| An artistically modern Alcopop! x fierce panda one sheet
The Band: ART BRUT
The (Re-)Release: ‘BANG BANG ROCK & ROLL’
The Format: LIMITED EDITION GOLD VINYL / BLACK VINYL / DOWNLOAD ALBUM
The (Re-)Release Date: APRIL 10TH 2020
The Labels: ALCOPOP! x FIERCE PANDA RECORDS
The Pre-Order Bit:
ART BRUT are delighted to announce that they will be reissuing their seminal 2005 debut album Bang Bang Rock & Roll on Alcopop! Records x Fierce Panda on 10th April 2020.
To celebrate the album release, the band are popping to Hamburg and Berlin in April 2020 to perform the album in full. These shows were supposed to follow UK tour dates with The Subways, running throughout March 2020, which have fallen foul of the coronavirus (see below for full list of cancellations).
Commenting on the news, front man Eddie Argos says: “It feels great to be rereleasing this album on vinyl, and not just because the prices for the original on eBay were getting stupid. Some of these songs were so immediate and spontaneous that they contain thoughts that popped into my head as we recorded them. I’m proud that they have withstood 15 years of scrutiny and we still get to blast them out with complete joy in our hearts. Roll on Berlin and and Hamburg—I can’t wait to rock the fuck out. Hooray.”
Alcopop! Records is current home for the Art Brut band, whose most recent ‘Wham! Bang! Pow! Let’s Rock Out!’ album came out via in 2018. The fierce panda label meanwhile was original home to ‘Bang Bang Rock & Roll’ in all its full tragi-comical hyper-emotional indie-kicking glory.
Now Alcopop! and fierce panda are together in electrifying alt.pop dreams as, almost 15 years to the day since it dropped back in 2005, all of the album tracks have been remastered and are sounding even better than before. And lest we forget the Art Brut opus contains the whip-crackingly lovelorn delights of ‘Emily Kane’, the top 41 near-hit single.
The reissue comes with an exclusive new emotional foreword written by Ezra Furman, a long-time fan who describes Bang Bang Rock & Roll as “an essential punk record” which “saved rock’n’roll from being something that belongs in a museum or a magazine”.
Available either on gold or more traditional black vinyl, the special edition gatefold record comes with an unreleased (on vinyl) secret track ‘Subliminal Desire for Adventure’ and a host of extra unreleased tracks ‘Brutlegs and B-Sides’ available on the download card.
The inner sleeve has been crafted with a wonderful selection of photographs and memories from the recently formed society of ‘Art Brut Historians’—a loose collective of fans and friends who’ve been there from the start.
A genuinely seminal record, Pitchfork included the album in their list of Top 200 albums of the 2000s, and fan favourites like ‘Modern Art’, ‘Formed a Band’ and ‘Emily Kane’ have been staples for awkward indie disco dancers to groove to ever since.
Alcopop! also recently announced a special Record Store Day 2020 reissue of Art Brut’s 2005 neo-hit ‘Modern Art’ including a 16 minute, as-live, ‘Berlinische’ version of the single crammed onto a black and red splatter 7” with 300 individually decorated sleeves featuring contributions from fans, family, friends, artists and bona fide rock stars.
Big names involved include: Black Francis, John Cooper Clarke, Dev from IDLES, Ian Burden and Jo Callis of The Human League, Ben ‘Eddison Tollett’ Crompton from Game of Thrones, David Devant, Tess Parks and members of The Manic Street Preachers, Bis, The Lovely Eggs, TIGERCUB, Gaffa Tape Sandy, Cheerbleederz and more.
ART BRUT live w/ The Subways:
12.03.20 - Newcastle - O2 Academy^
13.03.20 - Glasgow – Garage^
14.03.20 - Manchester – Academy^
19.03.20 - Norwich – Waterfront^
20.03.20 - Bristol - O2 Academy^
21.03.20 - Portsmouth – Pyramids^
26.03.20 - Birmingham - O2 Institute^
27.03.20 - Nottingham - Rock City^
28.03.20 - London - O2 Forum Kentish Town^
15.04.20 - Hamburg - Molotow (performing BBR&R in full) *
16.04.20 - Berlin - Lido (performing BBR&R in full) *
^ Postponed due to coronovirus
* ART BRUT only
“It's astounding that AB can reel off so many downright enjoyable songs that it almost hurts” – Drowned In Sound
“As clever as it is funny as it is entertaining. It's the most original independent album in years” – Playlouder
“The kind of guitar pop genius that Stiff Records specialized in a quarter century ago” - Pop Matters
“The foreign replacement for the catchy/clever observances Weezer used to traffic” – Pitchfork
“It's been a while since they first formed a band, but they still command attention” - AV Club
“Wittier than any Brit this side of Ricky Gervais” - SPIN
“This is the stuff of one-shot art-punk” – Village Voice
“Every generation needs an Art Brut” – MOJO
“This is both a fine and fun album” – NME