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Monday, September 20, 2010

Come Home taster

Our first glimpse at the artwork for the forthcoming 12" vinyl release, The Distractions Come Home EP. Again, stunning images of Albert Square from Mark Cooper grace the sleeve, and it will be spot varnished as well, making Occultation's first 12" release an essential artefact as well as a superb record. Fresh from the Come Home page on the Occultation site...

In June 2010, after a second fifteen-year silence, there were still more fresh Distractions. Original guitarist/principal songwriter Steve Perrin flew into the UK from his home in New Zealand, vocalist Mike Finney travelled from across the Pennines and bass player Nick Garside from L.A. They convened in Liverpool, joined by Nick Halliwell, of Occultation label-mates The Granite Shore and drummer Stuart Mann. Another Occultation label-mate, Richard Turvey of The Wild Swans, engineered the session and also contributed piano and organ.

The Distractions, June 2010. Mike Finney, Steve Perrin, Nick Halliwell.

After meeting up on the first morning, with no rehearsals whatsoever, the band clicked instantly. By the end of that first day they'd recorded pretty much complete instrumental tracks to three songs (with Mike singing guide vocals), without even a click track getting in the way. These three songs now form The Distractions Come Home 12" EP, due for release on Occultation in November 2010.

The three songs are two previously unheard Perrin numbers, Lost and Nicole, plus Oil Painting, contributed by Halliwell, a long-time fan of the band.

More info and previews to follow soon...

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