Fleeing from Pigeons Records

A record label and blog from the same idiot that gave you Bearded Magazine

In the Dog House: Bearded/FFP gig afoot!

Fleeing from Pigeons are proud to present the first of a monthly series of sessions in The Dog House venue in Kennington, London.

On 19 June, the show will be dedicated entirely to Fleeing from Pigeons Records, with Paul Hawkins & Thee Awkward Silences, Pagan Wanderer Lu and Andy Price’s band Dig for Fire all on the bill.

To make it even better, the gig is FREE to all. You can ensure your place by emailing info @ fleeingfrompigeons.com – although this is not necessary (yet) to get into the show.

The Facebook page for the event can be found here.

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Productive variables?

Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting John Leckie – he of producing Stone Roses, Radiohead and, err, Kula Shaker fame. I was writing a release based around his comments at a talk at the University of Westminster and, following the recent (modest) success of the Andy Price record (which has almost double the downloads of any other FFP-R release) it was interesting to get an insight into the world of ‘proper’ record production.

Andy’s record has galvanised me and a couple of other artists FFP-R are going to be working with in the coming months that ‘live’ writing and recording of records in the public eye is an interesting concept, and it is certainly something we’ll be exploring. But Leckie’s talk really introduced me to the romanticism of recording a record – coming into the recording “80% ready” and going to a £1,000/day record studio (such as the secluded, accessible only by boat Sawmill Studios) and working full time on a record for a number of weeks or months.

It was certainly something that would appeal to me to put a band that I really believe in through, but there is a huge disconnect between what major labels can afford for their artists and what a DIY or small label artist is provided. It strikes me as stunning that you can spend thousands of pounds on a record or you can spend literally tens of pounds on a record and the result, aside for the love of purest audiophiles, is negligibly different. Take the Holton’s Opulent Oog record The Problem of Knowledge recorded for £100 or Antarctica Takes It!‘s record The Penguin League, recorded through the built-in mic on a laptop for epically amazing records as examples.

It reminds me of the second Electric Soft Parade record The American Adventure, which, following a £1,000 recording in a Brighton studio, was rejected by SonyBMG who quickly frogmarched the brothers White into Abbey Road and spent around £100,000 recording four tracks. Listen to that record now and tell me which tracks were in Abbey Road and which were in a studio in Brighton – tell me the difference, because I’ve forgotten which track was recorded where…

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Andy Price – Clothing & Failure

AndyPrice4.5Artist: Andy Price
Title: Clothing & Failure
Cat: FFP-R04.5
Run time: 41:50

The story behind this release is this. Today is Friday 8 May – Monday 4 May was Bank Holiday Monday and Andy Price, who put out the first ever FFP-R release, is bored. So he writes and records an entire album (using a few unrecorded Dig for Fire tracks he’s working on). On Wednesday 6 May he sends it to me, I listen to it on Thursday 7 May, and then deliver it to you today, Friday 8 May.

By his own admission, it’s hit and miss, but the joy of FFP-R is that it is raw and ready. Some tracks written this week – including the fantastic title track – rate amongst the best songs Andy has ever written, without this release, it’d take you another few months at least before you heard it – if ever. It takes on all the anti-folk values, love, loss, food prep, and runs with them. It’s a remarkable release, and we’re continuing to argue over which tracks we think are hit, and which ones are miss!

Tracklisting
1. Imaginary Song 7. If Only
2. Maybe in Another Life 8. Shotgun
3. That’s That 9. What a Day
4. That’s Life 10. When Every Passing Moment Makes You Afraid
5. I Walked into a Room 11. Clothing and Failure
6. Negative Song

FREE DOWNLOAD (MP3 192kbs)

Other formats are currently unavailable with this release. You can still donate to us though.

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Releases by Andy Price
Andy Price feat. Sarah Hall – Live @ Cafe Oto, London 27.03.09
This acoustic live set, recorded at Bearded Magazine’s show at the luscious Cafe Oto in North London’s growing creative hub of Dalston, covered tracks new and old from the band’s back catalogue, tracks from the AFB Band, his project with Sarah Hall – who accompanies him here – as well as covers by Ace of Base and Ratface.
FREE DOWNLOAD (MP3 V0)
Dig for Fire – Sorry
Debut LP from Andy’s punk rock outfit Dig for Fire, a fabulously ramshakle DIY recording, Sorry was recorded and produced in his bedroom. Limited edition of 200. All money goes directly to the band, not to Fleeing from Pigeons.
CD £5.50 – BUY NOW
CDx2 £8.50 – BUY WITH ALBUM 2
Dig for Fire – Album 2
Second LP from the obtuse DIY punk rock outfit. Recorded and released just six months after their debut, Dig for Fire’s second record merges both bedroom and studio recording, and heralds a move towards solid songwriting. Limited edition of 200. All money goes directly to the band, not to Fleeing from Pigeons.
CD £5.50 – BUY NOW
CDx2 £8.50 – BUY WITH SORRY

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Andy Price feat. Sarah Hall – Live @ Cafe Oto, London 27.03.09

AndyPrice01Artist: Andy Price feat. Sarah Hall
Title: Live @ Cafe Oto, London 27.03.09
Cat: FFP-R01
Run time: 27:01

Andy Price is better known as part of Bristol punk rock three-piece Dig for Fire. This acoustic live set, recorded at Bearded Magazine’s show at the luscious Cafe Oto in North London’s growing creative hub of Dalston, covered tracks new and old from the band’s back catalogue, tracks from the AFB Band, his project with Sarah Hall – who accompanies him here – as well as covers by Ace of Base and Ratface.

Cover image by Luke Yates

Tracklisting
1. Maybe in Another Life… 5. Down
2. Negative Song 6. This is Who I Am
3. High Flyer 7. The Sign
4. Imaginary Song 8. The Wet Song

FREE DOWNLOAD (MP3 V0)

For other formats, please donate and specify required format.

If you wish to support Andy Price, please think about donating directly to him.

Other releases by Andy Price

Dig for Fire – Sorry
Debut LP from Andy’s punk rock outfit Dig for Fire, a fabulously ramshakle DIY recording, Sorry was recorded and produced in his bedroom. Limited edition of 200. All money goes directly to the band, not to Fleeing from Pigeons.
CD £5.50 – BUY NOW

CDx2 £8.50 – BUY WITH ALBUM 2

Dig for Fire – Album 2
Second LP from the obtuse DIY punk rock outfit. Recorded and released just six months after their debut, Dig for Fire’s second record merges both bedroom and studio recording, and heralds a move towards solid songwriting. Limited edition of 200. All money goes directly to the band, not to Fleeing from Pigeons.
CD £5.50 – BUY NOW

CDx2 £8.50 – BUY WITH SORRY

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