In a spot of inspired Hello Thor-centric activity, the good people at LeftLion persuaded our good friend James Finlay of the mighty Fists and Grey Hairs to interview our synthmaster-in-chief (and misspell his surname in the byline) t’other day.
If you’re a Nottingham local, you can pick up a copy from any number of quality stockists and enjoy the full sensory experience of physical paper and marvelling at the ingenious recycling of fourbeatwalk‘s beautiful design work from the poster advertising our ‘Splish’ 12″ launch gig in 2013:
Otherwise, you can just read the words on a webpage. Check out Simmo’s thoughts on getting old and playing pop music here alongside a 100% true story about the worst gig we’ve ever played here:
We’ve already had some early and very kind reviews:
Louder Than War – “Even in quarter one of 2015, it’s clear that Zoetrope is going to be one of the albums of the year, so If you want some life-affirming, full throttle throbbing synth madness in your life too, you need to get on the Cantaloupe bus ASAP. Trust me, you’d be mad not to.”
Colourhorizon – “…an album that is resolutely life affirming. Zoetrope could well be the party album of 2015.”
Monolith Cocktail – “A most enjoyable pop-lit excursion through the kosmiche, taking in the industrial North’s steely resonation from the electric 80s, whilst popping off to take-in the post-rock locations that spawned such interesting, off-kilter explorers as Tortoise, Holy Fuck and Battles, and flirting with Afrobeat vibes.”
ZOETROPE: NOW STREAMING FOR YOUR PLEASURE
If you weren’t excited enough by next week’s release of our debut album “Zoetrope”, you can now stream it exclusively and in full courtesy of the good folk at Gigwise. Just follow this link:
In preparation for this, we’ve been getting our hair done and generally photographed mucking around in our favourite Sherwood-based grocery, the Thompson Brothers Greengrocers. These shots were taken by the extremely polite and talented Leigh Beard and are copyright him, so please ensure that he’s credited if you intend to reproduce them elsewhere.
Finally, you may have noticed that we have a FEAST OF GIGS planned for April, May and June. We’re really looking forward to stretching our legs in our new incarnation as a quartet
THIS IS THE NEWS: Our debut full-length album “Zoetrope” will be released by Hello Thor on vinyl and digital download on Monday 16th March. You can pre-order it NOW and get it before it hits shops, as well as an immediate download of Steve Lamacq-approved album opener “Big Kiss”, here: http://www.hellothor.limitedrun.com
Here’s the full press release:
Nottingham-based synth/guitar/drums quartet Cantaloupe release their debut 10 track album Zoetrope on limited edition 12” vinyl and digital download through Hello Thor Records on Monday 16 March 2015.
Hello Thor first fell in love with Cantaloupe and their electronic pop music when they played an exhilarating set for us in a shopping arcade, shut down after 12 minutes by an angry autograph seller. We took our relationship to the next level with the release of their debut single, the 4 track Teapot EP, in 2012, which was picked up by Gideon Coe (BBC 6 Music) and Huw Stephens (Radio 1).
In 2013, we got down on one knee and asked them to put out a 12” with us. Sure, the proposal might have come after a wine or two, but once we’d sobered up we realised we still meant it. Phew. The euphoric Krautrock boogie of Splish/Wet Dog did not disappoint, arriving complete with a shimmering remix by Wax Stag and again being trumpeted across the airwaves (“I love that record – it‘s just so happy and joyous” Huw Stephens).
Now, after a year of recording and playing live – including a well-loved set at Liverpool Psych Fest in 2014 – we couldn’t be happier to announce the arrival of Zoetrope: a collection of 10 lush, effervescent, endlessly inventive and oddly reflective pop songs, including Cantaloupe’s first non-instrumental tracks (featuring the vocal talents of new band member Eleanor Lee and Tom A.D).
Zoetrope shows off Cantaloupe’s full gamut of swirling sound and emotion – from the groovy hedonism of opener Big Kiss to the swish synthpop of Indigo; from the unyielding hands-in-the-air hardcore of live favourite 0891 50 50 50 to the queasy, introspective, haunting melodicism of Labour and Love. We’re never entirely sure what exactly it is that Cantaloupe do, but we know it makes us feel a bit sexy, like punching the air and GLAD TO BE ALIVE.
For fans of: Stereolab, The Human League, Tortoise, Kraftwerk, Patrick Cowley, Harmonia, Holy Fuck, K. Frimpong, Daft Punk, Giorgio Moroder, S.E. Rogie, Battles, Quack Quack, Air, theme tunes to 70s cop shows, punching the air, chat-lines.
Zoetrope is produced by Peter Fletcher (Escapologists, Seachange, Kagoule, Kogumaza).
Cantaloupe is Aaron Doyle (drums), Eleanor Lee (synth/vocals), John Simson (synths) & David Stockwell (guitars).
We’ve been delighted by the reaction to ‘Labour & Love‘ (as well as its lovely remixes) in the last week; thanks to everyone who has bought, downloaded and streamed it. We’ve also enjoyed a healthy amount of radio play with continued support from the BBC’s Gideon Coe bolstered by plays from Steve Lamacq and Dean Jackson, as well as The Breakdown in Sheffield. Cheers!
Our minds are currently focussed on sorting out some UK shows in April, May and June to support the release of the album… which reminds me that I need to tell you ‘Zoetrope’ will be released on Hello Thor Records on 16th March! We have a veritable smorgasbord of gigs coming up and some empty slots to fill on Fridays and Saturdays between these too. Do get in touch if you fancy having us round your way:
OUT TODAY! Here’s our first digital single from forthcoming album ‘Zoetrope’ on Hello Thor, complete with fantastic remixes courtesy of good buddies and all-round good eggs, Chrononautz and Blunt Mountains. It’s even got singing on it and everything, thanks to our newest member! Check it out:
HELLO 2015! NEW YEAR, NEW… er, EVERYTHING?
It’s the beginning stages of 2015, which means that it’s also the beginning stages of the launch of our debut LP. You know, the one we basically spent the entirety of 2014 working on? Well, it’s called “Zoetrope” and will be out on Hello Thor in March! More details will be forthcoming in due course, but most will be on our Facebook page and Twitter feed; we’re planning a total overhaul of the blog this year so will only be providing minimal updates. So go to those places instead.
To coincide with the album’s launch, we’re currently in the process of planning a string of live dates from April onwards, starting with a short northern tour after Easter and then basically doing loads of weekenders whenever we can. More information on our Shows page. If you’re interested in booking us to play, why not drop us a line?
Lastly, we’re very pleased to make AN OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: as of 2015, we have expanded to a quarter. Our super-talented friend Eleanor Lee, who provides vocals on a couple of songs on the album, has joined us on a permanent basis on vocals/synth no. 3.
CHEERS NOW 2014
Had a cracking weekend with The Cowtown in Nottingham and Manchester, with a super special cameo by Thee Fists on Friday too. Thanks to everyone who came and partied as we tentatively tried out some of the new songs.
That’s all from us for the year in terms of gigs and generally appearing in public (though Simmo will be hawking Christmas Trees at the Thompson Bros on Haydn Road, Sherwood for the next few weekends if you want to tousle his beard. Yes, we’re broke after splurging all our money in the studio). We’re now putting the finishing touches to the album and will print some news about what it’s called, what songs are on it and when it’s coming out on Hello Thor Records in due course. Better go, we’ve got masters to listen to…
MANCHESTER IS MY KINDA TOWN
Well hey, it was nice to be in the NME and see so many inspiring friends and like-minded musicians in thoughtful and well-written pieces this week. By the way, the extremely talented Irene Choudhury took the photo of us in my old house.
And if you’re after physical copies of our music, you’re best heading off to Hello Thor’s online shop as we live in far too chaotic circumstances to be held responsible for things like packing up and sending off records within a reasonable time period.
But in even more exciting news, we’re heading back to one of our favourite cities on Saturday 22nd November to continue the party we’ll start in Nottingham the night before. Yus, Cantaloupe will be returning to Manchester after what feels like an eternity, alongside our good buddies Cowtown, courtesy of the ever-brilliant Bad Uncle. This double-header of gigs will be our last in 2014 as we prepare to unleash our debut LP in early 2015 and an early opportunity to check out some new songs!
Bad Uncle Ben sez:
SATURDAY 22nd NOVEMBER 2014
“Cantaloupe and COWTOWN return to Manchester after what feels like an eternity to smash your faces clean off with their fruity musicianship and sheer danceability.
“The kind folk at Travelling Man have once again allowed us back in their shop to put on an amazing intimate show for these guys.
“Limited capacity so please come early to avoid disappointment.
“£3 suggested minimum donation. Donations over £3 will receive a special gift.
“BYOB so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to pay your way.