A brand new version of a classic Pylon track, originally released on their debut EP in 1999 but re-recorded especially for this album. The story of Rhubarb Bomb couldn’t start anywhere else. Pylon were a huge influence on many
Whilst working on songs for their second album The New Fellas the Jarman brothers recorded some demos with their old friends Jamie and Lee at their home studio in
The Old House
The Old House were a ridiculously good band that grew from the same fertile soil as The Cribs and The Research. Including members that would later go on to play in bands as diverse as Mi Mye, Tiny Planets, Last Gang and Piskie Sits theirs was a rawkous but hook filled take on pop and though their ‘career’ was all too short (split in 2008), they were a major influence on the bands of Rhubarb Bomb’s era.
This track was recorded as part of the sessions for the bands’ second album The Old Terminal which, after the band having many major label headaches, ended up being recorded in
The Spills have grown alongside Rhubarb Bomb over the last five years. They played at our first ever issue launch back in 2007 when their Nirvana indebted rock was turning a few heads. However, their slow gestation period has been a blessing; their first EP in 2010 Smoke Signals was an absolute breakthrough but it was their album Occam’s Razor released late in 2011 that really shone; a genuine work of brilliance. It’s kind of the
Tiny Planets rose from the ashes of The Old House and feature Craig and Paul from that band. Joined by Spills singer Rob Slater on drums and guitarist Ash they continued that band’s skewed take on pop, releasing their debut EP The Trick Is To Keep Breathing in January 2012. This is an earlier recording but perfectly showcases their wonderful grasp of dynamics and that special little hook. A little known fact is that when they first formed a certain Ross Jarman occupied the drum stool. But then he ended up being quite busy with his side project, The Cribs…
Lapels were a special band to a lot of people, none more than former Rhubarb Bomb editor Rob Dee, for whom this is his personal choice. Rob left Rhubarb Bomb to form Philophobia Music, home to a lot of the bands here. His first release was the debut single by Lapels. The song featured here is one of their earliest demos and is a track that appeared on their first EP. It’s a ragtag recording that gives hints of the antagonistic but charming approach to songwriting that made the band standout; a mix of pop structures and bizarre alt-universe storytelling. Upon the bands split, singer Tim went on to form St Gregory Orange whilst the majority of the rest of the band became IMP.
This was originally recorded towards the end of 2007 whilst the band geared up for the launch of its debut single It’s Nice To Pretend. Never released, it is, rather coincidentally, a song about growing up and living in
The Passing Fancy
The Passing Fancy has been playing gigs in
Skint & Demoralised
Skint & Demoralised (Matt Abbott) performed spoken word at the launch of the first ever issue of Rhubarb Bomb. In those early days he was central to the exciting DIY buzz that was taking place in the city. Can’t play an instrument? Doesn’t matter; record your spoken word ponderings and upload ‘em to MySpace. It got him a major label record deal and a whole heap of supporters. Five years and a very interesting journey later, Matt is back in
Protectors formed in 2008 and bring together members of some great
Third and final former editor Captain Benno simply insisted that Middleman be included on this compilation. They are a truly exceptional band and one that is much loved in
Runaround Kids’ first ever interview was in Rhubarb Bomb in 2008. Since then we have followed their progress closely, including some amazing appearances at
St Gregory Orange
Originally the bedroom based project of former Lapels Tim Metcalfe, St Gregory Orange is now a duo, also comprising of Harry Rhodes, who plays guitar in Piskie Sits. The debut album Things We Said In Bedrooms was recorded by Tim alone and is still one of the greatest albums to come out of Wakefield EVER. Simple as that. But since becoming a duo in 2010, they have been working on the follow up. Whilst not quite being in the Chinese Democracy ranks of ‘overdue’ it has been a long time coming. Yet, as this track shows, it has been time well spent; the mix of wordy, exploratory story-telling and electronic based pop is rather magnificent and completely their own. That second album will be released in Spring 2012 (hopefully).
One Day, After School….
A brand new recording of a song originally released on the first Rhubarb Bomb compilation Sounds Of The Rhubarb Triangle in 2007. It was also the first ever song written or released by One Day, After School… though this version features brand new lyrics as well as instrumentation. They are another band that has always existed in
Little Japanese Toy
A demo from the band that would, once split, go on to form the wonderful and much loved Mi Mye (Jamie) and Napoleon IIIrd (James). The sound here is a rather epic mix of both of those artists and a rather sweet insight into the roots of both of their sounds. The band released a number of EPs and singles on various labels all over the country but called it a day before an album could be released. However, the remnants of many songs can be found across the back catalogues of Mi Mye and Napoleon IIIrd.
IMP & Mi Mye
The album closes with a very special collaboration between IMP and Mi Mye which took place in the early hours of a very cold January morning. IMP have existed in many forms for a long time but really got themselves together in 2009 and since then have released two exceptional EPs Just Destroyer and Sewerpop! (How The Castle Was Stormed). They are an amazing live band too, far too odd and individual for me to try and explain. Just trust me on that one. Mi Mye, of course, is the moniker under which Jamie Lockhart works. As a musician and producer, his hallmark is ALL OVER this album and he is a constant source of inspiration for many in