16 Apr 2004
Where is the meaning, where is the love? 
North-West Soul the long-awaited new album by The Royal Family and the Poor ("on this occasion Mike Keane and The Discarnate Angels of the Revolution"), has winged its way to Cerysmatic Factory (thanks Mike!). Recorded between July 2000 and January 2004 at Gaia Studio, Liverpool, England, and released by LTM, it features 13 new songs.

Early favourites include the Daria-inspired 'Sick Sad World' and the atmospheric 'Tell-Tale Heart'. Coming soon: Mike Keane's track-by-track breakdown of the album and the stories behind its making.

"I have learned that we do nothing 'alone' nor are we ever rarely alone, we just don't know how to recognise that which constantly watches over us. All we need to do is wake up to the possibilities and unchain our minds". Mike Keane, 2.49pm, 4th February 2004, Liverpool, England.

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