Insect Heroes - Apocalypso (LP / CD)

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Insect Heroes - Apocalypso (LP / CD)

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* LP - 12” vinyl, comes with CD copy, and limited edition postcard artwork

* CD - standalone CD version comes with limited edition postcard artwork
 

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Introducing … self-styled purveyors of “tropical pop for the Apocalypse”, Insect Heroes! Their weirdly irresistible – or irresistibly weird, if you’d prefer – debut album Apocalypso will be released on October 13th … and you can pre-order it now for a special price. 


Insect Heroes are a collection of classic British eccentrics and oddballs, based loosely around two nomadic doom mongers and mountaineering enthusiasts in the shape of Peak District born-and-raised, Scotland- based brothers George and Evan Thomas. In addition, the current line-up also includes fellow pilgrims Robin Ashton, Adam Campbell and Laurie Pitt, variously assigned to modular synthesiser, keytar, banjo, drums and percussion. It’s a surreal and psychedelic landscape they create, through which George’s helium-filled vocals and bittersweet lyricism drift like lost balloons, or clouds with silver linings. Expect huge pop hooks.


Apocalypso was recorded to 16 track analogue tape between May 2011 and November 2012 at Green Door Studio in Glasgow, with engineering from Emily Maclaren and Stuart Evans, and mastering by Sam Smith. Inspired by mountain climbs and long drives over the Pennines, transcendence on the dancefloor, music as an opiate and searching for the kind of love that lasts, it’s a curious and kaleidoscopically trippy collection, and yet eminently accessible too, framing George’s idiosyncratically skewed view of the world in all its mundane glory and evidencing his exceptional fluency in pop as a truly universal language. 


Lead single ‘King Fabulous’ is an addictive shot of 60s garage-psyche propelled by an infectious cowbell beat, proving that driving with the top down and drinking in the VIP lounge isn’t the preserve of bling-dripping R&B stars but merely a state of mind. ‘Beautiful World’ sings to the death grip intensity of true romance amid the early-morning dregs of a party, with a chorus none more toxically euphoric than “I’m so happy, I could die”. The mesmerising ‘Wooden Heart’ represents George’s attempt to pen “a classic soul song”, and was hailed by The Guardian as “an extremely lovely slice of dreamy melancholia” when it was released under the group’s then working title of the Thomas Brothers as part of a Green Door Studio compilation in 2011.


According to George, ever a cheerful fella, the concept of Insect Heroes was born from “years of failure, both as a musician and human being”. There is a dark core to even the band’s most upbeat tunes. “I didn’t have much else to hope for, so I just tried quite obsessively to make music that sounded like the way I saw the world,” he continues. “To me it’s just straight pop, but then other people describe it as being weird. The world is pretty weird though. With Insect Heroes it’s just nice to have found some other people who have noticed.

TRACKLISTING

  1. Introduction
  2. Apocalypso
  3. Autobahn
  4. Strobe Lights
  5. Fabulous
  6. Beautiful World
  7. Spacesuit
  8. Insect Heroes Theme
  9. Pop Music
  10. Bang Bang Bang
  11. Marionette
  12. A Man Like Me
  13. These Days
  14. Wooden Heart
  15. Good Night