Liverpool post-punk pop experimentalists Clinic have announced the release of their new album 'Wheeltappers and Shunters', their first in 7 years.
The follow-up to 2012's Free Reign, was recorded last year in founding band member Hartley's Liverpool studio, before they brought in Dilip Harris (King Krule, Sons Of Kemet, Mount Kimbie) to mix it, and will be released on May 10th through Domino Records.
The unusual name is taken from the long-forgotten 1970s ITV variety show The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club, compered by Bernard Manning, which recreated the smoky, boozy atmosphere of Northern working men's clubs for a sofa-bound audience.
“It’s been a pisstake thing between us for quite a few years,” reveals Ade Blackburn, Clinic spokesman, of the show that the album title references. “Whenever we’d talk about a song sounding too ‘cabaret’ or too nice, we’d say, ‘That’s a bit Wheeltappers and Shunters’.
“It’s a satirical take on British culture - high and low,” he says. “It fascinates me that people look back on the 1970s as the glory days. It’s emerged that there was a darker, more perverse side to that time. When you look back on it now it was quite clearly there in mainstream culture.”
Pre-order the album here, check out the tracklist and the video for the lead single "Rubber Bullets", below.
Wheeltappers and Shunters Tracklist:
03. Rubber Bullets
05. Ferryboat of the Mind
08. Flying Fish
09. Be Yourself/Year of the Sadist
12. New Equations at the Copacabana
Harrow alternative/indie rock newcomers Ragmans Daughter have unveiled the video for their new single "Sheeple".
The song is part of our current playlist and will be out on March 12 via Catch 21 Records.
Ragman's Daughter is the tortured labour of love of frontman Leon Dee and old friend and lead guitarist Louis Matthews who bonded over abrasive, pissed-off alternative rock stuffed into a gritty pop nutshell. Completed by a hard-hitting rhythm section, the group’s sound combines the titanic raw power of the 90's Seattle scene whilst holding on tight to their British guitar band roots. A combination which positions them strongly amidst a new breed of guitar bands destined to set this summer's festival scene alight.