STA is now Ten Years Old

May 2012 Newsletter

Negative Pegasus sign to Smalltown, Pigstock Tshirt Exclusive, Free More Than Conquerors track and the inevitable 'much, much more' on this month's mailout!

[0] Introducing: Negative Pegasus
 
We are super-hyper-excited to announce brand new signings to the label Negative Pegasus. The group hail from Brighton [UK] and formed from a mutual love of  the repetition rock of Oneida, the free-time whirl of Sightings and the joint-snapping mathematics of KILLL and Zu - Neg Peg’s repetitive rhythms are overlaid with ghostly vocals, primal, pounding drums and a thick, choking haze of reverberant effects.

"[Negative Pegasus] remind me of Wire, when they're at their most mental or Copenhagan newcomers Iceage... or maybe it's just psych trying to be pushed to the limit." NME

Debut album 'Looming' is scheduled for an Autumn release on STA, live dates and single release details coming soon on the site.
 

 
 
[1] Follow Up: Weather Underground #1
 
Well, it was a marathon but we did it! Our 24-hour live broadcast from the Smalltown America studios was a great success. Four songs recorded, mixed and mastered in a day.

Our Krypton Son and Sullivan & Gold delivered beautiful versions of their songs 'I'll Never Learn To Say Goodbye' and 'Jigsaws' respectively whilst Dollface and  Figure Of 8  curated remixes of those same songs. 


 
[2] 'Plutonium' Vinyl Pre-Order

This month marks the release of the second single to be taken from Our Krypton Son's debut eponymous album, Plutonium is available on Smalltown America as a limited edition, coloured vinyl 7" and digital download. Both versions are backed with the previously unreleased 'Nowhere' and 'As I Fade Away'.

"An artist with a vision of creating more than just a formulaic pop song. A breathtaking nugget just waiting to be discovered." - [Charlotte Dryden - The Fly]

"With it's piano and vocal style calling to mind Suede's "By the Sea", with a vocal style that seems to sit somewhere in the murky water between E from Eels and Damon Albarn."
- [The Metaphorical Boat]


A few live dates for your diary:

3 May | Bennigans Bar - Derry
10 May | McHughs - Belfast, - CQAF (supporting Vyvienne Long)
16 June | The Pavillion - Belfast (supporting Conor Mason)
13 July  Bound For Boston - Derry (Link Festival)

Order Plutonium now  via independentmusic.com




[3] Festival T-shirt Exclusive

Mailing List Exclusive: Its close to that time of year again, the only time it is acceptable to twelveteen beers in a field and listen to far too much loud music... Festival season... RAR! To get us all ready we have commissioned a range of exclusive festival merchandise that will be designed by our bands.
First up we have a limited run of Pigstock Festival t-shirts designed by Kris Platt of More Than Conquerors. (see above) Featuring a large illustration of a gorgeous, mounted hog's head. It's not a real hog. This fitted, soft style t-shirt is a limited edition only available on IM.com, the best bit is you can have it delivered direct to your door in time for the festival free of charge!* (UK residents only)

For those who don't know, Pigstock is a bespoke festival set in the beautiful country side of Killinchy, Northern Ireland. Since starting in 2008 as a birthday party, it has grown to 3 stages with more than 1500 people in attendance each year. To find out more about this years line-up and to buy tickets click here.

Representing STA at this years festival are LaFaro, More Than Conquerors and Fighting With Wire, this will be the first festival outting for each band this summer, they have promised some unmissable performances, so check it out.
 
*While t-shirt stocks last.
 

   
[4] Stripped Bare: More Than Conquerors

We are proud to bring you the first STA Stripped Bare session. You own the records, you know the songs, but like us you may be curious to hear the songs in their rawest form.

This month we have More Than Conquerors in session with 'Bear Knuckle Fight'. Usually this rambunctious song inspires mosh pits with its pounding drums, jagged guitars and fist in the air choruses. On this version, the band quells the noise in favour of intimate vocals and a more languid approach. Enjoy!
 

   
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