What's new with Heavy Soul Records; the label, the fanzine and other goodies coming in
The labels have been approved for the 4-prong centred 7" of The SHoots debut single
A new LP will be out in August featuring 12-15 new bands
More details to come as bands confirm - it will be a heady mix of Soul, Garage and Beat :)
Two new PAUL ORWELL 7"s are being mastered now too for a late 2016 release as well as the finishing touches being put to the mega-exciting Orwell offshoot: THE SHOOTS featuring the mammoth voice of Lord Essien - keep your eyes peeled for that beauty!
HEAVY SOUL! MODZINE ONLINE!!!!
In conjunction with the paper copy edition of each zine, Heavy Soul! will now also be an interactive, full colour online magazine where you can instantly access the music you are reading about. Price will be around $5 as it is a US company I am using, but issue 30 will be up soon and the next issue will be out in a couple of weeks hopefully, mid to late October....
Amazing news from eBay land where the first PAUL ORWELL 7" on Heavy Soul Records sold for £150 on the auction site...
The video for the next Paul Orwell single will be out soon...
Here is a still from the video - pre-orders coming soon......
The Paul Orwell repress of "Blowing Your Mind Away" will FINALLY be back with me at teh beginning of November and shipping will start in the second week.
Been a real nightmare and I fully appreciate all your patience, some have asked for a refund, which is understandable...
just arrived in the post from the ever ace State Records is the single by THE OPTIC NERVE
THE OPTIC NERVE "Penelope Tuesday" b/w "Here To Stay" (State Records THS—022)
Although born from the '80s New York garage scene, the Optic Nerve had nothing whatsoever in common with the movement other than their single-minded idealism to act as if the '80s and the synthesized music that surrounded them was not happening. Rather than using the blaring fuzz-tones and screaming "put down" anthems of the garage rock revival, they took the jangling motifs of the Byrds, the Beatles, and a hint of the mid-'60s protest singers to create a sound that, if spawned in 1965, may have brought them success. In the mid-'80s however, '60s-styled folk-rock was not a huge seller;even with fans of the neo-garage scene.
Acts like the Fuzztones, Cynics and Lyres may have achieved cult underground status, releasing a number of records between them and touring across Europe, but the Optic Nerve only released two singles during their brief existence and rarely played outside of Brooklyn. In mid January 2005, Bobby and Tony got together with Tom Ward [Gravedigger V, Nashville Ramblers] on bass and Mike Linn [Iron Gates] on drums to record an album’s worth of material, which, for a variety of reasons, never saw the light of day. Fast forward 10 years, and State Records are very pleased to be able to offer 2 of the best cuts from that proposed album, and what a pair of gems they are! ‘
Penelope Tuesday’ is instant summer hit material, a winning combination of the band’s trademark catchy riffs and joyous vocals, propelled by a bouncing, upbeat rhythm. The flipside, ‘Here To Stay’ shows the introspective, moodier side of the ‘Nerve, with a fragile, laid back approach—sparse, uncluttered, perfect.
Limited edition (500-copies) vinyl single—the 1st 250 copies are presented in a special machine-numbered fully-laminated flipback picture sleeve, this will be one of them!!
the new LP on Heavy Soul
the line-up is getting near completion - more details on full bands soon