Cowtown 'Paranormal Romance' LP
Hot Salvation and The Audacious Art Experiment, once again team up to bring you the 4th LP from Leeds New-Wave underground mainstays COWTOWN. PARANORMAL ROMANCE follows on from 2013’s incredible DUDES VS BAD DUDES.
Formed in Leeds 12 years ago, but like Gang Of Four, born in a variety of other places, Cowtown are made up by David Michael Shields (drums), Hilary Knott (keybass/vocals) and Jonathan Nash (guitar/vocals) and play econo, dynamic, over-stimulated rock music that embraces a heavily abridged history of rock n’ roll. Serious about fun, the band are a firm favourite of BBC 6 DJ Mark Riley, performing music with an emphasis on positive expression and confronting collective anxieties, creating live shows that focus on what they enjoy and discarding the rest.
Picking up from 2013’s Dudes Vs. Bad Dudes (released by TAAE and the band’s own label City Hands) their latest offering is wildly economic, clocking in at 23 mins across 12 tracks. Drawing influences from bands like The Coneheads, Devo, The Bangles and The Breeders, as well as films such as Teen Wolf and Ghostbusters, songs are later distilled into their absolute fundamentals. It’s not about what they want but what they need, with the delivery being as urgent and tightly wound as possible.
Paranormal Romance was recorded amidst the floods that swept through the city last winter by Matthew Johnson (Hookworms/Suburban Home) at the band’s practice space, Tranquility Base and later mastered by Tom Woodhead (Forward Russia) with artwork by fellow Hookworms pal Jonathan Wilkinson a.k.a Idiots Pasture. The album encompasses the centralised DIY affair that Cowtown have come to epitomise as one of the longest running bands to come from the LS6 area. Jamming econo, recording econo and propelling themselves econo.
PARANORMAL ROMANCE was produced by Matthew Johnson (Hookworms vocalist and recording engineer) at COWTOWN's practice space (known formally as Tranquility Base) because his studio was flooded Christmas 2015.
PARANORMAL ROMANCE was mastered by the singer of Forward Russia Tom Woodhead.
- The album's artwork is by Hookworms guitarist/artist in resident Jonathan Wilkinson…a.k.a Idiots Pasture.
Singer Jonathan Nash takes time away from full time position as Hookworms drummer to work on this, his longer running project.
Full US tour with Deerhoof booked for Summer 2016
Catalogue number: HS009
Label: Hot Salvation / The Audacious Art Experiment