Cherry Red is 35! New albums on the way from Luke Haines & The Polyphonic Spree
6 June 2013
We're celebrating our 35th Anniversary this week at Cherry Red Records (check out this great feature by the BBC on our anniversary) and as as we fly through our third decade, the label continues to go from strength to strength, releasing around fifty albums every month!
We'd like to thank each and everyone who has supported Cherry Red and bought our records over the years. We hope you have enjoyed listening to them as much as we have enjoyed releasing them.
This summer, at the ripe old age of 35, we're very excited to announce two fantastic brand new releases on Cherry Red Records. The first is the new solo album from Luke Haines (The Servants, The Auteurs, Baader Meinhof & Black Box Recorder).
Rock N Roll Animals is a psychedelic story for grown-ups (and children). Jimmy Pursey is a frisky fox; Nick Lowe – a solid badger and Gene Vincent – a cat who's seen a bit more of life than most of us. Three furry freaks. Three Rock n Roll animals. The fable of our four-pawed shamen is narrated by the good folk of Magic Town.
This is a story of righteous rock n roll and how our three rock n roll animal friends, when not frolicking in the undergrowth, do battle with their most unrighteous nemesis – a fuck ugly bird (from Tyneside) made of steel and wire called The Angel Of The North.
The album will be preceded by a 7” single of the title track with two exclusive non-album B-Sides on 22nd July. The album will also be released on limited edition 12” vinyl.
Following in August comes the brand new album by Dallas Choral Pop ensemble The Polyphonic Spree!
‘Yes, It’s True’ was produced by The Speekers (Tim DeLaughter and Julie Doyle), Eric Drew Feldman (PJ Harvey, Captain Beefheart), With additional production by Tim Palmer (Pearl Jam, U2), who also served as the mix engineer. Tim and Julie had previously worked with Eric Drew on Tripping Daisy’s ‘Jesus Hits Like The Atom Bomb’ and The Polyphonic Spree’s ‘Together We’re Heavy.'
The album, released on 5th August, contains 11 songs ranging in scope from the upbeat album opener & first single "You Don’t Know Me” to the powerful closer "Battlefield.” Musically and lyrically, ‘Yes, It’s True’ is Tim’s strongest work yet. Lyrical themes range from the heartfelt "You’re Golden”, the mantra refrain of "Raise Your Head”, the playful improvised "Heart Talk,” and the tent-pole of the album "Blurry Up The Lines,” which deals with breaking away from the norms and our inner most comfort zones.
There is somewhat of a new and different sound on the album than in the past: embracing drum machine, and orchestral instruments breaking out more on their own rather than heavy winded sectionals so to speak; while all of the Spree's instrumentation is present. The feel is different. "I always enjoy a date with my Linn drum machine. Once I set the mood and tone I go from there in terms of songwriting,” says DeLaughter. "It's really not a coincidence since drums were my first instrument as a kid. My first set was made out of Baskin Robbins empty containers. Later on I was in a rock band in 9th grade and they kicked me off the drums; I was replaced by someone much better at drums. I was bummed but they said I could sing. That's how it started.”
So here's to the the music, the past & the future. Here's to you and the next 35 years of Cherry Red Records!