The Bevis Frond
‘Superseeder‘, ‘It Just Is‘ & ‘Sprawl‘ Reissues
Following live shows at Koko and Birthdays this summer along with Stewart Lee’s ATP, The Bevis Frond reveal the next set of reissues – ‘Superseeder’, ‘It Just Is’ and ‘Sprawl’.
Released in 1993 ‘It Just Is’ was dedicated to one of Nick Saloman’s favourite guitarists Ollie Halsall, this beautifully poignant album is stripped back similarly to the earlier Bevis Frond releases with Nick going solo.
Playing everything on the record, the hard hitting ‘Desperate’, ‘What’s It All About’ and ‘Can’t Stop Lying’ are notably more downbeat whilst the psych pop of ‘Dreamboat Sinking’ and ‘Day One’s lyrics make “this album for the dedicated Frond obsessive more than anyone else” (Allmusic).
1994’s ‘Sprawl’, originally released on Woronzow, features Nick with Jimmy Hastings (flute), Tony Aldridge (violin) and Andy Ward on drums. Vocals here were provided by Ade Shaw, Dean Carter and Mick Donovan along with Current 93’s David Tibet guesting with spoken word on the spiritual ‘Right On (hippy dream)’. Hypnotic 12 minute psych piece ‘Awake’ is interspersed with instrumentals and the grungy guitars of ‘The Puller’ are offset by Aldridge’s strings. The tenth studio album release in less than a decade, ‘Sprawl’ once again demonstrates Nick’s immeasurable song writing power.
The ‘Sprawl’ double CD features bonus material including ‘Sister John’ (1997) previously released on split single with Sandoz Lime on Distortion Records, ‘Dry Rain’ (1996) from the Terrascope Benefit album ‘Succour’, ‘The Illegall Raffling Of The Equator’ from limited edition release ‘The Long Stuff’ for The Bevis Frond community webpage (2003), tracks from cassette only release ‘Vaultscan Vol 1’ (1997) and more.
1995’s ‘Superseeder’ followed soon after ‘Sprawl’. At this point, Nick began releasing albums annually compared with his earlier recordings that would see multiple releases per year.
Soaring and melodic rock workouts prevail with a notably strong rhythm section making this record another favourite. Eastern tinged opener ‘Superseded’, ‘I Can’t Cry’ and 17-minute ‘House Of Mountains’ are exemplary workouts whilst the garage-punk of ‘Dolly Bug’ takes a different tone as do ‘Golden Walks Of London’ and ‘Queen Of May’ which have more traditional British influences.
Playing many instruments on the record, Nick continues here to work with his live band with Andy Ward on the drums, Adrian Shaw on bass and guest second guitarist Bari Watts returns (tracks 6 & 12).
‘It Just Is’ and ‘Superseeder’ will be released on double vinyl and single CD whilst ‘Sprawl’ is released on double vinyl and double CD.