Honey and Lava can now be downloaded from iTunes and Amazon (including amazon.co.uk) — do a search for ‘Honey and Lava’ or Coralspin.
What I’m more excited about, though, is a new download service that I’m helping to beta-test, called Aurovine. It’ll be going live in a week or so. More about this later.
P.S. I say ‘more excited’ because (a) every man and his dog is on iTunes, and (b) we weren’t planning on having iTunes or Amazon as the place we recommend for downloads. That was going to be Bandcamp, but it may now be Aurovine (if all goes well with it).
Yes, it’s all gone already. That’s not quite as amazing as it sounds, as they insist that new bands only send them 5 copies to start with. Still, a good start. We expect an e-mail from them very soon telling us to send them another batch. Hopefully they’ll want a bigger amount this time.
You can now buy our spiffing debut album Honey and Lava from CD Baby in either CD or mp3 download format. The link is:
Although we’d prefer you to buy directly from us, because we get less money via third-party sales, we will still love and venerate you if you buy our album from anywhere. We will still build a shrine to you and say a prayer of thanks to you every night and shed a little tear at how wonderful it is that such a tasteful person could also be so generous.
(One thing to be aware of with CD Baby is that they only keep low stock to start with with new bands, so you will be surer of getting your copy in good time by buying from us.)
Just got confirmation that we’re appearing on Kevin Slaymaker’s radio show Between Two Worlds tonight (ie. Monday, 8-10pm). Might even be the opening track, so tune in on time. (There doesn’t seem to be any option that allows you to listen later). You can listen online here.
[Update: Yes, we were the opening track. Thanks Kevin.]
Here’s the promo blurb for it:
Between Two Worlds 83 is a little over 24 hours away and you`ll be able to hear music from 11 countries that spans 4 decades. The UK, the US, Greece, Holland, Sweden, Wales, Ireland, Iran, China, France and Romania are all featured. It all starts at 8pm UK time on Monday 30th April at www.crmk.co.uk.
If you wish to join us in the chat room then please use the following link;
Hope you can drop by to hear Jonesy, Halo, Atomic Rooster, Knight Area, Also Eden, Coralspin, Steve Khan, Opeth, Wang Wen, 12band, Fruupp, Man, Phoenix, Echo, Eye 2 Eye and Aphrodites Child but not necessarily in that order!!.
Honey and Lava is currently being sent out to reviewers. If you’re a reviewer and would like a copy, and suspect that you’re not on our list, then please get in touch with the name of your magazine/fanzine/website and your name and address by e-mailing email@example.com.
Had a few CD purchases already from some good men,. The sort of men you’d like to have beside you in the trenches. God bless you lads.
Anyway, the shop system seems to be working (thank you brave volunteers, TBH we were a bit worried about the risk of radiation poisoning associated with some of the mind-control technologies we’ve downloaded as a widget). So the rest of you can now start clicking on the ‘Add to Cart’ buttons, without any worries at all about any of that Helvetica-heading-format-fungal-infection nonsense that some Willie-McBride-wannabees have been touting around the internet (for goodness sake, McBride was eventually struck off, wasn’t he?). Unless, that is, our intrepid digital pioneers are felled by an agonizing, brain-eating alien parasite that starts devouring them from within. But we’ll let you know if that happens.
(Are we going to keep posting this sort of nonsense at a rate of knots? You bet — we’ve been waiting for ages to get going with it).
The Honey and Lava album cover was done by the amazing artist Christopher Townsend, and he deserves a big shout-out. His website is here.
His metal sculptures are incredible too. I’ve bought some, they are beautiful as well as arty, and not at all ugly-East-London-conceptual-art-gallery-your-eyes-hurt-to-look-at-it-rubbish. They are objects you want to look at all day, just like his paintings.
Photos of his work don’t do them justice. While they look good in the photos it’s nothing like the tangible pleasure you get when you see them for real. His “trees” sell like hot cakes — hence his separate domain lovethetree.com — but here’s a sort of proggy sci-fi one one I particularly like — seeing the larger versions of these in the flesh is like walking into a 60’s Brian Aldiss book-cover-scenario (in my mind at least):
Imagine it 50 feet tall!
Our debut album Honey and Lava has just been released and is now available in the shop. Go there now and buy a copy. Go on! Get in early! It’s not available anywhere else yet.
We’re over the moon about how it sounds and we are extremely proud of it.
It’s also a great-looking CD with lovely artwork by Christopher Townsend: