So thanks first for everyone who came to see us in the blisteringly hot West London sunshine last Saturday. I personally had no idea what to expect until I drove up to Portabello Road and had to inch the car through a teeming mass of bodies to find a parking space. Stupidly I’d brought most of my drum kit with me but quickly realised that I’d only have room for the kick drum, snare and one maybe two cymbals. Chairman Che the manager was trying to talk me into doing it standing up to save on stool space – but that just had disaster written all over it. Over the next hour everyone began to arrive and I built the reduced kit up the road, and we then all carried it down to outside the shop.
I’m never normally a fan of bands in shades (i’m looking at you Bono) but Rough Trade was boiling a sun trap so we all – with the exception of the Edmund – kept the brown bins on. The front of the crowd were standing on Abbo’s toes and before the power was cut we launched into a quickfire 25-minute set, built around five songs from the new album and two from the vaults. We played Shake em Up. Heavy Metal Jews, UK Decay, Killer, City is a Cage, For My Country and I Feel Good. We probably played over the 25-minute slot too – and Rough Trade told us later that its power was cut soon afterwards!
The voice of chairman Che
UK Decay are proud to announce that Monday 22nd May 2013 is the release date of their long awaited new album New Hope For the Dead, with pre-release copies available in record shops across the UK participating in Record Store Day tomorrow (Saturday 20th April).
In fact the band will be playing a short set outside Rough Trade West at around 3pm. Get yourselves down there and join the party with the band. Copies of the album will be available in the Rough Trade Shop on Talbot Road London W11.
A bit about the album: produced by rock legend Chris ‘The Dark Lord’ Tsangerides, the new songs cover a wealth of subjects, from the fracturing nature of society and the twin evils of extremism and bigotry, to the lack of engagement by today’s generation and the attraction of things that ultimately harm us. It’s’ quite literally a sonic assault on the senses – You have been warned!!!!
Photo of the vinyl front cover, in shrinkwrap with sticker
The album is available on deluxe cd booklet with lyric sheet poster and heavyweight vinyl. A very limited pressing of the vinyl and CD will be in “oil painting varnish” and gives a real textured feel to the cover replicating artist Franko B’s striking paintings. This print effect is a world first for any record sleeve.
Get the album through ukdecay.co.uk
, at any good record shop, Amazon and it is also available on I Tunes download.
UK Decay will be be spreading their hot sauce throughout Europe and the UK with live shows very soon.