OFF: New Frond (was: Re: OFF: Public Service Announcement?)
Carl Edlund Anderson
cea at CARLAZ.COM
Sun Jun 23 22:10:10 EDT 2013
A lot of the Frond stuff is now on Bandcamp. New album is not yet there, but Nick intimated on FB that it would be, eventually. :)
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On Jun 23, 2013, at 12:34, Jason Scruton <js3619 at ACMENET.NET> wrote:
> There's also a new live album by the Frond, too.
> On Sun, 23 Jun 2013 18:17:18 +0100, Jonathan Jarrett
> <jjarrett at CORIOLIS.GREENEND.ORG.UK> wrote:
>> On Fri, 24 Aug 2012, Paul Mather wrote:
>>> Double yikes! I just discovered that The Bevis Frond released an album
>>> after _Hit Squad_ that I don't have! Where can I get ahold of this? I
>>> thought Woronzow Records had folded?????
>> This mail has been sitting in my INBOX for so long that now
>> there's *another* new Frond album out. But I didn't actually see anyone
>> answer the question, so, as I understand it, it's like this:
>> (1) Woronzow ceased operations as a full-scale label because the taxman
>> had them under investigation and because Nick had family problems that
>> required his attention (his mother was ill). This isn't private
>> knowledge, I hope, I'm fairly sure this was in an interview with Nick
>> online somewhere.
>> (2) It still exists as a company, though, so presumably the taxman was
>> satisfied and Nick still releases his stuff through it.
>> (3) You can buy these things, and also digital and sometimes physical
>> copies of *all other Frond stuff*, via their site at Bandcamp:
>> though the very newest one doesn't yet seem to be there.
>> (4) _The Leaving of London_ has some very lovely stuff on it, I like it
>> better than _Hit Squad_ but it does seem to be the second half of the
>> album before my ears really prick up to it. The second half is as sharply
>> worded and musically beautiful as the Bevis Frond ever gets, though,
>> albeit not as jammed-out and psychedelic (but see 6 below).
>> (5) I found out about that album the same way I found out about the new
>> one, _White Numbers_, which is not a way I ever expected to hear about
>> Frond albums: a friend of mine who reads Mojo texted me about the album
>> because Mojo had reviewed it and he knew I'd care. Mojo review the Bevis
>> Frond? What? etc.
>> (6) The new one, which presumably Mojo had in advance, is apparently a
>> with one 42-minute improvised track called `Traditional Home-Made
>> Jam'. Since `House of Mountains' is nearly my favourite Bevis Frond
>> I'm looking forward to this. Amazon's product description gives us more
>> "The Bevis Frond's 21st album. 'White Numbers' is the logical
>> successor to 2011's 'The Leaving Of London', not simply in that it's the
>> next album, but because it follows on in the style of great songs played
>> well in an esoteric, but totally musical panoply of styles. If there was
>> one complaint about the last record, it was that there were not enough of
>> the Frond's signature guitar wig-outs. Woronzow is therefore happy to
>> inform one and all that this aberration has been well and truly rectified
>> with the inclusion of a 42 minute instrumental. Eschewing the 'less is
>> more' theory, 'White Numbers' comes as a double CD and triple vinyl
>> release, containing 24 new titles."
>> Yes, I have been known to make that kind of complaint, I am very very
>> happy to have this problem addressed...
>> (7) I haven't managed to make it to the last few years' gigs because
>> recently they've been advertised on Yahoo Groups and Facebook and not
>> elsewhere. But this was a good time to look up the website as I find
>> that they are playing London's 100 Club on July 13th! So the fates are
>> with me. I will hope to buy a copy of the new album!
>> That concludes this answer to a question from ten months ago, yours,
>> ObCD: Ici Maintenants - _Space and Time_, which I can't play without
>> recalling that I bought it from Trev, may he not be forgotten.
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