Bombed Out and artist news
Posted: 29th January 2017
Zapiain return with their sophomore album
It's been a while but it finally gives me great pleasure to announce the next release on Bombed Out. Zapiain follow up 2011's (has it really been that long?) Jibberjabber album with the equally brilliantly titled Giantnormous.
11 great songs that build on that classic UK melodic punk sound so loved by bands that have spring up from the Wakefield post-code area in the past (Zapiain hail from Dewsbury).
The album is at press right now and will arrive on clear blue vinyl this spring. The LP will be a co-release between ourselves and All In Vinyl Records. The band are currently planning launch gig so expect news on that soon.
In the meantime, here's the first song from the album, titled "My New Home". Enjoy.
Posted: 18th March 2015
The brilliant Peachfuzz return with their 4th studio album
The first Bombed Out band to make it to 4 full-lengths, Peachfuzz are set to unleash their new album in the not too distant future.
Titled Raise High Your Bright Halo Of Stars, Adam Jones and company have put together a magnificent selection of songs that deliberately and consistently meander from solid power-pop to pure rock and roll, all the while balancing the finest of melodies with Adam's gravely vocals. Adam still cites Teenage Fanclub (and, transitively, Big Star) as a major influence but there's no mistaking the fact that Peachfuzz have now been at this game long enough to ensure that they no longer feel shackled to the sounds of their heroes.
The image above is a teaser for the artwork and what better way to compliment it than with a teaser for the record. You can listen to the laid-back groove of "Trouble Came" below. Enjoy.
Posted: 6th February 2015
Tagged: The Dauntless Elite
After 12 years as a band, The Dauntless Elite decide to move on to pastures new...
Last Friday, The Dauntless Elite played what will be their last gig for a long, long time. Quite possibly ever.
It was a typically understated and cynical affair - as Dauntless gigs always are - with Joe pointing out the fact that the band, who have headlined the larger room of the Brudenell Social Club, were playing their final gig 3rd down the bill in the smaller back room. Maybe it was time. Maybe it was a hint from the scene. Maybe their time had passed...
All of which is absolute nonsense of course. The Dauntless Elite had never shone brighter than on their recent and, in hindsight, aptly titled second album, More Bloody Bad News. As such they will be sorely missed as a band who stuck to their ethical guns, actually had something to say and who made me smile each and every time I had the pleasure of watching them live. Just as Joe Ninety and Fig. 4.0 became symbolic of Bombed Out's early years, so the last dozen years have been soundtracked by The Dauntless Elite. Their downtrodden, underdog-like Northern cynicism matching that of our own.
We'll miss them but, more importantly, the scene should miss them.
Anyway, cheers to 4 people I feel lucky to call friends (or, you know, family) - to Joe, Stephen, Andrew and Lee. All the best with the new band lads!
See you at the reunion gig.
Posted: 19th January 2015
Wakefield's finest super-group present their second full-length, out February!
Next month the brand new album from the brilliant Protectors will land at Bombed Out HQ. On lovely pale green vinyl no less!
The 9 track album, titled Soul And Fire Is All We Ever Need, is already streaming on Spotify and can be heard in full on the Bombed Out bandcamp page. An absolute stormer of an album, it should go without saying how happy we are to be involved - especially as I've been bugging Chris Charlton about releasing a record by one of his bands ever since the old Pylon days.
This is indie-rock at it's absolute best - soaring melodies, fantastic song-writing, the layered male/female vocals (Chris is ably assisted by Bombed Out friend-of-the-family Kerry Allison this time out), the keys (from new recruit Mark Silcock), everything... Fans of everyone from Guided By Voices to Jimmy Eat World will find something to savour here.
Pre-orders for the record are currently being taken on the Protectors bandcamp page and it will be up in our distro as soon as it's back from press so check back soon.
Finally, Protectors are playing Wakefield this Friday with The Horn The Hunt and the other new Bombed Out band, Stay Clean Jolene. The appearance marks the final gig, for now anyway, with founding member Matthew Parkes who is moving to Thailand shortly. Head on down if you're in the area.
Posted: 24th November 2014
Tagged: Stay Clean Jolene
It's been a long time coming but the debut album from Stay Clean Jolene is finally here.
Following on from their debut 7", Stay Clean Jolene return with a fantastic full-length which we are chuffed to announce will be out shortly on Bombed Out (and Just Say No To Government Music). We're getting involved in the CD edition while Drunken Sailor, Dead Boke and more handle the vinyl duties.
Comprised of half The Leif Ericsson (Will and Neil) and half of The Great St. Louis (John and Dan) there is no doubting the band's pedigree and we're happy to announce that their debut, self-titled album meets all expectations and then some. The band build on a host of influences - most notably the likes of Leatherface and the members previous bands - but it holds together magnificently, delivering 10 tracks of no-nonsense, mid-paced, anthemic punk-rock.
CD pre-orders will be up soon but in the meantime here's a taster: