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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Distracted In The Studio


July 2011
Distracted In The Studio

As you may have heard, The Distractions were in the studio last month recording backing tracks for their second album, the follow-up to Nobody's Perfect, a gap of 31 years, but who's counting?  The line-up was Mike Finney (vocals), Steve Perrin (guitar, vocals), Nick Halliwell (guitar, vocals), Arash Torabi (bass, vocals) and Mike Kellie (drums).  Regular bass player Nick Garside was unable to make the sessions so Arash (Granite Shore, Phil Wilson, Painted Word) stepped in at the last minute and did an astonishing job.  Many of you will know Mike Kellie as the drummer in The Only Ones and, before that, Spooky Tooth.

Overdubs, post-production and mixing remain to be completed but the band recorded eleven songs (including lead vocals) plus acoustic versions of three of them in just four days, with zero rehearsal.  We'll keep you posted about developments.

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Occultation release the new Wild Swans album (already available from their website) on 1st August (UK, 2nd August in the US) and, in preparation, they've cut prices on much of their back catalogue - this includes both of the 2010 Distractions EPs, Black Velvet and Come Home plus singles by The Granite Shore and the superb Factory Star album. Go to the Occultation Shop to pick up a bargain - the "Special packages" are astonishingly good value, many of them including one or both Distractions releases. These prices will only be available for a limited period so best get a move on...


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