Tour de Force
"An interesting consequence of the current decline in music sales
is likely to be the forced movement of the doggedly 'difficult' and wilfully
marginal music innovators back into the commercial arena. The sparky collaboration
between the hit writer and the deconstructionist producer is likely to
be the only souvenir worth taking home from the early 90's."
1. On the second night of this year's Glastonbury Festival the band
returned to their pitch to find a large empty space. Sniffing a practical
joke, a search ensued which failed to uncover either tent, contents or
2. In an effort to get closer to the fans, Ablemesh have now extended
the shareware concept beyond the music to certain items of clothing from
the bands growing wardrobe. The band are particularly interested in swaps
involving unacceptably loud corduroy trousers (esp. yellow & purple)
and non matching shirts.
3. Whilst work on the 'difficult' second album continues apace, a sampler
of present work is now available in the form of a flexi-zine released
by MK's Audacious label. Sandwiched between two tracks by Peel favourites
GAG and housed in a gorgeous 16 page fanzine, this flexible friend is
available exclusively from Mark & Anna, 8 Crown House...
4. The band started the year by visiting A&R Diane Young at Sony
HQ. Unfortunately Diane was so pre-occupied with looking through Loot
that we left thinking she was a right one (when , in reality, she's probably
never mismanaged funds, tooted expenses, had any acts that bombed or been
anything short of perfec'). A few choice gigs followed in Leicester, in
Bedford with the Trash Cans (Yuck!) and MK with the Keatons (Yum!). The
band appeared in session and interview on Horizon and CRMK. Reviews came
in... Sound On Sound saying "If their production was as good as their
publicity blurb and their songwriting these guys would be stars by now"
(Yah!), Press Release 6 generated a rash of phone calls from Select, Dedicated,
One Little Indian, GO! Discs and most interestingly a reporter from Music
Week who was clearly upset by our 'product placement' idea. In the studio,
three tracks were laid down with production assistance from Andy Glass
(Solstice) and Jon Poole (Cardiacs/Sea Nymphs). Bassplayer Sujay started
drafting the outline of a mini rock opera using Mesh tunes. Drummer/photographer
Wig went off to Germany with the Transworld Skateboard fraternity, celebrated
his first night with a pint of 'weiss beir' and promptly fell into a fountain.
Singer Gordon finally dispensed with his crutches and then the stick,
then the hair. Guitarist Sean 'slummed' it in the Gran Canaries and started
dating a sixth former. What a bummer of a Summer!
5. Gigs - Stony Stratford In Concert 12th Sept behind The Cock, 12-5pm.
Dave's Wedding Reception 25th Sept, invite only.
Ends | 6 Feb 1994
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