NEW ALBUM ‘THOUGHTS LINED UP’ OUT 8th JULY
NEW TRACK ‘LET’S COME TO AN ARRANGEMENT’ SHARED
LIVE AT MOTH CLUB, LONDON 13th JULY
Martin Creed and his band have also confirmed the following live appearances:
Sat 23rd April – Rock For Nepal II 2016 – The Windmill Brixton, London
Sun 26th June – Avalon Cafe Stage – Glastonbury Festival
Weds 13th July – The Moth Club, London
Creed’s visual art has often embraced sonic elements, such as the 1998 installation Work No. 189: thirty-nine metronomes beating time, one at every speed and 2009’s Work No. 1020 — a ballet, no less. Music, he believes, is a medium that offers something that art alone does not. As a glance at the biographies of John Lennon, Syd Barrett, Pete Townshend, Brian Eno, David Byrne et al will confirm, groundbreaking pop musicians have for decades cut their creative teeth in the world of visual art. “I got into the music because the visual work wasn’t enough… you hear things as well as see them… I like that you can make music in your head and carry it around with you. You’re freer. You’re not tied down by the burden of physical objects.”
‘Thoughts Lined Up’ track listing:
2. Princess Taxi Girl
4. If It’s Not One Thing It’s The Other
5. Everybody Needs Someone To Hate
6. (You Put Your) Hand In My Hand
7. Difficult Thoughts
8. Where Are You Gonna Be?
9. Prisoner Of Rhythm
10. What Is It?
11. Do You Know What I Mean?
12. Let’s Come To An Arrangement
13. Can’t Say No
14. Border Control
16. Let Them In
17. I Woke Up
18. It’s You
19. I Found Lost
20. Text Me
21. One, Two, Three
22. Massive Boat
23. Down In The Sky
24. The Direction Of Love
Creed’s performing and recording career began several years before his art-star status arrived. He wrote the material, sang and played guitar in the band Owada, who released their album, Nothing, on composer David Cunningham’s Piano label in 1997. Its 23 brief, dada-minimalist songs setting the urgent, focused tone of Creed’s music. Sporadic, limited edition Martin Creed releases, often at least tangentially tied to art shows, would appear over the next decade until, in 2011, he started a label, Telephone Records, releasing a brace of singles, before, in May 2012, Moshi Moshi stepped in for the splenetic art-punk double-A-side ‘Fuck Off’ and ‘Die’, and, soon afterwards, an album, Love To You, produced by Creed, David Cunningham and The Nice Nice Boys (aka Andrew Knowles of Johnny Marr & The Healers and Nick McCarthy of Franz Ferdinand). Telephone was re-engaged in January 2014 to release Creed’s Mind Trap, an album of songs and three instrumental works for orchestra.
Creed’s new long player, ‘Thoughts Lined Up’, was recorded to 1-inch tape in a small studio in Brixton in one week just before Christmas 2015, and mixed with sonic impresario Liam Watson, in glorious mono, on the ex-Abbey Road EMI desk at Hackney’s legendary, analogue-only ToeRag Studios. “I didn’t want to overblow the songs or try to big them up,” Creed explains. It’s an album whose 24 succinct tracks marry some established Martin Creed tropes (spiky, garage-punk guitars, classical percussionist Serge Vuille’s by turns primitive and polyrhythmic drums, beguilingly nursery rhyme-like vocal melodies, lyrics as playful, haiku-like linguistic games, or repeated axiomatic, existential statements…) to a less familiar, far daintier sonic palette. Imagine Billy Connolly, Ian Dury, Mark E. Smith and Daniel Johnston writing songs that are then played by The Mekons, Willie Nelson and Virginia Astley’s Ravishing Beauties, together, and you’re at least in the vague vicinity of ‘’Thoughts Lined Up’s very particular ballpark.
Martin Creed, ‘What You Find’, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, UK
22 May – 11 September 2016
Opening: Saturday 21 May 2016, 4 – 7 PM
Featuring a public performance by Martin Creed and his Band at 6 PM
Martin Creed, ‘The Back Door’, Park Avenue Armory, New York, USA
8 June – 7 August 2016
Featuring Martin Creed in concert 8 – 11 June