Brix interview at NME Awards

Brix Smith Start short interview at NME Awards last week with 6Music's Georgie Rogers talking about Mark Smith's legacy.


Blang catalogue moving to Cargo distrbution

We are moving our digital back catalogue to Cargo Records, one of the UK's leading independent music distributors. This will take a few weeks. In the meantime we're afraid that our catalogue cannot currently be downloaded from iTunes, Amazon and other digital shops or streamed from Spotify, etc. We'll announce when things are back to normal. In the meantime most of our catalogue is available to be streamed from the Blang shop.

 


Brix & The Extricated debut album part2

Brix & The Extricated debut album

The debut album from Brix & The Extricated is out now and has entered the vinyl album chart at number 38! "Part 2" (BLANG 73) is available on black or clear vinyl, CD and download. "Part 2" was produced by John Reynolds (Sinead O'Connor, Eno, Dubliners, David Byrne). New single "Moonrise Kingdom" entered the vinyl single chart at number 28 (with many of the entries being golden oldies eg Bowie, Floyd, Doors).

Find out more about the album:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAfZQGyKUwM

"Part 2" has been greeted with a volley of praise from the press:

"one of the greatest indie-rock releases of the year. it's f***ing glorious...... This sort of thing is just not supposed to happen. Retired indie singers in their fifties aren’t suppose to pick up a guitar for the first time in a decade and write some of the best melodies of their career. Groups made from former members of another band aren’t meant to transcend the nostalgia circuit. But then nothing to do with the Fall ever followed the rules, did it?"- 9/10 - Drowned In Sound

"this is an extraordinary feat from Brix and chums… The new songs are dynamite; 'Pneumatic Violet' is all pulsing sensuality and vitriol and 'Damned to Eternity' has the pop smarts and punk snarl of girl group classics.” - 9/10 - Vive Le Rock

"their debut features dizzy, Paisley Underground remakes of Brix-era Fall faves plus a surprising skein of new songs… Significantly more wonderful than it is frightening” - Uncut 

"rollicking debut album” – Q Magazine

"Each song on Part 2 features songs where each chorus opens up and drags the song kicking and screaming into pure glam pop, gliding over Steve Hanley’s dirty bass, Steve Trafford & Jason Brown’s weaving, overdriven melodic guitars and Paul Hanley’s battered drums. There is sleaze, attitude and swagger aplenty. Brix Smith is iconic, distinguished, intelligent, dangerous and leading the way for The Extricated, out of the pages of books and onto 7″ singles, stages around the UK and now this full-length album." - Louder Than War


June's Blang night at Muse Soho

Blang presents:

LUCY'S DIARY
RAPID RESULTS COLLEGE
KATE ARNOLD (FEAR OF THE FOREST)

Muse Soho, 23 Frith Street, London W1D 4RR

Doors 8.00 PM

£5 entrance (NUS and JSA/DLA/PIP/ESA £3 with proof)

Facebook event

Lucy's Diary (10 15 PM)
Pop-punk story-telling from the diaries of Lucy Joplin. Helping her shake a Buzzcocks/Blondie cocktail are Ian Button (Death In Vegas, Papernut Cambridge, Sergeant Buzfuz) on drums, Mike Stone (Television Personalities, Rapid Results College) on bass and JJ Crash (JJ Crash) on guitar.
“I’ve been listening to Lucy’s Diary.  One of my favorite things is ethereal female vocals over dirty guitars” (Frank Skinner in Mojo) "scathing pop perfection" (Music OMH)
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Rapid Results College (9.30 PM)
RRC feature Rob Boyd (ex The Hillfields) on vocals/guitar, Mike Stone (Television Personalities/Lucy's Diary) on guitar/vocals , Owain Evans (Rapid Results College) on drums and Terry Tyldesley (Feral Five) on bass. They play guitar pop songs with a C86 flavour about the cities we live in, our hopes, dreams, and calamities.
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Kate Arnold (Fear Of The Forest) (8.45 PM)
Kate Arnold plays a rare solo show away from her experimental folk conjurors Fear Of The Forest. Kate is currently on a genealogical odyssey ,writing songs about her family history based on her father's research. So we hear tales of forebears like Captain Swing, leader of the 19th century Swing Riots. And a gypsy great grandmother. The stories are accompanied by Arnold's sweeping violin playing and intricately threaded with shimmering loops of hammered dulcimer. Kate is an ex-member of Sergeant Buzfuz and Thee Awkward Silences and has played with Senegalese kora player Doudou Sissoko, Greek neo-folk troupe Daemonia Nymphe and English folk singer Lisa Knapp. Which gives an idea of the breadth of her influences.
http://www.fearoftheforest.co.uk/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_Swing


Sheepy interview and 15 Songs video (on When The Horn Blows)

Liverpool three-piece Sheepy talk to us about their humorous music video for ’15 Songs (In An Hour)’.
'15 Songs (In An Hour)' is a song about constant creativity featuring contagious post-punk with a massive power-pop heart at the centre. This is the first single from the band’s new album ‘Alarm Bells’ scheduled for release on April 9th via Blang Records.

Sheepy Explains:
Where was the video for 15 Songs (In An Hour) filmed?
The video was filmed in an old primary school in Toxteth, Liverpool which is now occupied by some of our friends who kindly allowed us to use their hall.

How does the video compliment the song?
Bobby Stickah, who produced the video came up with the idea of making writing songs "A sport". The song is about writing songs quickly and pushing yourself to do so, whilst the video shows this being done, whilst also doing physical activities. The theme is based on badly shot 80s programmes and this is shown in the shots, our image and our cheesy interactions.

Any behind the scenes stories?
The last scene we filmed (which is the first scene of the video) we tried to make it really smoky from the smoke machine. Unfortunately this set off the fire alarm, which went off throughout the building. Most of the people living there weren't aware we were filming and got quite a surprise to see us in our 80s gear. Also it was absolutely freezing when we filmed in early January. We had to keep running round to keep warm.

Can you talk us through the themes and imagery used?
We became 3 characters, Ruud Mullet, Ron Wanweird and Skreetch. We brought some of the important things like the stopwatch and the desk, but most of the things we used we just found in the school on the day, (the ropes, the ping pong table and even the chairs). We just had fun and decided on the day what we would use and how.

Is there a message you hope people might take from watching the vid?
There wasn't a message we just wanted it to look as fun and as tacky as possible. The shots might remind viewers of old TV shows they used to watch. We had a lot of fun filming it.

Interview Feature by Karla Harris via  When The Horn Blows here


New video: High Diver by Seth Faergolzia

Here's a new video featuring 'High Diver' by Seth Faergolzia. It's from an upcoming documentary about Dana Kunze, ex-world record holding US high-diver. It was made in the USA by Dheff Films. Seth isn't in the video but 'High Diver' soundtracks this section of the documentary beautifully. Click here for the video

'High Diver' is from the album of the same name (BLANG 65)


Sheepy Live Acoustic TV Session on Made In Liverpool

Live performance and Interview with Luke and Ollie from Sheepy. They perform 3 tracks Live on "The Liverpool Sound" on Made In Liverpool TV Channel.: Parties on The Lane, Bed No More and Crosby Writers Club. Aired on 6th February 2017.

Sheepy's new album "Alarm Bells" is out on 7th April 2017 on Blang Records.