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Group Photos

BBR#34

    Group Photos hail from San Bernardino, California and make incredible shoegaze pop. Like a mix of Interpol's delivery with Slowdive's blissed droning peaks that cut through the songs with touches of shimmering & delayed flecks of sound. Add a dash of experimental field recordings, crisp acoustics & fx, and it's a seductive collection of tracks on the ever-present Box Bedroom Rebels! Opening instrumental "Safety" sets you off with its hypnotic jangling riffs before melting into a long ecstatic drone as the acoustic strum of "Infirmary" fades in before the track explodes to life and races off before blending into "In The Morning", a high speed sprinter with crescendo upon crescendo that never eases up. Side 2 starts with another instrumental track "Cut", with its ambient soundscapes and the whirrr n click of electronics. "Frequency" is the longest track on the EP - a beautiful hypnotic slice of dreampop. "Flight Lessons" is full on blissed-out, lo-fi shoegaze; dreamy, etherial and woozy before the EP ends on a short instrumental piece "Birds Under A Bridge" - a ghostly track that ripples with unnatural echo, concludes the EP in beguiling form. 

    7 track 33rpm 7" housed in one of 5 different coloured risograph sleeves containing one of 2 different gatefold full coloured doublesided inserts plus a stamped envelope containing 9 track download code, BBR Letter, Group Photos confetti & postcard.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Ltd 7" Info: 7 track 33rpm 7" housed in one of 5 different coloured risograph sleeves containing one of 2 different gatefold full coloured doublesided inserts plus a stamped envelope containing 9 track download code, BBR Letter, Group Photos confetti & postcard.

    'Well..I think its universally agreed its been a terrible year for world leaders momumentally screwing the world over! So I wanted to end the year with a nice positive bouncey pop record to blow away the grey and see 2019 in with some much needed love and cheer! And thats what Husbands are about. This Ohio group make joyous jump-up guitar party pop - from the opening singalong of "Karlstad" (yup.. it's named after their favourite piece if Ikea furniture), the romping fun of "I Don't Wanna Die" to the beautiful closer "Youth Group", its an EP of varied styles. 7 tracks in total plus more in the downloads, one of which is a cover of "Believe" by Cher - which is just awesome! Trust me..' - Kev Beard (Box Bedroom Rebels)

    Yes folks it's another winner from the 'Rebels. Husband are rawkus, boiyant and postive - there's flecks of vintage Cali / San Francisco, a bit of Best Coast and even a bit of garage punk a la The Queers / Ramones... It's a celebratory affair, not as navel-gazing as previous BBR's have (proudly) been. Yes indeedy, Kev's deifnintely attempting to veer us away from the current cycle of doom and gloom and for that we should all rejoice!

    Limited copies as per - move quick to snag the action! 

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: Box Bedroom Rebels blast us out of our Winter depression with a brilliant, jam packed 7" of pop-psyche-indie-rock business that's impossible not to crack a smile too... always remember to moisturize!

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Ltd 7" Info: 7 track 33rpm EP which comes in one of 3 coloured double sided sleeves with a double sided insert and envelope containing a 10 track download code, BBR Letter, Husbands confetti Popcard#4 which is in honour of Nicolas Roeg who died recently.

    Here's Kev and his Rebels with another iconoclastic release for MCR's best DIY indie / lo-fi pop label.

    Vehicle Blues is from Chicago. It's the project of Gabe Holcombe. The music is a mix of hazy lo-fi shoegazer pop, fuzzed out JMC noise-pop and tracks recorded to damaged tapes; part ballads, part spacerock and sometimes sounding like a no-fi version of Casino Vs Japan. All bases are covered, that is if you count your bases amognst the scuzzy, fuzzy and lo-fi variety. 

    You know the score by now - these Rebels don't hang around long - and as per you get all the love and attention we've come to expect in the packaging department PLUS extra bonus tracks on the digi... phew! - Kevin, you are really spoiling us! 

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Ltd 7" Info: Yet another deluxe Box Bedroom package deal - inserts, confetti, stickers, download codes & an albino hedgehog (the last one may not be true.. - ed).

    Well isn't this nice? Currently receiving lots of attention from the 6 Music crew (Gideon Coe, Janice Long & Elbow's Guy Garvey have all played tracks off the EP), this new EP from long standing, cult adored Manchester label, Box Bedroom Rebels features a new and exciting British artist named Welfare.

    Welfare lives off-grid, somewhere in mid Wales where he writes music, keeps chickens and tends to his smallholding. I'm assuming he's good with wood, and with his hands in general; but the real magic comes from within. This is sweet, soul-drenched dream-folk; akin to Red House Painters "Songs For A Blue Guitar", Chris Bell and a touch of Gram Parsons. It's hazy, lush, slowcore even. There's strings, layers of acoustics, multilayered harmonies, lead guitar lines plucked from the ether, swirling Hammond organ and flutes but it's Whelan's voice that really carries it - a soft, whispering, countryside companion, by your side as you wander the wilderness and the open pastures. Artists don't come much more honest and pure than this; and I can't help but find myself slowly falling in love with him through the course of the EP.

    Kev's really unearthed something quite special here, and I love the way he's gone out of the bedroom and into the wilds! It might not be four young adults scratching away in a Moss Side student gaff, but I think the confines of Whelan's environment, along with the obvious technical limitations that come with living outside of traditional society mean that's this is as punk or whatever you wanna call it, as anything else on the label that precedes it. A natural home for Welfare's debut release, expect to see much more from this cat once the major labels (that are already sniffing around) get involved....

    Highly recommended! 


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: Possibly only superceded by an early Horsebeach 7". This is my favourite release so far on Kev's amazing Box Bedroom Rebels. A brilliant story backed up by some beautiful songs.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Ltd 7" Info: 4 track limited EP (250 copies) with 6 track download in a numbered double sided sleeve with an envelope containing BBR Letter, Popcard#3, WELFARE Confetti, Download Code & small wooden 'Love' heart.

    Box Bedroom Rebels kick off 2018 with its first release. It's a 7 track EP by Tennessee based quartet Movie Brain who's music is similar to the 2nd release on the esteemed label by The Faded Tapes. Lo-fi, partly instrumental, shoegazery dreampop with hushed vocals, layers of reverbed guitars, chiming chords; music of misty mornings or late night drives. Memories reflected back through a shimmering, rosy red lens.
    It comes in one of 2 different sleeves with 2 different inner sleeves, double sided insert, 2 postcards and envelope containing a 9 track download code, BBR Letter & Confetti. All numbered, 100 of each design. 


    Sunset Dreams

    BBR#27

      With great excitment comes the new record from cult MCR label Box Bedroom Rebels. After receiving the hand delivered package personally last week I've been keen to get stuck into the latest sounds from this wonderful project which seems to tirelessly mine the lesser scowered resources of the global bedroom-music scene - pushing the terrm, 'DIY', 'lo-fi' and the whole punk aesthetic to dizzying new extremes. We're massive fans of the label here at PIccadilly and this new one seems like a right doozy, here's Kev with an intro:
      'It comes from Australian outfit Sunset Dreams.Fronted by wonderkid Dominik who wrote, recorded, played everything, engineered and produced the tracks here...and he's only 17! Anyway, this 6 track 7" (+9 track download - the download tracks are SOooooo good, like big epic psychpop workouts) comes housed in a double sided sleeve with double sided insert and an envelope containing BBR Letter, Sunset Dreams sticker, download code, confetti and a bag of 'fake' acid tabs! yup! (Kev's painstakingly sourced OG blotter art for this ingenius touch! - ed).
      Each sleeve is customised with gold / silver metalic ink so every one is different.The music is hyperactive psychedelic 60s pop with more techical shoegaze sound flourishes than most..Gazepop ? Its like early Tame Impala, mid era Falming Lips and hazy dreamy shoegaze all rolled into one...from the woozy opening loops of 'I find My Way Around' to the heavenly summer warmth of 'Easy' which just takes off for the heavens and 'Worn Jumpers'..which will leave you smiling for days! Its a beautiful sunshine pop record....'

      There's definintely references to the above bands, but Sunset Dreams deliver it without the languid spraw of, say, Tame Impaler - knowing that they're, on this release at least, confined to the time restrains of 7" format - the result is a fully spectrum lysergic-fuelled ride round all corners of the psych-pop spirograph, delivered with a painfully conciseness which leaves the listener gagging for more and surely invites them to get to stuck the more spirralling, epic download section. One of the best presented releases from this emaculate label to date this one's sure to go down as one of the more collectable units from the (already vintage) label. Don't sleep on this one folks. 

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Andy says: A lovely mix of C86 jangle with shoegaze floatiness. It's a good'un!

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Ltd 7" Info: Comes housed in a double sided sleeve with double sided insert and an envelope containing BBR Letter, Sunset Dreams sticker, download code, confetti and a bag of 'fake' acid tabs. Check the pictures below for a visual insight!

      Featuring members of Piccadilly favourites, Horsebeach, Field Routes enter the music world via Kev Beard's much lauded Box Bedroom Rebels series (also responsible for putting out the first ever Horsebeach record!). Brothers Dan and Matt Booth take time out from the Ryan Kennedy-fronted project for intimate and reflective explorations into the heart of indie-pop; sunshine glimmering off rain soaked concrete pavements as we stroll through the city with wet feet and a sullen heart. Hinting towards darker and more melancholic times ahead, the six tracks feature heartfelt and intricate guitar and vocal interplay, bathed in that heavy plate reverb synonymous with the the rainy sound of Manchester. RIYL: The Smiths, Felt, Horse Beach, 




      STAFF COMMENTS

      Matt says: Kev's knack for A&R knows no boundaries! Is he Tony Wilson re-incarnated? He certainly knows how to pick out some of the best new music from around our fair city. Killer debut that should thrust this ace new project into limelight.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Ltd 7" Info: 5 track 7" housed in double sided wraparound sleeve with a double sided insert, numbered A3 Field Route Poster & envelope containing BBR Letter & Part 5 BBR History, 8 track download code & wooden 'love' heart confetti.

      Yeah Yeah Industrial

      Pseudoxia Epidemica

      Its a behemoth of a record...consisting of a 2 track 33prm 7" and a 74 minute one track CD (plus an extra 4 tracks on the download code clocking in at an extra 44 minutes of music)Think of this as a denser, cosmic companion to the Ambience series...a truly astral trip of cosmic proportions! YYI are a well renowned northern improv duo (who also perform with Hugs Bison & Some Some Unicorn) who make walls of sound using a myriad of sounds from found sources which are fed through FX units, twisted, cut up, stretched, reformed...you name it, it's done with effortless ease and craftmanship. The 3 pieces here were recorded in 1 take.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Ltd 7" Info: 2 track 33prm 7" and a 74 minute one track CD (plus an extra 4 tracks on the download code clocking in at an extra 44 minutes of music)

      Yowzers! Just in time for the Christmas hustle (yes I just mentioned the C-word!) we have this most perfect of festive present ideas. Kev Beard's iconic DIY label, Box Bedroom Rebels label bring a compilation of the best bits from the series in a beautifully presented pack. 33 tracks from the first 2 years of BBR, most of which are now impossible to get anywhere; this also includes a few previous 'download only' tracks. In the two years since its inception, BBR has become somewhat of a cult label amongst its fans, garnishing support across the world and media. They released one of the very first Horsebeach 7"s, have put out material from the farthest reaches of Scotland, to the darkest suburbs of Wigan and kept a ridiculously creative, inspiring aesthetic throughout. Punk rock through and through in mindset and execution, the styles and genres on show from the label range from morose shoegaze through melancholic, rain-soaked indie-fuzz through to glacial moments of icy shimmering electro-pop. There's always a hook or a melody, but you might have to fight through 6-inches of distortion, grit, blood and tears to get to it. A lesson for us all that 'doing it yourself' can be much more inspired than running the normal course of label / distribution / record deal; Kev's kept hold to every last drop of artistic credibility but still achieved widespread appeal and a die-hard fan base to boot. It'd be both shameful and against the punk spirit of this record to talk about how the OG 7"s sell for loads of discogs (but I just did). Just buy this record to feel it through your bones to the bottom of your feet and to the pit of your heart. And that's what matters. We heart Box Bedroom Rebels 4 ever!

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      2xLtd LP Info: Super deluxe compilation of Kev Beard's iconic label. Comes in a thick, embossed, matt card gatefold sleeve with full colour inner sleeves, double sided insert & envelope containing 40 track download code, BBR Letter, BBR#20 Confetti & pages from The Picture Of Dorian Gray.


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