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One Blank Channel / Farm / Release Me - One Blank Channel / Farm / Release Me
The Complete Short Stories
Single
12 April 2010
[ Galagos 027 ]

Vinyl: £2.99
MP3: £1.58


The Complete Short Stories consist of Kerry Adamson (vocals), Gavin Ahern (drums), Grant Frampton (guitar), John Hilton (bass), Toby Levan (keyboards/percussion etc), Naomi Paget (piano/backing vocals) and James Pickering (guitar/backing vocals).

It began with music-making trio John, Gavin and James, old friends and flatmates, jamming it across the many hygienically diverse rehearsal rooms of North London. Armed with a modest plan to create a good band, they set out on the long and thankless task of scanning the thousands of adverts peppered all over Londoné─˘s music shops. As it happened things were much closer than they could have imagined as a string of happy accidents involving shared taxi journeys, accidental nu-metal auditions, reconnections with childhood acquaintances with a rare talent for playing the é─˛Pink Pantheré─˘ theme tune, and rumours of a girl é─˙who sang and played a broken guitar and had the biggest hair any human ever sawé─¨ brought the seven varied and sometimes vivacious talents of The Complete Short Stories together in one great big stage-filling, crowd-bursting jumbled up group.

The girl with the biggest hair any human ever saw is singer Kerry Adamson. Since May 2009 she has been leading the septet through their (slightly cramped) sets of soul and solace, from whence é─˛One Blank Channelé─˘ and é─˛Farmé─˘ have tumbled, blinking and twinkling. Consider that when poked the band say that the A-side is about, é─˙People knowing whaté─˘s best for you, towing the line, making promises they cané─˘t keep. Ité─˘s about being smart enough in your own way but then other, é─˛worldlieré─˘ people insist they know whaté─˘s best for youé─Âlike youé─˘ve sat down to watch a great film and someone talks over it,é─¨ and it becomes obvious that these people arené─˘t drooling indie dingbats.

Indeed, we could list their influences in their entirety but youé─˘d only go blind. Satisfy yourselves with the knowledge that between them The Complete Short Stories name check Kate Bush, Orange Juice, Trojan Records, é─˙old blues men in generalé─¨, Sonic Youth, Swervedriver and Pink Floyd, and then feel relieved that rather than sounding like a demented combination of the above, the seven piece make fragrantly melodic, disarmingly comforting music with a crunchy sub-orchestral undertone which has caused more than one person to state that they sound ever-so-slightly like Clare Grogan fronting Camera Obscura.

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