Blueprint Blue’s debut EP ‘Undertoad ’ is out now.
Here’s what The 405 had to say:
'Pushing things forward' or innovation seems to be the preoccupation of music journalists and the people over at the Drowned In Sound forums. I have the feeling that the majority of people who actually listen to music or make music don't really care. Some of my favourite records over the last few years have been unashamedly backward-looking and some of them haven't. Y'know? Who cares? It's all part of life's rich tapestry. This obsession with breaking new ground just comes across as prefect-y. While you're writing articles about derivative music and pontificating on nostalgia, everyone else is just getting on with it and maybe stumbling on something new in the process. This isn't an anti music-journalism rant… I'm a big ball of contradiction, but that's too much.
So, nepotism… I must declare some interest in this review. I’ve never been taken out to dinner by Blueprint Blue's PR and I've never done drugs with the band in east London. My bandmate Conan Roberts is releasing this record on his label Italian Beach Babes and that's as far as it goes. I've never written about any of his releases before and I may never again.
So… this Blueprint Blue record is a trip. Four tracks. Nearly 30 minutes long. It wears its influences on its sleeve like nothing I’ve heard in a long time. It feels like a sprawling collage of found photos, painstakingly constructed into a personal manifesto. A love poem dictated across decades… Blueprint Blue are both Christian de Neuvillette and Cyrano… I don’t know. It’s weird, but in an east London music scene saturated with bands that could generously described as ‘slapdash’, Blueprint Blue’s musicianship is like lemonade and the whole thing is drowned in joy and enthusiasm. Infectious and refreshing.
To move forward you have to look back, so surely looking forward is just looking back? Maybe? Who knows. This is great.
Having already shared a handful of demos earlier this year, it is with great excitement that Italian Beach Babes announce the release of Blueprint Blue’s debut EP, Undertoad.
The EP was recorded with the help of some of the band’s friends at The Horrors’ studio in East London, and was engineered by Joshua Hayward (The Horrors) and Jerome Watson (The History Of Apple Pie), who also produced it. Undertoad will be released on 5th May.
The band say of the EP, “We wanted to capture what our shows are like so it was recorded completely live and we kept in all the mistakes, bum notes and snare buzz. The first three songs are about either being a parent or having parents. The last song is about having panic attacks. The title ‘Undertoad’ is a reference to John Irving’s novel ‘The world according to Garp’.”
Blueprint Blue is Melissa Rigby and Huw Webb of S.C.U.M and Astral Pattern, alongside Elliot Hayward. They are inspired by artists like CSNY, Crazy Horse, Manassas and The Band.Seeds Of Doubt
Seeds Of Doubt EP is over at Spotify if thats your thing!
IBB030 Seeds Of Doubt ‘DCP’ Cassette ep. OUT NOW.
Seeds Of Doubt have been inhabiting mouldy practice rooms, strung out house parties and the kinda venues you wouldn’t go on a first date for a while now. Branded No-fi, shit-pop and a bunch of other self-effacing terms its true theres a level of ‘un-production’ here rarely seen but behind that lies 5 songs with 5 perfect melodies, structures and references.
Already self-releasing a 12-song cassette of solo recordings by founding member Chris, these 5 tracks see an extra 3 members added as they hone their home recording skills, creating a more focused and concise sound.
Early recordings soundtracked a number of skate edits made by Nike SB and members of the band have recently soundtracked a series of films by London skate company Isle.
Power Lunches, Dalston w/Dana Kunze/Max Hart/The Common - 21st Feb
Ryans Bar, Stoke Newington w/Primitive Parts and Omi Palone - 22nd Feb
Blueprint Blue is Melissa Rigby and Huw Webb of S.C.U.M and Astral Pattern, alongside Elliot Hayward. Inspired by artists like CSNY, Crazy Horse, Manassas and The Band, the trio are set to release their debut 12” EP in the Spring via Italian Beach Babes.
Describing their sound as “influenced by Neil Young’s ‘Tonight’s the Night’ and The Band’s ‘Music from Big Pink’ albums”, the new EP will be recorded with Jerome Watson (The History Of Apple Pie) in London over two nights.
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With their debut album due out next year, Novella share a glimpse at what’s to come with their new Murmurs EP, released on cassette on Monday 14th October via Italian Beach Babes.
Featuring four new songs recorded in one day by Jack Cooper from Mazes and Mark Jasper at SoundSavers in Homerton, the tape showcases a collection of songs being worked on by the band ahead of recording their forthcoming album. Listen to ” here:
The radiant ‘Blue Swallows’ and slow, bass-heavy swell of ‘Follow’ might be familiar to fans, have been refined over the course of many live shows, and come paired with an unfinished jam called ‘Phrases’, as well as a slow-paced version of last year’s Shangri-La’s inspired single, ‘Mary’s Gun’.
The band are going into the studio at the end of the year to record their new album, and their last show of the year will be the cassette tape launch party in a few weeks’ time:
Friday 11th October - The Shacklewell Arms, London (w/ Blueprint Blue)
Novella are Sophy, Suki, Hollie and Iain
Novella ‘Murmurs’ teaser.
Cardinal Fuzz has the vinyl pressing of Vision Fortune’s ‘Night Jukes’ which IBB released on Cassette last year.Theo Verney T.V. E.P. on iTunes
(Source: Spotify)Theo Verney
Theo Verney’s Debut release ‘T.V. E.P.’ is out today on ltd purple cassette and digital download.
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Here’s the video for ‘Waterfalls’