Wichita Recordings celebrate 10 years. Special vinyl releases for Record Store Day on 17th April from Bright Eyes, The Cribs, Simian Mobile Disco, Bloc Party, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, First Aid Kit and Peggy Sue. Wichita Recordings, the independent UK record label which brought us Bloc Party, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Bright Eyes, The Cribs, Simian Mobile Disco, My Morning Jacket, Les Savy Fav, The Bronx, Peter, Bjorn & John, First Aid Kit, Los Campesinos! and many more celebrates its 10 year anniversary this summer. To mark this momentous occasion, Wichita have planned a series of special releases and events. First up, a clutch of limited edition vinyl releases for Record Store Day (www.recordstoreday.com) on 17 April from Bright Eyes, The Cribs, Simian Mobile Disco, Bloc Party, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, First Aid Kit and Peggy Sue (details below). There follows a series of shows and parties for May. Confirmed so far are events at Primavera Festival in Spain, The Great Escape in Brighton and Stag & Dagger in London. A week of special shows for London in July will be announced very soon.
14 – Brighton / The Great Escape @ Life, Wichita Recordings stage with Peggy Sue, Sky Larkin, Gold Panda and Dam Mantle
21 – London / Stag & Dagger @ venue tbc, Wichita Recordings night with Sky Larkin, Frankie & The Heartstrings, Cold Pumas and Dam Mantle
26 – May, Barcelona / Primavera @ The Apolo, Wichita Tenth Anniversary party / Primavera Launch Party with Los Campesinos!, First Aid Kit and Peggy Sue
Record Store Day special vinyl release information: Wichita’s debut release in July 2000 was Bright Eyes’ Fever & Mirrors album. This April it gets its first official vinyl release in Europe. Also available for the first time on vinyl will be The Cribs’ eponymous debut, which will include a CD of their original demos. Simian Mobile Disco’s Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release LP and Bloc Party’s Silent Alarm will both be re-pressed on vinyl. Silent Alarm will come with a bonus 7′ Little Thoughts b/w Storm and Stress. All LPs are limited to 1000 copies and will come in deluxe packaging on heavy-weight vinyl. In addition, Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ debut EP will be made available again on vinyl for the first time in six years (limited to 500 copies) and First Aid Kit & Peggy Sue will release a special split 7′ Josefin / I Read It In The Paper (limited to 700 copies). http://www.wichita-recordings.com/
The tour will coincide with the release of the bands long awaited third album, KLANG, on Monday 23rd March through V2. A single, taken from the album, entitled 1989, will be released digitally one week earlier on March 16th.
The album was recorded at Planet Roc Studios in Berlin and produced by Chris Zane (Les Savy Fav, The Walkmen, Passion Pit).
The Rakes decided they wanted to record in a fresh and exciting new environment, so they relocated to an industrial area in the old Communist part of Berlin. “The London music scene is so dull – it’s like wading through a swamp of shit. We just wanted to be somewhere more inspiring,” said Rakes singer Alan Donohoe. “Someone suggested Berlin. It didn’t take long for everyone to agree, we packed our bags and moved here just like that. We love it.’ They lived and recorded in the grounds of a Bauhaus-designed, Soviet radio station that had been converted into a studio.
On working with producer Chris Zane, Alan Donohoe adds: “The album is raw, playful, exciting, complex and schizophrenic – much like the personality of Berlin itself. It couldn’t be more of a fitting place to record it.’
KLANG is the follow-up to the highly acclaimed albums Capture/Release (2005) and Ten New Messages (2007). The Rakes will be announcing UK & European tour dates shortly.
The dates are as follows
Tue 21st Brighton Concorde 2 £11.00 01273 673311
Wed 22nd Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms £11.00 023 9286 3911
Thu 23rd Manchester Club Academy £11.00 0161 832 1111
Fri 24th Dublin The Button Factory 13.50eu 353 8187 19390
Sat 25th Glasgow Oran Mor £11.00 0844 999 990
Sun 26th Newcastle The Cluny £11.00 0191 230 4474
Tue 28th Nottingham Rescue Rooms £11.00 08713 100 000
Wed 29th London Koko £13.50 0871 2200 260