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Action Beat | Beatings [CD]

  • TCX04D
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Ten tracks, 35 minutes. Truth Cult (Southern's own imprint) are very excited to present the third album from Bletchley's Action Beat. Recorded at Southern Studios in two days in February 2010 by Harvey Birrell. Double CD package - includes bonus CD with additional tracks, engineered in Madrid and Hannover and 100% improvised over two sessions. Limited pressing of 500 numbered copies. Also available on vinyl, comes in a gatefold sleeve with a free download card for the album.

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.

This double CD package includes a disc of bonus tracks engineered by Javier at Brazil Studios, Madrid and Johannes Buff at Peppermint Park Studios, Hannover. The music was 100% improvised during two sessions. Limited run of 500 numbered CDs.

Also available on vinyl which comes in a gatefold sleeve with download card for the album.

Track Listing

1.Car Crash Halloween Disco
2. Solgunn
3. Danger Beat
4. Krang
5. Straight
6. Don0)))vito
7. Bergen to Bletchley
8. Shit Yrself
9. Daddy Why?
10. Chug
Total Running Time: 35:54

Bonus CD
1, 3, 4, 10 engineered by Javier at Brazil Studios, Madrid.
The rest was engineered by Johannes Buff at Peppermint Park Studios, Hannover.
The music was 100% improvised during two sessions.

1. Burn
2. Drum Heads
3. Le Prat
4. Oscillating on a Brain Freeze
5. Tap That
6. Krangs Body
7. Norrell House
8. Chugg
9. Terrifying Solo
10. Epic Beat

Total Running Time: 47:47

  • Released: January 2011
  • For Fans Of: The Ex, Sonic Youth, Fugazi
  • File Under: Improvised ROCK ACTION

Stuff People Said:

If you are partial to early Sonic Youth and are enjoying the contemporary heavy noise stylings of Besnard Lakes and Crystal Antlers then this noise band from Bletchley will be right up your alley. Highly recommended- ARTROCKER

Action Beat cite Sonic Youth and the Boredoms as their major influences, but with instantly catchy, bouncy hooks and riffs, they're clearly more accessible than both. It's a big, dirty raucous wall of noise, and a lot of fun.- BIZARRE 

This is a smart, unique band who know exactly what they are doing.- KERRANG

Showcasing stunning technical detail alongside a never-ending mine of spiky no wave riffs, crashing beats and no frills attitude - ROCKSOUND


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