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Spotlight Kid — Disaster Tourist (Deluxe Edition) (2012)

 Spotlight Kid — Disaster Tourist (Deluxe Edition) (2012)

Spotlight Kid — Disaster Tourist (Deluxe Edition)
Location: Nottingham, England
Genre: Shoegaze, Dream Pop, Fuzz
Album release: 14 Oct 2011/November 13, 2012
Record Label: Tri-Tone ‎– TRI009CD/Saint Marie Records ‎– SMR018
Duration:     69:51
Tracks:
01. Plan Comes Apart     3:10
02. All Is Real     4:22
03. April     3:28
04. Creeps     3:29
05. Creeps Interlude     2:20
06. Forget Yourself In Me     3:52
07. Freefall     3:33
08. Cold Steel Rain     3:31
09. Haunting Me     6:03
10. Lifeline     3:36
11. Pulled Apart By Horses     6:21
12. There’s A Reason Why     4:16
13. Psalm 107     4:19
14. Haunting Me (Live – BBC 6 Music)     8:03
15. Forget Yourself In Me (Live – Fisher Lane Session) 3:55
16. Don’t You Forget About Me     4:57
Members:
Chris Davis (Drums)
Matt Holt (Bass)
Katty Heath (Vocals)
Karl Skivington (Guitar)
Chris Moore (Guitar)
Rob McCleary (Guitar & Vocals)
CREDITS:
Companies etc:
Record Company – PIAS UK
Recorded At – Purple Studios
Credits:
Artwork – Emma Baker
Typography – Beth Halligan
Design – Container
Bass Guitar – Matt Holt (2)
Drums – Chris Davis (4)
Guitar – Chris Moore (4), Karl Skivington
Lead Guitar – Rob McCleary
Mastered By – Joe Caithness
Mixed By – Chris Moore (4) (tracks: 5,10)
Programmed By – Chris Davis (4)
Recorded By – Lawrence Eavis
Vocals – Katty Heath (tracks: 1-4 + 6-11), Rob McCleary (tracks: 1-4 + 6-11)
Written-By – Chris Davis (4), Katty Heath (tracks: 10), Marlek Alexander (tracks: 2)
Notes:
Digipak
Limited Edition of 100.
UK release to coincide with the UK tour in October 2011 all individually hand numbered and housed in a digipak, sold for £10. Differs from the standard release only in packaging.
Deluxe edition released for the American markets in digipak packaging featuring two songs from the Crystal Dreams E.P., two previously unreleased session recordings and the standalone download-only Simple Minds cover.
Website: http://www.spotlightkidsound.co.uk/
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/spotlightkidsound#!
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Spotlightkidsound
Label: http://www.saintmarierecords.com/
Contact:
UK Press: Jon@stokedpr.com
Regional Press: james@pomonauk.co.uk
Radio/TV: prudence@rocketpr.co.uk
Bookings & Enquiries: lee@selectbookingagency.co.uk
For management & press, please email: robmccleary1@hotmail.com
REVIEW
Depending on where you stand on the shoegazer front, ‘Disaster Tourist’ will be a dream or a worst nightmare. For here we have seventy minutes of “classic” shoegaze which harks back to the early 1990′s, the time where this genre was at the peak of its brief period of popularity. Naturally, recent years have shown that the scene is just as much alive today as ever. Another recent exponent is Spotlight Kid, who have found that all-important middle ground between rock-solid rhythms and float-away tunes.
Ex-Six.By Seven man Chris Davis is an integral member of the band (as both drummer and co-songwriter) and his influence is partly responsible for Spotlight Kid’s heavy spin on the shoegaze sound. It’s apparent from the opening, aggressive strains of ‘Plan Comes Apart’ and there’s rarely a let up in the intensity. Drones also play a part to ‘All Is Real’ which is swamped in distortion. There are times when, perhaps unsurprisingly, Katty Heath’s light yet blank vocals threaten to become submerged but she puts up stubborn resistance to the noise around her.
‘April’ may possess a relentless chugging rhythm but it’s got a melody which floats most agreeably. ‘Forget Yourself In Me’ wastes no time at all and rattles along like the band’s own version of ‘You Made Me Realise’ but it’s ‘Haunting Me’ which lasts longest in the memory. The guitar effects fade in and out beautifully with Heath’s heavenly sighs; both bleeding and crying their way through six minutes of glorious melancholia. That track is followed by the sparse, rustic sounds of ‘Lifeline’, a nicely judged comedown that is reminiscent of Slowdive’s ‘Dagger’.
Seventy minutes of any album, let alone one which is drowned in effects, is always going to be something of a slog. However, this is a deluxe edition so if you can do without alternate versions and a shimmering take on Simple Minds’ ‘Don’t You Forget About Me’ (not to mention ace early single ‘There’s A Reason Why’) what you have is a mostly good and occasionally brilliant record which includes some welcome variations on a supposedly limited genre.
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Biography:
Spotlight Kid continue their assault against sonic mediocrity with an assuredness and an emotional depth so many guitar bands are currently lacking.
This is the sound of a band rising to the top of their game, while wearing their hearts on their sleeves and performing live shows like their next meal depends on it. Influences from the likes of The Cure, Swervedriver and My Bloody Valentine have allowed Spotlight Kid to produce a heady mix that runs through the entire gamut of emotions.
The new album moves from the brittle melodic "Haunting Me", a towering epic, underpinned by hopeless romantic loss, before plunging without warning headlong into the Mary Chainesque two-minute punk blast "Plan Comes Apart," providing a marvellous wake-up call to the senses. This is exactly what the album is about. You're in the arms of your lover one minute and then cast into a dark void the next.
Spotlight Kid's music features mixtures of Shoegaze, Krautrock and 90s Psychedelia. Fuzzy guitars wrapped in layers of reverb and boy/girl vocals subtly building on the layered walls of distortion. In the last year Spotlight Kid have supported The Joy Formidable on their UK sell out tour, been chosen by BBC introducing to play at this year’s Glastonbury and have been play-listed on Radio 1 as well as numerous plays on 6music and XFM.
Recent Coverage:
The Guardian’s  “New Band of the Day”
The Guardian’s English representative @ Music Alliance Pact band of the Month – September
Huw Stephens played single on his Radio 1 show
Gideon Coe played a new track from the album on his 6music show
Huey Morgan played album track “April” on his Radio 2 show
Jen Long played “Creeps” on her Radio 1 show
Don Letts played album track “April” on his 6music show
Frank Skinner played single on his Absolute Radio show
Jon Kennedy XFM played single on X-posure show a few times
Music first – Frank McCarthy on BFBS “Album of the Week”
Q Radio – New to Q played a track from the album
Resonance FM – “Pull the Plug” show played the single.
Drowned in Sound 8/10 review for the album “there's little doubt that Spotlight Kid's status as one of the most innovative bands treading the UK circuit is all but assured”
Confirmed upcoming reviews in Q Magazine & MOJO for the album
The Fly “First On” feature & “Ones to Watch”
The Sun “Something for the weekend” feature
Nottingham Evening Post feature
Me Plus One review 8/10
Dani Charlton (Amazing Radio) played the single
Goldierocks played single on The Selector show on NME Radio.
Artrocker Radio played new single
The Selector show have invited the band to play at their monthly night in London in November
Paul Lester (Amazing Radio) played single on his show
Radio:
Radio 1 – Playlist BBC Introducing “Band of the week” which meant daytime radio play on all major shows including Fearne Cotton, Scott Mills, Greg James, Edith Bowman and Huw Stephens
Radio 1 – Jen Long interviewed band at Glastonbury and played live track “Forget Yourself in Me
6music – Steve Lamacq
6music - Tom Robinson – continuous support played “Haunting Me” several times and played LIVE session
6music - Gideon Coe
XFM – John Kennedy
BBC Radio Nottingham – Dean Jackson Show has played numerous tracks and recorded live sessions
Amazing Radio - Single of the week
Trent FM – New Music Podcast
Discography:
Departure (2006), Club AC30
Crystal Dreams EP (2010)
April/All is Real limited edition 7" vinyl single (2010) www.spotlightkidsound.co.uk
Disaster Tourist (2011), Club AC30
The latest album, Disaster Tourist, was released in September 2011 in the UK, with an expanded release for the rest of the world in November 2012. It was recorded at Purple Studios in two days, each track played live in one take. (http://www.purplestudios.co.uk/)
Also:
Saint Marie Bandcamp: http://saintmarierecords.bandcamp.com/
Saint Marie Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Saint-Marie-Records/164080190305178
An Interview with Rob McCleary of Spotlight Kid by Elizabeth Klisiewicz/29 December 2012: http://www.bigtakeover.com/interviews/an-interview-with-rob-mccleary-of-spotlight-kid The Big Takeover logo © Spotlight Kid performing at the Summer Sundae festival, Leicester, August 13, 2010/Author: MichigSoubor:Ye Old Trip to Jerusalem 2005.jpg

Spotlight Kid — Disaster Tourist (Deluxe Edition) (2012)

 

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