With March seeing the release of their 2nd studio album – what better way to celebrate than to get all the collection together and take photos. What is most pleasing is that with the exception of some of the variant editions, I have completed my Tall Ships vinyl collection – and got the lot signed
Let’s start with the excellent new album “Impressions”. I opted for the indies only 2xLP edition with etched forth side
Sticking with LPs, here is the debut, on black vinyl which came with poster of the album cover (not pictured but also signed)
Next up, whilst not vinyl, are equally nice things to have. First up is the Resident in-store poster from launch show the guys played to celebrate the release of Impressions. This will soon be placed in a frame and displayed with my record collection.
If you have read my other posts over the years, you will have noticed that the odd signed playing card appears. Essentially about 6 years ago I bought a giant pack of playing cards with a view of getting all 54 (2 jokers) signed. In some case, as is the case with Tall Ships, a band members more artistic streak will break free – and the r silt usually ends up with a cock and balls drawn somewhere. In this example, you will notice that the love heart has been ‘enhanced’ to resemble a very happy scrotum with a large amount of stubble, arms and legs. Nice. Also, extra credit must be given for the perfect recreation of the band logo at the base of the card.
Back to records, next is the solitary 12″ in the collection (yes, I separate 12″ EPs/ Singles out from LPs) – the repressed edition of There Is Nothing Here But Chemistry EP. I was not able to get hold of the variants, so mine is standard black vinyl. Again the sleeve appears to be hand crafted so I assume that each one is slightly different.
Into the 7″ singles now, and the first one is the TooPure singles club release of Will to Life/ Life Goes On. Limited to about 500 I think, mine is #376. As a side note, if you are not already member, I highly recommend joining. http://www.toopure.com.
Nice eh?! 😀
Tall Ships, Resident Instore, Brighton
So, it is here again – that wonderful day where I queue outside Resident Records in Brighton for 13 or so hours to make sure I can grab all the RSD releases I am after without having to resort to buying from flippers.
Another busy one was had, with a monster queue forming by about 6am – but lucky for me, there were all behind me as my overnight stint had bagged me 7th in the queue.
My first update of #RSD2017 relates to the biggest single artist spend of the day, the 9 Peter Hook & the Light vinyls. Now this really had to be good to warrant the £197 price tag you faced if you wanted them all – and first impressions don’t disappoint.
The overall set comprises of 4 different live variations of Joy Division/ New Order albums:
- Closer, recorded live at The Factory, Manchester, 2011
- Unknown Pleasures, recorded live At The Cockpit, Leeds, 2012
- Movement, recorded live at The Academy, Dublin, 2013
- Power, Corruption & Lies, recorded live at The Academy, Dublin 2013
All LP housed in deluxe gatefold sleeves and pressed on coloured vinyl.
Closer Vols 1 & 2
Come back later for more RSD17 pictures
So, over the years I have met many many bands. Some of them are c**ts from the off, some of them seem genuine at first (whilst they are small and desperate for you to buy their merch, but then a few years later charge £50+ for VIP access and then only sign one record). Thankfully there are the others. This lot, are that other type; four truly genuine guys who deserve every drop of success that comes their way.
Rewind to May 2014 and I was at the Prince Albert in Brighton for a warm-up evening before the Great Escape festival – and all of a sudden this band that just sounded different to what I was listening to took to the stage. The noise that followed just blew me away, I looked at the stage expecting to see seasoned post hardcore veterans, perhaps having one more shot before disappearing into the ether. So imagine my surprise when they all looked half my age, they only had a handful of songs and a three track cassette for sale. So I gave them money for their cassette (knowing full well I had nothing to play it on) and got to chatting to them. One thing led to another and before you know it I’ve clocked up hundreds of miles to see them in a variety of places around the UK – and have loved every minute of it.
Fast forward three and a half years, and it is finally here……the debut album. Now, I will admit that I am probably quite biased but f**k me it is a corker and it looks as beautiful as it sounds. Now I don’t normally review albums, because the people who read this blog do so only to see the records and artwork – so all I will say is this:
- Track 1: First of the Slow Burners. Lead single, and absolute banger. Video
- Track 2: Shapes in Nature. Starts mellow, builds and becomes a banger.
- Track 3: The Art of Conversation. See review for track 2, also amazing live. Video
- Track 4: Eighty Four. Builds up, builds up some more and gets loud. Thought it was going to be called Simple Plan. It bangs!
- Track 5: Everything Matters. Probably my favourite. Also a banger. Sounds nothing like Snow Patrol
- Track 6: Listen. Wasn’t sure about it at first. On 10th listen, decided it is a banger.
- Track 7: War & Pieces. Starts with a bang. Continues to bang. Banger!
- Track 8. Army of One. Continues where War & Pieces ends. BANG
- Track 9: Last of the Quick Thinkers. A real favourite when I see them live. Love it. Massive banger.
- Track 10: Dawn. Boom, these boys (beys) know how to close out an album. I cried. This one is not a banger, it is just the perfect end to a truly blistering debut album. Btw, I’m lying, it is another banger.
See what I have done there. Not really a review is it, I’ve just used the word banger a lot. In short: All Killer. No Filler.
Now for the reason you are here. The pictures…..
Limited to 250 copies (well 247 if you remove the three copies I have), this first pressing is on clear vinyl with blue/ silver splatter available exclusively from Rose Coloured Records (link below) and Banquet Records. It comes with an inner sleeve and lyric sheet (and obligatory download code) and is seriously nice to look at (both the record and the artwork).
And here are some words from bona-fide music press………and Kerrang!
Well look what has just turned up – the latest in the TMR Vault releases (and my first one ever due to the band in question). The first thing I notice, is that Third Man Records don’t do discreet, with a nicely branded TMR record mailer to protect whatever gems lay inside.
Third Man Records Vault #29 represents my first foray into the TMR subscription service – and for good reason – as it is the first TMR vs Pearl Jam collaboration,recorded just before their Bonnaroo headline set earlier this year.
So to the contents, and I will start with the records, as that is the whole point of this blog. The main part of the package is of course the 12″. Dissapointingly it only comprises of 8 tracks, but on the plus side it is a beautiful gold (translucent orange) black 50/50 split disc house in a super stiff gatefold sleeve. The sleeve features metallic printing.
Next up, is the “record booth recorded” 7″. A single side clear record that features Eddie Vedder performing ‘out of sand’.
It is that time of year again where I queue up outside the best independent record shop in the UK #Fact, Resident in Brighton (www.resident-music.com).
The rain came and went, the temperature dropped and the wind blew, but most annoyingly of all, the drunks kept asking “why are you queuing up”. For the first few hours we answered honestly, with the hope that we would be admired – we weren’t. Eventually we got bored and started answering with such unbelievable responses that hopefully people would leave us be. Some favourites included:
- Meet and Greet with David Bowie (and other recently deceased celebrities)
- See Justin Bieber perform and Instore
- A peaceful protest supporting a variety of causes
At 7am, the doors opened and we wove our way around the store to have our pick lists collected and await the 8am kurfew to pass.
8am came, and lots of money went…. And these are the resulting additions to my collection.
Seven Inch Singles:
Public Service Broadcasting – The Other Side: 2 sided picture disc with a picture of the moon surrounded by a red and green background. A really good looking piece.
Death Cab For Cutie – Tractor Rape Chain: Exclusive single featuring Ben covering Guided by Voices classic, Tractor Rape Chain. Pressed in white vinyl and housed in a retro looking sleeve.
Bring Me The Horizon – Live from Maida Vale: A very ‘BMTH’ looking picture disc, with different colour backgrounds on each side. Featuring two tracks from the latest album performed at the BBC’s iconic Maida Vale.
Muse – Reapers: A really cool looking picture disc from Muse featuring a comic looking rocket dropping bombs. Housed in a clear sleeve, with an inlay that doubles up as an origami drone. I think I will photocopy it to make the drone rather than wreck the inlay! Features an album and live version of the track.
The Bee-Gees/ Faith No More – I Started A Joke (Side by Side): The only one of this years side by side releases that I wanted was this one, featuring the Faith No More version of I Started A Joke. A great single made all the better by being pressed on lime green vinyl housed in a die cut sleeve.
Gerard Way – Pinkish/ Don’t Try: A single featuring two out takes from the Hesitant Alien sessions. Pressed on Red, Pink and Purple splattered vinyl so nice to look at, with both sides looking drastically different (one looks more marble, whilst the other looks like the traditional splatter effect).
Foals – Rain/ Daffodil: Foals continue the tradition of releasing some for RSD with this years offering, 2 new tracks on Rain and Daffodil. Pressed on black vinyl and following the stylings used for the singles off of the recent “What Went Down”album.
Bastille – Hangin’: The new single from Bastille pressed on white vinyl. Housed in a paper sleeve inside a die cut sleeve featuring a man falling down.
Ten Inch Singles:
John Williams – The Force Awakens: A two track 10″ featuring two pieces of music from the movie; March of the Resistance and Rey’s Theme. The real draw with this one though is the picture that features a front and rear shot of everyone’s favourite Corellian YT-1300 Freighter.
Rob Zombie – Well, Everyone’s Fucking on the U.F.O.: I won’t lie, this one pretty much only got bought for the title. The artwork helped too, but once I opened it and saw the b-side etching this any regrets dissipated.
PinkShinyUltraBlast – Happy Songs for Happy Zombies: I knew nothing about this band before RSD16, but am so glad I got told to buy it by a fellow music lover. Not only are the tracks amazing, a big fat slice of Russian Shoegaze Alt-Pop, but it is presented on a quite lovely red and orange marbled slab of vinyl (the orange is a bit translucency too). Housed in a highly attractive fully printed internal card sleeve that matches the outer cover. The simplistic rabbit and deer on the covers are pretty cute too! Pricey, but an instant favourite – so well worth it. Downside is that I now feel compelled to collect the rest of their releases.
As requested by Discogs user sonoftheriver here are some photos of the Dry the River “Gethsemane” seven inch released on Transgressive in 2014 (TRANS184).
It was (as far as I am aware) the last physical release that the band made, and the only 7″ released from their second and final album, “Alarms in the Heart”
For those regular readers (albeit I have been about for the last year) – this band is awesome and I highly recommend you spend some time getting to know them.