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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
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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
£10.99In 2015 London-based Bromide got their electric shoes back on with new bass player Hugo Wilkinson joining long-term collaborators, singer-guitarist Simon Berridge and drummer Ed Lush.Visit product page →
The resulting album I Remember'was described by Vive Le Rock as mixing 'the best bits of The Lemonheads and Dinosaur Jr replete with melancholic melodies and J Mascis-ish guitar lines" and won news fans including Gideon Coe on BBC6 who dubbed their single Mr. Ciccone's Daughter''Fantastic !' and played it for several months at the end of 2016.
Another vital piece of the puzzle had also fallen into place as they'd found producer Brian O'Shaughnessy at Bark Studios who seamlessly welded their pop onto their rock and last year the band returned to Bark to record their sixth album I Woke Up'.
Again stuffed full of pop delights struggling to reach the 3 minute mark such as Two Song Slot', the story of a disastrous open-mic encounter turning into a last minute victory and Tale To Tell'a conscience-pricked near perfect example of the Bromide sound written in the studio while recording, the album also sees the band begin to stretch their wings a bit.
Magic Coins'has an unexpected almost drum and bass inspired rhythm track while album closer and title track I Woke Up'is a 6 minute Doorsian odyssey. The song began life as a response to the biopic Mr. Turner'and in particular the scene in the film where the painter is tied to a mast in order to experience the full force of a nocturnal storm.
Starting with Berridge's Glenn Branca inspired intro Lush and Wilkinson then latch on a full-on krautrock groove to build the track through to an epic conclusion complete with thunder, rain and anything else lying round the studio.
Elsewhere Patti Smith's Dancing Barefoot'is given a thorough work out plus there are contributions from the rhythm section with Lush writing the music for both I'll Never Learn'and Always Now'while Wilkinson provides a breath of fresh air in proceedings with the instrumental Futurist Shore Leave'.
With I Woke Up'Bromide have firmly fixed the songwriter onto the band and vice-a-versa. As one recent twitter live review summed up 'They rock hard but the tunes come first: like Elvis Costello fronting Dinosaur Jr' Ain't gonna argue with that.
1. Tale to Tell
2. 'll Never Learn
3. Two Song Slot
4. The Guide
5. Magic Coins
6. Ancient Rome
7. Futurist Shore Leave
8. Postcard From Leipzig
9. Dancing Barefoot
10. Always Now
11. Woke Up
Release Date: 25/05/2018
£6.99Magic Coins'is an unexpected rhythm track that is seemingly drum and bass-inspired, written collectively by all three band members. Bromide are Simon Berridge on vocals and guitar, Ed Lush on drums, and Hugo Wilkinson on bass.Visit product page →
These songbirds worship at the altars of Husker Du, Teenage Fanclub, The Replacements, Guided By Voices, Dinosaur Jr., The Only Ones, Buffalo Tom and other melodic rockers equally obsessed by songs, songwriting and the euphoria associated with playing music through amplified electronic equipment.
Hailing from London, their sound has been described as "Grant Hart fronting Sebadoh" and "Elvis Costello fronting Dinosaur Jr."
Vive Le Rock noted that they mix 'the best bits of The Lemonheads and Dinosaur Jr. replete with melancholic melodies and J Mascis-ish guitar lines".
"Bromide haven't just woken up, they're alert and more keenly ambitious than ever" **** Record Collector
"Stunning.. if no one discovers this album now it will be claimed as one of the great lost albums of the era" 8/10 Louder than War
"I Woke Up catches the London-based three-piece punching a rather large and splendid hole in the modern alt-rock landscape" 8/10 God Is In The TV
"If you like Dinosaur Jr and The Replacements, you'll love this" 4/5 musicOMH
"A mighty fine tune from Bromide" Gideon Coe, BBC 6 Music
"Joyously scrappy punkgaze tune" The 405
Track List Side A - Magic Coins Side B - Always Now Live: Saturday 23rd March - Scratchstock at The Birds Nest, Deptford Saturday 13th April - Records Store Day alldayer at Sister Midnight Records, Deptford Thursday 18th April - The Islington (London) as support for UT Saurday 25th May - Scratchstock at The Birds Nest, Deptford
Release Date: 26/04/2019
£5.99Bromide returns to the studio for fourth album with producer Nigel of Bermondsey facilitating.Visit product page →
"Musically upbeat, but lyrically bruised fabulous first studio album in fifteen years from Bromide.. captures the momentary nature of life, and does so magnificently" pennyblackmusic
'Bromide's songs have a relaxed storytelling style, they're not in a hurry to impress, happy to await their election into the hall of fame.. They exist in the margins where all the interesting notes are made.' americana-uk
'Simon Berridge's voice is as strong as ever, with the songwriter only gaining in sound and fury' clashmusic
'An album to cherish.. Small Rewards'has an infectious pop feel to it that radio stations the country over should playlist" amusicalpriority
1. Broken Record
2. Hat to the Ride
3. Small Rewards
4. The View in Winter
5. Tightrope Act
6. Nikki Sudden
7. Nothing's Going In
8. Treasure Map
10. We are Reflective
11. Arrangements for a Wedding
Release date: 9th July 2012
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Bromide’s debut with electric 3-piece line up
‘Romping indie pop blast that recalls the heyday of The Only Ones: “If you were dead I could let go, Not while you’re still breathing though”’ The Times
‘More hooks than the DIY department at Homebase’ Melody Maker
1. Fool In My Brain
2. Not Expecting You
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‘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
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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
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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
Tracklisting:Release date 21st October 2016
1. Mr. Ciccone's Daughter
2. I Don't Want To Get Over You
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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
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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
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First 'Scratchy Singles Club' release on limited edition pink vinyl for Record Store Day
'I like Taylor Swift too and I don't care what you think.. bit of an instant classic' John Kennedy, Radio X
'A chunk of pop-rock with a dash of humour.. Reminds me of Fountains of Wayne" Gary Crowley, BBC London
'A golden voice' - Consequence Of Sound
I Like Taylor Swift is a sub-3-minute powerpop rock'n'roll anthem channelling the licks of Fountains Of Wayne and Weezer which tells of Coach Hop brainchild Charlie Laurence's fondness'for the Country Queen Pop Music Maven, Taylor Swift, using a tongue-in-cheek humour that's more disarming than it is distracting.
On the surface, I LikeTaylor Swift is a lovesong to the titular popstar but upon closer inspection, is an observation on the state of the modern music industry, 'In the song I admit I haven't really listened to much of her music but I'm inundated with images and stories about her' says Charlie. Throughout the song it verges on an admission that it's not cool to like Taylor Swift but in his trademark style, Charlie doesn't care what anyone else thinks, as he sings 'I like Taylor Swift and I don't care who knows it, it's not a guilty pleasure, it's just a normal pleasure.'
The accompanying video is a state of the art'animated affair using techniques that are an industry first, produced by Charlie's brother, and BBC Creative's Head of Design Lawrence Honderick and Sam Humphries.
The release's B-side; Everything's Fine is a subversive and evocative social commentary that expresses Charlie's acerbic wit and lookon life with the lyric: 'They say every cloud has a silver lining but I'm not a believer. I'm not gonna be bitter about it, but I don't have to be happy about it either. Everything's fine, and nothing's gonna be alright.'
Release Date: 21st April 2018
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One friend. Two bands. And so it was that Manchester's 'Easter' and London's 'Bromide' met in their mutual pal Dave Armes's address book (he of Last Harbour, LCR Records and A-Sun Amissa sidekick repute). Soon after Easter were on their way down t'smoke to play at Bromide's place, namely the Birds Nest in Deptford. And verily did they smash it! So much so that Bromide singer Simon immediately thought about putting something out on his Scratchy Records label.. and why not keep the threads twisting and make it a joint release!And there's more..! Easter had a whole EP ready to go so punters who buy the vinyl will get a free download code for the extra tracks. Then early next year both bands will be heading out fora few gigs to plug the single, joined by Southend's own fabulous guitar reverb-drenched 'Dark Globes' - who've also got wares to plug in the shape of newly released album 'Somewhere To Land'.
Especially as both bands share a love of alt. sounds from across the pond back in dem 90s days. Easter feasting on Buffalo Tom's heavier riffs, Yo La Tengo and San Francisco's 'Swell', while Bromide reminded Easter's mainman Tom of 'Nada Surf and Big Star and that New Zealand power pop stuff..' So the split-single was born.. Easter taking the A with 'Doubt Rings', a propulsive guitar-lashed gallop thru the relationship forest with Bromide on the AA offering 'I'll Never Learn' from last year's 'I Woke Up' album on Scratchy, an up/downbeat reflective tale that dries solid on the choruses when the fuzz kicks in. Easter - 'A welcome throwback to the wry, self-lacerating alt.rock of the early 90s'Uncut Bromide -if you like Dinosaur Jr and The Replacements, you'll love this'MusicOMH
Release Date: 31/01/2020
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"Lush, largely instrumental, cut-up music that tweaks memories of everyone from Yello and Stereolab to Denim.. Spetz’s restless imagination wins the day.” Uncut
“It is sweetness and it is light and it is 42 minutes and 37 seconds worth of moon age confectionery for our modern times” godisinthetv
“Breathtakingly brilliant” pennyblackmusic
“Breakbeats, samba, stolen dubstep basslines and crunching rock riffs.. With the colour of music currently a dull beige (Mumford/Adele/ Sande et al), artists who put 2 and 2 together and come up with anything but 4 are needed now more than ever, add spetz to the list of beautiful outsiders.” 8.6/10 withguitars
2. Second Hand Poet
3. Open Your Mind
4. 3 Before A
5. Ivor’s Noodles
7. Music For Giftshops
8. Ice 9
9. Thought Bubbles
Release date: 3rd December 2012
£8.99Critically acclaimed artpop debut from mysterious curtain twitcher Alvine SpetzVisit product page →
A highly eccentric but thoroughly engaging electronic/art-pop debut that aligns him with The Fall, Denim and Frank Zappa” Uncut
“The fine and unfathomably funky Full English Breakfast.. If Beefheart had a surreal senior moment and reformed his Magic Band to perform S Club 7 covers, it might sound something like this” The Guardian
“One-man art-pop prankster.. this year’s cult model” Mojo
“Pulls together the sound of The Fall, Edwyn Collins, Devo and Wire.. seriously good” **** Sunday Times
“Fall-like panache” Artrocker
1. Full English Breakfast
2. Cuban Hotel
3. Song For A Nut
4. Cake Stand
5. Shift Key Noodles
7. The Cord
8. Fish Tank Bubbles[Shining On]
9. Winder Kills The Clock.
10. It's Good/ It's Gone
11. The Cleansing Of Rock And Roll
Release date: 3rd August 2009
£13.99Darkly comic and melodic little songs for your horror and amusement'In 2010, after 5 years writhing and screaming in cabaret/rock band Hooverville, Joey Herzfeld strapped on an accordion and gathered together an impressive array of so-called friends to deliver his nasty but melodic little ditties with a more acoustic lineup. ..Are Watching You'is their debut album, a collection of dark and funny tales of hangings, heartbreak, stalkers and lechers all interspersed with foot-stomping instrumentals.Visit product page →
Highlights include "Great Again", the story of a failed writer with lofty intentions stalking a famous novelist, "Maggie Dickson", where a woman somehow survives hanging, then sets up a thriving pub overlooking the gallows, and "Cracks", a surprisingly swinging take on modern hermitism whose apocalyptic finale gives the band full licence to let rip.
Joey has long been something of an anomaly in the North London music scene, honing traditional song-craft while playing with more experimental musicians. So here amidst the rye banjo licks and folk fiddle we find the best and brightest of the Stoke Newington / Walthamstow avant garde.
There are cheery clarinet tootlings from Alex Ward, best known for his boundary shredding free improv and noise rock, anchored double bass and keys from Santiago Horro and Luke Barlow, both members of ear-melting math rock band Nought, and springy drums from Jem Doulton of the Thurston Moore Band and Roisin Murphy.
All of the above have been playing challenging and unpredictable music together for years in every conceivable combination, but here rub shoulders with players from more grounded folk traditions. So, if pithy twisted storytelling accompanied by a circus of wheezing accordion, twanging banjo, gypsy fiddle, wailing clarinet plus an occasional smattering of surf guitar, toy piano, spooky organ, musical saw, glockenspiel, mandolin, ukulele, scronking sax, scrap metal and cutlery (breathe..) intrigues your musical palate, please take a seat at the ringside..
Their extraordinarily different sound, great musicianship and stage presence alienated half the crowd and transfixed the rest. Were they mental or brave musical pioneers?'The Londonist
Circus sideshow malarkey'Drowned in Sound
1. Great Again
4. Half -Hanged Maggie Dickson
5. Girl Won't You Dance?
6. Charge of the Centipedes
7. Life in the city
8. Secret Admirer
13. End of the Set
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This is glam pop at its best' - The Quietus
'This was my introduction to Jonny Cola And The A Grades. It's left me intrigued, a little baffled and relieved that there are still young bands out there with the ambition to aim for the stars and the talent to succeed for the most part. Most bands that I love are doomed to die in obscurity and poverty. Just this once people, prove me wrong. They deserve better' louderthanwar
"Thinking man's glam ... the swirling coolness of Bowie teetering on the brink of Queen over-the-top theatrics" Vive le Rock
"With [Spitfire], the A-Grades have effortlessly succeeded in taking everything that makes them such a great band and wrapping it up into 45 minutes of glam-pop bliss" pure rawk
1. In The Woods
2. Tropical Beach
3. Straight To Video
4. Rain Stopped Play
5. Blow Up
6. Going Over
10. Out Of The Woods
Release date: 9th September 2013
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“ ‘All the young dudes’ with the slick rhythms of Blondie.. you’ll be waving a feather boa over your head and grinning like a muppet” Artrocker
"Perfectly crafted POP! complete with falsetto “oo”s in the chorus, like every pop classic should have.. catchy as hell” godisinthetv
“The angular Mr Cola and his A-Grades return with new EP which showcases their refreshing mix of “Oxfam glam” and astute social commentary, imagine if Suede had read Marx(Groucho and Karl)” Von Pip Musical Express
1. Postcode Wars
2. Alpha Male
3. Summer Of Hate
4. If I Leave You Sitting In The Dark (Just Let Me Know)
Release date: 27th june 2011
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