‘ 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
Vinyl Singles Club vol 2 - Dead Lovers/The Pantomime Villains
Dead Lovers - ‘Kerb Your Libido’ / The Pantomime Villains – ‘Hook Line & Sinker’
AA-side Split 7” Vinyl- LTD 250 copies
2nd April 2012
The Preservation Society Presents returns for Volume 2 in their vinyl singles club series. This month sees more Kentish charms in the shape of the melodic poeticism of Dartford’s Dead Lovers with ‘Kerb Your Libido’ and the heady adolescence of Thanet’s The Pantomime Villains with ‘Hook Line And Sinker’.
‘Kerb Your Libido’ is the Debut Release from Dartford’s Dead Lovers, with distinctive folksy harmonies punctuating this piece of classic observational English song writing. The tale of a seedy protagonist all overcoats and drool, is contrasted by a quietly rousing template of new wave guitars and an infectious sing-along pop chorus. The track will act as a precursor to further much anticipated releases throughout 2012, with a series of singles and a debut album to follow. ‘Kerb Your Libido’ is just the start of Dead Lovers quest in reigniting Dartford’s great musical history.
Track 2 of this very limited vinyl only release is the latest offering from Margate’s The Pantomime Villains, following the blindside success of their debut release the ‘Told You So’ EP. These four 18 year olds who abound with youthful verve and exuberance are the sound of adolescence and yearning teenage dreams. ‘Hook Line and Sinker’ sees the band soar effortlessly from a verse of wistful lament to a rabble-rousing crescendo chorus, all drunken frolics and broken promises. Their teenage idealism is already gaining them fans throughout the music industry ‘it’s clear they could just be the shot in the arm that guitar music needs’ Anthony Thornton – Uncut Magazine.
Once again the release is strictly limited to 250 vinyl copies and will be supported by a short string of co-headlining live dates across the South East. The vinyl can be purchased exclusively at these gigs and from www.thepreservationsocietypresents.com.
This February sees the launch of a new monthly 7” vinyl singles club by Rochester based independent label The Preservation Society Presents. Each month two artists will showcase exclusive recordings on a soon to be very collectable split 7” vinyl, limited to just 250 copies. Possibly uniquely for any record label in the UK, each vinyl is cut in real time on the record companies premises and then hand stamped by the bands.
To kick off this exciting series of releases are two very different artists, psyche-pop four piece Theatre Royal (‘head for the melodic jugular’- Artrocker) and lyrical hip hop quartet Kids Unique. Separated at birth by genre, both artists are brought together on this exclusive vinyl only release by a shared world-view, one that places an emphasis on hooks and melody, no matter what form the back beat takes.
‘Katherine’s Sleeping’ is the first new material in 2012 from Medway’s Theatre Royal. This cold slab of alternative, guitar-driven pop will be an exclusive vinyl only pre-cursor to a slew of brand new singles and a 2nd album to be released later this year. The other half of this idiosyncratic split 7” release is ‘Seymour Evil’ (John Kennedy’s ‘Hot One’ XFM) the debut single from hotly tipped hip-hop outfit Kids Unique, taken from their debut album ‘assortments’. Whilst ‘Seymour Evil’ is casually confrontational and charmingly cock-sure, ‘Katherine’s Sleeping’ is alienation and confusion rising to a quietly anthemic chorus. The release will be supported by both acts playing a string of co-headlining dates across the South East.
February 23rd - Margate, The Bracket
February 24th - Rochester, The Nags Head *Theatre Royal only
This March 19th Kids Unique introduce themselves to the World with debut single ‘Seymour Evil’. This infectious pop song by Medway’s only hip-hop quartet is the first to be taken from their debut album ‘assortments’. Full of casual English bravado and effortless lyrical flow, ‘Seymour Evil’ is to be released digitally on Rochester based label The Preservation Society Presents.
Kids Unique are rapper Adam Tilley backed by a live band consisting of Daniel Lawrence (guitar, samples and keys), Andy Wilson (bass/vocals) and Nathan Coombs (drums). Kids Unique may be born from the world of bedroom production, yet unlike many of their peers they are equally at home on the live stage, with funk rhythms and pulsating bass lines under pinning what is fast becoming a visceral live experience. One that will see the group play Ibiza Rocks this summer.
Already receiving heavy rotation on Tuune TV and with support from grass roots radio, ‘Seymour Evil’ sees Kids Unique in a cocksure mood. This is a bold brash slab of self-proclamation, but Kids Unique particular brand of hip-hop is also an articulate one, combining darkly comic observations and absurdist tales set to a pallet of charming lo-fi aesthetics, sharp lyrical skills and pop hooks.
Debut album ‘assortments’ is already available via digital download and a now sold out ltd edition CD which is already treasured by those in the know and lucky enough to pick up a copy upon its’ initial release low-key release.
'Seymour Evil' has just been added to the XFM evening playlist.