In celebration of five years of releasing records with an almost complete indifference a song’s media reception or the number of units it sells Artists Against Success have produced a compilation of highlights. It includes tracks from the sublime Frankie Machine to the witty genius of MJ Hibbett (with and without The Validators) while meeting along the way the likes of Johnny Domino, The Chemistry Experiment and the fantastically monikered The Frightened Prisoners Of The Kraken.
This is a varied album, containing as it does everything from the unexpected blast of acid tinged drum n bass of ‘The Good People Of America’ through to the pop punk of Pala. Johnny Domino contributes the sample infused lounge funk of ‘Dick’s Kitchen’ and the ever so slightly menacing ‘Ricky & Fred’. Lazer Guided give us surf guitars and fuzzed up bass with ‘Devotchka’ and the chaotic, yet endearingly twee, ‘Forgot To fade Out’. MJ Hibbett’s jaunty ode to getting pissed on a school night ‘Clubbing In The Week’, along with the witty and effervescent ‘Easily Impressed’, ‘Hey Hey 16k’ and ‘The Peterborough All-Saints Wide Game Team (Group B)’. Frankie Machine, as ever, provide frail, delicate and beautiful songs. If you are new to AAS then you should treat yourself to this album, if you know them of old then you should indulge yourself with it.
Also as part of the festivities for this fifth anniversary is a gig at the Windmill in Brixton on August 16. Taking part will be Frankie Machine, MJ Hibbett & The Validators, Johnny Domino and Plans & Apologies. If you can make it early enough you get a FREE copy if this album, if you cant go then you will have to make do by forking out only a fiver for it at your local record shop.
Label : Artists Against Success
Release Date : 12 August 2003
Website : www.artistsagainstsucess.com