NO, YOU BROKE JO’S AMP
Released on Doot Doot in 2007.
Out of the flames of Leo Trout came this album. Recorded between 2004 and 2007, the songs were generally written and recorded in a couple of hours using one mike and a whole ton of overdubs. Whilst not the place to start, this Lo-Fi album is hook filled and pretty fun and contains hits in the form of “Flavours in Your Sinus” and “Metroscope”.
Recorded before Max joined the band, it still features guest shredding from Max and David “King of Folk” Broad.
Listen To: Flavour In Your Sinus Metroscope Tuesday Moon
Soap was released in 2008 on Doot Doot Recordings. We absolutely loved writing and recording this album – a very bright spark in a dark time in our lives (or something) but the critics weren’t as kind – we got “contains moments of genuine rough, alt-folk beauty” – Sandman and “A great line in quirky one and two minute blasts of songs” – Fatea but mainly we got “PRETENTIOUS!” – Sandman.
We decided to see it as an “art project” – which was much mocked but essentially meant that we originally made 54 seperate covers for the album. A good time was had by all. They can be seen here.
Some people (including us) LOVED this album, it is rough and a self-indulgent but well, see what you think.
Featured on this album were… Nick Thoume (pretentious story), Birgitte Roeggen (tootling in the background), Matty Richards (trumpet), Dave Kitchen (background noise) and special guests Kurt Vonnegut and George Orwell (stolen stories).
Listen To: Honeysuckle Let’s Get Megamechanical No’s 1 & 3
The front cover of Katapult is our homage/pastiche of the Clean’s excellent 1990 album Vehicle. Although the album is semi-obscure we felt that it was a good look and any big up to the Clean is good by us.
The album is named Katapult as a reference to Guided By Voices awesome 1992 album Propellor. They called it that cos they wanted it to propel them to success. We called ours Katapult for similar reasons (i.e. to catapult us to less derision)
Our 2009 album which was described as “a treasure trove of great sounds” (SoundsXP), “joyful, absurd, spirit raising on a gloomy day” (Kitten Painting Blog) and “a triumph in simply doing what you like and having fun in the process” (Leeds Music Scene). The Track “European Veins” was played on Gideon Coe’s 6Music show and on quite a few podcasts.
After the lukewarm reception to Soap we decided that we up the fidelity and make sure the performance were tight and focused. We wrote 5 songs each (apart from Steven’s House which was written a little more collaboratively) and Jack played drums on all of the tracks with drums.
The cover looks a bit like a poo and Steven J. recorded 3 tracks for us. Featured on the album are Stevie Keys (Keys and vox), Birgitte Roeggen (vox), Amyas Varcoe (vox), Louise Phillips (vox) and David Kitchen (vox).