Here it is, released today, 1st May – “When The Dust Just Won’t Settle” our new album. 12 of the best songs we’ve ever recorded, and we couldn’t be happier with them.
Coincidentally, Bandcamp are waiving their fees today to support independent artists like us, so it’s the perfect time to buy the new CD, or download the songs, buy a t-shirt or catch up on our digital back catalogue, which is on offer for today at 20% off, for £7.20 (includes the new album!).
“…the go-to artist for restless indie aficionados in search of higher quality” – Music Interview Magazine
“When The Dust Just Won’t Settle is an album in the classic sense of the format: twelve songs that should be played in one sitting. Recommended.” – Here Comes the Flood
So this evening at 8pm BST we’re having our online album launch / Listening party.
You can join us via:
or if you’d just like to listen to the new album in peace, without us wittering, they’ll be on Soundcloud – with each song being released publicly every 5 minutes.
You can also pre-order the album via Bandcamp and if you buy on the 1st May, it works out even better for us as Bandcamp are waiving all their fees on that day!
With weeks to go til the album is officially released, we just got our second album review – this time from the well established and highly respected “Here Comes The Flood” music blog.
In summary the review says that ‘When the Dust Just Won’t Settle’ is “An album in the classic sense…” – but you can read the full thing here.
Don’t forget, you can be one of the first to hear the new album at our album launch listening party on 26th April.
So we find ourselves in strange, interesting and frankly scary times. In the scheme of things another album released by some unknown indie band is a minuscule footnote in the War and Peace of current events – but to us, getting people to hear the songs we’ve worked so hard crafting, learning, recording, mixing, producing and releasing is hugely important.
Hopefully these songs can transport you from the savage reality of 24 hour pandemic updates, if only for the 43 minute run-time, to a less stressful head-space, leaving you humming some new earworms.
Anyway we want as many people to fall in love with these songs as possible and since we can’t head out on the road and bring the music to a venue near you, we hope we can entice you to join us on Facebook at 8pm (BST)* on Sunday 26th April. We’ll be premiering the full album: streaming each song, with the opportunity to chat to the band, ask questions, and win prizes.
In the meantime you can listen to the opening song, Sad Machine and pre-order the ltd. edition CD here, and if you need a nudge, read this review from Music Interview Magazine.
Thanks for your continued support – we appreciate it now, perhaps more than ever.
* 8pm BST = 3pm EDT = 12 Noon PDT
Our new album “When the Dust Just Won’t Settle” is now available to pre-order on Bandcamp – https://captainwilberforce.bandcamp.com/album/when-the-dust-just-wont-settle – it’s official release date is May 1st 2020.
Get the digital album for £5 – the CD version is £10.
When you pre-order you’ll immediately get a download of “Sad Machine” (the first song on the album).
Live dates to follow…
New year, new album!
With the studio built and many hours mixing behind us we’re excited to announce that “When The Dust Just Won’t Settle” will be released on May 1st. We’ll be giving some sneak previews of the songs over the coming weeks, so make sure to follow on Facebook / Twitter etc. to hear them hot off the press.
We’re loving these new songs – they’re up there with the best we’ve released and we can’t wait to play them live when we put the dates together to support the album launch.
While Max did an amazing job of playing bass on the album, circumstances have meant that he’s now back in Italy, so we’ve welcomed Dave Naylor to the extended Captain Wilberforce family taking over on bass.
Finally we should add that any bands looking to master a new album should get in touch with Tom at Hippocratic Mastering – he has done an amazing job for us and comes highly recommended.
This year has been a transitional period: Rob has been putting in crazy hours creating a new studio from scratch (with friend Alex – the picture only shows a tiny part of the complex!) and all the hard work has paid off as it’s now ready to go. The songs we recorded over the last couple of years are being mixed and I think this time we’ve outdone ourselves. We’re aiming to get the mixes finished as soon as possible so the songs will be with you in the early part of 2020.
More good news is that we’ve finally found a bass player to fill the gap from when Max left. Dave Naylor is a great player who seems to be on exactly the same wavelength as us musically – we’re really excited to have recruited him and are looking forward to getting gig ready with rehearsals over the next few months. Keep an eye out on our Facebook / Twitter for details of our album launch gigs in 2020.
In the meantime, we’re still writing and demoing at home. Here’s the proof – a demo of a song that’s not on the new album, but who knows, could be on the following one with a bit of work. It’s called “I’m the Replacement”. Hope you like it!
We’re late with all the wishing of good tidings as we always are with everything; I’m sure none of you are surprised if you’ve been waiting for a news update or sight of the next album.
The album is basically recorded. Lots of it is mixed. The rest will be done when we have a new studio, which shouldn’t be too long, although I’m not holding my breath.
2018 went by too quickly, loads happened. Birth, death, illness (serious and not so), house moves, studio closures, pre-Brexit bass player exit related sadness. Still the new songs are great. Our best yet in my view – can’t wait to see if you agree with me.
See you in 2020, probably.
Despite the lack of social media evidence, we’re still very much getting on with things here at Wilberforce towers. That’s not to say we haven’t had hurdles to, erm, hurdle.
The wonderful Factory St Studios in Bradford, where Rob had had his own mini studio, unfortunately had to close, which was a huge shame for the management and staff and left us without our own little sanctuary just when we’d set it up perfectly! Luckily we got the bass and drums down for a bunch of new songs before we had to leave.
Also, and even more sadly, there have been some personal circumstances which have really hit us hard. Even though the situation puts things in perspective, it also hasn’t derailed us completely, and we’re chomping at the bit to get our next album fully recorded so the mixing process can begin.
It won’t be another 5 years til the new album is out – that’s guaranteed. And in the meantime, you can still download all our albums on a pay what you feel like basis from Bandcamp. Please, as always, spread the word about our songs and we’ll deliver a sparkly fresh new batch as soon as we can!