THANK YOU to all who took part in the Chop ChopPop Up Shops…. we had a great time & couldn’t have done it without you.
2 days till Live @ The Marquee!
Beginning on June 28th – all locations will begin selling Chop Chop. You may notice Pop Up locations by the
Chop Chop sandwich boards they will be displaying. Anyone who purchases Chop Chop from these locations will receive a free voucher to see us play a few songs from the record acoustically at the venues and times listed below. We will also be happy to autograph items if you like. As supplies are limited, some folks may allow you to reserve a voucher so that you can pick up the CD bright and early on the 28th.
Our hope is to have some fun welcoming Chop Chop into this world while sharing a laugh with some of you. Drop by… we are very much looking forward to it!
June 28 Dublin – Tower Records In Store @6pm
July 1 Wexford – The Sky & The Ground @7pm
July 5 Clonakilty – Debarra @1pm
July 5 Galway – Roisin Dubh @ 7pm
July 9 Dundalk – Spirit Store @1pm
July 9 Belfast – Oh Yeah @7pm
July 10 Ballybofey – Balor Theatre @1pm
July 10 Derry – Cool Discs @7:30 pm
July 11 Kilkenny – Rollercoaster / The Set @1pm
July 11 Limerick – Dolan’s @7pm
PS. Also worth noting that The Music Box at The National Concert Hall will be operating a pop up shop in conjunction with our premiere show on June 29th. After the performance we plan to meet some of you there!
Special thank you to Eamon Nolan & Ferdi Hierl
most pleased on this day to share the first single from chop chop…. it’s called “the end is nigh”….
Chop Chop Preorder Shop now open! Order now if you would like the lovely limited edition oak chopping board, heavyweight vinyl, CD or ITUNES digital album! All formats feature Alexis Deacon’s amazing art & each order will instantly receive a copy of the new song ‘Careful What You Wish For’ !! http://bellx1.com/chop-chop/
Most happy to announce that tomorrow @ 2pm GMT the new album Chop Chop will be available for pre-order!
Details about the different packaging options then. …. but what we are ridiculously pleased to share is that this year’s limited edition will be an actual chopping board with the sandwich board text of the album cover burnished into the wood & with the CD package in it. 300 only, numbered, made with the finest oak (oak’s nice…)
Gonna be amazing… for more images http://bellx1.com/chop-chop-chopping/
Produced by Peter Katis & Thomas Bartlett
Artwork: Alexis Deacon
1. Starlings Over Brighton Pier
2. A Thousand Little Downers
3. Careful What You Wish For
5. I Will Follow You
6. Drive-By Summer
8. Feint Praise
9. The End Is Nigh
Available June 28th in Ireland. July 1 in UK & Europe. July 2 in North America. Special Preorder fun coming soon!
In a few moments we are excited to share the final cover art & track listing for chop chop with you… before we we do, we thought it appropriate to tell you about the amazing alexis deacon who was kind enough to do all the album artwork….it all begins with Croc and Bird. ..
In Paul’s words:
“Croc and Bird is the story of a crocodile and bird who hatch from eggs lying side by side and think of themselves as brothers.
They do everything together – singing at sunrise, lying still in the water on the hunt, perching atop branches, basking on the rocks in the sun… until they come across a flock of birds and a snap of crocodiles.
How silly they’ve been.
They go their separate ways, though life with their natural kin is bumpy. “That’s disgusting!”, the birds say when Bird catches a water buffalo.
“Shut up!”, go the crocodiles when Croc strikes up the dawn chorus.
They realise it’s all been a big mistake, and (spoiler alert…) find each other again in their old tree-top house.
Alexis Deacon’s story and illustrations really struck a chord, so I found him on the internet and sent him a mail.
He was very graciously open to listening to our demos and sketched a world of misfits from them – bird-boys, carny-dogs & snake-ladies.
As we were in the studio he was sending us these images, and glowing from laptops they made themselves at home.
We met Alexis when we played in London earlier this year, and he made sketches of us on stage from which he based three of the characters on the cover…not quite sure who’s who, though someone’s trouser must have been worn far too high!
Alexis has really added to the record with the resonance the world that he has created has with the music we’ve made.
Maybe the lady doth project too much, but I’ll forever associate these songs with a surreal visit to a carnival staffed by man dogs and those snake ladies.”