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Our new album, Romance Is Boring, will be released on February 1st 2010 on CD, digital and vinyl.
There is plenty of time for conjecture and discussion, but in the meantime, here are some facts.
The tracklisting is as follows:
In Medias Res
There Are Listed Buildings
Romance Is Boring
We’ve Got Your Back (Documented Minor Emotional Breakdown #2)
Straight In At 101
Who Fell Asleep In
I Warned You: Do Not Make An Enemy Of Me
I Just Sighed. I Just Sighed, Just So You Know
A Heat Rash In The Shape Of The Show Me State; or, Letters From Me To Charlotte
The Sea Is A Good Place To Think Of The Future
This Is A Flag. There Is No Wind
Coda: A Burn Scar In The Shape Of The Sooner State
The album was recorded and mixed between March and June of 2009, in Seattle, Connecticut and Monmouthsire, with producer John Goodmanson. It features guest appearances from Jamie Stewart, Zac Pennington and Jherek Bischoff.
It is a record about the death and decay of the human body, sex, lost love, mental breakdown, football and, ultimately, that there probably isn’t a light at the end of the tunnel.
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The Joiners is on an odd street. There seems to be a large amount of take aways on the street considering its size, and as the only establishments that warrant take aways are few on the street it seems quite odd.
We ended up in Hudsons. We had aimed to go to a Chinese but this caught our attention first. Hudsons is a Caribbean restaurant serving items such as Jerk Chicken, Goat Curry and Red Snapper. We were the only people that were in there, and the owner/chef seemed very keen to entertain us.
I went for Salmon Creole. The menu description didn’t really seem to describe a creole. I was expecting something similar to a Gumbo. What appeared was a Salmon fillet covered with Cajun spices and grilled. It was actually very nice. The outside had been blackened to a nice level, allowing you to experience the crunch as your teeth hit the soft salmon flesh inside. The spices left a nice tingle after you had finished chewing and they weren’t overpowering that you couldn’t taste the salmon or needed a glass of water to quench the fire in your mouth.
The salmon came with a nice salad of apple and tomato. The sweetness of them contrasting nicely with the spice of the salmon.
Despite us saying that we only had 45 minutes the chef took longer than that so we ended up having to take the food away. Don’t eat here if you’re in a rush.
But it was great value, great food and they even had a record player playing.
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It’s rather bizarre to think that we have not played UK centric shows in a year, the last two gigs have made it seem like we have never been away. We have quickly settled back into the routine of sitting in a splitter driving along the M roads talking utter rubbish whilst longing for M & S themed service stations.
Those of you who attended the concert last night in Southampton can adhere to the fact it was a heat pit akin to the ninth circle of hell and the stage was littered with sprinkles of sweat. I would like to give a special shout out to the guy who informed me he braved the humidity despite the fact it made his hair frizzy. Well done.
The Juno Keyboard did not have such a good time and stopped making a noise that was pleasing to the ears. It was kind of like this “duhhhrrrhhr” noise….BUT Rob “Sparky” Taylor saved the day by distracting the audience with a long winded joke about a child on a death bed whose dying wish is for a golf ball, if you missed out it was bloody funny and will be remembered as a golden gig moment for generations to come.
Coventry was also rather great, with the venue having a particularly fetching outdoor area with Palm trees straight out a LA beach party (I would imagine, I have attended none but I have watched The Hills.) We also got to meet the lovely Copy Haho for the first time who made a few of us jagermesiter cocktail things, which had an elaborate name but in essence were said spirit and red bulls. I think they are meant to stimulate you before leaving you twitchy with a itching sense of your own mortality. Myself and Kim also got invited to go and dance with four drunk guys dressed like security guards who were attending the club night afterwards but the haunting sounds of a Lady GaGa remix did not tempt us (it was not even paparazzi, thats a tune.)
But all this waffle is leading up to a favour I have to ask…
I had a unfortunate incident a month ago where my camera met some water and they didn’t get on, so I borrowed my mums camera but she lost the connecter wire thing so….. I cant upload pictures.
I thought maybe YOU would like to send me some pictures of the gigs for documentation/making the blog posting look sexier/sexy photos of us for me to pleasure myself over! However only send one image which you think really summed up the gig experience for yourself, and the ones I like the most will get used. Remember my criteria is vague, and my judgement is awful. Send your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org
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So we were told that the venue had in house catering. What actually happened was that they ordered food in for us. It was nice of them to do that because it meant that we didn’t have to go and find anything, but this meant our choice was limited. We had food from a place called Oregano. Supposedly the best place for food in Coventry. It was basically a take away pizza joint. I decided, perhaps to avoid having a pizza a lot on this tour I would opt for one of the pasta options. I went for Spaghetti al Carbonara, which instead of coming with bacon or pancetta, came with sausage. I thought it would be worth trying.
The food appeared about 30 minutes before we were due to go on stage, so I had a few mouthfulls. The pasta was al dente, which was good. The sausage gave it a funny flavour and it looked like a regular sausage just sliced up, fried and chucked in. No chorizo I can tell you that. The sauce was creamy but it needed a lot more garlic and black pepper. There was a faint taste of cheese but I doubt it was parmesan.
The one good thing about it was when I came off stage and had some more it hadn’t congealed or dried up.
The pizzas looked good, but if this is the best place in Coventry well…
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Only three days for us to wile away before the commencement of our first UK tour, in fact, our first UK shows of any description, in a year. One of the questions I’m most frequently asked in interviews is if we get a different reception in the US, compared to the UK. I always answer that I feel people are more excited to see us in the US, because we’ve travelled from far away and so it seems like more of an event, and we seem more exotic (especially because a lot of folk think we’re Welsh). I’m hopeful that our absence from UK stages of late creates a similar sense on this tour, because we, ourselves, are very excited to be playing at home again.
Another notable thing about this tour is that we’re going to be playing our full set as an 8-piece for the first time. Our good friend Rob will be filling the role of our very own in-house Bob Nastanovich, performing extra keyboard/glock/percussion/guitar/vocal duties, which will both allow me to flounce around the stage even more than usual and more importantly will add the subtle nuances to songs that we couldn’t possibly pull off with only 7 pairs of hands. Especially on the new material.
To return the favour, we’re going to be backing Rob up on some songs during his set. Rob, of course, is Sparky Deathcap, who we first had the pleasure of playing with back in March 2007. He was a brilliant songsmith then, but what he does now has gone above and beyond. He’s one of the most poignant, intelligent and humorous lyricists I could name. On a few tracks each night we’re going to be his 7-piece backing band and help (I hope) his songs become the fully orchestrated works they deserve to be.
You can listen to a load of Sparky Deathcap songs here.
What this all amounts to me saying is, we recommend you make it down to these shows early, in order to ensure you don’t miss Sparky, or the wonderful Copy Haho and to ensure we make a real evening of it. There’ll be decent music playing between the bands and all. UNLESS you are the sort of awful person that spends the first half of the evening ignorantly talking through a support band’s songs, in which case come down as late as you like. Maybe just in time for the club night afterwards. I know you’re a good bunch though. </safety wink>
Another reminder of the coming tour dates. It’s still highly recommended you buy tickets for these gigs, rather than risking turning up on the night because a) it’ll be cheaper now, and b) most of them are going to sell out, if they haven’t already. Unless you live in Exeter.
ALL SHOWS WITH COPY HAHO AND SPARKY DEATHCAP:
WED 21 OCT Kasbah, Coventry 14+
THURS 22 OCT Joiners, Southampton 14+SOLD OUT
FRI 23 OCT Phoenix, Exeter 14+ (01392 263518)
SAT 24 OCT The Gate, Cardiff 14+ (Also with Dananananaykroyd, Munch Munch and Internet Forever)
MON 26 OCT Deaf Institute, Manchester14+SOLD OUT
TUE 27 OCT University, Newcastle 14+
WED 28 OCT Garage, London 14+SOLD OUT
THU 29 OCT Zodiac, Oxford All Ages (Under 14s to be accompanied by an adult)
FRI 30 OCT Cockpit, Leeds14+
SAT 31 OCT King Tut’s, Glasgow 18+ SOLD OUT
Who’s in, and where you at?
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Well this totally fucks up my provisional list of Albums of The Year…
Just moments ago I received an email that read like this:
“I came across your blog mentioning Nosferatu D2 as one of your favourite bands & their infamous last gig with you.
I thought you may like to know that for the longest of time and noblest of reasons, I’ve been forming a label around releasing their debut album…Tomorrow morning brings the day that the stock arrives (and floods my bedroom)”.
So finally, one of my favourite records of all time gets a tangible CD release.
Nosferatu D2 were brothers Ben and Adam, from Croydon, South London. I’d not want to attempt to explain what they sound like, because I couldn’t do it justice. But Adam is louder and more adept than three men behind the drums, and Ben is one of my absolute favourite lyricists. I honestly believe if enough people had heard his lyrics, he’d be rightly held up as one of the absolute best writers of our generation.
1. Broken Tamagotchi
2. A Footnote
3. Colonel Parker
4. Flying Things and Pests
5. I Killed Burt Bacharach
6. 2 People, 0 Superpowers
7. Mojo Top 100
9. We’ll Play The Power of Love by Frankie Goes to Hollywood A Thousand Times Tonight
10. It’s Christmas Time (For God’s Sake)
If you have a spare £6 and the desire to hear some of the most vitriolic, truthful story telling you’re likely ever to hear, then I recommend you follow this link.
I tip my hat to Audio Antihero for making the bold step of releasing this album, and really hope this helps Nosferatu D2 reach the wider audience their songs have always deserved.