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Rat Columns - Candle Power
Rat Columns
Candle Power
LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Upset The Rhythm)
21,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Rat Columns is the mutable musical project of David West, an artist as prolific as he isdiverse in his output. West is the driving force behind the groups Rank/Xerox,Liberation and Lace Curtain, he was also a member of Total Control, and mostrecently debuted a solo album proper. Whether its forward-facing punk or turning hishand to crafting sleek prisms of pop, West's credentials check out. Rat Columns is noexception, always central to his vision and returned to many times since its inceptionin Perth almost a decade ago. Over the years the band has morphed and continuedwith an array of different friends from the USA and Australia, always finding DavidWest dancing through the long shadows at its core. Working with many distinguishedunderground imprints including Blackest Ever Black, Adagio 830, Smart Guy Recordsand RIP Society, Rat Columns have left in their wake a trail of 7"s, EPs and two fulllength albums. Now a third album, entitled "Candle Power' is cued for release throughUpset The Rhythm.
Rat Columns - Do You Remember Real Pain?
Rat Columns
Do You Remember Real Pain?
LP | 2015 | EU | Original (Adagio 830)
10,49 €* 14,99 € -30%
Release:2015 / EU – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
David West (Rank/Xerox, Total Control, Lace Curtain) delivers 5 new songs of his shoe gaze driven earnest unashamed guitar pop. 5 songs of wonderful frosted jangle, sad pop post punk with potential ear wings that let you melt away under the sun on some beach. Just beautiful. The new record goes hand in hand with their current european tour and gets a pressing of 500 records with silk screened covers.
Rat Columns - Fooling Around EP
Rat Columns
Fooling Around EP
12" | 2015 | UK | Original (Blackest Ever Black)
17,99 €*
Release:2015 / UK – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Blackest Ever Black presents Fooling Around, a new E.P. from David West's Rat Columns. The title track is nothing short of a modern rock 'n roll classic: co-written by West and Mikey Young (Total Control, Eddy Current Suppression Ring et al) it appeared in truncated form on Rat Columns' album Leaf (R.I.P. Society, 2014), but this is the first time that the original, longer, and definitive version has been given the vinyl pressing it so richly deserves. Its combination of void-chasing motorik, moody jangle, West's plaintive vocal delivery and Young's spaced-out synth embellishments makes for a song at once elegiac and relentless: think Splendour of Fear-era Felt or David Kilgour at his dreamiest, strapped to the engine of Neu!'s ‘Für Immer', and you're in the zone. The three cuts on the flip confirm the status of Perth native West (veteran of Rank/Xerox, Lace Curtain and Total Control among others) as one of the most powerfully accomplished songwriters in the underground today: the choppy riffage, breakneck tempo and zig-zagging melody of ‘Living In The New World' summon Orange Juice or Modern Lovers, but with a darker, more delirious edge; ‘Strays' reprises the swooning, summer-death psychedelia of ‘Fooling Around'; and bedroom-recorded stalker's lament ‘Should I Leave You Alone?' brings the EP to a perfectly bittersweet climax, as square-jawed dub bass, chewy tape FX and West's downcast vox yield to baroquely beautiful guitar phrasing and limpid Moog tone-float. Available on 12” vinyl with picture sleeve, insert and download code (edition of 500), and digital formats.
Rat Columns - Sceptre Hole
Rat Columns
Sceptre Hole
LP | 2012 | US | Original (Smart Guy)
15,99 €*
Release:2012 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
RAT COLUMNS is a trio from San Francisco, California that generates dark, ill-fit- ting pop wanderings, introspective jangle and chime, mangled noises and various points between. The band was started by DAVID WEST (RANK/XEROS, BURNING SENSATION) in the isolated environs of Perth, Western Australia, and following a move to the northern hemisphere the trio format was happened upon with the addition of drummer/guitarist MATT BLEYLE (VIOLENT CHANGE, SPOONS, ABI YOYOS) and bassist JON YOUNG. The three recorded the LP Sceptre Hole in the second half of 2011. As on the previous four-song 7" (SmartGuy Records, 2011), JAMES VINCIGUERRA (TOTAL CONTROL, SOVIET VALVES, AIDS) contributed some drums to the effort. Sure, Sceptre Hole flies closer in to the pop sun than before, but it also keeps a toe in the murky waters of guitar noise and dour ambience.
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