Damnsonic release another Zapoppin’ record and apologise profusely
(Falmouth, UK, 2/1/14) We’re sorry. We’re sorry. We know you have lives and reputations, and there’s a gazillion handsome be-styled bands to be promoting which’ll get you and your tie-ins “digital traffic” and passes to champagne parties with Laura Marling’s armpit on the decks.
There’s really no need to listen to a band from a part of England with less of a music scene than Skaro. Nor one that plays its tunes on a harmonium, banjo and a £5 drum kit called a ‘Z-kit’. Seeing that shit on stage is less sexy than Threads. And the sound they make… Where’s the low end? The drop? Or at least the time to cling onto a riff?
You don’t really wanna listen to something that might lose you some friends. That’s understandable. And if you’re sitting alone, why would you wanna be reminded of life’s ugliness over and over: setting fire to people, living on a diet of bran, the Leveson Enquiry, looking at a dog.
We get that. To be honest, Zapoppin’ are a little like the audible equivalent of gout. They seem to come back. And usually after a period of consumptive indulgence. The cat’s there, mmm cream, lovely lovely cream. Then BAM! Piercing pain…atonal banjo…bitterness and anguish…harmonium solo (there are no harmonium solos really). Cat’s gone.
So it’s called UGLY MUSICK. Hey, at least we’ve been kind enough to ensure the album has an honest title. This is the age of transparency. And you’ve gotta be on-the-nose so the Mumfords fans don’t buy it accidentally and play it in front of their parents. God forbid, we’d be more sorry than we already are if that happened.
Did we mention we were sorry. This is Zapoppin’s fifth album. And Damnsonic accepts some responsibility. But why would a band this unsuccessful keep putting records out? Sadism? Musical trolling? Or is there inherent value in something because its very existence is so absurd and unlikely?
Woooooooooah, err, sorry(!) ‘bout that. Damn my pop culture degree. Good for nothing. ANYWAY, we don’t know why they do it. They don’t know why they do it. But here’s another Zapoppin’ album. It’s 20 minutes long (shocker). It’s out on CD, tape and from all the digital places (even Spotify).
New release information:
Title: Ugly Musick
Track listing: 1. Calves, 2. The Joneses (w/ Julian Gaskell and Dave Hart), 3. Regardez le Chien, 4. Duck! (iPhone ver.), 5. The Lurch I Left You In, 6. The Tittle Tattle Rattle, 7. Braneater, 8. Margot, 9. Ugly Music (w/ Abi Simeoli), 10. Locum
Catalogue number: DAMN002
Release date: 23/11/2013
Streaming at: zapoppin.co.uk | zapoppin.bandcamp.com | soundcloud.com/zapoppin
5:36 pm • 7 January 2014
Zapoppin’s January Sale
In the lead-up to funding Zapoppin’s next release, we figured we’d try and shift some old stock (some things we only have a handful of, by the by) and offer you, the powerskiffle consumer, the best Z-shaped deals of your life.
Stonking deal no. 1: Vinyl Bundle - £13
This bundle includes the Another Pearly Wotnot / Tears 4-track super 7” by Zapoppin’ and Jaxson Payne, as well as the Serious Types #1 10” compilation which includes a track each by Zapoppin’ SHARKS, The Pussywarmers, The Original Rabbit Foot Spasm Band, Glowglobes, JJ Stone & The Campfire, The Severed Limb and Lightning Joe & The Furious 55s.
On its own, the Another Pearly Wotnot / Tears 7” is also at its lowest ever price: £4.50.
Stonking deal no. 2: Pearly Wotnots Bundle - £5
This bundle includes a digital version of The First Four Singles and Other Pearly Wotnots, as well as the Another Pearly Wotnot / Tears 4-track super 7” by Zapoppin’ and Jaxson Payne.
The First Four Singles and Other Pearly Wotnots is also available to download as a standalone album for the first time. You can pay whatever you like for it!
Stonking deal no. 3: Serious Types Bundle - £13
This bundle includes Zapoppin’s acclaimed “short-player” Antiquarian Party Ballads For Dames (on CD and digital), as well as the Serious Types #1 10” compilation which includes a track each by Zapoppin’ SHARKS, The Pussywarmers, The Original Rabbit Foot Spasm Band, Glowglobes, JJ Stone & The Campfire, The Severed Limb and Lightning Joe & The Furious 55s.
On its own, the Antiquarian Party Ballads For DamesCD is now just £4, or you can download the blighter for whatever price you deem fair.
Stonking deal no. 4: All digital albums/EPs - £Pay-What-You-Like
For a limited time, download any of Zapoppin’s long-players, extended-players and short-players for whatever price you like!
1:06 pm • 30 January 2013
Extraction mix for The Penzance Convention
Damnsonic were recently invited to DJ at The Penzance Convention – an arts conference reflecting on the theme of extraction. It seemed logical to, if possible, try and put together a set which was somehow ‘on-theme’ and to take the opportunity to explore the diversity of explicit representations of extractive industries (including mining, hunting, agriculture) within recorded music from the past to the present day.
I prepared the following set and a little bit of spiel to put some of the tracks into context. However, when it came to playing we decided to present the tunes in a regular DJing – non-lecture-like – thing because attendees had essentially been lectured to, lecturing and conferencing all day. It seemed they clearly wanted to just let their hair down and have a little dance by the time 10pm rolled around.
2:48 pm • 5 June 2012
Damnsonic DJs at The Penzance Convention
Damnsonic DJs will be spinning some wax loosely based on the theme of extraction on Saturday 19th May at the PZ Gallery, Penzance. For further details go to The Penzance Convention Website.
12:32 pm • 14 May 2012
Antithesis of Man, a new Damnsonic spawn, are supporting the almighty Cheveu at Miss Peapods, Penryn on the 9th May. More details here.
10:44 pm • 26 April 2012
The first official Damnsonic event sees the decay’d musical power-trio of Zapoppin’ Vs Gaskell rattle the rafters of Falmouth’s (*new venue*) The Fish Factory on 24th March. The show is to celebrate the Release of Mr Gaskell’s fantastic new record Kind Words From Home before they take to the road for a stint of UK tour dates (see below).
Advance tickets are £4 available from We Got Tickets.
Album + Ticket Deal is £10 available from Bandcamp.
"A magical, tumbledown world where raggle-taggle punk accordion meets surf klezmer, speakeasy ragtime, where torch ballads snuggle with sweet waltzes, and protest and drinking songs nestle alongside weeping country laments, violent tangos and Balkan skiffle grooves. " Western Morning News on Julian Gaskell’s Kind Words From Home
"Drums, harmonium and extra layers of vocals on to the brittle tones…a repeato-anthem of indie-folk heartbreak. A really interesting release." Norman Records on ‘Tears (Zapoppin’ Reworking)’ taken from Another Pearly Wotnot / Tears
Zapoppin’ and Julian Gaskell UK Tour Dates:
Friday 30th March - Jamboree, London
Saturday 31st March - The Old Road Tavern, Chippenham
Wednesday 4th April - Ort, Brimingham
Friday 6th April - The Ropemakers, Bridport
9:08 pm • 12 March 2012
Zapoppin’ March 2011 singles session now available in entirety through Damnsonic
After the release of Zapoppin’s third album, Antiquarian Party Ballads For Dames, back in October 2010, our good friends over at Serious Types set about promoting the record and secured the band some summer dates in Switzerland - including one at the legendary week-long multi-town festival, Gwenstival.
This was, however, a little problematic. Shortly after Antiquarian…'s release, percussionist Sam Brettingham left the band and remaining members - not wanting to devolve - were forced to reorganise and change the instruments they were playing live. This resulted in Luke Richards moving from harmonium to drums (actually a small kit dubbed The Z-Kit) and Tom Sharpe swapping between banjo and harmonium - and the band wasted no time writing a brand new set.
Consequently, by March 2011, Zapoppin’ were keen to record something a little more up-to-date than the trio-orientated sound of Antiquarian… and with Julian Gaskell eager to capture the band in his DIY studio space, they met up one day intending to put down one or two tracks but ending up rattling through the best part of 12.
Gaskell mixed these tracks as if they were a complete album and the band recorded some extra vocals for one of the harmonium tunes (‘The Most Natural Thing in the World’) before mastering and ordering the songs in a way that seemed to casually lure the listener in (with pastoral opener ‘A Pearly Wotnot’ and the poppy anti-ballad ‘Flay the Night Away’) before taking them to an unrelentingly bleak and funereal end (‘In The Mud’). However, the final decision was made that rather than risk over-shadowing Antiquarian… with another album, the band would instead release the best of these songs on a bunch of promo singles to give out on tour (and online). And until now, the world has only known half the story.
So here’s the rest of it!
4:38 pm • 4 March 2012