The Chills reveal legendary debut ‘Brave Words (Expanded and Remastered)’ will be released on double LP & CD alongside a disc of unheard extras out 13th October on Fire Records. Remixed and remastered under the supervision of Martin Phillipps, this special release will feature brand new reimagined artwork by Martin. This release will see ‘Brave Words’ available for the first time in over 35 years and will be released alongside celebrated singles set ‘Kaleidoscope World’ on Fire Records.
“This is an exciting time for The Chills! A new deal with Fire Records means our full catalogue will be back on streaming services again very soon. We’re also looking forward to the double LP re-issue of ‘Kaleidoscope World’ (the one with the extra tracks!) on coloured vinyl. And finally we’ll be releasing the, not just remastered, but also remixed, 1987 album ‘Brave Words’ with extra material! Over the last few years we have worked with Fire on a number of new releases and re-issues and it just feels right knowing our entire catalogue is now in the right hands” Martin Phillipps
Remixed and remastered under the supervision of Martin Phillipps, this expanded edition of The Chills’ debut album is reissued for the first time in over 35 years. The newly mixed edition features additional rarities and unreleased tracks from The Chills vaults, along with brand new reimagined artwork by Martin Phillipps and a host of additional liner notes. Originally produced by Mayo Thompson (Pere Ubu/Red Krayola) and featuring standout tracks ‘Wet Blanket’, ‘Night Of Chill Blue’, this extended 18 track edition includes much-lauded tracks from the era, such as ‘House With A Hundred Rooms’ and the awesome ‘Party In My Heart’.
“I have always felt we’d buried a lot of the real performance from that Chills line-up beneath too much eighties reverb and then the mastering did us no favours… The arrival of producer Greg Haver who we had worked with on our 2018 album, ‘Snow Bound’, not only understood what we were hoping to achieve but had actually recorded at the Point Studios in the eighties – so he knew the layout, the desk, the microphones and so on.” Martin Phillipps
“‘Brave Words’ may well be The Chills’ finest album.” AllMusic
‘Kaleidoscope World (Expanded Edition)’. Limited Edition Double Blue Vinyl & 2CD
The Chills reissue their celebrated early singles compilation, this 24-track expanded version of Kaleidoscope World gathers together tracks from the ‘Dunedin Double’ compilation, live recordings, ‘Doledrums’ single and the band’s seminal ‘Pink Frost’.
The collection also contains ‘The Lost EP’, with early takes on their groundbreaking ‘Submarine Bells’ album, alongside the aching ‘I Love My Leather Jacket’, perfectly illustrating the rollercoaster ride of Martin Phillipps and The Chills as portrayed in the award film The Triumph And The Tragedy Of Martin Phillipps.
“Singer/guitarist Martin Phillipps’ group was at the forefront of the extraordinary little guitar-pop scene in New Zealand in the early ’80s.. Kaleidoscope World is the major document of their early era.” Pitchfork
Part of the 80’s extraordinarily vibrant and innovative independent music scene in New Zealand, The Chills became flag bearers, taking the Dunedin sound, as championed by the Flying Nun label, to the world. Long recognised as one of New Zealand’s most influential bands, Kaleidoscope World is a definitive artifact from Martin Phillipps’ groundbreaking project.