Although the whole process has made us feel like an evil major (we’ve been sitting on this great EP since September) we’re very proud to finally announce the release of Gorgeous Bully’s first physical EP - packaged in a completely unique cigarette box format.
For any not aware of the prolific output of Gorgeous Bully aka Plymouth’s Thomas Crang, he crafts heart-on-sleeve bedroom grunge pop at a prolific rate. As well as featuring on our latest compilation back in 2011, he has also made frequent appearances on the super-spot-on music blogger collective Lostx3 and featured on TLOBF’s track of the day.
Lo-fi is a term bandied around far too often, but in ‘The Young Obese’ each minuscule of fuzz does nothing but add to the warmness of the recordings. From the opener ‘Never Cry’ to the shoegaze’esque outro of ‘Adjusting to Change’ the EP is full of tumultuous grunge pop tales of misery, heartbreak and hating your hometown.
The 5 track EP is set to be released on ltd edition cassette, packaged in a custom designed cigarette packet. The pictures really do not do it justice, it’s a complete thing of beauty in the flesh. We worked with Tom at ACDSleeve, who has previously designed some great releases for Big Scary Monsters, Holy Roar and many others. We will also chuck in some Gorgeous Bully/AIH pin badges and if you preorder now, we’ll send you the mp3’s ahead of the release date on the 20th February.
You can stream the full EP below, as well as download the opening track ‘Never Cry’, it’s a good’un!
As well as being ferociously DIY, Thom of Gorgeous Bully is also a prolific song writer and the cassette features a ‘secret’ bside filled with Gorgeous Bully demos dating back to 2009 (we’ll send you the mp3’s of these demos with your preorder too!). Limited to 50, so get your preorder in before the release date of February 20th as I doubt these will stick around long!
I’m not sure whether it came from wanting to conceive the most ridiculous new years resolution ever or reading too much of the Alan Partridge biography but we have decided for the duration of 2012 we will put out a release every other week.
Yes you did read that correctly, 26 releases over the course of the year. Where’s the quality control I hear you cry. Well that’s the thing, although standard releases are great (and we will continue to put them out) I can’t keep up with the amount of times I hear a song I completely love, but its just not suitable for a full release. It doesn’t take a genius to see the conventional model for releasing music is fucked and it with this in mind that we have decided to launch the AIH 5” Pizza Club.
We have decided to combine three of our favourite things: Friday afternoons, coming home and making pizza whilst listening to the latest hypeworthy mp3’s (the latter might not be totally true). Every other Friday afternoon we will release a new single available for free download from our blog and bandcamp. Accompanying each release will be a 5” pizza box, containing a 5” pizza CD that pertains to the single that is released that week. Oh did we mention that each release will be limited to one, and the first person to order gets the one and only copy. Exciting right?
With all the details out of the way, we’ll move straight onto PIZZAIH01. Bos Angeles have spent the last couple of days shacked up in a church hall attempting to record their debut EP. In between days frontman Rich managed to find time to put together this cover of (I hate it) When you Look at Me originally by prolific Winchester songstress KEEL HER. It sees a departure from their standard tropical beach jams into something a lot more grungy but loses none of the brattiness contained in the original version.
We have named PIZZAIH01 ‘Bratty Doom’ and it’s made up of birds eye chilli’s and grizzly ground beef. The ONE physical copy of this release will go live at 3pm today (UK time) on our bandcamp. The first person to buy it will be the owner of something very special indeed. For the rest of you, enjoy your free download below and see you in two weeks time for PIZZAIH02.
Last November we gave birth to a circular shaped piece of plastic, one side of which played a thrashy surfy ditty about a guy called ‘Tommy’. Since that fateful day our love for the four Cornish self-proclaimed surf punks (who hate surfing) has grown to an overwhelming level.
So it is with great pleasure we bring you news of aih008, The Black Tambourines third EP ‘Chica’ - their first new material in almost a year. We’re releasing it on cassette on the 19th December (yo fuck the no December releases industry rules). It will probably make a lovely present for your nearest in dearest, but only if they’re into grunge, slacker pop and skeletons.
As always we’re releasing it with something a little extra, in addition to the cassette we’re also giving away some ace A3 posters and a tshirt with some jolly looking skeletons. You can listen and pre-order by clicking through below. Limited to 50 so I’m pretty sure these will go quick!
As if this wasn’t enough exciting news for one update, they will also be heading off on the newly christened ‘fuck christmas, d.i.y forever tour’ with our favourite Welsh twee shoegazers Joanna Gruesome. Dates below and while you’re at it, grab a free download of Track 5 ‘27 - 25 Blues’ from our SoundCloud!
12 Cardiff - Buffalo Bar w/ Mowbird
13 Brighton - Stick Mike’s Frog Bar
14 Kingston - Venue TBC
15 Sheffield - Venue TBC
16 Manchester - Venue TBC
17 Glasgow - The Art School w/ Dolfinz
18 Edinburgh - Henry’s Cellar Bar w/ Dolfinz