Limited edition 'cassingle' from the album 'I Remember'
Unrequited love. Madonna.
This isn’t actually a song about un-requited love for Madonna. Her Madgesty did however have a role to play. Simon, singer of London noise pop 3-piece Bromide explains..
“Rewind to the early ‘90s. I think it was midweek.. probably about 9pm ? I was on my way home in a cab - which in itself was unusual. Where did I get the money ? Was there a tube strike ? Anyway the urge suddenly overtook me to find out once and for all if there was anything more to a long-standing friendship with my friend Clare. I knew we were quite close to her flat in Westbourne Grove so I asked the cabbie to change direction.
Rang the buzzer. Flatmate says she’s in the bath. Oh gawd.. I go in and wait. It feels like I’m at the Doctor’s.. Clare appears and breaks the news to me that whatever it is that has brought me here will have to wait as.. Madonna is about to be interviewed on TV by Jonathon Ross. What ?? Really.. Noww ?? How come I didn’t know about this Amazingly Important Fact ? And yes, yes of course I can wait a bit longer. It really is no problem !
After about an hour including adverts, I finally get my chance to speak.. 'I, ahem, err… think that I, cough, err, y’know err.. Love.. You..' I splutter with a kind of question mark phrasing. She says ‘I thought you were going to say that’..and we’ve been great friends ever since.
Sometimes you know you know but you still just have to actually y’know.. Know.
B-side, I Don’t Want To Get Over You, is a Stephen Merritt gem from Magnetic Fields ‘69 Love Songs’. Both tracks from Bromide album ‘I Remember’ produced by Brian O’Shaughnessy (Primal Scream, MBV).
“Fantastic!” Gideon Coe BBC6 Music
“Like Teenage Fanclub on speed” RockClubUK
"Glorious Bromide single that gleefully resurrects the 90s with a Lemonheads-meets-Teenage Fanclub embrace"' Kara Manning WFUV New York
1. Mr. Ciccone's Daughter
2. I Don't Want To Get Over You
New single Limited edition cassette on Scratchy.
Music. What is it good for ? Maybe music starts where words finish.
We spend our lives absorbed by thoughts, experiences, emotions. Sometimes we can translate these into words, sometimes we need something more. Something.. other. We need sound.
Sound hotwires us direct to the soul. There are no diversions, no double meanings. There is only the purity of sound. Over a lifetime we become a living record of these sounds, a collection of sensory triggers that will transport us back in time to moments of joy, despair and everything in between.
‘I Remember’ is a collage of some of these moments. Of dancing with joy just because, of feeling the clouds draw in on a relationship, of becoming aware of music, of love. And ultimately of the realisation that there is no answer and all the roads are yellow bricked. As the song says..‘we’re just painting the bruises of our heads against the wall’.
The single is the title track from Bromide’s new album ‘I Remember’ produced by legendary producer Brian O’Shaughnessy (Primal Scream, MBV). It comes with two unreleased tracks – ‘Lovely New York’ an acoustic cover of a song by the late Tarka Cordell, former school bandmate of Bromide singer Simon Berridge and ‘Treasure Map’ the demo version of a track from previous Bromide album ‘Some Electric Sometime’.
1. I Remember
2. Lovely New York
3. Treasure Map (Demo)
"Bromide mix the best bits of The Lemonheads and Dinosaur Jr replete with melancholic melodies and J Mascis-ish guitar lines" Vive Le Rock
"‘I Remember’ is a brisk, snappy affair, which combines super-melodicism with athletic, abrasive guitars. Berridge’s confessional lyrics pull off the double feat of being both refreshingly down-to-earth and also angular at the same time" pennyblackmusic.co.uk
Release date: 14th august 2015
First release for the electric band line-up since 1998
London band Bromide’s new album ‘I Remember’ is a nostalgic rollercoaster ride round the icons of scuffed up fuzzy guitar pop. There’s nods to 80s hardcore heroes Husker Du, the yearning melodies of Teenage Fanclub, the gymnastic pop/rock straddling of The Only Ones and even mid-70s Top of the Popster Steve Harley gets a look in on lead track ‘Wheels’.
Elsewhere there are encounters with rediscovered jazz legends and whimsical buskers ‘Henry Grimes’, the tale of a teenage quest for the seeds of flower power ‘Lion Tamer’s Jacket’ and in the title track ‘I Remember’ an array or early musical memories assembled in a dream sequence show and tell. Magnetic Fields get a good going over as well with a Les Paul friendly re-working of their classic 'I don't want to get over you'.
At the helm is legendary producer Brian O’Shaughnessy (Primal Scream, MBV) dispensing an economy to proceedings that’s got Robert Pollard checking his stopwatch.
Bromide are - Simon Berridge (Guitar/Vocals), Ed Lush (Drums) and Hugo Wilkinson (Bass/Backing vocals)
“Romping, indie-pop blast that recalls the heyday of The Only Ones” The Times
“Like an ultra loud cross between Dinosaur Jr and The Lemonheads” Kerrang
"If Husker Du were Neil Young’s backing band.." Vis the Spoon (Promoter)
2. Gravity Glue
3. Hotwired To My Memories
4. Saddest Thing (That Didn't Matter In The World)
5. Henry Grimes
6. Mr. Ciccone's Daughter
7. I Don't Want To Get Over You
8. 2 Front Teeth
9. Lion Tamer's Jacket
10. I Remember
Release date: 26th January 2015
Bromide’s home recordings scrapbook from the noughties, produced by Ed and Matt Spork
“Ultra-catchy, jangly acoustic pop that reminds you of Lloyd Cole, Teenage Fanclub or American Music Club” soundsxp
“Memorable slices of acoustic whimsy.. CK bottles nostalgia while the effortless sounding Xwhere could have been conjured up by the underrated Mojave 3” Q magazine“An off-kilter look at the traumas, troubles, and triumphs of love Berridge has an air of a man at ease with his emotions, able to take the hits and still come back fighting for more. ‘Looking For Aliens’ would have even the most depressed student up on the dancefloor stretching their drainpipes.. whilst his take on GBV’s ‘Game Of Pricks’ is worthy of the old dogs themselves.” americana-uk
1. Looking For Aliens
2. Dipped Chopper Drive
4. Bad Wine
5. White Blood
7. The Unbearable Lightness Of Being
8. Game Of Pricks
9. Inhaling The Fumes
Release date: August 2008
Bromide swaps the Les Paul for the acoustic on follow up home produced album
‘Delicate and accomplished indie romanticism’ Time Out
‘Sounds particularly like something Neil Young and Turin Breaks might have collaborated on in the unlikely event they had met at school’ Q Magazine
‘Songs that celebrate space and the time cats spend doing nothing’ The Organ
‘A promising album in the vein of Smog, Silver Jews and Pinback. “Rollercoaster” would be a jukebox classic in nowhereland’ Gonzo Circus (Netherlands)
3. Records On
4. Butcher Boy
5. Racing Track
6. Car Park Craters (Shining On)
7. Stephen Hawking Lonely In The Stars
8. Fears For George Best
9. Safety Net
10. Hide It In The Churches
11. 2 The 1
Release date: October 2001
‘Quite good British melodic hardcore-guitar stuff. Sure to be signed up by a major and spoiled, just like Bivouac before them’ Time Out‘Title and pleasant surprise of the fortnight honours go to Bromide. This ep is in turns edgy (proof) melodic (where it fell) and passionate (non committal) bringing to mind other fine 3-piece outfits Husker Du and S*M*A*S*H. Which is nice’ Ripple Mag (Leicester Uni)
2. Where It Fell
4. Non-Committal (4-track version)
Release date: February 1998
Bromide’s debut featuring anyone he could drag into the studio including ex-Waterboys sax blower Anthony Thistlethwaite
‘A bedroom mini classic that harks back to Kevin Ayers, discovers Sonic Youth and has chronic lovesickness to spare’ Evening Standard
‘A febrile soul who can do pop in many voices’ Melody Maker
‘Mainman Simon Berridge has an ear for a canny tune and a keen lyrical eye for detail. Front that with his Ray-Davies-meets-Lloyd-Cole crooning and you’re onto a winner’ The Big Issue
‘Bright shining songs that sound like they should be all evening Radio One.. search this out it’s a bit of a gem’ The Organ
2. Sonic Youth
4. Fully Grown
7. I Don't Love You
8. What Is There?
9. Green Gate
10. Full Moon Heart
Release date: February 1997