Runaround Kids split!

Sad news reaches PHOP HQ as Runaround Kids have this evening announced they are splitting up. We're incredibly proud to have worked with them for the last 6 years. We had some great times with them - slots at Leeds and Reading and touring round Ireland. They leave behind some great music as well as the memories, speaking of which they've just released their final recordings on their bandcamp page (see band statement below for link). We wish them all well in their new ventures.

Band statement:
Hey, Runaround Kids are ending. It's become impossible for us to feasibly continue, so we're releasing the last songs we did, which were recorded in December 2013. http://runaroundkids.bandcamp.com/album/chemicals We're asking for a pound or more for them - this is because Philophobia's endless support in releasing our records has left them with a fair bit of debt from us (about £1,400 worth), so any money it raises will go to them, to try clear that a bit and hopefully to support other bands to get to do the things we did. All the merchandise we have left is reduced as well, for the same reasons.
It's been a blast. None of us were older than 16 when we started the band, 8 years ago(!), so it's been a huge chunk of our lives. It's sad to see it go, but it's been pretty amazing, and we've done some stuff I remain very proud of. A final gig is sadly not on the cards. Thanks to everyone who helped us since 2008.
Here's some stuff we're doing now:
George's poetry and art: http://georgegarthwaite.bigcartel.com http://georgegarthwaite.tumblr.com
Jack's music: https://jackwinn.bandcamp.com
Rob's in The Ainsley Band: https://theainsleyband.bandcamp.com

RK4LYF
George, Jack and Rob

The Ship-Tones - Indie Reggae Revolution PRE-ORDER NOW

The Ship-Tones debut album is now available to pre-order from the PHOP Shop. That's right the Indie Reggae Revolution is nearly upon us. The album will be released on 12" vinyl gatefold sleeve (including CD copy), CD gatefold sleeve and download / streaming formats on Monday 13th July.

Featuring original vocal tracks from the likes of Edwyn Collins, Stephen Malkmus, Ryan and Gary Jarman and more mixed with The Ship-Tones' special blend of reggae.

Tracklisting
1. Dilemma (feat. Edwyn Collins)
2. Da Senator (feat. Stephen Malkmus)
3. 'Ari Kari (feat. Ryan Jarman)
4. 'Ickle Shocks (feat. Ricky Wilson)
5. If You Wanna Reggae (feat. Justin Hayward-Young)
6. Jah Anna (feat. Gary Jarman)
7. Good For Me (feat. Stephen Holt & Clint Boon)
8. Teenage Icon (feat. Justin Hayward-Young)
9. Moved Your Chair (feat. Thabo)
10. Try It Again (feat. Jeffrey Lewis)
11. Dilemma (Mr Benn Mix)

'an album of incredible foresight bordering on genius. 9/10' Louder Than War

The 12"/CD packages can be pre-order now for £15 (+p&p) and the CD for £10 (+p&p) from our PHOP Shop here. You'll receive immediate downloads of Dilemma (feat. Edwyn Collins), 'Ari Kari (feat. Ryan Jarman) and If You Wanna Reggae (feat. Justin Hayward-Young). In addition you'll also receive the video for 'Ari Kari with the physical packages being shipped to you in time for 13th July release date.

Last but not least The Ship-Tones will be playing at Latitude Festival on Friday 17th July in the Keith Allen Tent at 11.15pm. More details here.  

The Grand - Incapacitated, Ill Fated and In Love OUT NOW

The Grand's debut album 'Incapacitated, Ill Fated and In Love' is out now. CD copies are available from Crash Records (Leeds), Debut Records (Barnsley), Jumbo Records (Leeds), Notorious Aardvark (Doncaster), Sound It Out Records (Stockton on Tees), Vinyl Tap (Huddersfield), Wah Wah Records (Wakefield) and of course direct from The PHOP Shop.

You can also find the album on all download and streaming sites.
 
The Grand have produced an album based on complex love stories and I'm hooked. Leeds Music Scene


It is a big, bold and adventurous record. Dealing as it does in the lyrical currencies of loss, loneliness and regret, 'Incapacitated, Ill Fated, and In Love' explores the darker side of love. Musically it rakes about in the ashes of post-punk, power pop, Americana and art-rock before salvaging from that debris an irresistible cocktail of sound. God Is In The TV
 

This is a truly impressive first album. The songs are, without exception, relentless; impassioned and powerful. Rhubarb Bomb

This is a more than fine pop/indie/rock album that deserves to be heard by the masses, I hope this is the case because The Grand have released an album that should be featured in all of those end of year album polls. Louder Than War

The best piece of music you will listen to this year. Vibrations Magazine

Incapacitated, Ill Fated, and In Love is a strong album that shows off the band’s distinctive sound and deserves your very serious attention. Glossy Onions

The Grand will without a doubt find success with this album, and the rest of us will find the 'something new' music we have been waiting for. Fair Feature

Lyrics that any songwriter would die to try and write. The Grand have produced a masterpiece here in how to write one class song after another. Alpha Beata

Incapacitated an album full of big ideas but with a thoughtful attention to detail that means you won't get everything that's in it on first listen. It's a record that's bound to get them compared to the early works of The National. As like so many great records, it's not easy listening, it reveals more every time that you listen to it and the more you focus on it. Even The Stars

The Grand have a sound of the melodic, infectious, intelligent and irresistible synergy between three people who are quite obviously meant to be making music together. Lead vocalist and bassist, Russ Smith has, quite simply, the most unique voice in popular music since John Fogerty. Incapacitated, Ill-fated and In Love is a complex, engaging and thought provoking work that will have you returning for another hit, another crack at peeling back the layers. Phil Greenwood Photography
 
The Grand also support British Sea Power at Unity Works on Friday 12th June as part of Long Division Festival.


The Grand - Incapacitated Ill Fated and In Love - PRE ORDER NOW

The Grand release their debut album 'Incapacitated, Ill Fated and In Love' on 24th May. It's released on CD and digital formats. You can pre-order the CD version now here. Pre-ordering the album will also gain you free entry to the album launch show (details below) and you will also receive an immediate download of 'A City That Loves Me' from the album. Your CD will be posted to you ahead of the release date.

The album will be launched on Sunday 24th May at Players Bar Wakefield. Support will come from The Ainsley Band and Knuckle. Entry is £5 or £12 with a CD copy of the album (free entry to pre-orderers see above). Doors at 7.30pm.

'The Grand have produced an album based on complex love stories and I'm hooked' Leeds Music Scene

'deserves your very serious attention' Glossy Onions

'a mixture of guitar and bass infused dramatic melodies, teamed with strong vocal ability, creating an alternative ‘pop’ sound that is very addictive' Leeds Local Sound



The Do's - This N That EP OUT NOW

The Do's This N That EP is out now. It is available on limited edition CD (100 copies) and digital formats. The CD is available from Crash Records, Jumbo Records (Leeds), Debut Records (Barnsley), Wah Wah Records (Wakefield) as well as from our shop.

You also be able to buy the CD at the forthcoming The Do's gigs:
18th April - Players Bar, Wakefield
2nd May - Milos, Leeds (5.15pm)
13th June - Long Division Festival, Wakefield (venue & time TBC)

Piskie Sits Live At Unity Works OUT NOW

Piskie Sits Live at Unity Works is released today on limited edition 12" LP. The 13 track live album was recorded by Greenmount Studios on Sunday 14th September 2014 as part of Long Division Festival.

The record - our first vinyl album release - is available for only £15 from our BigCartel page here. Each copy includes a download code (go to http://philophobiamusic.bandcamp.com/yum to redeem).

Limited copies will also be available from from Crash Records (Leeds), Debut Records (Barnsley), Jumbo Records (Leeds), Sound It Out Records (Stockton on Tees), Wah Wah Records (Wakefield) and Unity Works (Wakefield).

Piskie Sits - Live At Unity Works 12" LP PRE-ORDER

On 14th September as part of Long Division Fringe Piskie Sits were recorded live by Greenmount Studios at Unity Works. We are releasing the results as a limited edition 12" LP. There will be only 200 copies. It will be officially released on 30th January 2015. To secure yourself a copy you can order it now for only £15 (plus delivery) by clicking on the button below. If you need convincing watch the video of This Good This Bad from the show.  
Tracklisting
Side A
1 Hey Everyone
2 Always The Crap Songs
3 Family Tree
4 I Know And You'll Know
5 Young Dumb And Full Of It
6 Waiting For The Dance Of Death
7 What Is The Point?
Side B
8 Feat. Pharrell Williams
9 No Hidden Chord
10 Big Fat Mouth
11 Viktoria Plzen
12 Churp Churp
13 This Good This Bad


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Big Clearance Sale

Hope you've all had a good Christmas. We've had a good 2014 and have got a lot of big things planned for 2015. Before that though we need to clear some space and get some money in the pot to pay for it all. With that in mind, we are having a sale. Until the end of January all singles and EPs will be £2 or less and all albums will be £5 or less (stock permitting). All available from our bandcamp page unless otherwise stated.

Singles / EPs
The Ship-Tones - Dilemma CD £2
These Men - Five Short Love Songs CD £2
Fur Blend - Alley Pally CD £2
One Day, After School - U-Boat CD £2
Shake Your Halo Down - Signals CD £2
Fur Blend - Vicugna Pacos CD £2
Buen Chico - The Patron Saints Of Lost Causes CD £2
Runaround Kids / We Are Losers 12" £2
One Day, After School - The Future Is Not Yours, Comrade CD £2
Tiny Planets - The Trick Is To Keep Breathing CD £2
imp - Sewerpop! (How The Castle Was Stormed) CD £2
Protectors - The Stem & Leaf 12" £2
Various - To Dare Is To Do 3x mini CD £1
Buen Chico - The Seasons CD £2
The Bambinos / The Ran-Tan Waltz 7" £0.50
Piskie Sits - The Way I'd Like To Go CD £2
imp - Just Destroyer CD £2
Runaround Kids - No Dreams 7" £2
The Spills - Smoke Signals CD £2
The Spills - I'm Scared I Might 7" £2
The Compression - Au Naturel 7" £0.50
Lapels - Painted Skeletons 7" £0.50
Little Japanese Toy - Deaf Through Persistence Cassette £1.50 Bitching Cassettes

Albums / compilations
The Reacharounds - Heavy Roll CD £5
The Ainsley Band - 5-4-3-2 She's not the One CD £5
Yard Wars - Death To Western Hifi CD £5
Clandestines - Saturday As Usual CD £5
Mi Mye - Sometimes Life's Cool CD £5
Piskie Sits - Creature Feature CD £5
The Ainsley Band - Devils In The Detail CD £5
Various - We PHOPPED Something In The Water CD £5
imp - Moon Coastal Maine CD £5
The Ainsley Band - Cyclone CD £5
Runaround Kids - Teeth Blue Lips Red CD / Comic Book £3
St Gregory Orange - Midnight At The Sycamore Lounge CD £5
Runaround Kids - Linked Arms CD £5
The Ainsley Band - Slip Smash CD £4
Lapels - What We Tried And How We Failed CD £1
St Gregory Orange - Things We Said Bedrooms CD £3
Piskie Sits - The Secret Sickliness CD £2


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Matt Knee - Down To The Bridge (featuring Rosie Doonan)

Our final release of the year is the debut single by Matt Knee. Matt has been played in various bands around Wakefield and Leeds over recent years, most recently of course he drummed in The Ainsley Band on their tour earlier this year. His debut single Down To The Bridge features Cry Baby Cry's Rosie Doonan on vocals (her third appearance on a Philophobia release!).

The track is available to download on a pay what you want basis from our bandcamp page here.