March 11, 2015
NIGHTINGALES have a new album called MIND OVER MATTER
label LOUDER THAN WAR
cat # – LTW008
release date MONDAY 11 MAY 2015
distributor SOUTHERN RECORD DISTRIBUTION
The “misfits’ misfits” the Nightingales new album ‘Mind Over Matter’ is released on CD and as a limited edition 180g vinyl, gatefold sleeve LP by John Robb’s Louder Than War label on Monday 11 May. Like the band’s last three albums ‘Mind Over Matter’ was recorded in Germany at Hans-Joachim Irmler’s Faust Studio and produced by the ‘Gales bassist and Faust Studio house engineer Andreas Schmid.
The Nightingales were formed by former Prefects (Clash’s ‘White Riot Tour’, Peel favourites, etc) vocalist Robert Lloyd and recorded a bunch of albums and 45s in the 1980s – as well as playing shows throughout Europe as headliners and supporting acts as diverse as Bo Diddley and Nico – but stopped working when Lloyd decided to combine a ‘solo career’ with money earning manual labour.
Around a decade ago Lloyd chose to revive the ‘Gales but not as a nostalgia act performing old material for the entertainment of the affluent and ageing ex punk/indie brigade but as an uncompromising, confrontational contemporary group. His idea of what the band should be doing has taken time to come to fruition largely due to the coming and going of various mercenary, starry eyed, wastrel &/or part time musicians but during the recording of the ‘Insult To Injury’ album in 2008 Lloyd met Schmid who joined the band and at last the group “got good” (R.Lloyd).
The Nightingales then “got great” when former Violet Violet drummer Fliss Kitson joined the group a year or so later prior to recording the Cooking Vinyl album ‘No Love Lost’ in 2012. The Violets had been a regular support to the ‘Gales over the years and Lloyd had always been an admirer of Kitson’s playing so when that band split up and she agreed to become a Nightingale he was “made up” and finally the group was “proper”.
This line up (completed by original Prefect Alan Apperley on guitar) became a top notch live unit and following the sold out, self released ‘For Fuck’s Sake’ LP in April ’14, the streamlined four piece Nightingales embarked on their most successful UK tour to date before writing the new album and recording in September at the end of a short tour of Germany and Austria.
‘Mind Over Matter’ is a short, sharp blast of melody, rhythm, irritation and humour. The group might play around but does not fuck about. They may indulge themselves but do not waste your time. They could be mad but are most certainly diligent.
To coincide with the album’s release the Nightingales will be recording a session for Marc Riley’s BBC 6 Music show on May 13 before touring the UK and Ireland from Friday 15 May – Thursday 4 June (gig list to follow). Further UK dates plus trips to West Coast USA and mainland Europe are currently being booked for later in the year and a compilation of covers of ‘Gales songs by various fans/artists is scheduled for release in the next twelve month
MIND OVER MATTER track listing:
For Goodness Sake, The Only Son, ’The Man That Time Forgot,’ Ripe Old Age , Taffy Come Home, For Different Folks.
Stroke Of Genius, I Itch, But, Gales Doc , Great British Exports, Bit Of Rough.
Nightingales + Ted Chippington Tour Dates
Fri 15 – Bristol, The Thunderbolt
Sat 16 – Derby, Hairy Dog
Sun 17 – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
Mon 18 – Manchester, Kraak Gallery
Tue 19 – Liverpool, The Magnet
Wed 20 – Preston, New Continental
Thu 21 – Glasgow, Nice N Sleazy
Fri 22 – Edinburgh, Citrus Club
Sat 23 – Middlesbrough, Westgarth Social Club
Sun 24 – Scarborough, Corporation Club
Mon 25 – Lancaster, Yorkshire House
Tue 26 – Hull, Adelphi Club
Wed 27 – Shrewsbury, The Vaults
Thu 28 – Belfast, Voodoo
Fri 29 – Dublin, Fibber Magees
Sat 20 – Knutsford, Croft Farm
Mon 1 – Cambridge, Portland Arms
Tue 2 – London, The Lexington
Wed 3 – Margate, Tom Thumb Theatre
Thu 4 – Brighton, Hope & Ruin
You can buy Nightingales and Ted Chippington stuff here
Nightingales – Out of True
label Iron Man Records
cat # – IMB6017
Contender for gig of the year! – MOJO
One of the best live bands in the UK at the moment – LOUDER THAN WAR
The surplus of ideas on display is nothing short of dizzying – THE FLY
Ace lyrics, riffs and ideas burst out from all angles – RECORD COLLECTOR
They genuinely sound more vital than ever – UNCUT Utterly astonishing slice of genius – ROCK & REEL
As original as it is uncompromising – STOOL PIGEON
Droll, surly, ace, a proper rock & roll group – MAIL ON SUNDAY
An astonishing, invigorating album of raging righteous attack – MOJO Among the best song writers we’ve got – ARTROCKER
Worm their way into that itchy bit of the brain that so seldom gets scratched – GUARDIAN UNLIMITED
Utterly compelling– SILENT RADIO
Fiercely energised, it presents art-punk-rock ‘n’ roll almost as literary form – Q
A bristling torrent of ideas, anger, danceable rhythms and caustic melody – THE QUIETUS
Incendiary and uncompromising – FLIPSIDE