Archive for July 30th, 2006

July 30, 2006

BENJAMIN PROSSER & THE TAP COLLECTIVE – Killing Flaw (7″ Single)

Killing Flaw CoverFitzrovian Phonographic FITZ001: 24th July 2006
1. Killing Flaw
“You don’t know, can’t take much more, ’cause here it comes, killing flaw”
2. Below The Plough
“Dry winds done, so what’s up now, all alone, below the plough”

‘Killing Flaw’ is a dissonant mess, like a more fucked up Yeah Yeah Yeahs or a more insane Velvet Underground, so basically a little bit on the raw side. Benjamin Prosser howls about being “Fucking low” while his band ‘The Tap Collective’ destroy their instruments. At first it just sounds like noise but it soon sucks you in with its tribal rhythms and violent Guitars.

Far superior is ‘Below The Plough’ which is credited to just ‘Benjamin Prosser’ and has a totally different sound. If you’ve heard Kurt Cobain’s painful acoustic performance for MTV then you’ll have some idea. It’s a haunting, echoey and mysterious masterpiece that is best listened to in the dark for added atmosphere.

The 7″ packaging is some of the best I’ve seen. It comes as a Jukebox 45 in a plastic slip surrounded by a hand-written lyric sheet and drawing (Apparently the paper is made from recycled bank notes). This is then wrapped in two transparent sheets that have the beautiful label artwork and information. It’s all contained in a re-sealable bag and has two badges chucked in as well. When you’re unpacking it you feel like you should be wearing those white museum curator gloves. It’s Fitzrovian Phonographic’s first release and is limited to just 250 copies.

In the event that you can’t get a copy, all is not lost because Benjamin is giving ‘Below The Plough’ away free.

Below The Plough mp3
Remembrance mp3
Idle Hands mp3

Benjamin Prosser MySpace Page
Fitzrovian Phonographic MySpace Page / Rim Records Website

July 30, 2006

THE MARDY BUMS – Who The Ch*ff Are The…. Mardy Bums (7″ Single)

Who The Ch*ff Are The.... Mardy Bums CoverThee Sheffield Phonographic Corporation SPC012: 24th July 2006
1. Put Wood In Hole
“Ubiquitous brass, chestnut cliché, cobblestone path, Scargill toupee, Hoxton fin, put it in the bin, sir, botanical bear, anyone for wicker?”
2. Does It Say Doormat On Me Back?
“Yes I’ve got two quid for the bus, no that’s not enough for both of us”

Are they a real band, are they a piss take or are they a heartfelt tribute? Whatever the truth behind The Mardy Bums, they’ve recorded two damn fine tunes. Thee Sheffield Phonographic Corporation actually introduced the world to the Arctic Monkeys by giving them a slot on one of their long sold out Fanzine CDs. So if anyone’s got a right to release this record they do.

‘Put Wood In Hole’ is absolutely irresistible, if you don’t sing along with the shouts of “You tight arsed bugger, you tight arsed bugger, you posh southern get” you’re obviously dead inside or perhaps you’ve just suffered a sense-of-humour-ectomy. Between the chorus’, stereotypical regional images like Ferrets, Flat caps and Whippets are fired out like shotgun pellets. ‘Does It Say Doormat On Me Back?’ is a downbeat ballad and that’s almost as good as the A-side. It’s got that finely balanced mix of humour and sorrow that marks out brilliant song writing.

The back of the sleeve comes with a selection of abusive forum comments by Arctic Monkeys fans like “Jesus wept”, “Is this a joke?” and “What a bunch of fucking losers”. To which The Mardy Bums reply “Ta very much for all the comments, we’re reyt encouraged by wot you’ve said”. On the inside of the sleeve is a photo of Sean Bean as Sharpe, and for me his catch-phrase was always “You bugger!”. The band members are also listed as Oliver, Piers, Tarquin and Barty!

I’ve just read on their MySpace page that Piers has quit after a “shooting incident”, James left in “acrimony” and Barty left due to “exhaustion”.

Click here to buy the 7″ for only £3.

Click here to watch a video of stills from Sharpe cut against ‘Mardy Bum’ by Arctic Monkeys. Or here for a video about Sharpe and Harper’s friendship cut to ‘Who The Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys?’.

The Mardy Bums MySpace Page
Thee SPC Website / Thee SPC MySpace Page
Arctic Monkeys Website / Arctic Monkeys MySpace Page