Cambridge outfit debut double A-side single this month
It’s been many years since groundbreakers like Pink Floyd first put Cambridge, England on the musical map in terms of progressive music. Since then we’ve had the likes of Katrina and the Waves, Passion Pit and Galaxie 500 emerge from this town, otherwise best known for its academic activity and the fact that popular BBC host Tom Robinson hails from this city. I personally can really only get excited about two of the above, but I am excited about an new outfit that has emerged from this neck of the woods.
This is Tape Runs Out, who will be releasing their debut double A-side single Friends / Flowers on March 30 through Ear to Ear records, and whose first full-length release is expected later this year. This music is “spectral, shoegazey, magical”, according to Fierce Panda. And, in the worlds of British Producer Marc Joy (Mike Peters, Golden Fable, Primal Scream, Oasis, Bernard Butler), this single is “a perfect introduction to new and unseen places in the sonic universe!”
Tape Runs Out’s output and style bear a striking and welcome resemblance to Doves, with elements of several other bands mixed in: The Radio Dept., Yuck, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Alvvays, and even ‘Rock Action’-era Mogwai. Seriously though, whether or not you need to take a sugar pill to make this go down smoothly, a thought did pop into my head yesterday while listening to Friends – like the hooks and melodicism reminded me of an ‘indie’ version of Coldplay in the period before Chris met Gwyn and turned into a mainstream pop icon.
In this single, Tape Runs Out brazenly demonstrate a polished mature sound, rife with hooks, addictive vocals (including the back vocals, by the way), innocence and optimism. They confidently deliver a potent elixir of guitars, soft-spoken vocals, and skillful songwriting capacity. For comparison’s sake, we also present you with the live demo for this track, which is gorgeous in itself. Grab it on a ‘Name Your Price’ basis while you can on the band’s free EP while it’s still up. Our commentary: worth every penny and don’t be cheap; it’s gorgeous.
This double A-side single is set to drop on March 30, 2015 on Ear to Ear Records, which we’ve mentioned earlier in The Record Stache in association with the compilation “Revolution – The Shoegaze Revival” a few weeks ago. Specializing in dream pop, shoegaze, and indie rock, this label is home to such bands as Lights That Change, Blood Lips, Indigo Sky, and also recently released Sounds of Sputnik’s debut LP New Born featuring Ummagma and Graham Bonnar (Swervedriver, Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Black Ryder). In the words of Creation Records’ co-founder Joe Foster, “Ear To Ear Records are a new Welsh/Canadian label in the spirit of Creation and 4AD and just as obsessed as that!”
Tape Runs Out are:
Liam Goodrum-Bell – Vocals, Guitar, Samples
Richard Barker – Guitar
Yasmin Prebble – Keyboard, Melodica, Glockenspiel
Ellie Winter – Hammered Dulcimer, Backing Vocals
Hélène Dufour – Bass