Posts Tagged ‘kuntswerk in spacetime’

Close Lobsters at Big Takeover

After a recent reunion, now we have the first new recordings by this C86 era band. It sounds like they haven’t lost a step in the 25 years since their last recordings and in particular this release reminds me more of their earlier stuff, particularly their 1st album Foxheads Stalk This Land. Another thing about this two-song single is that while both songs veer close or hover above the five-minute mark, it never feels boring. I like the nod to New York on the “New York City in Space” as well. Recommended!


Close Lobsters at When You Motor Away

Of course I’m passionate about music, or I wouldn’t be writing for an indie music blog (no, the salary and stock options are not sufficient by themselves).  But some genres and bands extract an extra measure of my passion.  And in the upper strata is the Close Lobsters.  The Paisley, Scotland band issued two albums and an EP of psychedelic/jangle pop in the latter half of the ’80s.  Their songs were excellent, with a sound that may be described as The Clean/The Bats/R.E.M. gone psychedelic with the addition of big college rock guitar hooks.  Although they were considered by many to be a C86 band, their sound was at the more muscular end of that roster, and there is nothing twee about the band or their catalog.  For whatever reasons the members couldn’t agree to continue, and the production and touring stopped in the late ’80s or early ’90s.  In 2009 the excellent singles compilation Forever Until Victory ! The Singles Collection was released (I listen to it regularly), but otherwise the Close Lobstersremained silent.  Then in  2012 they reformed for some festivals and concerts.  For us fans, that wasn’t the desired new music, but at least the band was back, and we always could hope.

And sometimes good things happen to those that wait.  Via the good folks at Shelflife Records, the Close Lobstersare releasing their first new music in over two decades, Kunstwerk in Spacetime.  Consisting of the “Now Time” and the jangling “New York City in Space”, the record makes clear that the guys haven’t lost any of their magic.  Buoyed by a driving rhythm and classic guitar hooks, the lead track slides easily into the top tracks ever recorded by theClose Lobsters.   B-side “New York City in Space” triumphantly plays in the dreamy, jangle pop playground that this band help define.  You listen, you smile, you press repeat. Close Lobsters are still energetic, still melodic, still urgent — there is nothing about this EP that suggests nostalgic reunion.

The digital downloads are available now, but the vinyl may not be read to ship for another couple of weeks.  However, since the physical version is limited to 500 copies, I suggest that you not delay.  These songs might be available on an album in the future, but given the 20 plus year wait, do you want to risk it?


Close Lobsters at Linear Tracking Lives!

If you have been following my countdown of the UK’s best indie singles from the golden age of the chart, then I’m sure it’s apparent how important the ‘C86’ scene is to me. Seven bands from that colossal compilation made the list, and none ranked higher than Close Lobsters. When I read a few weeks ago there would be new music from frontman Andrew Burnett and his mates, I was filled with excitement… and some anxiety. Let’s face it, after decades away, this could easily go wrong. I needn’t have worried. Without any fear of sounding sycophantic, the new “Kunstwerk in Spacetime” EP fits in nicely next to “Just Too Bloody Stupid” and the rest of the work they left us in 1989. It’s not every day you get to contact one of your heroes, and I want to give special thanks to Mike at Crashing Through Publicity for making this happen.

Linear Tracking Lives: How do you think Close Lobsters would have played out without your appearance on NME’s ‘C86’ compilation?

Andrew: This is undecidable. An unknown unknown, to quote the sole contribution to mankind from [Donald] Rumsfeld.