Catching Up With Barbe Rousse

Wow…things are a bit crazy right now, aren’t they? Ongoing global pandemic and all… Anyway, we thought it would be fun to catch up with some of our acts and pals and start a new semi-regular feature on our website. The first being with Barbe Rousse, who regular readers remember as the man behind our first release way back in 2017!

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How are you adjusting to life in lockdown?

Initially, like everyone, the beginning was unsettling and daunting – scared for our jobs and loved ones – but the only way to distract myself, in my instance anyway, was to get stuck into making some sweet tunes and banging beats. A lot of people have done the same I believe – turned this negative period into something positive creatively.

So, to actually answer your question, yes, I’ve adjusted a bit too well. Perhaps to the point where re-entering working life will be a bit of a shock to the system!

Can we expect any new music from the house of Barbe Rousse?

Indeed you can! Be prepared for me to clog up your news feed and make your ears bleed. I’ve used this weird period to tie up a lot of musical loose ends and it’s allowed me to finally finish a few songs that have been gathering dust over the last year or 2. Actually, there’s a song in there that’s 7 years old – clearly can’t come up with any new ideas eh?

So said dust gathering songs will take the form of an EP which I have aptly called Factory Settings. Given the current circumstances, I thought it’d be a good time to release new tunes as everyone seems to be discovering new music with all the free time they’ve been given. Mind you, if I want folk to listen to me, I should’ve made a podcast.

What TV shows or films have been keeping you sane?

I think this is a universal feeling at the moment, but Joe Exotic has really helped me through the last few months. And that @%! Carole Baskin. I recommend Ozark, watched it twice, I believe. Done my annual watch of all 3 Mighty Boosh seasons and live shows. Oh, Better Call Saul was class but I need more! And a bit of New Girl to fill in the gaps – 20 mins of easily digestible content. Nick Miller is the man.

My pal Struan and I have been fan-girling over the Muppets so have re-watched some of the classics – Muppet Treasure Island and Muppets from Space. Can’t go wrong.

Any good lockdown stories?

My partner turned 31 a few weeks back and the day before her birthday I bought some candles and a cake. Went to the shops, grabbed a 3 and 1 and nice cake with floral patterns, went to the check out and the cashier then asked me if it was my daughter’s 13th birthday. Now, being a 25-year-old man I found this to be very upsetting so I went home immediately and moisturised. Not really related to lockdown but a story nonetheless.

Oh, I’ve also developed an unhealthy online chess habit. Didn’t think i was going to finish the EP because of it.

A good mate of mine had his appendix out.

What are you most looking forward to after this all blows over?

Can’t wait to go back to licking faces again. Miss that the most. Haha! Nah, I’m really looking forward to going back to work to be honest. Just chatting to folk every day and petting a doggo or two. And gigs of course but I think they’ll be one of the last things to resume, unfortunately. Really looking forward to less posts of banana bread and shaved heads.

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Factory Settings is released on June 1st on all major streaming platforms. The tile track is available to stream now. In the meantime, you can check out (or even buy a copy if you’re that way inclined) Barbe Rousse’s debut album Misc. Muses over here.

Happy New Year!

It’s a new year, and not to let the dust settle for too long after our Curdle release we’ve penned the ink on releasing another wonderful record…

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To kick off 2020 in style, we will be releasing Bossy Love’s debut album: Me + U on vinyl! The band have had a busy 2019, between releasing their long awaited album in October, playing multiple festival slots, and being named as one of The Guardian’s Top 50 Artists to watch in 2020. Me + U was included in The Skinny’s Scottish Albums of 2019 and two Guardian writer’s albums of the year.

The LP will be out on February 5th and will be available from our bandcamp and record shops across the country. You can pre-order the record below:

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Grab a pre-order from our bandcamp now!

We LOVE the record, so make sure you also check it out!

Happy Curdle’een

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Today is the day! Curdle’s debut album is available NOW on vinyl and digital platforms.

You can buy the LP directly from our bandcamp below:

Or from the following independent record shops across Scotland (with more to come):

Monorail Music – Glasgow
Love Music – Glasgow
Some Great Reward – Glasgow
Underground Sol’ushnn – Edinburgh
Assai  – Edinbrugh
Assai – Dundee
Mo’Fidelity Records – Montrose

Of course as it’s not 1973 anymore it’s not all about the vinyl! The album is steaming on all major digital platforms: Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Tidal, you name it. All of which can be found here.

And of course the album launch is TONIGHT, grab ticket and vinyl bundles below to save some much needed pounds xo

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Another gig in November?

We have got the pleasure of putting on American indie-poppers Cozy Slippers’ debut Glasgow show on as part of their first UK tour!

The Settle based trio have just released a lovely 7” single on German label Kleine Untergrund Schallplatten. The band self describe themselves as an “indie band using music to work out some issues and settle old scores.” which is something we can all relate to. Musically they bring the likes of Alvvays and The Bats to mind.


Joining them we have stars of our split single release (and new Last Night From Glasgow signings) Life Model and your new favourite band Aufbau Principle.

 

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Not only that but it is free entry as always at the wonderful Bloc+ xo

Announcement Time!

We’ve been sitting on this one for a wee while so we are very happy to get it out there!

Double A-Side Records is proud to announce that on November 1st we will be re-releasing Curdle’s debut album. The album, previously released on CD, will be available on coloured vinyl and all digital platforms, complete with a new artwork. Pre-order it below.

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On that very same evening we’ll be venturing into The Flying Duck’s back room to celebrate a new addition to the family.

Joining Curdle we have:

Tongue Trap:
After having spent the summer playing festivals such as TRNSMT, Leith Late and Doune the Rabbit Hole, the now five piece Glasgow band have turned some heads since forming in 2015 as part of the Girls Rock School in Edinburgh.

Miserichord:
Solo project from Kaspar Hauser bassist. Minimal, mournful, warnings from a dark future. Julee Cruise on bad acid.

But there’s more! We’ll have Healthy playing your favourite gothy tunes to keep the party going. As always we’ll be hosting a raffle and this time all funds will be going to Extinction Rebellion.

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Be sure to grab tickets now while you can: £5 Advance*/£7 OTD/£20 Advance Ticket & Vinyl Bundle.*

We’ll see you there xo

*subject to booking fee

We’re Pledging!

We are proud to announce that we have signed the PRS Foundation’s Equalising Music pledge.

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We are pledging to achieve gender equality across our roster and gig line ups. Our co-founder Alicja Tokarska had this to say about us signing this pledge:

We feel that signing the Keychange Pledge is necessary to highlight the issue of gender bias which is still present in the music industry in 2019. Far too often women are not given chances in favour of their male counterparts, especially in terms of performing their music live and headlining shows and festivals. We want to contribute to creating a more equal world where male, female and non-binary musicians and industry professionals can enjoy the same opportunities.”

But what is Keychange? It is a campaign that has been set up by the PRS Foundation to “transform the future of music whilst encouraging festivals to achieve a 50:50 gender balance by 2022.” To find out more, check out their full manifesto. They have now expanded to inviting venues, labels and organisations across the music industry in general to join the campaign. As Primavera Sound has proven, it is possible – this year had an amazing gender balanced line up, branded as The New Normal. As it should be.

A New Addition to the Family

We are thrilled to welcome the fabulous Curdle to the Double A-Side Records family!

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The band performing at our Play It Like a Women launch at The Glad Cafe in March. Photo by Ingrid Muir.

After working with them on Play It Like a Woman and LOVING their sound, attitude and style we will be working with the band to re-release their debut album on vinyl and digital platforms later this year. We couldn’t be more excited, Keep an eye out for more news about it in the coming months. xo