We’ve finally made a video for ‘Here It Comes’. It’s all done on the cheap (budget £1.49) using a dodgy super 8mm mobile app. Take a look and feel free to share the video if you like it.
The track is available now to download…
iTunes: click here
Bandcamp: click here
14th September: LV21 Lightship, Gillingham Oliver & Robbie supporting Neil McSweeney
21st September: The Barge, Gillingham (full band, acoustic)
25th September: Death2Disco, Nottinghill, London
12th October: The Rafters, Maidstone
Over and out
Oliver, Robbie, Brendan & Jon
Theatre Royal’s 2nd album ‘At The End Of A River, The Sea…’ gets 5 stars in Artrocker Magazine.
We’ve spent some time putting together a bit of a DIY music video for recent b-side ‘Down South With The Chameleons’ using old stock footage. Take a peek at some Cowboys fighting, Mariachi’s singing and prairie dogs howling the backing vocals as we make our escape from suburbia.
If you like it then feel free to share it to the world…
‘a rollicking piece of indie that’s seems like it’s beamed itself in from the late 80s, asking us why it was never a hit.’ - The Sound Of Confusion
Over and out
Oliver, Robbie, Brendan and Jon
We’re very happy to announce that our 2nd album will finally get it’s ‘official’ release October 22nd via all the usual download outlets including iTunes, Amazon etc… As well as on a ltd CD via our website, The Preservation Society Presents record label shop and to stream on Spotify and Deeza. The album is titled ‘At The End Of A River, The Sea…’ and we’re incredibly proud of it. Here’s the track listing:
1. Powder Blue
2. The Story Of My Life
3. Death On The River
4. Home Of The Achingly Dull
5. Will England Rain Itself Dry?
6. Three Ships
7. I’m Leaving In The Morning (I don’t think I’m alive)
8. A Hundred Thousand Tears
9. These Windows
10. Stuck To The Floor
11. High Tide And Spring Time
Hope you enjoy it. See you in the charts…
Oliver, Robbie, Brendan and Jon
Some of you may have already seen this, but here is our new video for current single ‘A Hundred Thousand Tears’. We like to think of the film as ‘The Loneliness of The Flying Disc (Frisbee) Thrower’.
Star of the video is bass player Brendan Esmonde. Oliver and Jon make suspect acting cameos and an unknown girl provides feet. The concept for the video came from the band and the brought to life (filmed and edited) by Aaron Butchers from Wigmore’s Finest.
Take a look, share with friends and go and throw a Fisbee. The single is out now with two b-sides ‘Down South With The Chameleons’ and ‘A Friend A Stranger and I’.
Next gig: Fri 28th September, Sebright Arms, Bethnal Green. Click for tickets
See you soon.
Oliver, Robbie, Brendan and Jon
‘A Hundred Thousand Tears’ – digital download single
October 1st 2012
The Preservation Society Presents
‘A great badge for British music’ –Artrocker Magazine
Theatre Royal follow up the XFM x-posure and Amazing Radio endorsed garage-psyche of this years ‘Katherine’s Sleeping’ and power-pop of ‘The Story Of My Life’ with new single ‘A Hundred Thousand Tears’. The track is a melancholic, harmony drenched, psyche-country shuffle, replete with flugelhorn solo plus some ‘la la la’s’ to boot! ‘A Hundred Thousand Tears’ is the 2nd taster of sophomore album ‘at the end of a river, the sea…’ which is to be released 22nd October on The Preservation Society Presents label.
‘A Hundred Thousand Tears’ sees Theatre Royal continue their voyage through pop song writing, but with its country lilt the song is a slight departure for the group. ‘A Hundred Thousand Tears’ carefree bounce, buoyant horns and George Harrison-esque guitars disguise a sombre core, as the Medway 4-piece form close harmony and ask ‘why do lights burn low, before they have to go?’ The track makes nods to West-Coast heroes such as Crosby, Stills and Nash and The Flying Burrito Brothers but is a firmly English affair with it’s saddened heart residing on the banks of the Medway.
‘A Hundred Thousand Tears’ is joined by non-album b-sides ‘Down South With The Chameleons’ and ‘A Friend A Stranger and I’. The first is a euphoric rush of escapist fantasy that also forms a surprising tribute to the cult Manchester band of the same name whilst the 2nd is something a little more unusual, eerie in tone with it’s marimba rumblings and distant vocal refrains.
‘A Hundred Thousand Tears’ will be released as a digital download bundle October 1st on The Preservation Society Presents with artwork provided by cult Medway artist, formative member of the controversial Stuckist art group and Bill Childish associate Wolf Howard.
7th September – The Royal Function Rooms (basement bar) - Rochester
28th September – Sebright Arms, Bethnal Green
26th October – The Royal Function Rooms w/ Dodgy - Rochester
21st November - Death Disco, Nottinghill Arts Centre
1st December - The Barge, Gillingham - Acoustic show with Len Price 3
For information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Music Event One is proud to announce the third stage of the fringe festival to accompany the Rochester Castle main stage featuring Public Image Ltd, The Wedding Present, Theatre Royal and Kids Unique. Joining the Nags Head Stage and The Royal Function Rooms as part of the ME1 fringe is The Eagle Tavern Stage. This new-music stage at The Eagle Tavern on Rochester High Street runs from 12pm-5pm, is free to enter and features some of the best young bands from Kent and beyond. As with The Nags Head stage we are giving away an exclusive free download EP featuring all the acts.
Pedalo Fred – 4:15pm
Pedalo Fred are 4 lads hailing from Medway in Kent, with rock/pop songs that get you on your feet and dancing. The band is Jamie Bowen - Guitar/Vox, Elliott Attard - Guitar/Backing Vox, Stephen Anglin - Bass/Backing Vox, Lee Thwaites – Drums and they make up Kents bets party band. Pedalo Fred come at you full-throttle with euphoric tunes driven by powerful upbeat tempos, making you raise your hands up high, point to the ceiling, jump out of your socks and say ‘fuck it!’
Last Days Of Disco – 3:15pm
Liverpool based Last Days Of Disco are a young pop/rock band with a growing reputation who are making their first appearance in Kent this summer for Music Event One. The group have a fervent following in Liverpool that is ever expanding across the UK and beyond. They have found support from BBC introducing and Tuune TV and their glossy pop-rock is marking them out as ‘ones to watch’ with guitar driven melodies carefully entwined with heartfelt lyrics that leave you no choice but to tap along.
The Pantomime Villains – 2:15pm
The Pantomime Villains are a 4 piece indie-rock/alternative band from Margate, Kent. , The group found blindside success with their debut release the ‘Told You So’ EP Ban The Mindreader Records which topped the Play.com digital chart. These four 18 year olds who abound with youthful verve and exuberance are the sound of adolescence and yearning teenage dreams and have since released 7” single ‘Hook Line and Sinker’ with Dartford’s Dead Lovers on The Preservation Society Presents label and supported Spector and Turin Brakes along the way. According to Anthony Thornton from Uncut Magazine. ‘it’s clear they could just be the shot in the arm that guitar music needs’
The Wildes – 1:15pm
The Wildes are Thanet’s newest and most vibrant musical export. Their seaside take on the alternative lo-fi pop of C86 has been making them friends fast across the South East They’ve already gained support slots with Ash and a recent BBC Kent Introducing feature, quite an achievement for band that has been in existence less than a year.
Cry Baby Special and The Monsters – 12:15pm
According to Billy Vibes from Artrocker, Crybaby Special and The Monsters are ‘more entertaining than Bruce Forsyth in the big brother house with eleven serial killers.’ Their willingness to play anywhere and anytime has meant their bruised and angry vaudeville has grown into a fearsome and often intimidating live experience that may just ruffle the feathers of those expecting any easy-going start to the Eagle Stage of Music Event One.
The Eagle Tavern is part of a wider Music Event One Fringe throughout Rochester. Entrance to The Eagle Tavern stage is free. Tickets for Music Event One are priced £26 and available from Ticketmaster, Medway Council Box Office and Rochester Hight Street Visitors Centre.
Vic Godard and the Subway Sect headline The Royal Functions Rooms stage for Music Event One, it’s a free venue with an ME1 wristband or £7 on the door. The stage runs late from 10pm to 2.30am. Vic Godard is a cult icon, emerging from the 100 Club punk scene of 76, debuting alongside contemporaries The Clash and Sex Pistols. Subway Sect were one of the more distinctive acts to emerge from the first wave of U.K. punk, possessing a lean, primal sound that owed a strong debt of influence to the Velvet Underground and the Modern Lovers. The current line-up features Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols on drums.
Music Event One are proud to announce the first stage of their fringe festival. The Nags Head Stage makes for an eclectic compliment to the main stage Rochester Castle line-up of Public Image Limited, The Wedding Present, Theatre Royal and Kids Unique. The Nags Head Stage, which runs from 12pm – 5pm at The Nags Head Pub Rochester features some of Kent’s most exciting and up and coming live acts including Stuart Turner and The Flat Earth Society, Dead Lovers, Petts, Broken Banjo and Balance Lost. The stage announcement is accompanied by an exclusive free download EP featuring all of the stage’s line-up.
Stuart Turner and The Flat Earth Society - 4.15pm
Unleashed from the yielding greenery of Dorset and sent spiralling headfirst into the smouldering arms of dirty, dirty Chatham, the raw and unsettling art blues of Stuart Turner has violently hacked out a unique niche and sent befuzzled onlookers into varying states of disbelief. Stuart Turner formed The Flat Earth Society in 2009 to record and perform his third album, Gin & Bitters. The album was released on CD and digital download in July 2010, through the independent Brigadier Records. The band added “steam driven power” to his “anguished urban blues”. The Flat Earth Societies headline appearance will act as an album launch for Stuarts 4th LP ‘On The Brink Of Misadventure’. Expect another intense, compulsive and sweat laden live show for Music Event One.
deadlovers - 3.15pm
Dead Lovers are 3-piece alternative group from Dartford, fronted by the unique intertwining duel vocals of Timothy J Hill and Martin Brett and underpinned by the clattering backbeat of Jonathan Chamberlain. Citing the likes of Talking Heads, The Kinks and Neil Young the band have found early support for their ‘inventive hymns’ from the legendary Steve Lamacq on BBC 6Music and will be releasing their debut album ‘Eyes Wide To The World’ later this year.
Petts - 2.15pm
Petts are Patrick, Matthew, Geoff and Sam. They form an idiosyncratic 4-piece from Medway that at one moment can be furnishing rooms with direct new wave pop and in the next be pushing amorphous guitar lines from wiry post-punk into swathes of layered, cascading neo-psychedelia without ever losing sight of melody. Soaring soundscapes combine with intense, combative vocals and hooks amidst a blitzkrieg of thundering drums and chugging assertive bass rumbles.
Broken Banjo - 1.15pm
Hailing from Medway, Kent, Broken Banjo have been making a name for themselves on the local music scene with their ferocious blend of blues and rock’n’roll. Liam Lynotts guttural growl and rampaging riffs combine with the blitzkrieg drumming of Mike Sewell and groove heavy bass lines of Harry Elvin in what makes for a formidable live experience.
Balance Lost - 12.15pm
Balance Lost are 3 boys from Medway, making pop songs using guitar, drums, glockenspiels and casio keyboards from the 80’s. The group have self released a host of EP’s and debut album ‘Songs For Thomas Uden’.
The Nags Head Stage is part of a wider Music Event One Fringe throughout Rochester. Entrance to The Nags Head is free. Tickets for Music Event One are priced £26 and available from Ticketmaster, Medway Council Box Office and Rochester Hight Street Visitors Centre.
‘‘The Story Of My Life’ – digital download single
The Preservation Society Presents
‘ poptastic, conjuring up those halcyon days’ John Kennedy XFM x-posure
June 18th 2012
Spring sprung a leak, sunshine was at a premium, but summer has arrived and Theatre Royal brings to you ‘The Story of My Life’. The first single to be taken from the band’s 2nd album ‘at the end of a river, the sea…’, out later this summer, is sparkling pop. This is universal guitar pop, the sort that seems to rear its head every time that a journalist says that it’s dead. The song is a tale of friendship, break up and uncertainty and just like many a relationship it’s equal parts melancholy and euphoria.
For 3 minutes, all jangling and harmony-drenched, the song piles wave upon wave of hooks atop a solid backbeat and a slab of reverb. Ear candy backing vocals contrast with a deadpan lead, in a call and response that strides from The West Coast to the Mersey via the bands hometown in Medway. The track sees the band: Oliver Burgess (vocals/guitar), Robbie Wilkinson (guitar/vocals), Brendan Esmonde (bass guitar), Jon Gibbs (drums) refine the raw template of their debut and sharpen its gaze.
‘The Story Of My Life’ is backed by two hugely contrasting cuts in the form of ‘Bonechild’ and ‘All I Need’,neither of which is to appear on the forthcoming album. ‘Bonechild’ sets its tone of almost defiant resignation to pounding drums and a blistering, gun slinging guitar solo. ‘All I Need’ is a simple and tender ode to a loved one, recorded in the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis and featuring a piano once owned by the late great Jerry Lee Lewis.
This is just the first taste of an album full of pop gems, to be released later this summer via Rochester based label The Preservation Society Presents. ‘The Story Of My Life’ will be available as part of a digital bundle from all good online retailers from June 18th and will be supported by a number of live dates across the South East.
‘heads straight for the melodic jugular’ – Artrocker Magazine
June 23rd - The Bandstand, Folkstone
July 7th - The Royal Function Rooms (basement bar), Rochester
July 28th – Music Event One, Main Stage, Rochester Castle w/ PiL and The Wedding Present
For further info contact: TPSP1@live.co.uk