So if you're a reader of the Quietus then today you would've seen that our new record is 100% done. We have music, recorded at Sound Savers with Mark Jasper, mixed by Boon & mastered by Kris Lapke. We have a name for it, "Distractions", we have a cover, courtesy of Owen Richards and we have a label, Upset The Rhythm to release it into the world. So far, so good. There will be plenty more to come but for now you can listen to "Transmitters" from the record, look at a photo of us taken by Robin Christian and then if you really want, go crazy and pre-order the record.
Just to let you know, Jen has completed work on the second volume of her and Joe's Anglo-German arts journal, Verfreundungseffekt... it looks amazing and has work from Jen in there, as well as an essay by Lindsay & illustrations by myself.
There's a launch on the 29th Jan 2015 at the White Building in Hackney, i'll pass you over for the details...
While the British Museum is exploring Germany’s cultural history in its current exhibition Germany: memories of a nation and Germany’s depiction in the media as a cold economic powerhouse strengthens, Verfreundungseffekt is a more contemporary, ethnographic and personal record of British and American people’s interest in German culture and German people’s interest in British and American culture compared to academicised, analysed and popularised accounts of these countries’ histories, cultures and relations.The volumes are edited by Jen Calleja (The Quietus’ new columnist for literature in translation, a writer, literary translator from German, and member of punk bands Sauna Youth, Monotony and Feature) and designed by Joe Hales (graphic designer and lecturer at Kingston University), and self-published by the pair under the moniker Bathysphere Editions.
Contributors include poet Sam Riviere (whose second collection is forthcoming with Faber & Faber) illustrator Katie Scott (winner of The Sunday Times’Children’s Book of the Year 2014 for Animalium), the prominent German writer Uwe Johnson, Die Zeitcolumnist Eric Jarosinski, editor of the journal New Books in German Charlotte Ryland, and Lindsay Corstorphine and Richard Phoenix of the band Sauna Youth.
The volume includes brand new translations of poetry, fiction and theatre; short fiction and poetry; illustration; photography; essays; interviews; reviews; and covers topics as far-ranging as feminist approaches to art and Iraqi cultural trauma, to wrestling politicians and The Simpsons.
Primitive Parts have a new 7" coming out on Faux Discx this month... TV Wheels / The Bench. More tea-towel pop from THEE BOYS.
Feature put out a split for their tour with Slowcoaches, which has already been & gone (bit late on this one sorry...) it's called Tourists, it is excellent and has a Wire cover on it, which leads me nicely on to...
Sauna Youth & Monotony are playing this year's Drill Festival (curated by Wire)... Colin Newman rang me up just before dinner the other day and asked if we'd like to play. We said yes. Monotony are playing on the Thursday (the 4th Dec) and SY are playing on the Friday (the 5th Dec), both at the Green Door Store.
You can listen to our 2 day trip to Manchester ((obviously not the whole 2 days of interaction, including a visit to the new Manchester Central Library (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED), Akbar's Curry House (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED) and The Eagle Inn (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED) but rather the time that was spent on air with M. Riley))
Forgot to tell you this earlier but the Saturday just gone was Cassette Store Day and Comfortable on a Tightrope put out the Monotony recordings for it... I believe it went well, unfortunately none of us made it down to any cassette stores because we were playing at the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art with Monotony, Brown Brogues, Milky Wimpshake and Sorry Escalator. Which was very fun indeed. Thanks to Nicky & Big Anne for taking care of us.
I don't know if there is anywhere online to buy the tape but we will have our copies on Monday and Tuesday at two gigs we're playing in Manchester/Salford... On Monday we do a session for Marc Riley at 6music as Sauna Youth, where we'll be playing a bunch of songs off our new album, then we head over to the Eagle Inn to play a gig there. The next day we do another session for Marc with Monotony, playing something or other, and then head back to the Eagle Inn to play another gig. Wild.
These shows are being sorted out by Chris at Hey! Manchester and Perry at C.O.A.T.... all the details are RIGHT HERE.
Hey, so Jen is with Bryony today training Bristol, SOAS university staff how to deal with and prevent harassment on their campuses... here's a way you can also get involved in helping support a campaign of harassment prevention in venues across the UK.