The Darlington Sessions #1
(co-released by Darlington Road Recordings)
The first acoustic session from Tim Greaves’ and El Morgan’s new Darlington Road studios comes from three familiar voices of the UK punk rock community; Roo Pescod, Giles Bidder and Kelly Kemp.
Roo and Giles are better known for fronting Bangers and Great Cynics respectively, and Kelly, as well as being one quarter of Livers and Lungs, has been prolifically performing solo since the demise of No Comply in 2006.
The Darlington Sessions #1 is a document of a long weekend, entered into with skeleton songs which were poked and played with under the fond eye of good friends, under the guidance of good times. The session places three very different song writers on one side of wax backed up by a select group of friends, and everybody audibly gives their two cents. From the warm friendly tones of Bidder through the oft’ bitter growl of Pescod, to the beautiful super-melodies of Kemp, everybody tells their own tale and then adds a violin or electric guitar or backing vocal to the next for good measure.
Most importantly; the songs are good. You’ll find stories about living with love, reflecting on past glories, attempting to do better, a soupcon of destruction, and an overriding ambience of growing up in good company. And more than anything that’s what this LP, and future Darlington sessions aim to celebrate, the joy of getting a group of friends and a pile of instruments in the same room and pressing record.
The 1st Darlington Sessions will see the light of day, digitally on Christmas Day and on single sided 12" vinyl on January 21st through Cats? Aye! Records and Darlington Road Recordings, with the 'Survival Tour' hitting the UK's venues around the same time.
From the writing, the recording, through to the release and the tour, this record has only been made possible through friendships and the camaraderie that is found within the UK punk scene in 2012/2013.
Digital Release - December 25th 2012
LP Release - January 21st 2013
released 21 January 2013
Roo Pescod - Lead Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Percussion
Kelly Kemp - Lead Vocals, Guitars
Giles Bidder - Lead Vocals, Guitars
Iona Cairns - Electric Guitar & backing Vocals
Lande Hekt - Backing Vocals
El Morgan - Backing Vocals
Tim Greaves - Bass Guitar
Ben Pescod - Piano
recorded, mixed and mastered by Tim Greaves at Darlington Studios.
artwork by Olly T Taylor