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Mark May 27th on your calendars as Shelflife presents the return of the legendary Close Lobsters. Their new EP "Kunstwerk in Spacetime" features songs "Now Time" b/w "New York City in Space," the first new recordings since 1989.
From Paisley, Scotland, to Portland, Oregon, via Glasgow and NYC, Close Lobsters graduated from the post-punk music scene in the late 1970s. Inspired by critical elements of the Sound of Young Scotland, Groucho Marxist Records, old NYC new wave, and anarcho punk, the Lobsters were off running. Conceived by singer Andrew Burnett and drummer Stewart McFadyen, they soon added guitarists Tom Donnelly and Graeme Wilmington and Burnett's brother Robert on bass.
They made an appearance on NME's seminal C86 compilation with song "Fire Station Towers." This immediately opened up the group to the delights of London and soon the world and was many pop fans first introduction to their inscrutable lyrics, classic jangly guitars, and post-psychedelia melodies. The band soon released some of our favorite singles "Going to Heaven to See if it Rains," and "Never Seen Before" on Fire Records, before their colossal first album Foxheads Stalk This Land. In 1988 they joined Los Angeles label Enigma Records and released singles "Let's Make Some Plans" and "Loopholes" which were later included together on the EP "What Is There to Smile About?" In 1989 Close Lobsters made their maiden voyage over to the US to support their second album Headache Rhetoric. Also that year, a special release of "Just Too Bloody Stupid" was issued by the legendary Caff Corporation.
The 90s were zones of indifference for the group as they decided to quietly call it a day. However, sometime in 2012 there was again electricity in the air, the original line-up reconnected and played their first shows in 23 years. Concerts in Madrid, Glasgow, and Berlin all received amazing responses from longtime fans. Feeding off this energy, the Lobsters performed another trio of shows in 2013, Hamburg, New York City and Glasgow.
Now in 2014 they are scheduled to play the Copenhagen Popfest and to release their new single, a record where they pay homage to their spiritual American homeland, in May. Two songs that we fell in love with when performed at the NYC Popfest and reimagined over some impromtu dinner in a Brooklyn diner before the show. We are all delighted to announce our new special relationship together. Welcome to the phantasmagoria and super-modernity of Post-Neo-Close Lobsters. Yes, Close Lobsters are alive!
The release will be available on 70 gram limited edition 7" vinyl with download coupon that includes two bonus remixes. Early presale copies will be available on ox blood colored vinyl. There will also be a digital-only version that includes an exclusive bonus mix of "New York City in Space."
Praise for Close Lobsters:
"What is there to smile about? asked the Close Lobsters in 1988; in 2014, the answer is: the return of the Close Lobsters."
- Sounds XP
"The Kuntswerk in Spacetime EP, featuring their first new recordings since 1989, is rife with spring-coiled tension akin to Television in their prime. Guitarists Tom Donnelly and Graeme Wilmington ricochet off each other instinctively, particularly on opener "Now Time," emulating the pure intuit that made the Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd interplay so alchemical. "
- Wondering Sound
"Amazingly, Close Lobsters have returned from dormancy unscathed, batteries fully recharged and poised with a successful release of excellent songs. Welcome back, friends."
- The Big Takeover
"Time has not altered the sound of their bittersweet wall of jangle an iota, nor has it diminished their knack for writing adroit pop songs."
- Finest Kiss
"This is the first piece of music we've gotten from the band in quite some time, but what's interesting is how relevant this first single is. It's not dated, and it doesn't sound like a modern re-hash; it's got the same vibrancy the band captured long ago. "
- Austin Town Hall
"Now, after a 23-year hiatus, Close Lobsters have blossomed back to life. The transformation on Kunstwerk in Spacetime is astonishing - the new single, 'Now Time', ripples like a curtain of light, rays dancing at the joyous chorus of "now now now now now". Even when Close Lobsters return to their more jangly, Felt-like roots on 'New York City in Space', it's with a warmth and confidence that can comfort even the most jaded 40-somethings who might mumble strange artifacts like Kitchens of Distinction or Cactus World News under their breaths. Between the dreamy A-side and the humbling B-side, the gang prove that their craft, like a select brand of wine, has matured into a sparkling delight. Listen to it below."
- Gold Flake Paint
" I'm both thrilled and relieved to report that their reunion single is brilliant, sounding both like the logical extension to their '86-'89 records and like a record recorded and released in 2014. Top side "Now Time" matches a hypnotic guitar riff to a drop-dead cool lead vocal by Andrew Burnett, both of which owe a certain debt to vintage Tom Verlaine, before spiraling off into a gorgeous, near-psychedelic guitar solo. The flip "New York City in Space" is more classically Lobsteresque, piling Burnett, Tom Donnelly and Graeme Wilmington's guitars into a swirl of rippling overtones around Burnett's impressionistic lyrics. The single is also a lovely object, sporting both a great sleeve design and what must be, seriously, the heaviest seven-inch single I've ever held."
- Three Wheels Good
Kunstwerk in Spacetime EP
NOTE: vinyl delayed to June 17
Catalogue number: LIFE112
Pressing: 500 copies
Artwork by: Matthew Edwards
1. Now Time
2. New York City in Space
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