Story: Jack Foley
CITY Sland Records has proudly announced the release of two Lambchop
albums on February 9, 2004.
Aw Cmon and No You Cmon will be released simultaneously
and will only be available together, packaged within a card slipcase.
They will retail together for the same
price as a full length album.
The unusual presentation of the records originates from the hugely
productive recording sessions that Lambchop undertook in 2003.
The band were invited to perform a live soundtrack in San Francisco,
to F.W. Murnaus classic film, Sunrise, in the Spring
of 2003, and this enabled front man, Kurt Wagner, to select a
total of 36 songs from a 'buttload' of
music accumulated between the Summer of 2002 and the Spring of
2003, during some of which time he had attempted to write one
song a day.
Although Wagner chose not to release all of the recordings, 24
have been selected, and these make up the content of the two records.
It was important to Lambchop, however, that these were not released
as a double album, and the concept of the simultaneous release
was born - the idea being that each record can be listened to
as a single entity.
Naturally, both are intertwined, but it is not necessary to
experience them as a double album to do them justice.
The albums are a significant step away from the intimate approach
of their previous album, Is A Woman, and instead recall
the string-drenched sounds of their classic Nixon album.
Indeed, Lloyd Barry, who was responsible for the string arrangements
on Nixon, picks up the reins again here.
However, whereas Paul Niehaus pedal steel was the focus
and Tony Crows piano the anchor for Is A Woman, Aw
Cmon and No You Cmon are centred around
young William Tylers guitar.
As Kurt commentsL: William has unwittingly contributed
both his youthful dynamics and energy to these particular selections
"I have also marveled at his sense of melody and playfulness,
when it comes to his interpreting the songs."
The albums are also unusual in that they feature a number of
instrumentals, including the first track on Aw Cmon,
which is named
Being Tyler in his honour.
Lambchop have lined up a UK tour for the Spring. The dates are
Mar 22 - Briton Dome w/- DAFO String Quartet
Mar 23 - London Shepherd's Bush Empire w/- DAFO String Quartet
Mar 24 - Sheffield City Hall
Mar 25 - Salford Lowry
Mar 26 - Edinburgh Queens Hall
Mar 27 - York Barbican
Mar 28 - Dublin Gaiety
Apr 17 - High Wycombe The Swan Theatre
Apr 18 - Coventry Warwick Arts Centre
Apr 19 - Bath Pavilion