Gullich reviews…

Reviews are starting to pop up for the Gullich mini-album. There’s a lovely 4/5 review in the latest issue of Big Cheese magazine:

 

In addition to that, there’s a beautiful 5/5 review over on Subba Cultcha – http://www.subba-cultcha.com/article_album.php?id=9964 and there’s also a nice 4/5 review over on Manchester Music – http://www.music-dash.co.uk/releases/release.asp?item=6298 

There’s a not quite so nice, but still alright, 9/13 review on Room Thirteen – http://www.roomthirteen.com/cgi-bin/cd_view.cgi?CDID=10078 and a similarly alright 3/5 review on Rock Midgets – http://www.rockmidgets.com/releases.php?artist_id=2906&id=3630

Last, but by no means least, there’s a typically effervescent review over on Organ: http://www.organart.demon.co.uk/

Look out for a review in the next issue of Rock Sound magazine too… fingers crossed it’ll be a goodun!

I’ll keep y’all informed as more reviews appear.

Cheerio.

H

November News.

PAY FOR THE PIANO RECORDINGS
November 2008

It’s a while since I did any sort of mailout, so I thought now would be a good opportunity! Did any of you see the England match on Wednesday by the way? Downing man of the match, yeah? Tuncay got a hat-trick for Turkey ‘n’ all, so I’m hoping both of them can recipricate that kind of form for Boro against Bolton tomorrow. COB.

Anyroad. To business…

1. Ever Since The Lake Caught Fire
2. Such Great Heights
3. Meadowlands
4. Lifeless
5. Gullich

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1. Ever Since The Lake Caught Fire recently returned from a triumphant tour of Poland! They had a great time, so why not welcome them back at their next UK gig!? They’re playing at Carling Academy (2) in Newcastle on Saturday 20th December with Dartz and Ankles. Tickets £5 in advance: http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/user/?region=gb_northeast&query=detail&event=293318 There’s still a few copies of their Lamacq-endorsed debut single “A Fire Born In Dallas” available – head over to http://payforthepiano.bigcartel.com to purchase one. It includes a remix by Zane Lowe favourite Razmataz Lorry Excitement which automatically makes it ten cool, yeah!?

2. Such Great Heights have been having a quiet few months whilst the majority of them get settled in at University, but they’ll be picking up the pace again next year – starting with a gig supporting Anti-Flag at The Empire in Middlesbrough on Tuesday 3rd March. You can still purchase their 8/10 Rock Sound rated debut single “Would I Still Have Friends If I Believed I Was A Wizard?” from http://payforthepiano.bigcartel.com – there’s not many left (and I’m not just saying that!) so if you want one, act fast. Ideal Christmas gift!

3. Meadowlands album has been picking up the plaudits from critics but more importantly from the fans! A couple of recent myspace comments brought a smile to this face of mine:

“totally love your cd mate. the ultimate hangover over album.
it has got me thru some rough sundays x”

“Me and my mam proper like your album. It came yesterday, and RealPlayer already knew what all the songs were called.
It’d proper suit the soundtrack one of those emotional/contemplative moments in Scrubs.”

You can’t argue with that can you? Get it bought. £4.50 (including postage and packing) from http://payforthepiano.bigcartel.com   William is always up for gigs too, so if you fancy putting him on, get in touch.

4. Lifeless mini-album is scheduled for release on Monday 19th January and believe me, it’s gonna blow your balls off! In the nicest way possible. The artwork is amazing too! Just you wait. They’ve been gigging regularly and recently played in Zavvi in Manchester with SSS. Surreal. They’ve got a few gigs coming up and are also booking a tour for January, check ’em out: http://www.myspace.com/lifelessboro

5. Gullich have, at long last, recorded their debut mini-album! Well, most of it. Just the vocals to do now once Graham (bass/vocals) gets back from seeing Lightning Bolt in Barcelona – it’s alright for some isn’t it!? They’ve just supported Dananananaykroyd on the North East leg of their tour and are on the lookout for more gigs, so if you like your rock to be like an amazing mixture of Faraquet and Karate, give ’em a gig – http://www.myspace.com/gullich

Here’s a little update from the Gullich trio themselves:

BISH. BOSH. BASHED.

Last week we FINALLY got round to recording. We spent two days in Jamie’s kitchen, aided by Henry ‘The Rock Button’ Carden (thanks!) and played 8 of our songs live. So far so good. We are recording the vocals when Graham is back from looking at Lightning Bolt in Barcelona. Then Christmas cake and port. Then back to making rock history. Hopefully Nico Taylor (Just About Done/Move Girl Move) is designing the artwork; the opportunity for pop-giant name-drops continues…

Nico did the Meadowlands artwork and also recently became a fully fledged member of Dartz (would you dare!) so that’s quite a name drop 😉

Don’t forget that all Pay For The Piano releases are available worldwide from iTunes and that the Pay For The Piano Big Cartel store is open for business as always and it really is the place to do your Christmas shopping. Honest.

Cheerio.

Henry.

PS – those of you on Last.fm get involved: http://www.facebook.com//Pay+For+The+Piano+Recordings Even if you’re not on Last.fm, there’s free Pay For The Piano MP3 downloads and that kind of thing on the go so have a quick lookski…

Meadowlands

When I said I was going to do a few more releases after the Ever Since The Lake Caught Fire single, I don’t think I’d quite envisaged doing another four before the end of the year – but you know, some things just need to be done. Releasing the debut MEADOWLANDS album is certainly something that needs to be done and I am beyond pleased to be able to do just that.

If you’re not familiar with Meadowlands, it’s the solo project from Dartz bassist William Anderson. Will has recorded ten tracks recently with, who else, but Simon “bigWOW!” Whelan (of Gullich fame) and these recordings will make up the debut Meadowlands album. With influences such as Geoff Farina, Skip James, Joan Of Arc, American Analog Set, John Lee Hooker, Sunny Day Real Estate, Karate, The Sea and Cake, Metronomes and Glorytellers, Meadowlands is certainly a far more laid back affair than the visceral post-punk created by Dartz. Release is tentatively scheduled for Monday 20th October… fingers crossed.

In other news, I wrote a little piece for the Middlesbrough Evening Gazette a few weeks ago – they edited it and made me sound like a bit of a wally in places, but the general jist is still in tact so it’s probably worth a read and who’d have thought it, but you can read it online:

http://www.whatsonne.co.uk/gb/music/reviews-and-previews/the-world-according-to-henry-carden

Don’t forget that the debut single from Such Great Heights is out in a couple of weeks… there should be plenty of lovely bits of press to tell y’all about in the run up to its release, so keep checking back nice and regularly.

Cheerio.

H

Such Great Heights vs Gullich.

I’m very pleased to announce two new additions to the Pay For The Piano family, in the form of Middlesbrough based female-fronted five piece Such Great Heights and North East math-rock trio Gullich.

PFTPR002 will be unleashed on Monday 15th September 2008 as the debut single from Such Great Heights called “Would I still have friends if I believed I was a wizard?” To celebrate the release, the band have made one of their demo tracks (“It’s Not About You & Me Anymore, It’s About Survival”) available for free download from their myspace page: www.myspace.com/suchgreatheightsrock

PFTPR003 looks all set to be the debut EP from Gullich and if all goes to plan, it should be released in October 2008. They haven’t got anything recorded as of yet, but check out the live video on their myspace page to whet your appetite for what’s to come: www.myspace.com/gullich 

Make sure you add both bands to myspace if you still use it and haven’t let facebook take over your life.

Cheerio.