Gintis. well...where do you start.
A wonderful Sunday afternoon show at Focus Wales 2016 left us challenging the band to come up with new demos and a (by chance) pub conversation with Bill Ryder Jones in Telfords a week or so later revealed he was up for production and so the seeds were sown. Carl produced a pile of demos from his reserves, funding was secured from the BBC Launchpad Fund and Berj honoured his promise, recording the band in his West Kirby studio.
We've known Carl and Dave for years thanks to the Wobbly Hearts (side project) and bumping into each other at By The Sea** shows. The lads from Rhyl have long been embedded in North Walian music history as the brilliant band who made the best sing along shows on the rare occasions they'd play.
Green Man festival described Gintis as :
Gintis are masters of being touchingly nostalgic, yet never cloying. Melodic, country-influenced brass-tinged melanchodelia, sprinkled with scientific rationalism and existential doubt, all wrapped up in breezy, understated three-minute ditties.
Anyhow....the actual record :
Dennis takes the finest parts of Gorky's, Teenage Fanclub and Pavement and rolls it up into one big wonderful wedge of sing along grandeur. and yes those lyrics do mention Rene Artois from 1980's BBC sit com Allo Allo.
Oh My Little Malcontent is autobiographical according to Carl. Somewhere between the Boo Radleys, SFA and Grandaddy, the chorus is the catchiest thing we've possibly released.
Video here : youtu.be/PAGUtKjI8wI
The record has been engineered, mixed and produced by Bill Ryder Jones (Saint Saviour, Hooton Tennis Club, By The Sea), with additional engineering from Joe Edwards (War Room Records).
It made its live debut at Green Man 2017. And the band will be on tour doing shows throughout November / December and into next year.
Only 250 or so for sale here, and the rest held back for sale at live shows.
** By The Sea have become a common thread of love from all Popty bands and have played with Shy, Mowbird and Trecco. If you've never heard of them, then see here (once you've bought the Gintis 7") :
Running a record label (even one as unproductive as ours) seems to get harder rather than easier, and so for the first time we've called in more favours then we can thank on the record sticker so extra special thanks / much love to the following for all their help :
Elizabeth Aubrey, Ben Coleman & all at Green Man Festival, Neil Crud, Joe Edwards, Bethan Elfyn & the BBC Launchpad Fund, Suzi Gage, Ellie Giles at Various Artists, Dom Gourlay at Drowned in Sound, Richard Haswell at the Liverpool Philharmonic, Matt Jarrett at Diverse, Top Joe, Gethin John at Hafod Mastering, Andy Jones, Julian Neale, Justin Pritchard at Ostereo, Liam Power, Nick Power, Ed Richmond, Bill Ryder Jones, Ben Soundhog, Neal Thompson, Sam Turner & All at Bido Lito, Adam Walton, Andy Wales, Steve Swindon, Andy Pearson and all at TAPE in Old Colwyn, Ashli and the team at Spillers Records, Simon Tyers, All at the Loungs / Fresh Hair Records, Hello Thor Records, I Own You Records, Nat at Sonic Cathedral, Nev, India and all at our Artichoke Office, Paul Askew / Kate Jackson and the Hoo Ha crowd (for keeping Mr Orton occupied) and of course everyone already on the Popty Ping Roster.
For Daniel Lucas with love.
Gintis were awarded a financial grant from the BBC Launchpad Fund to complete these recordings (which are owned by the band and licensed for use on this release to the Popty Ping Recording Company) :
Supported by the Horizons Launchpad fund 2016/17 (delivered by BBC Cymru Wales in partnership with Arts of Council Wales with the National Lottery)
Gyda chefnogaeth cronfa Lansiad Gorwelion 2016/17 (a ddarperir gan BBC Cymru Wales mewn partneriaeth â Chyngor Celfyddydau Cymru a’r Loteri Genedlaethol)