|Spotlight Kid — Disaster Tourist (Deluxe Edition) (2012)|
Spotlight Kid — Disaster Tourist (Deluxe Edition)
Location: Nottingham, England
Genre: Shoegaze, Dream Pop, Fuzz
Album release: 14 Oct 2011/November 13, 2012
Record Label: Tri-Tone – TRI009CD/Saint Marie Records – SMR018
01. Plan Comes Apart 3:10
02. All Is Real 4:22
03. April 3:28
04. Creeps 3:29
05. Creeps Interlude 2:20
06. Forget Yourself In Me 3:52
07. Freefall 3:33
08. Cold Steel Rain 3:31
09. Haunting Me 6:03
10. Lifeline 3:36
11. Pulled Apart By Horses 6:21
12. There’s A Reason Why 4:16
13. Psalm 107 4:19
14. Haunting Me (Live – BBC 6 Music) 8:03
15. Forget Yourself In Me (Live – Fisher Lane Session) 3:55
16. Don’t You Forget About Me 4:57
• Chris Davis (Drums)
• Matt Holt (Bass)
• Katty Heath (Vocals)
• Karl Skivington (Guitar)
• Chris Moore (Guitar)
• Rob McCleary (Guitar & Vocals)
• Record Company – PIAS UK
• Recorded At – Purple Studios
• Artwork – Emma Baker
• Typography – Beth Halligan
• Design – Container
• Bass Guitar – Matt Holt (2)
• Drums – Chris Davis (4)
• Guitar – Chris Moore (4), Karl Skivington
• Lead Guitar – Rob McCleary
• Mastered By – Joe Caithness
• Mixed By – Chris Moore (4) (tracks: 5,10)
• Programmed By – Chris Davis (4)
• Recorded By – Lawrence Eavis
• Vocals – Katty Heath (tracks: 1-4 + 6-11), Rob McCleary (tracks: 1-4 + 6-11)
• Written-By – Chris Davis (4), Katty Heath (tracks: 10), Marlek Alexander (tracks: 2)
• Limited Edition of 100.
• UK release to coincide with the UK tour in October 2011 all individually hand numbered and housed in a digipak, sold for £10. Differs from the standard release only in packaging.
• Deluxe edition released for the American markets in digipak packaging featuring two songs from the Crystal Dreams E.P., two previously unreleased session recordings and the standalone download-only Simple Minds cover.
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√ Depending on where you stand on the shoegazer front, ‘Disaster Tourist’ will be a dream or a worst nightmare. For here we have seventy minutes of “classic” shoegaze which harks back to the early 1990′s, the time where this genre was at the peak of its brief period of popularity. Naturally, recent years have shown that the scene is just as much alive today as ever. Another recent exponent is Spotlight Kid, who have found that all-important middle ground between rock-solid rhythms and float-away tunes.
√ Ex-Six.By Seven man Chris Davis is an integral member of the band (as both drummer and co-songwriter) and his influence is partly responsible for Spotlight Kid’s heavy spin on the shoegaze sound. It’s apparent from the opening, aggressive strains of ‘Plan Comes Apart’ and there’s rarely a let up in the intensity. Drones also play a part to ‘All Is Real’ which is swamped in distortion. There are times when, perhaps unsurprisingly, Katty Heath’s light yet blank vocals threaten to become submerged but she puts up stubborn resistance to the noise around her.
√ ‘April’ may possess a relentless chugging rhythm but it’s got a melody which floats most agreeably. ‘Forget Yourself In Me’ wastes no time at all and rattles along like the band’s own version of ‘You Made Me Realise’ but it’s ‘Haunting Me’ which lasts longest in the memory. The guitar effects fade in and out beautifully with Heath’s heavenly sighs; both bleeding and crying their way through six minutes of glorious melancholia. √ That track is followed by the sparse, rustic sounds of ‘Lifeline’, a nicely judged comedown that is reminiscent of Slowdive’s ‘Dagger’.
√ Seventy minutes of any album, let alone one which is drowned in effects, is always going to be something of a slog. However, this is a deluxe edition so if you can do without alternate versions and a shimmering take on Simple Minds’ ‘Don’t You Forget About Me’ (not to mention ace early single ‘There’s A Reason Why’) what you have is a mostly good and occasionally brilliant record which includes some welcome variations on a supposedly limited genre.
√ Spotlight Kid continue their assault against sonic mediocrity with an assuredness and an emotional depth so many guitar bands are currently lacking.
√ This is the sound of a band rising to the top of their game, while wearing their hearts on their sleeves and performing live shows like their next meal depends on it. Influences from the likes of The Cure, Swervedriver and My Bloody Valentine have allowed Spotlight Kid to produce a heady mix that runs through the entire gamut of emotions.
√ The new album moves from the brittle melodic "Haunting Me", a towering epic, underpinned by hopeless romantic loss, before plunging without warning headlong into the Mary Chainesque two-minute punk blast "Plan Comes Apart," providing a marvellous wake-up call to the senses. This is exactly what the album is about. You're in the arms of your lover one minute and then cast into a dark void the next.
√ Spotlight Kid's music features mixtures of Shoegaze, Krautrock and 90s Psychedelia. √ Fuzzy guitars wrapped in layers of reverb and boy/girl vocals subtly building on the layered walls of distortion. In the last year Spotlight Kid have supported The Joy Formidable on their UK sell out tour, been chosen by BBC introducing to play at this year’s Glastonbury and have been play-listed on Radio 1 as well as numerous plays on 6music and XFM.
• The Guardian’s “New Band of the Day”
• The Guardian’s English representative @ Music Alliance Pact band of the Month – September
• Huw Stephens played single on his Radio 1 show
• Gideon Coe played a new track from the album on his 6music show
• Huey Morgan played album track “April” on his Radio 2 show
• Jen Long played “Creeps” on her Radio 1 show
• Don Letts played album track “April” on his 6music show
• Frank Skinner played single on his Absolute Radio show
• Jon Kennedy XFM played single on X-posure show a few times
• Music first – Frank McCarthy on BFBS “Album of the Week”
• Q Radio – New to Q played a track from the album
• Resonance FM – “Pull the Plug” show played the single.
• Drowned in Sound 8/10 review for the album “there's little doubt that Spotlight Kid's status as one of the most innovative bands treading the UK circuit is all but assured”
• Confirmed upcoming reviews in Q Magazine & MOJO for the album
• The Fly “First On” feature & “Ones to Watch”
• The Sun “Something for the weekend” feature
• Nottingham Evening Post feature
• Me Plus One review 8/10
• Dani Charlton (Amazing Radio) played the single
• Goldierocks played single on The Selector show on NME Radio.
• Artrocker Radio played new single
• The Selector show have invited the band to play at their monthly night in London in November
• Paul Lester (Amazing Radio) played single on his show
• Radio 1 – Playlist BBC Introducing “Band of the week” which meant daytime radio play on all major shows including Fearne Cotton, Scott Mills, Greg James, Edith Bowman and Huw Stephens
• Radio 1 – Jen Long interviewed band at Glastonbury and played live track “Forget Yourself in Me
• 6music – Steve Lamacq
• 6music - Tom Robinson – continuous support played “Haunting Me” several times and played LIVE session
• 6music - Gideon Coe
• XFM – John Kennedy
• BBC Radio Nottingham – Dean Jackson Show has played numerous tracks and recorded live sessions
• Amazing Radio - Single of the week
• Trent FM – New Music Podcast
• Departure (2006), Club AC30
• Crystal Dreams EP (2010)
• April/All is Real limited edition 7" vinyl single (2010) www.spotlightkidsound.co.uk
• Disaster Tourist (2011), Club AC30
• The latest album, Disaster Tourist, was released in September 2011 in the UK, with an expanded release for the rest of the world in November 2012. It was recorded at Purple Studios in two days, each track played live in one take. (http://www.purplestudios.co.uk/)
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Saint Marie Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Saint-Marie-Records/164080190305178
An Interview with Rob McCleary of Spotlight Kid by Elizabeth Klisiewicz/29 December 2012: http://www.bigtakeover.com/interviews/an-interview-with-rob-mccleary-of-spotlight-kid © Spotlight Kid performing at the Summer Sundae festival, Leicester, August 13, 2010/Author: Michig
|Spotlight Kid — Disaster Tourist (Deluxe Edition) (2012)|