VIDEO: Cymbals: Totally Over


Upcoming London band CYMBALS have revealed the video for ‘Totally Over’, the next taste of the band’s super debut album ‘Unlearn’ set for release on 9th May on Tough Love Records.

Directed by Dan Brereton (Egyptian Hip Hop, Metronomy, Late of the Pier), the video follows on from the ebullient ‘Summer Escaping’ directed by Ollie Evans (Tom Vek, Gossip, Foals), watch it below.

The band are releasing ‘Unlearn’ digitally and on limited 12″ vinyl (300 copies) each sleeve individually hand screen-printed by artist Sinead Evans.


01 – The Water Rats, London (FestiFeel w/ Noah and the Whale)


CYMBALS formed in London amidst the heat haze of summer 2010, directed by nothing but their excellent record collections and the vague intention to “not be boring”. While guitarist Jack and keyboardist Dan had played in bands before, drummer Sean hadn’t seriously picked up a stick since winging grade-one snare drum aged 13. Inspired by Sean’s intuitive naivety, the trio were keen to avoid the familiar routes ploughed by other bands and set forth a working manifesto that saw them reject predictable bass guitars, minor chord progressions, drum fills and programming. Consciously playing against instinct, the band decided to ‘unlearn’ the ideas they’d explored in previous projects in an attempt to fulfil that initial vague intention, and the resulting sounds were fittingly scattershot and strangely artful.

Finding footholes in the joyful chaos of early-period Pavement, the smartness of every-period Talking Heads, and the euphoric repetition of house music, they gelled suddenly and somewhat unpredictably, ironically finding their own voice recording an ebullient cover of the former’s “Kennel District”. Heading into the studio with East London go-to-man de rigueur Rory Brattwell, they put to tape a few of their own songs and were subsequently offered a host of gigs, some of which they were lucky enough to be able to play.

Having released a few early songs and an assortment of sympathetic remixes via Bandcamp to not a little online attention, they retreated to the practice room where they wrote ten new songs, in between jamming the odd indulgent Whitney Houston cover (rumours of a reworking of her debut album from memory remain unsubstantiated). Those ten songs will see the light of day in spring 2011 as CYMBALS first album, released through Tough Love Records. The appropriately titled Unlearn was recorded over a series of months and mixed through the collective efforts of Rory Bratwell, Manchester’s D/R/U/G/S and James Yuill. Most importantly, Unlearn is a document of everything the band has written to date, mapping their development while also signalling where they may head next.

Unlearn will be released as a limited edition 12” and download. Each 12” comes with an individually hand screen printed sleeve by Sinead Evans.


01. Summer Job
02. Totally Over
03. Wilderbeast
04. Good Luck
05. Jane
06. Summer Escaping
07. Cut Jeans
08. I Don’t Know Why You Bother
09. Single Printed NamE
10. Half Ask

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