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Hope And Social Cotton Wool And Knotted Wood (2012)

Hope And Social – Cotton Wool And Knotted Wood (2012)

Hope And Social — Cotton Wool And Knotted Wood
Location: Leeds, England, UK
Album release: 2012
Record Label: Alamo Music Ltd.  ♠  www.alamomusic.co.uk
Tracklist:
01. Cotton Wool   3:51
02. Pitching
03. Caught In The Wake
04. April
05. Family Man   4:46
06. Living A Lie
07. Lighter Side Of Life
08. Oh My Darling
09. Red Red Rose
10. Rolling Sideways   3:26
11. Knotted Wood
Runtime: xxx
Members:
♠   Simon Wainwright — Vocals, Guitar and Piano
♠   Rich Huxley — Guitar, Cello, Banjo and Vocals, Glockenspiel, piano
♠   Ed Waring — Rhodes, Organ
♠   Simon Goff — Bass and strings
♠   Gary Stewart — Drums, Vocals, Piano
♠   James Hamilton — Brass, Piano
Past members:
♠   Mark Ashwell
♠   Jason Miller
Description:
Ξ   In the tradition of the travelling bands, we guess we’re a bit like a Yorkshire E–Street Band...meets Arcade Fire...meets ... more The Faces…meets Dexys Midnight Runners…meets Prefab Sprout…at a party...in an argument about who gets to have sex with David Bowie. We're not as good at describing ourselves as others are, so...
Ξ   Yes, we still make CDs. Seems mad in this day and age doesn't it? Anyway, it's worth it for the packaging alone — beautiful recycled CD wallets courtesy of WeWow with a lovely design which is rather delightful, especially when you consider that it was made on various buses, trains and beds.
Ξ   If you are planning to come to one of our 3 acoustic gigs at the end of this month and want a CD we suggest that you buy a CD at one of the gigs!
Ξ   As ever it's pay what you want, the minimum cost only covers the cost of manufacture of the actual CD.
Website: http://www.hopeandsocial.com/
Bandcamp: http://music.hopeandsocial.com/track/cotton-wool-2
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/hopeandsocial
Official Hope and Social releases:
2008 EP (EP)
2008 Live at the Blues Bar, Sunday 21 September
2009 Architect of this Church
2010 April
2011 Sleep Sound
Who are Hope And Social...?
♠   “Brilliant, uplifting and inclusive. That was amazing, here’s your cheque” — Michael Eavis, Glastonbury Festival
♠   We’re a band who do things a little bit differently. We wear blue jackets. We play mind–blowing, balls–to–the–floor, anything–for–a–laugh, much–more–for–a–tear, heart–on–your–sleeve, foot–on–your–monitor gigs. Not gigs. Shows. No, not shows…events.
♠   We’re gloriously and fiercely independent. We formed the UK’s first fan–funded record label Alamo Music Ltd. We’ve made just about every mistake a ‘professional’ band can make and decided that entertaining people and making the songs we love is the most important thing in music. And we like people. We like involving people. “People they are some good”.

What have they done?
♠   “I’ve heard the name vaguely” — Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2
♠   “I Really like Hope and Social!”  BBC Radio 1 — Greg James
♠   We are prolific. In May we release our third album in under three years. There's also been an EP, a live album, countless live shows, thousands of kazoos, Glastonbury, many many Living Room Gigs, the JD Set, a Come Dine With Us event, a Big Band Christmas romp, a trip to the seaside on an open top bus, a Brass Band session, a live recording in our studio The Crypt, numerous music videos, music–industry events…and a baby. Admittedly we do look pretty tired.

Sounds Like:
♠   "a big sound from this impressive outfit...inspired, anthemic, great" — Q magazine
♠   In the tradition of the travelling bands, we guess we’re a bit like a Yorkshire E–Street Band... meets Arcade Fire... meets The Faces… meets Dexys Midnight Runners… meets Prefab Sprout… at a party... in an argument about who gets to have sex with David Bowie. We're not as good at describing ourselves as others are, so...
♠   “smash–your–head–into–the–wall brilliant” — Entertainment Weekly
♠   “…one of the best acts around...” — Manchester Evening News

But are they any good?
♠   “one of the UK’s top five live bands” — The Independent
♠   “possibly the most complete band ever” — Tim Hornsby
♠   Loved by our fans, and converting people gig by gig… the most honest thing to say is that we try our best!

 

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