Rotifer: Black Bag (single edit) / Queen’s Drive Double A-side. Digital single released in January 2014
Gare du Nord Records are pleased to announce the release of a special single edit of the song “Black Bag” from Rotifer’s album “The Cavalry Never Showed Up” as a digital single, coupled with brand new song “Queen’s Drive”.
The single is accompanied by a video, which sees a distinctly less-than-perky looking Robert Rotifer rifling through his personal effects, as described in the lyrics, although with the difference of still being alive.
Featuring Paul Rains from Allo Darlin’ on lapsteel, “Black Bag”, a “pivotal track” on the album according to website Pennyblackmusic, was originally recorded in an improvised studio jam and has now been condensed into three-and-a-half minutes of edgy, dark pop thrills with a highly contagious chorus.
Watch the ‘Black Bag’:
New track “Queen’s Drive”, on the other hand, is a surprisingly danceable tribute to glamorous Finsbury Park hotel life, including the unavoidable pop-cultural reference. The song features Canterbury’s own Will Glanfield on saxophone and might possibly be seen as a pointer towards Rotifer’s future direction.
Since its release in November, Rotifer’s album “The Cavalry Never Showed Up” has been getting plenty of radio airplay, from selected tracks on the Gideon Coe Show on BBC6Music to a 25 minutes special feature on Austria’s quality radio station Ö1.
It is Rotifer’s first album so far from which every single song has been played on the radio at some point. The album has also appeared in the end-of-year lists of various blogs (among them number 2 in Neon Filler and Scared to Dance, number 15 in Pop Junkie). Around the New Year the band will present a video soundtracked by the album track “The New Fares” to support the rail renationalisation campaign Bring Back British Rail.
Rotifer will play at Gare du Nord Records’ next label showcase at the Betsey Trotwood in London on January 24th, also featuring regulars Papernut Cambridge, Ralegh Long, DJ Andy Lewis (Acid Jazz, Paul Weller band) and an appearance by friend of the label Alex Highton (as recently featured in the Guardian), who will introduce some songs from his upcoming new album.