Foolish Atoms Sign To Adult Teeth and Launch New Album By Michelle Dee
The No. 15 bus is pulling out, it's early morning. Bleary eyed revellers are wending their way home while others are pounding the streets, preparing for the nine to five. It's Monday morning, fine drizzle falling, a grey tinge to the day. It might stay that way all day, or it might just brighten up later...
A Crack In The Glass Eye by Foolish Atoms is the latest album from the DIY hub
of musician/composer/writer Chris Norrison. Released on an unsuspecting world, the second Foolish Atoms
disc has been garnering the odd review in the past month, some more strange than others.
Setting himself a challenge during Summer 2013 - giving himself a week - Chris decided he wanted
to have something to show at the Record Label Day , organised by Mollusc Records and Adult Teeth
taking place the following Sunday.
After a six day music making marathon, Chris had an album of songs which caught the attention of
Lewis Young (Glass Delusion) at Adult Teeth Recording Company.
'What appeared was one of the most well-crafted albums I'd heard all year...'
Starting at the beginning of the week, with a few scraps of song titles written on the walls,
Chris began experimenting. Norrison uses an eight track tape recorder and records all the
instruments live. Drums, guitar and vocals usually in that order, then he layers
it up, adding more guitars or double tracking vocals whatever he feels it needs.
'I was still doing artwork on the Saturday night...'
He does all this from the comfort of his front room in a flat above a shop.
Chris describes this way of working as being '... a freeing process - it doesn't
have to mean this, or sound like that,' He is not constrained by his own, or anybody else's expectations.
'There's no point trying to second guess what an audience wants' he explains,
'You might as well just do it for yourself.'
A tried and tested method, Chris has been making music in this way for twenty years or more,
resulting in a refreshing, unworked, rudimentary sound. It is muddy, it is undefined, with abrupt
endings and little sense of order but with each play, it offers up something different, that has you coming back for another listen.
There are a number of stand out tracks on A Crack In The Glass Eye; the catchy single How To
Remain Solid Under A Sky Of Gas is a perfect slice of Newland lo-fi pop fuzz, with slight echoes of Secret Machines'
Nowhere Again. The stirring refrains of Are you coming? on The Swelling Truth leaves a strong sincere impression and
Weapons for the Dance is hooky enough to keep you interested with more of that analogue sound: a sound that brings to
mind grainy images of bands in black and white, dusting off a few gems on a much loved stage. Temporary Acolytes
introduces warped strings, underlining the non-conformist approach.
The resulting album has been described as 'sounding like it was made in Hull'. This isn't the time for an in-depth
look at what constitutes a Hull sound, but I know what he means. The songs have an elusive quality, indefinite and
undefined; they don't stick to any formula and vary in length across the album, leading it to having a Wire-esque likeness.
Chris Norrison is something of a muso, finding inspiration in acts such as Guided by Voices, Velvets, and early
REM... and with any number of obscure musical passions on the playlist. Currently he is having a post punk exploration,
listening to names such as the profligate folkist Jandek, experimentalists Pere Ubu from Cleveland, Ohio and Public Image.
When the new songs are played live they will be played by a full band under the same mantle Foolish Atoms, but will almost certainly
sound different again. That live band outing for Foolish Atoms will be 6th December at Norrison's home from home, the New Adelphi Club.
This show will serve as the official launch for the new album, which will be available through Adult Teeth and all the usual online outlets.
'Foolish Atoms is an extremely strong addition to the Adult Teeth family. The main thing I look for in music is re-listenability,
and Chris's albums are something I keep returning to again and again.
Releasing these records hopefully reinforces the idea that we are trying to put out music that you can keep coming back to.'
Lewis Young - Adult Teeth Recording Company
Foolish Atoms: free download single out now through Adult Teeth. A Crack In The Glass Eye Out November 25th
available to buy with repackaged 2011/12 album Songs For Insomniacs And Narcoleptics, as a multipack through Adult Teeth.
Music News - Return of Hull Metal Legends Salem - Friday November 15th 2013 at Fruit
Red Rock Promotions, a new venture by Andy Richardson (Sounds of the City Hull) and Ian Atkins, (landlord of the Blue Bell, Lowgate) Present Salem and Soulflame
in an amp-blowing double-header of British Heavy Metal, Friday November 15th 2013 at Fruit on Humber Street in Hull, East Yorkshire.
Salem was formed in 1979 and built a strong following
Music News - Ryan Adams New album 'Ashes & Fire' out 10th October
As the 10th October release of his new Ashes & Fire (PAX-AM/Columbia) approaches,
Ryan Adams has confirmed the dates of his first two UK shows since his sold-out tour in
June: Thursday 27th October at London's Union Chapel and Friday 28th October at York Grand Opera House.
Tickets for both are now on sale priced £32.50 for London and £25 for York and are available from
Music News - Local talent shines in the UK's biggest original music competition
Helena Starz from Hull has wowed the judging panel of the UK's biggest original music competition and sailed through the audition stage of Live and Unsigned. Helena will be competing against the most talented bands and artists in the country at the Regional Final showcase of Live and Unsigned 2011 - all in a bid to be signed!
Helena battled against hundreds of auditionees
Music News - Mental Health set to Rock the Polls on May 6th
Mental well-being will be firmly on the agenda at a special election night benefit gig at the Adelphi Clubon Thursday, 6 May 2010.
Organisers of And The Beat Goes On are hoping that music lovers will vote with their feet by supporting the fundraiser in aid of PSYPHER, a local service which intervenes early when young people experience mental health problems,
Music News - Signe Tollefsen and The Woodwards at Adelphi Club Hull - Wednesday 14th April 10
Signe Tollefsen returns to Hull on Wednesday to play the home of live music the New Adelphi Club on De Grey Street. She is thrilled to be bringing with her alternative folk band, The Woodwards.
The Woodwards is Peter Schuyff, an artist originally from Holland who achieved fame in the eighties whilst living and working in New York's East Village.
Three years ago he picked up a guitar
Music News - Friday 12th February - Hull Hope 4 Haiti Appeal Gig at The Lamp
Norfolk Street, From 8pm £3.50
As the world stood shocked, looking toward the country itself, on the night of 12th January 2010, in the city of Jacmel, close to midnight, one musician played.
Playing to offer hope, to show defiance, to extend support, to play for any other reason that we all play and listen to music. To give strength. In one instant, this anonymous artist set a platform for thousands of people
Music News - Finding the Future - City Showcase Targets Hull in the Search for New Music Talent
City Showcase, the live music event that takes over London each year, is hitting the road in a tour of the UK as it seeks to uncover more new music talent.
In a series of live events to be held in Universities or Community Centres across the country, the Finding the Future programme will give solo artists, bands, songwriters or quite simply those
Music News - Embrace Music, or Lose It! By Steve Rudd A New Year's Guide to What's Musically Hot in Hull...
As we gallantly breeze into 2010, the music scene in Hull and surrounding area remains as vibrant and as exciting as ever, with a multitude of fantastic venues continuing to play host to new and established bands from all conceivable genres.
It's hard to know where to start, but The Adelphi on De Grey Street is always a good place, where the likes of The Holy Orders Read more...
Music News - 09 New Adelphi Club Celebrates 25 Years as the Live Music Capital of Hull Words and Pictures by Michelle Dee
October 2009 the Live Art Space inside Ferens Art Gallery in Hull was the location for the world renowned music venue Adelphi Club's 25th Anniversary Exhibition .
Not just a flick through dusty old flyers and posters and a drunk in the corner slurring, 'I was there when Oasis played.' No sir, this is a celebration of a club that has been at the heart of live music in Hull for quarter of a century.
Music News - Official Best of Hull Album Release
In a unique collaboration between Hull College, Purple Worm Records and local musicians, the
Best of Hull Volume One, Official Album to the Freedom Festival 2009, has nominated a local
charity as its direct beneficiary.
The first of its kind in the city, the Best of Hull celebrates local music of all genres, both
past and present, providing an eclectic body of work of historical significance to Hull's music scene.
The Best of Hull offers not only a rich and varied
Music News - British Urban Collective Youth Music Project Strikes a Chord in Hull
British Urban Collective is a national youth\u2010music project that turns inner city kids into
rising stars of the British music industry. The project launched in 2004 as London Urban
Collective and has now expanded into Hull, Manchester, Belfast and Glasgow, with
funding through the Execution Charitable Trust.
The Hull artists featured on the British Urban Collective album, to be independently
released on Freeport Records / Universal DigitalRead more...