Rudimentary Peni’s Archaic was originally released in June 2004 on ten inch vinyl and CD. Some tracks are written by Grant and some by Nick whilst others are co-written by both members. Archaic deals more with personal experience than the majority of the bands previous releases. The twelve songs on the album cover a variety of, shall we say, darker topics including mortality, despair, cremation, and the closing of the British national health service. The brevity of the lyrics (often a single line) is matched by the pummelling harshness of the guitar riffs, which hammer away as if pouring salt into an open wound.
We’re now proud to present the remastered version of Archaic. The vinyl version is on 180g white wax and features gatefold sleeve, 6 full size double-sided art cards, bonus poster, and download card. Also available: CD version in gatefold wallet with 16 page art/lyrics booklet, and a limited edition shirt.
Truth told, we had a bit of trouble with this one. Firstly, in between cutting the vinyl and being ready to press it, our original pressing plant managed to damage one side of the metalwork. We decided to move to another pressing plant and had the damaged side recut there. We pressed the album, only to discover that it now had two B-sides. That original plant had also managed to mislabel the metalwork, so the side we thought was damaged (A) was actually side B. Now we had to recut B again at the new plant. This time we pressed it on white vinyl so there can be no confusion. Honestly, the final cuts are much better sounding than the ones we discarded, so we’re not going to cry into our milk for too long about it. About 50 copies of the double-B side version on black vinyl made it into circulation via our mail order department before we caught the mistake. Those customers have already been sent replacements at no charge. All of the rest of the double-B side vinyls have been destroyed.
Next up in the Rudimentary Peni reissue series is Death Church, in January.
• Nick Blinko
• Grant Matthews
• Jon Grenville
1. One and All
3. In Crematorium Flame
5. The Rain
6. Mercy of Slumber
7. The Curse
8. The Enlightened Dreamer
9. X N.H.S
10. Farewell Tomorrow
11. House of the Void
12. Rehearsal for Morality
Total Running Time: 15:33
Buy Rudimentary Peni stuff from the Southern web shop.
The last ever show of Penny Rimbaud’s Last Amendment will take place in London at the Vortex Jazz Club on Wednesday 4th December.
Tiring, as he does, of any form of permanence, Penny is renaming his operations.
‘L’ACADÉMIE DES VANITÉS’ as, if nothing else, a reflection of his heart – ‘the poetry of jazz and the jazz of poetry’. The band’s stellar line up will remain – Penny Rimbaud/voice, Eve Libertine/voice, Louise Elliot/sax & flute, Kate Shortt/cello, Jennifer Maidman/guitars, with visual additions by Mick Duffield and Gee Vaucher plus occasional guest artists.
Of their recent show in Paris, Delphine Delaby wrote – ‘a special atmosphere that combines tension and power with serenity. The words and music blend to perfection. One of the best concerts I’ve ever seen at the Cite de la Musique’.
Penny and the band will be taking a quarterly residency at the Vortex in the coming year.
Vortex 11 Gillet Square. London (Dalston Kingsland Station) www.vortexjazz.co.uk
While we’re on the subject, here is an excellent full length performance by Penny and cohorts earlier this year in Japan.
Little Annie (the artist formerly known as Annie Anxiety) has been a part of the extended Southern family from the very beginning. Having encountered Crass in NYC at the fag-end of the Seventies, she was entranced enough by Steve Ignorant’s tales of life in the communal Crass home of Dial House that she upped sticks to move across the pond and become part of their clan – gigging with them and writing lyrics for some of their songs including the seminal feminist punk anthem “Shaved Women”. (Read part of the story here.)
A decade or so later she was living in the garden of On-U Sound mastermind Adrian Sherwood’s East Ham home and making records with the On-U posse. In 1992 she released the album Short And Sweet on the On-U Sound label. It included this song, “Bless Those” aka “Little Annie’s Prayer”, in which Annie bestows benedictions upon all of society’s outcasts – the ad men and jazz men, boxers and bankers, the glamourous, dangerous formless and spineless…
If the tune sounds familiar, it may be because it was notably recorded by Living Colour (whose ranks included On-U compadre Doug Wimbish, a co-writer of the song).
We still prefer Annie’s version, and the hint of mischief in her voice when she croons “…and those that could go either way”.
You can pick up the remastered reissue of Short And Sweet in our web shop, and enjoy a 33% discount on any of Little Annie’s CDs if you enter the code “Annielovesme” at check-out. (Valid until 31 October 2013.) Be sure to stop by Annie’s Facebook page to thank her if you do!