Abbott, the label’s former managing director. “I’d done it the week before, when I was off my head on ecstasy, walking on the tables and drinking champagne. Noel saw it and went: ‘Fucking ‘ell, I’m having that. I like it here.'”
The full extent of the debauchery, precarious nature and genius of the independent label is to be laid bare in the most revealing rock’n’roll film since 24 Hour Party People, the story of the “Madchester” scene. Upside Down, due out in spring, reveals the label’s unusual method of making sure new bands came on board, according to Abbot. “We often used to drink and drug the bands into submission,” he said.
After the initial bond formed, Abbott said, Gallagher was frog-marched to the pub where, unsurprisingly, all involved got “stuck into a session”.
A decade after Creation closed, and 25 years since the release of its first single, Upside Down charts the heady 15-year existence of the label that launched Primal Scream, Ride and My Bloody Valentine, as well as Oasis.
The label veered from one financial precipice to another, he said. Even after Primal Scream won the Mercury music prize in 1992, the resulting visibility did not translate into financial viability.
“We were always skint. It was like spinning plates, we were always trying to dodge the bailiffs,” he said. “It was my job to go out and see them, probably because I was the smallest. Dick [co-founder Dick Green] would see to the manufacturers who we couldn’t pay and Alan [co-founder Alan McGee] would just try to blag it. It couldn’t go on like that.”
Upside Down’s director, Danny O’Connor, who admitted to going through “near bankruptcy and dementia and all the other things that come with Creation” during the making of the film, said he was drawn to telling the story of the label that had provided the soundtrack to his life.
“No one does excess like Creation, no one does great records like Creation,” he said. “Creation was an indie, but it didn’t wear a cardigan, it didn’t apologise. There was a real power in its punch. If you think that rock’n’roll is all about swagger — this is your film.”
And few do swagger like McGee. In a trailer for the film he admits: “I was absolutely delusional. I actually thought I was up there with Beethoven and Shakespeare, creating metaphysical history by running Creation.”
The company behaved like the “ultimate dysfunctional family” but still managed to make great and intelligent records, said O’Connor.
Abbot agreed: “We were dysfunctional people working with dysfunctional bands but somehow we still managed to function — we got results. There were a whole cast of characters at Creation and the sum was greater than its parts.”
For Abbot, when Sony bought 49% of the label in 1992, it spelled the end of its glory days. “When McGee sold creation to Sony, it was a curse,” he said. “It took the pressure off financially but it changed everything. Sony brought in accountants and a major label culture. The offices moved from Hackney to Primrose Hill and it got stupid.Knebworth [Oasis's 2005 Knebworth concert] was a gig too far. It signed off the old culture.”
He holds few regrets about the eventual closure of the label in 1999. “When the label folded it was sad, but it had been consumed by a monster. It stopped being a vehicle for music and started being a vehicle for egos. Alan and Dick sold the soul of Creation to the devil, and the devil wanted it back with interest.”
He added: “I have no regrets. In its heyday Creation produced fantastic music and art, and I was lucky enough to be there. It’s like asking Ronaldo if he regrets playing for United. If you get to play for the best team in the world, you can’t ask for anything else.”
After a lengthy absence, Monster Movie featuring Christian Savill from Slowdive release their fifth album in April called ‘Everyone is a Ghost.’ The Graveface label have uploaded a teaser track called ‘Bored Beyond Oblivion’ which you can download by clicking here.
Everyone Is A Ghost will be released on April 6th packaged in a Stoughton “Old Style” gatefold jacket for both the LP and CD. The CD is limited to 2,000 copies, and the first press of the LP is 500 copies
Everyone is a Ghost is comprised of 13 songs (10 for the CD, 2 bonus tracks for vinyl and 1 for download) written and recorded in six cities across the U.S. and U.K. Savill and Hewson were particularly excited by the collaborative process of making the album, which features guest appearances from Ryan Graveface (Dreamend, Black Moth Super Rainbow), Sophie Pittaway, Rachel Staggs (Experimental Aircraft) and artwork from Will Schaff, who’s set ink to paper for Godspeed! You Black Emperor, Okkervil River, Songs: Ohia, Kid Dakota and more.
The duo considers Everyone is a Ghost to be their most consistent album to date, having found that their songwriting styles have become more similar over the years. This release distills the expansive shoegazing bliss-wall of Slowdive into intensely catchy pop songs played out on guitar, bass, piano, ukulele, percussion and a range of synthesizers. Everyone is a Ghost brings to mind the experimental pop atmospherics of David Bowie’s Low, the male/female vocal harmonics of My Bloody Valentine and Grandaddy’s electronica-laced sunny pop nostalgia.
If you wish to hear more of Monster Movie their MySpace page can be found by clicking here.
You can pre-order the album from the rather good Graveface record label directly by clicking here.
“The Painted Word takes POP! classics and twists them into something new and groovy. I love it”- Phil Wilson (The June Brides)
“Arash Torabi – a positive force of nature unto himself. He’s creating a brand new scene all over again”- Ed Ball (Creation Records, The Times, Television Personalities)
The Painted Word is album by Arash Torabi which includes his interpretations of songs by Television Personalities, The Times, The Revolving Paint Dream, The Weather Prophets and Felt. Some of The Painted Word’s cover versions take the essence of the original song, adding new arrangements. ‘Godevil’ is one of three songs covered, which were originally recorded by The Times on Creation Records. The Painted Word version takes the basic structure of the original and adds drum & bass drum loops, a female singer and reworked lyrics. The Times’ main-man, Ed Ball (also worked for Creation Records and was a member of Television Personalities) has continued to encourage Arash from the start, expressing his approval of The Painted Word’s versions of his songs. Creation Records’ Alan McGee (who also performed with The Times and Biff Bang Pow!) also told Arash that he liked his version of ‘Godevil’.
Following a one-off live performance at Peel Fest in Düsseldorf, Germany in October 2009, on the same bill as David Gedge (The Wedding Present) and Darren Hayman (Hefner) The Painted Word has recently been released on Berlin’s Vollwert Records.
You can order a copy of the album by clicking here.
Doesn’t time fly fast? It is 10 years ago today since Alan McGee announced the closure of the label. Continue reading
A posting on the ATP website today states:
The final additions to this year’s Nightmare Before Christmas line-up as chosen by my bloody valentine are:
We will be announcing the full stage times very soon.
Primal Scream and Super Furry Animals feature in the NME’s Top 50 Albums Of The Past Decade list. Exterminator by Primal Scream, the final album ever released on Creation, came third with Super Furry Animals 2001 album ‘Ring Around The World’ featuring at 29 in the list. Continue reading
Pitchfork has announced details of Gruff Rhys’s new film:
The new documentary film Separado!– starring, written, and soundtracked by Super Furry Animals leader Gruff Rhys– is quite possibly the craziest SFA-related project to date. (If you’re familiar with Super Furry Animals’ particularly outlandish brand of psychedelic zaniness, you know that calling something “quite possibly the craziest SFA-related project to date” really means something.)
According to a press release, Separado! follows Gruff’s journey through the Welsh community in Patagonia in search of a long-lost relative who happened to be a 1970s Argentine pop star (who sang in Welsh). In an insightful piece in the Guardian, we learn that in the film, Rhys plays music for a gathering of senior citizens while wearing a red Power Rangers-style helmet. According to the Guardian, there is also “a dance sequence on a Welsh beach” and “a color-saturated shot of Rhys jumping over a fence to escape an angry armadillo.”
The movie premieres November 19 at the Soundtrack Film Festival in Cardiff, Wales.