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Catherine Wheel

Chrome

    Long before groups like Oasis and Blur provoked cross-Atlantic media hype, Catherine Wheel were evolving the Britpop style that typifies the genre’s distinction. With the release of Chrome in 1993, they advanced their dreamy pop to the rock sound.

    It’s not like Catherine Wheel established their sound with Chrome, either. Ferment [MOVLP1880] was considered their supposed magnum opus, with the extremely successful lead-single “Black Metallic”. Chrome is more appropriately described as a perfection of their established sound, as the band’s metallic shoegaze is refined in terms of both intensity and melodic-content. Every element that made Ferment so memorable and enjoyable is amplified in this release. Rob Dickenson sings with perfect tenor appeal on tracks like “Kill Rhythm” and “Crank,” highlighting the personal temperaments which shape the album.

    There are quite a few album covers out there that flawlessly encapsulate the atmosphere and/or mood of the music contained. Chrome has one of those covers. It’s design came from the collective Hipgnosis, who gained international prestige for the cover of Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd.

    Sit back, listen and experience this album. You might feel emotions you didn’t even know you had.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Coloured LP Info: 180 GRAM AUDIOPHILE VINYL
    INCLUDES INSERT
    COVER DESIGN BY HIPGNOSIS
    FIRST PRESSING OF 1500 NUMBERED
    COPIES ON SILVER VINYL

    Ltd LP Info: Black vinyl edition.

    Catherine Wheel

    Ferment

      The heavily sought after debut album Ferment by Catherine Wheel is finally pressed on vinyl again!

      In 2016, Pitchfork ranked the album at number 23 in their list of “The 50 Best Shoegaze Albums of All Time,” with Ben Cardew of the website commenting that “a good half of the songs on Ferment, their debut, are enduring shoegaze-disco classics, while “Black Metallic”, in its full seven-minute glory, makes a strong claim to being the genre’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’.”

      Ferment is the band’s most unique record; it serves as a fitting lens through which to view the group’s work throughout the 1990s. The album displays Catherine Wheel’s early attempts to meld drone-drenched shoegaze with heavy rock.

      After all these years, it is the record’s twin epics, “Black Metallic” and “Salt”, that immediately illustrate why Catherine Wheel was so meaningful to so many of the bands that came after them. “Black Metallic”, perhaps the group’s most famous single, is absolutely otherworldly.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Andy says: Superb LP from the early nineties which was cruelly overlooked in the fallout from shoegaze. This is actually one of the greatest albums from that whole era, and time has born that out as it's gone on to garner massive cult status. If you're a fan of that genre (loved by the peeps, derided by the press) then you need this record.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      LP Info: 180 gram audiophile vinyl with insert.
      25th year anniversary edition of the debut album.
      Includes “Black Metallic”, “Salt” and “I Want To Touch You”.


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