Supreme Love Gods
EP ‘We Are All Together’ out August 13th via One Little Independent Records
New single ‘We Are All Together (Phenomenal Handclap Band Remix)’ out now
In 2020 Tommy Joy, of early 90s alternative rock band Supreme Love Gods, found himself completely without work in the wake of the global pandemic. A sound-engineer and tour manager by trade, he found his life, alongside most of his industry, completely devastated. Restlessness, and a desire to help, led him to contact his old bandmates, as well as a host of other friends from his extensive career, and they put together the new charity EP, ‘We Are All Together’, out August 13th via One Little Independent Records.
Ahead of its release this week they’ve shared the remix by Phenomenal Handclap Band in all its era-defining bagginess. The EP collects four versions of their original track ‘Souled Out’, also including Unknown Mortal Orchestra. The original song was recorded and released in 1992 and they repurposed the old masters for this project including the lead vocals, backing vocals, guitars, bass guitar and horn section. They sent a basic new mix of the song (‘We Are All Together’) to people to do with what they wanted. New additions include everything from handclaps to vocals, guitars, synths and even a saw (played by Pall Jenkins). In the end, they had more than 30 contributors with over 150 tracks to mix.
The new remix is simply intoxicating. Layer upon layer of buoyant beats, focussing on the endless percussive influence and the plentiful ambiance of this creative rework. Atmospherically, this enchanting aura cascades over the entire creation sculpting this feel-good vibe.
Further contributions came from the likes of Kevin Haskins (Bauhaus), Peter Holmstrom (The Dandy Warhols), Jake Garcia (The Black Angels), Quincy Mccrary (Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Jack White), Rob Laakso (Kurt Vile & The Violators, Diamond Nights), Morgan Phalen (Diamond Nights, Justice), Rat (Ned’s Atomic Dustbin), Pall Jenkins (Black Heart Procession), Ric Peet (Candy Flip), Bob Harrow (Immigrant Union), Jordy Birch (Pure, Guilty About Girls), Farmer Dave (Beachwood Sparks, Kurt Vile & the The Violators), Jackson Smith (Patti Smith Group), Kurt Vile, Greg Erwin (Saint Motel), Seth Rumsey (Diamond Nights), Tim Traynor (Diamond Nights), Traci Nelson (Girls), Lola Dompe (Automatic), Ben Carr: (Personality Cult), Vinsantos, Jessica Winter and more.
The outcome is a four-track medley, a cross-genre cacophony of sound pinned down by the original tracks infectious hook. A no holds barred fusion of everything from rock to hip-hop and between. Also included is 15-year-old rapper Jan Thompson who features with his topical verse.
Tommy says; “The response was amazing, from an amazing group of people. It took quite a while to put it all together, I got a lot of help from the bands, a bunch of producers and of course loads of friends. All proceeds will benefit those who are working tirelessly to help people in need during this pandemic. Please give what you can. Thank you and enjoy!”
“We are appreciative of all the amazing artists who have contributed to this project in support of Crew Nation” said Nurit Smith, Executive Director, Music Forward Foundation. “This collaboration and the money raised is truly valued as we continue to lend our support to the crew members around the world who still need our help.”
About Supreme Love Gods
Supreme Love Gods were an alternative rock group from Fresno, California, active from 1990 to 1993. They signed to Columbia/Sony Music in 1991 and released an EP in England entitled ‘Righteous’ on One Little Independent (then One Little Indian) later that year (this release coincidentally arrives 30 years after their initial OLI output). Their self-titled album was issued on Def American in 1992 and single ‘Souled Out’ was released and hit No. 16 on the U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks Chart. The group toured with Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, 808 State, Flowerhead and Meat Beat Manifesto.
About Phenomenal Handclap Band
Phenomenal Handclap Band was formed in New York in 2009 by producer Daniel Collás. Their self-titled debut album was a captivating and highly-regarded concept album that fused forward-thinking disco, psychedelic prog rock, and classic soul. The band supported the likes of Bryan Ferry and Franz Ferdinand, along with notable performances at festivals such as Glastonbury, Wireless, and Latitude, as well as praise from Sir Paul McCartney. A second album, ‘Form & Control’, was soon recorded, this time in London at the legendary RAK studios, which garnered critical acclaim and more touring. Following a brief hiatus, Collás began to produce other artists at his studio in Brooklyn. Bringing on board multi-instrumentalist Juliet Swango and synthesizer wizard Monika Heidemann, they completed the third Phenomenal Handclap Band album, ‘PHB’. The first single ‘Judge Not’ was nominated for “Track of the Year”, Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards in 2019. The album ‘PHB’ was released in May 2020 and has received support from notable DJs and radio personalities as Simon LeBon, Gilles Peterson, Craig Charles, and DJ Harvey. Phenomenal Handclap Band were also featured artists on Horse Meat Disco’s critically acclaimed ‘Love & Dancing’ LP with ‘Sanctuary’, produced by Daniel Collás and Luke Solomon, and released as a single this past June. It has been featured on Elton John’s Rocket Hour, as well as Lauren Laverne’s BBC 6 show.
About Crew Nation
With much of the live music and festival industry on hiatus, Crew Nation extend a helping hand to the touring and venue crews who need support. Crew Nation works to provide monetary grants to those facing hardship during the pandemic and beyond. Crew Nation is powered by Music Forward Foundation, a charitable 501c3 organization, that is administering and managing the fund. So far, the fund has raised $18 million, helping 15,000 live music crew members across 48 countries who were impacted by rescheduled or cancelled shows due to the pandemic. With concerts and festivals still largely on pause, there are hundreds of thousands of crew members who still need help. The fund hopes to double its impact and raise at least $30 million so that it can continue providing support for these independent workers who are the backbone of the live music industry.