28 Jun 2005
The Beauty of the Empty Vessel 
The Occasional Keepers are Bobby Wratten (The Field Mice) with Caesar and Carolyn Allen (The Wake), plus guests. The minimalist and meditative debut album is released by LTM and was recorded and produced by Ian Catt (St Etienne) in April 2005. The album is available direct from LTM ahead of the July in-store date.

Tracklisting

The Bracken
Rose-Scented Fire
J. Carpenter Kid
Of Nightingales
Concrete Music
In Quiet Isolation
Desire
North Sea Rig
The Crackle of Debris
The Last Lighthouse Keeper

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Biting Tongues

In the grey days of late 1970s post-punk Manchester, youth culture was a serious affair: every musical performance was measured mostly by the conviction of its delivery. The term 'New Wave' opened up free vistas where acquired skills could once again be exercised after punk's monochrome blur. It could be applied to anything from a James 'Blood' Ulmer record to the latest Throbbing Gristle release, Magazine to Swell Maps. Move outside that terrain into Sun Ra, Parliament, Frank Sinatra and Martin Denny, and your options were suddenly without limit...

Then came Tony Wilson's Factory Club (at the Russell Club in Hulme) offering an open invitation to experiment that was taken up when Ken Hollings, Howard Walmsley, Eddie Sherwood and a few others decided to make some noise to accompany their 16mm silent epic Biting Tongues. A further performance followed a few weeks later, when Colin Seddon and Graham Massey disbanded their Post Natals project and joined up. The film itself, a flashing series of negative images, became a memory; the name remained.

- extract from the LTM Biting Tongues biography

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