From the time we started Latitudes, we’ve held a secret wish list of bands that we intended to lure into our studio. We’ve cut a major notch in our bedpost by finally scoring with Arbouretum, a band that meets universal approval at Latitudes HQ.
Arbouretum offer up four cover versions of the brilliant Gordon Lightfoot, the oft-overlooked Canadian singer-songwriter who helped define the folk-rock sound of the Sixties and Seventies. The highlight of the session is unsurprisingly the song that Lightfoot considers to be his finest work, the ballad telling the tale of the doomed cargo ship the Edmond Fitzgerald, which sank in Lake Superior in 1975, taking 29 crew to their watery graves.
Available as an edition of 1000 hand packaged CDs in foil blocked envelope style folder with colour insert, and 1000 LPs – 500 on 180g black vinyl and 500 on 180g gold vinyl with die cut custom sleeves, foil blocked inner liners and colour insert. Also available is a limited edition shirt with the cover art.
from the liner notes:
On the surface, Gordon Lightfoot might seem an odd choice for potential interpretation. Despite mass appeal and a long career, he never really received the critical acclaim of his contemporaries, and I’ve always felt his songwriting eclipsed the performances and often insimpatico production of his albums. Trust Arbouretum to really unearth the essence of his spirit. Their main tool is the diversity of mood and approach: from the gravitas of the aforementioned Wreck through the upbeat breezy Carefree Highway, the furrowed brow of Protocol and finally the ecstatic meditative Early Morning Rain. These are exactly what cover songs should sound like – immediately familiar, reverent yet fresh and worthy. (Tony Sylvester)
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.
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)
2. The Horrors in the Museum
3. The Only Child
4. Architectonic and Dominant
5. The Evil Clergyman
6. Brown Jenkin
7. Crazed Couplet
9. Lovecraft Baby
10. Dream City
11. C12 H22 011
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
26. The Day the Universe Ceased (March 15, 1937)
27. The Crime of the Century
28. Musick in Diabola
30. Black on Gold Total Running Time: 42:43
Okay people, time to start doing your stretching exercises and double your vitamin dose in preparation for one of the most highly anticipated events on the over 70’s calendar – it’s the NOMEANSNO tour of Europe!These guys know how to take a venue, blow the doors off and leave the audience half-deaf and covered in sweat and beer. This is what the joy of live music is all about.
Mat Sweet is bringing his new album Burnt Up On Re-Entry to venues across Europe. He will be touring with the delightful Jessica Bailiff, so there are two great reasons not to miss out.
Meanwhile please enjoy the second video from Burnt Up On Re-Entry, for “A Brilliant Shaft Of Light From Out Of The Night Sky”. You might also want to consider picking up one of the limited edition shirts (“Everyone will let you down in the end”) we have available from the web shop.
Boduf Songs and Jessica Bailiff European Tour Dates
Wednesday 17.04.13 UK – London / Cafe Oto
Thursday 18.04.13 UK – Bristol / Cube Cinema
Friday 19.04.13 UK – Brighton / Green Door Store
Sunday 21.04.13 D – Dresden / Tante Leuk
Monday 22.04.13 CZ – Prague / Rubinrot
Wednesday 24.04.13 IT – Padova / La Mela di Newton