I'm very excited to announce that The Relay Rips (my husband Phil's band) are about to release their new album 'Clementine Valentine' which follows their debut album 'Oh Touche' from 2010.
The title track is one of my favourites, a story of young love, which reminds me of a low-fi Graham Coxon style record with it's sweet story telling vocals and melodic guitars. I love the tongue in cheek story of the upbeat 'Two women on my Mind', 'Chevrons' is fantastic with inspired lyrics making it no ordinary love song and is, frankly, just asking to be part of a film soundtrack! My favourite record from the album is 'I don't wanna be your boy' a classic bit of skiffle-punk, a little bit rockabilly a little bit Bow Wow Wow - I want candy! There's even a bit of a burlesque/ Gypsy Rose Lee inspired horns at the beginning adding some retro provocateur. I love it! There is, of course, a more grown up side to the album as all of The Rips are great musicians and know exactly what they want from their records but for me I love the way the songs on this album seem punk inspired, a little naive at times, as if a kid was singing them to you. It takes you back to being a teenager and young love without the skin problems, nagging parents, curfews and angst fuelled hormones.
Clementine Valentine shall be released on Club Bang Records on 14th September. Available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Fear Of Fiction and in store at Rise Records, Bristol.
Clementine Valentine mostly recorded and mixed at Toybox Studios, Bristol http://www.toyboxstudios.co.uk/
Clementine Valentine album cover art by Magda Osinska http://vimeo.com/magdaosinska
Poster for the launch party for Clementine Valentine. Designed by Igloo (AKA Peskimo) http://www.peskimo.com/
Photograph by Rebecca Faith Photography http://www.rebeccafaithphoto.com/
Watch some album preview videos on www.TheRelayRips.com
The Relay Rips perform upbeat & horn fuelled- folk rock,skiffle-punk, country-soul & rock n roll.
The Relay Rips are having a launch party to celebrate the release of Clementine Valentine. Friday 14th September at The Grain Barge, Bristol, UK
Be There or Be Square Daddio. ND xx