Ten tracks, 35 minutes.
Truth Cult proudly presents another whirlwind recording for the Bletchley boys Action Beat with the follow up to The Noise Band From Bletchley. Like its predecessor, Beatings was recorded at Southern Studios in just two days and this time with at least seven musicians, which is evident in the sheer verve and potency of the album.
It would be an understatement to say the boys have lost none of their energy in the recording process. They have taken their perfected improvised noise formula, driven by magnetic interlocking guitar harmonies, pummelling drums and crashing symbols and ramped it up a notch, or three.
As with their first album, their musical influences such as The Ex and Sonic Youth are still proudly on display, particularly on the songs "Solgunn" and "Bergen to Bletchley". Some of the other album tracks you may recognise if you have caught them at one of their umpteen live shows recently but Action Beat also pull out some original never-been-played-before material, including the track "Daddy Why?" which builds upon the Krautrock-mantra of some of their older material and for the first time ever, utilises fitting male vocals (provided by House Of John Player). This is the sound of a band maturing. But fear not, for if it was Action Beat's boisterousness that you always admired, that is still very prominent in the artwork.
Recorded at Southern Studios in two days in February 2010 by Harvey Birrell. This download includes all of the tracks from the bonus CD with engineered in Madrid and Hannover and 100% improvised over two sessions. Engineered by Javier at Brazil Studios, Madrid and Johannes Buff at Peppermint Park Studios, Hannover.
Physical release: Limited pressing of 500 numbered copies. Also available on vinyl, comes in a gatefold sleeve with a free download card for the album.
released June 1, 2010
Recorded and mixed in 6 days throughout February 2010 by Harvey Birrell. The studio we use is legendary. Southern Studios, 10 Myddleton Road, London.Thanks to John Loder for building it.
70% of this music was made up in 2 days. No shit.
Action Beat are: Don0)))ld, Bones, Tay, Apolo Greed, Drum Head no.1, Toad, Walz. Photos and art layout by Stuart Southwell and Lewis Mclean. Manufactured by the good people at Southern Records. We like your style.
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