El Goodo – By Order Of The Moose



Due out on Strangetown Records in September.

Welsh psych-pop band El Goodo return with their long, long awaited third album By Order Of The Moose, due out on Cian Ciaran’s (Super Furry Animals) Strangetown Records. Recorded over the course of 8 years in an old derelict cinema in their home village of Resolven, the album is a continuation of where the band left off in 2009 with their previous effort Coyote. Wielding the wide open spaces of spaghetti westerns with the close melodic harmonies of girl groups and the good humour of Nuggets inspired garage rock’n’roll, El Goodo takes you on a trip through their fascination with 60s music.

They share the video (and album trailer of sorts) for album opener “I Sit And Wonder” via Shindig. The song was an attempt to do something like Zager & Evans’ “In The Year 2525”, but it didn’t turn out like that. The lyrics were based on war films like Come And See, Ivan’s Childhood and Red Dawn.

Comprised of brothers Elliott (drums, percussion) and Jason Jones (guitar, vocals), Pixy Jones (guitar, vocals, keyboards), Lewie Sewers (guitar), Matthew Young (keyboards) and Andrew Cann (bass), El Goodo (named after a Big Star song) are a band enthralled by the past. They recorded the album on a 16-track with a small collection of faulty equipment, creating a collection of melodic pop songs, embellished with strings, brass, sitars, harmonicas, xylophones and vocal harmonies (and then seemingly covered it all with dust), that you’d expect to find on some forgotten 60s record that someone has stumbled upon in their attic.

Elliott saw the words “Loyal Order Of Moose” carved into stone on the side of a building in Neath and they all liked the sound of it for the album title. They changed it slightly to By Order Of The Moose. As Pixy explains; “I’ve always thought of it as “The Moose” is some evil guy who wears a moose head hat and controls people’s minds, making them do evil things. In reality though it means nothing, we just liked the way it sounded.” Jason, who made the intricate cover illustration, seems to have interpreted the title to be more of a circus, depicting a Wild West ringmaster, wild animals and acrobats.

From the first recording in November 2008 with the track “When”, the album took eight years to complete. Initially thinking it would only take them a few months, they set out to record at The Music Box in Cardiff. Two years later they decamped back to their village, to the Resolven Miners’ Welfare Hall.

Despite the sheer length of time and the difficulties encountered, with By Order of The Moose El Goodo have achieved something extraordinary. The album is fully realised, cohesive and demonstrates the band’s incredible knack for catchy hooks, eloquent songwriting and terrific arrangements. By taking an odyssey through the music of the past, they have shaped a sound that is both timeless and points towards a promising future.

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Ferne Lily – What’s Good (video) & Euro Dates

What’s Good by Fenne Lily on VEVO.

FENNE LILY LIVE DATES:
Sun 30 Jul – Lörrach, Germany, Rosenfelspark
(w/ Lambchop)
Sun 3 Sep – Mosely Folk Festival
Wed 20 Sep – Berlin, Germany, Lido
(w/ Novo Amor & King Creosote)
Thu 21 Sep – Cologne, Germany Kulturkirche
(w/ Novo Amor & King Creosote)
Fri 22 Sep – Reeperbahn Festival

Wed Oct 4 – Shrewsbury, Henry Tudor House *
Thu Oct 5 – Bristol, The Lantern *
Fri Oct 6 – Manchester, Band on The Wall *
Sat Oct 7 – Liverpool, Buyers Club *
Sun Oct 8 – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club *
Tue Oct 10 – Glasgow, CCA *
Wed Oct 11 – Newcastle, Cluny 2 *
Thu Oct 12 – London, Cecil Sharp House *
* w/ Siv Jakobsen, Sivu, and Paul Thomas Saunders



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Diet Cig – Barf Day (Official Music Video)

Sep 23 – Tourcoing, FR @ Le Grand Mix
Sep 25 – Paris, FR @ Supersonic
Sep 26 – Antwerp, BE @ Trix VZW
Sep 28 – Lausanne, CH @ Le Romandie Rock Club
Sep 30 – Osimo, IT @ Loop
Oct 02 – Vienna, AT @ B72
Oct 04 – Munich, DE @ Orange House
Oct 05 – Berlin, DE @ Berghain Kantine
Oct 06 – Denmark, CP @ Stengade
Oct 07 – Hamburg-St. Pauli, DE @ Molotow
Oct 09 – Köln, DE @ Blue Shell
Oct 10 – Münster, DE @ Gleis 22
Oct 12 – Norwich, UK @ Norwich Arts Centre
Oct 13 – Nottingham, UK @ Rough Trade Nottingham
Oct 14 – Lancashire, UK @ Lancaster Library
Oct 16 – Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
Oct 17 – Edinburgh, UK @ Sneaky Pete’s
Oct 18 – Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast
Oct 19 – Leeds, UK @ Headrow House
Oct 21 – Bristol, UK @ Simple Things Festival
Oct 23 – Cambridge, UK @ Portland Arms
Oct 25 – London, UK @ Moth Club
Oct 26 – Brighton, UK @ The Hope & Ruin

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Sound & Vision – Jen Cloher

Loving this new track from Jen’s forthcoming self-titled album,  you can pre-order the vinyl / CD now at Rough Trade in the UK

One to watch: Jen Cloher

“The Australian songwriter tackles politics, equality and pride with frank intimacy”

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