‘Psychopaths Dream In Black and White’ released on 4th September 2015
Cambridge-based trio the British IBM are pleased to announce that their new album ‘Psychopaths Dream In Black and White’ will be released on 4th September 2015.
Offering a gentle mesh of indie rock and down-tempo, folk-tinged Americana the new material is reminiscent of the husky, melancholic dirges of Lambchop combined with the sensitive song-writing of the likes of Belle & Sebastian, Camera Obscura and Perfume Genius. With an aesthetic recalling the bizarre retro-futurist world of Richard Ayoade’s adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s literary classic The Double, the band launched in 2012 fronted by singer/songwriter Adrian Killens, joined live by David Martin (bass) and Paul Richards (percussion).
Their forthcoming new record includes an array of overdubs and guest spots including a contribution from cellist Anna Scott, Neil ‘Bugs’ Rogers on drums and Chad Young on bass, both of whom played in Hofman, which was fronted by Steve Adams of the Broken Family Band. Recorded at Half Ton Studios, the album looks set to further deepen the trio’s wistful sound, taking the ramshackle charm of Guided By Voices at their most melodic and adding a boyish enthusiasm that tips its hat to both Weezer and Matthew Sweet.
“The new record is an emotional album about unemotional people”explains Killens of the release “If it were a film it would be a cross between American Psycho and Fight Club.”
The group’s 2012 debut self-titled album—produced with Neil “Bugs” Rogers—featured title track ‘the British IBM’ which garnered acclaim with its use in the trailer for 2014 documentary film “From Bedrooms to Billions”, outlining the story of the British video games industry from 1979 to present day. The video for the track also featured TV presenter Iain Lee of The 11 O’Clock Show fame, gaining support from The 405,GoldFlakePaint, Shout4Music and Q Radio which lead to appearances at Classic Gaming Expo in Las Vegas, Cambridge Rock Festival, Green Man Festival, Stockton Calling and more.
A prolific songwriter in his own right, Killens also composes music for videogames under his Gimpy Software moniker and has released multiple solo albums, including his renowned 2010 “Song A Week” project, the result of which was a 53-track opus of the same name.
‘Psychopaths Dream in Black and White’ is released on Friday 4th September
Watch the video for previous single ‘the British IBM’ below
2015 UK Live Dates:
25th July 2015 – Relevant Records, Cambridge
02nd October 2015 – Axe and Cleaver, Boston
03rd October 2015 – The Corner House, Cambridge
What the press are saying:
“An unforgettable listening experience centred around a folk-tinged indie rock sound” – Diffuser.fm
“A wistful, self-deprecating feel at times recalling Camera Obscura in their awkward glamour” – Clash
“An incredibly well made, slightly baroque, harmony-drenched thing of beauty” – The Sound of Confusion
“Insightful and psychedelic tales” –Creative Control Magazine
“A great alt-rock-folk sound” – Indie Minded
“A nimble mesh of indie rock and vintage computing” – Slate The Disco