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Warm Brains (aka Rory Attwell) announce new album ‘Big Wow’ to be released November 6th‏

September 24, 2015




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Warm Brains, aka Rory Attwell, ex-Test Icicles, Kasms, RAT:ATT:AGG and producer, engineer extraordinaire (credits include Palma Violets, Yuck, Male Bonding, The Vaccines, Mazes, Let’s Wrestle and countless others) is set to return with his first full album since the release of ‘Old Volcanoes’ back in 2011.

The new album ‘Big Wow’ is set for release on November 6th through Milk Milk Lemonade Records. ‘Pink Blackpool Rock’ is the first song to be released from the album and is, according to Rory, “about people in history who have had thoughts and ideas that have been considered to be complete insanity but with the passing of time those ideas have been regarded as very intuitive, progressive and highly valuable.

“So essentially the point of the song is about encouraging people to have ideas that could seem ridiculous and/or acting in a way that could seem bizarre”, continues Rory. “Even if the by-product is that most people would regard you as a buffoon or an asshole for thinking and behaving in that way, why let that stop you?”

Crashing in with squealing guitar feedback and tribal drums, ‘Pink Blackpool Rock’ is the perfect first taste of ‘Big Wow’; awkward, obtuse and self-deprecating, yet full of melodic charms and haunting melodies. Rory played and recorded almost everything himself on the album – playing, recording, mixing, mastering, artwork, the lot. He did have some small assistance from Max Bloom from Yuck, who tumpeted on a ‘I Pedal Faster’, Katherine Whitaker from Evans The Death, who sang on ‘Now That I’m Boring’ and Robin Silas from Male Bonding who also drummed on the afforementioned track. Big wow, indeed.

“It’s a juvenile album title designed to inflect a degree of self-deprecation to perhaps distract from my secret belief that I’m dead good at music,” explains Rory.  “Actually, here’s a little known fact. 92% of musicians think that they’re misunderstood geniuses 21% of the time, 42% of the time they’re frantically scrabbling around trying to find food and hunting for the bullion required to pay their board and lodging (much the same as pretty much all other humans) and the other 37% is spent feeling like a worm being crushed by the weight of one’s own insignificance in the ever expanding universe. Of course there are some individual who are exceptions to the rule who think they’re ‘the tits’ 84% of the time and have the adept ability of convincing the gullible amongst us that they’re right, only one day to be found out as the charlatans they really are, eventually to face public ridicule when their antics become insufferable, we all know the type.

“I digress, but essentially this album title is the reflection of the amalgam of two conflicting states of self-perception resulting in an inevitable, awkward blur,” continues Rory. “Indifference, “like whatever”“is that it?” An absurdist statement, in the most positive of ways… “You finished it at last now stop dicking about picking your nose and make another one””

‘Big Wow’ tracklisting:

Languid Tarmac
White Monitor Screens
Happy Accidents
Brain Inside A Jar
Another Queue At The Coinstar
(Live From A Campsite In Aotearoa)
I Pedal Faster
Now That I’m Boring
Braising In The Sun
Pink Blackpool Rock
The Islandman
Bricks & Mortar
(We Always Quake At Plans Of Nigel)

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