Aug 132013
 
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The second single from the upcoming Sonic The Comic album – Pixel! – (progress report – the album is 95% done, and is ten tracks of shouty indie pop with loads of gang vocals… we’ll have news on its release really soon!)

This is the shoutiest song STC have done so far, and it’s the opening track on the album as well. It’s pay-what-you-like as always, but yeah, save your pennies until the album comes out yeah? Pre-orders for that will happen before you even know it (probably at the end of the month!)

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Jan 212013
 

Buffy is the first single from Sonic The Comic’s upcoming album, which should be out by the end of the year. It’s a song all about bedroom forts, watching american television and the realisation that sometimes, even buffy can’t cheer up some miserable people!

There are two b-sides as well – The short but sweet “I Like You” and the also short and also sweet “Don’t Disappear”. The whole thing is a pay-what-you-like download, so feel free to contribute towards the official Sonic The Comic Pizza Fund. Or just download it for free!

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Apr 152012
 

Sonic the Comic, a collaboration between Stef Purenins of teamABC fame (hi, that’s me!) and Sarah Graley of Sarah Graley fame, have just released their first EP, entitled Felt Tip Zoo.

It’s a free download, or a (SOLD OUT!) limited edition/26 (a-z) CD from http://sonicthecomic.bandcamp.com/album/felt-tip-zoo-ep, have a listen, and see if the cover you want is still available, at time of writing there are only 5 copies left! Each one also comes with a trivia fact that may or may not be true. Bonus!

Here’s a bit of trivia – the first CD to be purchased was the Unicorn cover, and it was bought at the unofficial “launch show” with Ace Bushy Striptease and The Middle Ones at the Labour Club in Northampton. On Friday 13th no less!

Bonus facts! Let’s see, IDST was the first song we wrote together, almost a year ago. Always Leaving was a song Sarah put on a mix cd for me, and it was by far the raddest track on there  (the rest were still top), and Ghost For Life is about this time I made up a story where Sarah died and got awesome powers (she was a ghost with a shark puppet as a hand), but she was just annoyed that I killed her off in a story. A REALLY GOOD STORY THOUGH.

EDIT! Super bonus fact, the last CD to go was to the fantastic Sinead, who got S for Snail, S for Sonic the Comic, S for Stef, S for Sarah! S!

Check out each one of the unique handdrawn covers below.

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Apr 022012
 


Track by Track analysis, by Stef Purenins.

1. Turn on the Ghosts 02:07   
A short electronica/spoken word track. The music was all programmed in by hand, and then vocals were recorded. Extra female parts were added through a FAWM collaboration with Catherine Harris, who does music here.  It’s all about a fictional theme park adventure in France.
2. Say Collide 02:32
Another song written during FAWM (February album writing month), and consisted of me writing the music and the chorus, and then getting the brill Elie Howe (formerly of sheffield noisy pop band Pockets Filled With Matches) to write and sing the verses. It’s a song about colliding!
3. So So Scared 02:17   
Again, written during FAWM, this was a song all about the future, because the future is always amazing and terrifying at the same time.
4. EXP 03:44 
This one time, I finally got a decent microphone for recording, and I recorded everything on this track with said microphone. So clean! The vocals were all made up and recorded on the first take, so they’re patchy, but still quite nice.  
5. We Fixed Amazing 02:40   
Still on a high from getting a lovely new microphone, I thought I’d go for a track with a quiet dynamic, that would then burst into life, like someone putting a grenade inside a music box and throwing it at a guitar.
6. These Dragons (Are Unfinished But End On A High) 03:23 
This track is still unfinished to date! Would you like to finish it? Go on! I’m quite happy with all the bababa’s in this one. It’s a builder.  
7. Hush Hell Yeah 03:26  
One time I managed to save up £50 of library fines by accident. This is about that, and manages to be crazy catchy at the same time. 
8. All Of Our Videogame Memories 04:37  
I tried to write a standard pop song, like somethine from High School Musical or something. This is what happened, it’s still an enjoyable listen, and the closest you’ll find me writing a full on top 40 hit. Maybe!
9. L’interlude Un – Never Sure 03:22 
Pretty film music I made for an imaginary sideproject, music to lull yourself to sleep with  
10. My Precious Time 02:27  
I had a hook line, I ran with it. Went for a straightforward indie rock feel. 
11. Science Club 02:28   
I had an idea, before the Complaints EP idea, to do an EP called “Science Club”. It kinda got forgotten about the next day, but not until I’d written this math-pop track.
12. Never Alone 03:21 
It’s good! (I’m without speakers and will revisit this)  
13. Plans 02:35   
It’s good! (I’m without speakers and will revisit this)  
14. Playing Game, Hurricanes 03:19  
There’s a bit at the end where everything speeds up and ahhh it’s good. A song about how Sarah is amazing at Monopoly, and just lovely in general (mushy) 
15. My Ghost 03:48   
Ukulele math-pop. Harmonies everywhere. Actually awesome. I’m not even being modest here, I’m really happy with how this came out.
16. It’s Only Life (Daylight Version) 02:05 
Spoken word track,

about

From February at the start of 2011 to pretty much the end of the year, I recorded and uploaded demos to teamforestowls.tumblr.com.

This is a collection of those. Some eventually got fleshed out into the Complaints EP, but I felt like I couldn’t not share all of these as well. Enjoy!

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released 25 October 2011
Music and Words by Stef Purenins, except for;Singing on Track 1 by Catherine Harris
Words and Singing on Track 2 by Elie Howe
Singing on Track 3 by Stephanie Harrison
Singing on Track 7 by Deborah Linden
Words and Singing by Track 8 by Stephanie Harrison

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Apr 012012
 

LHR 021

Recorded over the course of 2011, this 5 track release is a perfect little energetic snapshot of teamABC.

A physical CD release happened, tell your friends

credits

released 29 November 2011
All words and music by teamABC:
Stef Purenins – Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Twinkly bits
Steph Harrison – Vocals, Synths
Ben Forrester – Vocals, Drums
Rich Armitage – Guitar
Sarah Graley, Nick Packer and Michael Banahan – Additional group vocals
Dave Priest – Bass on “Tornado”

Recorded and Mixed by Stef Purenins
Mastered (Masterfully) by Liam McShane

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Mar 272012
 

WATER EP

the natural progression from FIRE EP.

and a bit more catchy too, like.

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released 30 August 2010
Music, words, recording, production and artwork by Stef Purenins
Female yells and singing by Elie Howe
 
CD release (sold out)
 
Click below to view an informative graphic about the physical version of this CD
 
 

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Mar 012012
 

LHR018

Puzzle are the best female-fronted indie-pop band from Liverpool, that’s a fact! Same Old Problems is absolutely brilliant live, and will have you humming along even when it isn’t playing. This was a 3″ minicd release of 100, with the first 30 having a shiny holographic cover.

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released 28 September 2009
All lyrics and music by Puzzle
Artwork by Andy Donovan

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Jan 032012
 

LHR004

This was the second demo record that teamABC put together, and was recorded over a month of late nights in the university studios in Warrington. It’s a mixed affair, somewhere in between Los Campesinos and Brand New. Definitely worth a listen.

It’s like the sound of a pop musician who only works at night. Or something.

Things Stef wished he’d added to this record – Strings, and girl vocals.

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released 30 June 2008
Everything by Stef, in between 10pm and 3am

 

 

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Jan 022012
 

LHR002

Three tracks of simple melancholic acoustic indie pop. Choruses guaranteed to stick in your head for years. I say this because I still tend to sing “Unwind” at Ben whenever I see him.

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released 01 May 2008
All music and words by Ben ForresterRecorded and produced at Mission Studio, Warrington by Stef Purenins

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