European tour and cram in a summer of festivals, this autumn will see the release of the band�s
second full-length, �R O M A N C E�, a prospect that sees Tubelord take on both a renewed sound and
a complex new approach to lyrical content and the concept of meaning.
Instead of typically drawing on personal experiences and emotions, lead vocalist Joseph Prendergast
wished to relate tales outside of himself by using words found in the poetry of women: completely
extracting himself away from his own life and thoughts, therefore creating an atmosphere of absence
in which words meanings are rendered superfluous. The end product: a meticulously woven tapestry
of borrowed and recycled words, an experimental journey into the transposition of context and
As Prendergast explains: �The medium of song, at first, was a vehicle for my personal immediate
emotion. A way to represent the tangible relationships I had felt with others, capturing moments
worth remembering and not wanting these fragments to be lost and forgotten. Yet at the same time,
what worth is my depiction of events over another person�s?�
�Questioning the purpose of my own writing, 'I' decided to disappear instead of clarifying my very
being in the form of song. However, �I� am content with appearing as a reader as opposed to being
a writer. �I� cannot claim to be a writer, so �I� therefore chose to attempt to stay true to my belief of
existing as a reader and drew from the limited pool of words found in the tidy boxes of poetry. Poetry
written by the opposite sex. Not a sausage in sight. Listen to the songs and 'I' am not there, the songs
are not me, they belong to no one, in the same way words cannot belong to an individual, they are
multitudinous device used to portray context.�
�There is no spell check in physical, tangible reality, just mistakes and accidental revelations. This is
my message ≈ the message is meaningless.�
The band have prepared a secret password protected website (its details hidden amongst the
artwork) which allows the most attentive of fans to log in and access the album lyrics and a
comprehensive appendix which references hundreds of writers and publications including those of
Gertrude Stein, Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton. *link and password below*
A lack of self-scribed lyrics aside, �R O M A N C E� is still very much a Tubelord record, while lead
single �My First Castle� may be their finest example of a pop song yet. Prendergast�s vocals remain as
distinctive as ever, and he sings with as much conviction as to convince you that each and every word
is deeply personal to both him and the band. Elsewhere, David Catmur�s drumming interweaves
jarringly with Tom Coulson-Smith�s bass lines, all emphasized by the more recent addition of
producer James Elliot-Field�s synthesizers and keyboards.
�R O M A N C E� marks the first album release from Pink Mist � a collaborative music group involving
Big Scary Monsters, Holy Roar Records and Blood & Biscuits.
�My First Castle� will be the album�s lead single, and is set for release on 3 rd October on Cassette and
Tubelord album stream 3rd October 2011 Stream the brilliant new Tubelord album thanks to our friends at This Is Fake DIY now. It's released via Pink Mist later this month and is available to pre-order on CD and 12" vinyl, alongside a cassette single for 'My First Castle'.
An update and a half 11th August 2011 It's been pretty chaotic here lately and only going to get worse, so whilst I have a few moments free I thought I'd post a little update on what's going on with us and our bands...
SASO goes to Europe 14th January 2011 Shoes And Socks Off heads over to Europe with Tubelord next month for his first ever tour of the mainland. Look out for UK shows in the spring along with info on a couple of new releases. Click here to see the list of dates.