Here at The Record Stache, we wouldn’t feel odd admitting how awesome Ride is – both in the early 90s shoegaze heyday and now. Everything they and the band’s members touch seem to turn to gold. Today we present music by a UK-based duo that has newly appeared on our radar thanks to the involvement of Mark Gardener, who also happens to run the super rad OX4 Sound Studio in Oxford. You should see his incredible artist roster! We’ve previously covered several artists that he’s been involved with over the past few years, including Soft Set and Leanie Kaleido.
As for the matter at hand today – The Gorstey Lea Street Choir will soon release their album ‘…from Prince’s Park to Farsley – Volume I’ via the 500 Broadcast Recording Co. – the culmination of a songwriting process rooted in a friendship that blossomed over 35 years ago. This group is fantastic, creating a landscape of sonic adrenaline-powered dream-rock bliss.
Today we present the video premiere for ‘Bluebird, Hollywood… Domino’, a psychedelic adventure in just a few minutes, taking you somewhere else – somewhere nice and exciting, somewhere between Ride’s Carnival of Light, Kula Shaker and Ocean Colour Scene. Somewhere we’re happy to be taken.
While Gardener provided oversight and mastering for the full album, it was recorded at the Gorstey Shack (Russ’s converted garage) and Magic Garden Studios in Wolverhampton with producer Gavin Monaghan (Robert Plant, Editors, Ocean Colour Scene, Scott Matthews, Squeeze, Goldblade), who also produced and mixed this track.
The forthcoming album also involves mixing (and a guest cello performance) by legendary producer George Shilling (Blur, Primal Scream, Cathal Coughlan, Teenage Fanclub, Mike Oldfield). Ride frontman and renowned producer
‘…from Prince’s Park to Farsley – Volume I’ is the follow up to the duo’s ‘extended play one’ album, which was released in December 2020 and received support from BBC 6 Music, BBC Introducing, Amazing Radio, and a whole host of DAB and worldwide radio stations.
The Gorstey Lea Street Choir are Michael Clapham and Russ Phillips, two friends on a life-long journey, having met as teenagers in the mid-’80s, it took until 2016 for them to turn their teenage plans — discussed back when both were involved in aspiring Manchester bands — into a reality with the birth of this project. Based in the former Staffordshire mining town of Burntwood, their music runs with the moods, widely described as dystopian, electric, hopeful, hopeless and thoughtful…
The band reformed after reuniting for Russ’ birthday party that year and a subsequent impromptu gig. After 15 plus years of not playing an instrument, singing or songwriting, Michael dove back in with a ferver that led to such a massive response from the crowd and landlord alike, with 2 songs turning into 2 hours and a guaranteed booking the next month. ‘What’s your band name boys? ‘The Gorstey Lea Street Choir’ is quickly retorted an amalgam of that first meeting point and Van Morrison’s LP ‘His Band and The Street Choir’.
A door is unlocked to a new journey… In 2018, they entered Wolverhampton’s Magic Garden studios to work with an old friend and producer legend Gavin Monaghan and finally released their brilliant debut single ‘The British Isles’ in 2019, featuring an inspired spoken-word intro from their hero – Joe Strummer. Chris Hawkins from BBC Radio 6 Music picked up on the track, kicking things off again after a hiatus of 35 years!
“This song is a cautionary tale of days gone by, what may have been and where we are now, we are two man in our ‘mid lives’ (average age 51 and a half). We have a lot to look back and learn from and a lot to look forward too!!! It’s amazing what we have created, two middle aged men fumbling around with some of our favourite musical toys in Russ’s converted garage,” says Michael Clapham.
“We are both very proud of what this track and the upcoming mini LP represents, plus we also cannot wait for you to hear the re-imaginations that our friend and collaborator Choque (Black Star Liner) has created to go alongside the 4 original tracks,” adds Russ Philips.
As of May 13, ‘Bluebird, Hollywood… Domino’ will be available everywhere digitally, including Apple Music and Spotify. The full album ‘…from Prince’s Park to Farsley – Volume I’ will be released on July 9 and can already be pre-ordered via the label’s Bandcamp at https://500broadcast.bandcamp.com/track/bluebird-hollywood-domino Pre-save the single on Spotify at https://bit.ly/2Rgqguv and the album at https://bit.ly/337xS55
Written and arranged by Michael Clapham and Russ Phillips
Performed by The Gorstey Lea Street Choir
Gavin Monaghan – recording, mixing and production
Recorded at the Gorstey Shack and Magic Garden Studios
Mark Gardener – supervision & mastering at OX4 Sound Studio
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