I’m extremely proud and humbled to announce that Schott’s List will be releasing the whole Shemboid back catalogue over the next couple of years through our small label.
It’s well documented what a big fan I am of the artist, from the garage days of Rev Rev, through the three dimensional soundscapes of Shemboid, right the way up to his excellent solo stuff.
Our first release will be the epic debut ‘I’m Invisible Now. Only You Can See Me’ originally released in 2004 but tidied up for your 2020 listening pleasure.
This stunning debut sees Shem still in fine rock fettle compared to later more ambient releases. Expect garage ambient rock with slight shoegazey undertones.
The album will go live on the 28th of February across all the major streaming platforms and our label bandcamp.
There will be a limited run of CD’s available on bandcamp as well as stocked locally to Chester, UK.
To celebrate the release, Shem has given me special permission to release his seminal live audio/visual piece ‘Live At The Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds’ from the 28th of September 2014.
I asked the great man about the film and how it came about:
“I was asked in 2014 to contribute to the Ashtray Navigations 20th Anniversary concert at Hyde Park Picture House in Leeds.
Ashtray Navigations are a great experimental-psychedelic band based in Leeds and they were friends of mine with mutual admiration for each other’s music.
Phil Todd, (Ashtray’s leader) said since the gig was at the cinema, I could use a video as a backdrop to my set.
I went away and thought about it for a while. Thought, why not? Challenge myself and do something I’d never done before. So I decided to make something specially for the concert.
I brainstormed and rehearsed ideas for both the music and the film. I listened back to demo recordings I’d done, sketched out some ideas for a film and broke the ideas down into bits for each piece.
The actual making took me about 5 or 6 weeks around that September 2014. I went out and about with my smartphone and took video footage of things I could use – according to the ideas I’d sketched out previously. The one I thought would be hardest to come by was the footage of the ants. But fortune was on my side and one day there they were, so I snapped them up.
The gig itself went according to plan, except I forgot to record the audio direct from my mixer. But I had a backup of my digital recorder, placed out in the audience, documenting the sound in the room. So that was what I used for the film you see here.
I’d never made a film of this kind before and it was a great learning experience for me. I’m thinking of revisiting the film one day and maybe re-recording a studio version of the music and re-editing the video – a total re-work. But that’s for another day.
The event took place in the afternoon on Sunday 28th September 2014 as part of a weekend experimental music festival put on by Recon in Leeds. The Sunday gig was for the Ashtray’s 20th Anniversary, as I said before.
Unfortunately, the gig wasn’t particularly well attended – there were plenty of empty seats. But that’s experimental music for you – a small, niche audience….”
A Schott’s List Exclusive. Kick back and enjoy.
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