Dipped In Gold Recordings are proud to announce “Another New Thing” The latest project from Sheffield’s number one purveyor of synth pop Dean Honer.
Take three self professed toerags , one in Sheffield UK, one in Preston UK and one in Pennsylvania USA, quarantine them in their houses for 6 months for their own safety, tell them to make an album.
In 2015 Honer, Nagle and Himlin met on a Sonic Weekend in Wales. An annual event which was organised by Ann Shenton of Add N to X. People from all over the world gather in a remote farmhouse surrounded by sheep, to get hammered and make and record noise. Honer (ITOP, Moonlandingz, All Seeing I, I Monster) plays the role of producer for the weekend. Himlin said to Nagle “One day we should make some music together”
2020 Lockdown – Nagle sends Himlin some of his extended modular synthesizer workouts. Himlin writes songs over them and also adds guitar and bass.
Nagle said to Himlin “These aren't too shit, we should send these to Honer to do some mixes and production” And so the the game of audio “exquisite corpse” began. The tunes were passed from person to person via the transatlantic telegraph cable (Wetransfer) to add to or subtract from, until lockdown was eased and they were deemed complete. Himlin casually dubbed the project “Another New Thing,” “because that's what it is!”.
Nagle dubbed the album XYZZY after a magic password key he had discovered playing text based adventure games on his computer in the 70s, the unknown pronunciation being a bonus in his mind.
STAFF COMMENTSsays: The flawless Dipped In Gold bring us this delightfully off-piste collection of deeply groovy, oftentimes angular melodies and neon synth refrains. Though it was a remote collaboration, there is an inherent connectedness and symbiotic understanding that shows in the most satisfying of ways, resulting in a perfect mix of minds, and a damn good listen. Superb.
1. A Message
2. The Action Membrane
3. Do Not Fail
4. Don’t Follow Your Shadow
5. Movie Music
6. The Ever Never Mind
7. Hammers And Anvils
8. Edge Of The Hollow
9. No One Cares What You’re Thinking’ Bout
10. Memory Alarm
Heavy Salad’s Cult Casual is set for release this September 25th through Dipped In Gold Recordings and was recorded by producers Christophe Bride at Oxygene Studio in Manchester and with Ross Orton at McCall Sound in Sheffield. Christophe, known for this work with Spear of Destiny and Theatre of Hate has recently been busy producing the forthcoming ACR album ‘ACR Loco’ forthcoming on Mute Records and Ross, known for his work with Arctic Monkeys and Amyl & The Sniffers has recently produced the forthcoming album by Working Men’s Club on Heavenly Recordings.
The LP was written by Heavy Salad at their base in East Manchester by the core trio of Lee Mann (live bassist with The Moonlandingz), Rob Glennie and Allan Hutchison. The band are joined by live backing singers ‘The Priestesses’ and Oscar Remers. The band bonded over a joint interest in psychedelic horror films with Panos Cosmatos’ cult classic Mandy being a particular favourite, Heavy Salad loved the idea of the band being a psychedelic cult albeit a cult with no rules, hence Cult Casual! The album explores the idea of finding your own reality via hallucinogenic nights plagued with polar bears and conversations with the AI in your phone to imagining after death experiences and apocalyptic visions of the future. Heavy Salad share a love of melody and the sound of the album was influenced by their love of psych pop and acid rock. No distortion pedals were used in the making of Cult Casual.
STAFF COMMENTSsays: With more hooks than a cenobite's fishing bag, this 7-strong casual cult come with the acid-drenched endless summer sound to get your fingers snapping and your brain melting. 100% fun psychey powerpop with general themes of transcending reality, multi-dimensional mind travel and the spirit of the eternal cosmic party. I'll have another cup of that kool-aid please waiter!
2. Battery Acid
3. The Wish
4. Inner Versions
5. Reverse Snake
6. High Priestess
7. This Song Is Not About Snakes
8. Routine Dream
9. Slow Ride
10. It’s Ok To Bleed
Their debut LP showcases the bands precise writing style, which sees guitarist and journeyman Morgan Lane stealing melodies from well-known hits with the band’s ‘Mike Love’ Ben Pitman picking them apart to forge at least some form of verse and chorus from it. Singer Ian Breen pens lyrics based on whatever idiotic thoughts come to mind and their world renowned pop rock sound is fleshed out thanks to the addition of saxophone and synthesizers from Beckie Davies.
This intricate process can be heard on numbers like ‘Big Baby’ where the familiar occurrence of being appalled by your mates overly large offspring is crammed into two minutes and eight seconds of pop perfection.
The album was recorded and mixed in the spring of 2019 at Edge Recording Studio in Cheshire (The Script, James Arthur, Plan B) and mastered at Abbey Road (The Beatles). Totaling twenty two and a half minutes over its ten tracks “GROTBAGS” is a love letter to all things grotty, stuffed with singalong hits covering a vast spectrum of the most important issues in society today.
The world may be going to shit (it’s probably your fault), but Grotbags are here to save us , one song at a time.
The drummer is called Nick
FFO: Dexy's Midnight Runners, Frank Sidebottom, Presidents of the USA, Martha, Chas n Dave, Weezer, TMBG, Andy Kaufman, Ric Flair.
2. Muscle Touch
4. Alarm Clock
5. Big Baby
7. Fried Egg
8. Tinder Surprise
9. Astro TERF
"Life Cinema" was tracked live at Bear Bites Horse in London and with the help of producer Wayne Adams, they have created a record that is raw and gritty, while still being rich with both melodic and lyrical hooks, full of absolute bangers. They rave about pointless jobs, wannabe artists, social anxiety, offices that have fridges with beer in them and Epsom.
USA Nails may or may not appeal to fans of Wire, The Fall, Devo, Pissed Jeans, and early Sonic Youth. Huzzah!
STAFF COMMENTSsays: Taking the less positive aspects of modern life as subject matter and balancing that with a driving, relentless energy, USA Nails have created a glorious racket. Channelling early Sonic Youth noise with the angular, arty-ness of Wire, they've found the perfect balance of ferocious noise and intricate melody to create an album that sits nicely alongside the likes of No-age, Protomartyr and The Idles.
2. Creative Industries
3. Life Cinema
4. Man Act
5. You Wish
7. Its Ordinary
8. A Fair Nickel
9. Work Drinks
10. Little Does He Know
11. A Sense Of Will
12. Life Cinema Reprise
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