FURROW - SPRING BREAK test run
12 page zine documenting the last tour with North American War
Illustrations by Richard and random thoughts and finds
Will be using our sound cloud again for demos and ideas over the next few months as we record through out the summer. We have lots of new material for you to hear as well as songs we play live that are waiting to be recorded.
This is ‘Coming of age’ demo rerecorded by Ben Sawin
First of all a massive thank you to Mike Smith for driving us around and being our rock,to all the promoters who put us on,peoples floors and sofas we slept on,people who came to the shows and showed us a great time.
So after 11 amazing days on the road with our friends North American War were finally making plans to record with Mowbird’s Ben Sawin again. Its for the DIY label MÏLK and due out some time at the end of the year.
The plan is to record over the summer and take our time so we get all the songs and instrumental parts that we have written finally documented for you to hear.
One song we always play live and have wanted to share is ‘Bailing’. This was recorded by Ben last year. You can get the first version from the S/T tape but its not a great recording because it was recorded on one microphone in the caravan by us. We think this demo is much better anyway.
Bailing is a significant song for us. It’s the first song we wrote when we started.Will be revisiting more songs from the first S/T and new ones for the MÏLK release.
Also we are playing the following Shows
25/04/13 Focus Wales Festival Wrexham
26/05/13 Music zine fest Chapter (Theatre) Cardiff
Will be making more zines from disposable camera images and drawings of the last tour for Shapes zine fest in May.
Hopefully once we have finished recording will be back on the road for another tour with some friends for August.
06/04/13 -Newcastle- Heart attack and Vine^
08/04/13 – Glasgow - Gold Room *
09/04/13 - Carlisle - Number 4 Door*
10/04/13 - Brighton - Prince Albert*>
11/04/13 - Leamington Spa - The Zephyr Lounge *
12/04/13 - London - Power Lunches*
13/04/13 - Sheffield - Audacious Art Experiment *
14/04/13- Edinburgh -Henry’s Cellar Bar *
North American War*
Since their inception in early 2012, West Felton two-piece Furrow have made an admirably concerted effort to convince us of their rural credentials. Their recent show at Dalston’s Power Lunches was accompanied by an art piece comprised of old Barbour coats, their musical releases thus far have sported titles like Country Slide and Field Study and, of course, their chosen moniker comes with more than a hint of the agricultural. What’s more, the duo’s bandcamp page describes their music as ‘field-gaze’; now, shoe-gaze is made whilst staring at one’s own feet, so presumably Furrow’s music is made whilst looking at farms? Or something like that. In fact, it’s probably made after the inaugural ocular event since it seems that whilst partaking in said field-gazing one is also required to listen to copious amounts of No Age. Echoes of that duo’s music, particularly that of their early collection Weirdo Rippers, reverberate throughout the sonic fabric of Furrow’s own taut nuggets of lo-fi art-punk. Yet, despite their obvious indebtedness, it seems that Furrow are abundantly capable of adopting this aesthetic for themselves: their music is simultaneously urgent in its punk expressivity yet explorative in its continual probing of the duo’s sonic boundaries. With a staunchly DIY approach to recording, Furrow’s moments of experimentation are naturally rather small-scale and understated; yet, as the assembly of lilting melodies conjured by bassist Thom Snell at the opening of ‘Gravitate Towards You’ quickly becomes drowned in the song’s accumulating texture and momentum, it can’t help but feel like a miniature epiphany.
T.May Peel Apart
furrow play rites of spring live at the macbeth in london - check the links for the rest of the show
Smack wizards/World Peace/Thee downs can not wait
Poster by Joel Macpherson
Brighton date for the tour with North American War. Also on the bill is Ancient Times!
Will be joined on stage by George Smale of Ancient Times and Ben Sawin of Mowbird. Playing a few hits with us.
Join the village hive
Mini zine documenting our first year as a band.
Tours with Fawn Spots and Mowbird, Break downs, faces, places and farm animals.
Free at shows or with Tapes….
We have more zines to come
Rites of spring will pull me through
A warmth radiates from me to you.