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Luke Haines — I Sometimes Dream of Glue (May 11th, 2018)

Luke Haines — I Sometimes Dream of Glue (May 11th, 2018)

  Luke Haines — I Sometimes Dream of Glue (May 11th, 2018)  Luke Haines — I Sometimes Dream of Glue (May 11th, 2018)♦♦      Luke Haines returns with a new album I Sometimes Dream Of Glue, in May.
♦♦      Haines actually mentioned the album in his entertaining SDE interview last year, although at that time he called it I Dream Of Airfix Glue.
♦♦      The PR blurb (clearly written by Haines) describes the record as “the next solo concept album by Luke Haines (The Auteurs, Baader Meinhof and Black Box Recorder)” and the concept is typically surreal. The scenario is that in the late 1940s “British Special Services” had a cargo of 10 tonnes of experimental solvent liquid ready to dump on Germany to “finish the job of carving up Europe for good”. But the mission goes wrong and the trucks carrying the toxic liquid come off the road with disastrous consequences… creating a village called ‘Glue Town’. I’ll let Haines finish the story…
♦♦      “There is little or no documentation of Glue Town. You will not find any information about it on the 21st Century internet. Gluetown is a rural settlement born out of mutation. Of the estimated 500 or so dwellers, no one is thought to be over 2 ? inches tall. The citizens of Glue Town exist on a diet of solvent abuse and perpetual horniness. The residents only leave to carry out daring night~time ‘glue raids’ on Shepherds Bush newsagent shops. On a tiny screen in the town centre, an old Betamax cassette of ‘Michael Bentine’s Pottytime’ plays on a loop all day and all night…” (by Paul Sinclair)
♦♦      I Sometimes Dream Of Glue is a 14~track album and tracks include Angry Man On A Small Train, The Subbuteo Lads and Airfix Cures The Ego.
♦♦      It’s being released on CD and vinyl on 11 May 2018, with the latter limited to a tiny amount of just 300 copies.
Born: 7 October 1967, Walton~on~Thames, England
Location: London, UK
Instruments: Guitar, piano/keyboard
Album release: May 11, 2018
Record Label: Cherry Red
Duration:     30:00
Tracks:
SIDE ONE
1. ANGRY MAN ON SMALL TRAIN     1:50
2. I FELL IN LOVE WITH AN OO SCALE WIFE     2:08
3. I SOMETIMES DREAM OF GLUE     1:46
4. SHE WAS AS RIPE AS A MEADOW     1:54
5. THE SUBBUTEO LADS     2:19
6. SOLVENTS CURE THE EGO     2:39
7. AT IT WITH THE TREE SURGEON’S WIFE     3:03
SIDE TWO
1. THE GARDEN GATE     1:42
2. EVERYBODY’S COMING TOGETHER FOR THE SUMMER     2:34
3. OH MICHAEL     2:27
4. ONLY THE STONES WILL KNOW     1:58
5. EVERYBODY’S COMING TOGETHER (PART 2)     1:37
6. FAT BIRD FROM THE WOODCRAFT FOLK     2:03
7. WE COULD DO IT     2:00
REVIEW
KEVIN PATERSON — MAY 1, 2018. SCORE: 8
EDITOR’S RATING
★     Without listening to the lyrics, you could easily mistake this album as a whimsical, breezy collection of songs, with classic and simple folk drums and gentle fruits. But look at it a little closer, and you’ll find this dark world from the depths of Haines’ mind. One thing you could never accuse him of being is predictable, and this album proves that fact over again.
★     Since departing from The Auteurs, Luke Haines has made every effort to mix things up and carve a solo career as far away from his former band as possible. Kind of a difficult thing to do when you’re Luke Haines; his unique raspy tones identify him immediately. But it’s the contents of his head that have always set him apart from other artists, constantly coming up with new concepts for his albums and tackling subject matters from international terrorism and murder to woodland creatures. His last concept album, the electronic and mainly instrumental album ‘British Nuclear Bunkers’ threw fans by creating an album so totally out of character. But his last album ‘Smash the System’ was Haines’ most out there concept of all, by not having a concept at all. It was merely just a collection of songs. And it turned out to be one of the best albums of his career. The follow up album ‘Sometimes I Dream of Glue’ is another concept album, and it is out May 11th.
★     Forever the storyteller, the album consists of fourteen tales, mostly clocking in around the two minute mark. They centre around ‘Glue Town’, an unknown part of the world born of an accident where ten tonnes of an experimental solvent land someway short of its European destination. The  some five hundred residents of Glue Town are all around a couple of inches tall and addicted to glue. Kind of like a really fucked up version of Lilliput. It’s the kind of concept that could only really come from one man. Haines’ gift for creating great dystopian fiction in the form of his multiple concept albums is what has kept him where he is. ‘SIDOG’ is potentially one of his more out~there ideas, but each song is a unique short story amongst the whole concept, and certainly makes for interesting listening.
★     Musically fans of The Auteurs’ classic albums from the nineties will be well and truly onboard with this collection of songs. Its use of strings and acoustic sounds are a flashback to ‘New Wave’ and ‘Now I’m a Cowboy’ and gives the song their unique sound that made us tracks like ‘Showgirl’ and ‘Lenny Valentino’ such memorable tracks from the era. But it’s the lyrics and the stories Haines has carved that give the album its edge, the total insanity of the theme making it unlike anything else he has produced in his long career, and certainly unlike anything else that anyone else is doing. Most tracks weigh in little over the two minute mark, just enough time to get in there, tell the next part of the tale and move on.
★     Without listening to the lyrics, you could easily mistake this album as a whimsical, breezy collection of songs, with classic and simple folk drums and gentle fruits. But look at it a little closer, and you’ll find this dark world from the depths of Haines’ mind. One thing you could never accuse him of being is predictable, and this album proves that fact over again.
★     The first track available for your listening pleasure is ‘Everybody’s Coming Together For The Summer.’ Check out the video. There’s some interesting images to help paint the picture. ★     http://www.backseatmafia.com/
Description:
•◊•     It started sometime after World War II — in the late 1940’s. A convoy of British Special Services trucks had been dispatched to RAF Middlewych, their cargo — 10 tonnes of experimental solvent liquid. Sticky and deadly. The mission — to drop the toxic liquid over Germany and finish the job of carving up Europe for good. The trucks never made it to their airfield destination, coming off the road — most probably helped by saboteurs — some five miles out of London…
•◊•     ‘I Sometimes Dream Of Glue’ is the next solo concept album by Luke Haines (The Auteurs, Baader Meinhof and Black Box Recorder).
•◊•     Just off the Westway, in the motorway sidings, you can see a small sign. Actually you probably can’t see the sign as it is the size of a child’s fingernail clipping. The sign says ‘Glue Town.’ The name of a village. There is little or no documentation of Glue Town. You will not find any information about it on the 21st Century internet. Gluetown is a rural settlement born out of mutation. Of the estimated 500 or so dwellers, no one is thought to be over 2½ inches tall. The citizens of Glue Town exist on a diet of solvent abuse and perpetual horniness. The residents only leave to carry out daring night~time ‘glue raids’ on Shepherds Bush newsagent shops. The citizens of Glue Town exist on a diet of solvent abuse and perpetual horniness. The residents only leave to carry out daring night~time ‘glue raids’ on Shepherds Bush newsagent shops. On a tiny screen in the town centre, an old Betamax cassette of ‘Michael Bentine’s Pottytime’ plays on a loop all day and all night...  On a tiny screen in the town centre, an old Betamax cassette of ‘Michael Bentine’s Pottytime’ plays on a loop all day and all night. The reduced size villagers go about their daily business pondering whether the lessons of Pottytime can show them a way out of their drudge lives of sexual abandonment and human sacrifice…
•◊•     This 12” vinyl edition is strictly limited to just three hundred copies worldwide. ‘I Sometimes Dream Of Glue’ is also available on CD and digital formats.
Label: https://www.cherryred.co.uk/
Interview: Gav Squires
•◊•     After headlining the Nottingham Indie Pop All Dayer, we sat down with Luke Haines to talk about his new his new career~spanning compilation, Gomez and kidnapping Princess Anne...
•◊•     https://www.leftlion.co.uk/read/2017/october/nottingham-indie-pop-all-dayer-luke-haines-interview/
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