Children of the Digital Dawn, arise from your think pods and scrape the hot pixels from your frazzled eyebones, for there follows a history lesson. Way back at the end of the Twentieth Century, a rather unsuccessful rock band sighed at its lot, nursed its wounds and pondered a future without amps and songs and guitars. Where the unit-shifting sound of the landfill ruled but humanity sat unmoved. The consensus was that such a future sucked. So they pooled together their remaining pennies to preserve the sound of their ailing combo for eternity.
Having missed the opportunity to send it into space aboard the Voyager probe – by some years – ACCRINGTON STANLEY neverless persevered, flipping the pointy bird at both common sense and the forces of oblivion, and brought forth into being the marvellous, mechanical, mouse-roaring cathedral of sound that was HALF LIFE. Songs about goldfish. Songs about Quiche. Songs considered topical for their day, about how there are a few rich people who live off the misfortune of the rest of us. Songs about jacking in your hopes and dreams, putting on a suit and choosing the daily commute. Songs about the practical limitations of being cool. And songs about you – about how your feet of clay are an illusion made of waves and string, and how everything becomes possible, both in this universe and the one next door.
The World said “meh” and, in a listless fug, rolled over on its side for the remote, where the two towers of Britpop and The Spice Girls reigned in abnormal union over a poorer, feebler civilisation.
But No More! For the Album that refused to stay in its coop has tunnelled under the chicken wire and is once again pecking at your ankles, saying “Download me, you deaf pillocks”.
Available for download from 26th July 2013, HALF LIFE by ACCRINGTON STANLEY constitutes the missing piece of the puzzle that is UK Rock, recorded before the mainstream swallowed the independent music makers and bought off the dreamers of dreams. Experience HALF LIFE today and change your life.
HALF LIFE. By Accrington Stanley. Because the future most definitely does not suck.
Available [iTunes, Spotify, Amazon] 26th July 2013