10 June 2014
"we never ever made it down to nashville in the end
and no one ever signed our stupid country disco band"
it's not as if i've just "gone country" all of a sudden. the boy least likely to were always a little bit country, a little bit disco, a little bit of a mess of everything we'd ever grown up listening to. and we grew up listening to country, so it was always a big influence on our songs and the way we sounded.
it just seems like these last few years all i've been listening to is country music, so after we'd finished the great perhaps i wanted to make a record that sounded like all those records i'd been listening to. all the billy sherrill records, all the dolly parton and porter wagoner albums. loretta lynn, merle haggard, waylon jennings and willie nelson, those first few tanya tucker albums. we wanted it to sound like a cross between johnny cash and bananarama. country music for people who didn't really like country music.
so at the end of last summer, i went into the studio with my old friends adam chetwood and rob jones. adam had been playing banjo in the boy least likely to since the best party ever came out, and both of us had always shared a love of all things country, and rob had just finished recording the third voluntary butler scheme album and had produced the last sweet baboo album, which sounded amazing, so i really wanted him to make this record with me too.
and this is the first single by legends of country, made up of the first two songs that we recorded, that's what we talk about when we talk about country and i was born in apricot. the a side has got liz from indiepop legends, the school, singing on it too. it's coming out at the beginning of july on seven inch and as a download and i'm really excited about it.
you can preorder the limited seven inch from rough trade here
i hope you like it
29 October 2013
“from the moon, the earth looks small, shiny, serene, blue and white. fragile. i really believe that if the political leaders of the world could see their planet from a distance of 100,000 miles, their outlook could be fundamentally changed"
- michael collins
when i was young i never really thought much about space. it wasn't that i didn't like it, i just didn't think about it. i never spent warm summer nights staring up into the cloudless sky marveling at the mystery and wonder of it all. i guess i had enough to worry about on earth. i don't really remember looking up at all.
i do remember doing a school project on space when i was seven. i decided my favourite planet was pluto. i liked it for the same reasons i liked a lot of things when i was young. because it was the smallest and because no one else in my class liked it. and now scientists have downgraded pluto to being a dwarf planet, so my favourite planet isn't even a proper planet anymore. i suppose it was to be expected.
when i was young i wanted to be a cowboy, until i was old enough to want to be a pop star. i never wanted to be a train driver or a fireman, or any of those other things that boys want to be when they're young. and i never wanted to be an astronaut. i've never really liked astronauts. i've always thought astronauts were jocks.
i do have a favourite astronaut though. his name is michael collins. i like him for the same reasons i like a lot of things. because he is the smallest and no one else likes him. he was the third astronaut to go into space in 1969 on the apollo 11 mission to land on the moon, and no one ever remembers him. everyone knows neil armstrong and buzz aldrin, but michael collins has become the great forgotten astronaut. and he is my favourite.
michael collins didn't get to walk on the moon. for twenty one hours while neil armstrong and buzz aldrin were on the moon he was in the columbia command module circling it. every time he orbited the moon, radio contact with earth would abruptly cut off as soon as he went behind it, and for those minutes he was the most alone any person has ever been.
"i am alone now, truly alone, and absolutely isolated from any known life. i am it."
there's even a song about michael collins on our latest album, and this is the new video that we made for it. the video was beautifully animated by mal hartley from tim owen's original drawings.
you can watch it here on vevo
and you can watch it here on vimeo
hope you like it.
13 August 2013
A couple of weeks ago we were listening to our friends Geoff Lloyd and Annabel Port on the Absolute Radio Hometime show and Annabel played a song that she had written about all the dead dogs that they've been sent letters about from their listeners. Geoff suggested that maybe they could get a "real" band to record the song and then release it. So we got in contact and they seemed very excited to hear from us and the next thing we knew we were in the studio recording a version of the song and they were playing it on the radio.
We're now very excited to announce that our version of the The Dead Dog Memorial Song is available to buy from iTunes all over the world, and all the proceeds go to the amazing charity, The Dog's Trust.
The song even has its own animated video.
It's all very very exciting! For us and for Geoff and Annabel and for dogs and dog lovers everywhere.
We hope you like the song.