We couldn’t be more excited to announce The Bevis Frond as support for The Chills London show at KOKO on June 8th! Plus, Fire will be reissuing ‘New River Head’, ‘Any Gas Faster’ and ‘London Stone’ our July 29th
Listen to the new reissue sampler below
8 June: Koko, London UK w / The Chills
17-19 June: Sonic Rock Solstice, Worcestershire, UK
10 July: Birthdays, London, UK support from Jack Ellister
“Within such an impressive body of work, New River Head is certainly the crown jewel. One of the headier agglomerations of the past decade, it’s non-grasping pace and epic palette issue the breezy confidence of an unmistakable classic” Pitchfork
“The main strength of the Bevis Frond is the exquisite songwriting, with pithy and poignant lyrics delivered in a very uncompromising English roots accent. Artists such as Teenage Fanclub, Elliott Smith and Mary Lou Lord have covered their songs, while he’s played with Current 93, The Hawklords, Oneida and Arthur Lee of Love, amongst many others.” The Quietus
Following this year’s Record Store Day reissues of ‘Miasma’ and ‘Inner Marshland’, The Bevis Frond will be reissuing their catalogue in the lead up to the 30th Anniversary next year. July 2016 sees Fire Reissue ‘Any Gas Faster’, ‘New River Head’ and ‘London Stone’
Originally released in 1990 ‘Any Gas Faster’ on Reckless Records, the album features fellow Room 13 musician Martin Crowley on drums and with Nick on everything else. Replacing his trademark epic guitar workouts in favour of more song-orientated psychedelic rock.
“The fourth ‘proper’ Bevis Frond album and the first to be recorded in a ‘proper’ studio’… the title came from an advert I wrote for industrial gas when I was a trainee copywriter at an ad agency”Nick Saloman, Hastings 2016
‘Any Gas Faster’ includes recordings from one of The Bevis Frond’s first gigs as a band recorded in Copenhagen supporting The Hothouse Flowers – these tracks are taken from EP ‘Ear Song’. Also included are ‘Acid Jam’ tracks (CD does not include Acid Jam).
‘New River Head’ is the second studio album and seventh full length release which is widely regarded as the finest. “The perfect point of entry into his catalogue” (Popmatters), ‘The Miskatonic Variations II’ is a 17-minute psychedelic noise rock odyssey with exhilarating guitar solos and features guest vocals from Current 93’s David Tibet. ‘Undertaker’ and ‘Chinese Burn’ bursts with garage-rock whilst ‘Waving’ delves more into British folk-rock territory.
‘New River Head’ is released on double vinyl with gatefold sleeve and CD.
Lost masterpiece ‘London Stone’ (1991) is the follow-up to ‘New River Head’. Opening with traditional violin piece ‘Stonedance’ by Barry Dransfield it leads into the impressive ‘Coming Round’. “That Same Morning” ‘can stand proudly beside contemporaries like Teenage Fanclub’ (Pitchfork) whilst ‘Living Soul’ sees Saloman waxing Hendrix and ‘Lord Of Nothing’ revisits the folk rock side of Nick’s song writing.
The ‘London Stone’ double LP and CD reissue includes bonus tracks ‘Another Song About Dying’, ‘Coming Around (demo), ‘Scavenger’, ‘And Now She’s Gone (demo), ‘I Am Just A Child’ and ‘Hail The Child Philosopher’.
Bandcamp pre-order links:
‘Any Gas Faster’: https://bevisfrondmusic.bandcamp.com/
‘New River Head’: https://bevisfrondmusic.bandcamp.com/album/new-river-head
‘London Stone’: https://bevisfrondmusic.bandcamp.com/album/london-stone