So it’s now a year and a half since we released “When the Dust Just Won’t Settle”, and even though we got some great reviews, we never got a chance to go out and play the songs live or even go to the studio. Cheers Covid. Unfortunately the pandemic wasn’t the only reason – we had some line-up changes too. Just before the first lockdown we recruited Dave Naylor on bass, and things were going great until his circumstances changed and he couldn’t carry on (We really appreciate all your time and effort though Dave!)
Then, earlier this year, when the social distancing rules changed and allowed is to get back into the studio to rehearse we managed to find a new bass player, Matt Lewis and a keyboard player Oliver Moor. Since then we’ve been working on getting a set rehearsed so we can hopefully get out and play songs from the new album and some old favourites in the near future. Dates will announced soon.
We’re also working on a new album that will be out next year, acts of god permitting.
However, we’re really excited to be able to announce that we’ve got a new video for “The View From an English Breakfast” which will be released next week. Huge thanks to Sam Johnston, not only for his creative talents and his drive and tenacity to film this within the constricts of the lockdown, but also for his patience in waiting for us to get to a point where we can actually get his project out into the world!
Three months since When The Dust Just Won’t Settle was released, so probably the time for a catch up on the critical responses and the interviews we’ve done.
If they do the job and pique your interest, there are still copies of the ltd edition album via our Bandcamp site, or if you’re in the USA at KoolKat.
“… a wealth of songwriting talent… should be the go-to artist for restless indie aficionados in search of higher quality” – Music Interview Magazine
“‘I Think That She Knows’… may be the best Crowded House song that they didn’t perform on.” – I Don’t Hear A Single
“A collection of twelve very accessible and rigorously constructed pop songs that come casually into the highest British tradition, intelligent but never cerebral, which stretches from Squeeze to Doves*” – Section 26 (*translated from French)
“An abundance of memorable harmonies and… intriguing lyrics. 8/10.” – Maximum Volume
“‘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
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 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.
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!