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“I can listen to a British Sea Power record and think: ‘You know
what? Kitchens Of Distinction were ahead of their time.’” STEVE
LAMACQ / BBC RADIO / 2013
Distinction return with a brand new studio album, ‘Folly’, their fifth album
and the first for 19 years.
In Summer 2011
Patrick Fitzgerald asked Julian Swales whether he would like to work on some
new songs together. With the constraints of distance, day jobs and family duties
taken into account, things slowly started to come together. Dan Goodwin was
invited to join in the fun and eventually ten songs loomed out of the mist. Ten
new songs that sound not as a pastiche of a band 20 years on but, as Julian
puts it, are “like a new version sucked
through time and space.”
The songs were
recorded in Patrick’s studio in Derbyshire and at Julian’s studio in Brighton.
The songs were mixed with Pascal Gabriel (Kylie, Goldfrapp, Inspiral Carpets,
Ladyhawke) in April 2013.
of Distinction were formed in London in 1986 and started and ended their career
with a Single of the Week in the UK music press. In between they put out four
albums and won the hearts and minds of a generation. Hit singles generally eluded
them (the band’s third single “The 3rd Time We Opened The Capsule”
did however make it into the ‘NME Writers 100 Best Indie
Singles Ever’ list in 1992) but they fared better in the US with “Drive That
Fast” hitting number one on the college radio charts over there.
A compact trio
comprising of Patrick Fitzgerald (Vocals, Bass), Julian Swales (Guitars) and
Dan Goodwin (Drums, Percussion) they were known for their swirling maelstrom of
guitar effects – coined in the press as like being a ‘sonic cathedral’ – and
Patrick’s introspective and unabashed lyrics that often dealt with his own
homosexuality. They were tagged with the genre ‘shoegaze’ (UK) and ‘dreampop’
(US) although, like many of their peers similarly defined, they never felt
comfortable with either term. Their sound was inspired largely by their love of
Joy Division, Cocteau Twins, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Echo and the Bunnymen
and peers A R Kane and it went on to be heard in a new generation of bands like
Interpol, Bloc Party, Editors and British Sea Power.
“I love them to
death. Long may they burn.” GRAHAM LINEHAN / writer Father Ted, Black
Books, The IT Crowd
“Kitchens of Distinction are one of my favourite bands” CHRIS PACKHAM / Springwatch BBC2
Release Date: 30th September 2013
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