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Download Dylan Rippon's Rocks and Sands

Story: Jack Foley

TO CELEBRATE the release of his debut single, Rocks and Sands, Dylan Rippon played an exclusive gig at the launch of music retail store, Carbon, on June 12.

Carbon's flagship store opened in Soho and the gig formed part of the four-day launch, which also included sets from the likes of Sasha and Simian.

Available exclusively on the Rough Trade website (see link opposite), Rocks and Sands is available on limited edition 7" vinyl and features the B-side Ten.

The people who buy the single will be offered eight free MP3s of work-in-progress from Dylan's debut album.

Described as being 'like the Beta Band at their best, but with an added intensity and classic rock foundations', Dylan will release his debut album later this year.

Dylan’s inspiration for Rocks and Sands draws on his unique childhood – originally from Carlisle, he moved with his family to Saudi Arabia when he was a child.

"All I am trying to do with pop music is talk about the present day," he says when explaining about the lyrical content of Rocks and Sands.

"That we should look at this situation in the present, not in the past, not 10 years ago in the time of George Bush Senior, but right now, and we should ask, ‘What is going on?’……and it all comes down to money and oil.

"It’s called Rocks and Sands because that is the physical reality out there – it’s just a desert. There is no reason to go and carpet bomb Iraq or Afghanistan, or any of these places. That isn’t what these people really need."

Rocks and Sands is not, however, a political song.

Dylan adds: "For something to be political it has to have a political agenda – it has to make a statement for the benefit of politics.

"Like most young people, I don’t care about politics. Rocks and Sands is anti-politics. We all know that Bush is a moron of the highest order and that Blair is himself deluded about his own importance in the world."

The B-side, Ten, is described by Dylan as 'a kid’s attitude to a life growing up in the desert'.

"It’s about being stone free and oblivious," he says. "There’s an amazing purity to that kind of experience, a complete freedom that I’m perpetually trying to get back to."

The single, which was recently No.9 on a Rough Trade singles chart, has been described by the BBC as 'upbeat and catchy in the Ed Harcourt frame of mind', while The Guardian stated that: "Mr Rippon is a singer - songwriter who is advertising nothing more than his own enthusiasm for peace in a world which appears to have gone entirely insane. As things stand, this is going to be a little like trying to flog scuba equipment in Chad, but it would be
churlish not to wish him well with it."

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