Tess Parks & Anton Newcombe

I Declare Nothing

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Born in Berlin in early 2014 and nurtured over the following summer, ‘I Declare Nothing’ is the spine-tingling collaboration between Tess Parks and Anton Newcombe (Brian Jonestown Massacre), released on Anton’s A Recordings label. The duo co-wrote and co-played on the album.

A native of Toronto, Tess Parks moved to London, England at the age of 17 where she briefly studied photography before deciding to focus on music. Tess made an impression on industry legend Alan McGee, founder of Creation Records, albeit the timing of their meeting could hardly have been less ideal; McGee was no longer involved in music and Tess was due to move back to Toronto. After moving back to her hometown in 2012, Tess formed a band on the advice of McGee and less than a year after their meeting, he returned to music with his new label, 359 Music. Tess became one of his first signings and released her debut record ‘Blood Hot’ in November 2013 to excellent reviews. One reviewer described her as “Patti Smith on Quaaludes”. Others have mentioned her "gauzy psychedelic sound” and "smouldering voice”. Alan McGee himself said: “She’s only 24 and is already an amazing songwriter... she just doesn’t quite know she is yet … her most beautiful quality is her lack of ego. Tess is an amazing lady”.

Anton Newcombe as I'm sure you know, is the leader of the Brian Jonestown Massacre, who returned last May with their 14th full-length album ‘Revelation’ to critical acclaim. It is the first album that was fully recorded and produced at Anton Newcombe’s recording studio in Berlin and was released on his record label A Recordings. It was supported by a successful European tour. Named in tribute to the legendary Rolling Stones guitarist and his influence in introducing Eastern culture and music into the world of Western rock & roll, Brian Jonestown Massacre formed in San Francisco, California in 1990. Two dozen band members later and numerous “ups and downs” (some have been famously sensationalized in the media), the one thing that has always remained consistent for this psychedelic collective, is front man Mr. Anton Alfred Newcombe.

TRACK LISTING

LP Tracklisting
SIDE A -
1 – Wehmut
2 – Cocaine Cat
3 – Peace Defrost
4 – German Tangerine
5 – Gone
SIDE B
6 – October 2nd
7 – Mama
8 – Voyage De L’ame
9 – Meliorist
10 - Friendlies

CD Tracklisting
1 – Wehmut
2 – Cocaine Cat
3 – Peace Defrost
4 – German Tangerine
5 – Gone
6 – October 2nd
7 – Mama
8 – Voyage De L’ame
9 – Meliorist
10 - Friendlies

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