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Thursday, April 26, 2012

The End Of The Pier

News from Occultation

26th April 2012

The Wild Swans rushed into their new album after a mere 20-odd years but The Distractions wouldn't be hurried so their new album, The End Of The Pier will come 32 years after the beloved Nobody's Perfect. Full retail release on 180g vinyl and CD is due late August although copies should be available from Occultation well before then.

We'd also like to welcome the June Brides whose first Occultation single, released jointly with Slumberland in the US, will be a double 'a' side, A January Moon / Cloud. There'll be a special 7"+CD package available exclusively from the Occultation website and the CD will feature not just the two tracks from the vinyl edition but rare and unreleased material from Mr Wilson and company. Out in June, obviously. A new Factory Star EP is due in the summer as well.

The Distractions, Factory Star and The June Brides will be playing special Occultation events together, the first confirmed date is 31st Augusts at the King's Arms, Salford, Manchester, though we're hoping to have a London date the following night. More on this, including details of where to buy tickets, soon.

Other Occultation news...

Opposite Sex

Listeners to Marc Riley's BBC6Music programme will already be aware of the charms of Opposite Sex, the Dunedin-based trio who've made one of the most talked-about albums of recent months. Occultation Recordings just happen to be good friends with Fishrider Records, the New Zealand label responsible so, in a touching "hands-across-the-ocean" way, we've teamed up for a joint UK edition of the album out next week, thus making this post-punk-pop (enough Ps?) gem easily available in the Northern Hemisphere, though those of you closer to NZ should visit Fishrider. Click here to order the 180g LP, which comes with a CD thrown in for just £12, from the Occultation Shop, copies are now in stock. The CD is also available separately here.

If you've yet to be seduced there's a video here and more information can be found by clicking on the album sleeve above. We also have a few copies of another Fishrider release, the new album by Kiwi legends The Puddle, Secret Holiday/Victory Blues, also available here and we expect to be stocking the Shifting Sands album also just out on Fishrider very shortly. Selected Occultation releases will also be available from Fishrider over the coming weeks and months, which may be cheaper for some of you.


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