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Lightships — Fear And Doubt [EP] (2012)

 Lightships — Fear And Doubt [EP] (2012)

LightshipsFear And Doubt [EP]
Location: Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Album release: July 30, 2012
Record Label: GEOGRAPHIC - GEOG39
Duration:     16:36
1. Fear And Doubt     (4:04)
2. Silver And Gold     (4:57)
3. Cavalcade     (3:38)
4. University Avenue     (3:57)
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Agent: jeff@xraytouring.com
•  Record Company – Domino Recording Co. Ltd.
•  Mastered At – Abbey Road Studios
•  Artwork – Annabel Wright
•  Mastered By – Steve Rooke
•  Producer – Bal Cooke, Gerard Love
•  Written-By – Gerard Love 
•  Lightships release their new Fear And Doubt EP on Monday the 30th of July 2012.  The EP features Silver And Gold from the recently released Electric Cables album and three shimmeringly lovely brand new tracks which are unavailable elsewhere.  All tracks were recorded with the same band during sessions for the album - Dave McGowan (guitar, Teenage Fanclub), Brendan O'Hare (drums, from the first incarnation of Teenage Fanclub), Tom Crossley (flute, International Airport and The Pastels) and Bob Kildea (bass, Belle & Sebastian).
•  "For those Teenage Fanclub fans who have always held a torch for Gerard Love’s songcraft, his Lightships project holds great potential, allowing his gorgeously dreamy melodies to take centre stage. The four tracks on Fear and Doubt EP have the same intoxicating quality of his earlier work, but Lightships eschew Teenage Fanclub’s guitar- heavy sound, opting for a more washed-out, ethereal approach.
•  The end result can sometimes feel slightly lacking in definition, particularly on the reverb-soaked Cavalcade; Lightships are most effective on Silver and Gold, which juxtaposes verses of wispish fragility with a robust, stomping chorus, laced with fuzzy guitars. Love remains one of the most melodically-gifted songwriters around, and as the highpoints here demonstrate, he’s still capable of embellishing his compositions with new ideas."
•  It's no secret that within Domino there is a lot of love for Teenage Fanclub, and that some members of staff have a special fondness for the songs of singer, songwriter and bassist, Gerard Love. In recent times, Gerard has been very much part of The Pastels, who operate occasional Domino imprint, Geographic. The idea of an album of Gerard Love songs burned for a long time until eventually label enthusiasm prevailed, and Gerard agreed that it was an idea that he too was excited about.
•  From the outset, Gerard was clear that he wanted to establish a group name for the record, a name that was evocative and ambiguous, that could somehow place the music within a slightly blurry and imagined context.  He didn't want to give the impression that the record was just about him.  Having settled on the name, Lightships, he sought out a cast of Glasgow-based friends to play on the record that was starting to take shape in his head; Dave McGowan (guitar, Teenage Fanclub), Brendan O'Hare (drums, from the first incarnation of Teenage Fanclub), Tom Crossley (flute, International Airport and The Pastels) and Bob Kildea (bass, Belle & Sebastian).
•  Liberated by a feeling that he had complete carte blanche to do whatever he wanted, Gerard came to a realisation that the key to the sound of the record would be tremolo, delay and flute.  At times the record has the dynamics of a soundtrack, as one of Tom Crossley’s flute lines weaves into the ether and Gerard’s vocals bounce off each other.  Or, as on Sweetness In Her Spark, the group lock into a relaxed and breezy groove that demands the windows be flung open.
•  Lightships is a name that perfectly captures the atmosphere of the music - sparkling and radiant and illuminated throughout by Love’s melodic gifts and taste for adventurous arrangements.  The overall sound, while as warm and immediate as the songs Gerard writes for Teenage Fanclub, is more free flowing and loose. Muddy Rivers is carried along on a wave of interlocked instrumentation while Photosynthesis is a hazy wash of flutes and echo.
Biography by Matt Collar
•  The solo project from Teenage Fanclub bassist/vocalist Gerard Love, Lightships make melodic folk- and rock-inflected pop. Centering around Love's vocals, songwriting, and guitar playing, Lightships also features contributions from Tom Crossley of International Airport and the Pastels, Dave McGowan, a member of TFC's touring band, and Bob Kildea of Belle & Sebastian, as well as original Teenage Fanclub drummer Brendan O'Hare. Lightships released its debut album, Electric Cables, on Geographic in 2012.

Lightships — Fear And Doubt [EP] (2012)



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