All recording has been completed on our next record ‘Folklore’ – It is now in the hands of Eric Drew Feldman who will begin mixing in San Francisco very soon. I was beyond delighted to spend a day in the studio last week with possibly my favorite living singer who added vocals to two songs
In the near future we have a performance in London at Servants Jazz Quarters in Dalston on Thursday March the 3rd. We play first at 9PM sharp followed by our friends Rotifer.
More news soon. Much Love. ME. February 16th 2016
Photograph by Gary Alan Jones
… a melancholy pop group based in Birmingham, England and San Francisco, California. The groups debut album ‘The Fates’ was released on San Francisco vinyl only label Last Tape Recordings in Spring 2014 and re-released by Metal Postcard records on CD in December 2014 to much critical acclaim. The record was produced by regular PJ Harvey collaborator Eric Drew Feldman. It garnered high praise.
The group play concerts in England and beyond and the follow-up to ‘The Fates’ entitled ‘Folklore’ will be released on Metal Postcard in September 2016.
‘Matthew Edwards and the Unfortunates: Passing out at dinner parties since 2011’
I was recently asked to list all the records I have made and a little about each:
1999, ‘Our Lives In Showbusiness’ The Hairdressers
I was signed to a West Coast jazz label M_____ Records (I refuse to acknowledge their name) for one album with my group The Hairdressers. They gave me a little dosh and a free reign so I decamped to Jesse Colin Young’s studio up in Point Reyes and recorded the whole thing pretty much live to tape… Then I waited and waited, then eventually it was released. One week later the label went bankrupt. Oh well. It sports a
lovely cover by my friend Rex Ray and three or four beautiful but rather unkempt songs ( I was in a fevered place during it’s creation, ha!). It garnered a single review in an auspicious LA fanzine where it garnered mind-bogglingly over the top praise. Then, nothing.
Postscript: Later I bought the rights and remaining stock off one of the original directors of the company: I literally cornered him in a parking lot with the paperwork and paid him cash.
It is available from me for P&P. Do not buy it on Amazon for $35!
Next: The Music Lovers on The Le Grand Magistery
It was brought to our attention just this past weekend that some folks have found purchasing ‘The Fates’ difficult? So, to clarify it can be purchased in 3 formats at a couple of locations:
The CD and download is available at our record labels Bandcamp page:
The CD and the vinyl LP is available from us directly on our website:
Please be aware that I only have 8 vinyl copies of ‘The Fates’ left. It was a limited edition of 300 with and litho sleeve by Rex Ray.
Another way to purchase is at a show… Thank you for your purchases.
This has been an odd and unsettling year, one filled with losses but not without joy. I lost my father, an artist friend, and a brilliant impresario and huge influence on my younger self.
In an attempt to spread some bliss before Winter we are playing a free show in Birmingham in-between recording sessions for ‘Folklore.’ On Thursday September 10th we will be performing at the Spotted Dog, 104 Warwick Street, Digbeth, Birmingham. Joining us will be DJ Dylan and we will be onstage about 9.30PM. This is an extended set with at least one (perhaps two) special guests.
I invite you to join us.
Here is a man breathing fire…
What a very strange and unsettling Spring it has been.
My hope is that Summer brings us some joy. The Unfortunates have the following shows booked with at least 2/3 more to be announced:
Saturday June the 6th – The LUNAR festival in Tanworth-in-Arden, Warwickshire. We perform at 1.45PM on the tent stage. Tanworth is the birthplace of Nick Drake so we will be performing a Nick Drake cover in homage.
Saturday July 4th – The Betsey Trotwood, Clerkenwell, London. Ghurbir Dhillon’s East/West night presents a night in celebration of Independence Day with ourselves and Peter Astor (Weather Prophets). 8PM.
Friday July 31st – Viracocha, 998 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA. The US version of the Unfortunates reconvenes for a ‘hometown’ show at one of our favorite places. Opening is my dear friend Larry Gallagher and a surprise appearance by another of our best pals… 8PM.
There is another CA show to be announced soon: A mystery trip of sorts.
Work continues on the follow up to ‘The Fates’ provisionally titled ‘Folklore’ – I’ll be handing the hard-drives over to Eric Drew Feldman in July so he can mercilessly molest my vision.
I hope we see you at a show this Summer? In the meantime he’s a picture of some situationists.
The documentary film-maker Albert Maysles died last week at the fine age of 88. Albert and I crossed paths 11 years ago when I was about to release my very first record – ‘Cheap Songs Tell The Truth’ under the name The Music Lovers on Le Grand Magistery Records. I decided I wanted to use a still from the Maysles Brothers documentary ‘Grey Gardens’ on the sleeve.
I approached Albert directly with my request and graciously got back to me almost immediately. He asked me to send him the songs that would be on the EP and if he liked what he heard he would allow me to use the image. Albert’s representative in New York advised me that Albert, though extremely gracious would rarely let people use stills from his films for commercial purposes. So, I sent him the songs and three weeks later Albert responded with…’ Yes, I loved the music. It’s graceful. You have my permission to use the still.’ FYI – I kept the emails.
That the great Albert Maysles would allow a wee indie band and label to use his work was a profound boon to our spirits and spurred our sense of purpose. Thank you Albert. Your generosity will not be forgotten. Thank you too for your moving, inquiring, and exquisite films.
The sleeve was designed by Matthew Jacobson. There are a few copies still available at http://www.darla.com