Christ, The Reissue

It’s a delight and simultaneous feeling of liberation to finally announce the release of Crass’ Christ, The Album LP reissue, which is now available for pre-order on the Southern web shop.

Released in 1982 with unplanned irony as the Falklands War raged on, Christ, The Album, another double vinyl half-studio/half-live release, once again aimed to take no prisoners. It’s controversial and boundary pushing style has been at the crux of critic and fan discussions for the years that followed, but admittedly received unquestionable respect and admiration. Harry Sword phrases it best: “Christ, The Album is too good for the TV punk documentaries, that’s why it’s still relevant and dangerous now.” Read his thoughts as the album marks it’s 30th year in the sonic ether.

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“By 1981 Crass had been in existence for four tempestuous years. In that time we’d encouraged punk to grow from being no more than just another ‘great rock’n'roll swindle’ into a genuine movement for change. Anarchy had been rescued from the dusty libraries of academia and the equally dusty dreams of barstool bullshitters to become the catchword for a whole new generation of streetwise activists.” – Penny Rimbaud

Cut to new lacquers at Abbey Road studios from the untouched original analogue vinyl master, this double LP comes with the original book (“A Series Of Shock Slogans And Mindless Token Tantrums”), original poster and the addition of a download card giving you free access to an mp3 download of the album. All of the original tracks remain intact, including recording of their 1981 summer gig at the 100 Club in London, as well as other studio tracks, demos, radio broadcasts and cassette recordings, leaving no Crass gem unturned.

Available to pre-order from the Southern web shop now.

 

Fawn Spots single on Louder Than War

Fourth in line of release from the Louder Than War label (the brainchild of legendary musician/journalist/crusader John Robb, our new favourite band (and soon to be yours) Fawn Spots bring a burst of fast-paced pop to the LTW family with Spanish Glass.

Hailing from York, this noisy powerpop duo are landing on publications faster than people Continue reading

Introducing…. Bell Gardens

We are very happy indeed to officially announce the forthcoming release of Bell Gardens’ single Through The Rain in July on Southern Records, to be followed by the full-length album Full Sundown Assembly in September.

Bell Gardens is the love child of Kenneth James Gibson (Furry Things, [a]pendics.shuffle) and Brian McBride (Stars Of The Lid), conceived over many late nights talking and playing for each other the songs that have inspired them over the years. Citing influences such as Jack Nietzsche, Phil Spector, The Beach Boys and Dennis Wilson’s solo recordings, both musicians harboured a burning desire to traverse a pop sound that often belies their respective backgrounds in the fields of experimental electronic, techno and minimalist music.

“Through The Rain” is a perfect introduction to the lush world of sound that Bell Gardens have carefully crafted through the use of real instruments and classic recording techniques. It’s a bright, floaty burst of musical sunshine and sweet vocal harmonies, with a deeply embedded vein of mystery and wistfulness.

The b-side of the single is a loping, steel-guitar infused interpretation of the late great Townes Van Zandt’s “Don’t Let The Sunshine Fool Ya”.

Two sides of a seven inch which won’t let you down, no matter what the weather. Grab a piece of Bell Gardens’ rainbow pie.

Order Bell Gardens releases from Southern’s web shop.

Penny Rimbaud’s ‘And Now It Rains’

And Now It RainsIt is a pleasure to announce the second edition of Penny’s deeply profound series of poems from 2005-2007. Published by  Bracketpress in association with Exitstencil Press, this issue comes in a sleek 144 page paperback book completely redesigned with a recently added new introduction from Penny Rimbaud.

“Whereas I might once have believed that the poems in this book represented the universal whole, I now consider them at best to be a description of a journey towards it, cartographic works whose value is in their articulation of process. May your journeys bring you to a deeper self.”
– Penny Rimbaud, Spring 2012

A very limited amount available now in our web shop.