About Group Album Out Today, Gig Tomorrow

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About Group‘s third album, Between the Walls, is released today (July 1st) on Domino Records (click here to buy the record from iTunes or here from Domino). The band play a one-off launch gig at the Victoria in Dalston tomorrow night (July 2nd) with Hot Chip and Spring Heel Jack DJs. Tickets are £8.50 on the door.

Reviews of Between the Walls:

‘Between the Walls is a fascinating insight into the creative process that crackles electricity between Taylor, former Spiritualized and Spring Heel Jack man John Coxon, drummer Charles Hayward and keyboard player Pat Thomas.’ Q

‘Grinding psychedelic grooves alternate with slow soulful jams interspersed with the odd sonic breakdown… an intriguing experiment.’ Financial Times

‘Walk on By seems to rise, like mist, from a soul organ and drum groove lashed with splintered guitar chords, ultimately building to a thrumming climax powered along by Charles Hayward’s Can-like drumming.’ The Independent

‘Wonderfully unhinged.’ This is Fake DIY

‘Between The Walls is the sound of four talented musicians setting their egos aside in the hope of finding moments of musical serendipity… there are many moments of exquisite beauty to enjoy on this record.’ Music OMH

‘This album is laced with a chaotic genius.’ London in Stereo

Click here to read a brilliant interview with About Group from the ever-reliable Quietus website.

All Is Not Lost by About Group – GIG DATE CHANGE

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About Group have announced details of the first single taken from their forthcoming album. All Is Not Lost will be released on June 24th 2013. The album, Between The Walls, will be available on July 1st.

All Is Not Lost is a classic heartbreak ballad; hinting at a more modern r’n'b mode of writing, the strange but wonderful airlessness of such productions is replaced here with the electricity and liveliness of a straight to tape recording session, capturing the band in performance.

The accompanying video was directed by Swedish artist, Henrik Håkansson: “This film is a collage of projects that have recently been exhibited as single works, where bits and pieces are psyched together to create a visionary and open reading to words and music. The visions of my work use reflections of or by fragments in our surrounding environment, mirroring a personal statement on the state of our natural world today. In the end it is a shared vision of gain and loss.” You can watch the video here.

About Group can also announce a London album launch at the Dalston Victoria on July 2nd. Purchase tickets here.

Between The Walls captures the sound of a band ‘playing’ together, in both senses of the word – experimenting and trying things, being playful, as much as being a group performing as a unit together. Between The Walls is the sound of people pushing towards and pulling against one another simultaneously. It is the sound of buzzing amplifiers, sudden musical non-sequiturs, loud blasts of straight synth lines cutting through melody and structure. And it is also the sound of beautiful and odd electronic textures and brilliantly defined and deliberate drums, underpinning fragile but deliberate performances of sad songs and country ballads.

Between The Walls will be available on CD (WIGCD292), LP (WIGLP292), DL (WIG292D) and on special edition 2 x CD, featuring a bonus disc with DJ loops, available through Dom mart and indie stores only. Pre-order the album HERE. Download album track, Walk On By, HERE.

About Group is
Charles Hayward (This Heat, Camberwell Now)
John Coxon (Spring Heel Jack, Spiritualized)
Pat Thomas (has played with Derek Bailey, Tony Oxley)
Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip)

Between The Walls
is About Group’s last album with Charles Hayward who now moves on to other projects.

About Group Will Be Between The Walls

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About Group – the quartet of John Coxon, Charles Hayward, Alexis Taylor and Pat Thomas – have announced details of Between The Walls. Their third album will be released through Domino on July 1st.

Between The Walls captures the sound of a band ‘playing’ together, in both senses of the word – experimenting and trying things, being playful, as much as being a group performing as a unit together. Between The Walls is the sound of people pushing towards and pulling against one another simultaneously. It is the sound of buzzing amplifiers, sudden musical non-sequiturs, loud blasts of straight synth lines cutting through melody and structure. And it is also the sound of beautiful and odd electronic textures and brilliantly defined and deliberate drums, underpinning fragile but deliberate performances of sad songs and country ballads. ‘The balance between songwriting and free playing, and a lack of clarity about which mode we will be in for any given amount of time, is the key to About Group.’ Alexis Taylor

Between The Walls will be available on CD, LP, download and on special edition 2 x CD, featuring a bonus disc with DJ loops which will be available through Dom mart and indie stores only. Pre-order the album HERE. Download album track, Walk On By, HERE.

The album features:

1 After Video
2 Walk On By
3 All Is Not Lost
4 Words
5 Graph Paper
6 Make The World Laugh
7 Love Because
8 Nightlife/Sinking
9 Untitled
10 I Never Lock That Door
11 Yes
12 If You Can’t Love Me

About Group are Charles Hayward (This Heat, Camberwell Now), John Coxon (Spring Heel Jack, Spiritualized)
Pat Thomas (played with Derek Bailey, Tony Oxley) and Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip).