Housed in a gatefold sleeve designed by Steve Lippert, mastered by Matt Colton at Alchemy. Everything else was done by Sleaford Mods.
From Original Press Release 2015 “Key Markets was a large supermarket bang in the centre of Grantham from the early 1970's up until around 1980,” explains Jason Williamson.
“My mum would take me there and I'd always have a large coke in a plastic orange cup surrounded by varnished wood trimmings and big lamp shades with flowers on them. Beige bricks with bright yellow points of sale and large black foam letters surrounded you and this is why we called the album 'Key Markets'. It's the continuation of the day to day and how we see it, the un-incredible landscape.”
“The album was recorded in various periods between summer 2014 through to October of that year. We worked fast as we normally do, the method was the same as the other albums and like the other two, the sound has naturally moved itself along.
'Key Markets' is in places quite abstract but it still deals heavily with the disorientation of modern existence. It still touches on character assassination, the delusion of grandeur and the pointlessness of government politics. It's a classic. Fuck em.
Tracklisting: 1. Live Tonight 2. No One's Bothered 3. Bronx in a Six 4. Silly Me 5. Cunt Make It Up 6. Face To Faces 7. Arabia 8. In Quiet Streets 9. Tarantula Deadly Cargo 10. Rupert Trousers 11. Giddy on the Ciggies 12. The Blob
Abyss was recorded under a full moon over three intense days, and has the ‘off the leash’ abandon of ‘Fun House’ era ‘Stooges’.
Sonically, it's a fat dose of doom meets slowed down hardcore punk; filled with loud, ultra distorted guitar, and yet, a surprising amount of melody as well.
In fact, Yuko has said that the band’s name is a combination of Black Sabbath and Stereolab, well here on ‘Abyss’ is where that strange mix begins to make musical sense.
The band haven’t lost their love of lo-fi or ‘Riot Grrrl’ attitude. Vocals go from shoegaze melodic to hardcore screams. The guitars are loud and heavily gnarled to the point of chaos, and underneath all this, the drums rolling and tumbling thunder amidst the riffs.
Yes there is a smattering of ‘Sabbathy Wizarding’ of course, but submerged within dark, deep fuzz and punk rock crank and grind.
In truth the vibe is closer to both the arty heaviness of early Boris, and the sweet savagery of My Bloody Valentine, than any kind of ‘doom’ tropes. It’s a sound that is undoubtedly BlackLab’s own.
Tracklisting Vinyl: Side A 1. Insanity 2. Fade and Melt 3. Weed Dream 4. Amusement Park Of Terror
Side B 1. Forked Road 2. Chained 3. Sleepless Night 4. Sun
Tracklisting CD: 1. Insanity 2. Fade and Melt 3. Weed Dream 4. Amusement Park Of Terror 5. Forked Road 6. Chained 7. Sleepless Night 8. Sun
‘You Made Me’ is a Pete Astor album of other people’s songs. It was recorded with producer Ian Button and features Dave Tattersall (Wave Pictures) playing guitar and Andy Lewis (Spearmint, Blow Up) on bass and synth, with Pam Berry (Black Tambourine, Withered Hand), Sean Read (Edwyn Collins, Pretenders, and a mass of brilliant others) and Nina Walsh (Woodleigh Research Facility, Fireflies) joining on vocals.
From the pure pop ache of Gen X’s ‘Dancing with Myself’ to the stoic heartbreak of Cat Power’s ‘Manhattan’, via the shadowy rider in Elvis Presley’s ‘Black Star’, to the teenage ’50s gangster of Richard Thompson’s ‘Vincent Black Lightening’, You Made Me marks some of the way stations of a life in music, songs to make sense of time passing and what that passing time can mean. Pete Astor shares his thoughts on You Made Me.
Like everybody, my life has been sound-tracked by the songs I listen to and sing along with. And a bit like a collection of photographs, I’ve lost some while some never even got taken. Nonetheless, some really good ones did get through. Here they are.
1. ‘Dancing with Myself (1980)’ Gen X, the song articulated the loneliness of the long-distance musician – and it sounded great. 2. ‘Black Star (1960)’ Elvis Presley This was intended as the title song to a so-named 1960 Presley film that got retitled Flaming Star. The title track of David Bowie’s swansong album is widely thought to have been inspired by this song. 3. ‘Chained to an Idiot (1974) This is the only original on the record – my response to the history that these songs have made; the tale of the permanent teenager chained to his needs, forever defined by the purest, libidinous pop – turning Kingsley Amis’ quote, the provenance of the title, on its head. 4.‘Manhattan (2012). Cat Power This is Chan Marshall’s paean to lost love and lost places, an elegy to the way we locate our lives and love affairs in times and locations – a hazy New York or London, say – that have now disappeared. 5.‘Nitcomb (1999’). Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros. ‘Nitcomb’ will ring very true for anyone who remembers all the long evenings spent combing out those stubborn insects. As a musician, Strummer was a lifer, and like those nits, so very tenacious. 6.Vincent Black Lightning (1952)’ Richard Thompson This modern-day outlaw ballad tells the story of tragic love around the centrepiece of the mythic and very English titular motorcycle. 7.‘Solid Air (1973)’ John Martyn John Martyn’s plea to his lost and fading friend, Nick Drake, which becomes a touchstone and document of any lost and fading friends any of us might have had. 8.‘Can’t Hardly Wait (1987)’ The Replacements Paul Westerberg writing and singing about how it feels to be away from home, on tour, magnificently lost, aching to be. 9.‘Courage’ Villagers (2015)’ Conor O’Brien’s document of the heart’s travails re-imagined as lovers rock, making a gentle, steadfast march out of changing love. 10.‘Suffering Jukebox (2008)’ Silver Jews We recorded this in tribute to the passing of Silver Jews’ songwriter David Berman, a song about the plight of the record machine in the corner, devoid of agency, speaking for everyone who wishes things were different. Neil Scott (Felt, Denim, Everything But the Girl) joined us for this one on guitar. 11.‘One Man Guy (1985)’ Loudon Wainwright III Loudon lived in London in the mid ’80s. I once saw him eating alone in Parkway, NW1. Now I know how he must have felt.
The first release in Fu Manchu’s 30th Anniversary vinyl reissue series, In Search Of...Deluxe Edition, celebrates the band’s 3rd album and major label debut, which was originally released on 27 February, 1996.
Recorded at Grandmaster Studios in Hollywood, California by the band and Brian Jenkins (KYUSS, SCREAMING TREES), "In Search Of…" is considered a classic of the '90s and a pillar for the "stoner rock" movement. Highlights include the lead single "Asphalt Risin'", "Redline" and fan favorite "Cyclone Launch.”
This limited edition is pressed on clear vinyl with blue and yellow splatter and the gatefold package design includes never before seen photos of the band.
Also included is a bonus red/black splatter 7” of “Chevy Van” (a Sammy Johns cover that was previously only available on the Japanese pressing of the original album) b/w a 1995 Demo version of “Redline.”
Both the LP and 7” feature newly remastered audio for maximum fidelity.
Tracklisting: 1. Regal Begal 2. Missing Link 3. Asphalt Risin’ 4. Neptune’s Convoy 5. Redline 6. Cyclone Launch 7. Strato-Streak 8. Solid Hex 9. The Falcon Has Landed 10. Seahag 11. The Bargain 12. Supershooter