Rudimentary Peni’s Archaic reissue… wasn’t easy

boo08-500pxRudimentary 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.

Personnel
• Nick Blinko
• Grant Matthews
• Jon Grenville

Track Listing:
1. One and All
2. Suffer
3. In Crematorium Flame
4. Lost
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.

Rudimentary Peni – Cacophony reissue

Having barely caught our breath after shipping out Pope Adrian 37th Psychristiatric, we are very happy to say that the next Rudimentary Peni reissue is now on the presses.  We are really enjoying putting together these reissues and seeing all of the interest in the band.

BOO02 Rudimentary Peni Cacophony Four years after the release of Death Church, Rudimentary Peni surprised us by returning with Cacophony. At the time it confounded and delighted fans in equal measure. With retrospect it is considered by many to be the band’s masterwork, as well as one of the most visionary and radical works in the history of British punk. Cacophony could be considered a concept album in the sense that its spirit is obsessed with the work of H.P. Lovecraft. Musically it is a glorious melting pot of noise-punk, heavy guitar riffs, experimental rhythms, and psuedo-pop melodies. What is truly remarkable is the vocals of Nick Blinko, who throughout the 43 minutes of Cacophony assumes at least a dozen personalities and moves from punk screams to vaudevillian characterisations to Shakespearian monologues to pop choruses, and back again. Fans of HPL will find many reference points to delight them, whilst even those who have never read the work of the horror writer will come away from Cacophony feeling as if they have been immersed in one of his stories. Throughout the album, a sense of the darkest black humour pervades – we are the audience for a kind of grotesquely jovial pantomime of word-play and musical adventure. Most definitely a headphones-on, lights-off experience.

  • Remastered from the original analogue tapes.
  • All original artwork presented in fine detail.
  • CD version in gatefold sleeve with 20 page lyric booklet.
  • Vinyl edition comprises 180g black vinyl, gatefold sleeve, poster, 8 page full size lyric booklet and download card.
  • A limited edition shirt featuring the cover art.

“Cacophony is the exact point where genius meets madness.” – Punknews.org
“Cacophony is, in fact, the Ummagumma or Trout Mask Replica of British punk.” – Scaruffi.com
“The most original, outlandish, compelling, amusing and downright weird LP I’ve ever laid ears on.” – KKKKK Kerrang (April 1989)
“Very rarely have the aggressive dynamics of punk pock been harnessed with such convincingly odd and macabre thoughts.” – 4/5 Sounds (January 1989)


Track Listing:
1. Nightgaunts
2. The Horrors in the Museum
3. The Only Child
4. Architectonic and Dominant
5. The Evil Clergyman
6. Brown Jenkin
7. Crazed Couplet
8. Sarcophagus
9. Lovecraft Baby
10. Dream City
11. C12 H22 011
12. Zenophobia
13. Sunset for the Lords of Venus
14. Beyond the Tanarian Hills
15. Imps of the Perverse
16. The Dead Loved
17. Periwig Power
18. Kappa Alpha Tau
19. American Anglophile in the World Turned Upside-Down
20. Memento Mori
21. Better Not Born
22. Arkham Hearse
23. The Old Man Is Not So Terribly Misanthropic
24. Gentlemen Prefer Blood
25. Sonia
26. The Day the Universe Ceased (March 15, 1937)
27. The Crime of the Century
28. Musick in Diabola
29. Shard
30. Black on Gold
Total Running Time:  42:43

Available to pre-order now from the Southern shop.

Nomeansno are 33 1/3 years old and they like to tour

These days, punk is like classic rock.  It’s “oldies”.  People who liked punk when it was actually happening are in old age homes now.  They have great-grandchildren.  They remember the time before there was electricity.

Nomeansno are like that.  They started their band in 1979, which apart from being 33 1/3 years ago (which is coincidentally the number of rounds per minute on a long-playing vinyl record), is also before the invention of the motor car.  Go on, look it up.

Nomeansno put out a record called Old, because that’s what they are.  It’s been out of print for a while so we just pressed some more up in black & white splatter vinyl.  Check this out.

WRONG37 splatterCool. right?  Well we thought so.

Nomeansno are also touring.  They do that a lot.  Old people get stuck in their habits and they don’t like change.   They’re coming to the UK for the first time in about five years, and to be honest, in the live environment, they kick the shit out of any band formed since about 1999.  Which is pretty impressive for old people.

MAY

  • Tuesday 21st Nottingham – The Doghouse
  • Wedensday 22nd Manchester – Sound Control
  • Sunday 26th Glasgow – Stereo
  • Tuesday 28th Edinburgh – Electric Circus
  • Wedensday 29th Newcastle – The Cluny
  • Thursday 30th Exeter – The cavern
  • Friday 31st London, Islington – The Lexington

JUNE

  • Saturday 1st Bristol – Exchange
  • Sunday 2nd Brighton – The Hydrant

You can buy Old and a bunch of other Nomeansno stuff in our shop.

Thanks.

 

Southern at Supersonic

Those of you who know us will know that we have long been supporters of Britain’s best music festival by far – Supersonic!  Held annually in England’s own Rock City – Birmingham – the festival is curated by the enormous brains and generous hearts of the ladies from Capsule (who also promoterregular gigs in Birmingham venues).  And this year we will be there again, and we’ll be running a stall in the marketplace with a full array of our recent releases and back catalogue.   Continue reading