To celebrate Record Store Day, God Is In The TV will be releasing a limited edition 20 track compilation CD. The first run is limited 50 copies is only be available in participating shops, and will be FREE to anyone who buys a Record Store Day release.The compilation is now available to stream and download. But only 50 copies of this are physically available in the first run, so if you want a copy then get yourselves down to one of the participating shops!
‘Treasure Hunt Vol 1’ features a range of brilliant tracks from a range of superb independent artists, compiled by a proudly independent website for the benefit of much loved independent shops. But the people who it will give the most to are the lucky listeners who manage to snap up a copy of this great collector’s item.
At God Is In The TV we work hard for the music we love. Except we don’t see it as work. It’s a pleasure not a chore. We’ve been busy over the last two weeks recruiting bands and artists for this exclusive compilation, and had less than four days to print the sleeves, burn the discs and get it to the shops in time for the big day! We aren’t making a penny from this, we’re just doing our bit.
People can’t say we don’t work hard.
You can find it at:
Raves From The Grave – Bath
Rise – Bristol
Spillers – Cardiff
and others to be confirmed!
1. The Milk Race – Miso Miso
Swaggering out of the blocks in mid-2011, Cardiff’s The Milk Race set about adding a noisy description to a distinctly non-descript period in music. Taking the pure concept of the timeless power trio, the three moving parts that make up the mainframe of the band have proven form.
Singer and guitarist Chris Warlow used to lead the Sonic Youth-meets-Brainiac mayhem of The Martini Henry Rifles, lofty bassist and synth botherer Mike Carter was once of cult fuzz poppers Mo*Ho*Bish*O*Pi, while whirlwind drummer Chris ‘Sklav’ Sklavounos has played in too many bands to mention.
The trio are informed by a love of cycling and the power-pop of Cheap Trick, the fury of Fugazi and The Misfits, underscored by a healthy blast of synthy groove that mixes Man or Astroman? with Les Savy Fav’s mischief. Also present is an inherent commercial appeal inspired by the band’s love of skewed pop songs from past decades.
Their debut EP Rope Trick, produced by Exit_International’s Fudge Wilson at Sound Space Studios, features the spiky assault of Identify and the glorious Cribs-esque power-chord joy of Bonjour M.F. – inspired by a suitably sweary and near fatal cycling tour of northern France. Completed by the Wipers-meets-Girls Against Boys B-movie darkness of The Rise and Fall of the Indian Rope Trick, it all makes perfect sense.
2. The Lash – For Your Love (Yarbirds Cover)
The Lash are a 45,000 RPM rock & soul hurricane from Newport, South Wales, UK, featuring the astonishing vocal talents of Erin McNamara and former 60ft Dolls drummer Carl Bevan behind the kit and on production duties.
Formed in 2011, the quintet spent most of last year holed up writing and recording before exploding on the live scene in 2012.
Check out Rent, the band’s DIY debut video shot entirely on smartphones for a budget of £0: www.youtube.com/watch?v=higy71o6uwc
3. FLUTES – Solo Sleep
2012 was a busy year for Flutes with the release of their self-titled debut album. A flurry of online press ensued, which saw the band steadily build a loyal fanbase grabbing the attention of BBC Radio 1 Scotland, The Scottish Sun and, most recently, Clash Magazine, with Frightened Rabbit selecting their track ‘Auld Archie’ as a Track of the Day on the Clash website.
A track named after Camden town’s lesser known yet arguably more ferocious neighbour, Kilburn in the words of lead singer Godfrey McFall is “a song is about poets / artists / thespians always tending to gravitate to that horrid combination of womanisers and substance abusers, and with those come the associated highs and lows. As a band we’e all lived in Kilburn and it was fun (and mildly traumatising) to play with the imagery of Byron and Burns in a Kilburn boozer trying to have it off with the local ladies, then hating themselves for it in the morning”.
Forming on the windswept coast of Fife, the eight year musical story of the four-piece features a church hall in Oxford, corporate espionage, recording in sheds and industrial estates, the M6, an old white minibus, far too many London gigs circa 2007/08, grizzly old men, a BBC sound technician with a fetish for vintage microphones, big belly laughs, and a Scottish football stadium.Flutes release their second single taken from their self-titled debut album – Kilburn. The single is supported by the b-side ‘What Is Love’, a cover of Haddaway’s 90s dance hit. ‘What Is Love’ was released as a free download.
4. The Birthday Kiss – Choking
The Birthday Kiss were formed in 2012 by instrumentalist and songwriter Ben Siddall and singer Sarah Williams, separated by the M1 via Leeds and London. Since then the band have recorded a handful of songs, including a Christmas song “Sentimental Christmastime” which was played a number of times on Gideon Coe’s BBC 6music programme. This is their debut single; the band are currently working on their debut album.
Ben has also produced tracks for other Leeds bands such as This Many Boyfriends, Post War Glamour Girls and Just Handshakes (We’re British) in his basement studio in Leeds.
5. Kill Murray – Everything For Free
KILL MURRAY are a new band hailing from Oxford.
Combining their diverse range of influences, the band have been hard at work crafting their unique and varied sound, drawing inspiration from the likes of Pavement, LCD Soundsystem, Metronomy and Dinosaur Jr.
With an expanding fan base (including BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson and Dave Bing, Mayor of Detroit), they’ve been the attention of local buzz, have received national airplay and have been hotly tipped by several Oxford publications as ones to watch in 2012.
In their short career, they’ve packed out the Second Stage at Truck Festival 2012 and have shared stages with the likes of Stornoway, alt-J, Zulu Winter, This Town Needs Guns and Guillemots. The band are currently hard at work recording their second EP at Metropolis Studios in London scheduled for release in early 2013.
6. DangerouslyClose ft Anoushka Haze – Daydream Komitet
DangerouslyClose is the side project of Murray Fenton, the guitarist from seminal Sheffield post-punkers Artery. A mini-album of collaborations with featuring a variety of vocalists and artists is planned for release later in the year.
7. Port Erin – Let It Go(The Walls)
Formed in the West Country in January 2007 Port Erin have extensively toured the U.K. including shows at Glastonbury Festival (2010, 2011), live sessions for BBC Introducing, and support slots with acts such as Red Snapper, Kill It Kid, The Redwalls (USA)
Their 2nd album, ‘Wheel Inside A Wheel’ was recorded with Marco Migliari in The Wood Room at Real World Studios, and released on October 5th 2012.
8. Science Bastard – Fly Island
With a name like Science Bastard and a track titled “Cunt”, the Welsh contrarians are clearly not aiming for the mass market! But it’s a perfect name for a band that seamlessly blends experimental math rock (“Science”) with a punk attitude (“Bastard”) to create their own unique style of progressive punk.
Science Bastard combine the angular hardcore dynamics of At The Drive In with the aural menace of prime time P.I.L.
Vern-vox, Jonny-gtr, Jim-Bass, Deano-drums.
You can listen here: http://sciencebastard.bandcamp.com/
9. Laura Duncan – Phoenix
Laura Duncan is a singer/songwriter who fronts a moody, powerful, alternative rock and blues band. They record under her name as simply ‘Laura Duncan’. Originally from Leicestershire, England, Laura is now a staple of live music in her home base of Los Angeles and beyond.
Duncan released her debut album, ‘LOUD AND CLEAR’ in late 2012, and shot a music video for her first single, ‘Box of Nails’. It was selected for inclusion in the Machinima Film Festival.
Inspired by the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Led Zeppelin, Bad Company, The Black Crowes, Tori Amos, Muse and Sia, Duncan developed a wide appreciation of diverse musical styles that helped shape her own songwriting. Her current music reflects her deep blues/rock influences but with soulful melodies, subtle jazz influences and a powerful voice that is truly her own.
10. Daniel Land & The Modern Painters – Sleeping with the Past
Daniel Land has recorded two albums and a series of singles and EPs as DANIEL LAND & THE MODERN PAINTERS which have won plaudits from, amongst others, Rob Da Bank at BBC Radio 1, Mark Radcliffe at Radio 2, and Elbow’s Guy Garvey at Radio 6. His works have been released on the esteem labels Sonic Cathedral and Club AC30 and have included tracks made in collaboration with the German electronica genius ULRICH SCHNAUSS. Concurrently, Daniel has been releasing ambient albums under the name RIVERRUN, producing and writing with artists as varied as The Steals, Moses Gold and Spc ECO, and in 2010 joined the reformed dreampop supergroup ENGINEERS (whose track “Home” is used as the theme for HBO’s series “Big Love”). Daniel Land is currently living in London and is working on his first solo album; he is an artist that, in the words of BBC Radio 1’s Rob Da Bank, “You can’t help but feel the late John Peel would have loved”.
11. Nudy Bronque – All Sorts
Nudybronque are an Indie Pop band based in the heart of Wiltshire. The band blends Indie music with elements of Post-Punk and Britpop delivering a strange, yet fascinating live performance.
Their EP “Bottled Blonde” was released in mid 2012 and was greeted with fantastic reviews. It gained significant national airplay including the legendary Radio Caroline and BBC6 Music where Tom Robinson played them on two separate shows and claimed that they were “more than just another band with unfashionable hair”. Early 2013 saw Nudybronque release an out of character single entitled ‘Allsorts’ which is the first single from a follow up EP expected in the summer. The track was played across the world getting interest in Australia and the US and helped the band into the shortlists for the Glastonbury Festival Emerging Talent Competition.
There’s no doubt that this exciting, interesting, and somewhat bizarre threesome are going to spiral out into the music scene with the energy it takes to make an impression on the world.
12. Rough Music – Welcome To Shanghai
A loud and shouty band from Cardiff.
13. Sean Parker – Alpha Waves At Seraglio Point
Sean Parker & Scorpio Rising are an experimental alternative rock group based in Istanbul, formed by British-born singer-songwriter Sean Bw Parker. They are notable for playing with Ed Harcourt at Babylon Istanbul club, John Robb’s The Membranes at Indigo, with Turkish experimental rock group Replikas at Haymatlos, at the Foça and Gazipaşa rock festivals in 2010 and 2009 respectively. Writer and philosopher Alain de Botton wrote of the 2008 album ‘A Gun To The Temple’: ‘wonderful – the songs are as heartfelt as they are intelligent’.
Parker’s music has been compared to Roxy Music, Pixies, The Beta Band, Tindersticks, Lloyd Cole, Lou Reed, Devo, David Bowie and Talking Heads in various reviews and articles, and is often defined as art rock.
Parker was born on 19 May 1975 in Exeter, Devon. The family moved to Carmarthenshire, South Wales in 1986. He completed his masters degree in Fine Art at the University for the Creative Arts, Surrey in 2003, after which he moved to live and record in Istanbul. Parker is joined in Scorpio Rising by Jenny Miller (violin), Veronika Szabo (backing vocals), Nazlı Şensoy (backing vocals), Fatih Candaş (bass) and Uygar Aydın (drums). Sean Parker & Scorpio Rising have received coverage in Cosmopolitan, Arena, Hurriyet Daily News, Today’s Zaman, Medyanom, Sound, Gırgır,Bant, Yeni Şafak, Artrocker, on Gece Gündüz (NTV) and in various other publications.
The Creaking Chair is the musical project of Andrew A C Cooper. The Creaking Chair has evolved from an alt-folk trio, featuring various musicians, to becoming a more electronic and experimental musical project. Andrew delivers delayed and distorted folk, creating melodic and nostalgic soundscapes. Robert Wyatt and Nick Drake echo subtly in the background alongside hints of 60s psychedelia such as Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett and Soft Machine.
Based in Brighton, The Creaking Chair, has supported such acts as Grasscut (Ninja Tune), Nancy Elizabeth (The Leaf Label) and Tune Yards (4AD).
The Creaking Chair released an E.P. ‘Noise Body’ at the end of March which received some widespread acclaim including radio play on BBC 6 Music. The E.P. and debut single can be purchased from Bouffant Records: http://bouffantrecords.greedbag.com/the-creaking-chair/
15. Slurp – Slag To Love
Slurp feature the combined talents of Aug Stone (instruments) and David Barnett(vocals).
16. Laurence Made Me Cry – All That Patience Brings
The artist behind Laurence Made Me Cry is multi-instrumentalist Jo Whitby, a West Country girl at heart but now making roots in the Welsh capital Cardiff. Whitby’s use of folk and rock roots combined with electronic instruments and organic sounds spawn a myriad of landscapes and pictures for the listeners’ imagination to delve into. Her debut album ‘The Diary Of Me’ has gained support from the likes of BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio Wales and Amazing Radio.
17. OtherPeoplesLives – In Berlin
From the bedroom writings and home-made recordings of ringleader Matthew Pease-Bower, OtherPeoplesLives were born from a desire to do something more artistic and idiosyncratic with music – a little more imagination and creative freedom was something that fellow founding member James Acornley had craved in a previous project and as a result of hearing a few new ideas, pressed for the pet-project to become a fully-fledged band.
After much searching for the right collective of people to work on the abundant demos and ideas, the duo found powerhouse drummer Bryce Gibson who in turn introduced them to multi-instrumentalist/ electronic producer Sam Ward. This four piece went into Loom Studios and found another multi-instrumentalist, Chris Siegel, engineering and admiring their work. The five members clicked there and then and haven’t looked back since.
OtherPeoplesLives take the honest songwriting of Pease-Bower and lift it to another level of power, deftness of dynamics and meticulousness. Each member bringing their own influences to an initial template, adding pulsing electronic undercurrents, articulate and intricate guitar lines and forceful, groove-laden drums to create the bands heady and at times intense blend of Post-Rock, Ambient Electronica and Art-Rock.
18. The Haunted Isles – Down to The Harbour (Gallon Drunk Cover)
The Haunted Isles is the brainchild of former Bridport Dagger front man Jason Idnani-Powdrill. Dragging his chains across the floorboards like the ghoul in the attic these restrained, haunted narratives weave pleasingly through ethereal lo-fi-noir shuffles that conjures up the nightmarish spirit of early Birthday Party, the Spanish flecks of Calexico and the aching instrumentals and insidious melodrama of the Tindersticks early albums.‘Hauntology‘ is the self funded, bedroom recorded debut out now.
19. T.M.O’Neill – Inbetweens
Rather enigmatically, TM O’Neill’s biography reads ‘There are only two kinds of music: good and the other kind’ – Duke Ellington. His new single Inbetweens is out April 29th.
20. She Makes War – In This Boat
She Makes War is the gloom-pop solo project of Laura Kidd: multi-instrumentalist, visual artist and digital polymath. Debut album “Disarm” was released in September 2010 to high praise, gaining SMW an ardent international following and leading to support slots with Midge Ure, Chris T-T, Viv Albertine and Tom Williams and the Boat.
In 2011, around touring South America as Tricky’s bassist and singing in Carina Round’s band, SMW won Soundcloud’s Backstage Pass Award and ran a wildly successful Pledge Music campaign raising 100% of the funds needed to record “Little Battles”, was released 9th April 2012.