We recently found this photo of Bob Tilton in the Southern Records photo pool on Flickr, and dug out our copies of The Leading Hotels Of The World and Crescent, which we released back in 1999/2000. For those of you who are unfamiliar, Bob Tilton (named after a television evangelist) were a Nottingham band who formed in 1993, and split in 1999, having recorded and released two EPs, two albums and a John Peel session in this time. The band were lauded by the NME and received many words of praise, including a Single Of The Week, from the publication despite refusing all interviews and forbidding their labels to send out review copies.
Though they had their roots in the hardcore/emo scene and were themselves undoubtably influenced by early pioneers of those scenes in the USA, Tilton in turn influenced many UK bands who were forming at the time – perhaps the only survivor of that scene being Mogwai, who played an “NME Brats” show with Tilton, Bonnie Prince Billy and Clinic in January 1999.
Here’s a track from Leading Hotels, which is still available on CD and LP, along with Crescent, their first album, from our web shop.