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

Live Dates:

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

More tbc.

Over and out

Oliver, Robbie, Brendan & Jon

Theatre Royal

                                              Theatre Royal

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.

Theatre Royal - Bonechild by ThePreservationSociety
Theatre Royal - All I Need by ThePreservationSociety

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



Kids Unique – Love Tunnel

Digital Download Single- June 11th

‘sharp intelligent lyrics’ - Artrocker

Is there a dance troupe? Yes. Is there a rubber duck? Yes. Is romance dead? No! Kid’s Unique bring to you ‘Love Tunnel’, their 2nd single and the follow up to the XFM and Q TV play listed ‘Seymour Evil’. ‘Love Tunnel’ will be released digitally via The Preservation Society Presents on June 11thand sees the group once again spitting riddles and rhymes with dexterity and verve, but this time their tongues are placed firmly in their cheeks.

Kids Unique - Love Tunnel by ThePreservationSociety

‘Love Tunnel’ is a tale of the cocksure naivety of teenage years, when your idea of romance is getting what you can down an alleyway without being caught by an old man walking his dog. ‘Love Tunnel’ might be the new single by an up and coming hip-hop band, but it is unashamedly pop, 3 minutes of hooks and rhymes that in a just world are destined to sound track the festival summer and force their way onto daytime airwaves.

Kids Unique release ‘Love Tunnel’ on June 11th and will support the release with a series of London dates as well as taking one of just 4 spots on the main stage at Rochester Castle in the inaugural year of Music Event One, headlined by the legendary Public Image Limited.

June 8th – The Royal Function Rooms - Rochester

June 9th- Monto Water Rats, Kings Cross

July 27th- Mother Live at 333 Old Street, London

July 28thMusic Event One, Main Stage, Rochester Castle w/ PiL and The Wedding Present

For info: tpsp1@live.co.uk



Dead Lovers ‘Kerb Your Libido’ was played by the legendary Steve Lamacq on BBC 6music last night. The track is a split 7” vinyl single with The Pantomime Villains ‘Hook Line And Sinker’ and can be purchased exclusively from www.thepreservationsocietypresents.com

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.

29/03/2012 : The Bracket – MARGATE

30/03/2012: The Nags Head – ROCHESTER

31/03/2012: The Bar Below – FOLKSTONE

03/04/2012: The Buffalo Bar – LONDON

For further info: TPSP1@live.co.uk