12 November 2013 - Normal service resumes
It's back to normality after two weeks of live action on the Dingus Khan Deconsecrated Roadshow and the Rory and Ned Fighting Music tour. Normality in this case is Nathaniel Robin Mann in Paris as the new face of Christian Dior and Mick Squalor standing in a garden, smashing pears.
Yes, lock up your supermodels, our bewhiskered chum Nathan has been sighted at the Grand Palais in Paris. He may seem an unlikely choice to front a range of couture pour l'homme and sadly, this is not the case. And they have not been scraping his scent glands for his irresistible musk either. He has been working with long-time collaborator Lara Baladi on an installation for the Miss Dior exhibition. The project (see above) is described by Nathan as, "A bewitching forest enchanted by flickering Youtube sprites that dance across a nine metre semi-circular video projection with 7.1 surround sound."
Unfortunately, we don't have a video of this, so here's a video of Mick Squalor standing in a garden, smashing pears.
9 November 2013 - Outside and Work
It's the final night of the Rory and Ned Fighting Music mini-tour and the boys return to their home county for a big send-off in the lounge upstairs at St. Jude's Brewery Tavern. Also, making a welcome return to Ipswich's smallest and sweatiest venue, the legendary Mick Squalor. His debut show at St. Jude's was so astonishing, we felt compelled to imortalise it in the form of a 5" polycarbonate disc (available here).
2-9 November 2013 - Fighting Music mini-tour
Rory and Ned follow up the launch of new album Fighting Music with run of live dates in the South East. This is another great opportunity to witness the trendsetting dance moves of Ned Rundell. On 7 July, he treated the audience at the Oak to some obviously well-practised white boy twerking. His mum looked a bit concerned, but the old men at the bar loved it.
Back then, we had to explain to people what "twerking" was. How times change. If you want to stay ahead of the dance move game, come along and ask Ned to demonstrate the Dougie, the Stanky Legg or the Cupid Shuffle.
Here are the dates:
2 November - at Mello Mello in Liverpool with Peter Bentham and the Dinner Ladies and Dingus Khan
6 November - at the Soundhouse in Colchester with Mick Squalor
8 November - at the Underbelly in Hoxton with other bands
9 November - at St. Jude's in Ipswich with Mick Squalor
2 November 2013 - Rory and Ned album launch party!
At long last - it's the official launch of Fighting Music, the new album by Rory and Ned. And it's being launched in style with a massive party at Mello Mello in Liverpool. This party has everything you could possibly want from an indoor event - a pinata (for mess), a stilt walker (for ceiling-related entertainment), a fortune teller booth (for supernatural intrigue) and party bags (hopefully filled with knock-off sportswear and heroin).
It's also the launch of the brand new promotional video for Outside and Work, directed by the very talented Mr Lee Isserow. More details here.
27-31 October 2013 - Dingus Khan's Deconsecrated Roadshow
We were excited to be asked by James Sarek (Lightbulb Festival) and Dingus Khan to help them squander some Arts Council cash, by contributing to their forthcoming tour of deconsecrated churches in Essex and Suffolk. We will be curating the first event, at St.Mary-at-the-Quay in Ipswich, which will feature Robin Alderton (of Dead Rat Orchestra), Mick Squalor (Ben Brown of Dingus Khan) and These Are End Times, all of whom have been tasked with creating an unamplified performance, utilising the unique acoustic properties of the church. Various other artists from the antigen roster will be appearing throughout the 5 day tour. Other dates listed below:
28 October - Jonathan Marriott, Aryn Clark and Mick Squalor at Holy Trinity Church, Halstead
29 October - Tess Gardener, The Medlars and Nathaniel Robin Mann at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Little Bromley
30 October - The Rev Dr Ian Prolix? Justsomeguy, Josh Sandifer and Sef at St. Martin's, Colchester
31 October - Bear, La Muerte, Sealionwoman and Dingus Khan at Colchester Arts Centre
25 October 2013 - Intercontinental live action
Our friends and collaborators have lined-up some very special live shows over the next few days. Following his acclaimed chamber orchestra show in July at the MorYork Gallery in Los Angeles, Dorian Wood has assembled a 17-piece chamber orchestra for his last live perfermance of 2013, at the Center for the Arts in Eagle Rock, California. On Saturday 26 October, He will be performing songs from his awe-inspiring new album Rattle Rattle, along with newly arranged selections from his previous releases. Check out a version of his antigen records single Glassellalia, performed with Angela Correa and orchestra here.
Also on Saturday, Henry Homesweet returns to the Netherlands, Game Boys packed with new tunes, to headline the Culture Vania night at the Hall of Fame in Tilburg. Expect primary colours, pixels and all things 8BIT with Monodeer, Men of Mega, Roccow, the Eindbaas DJs and much more.
And if that wasn't exciting enough, Sunday heralds the arrival of the Dingus Khan Deconsecrated Roadshow in Ipswich. More soon.
7 October 2013 - Live Squalor
Time to backfill the Latest News section with stuff that has happened over the last few weeks. The new Mick Squalor album Live at the Battle Royale has been sent to the manufacturer. This ten song album is scheduled for release at some point in the future, probably in November this year. The recording was made in August this year at his show at St. Jude's in Ipswich and captures one of his best performances to date. This has everything - comedy, pathos, moped noises... Listen to a song on our Soundcloud page here, if you want to.
15 September 2013 - Glassellalia video
Dorian Wood has been hard at work on a video for his single Glassellalia. If the rumours are true, it is a live action reimagining of Dorian's disturbing cartoon artwork featured in the 32-page book accompanying the CD. Here's a sneak peak from behind the scenes.
14 September 2013 - Back from the Fringe
John Callaghan has survived three and a half weeks in a cupboard with Miss Hypnotique at the Edinburgh Fringe and has returned to London with his sanity at least partially intact. After a therapeutic cup of tea, he is now well on the way to recovery and is putting the finishing touches to his long awaited second album If Every Day Were Like This One.
This album is an absolutely epic endeavour, several thousand cups of tea in the making. It features a new mix of Loudhailer (made famous on the Fourth Plinth) as well as Once More With Feeling and The Last Three Minutes from his "self-disintegrating" lathe-cut 7". A few copies of the single are available again from us (or from Norman Records) in a variety of delightful hand-knitted covers, courtesy of the very talented Carol Fuller. And the single will probably not disintegrate for at least 50 plays. More album news very soon!
11 September 2013 - Dead Rat Orchestra in Europe... again!
Nathaniel Robin Mann and Daniel Merrill are in Europe again, playing a series of solo shows and Dead Rat Orchestra performances in Spain, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, France and the Netherlands. This will be a fantastic opportunity to experience the DRO up close and personal in some interesting and intimate performance spaces, in total contrast to their last tour with Godspeed You! Black Emperor and their recent festival shows. Also on the bill, Sontag Shogun. See the events page for the few details we have managed to glean from the various venues.
6 September 2013 - Behind the scenes in the studio with These Are End Times
Mark Schorah (right) from These Are End Times modelling one of his many ironic jumpers, as the band record their cataclysmic new album Humanity Arrives, Hand In Hand With Trouble. The title may be a half-quote from Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy or it may be straight from the post-rock book of long album titles, who knows? But if it sounds anything like their recent live shows, it will be a monolithic post-prog masterpiece which will eclipse their highly-regarded debut from 2010, We Have Come So Far, It Is Over.
23 August 2013 - Sealionwoman in Misfit City
Dann Chinn has written an excellent review of Liam Singer, Foxout! and Sealionwoman at the Dentist in his Misfit City blog. Unlike the vast majority of blog posts, it is beautifully written and will actually give you a real sense of what it was like to be part of the audience. But, if you are having imagination failure, you can always click the photo above and it will take you to video clip of Sealionwoman performing Poor Hugo, shot in an arthouse in-and-out of focus style by Miss Hypnotique, Susi O'Neill (and she'd only had two bottles of cider).
17 August 2013 - Battle Royale with Mick Squalor and Jack Rundell
We return to the intimate setting of the lounge upstairs at St. Jude's Tavern in Ipswich, for the third of our vaguely regular showcase events. For this one, we are pleased to announce the return of Mr Jack Rundell. We have been telling people he's dead for several years in order to drive up the value of his back catalogue, but it turns out we were lying all along. In fact, he has been safely institutionalised in a high-security mental hospital, where he has been writing and recording a song each day for the last three years. Unfortunately, they all sound like this.
AND this event will also feature a solo acoustic set by cross-dressing Dingus Khan sweat monkey Mick Squalor!
UPDATE: Listen to songs recorded on the night HERE
10-12 August 2013 - Pigeon Whistles at Mintfest
Nathaniel Robin Mann takes his pigeons to Kendal in the Lake District for what is potentially their last outing of the summer (though watch this space). The Audible Forces installations will be open to the public from noon until 6pm, Saturday to Monday. Flight times may be subject to weather conditions and predatory bird attack, check Nathan's Twitter feed for details: @animateddog.
2-25 August 2013 - Eccentronic present Neurovision at the Edinburgh Fringe
The real Eccentronic (accept no imitations) take their Neurovision show to Edinburgh for three weeks at the Fringe. Featuring the "unflappably upbeat" (copyright Timeout) John Callaghan and the comedy talents of Miss Hypnotique, the show is a demented musical, loosely charting the efforts of two songwriters attempting to distill the essence of Britishness into the ultimate Eurovision entry. There will be songs, poorly choreographed dancing, small flag-waving nationalism, Euro-Twister and inevitably... John Callaghan in his underpants.
The show takes place in Maggie's Chambers at the Free Sisters, 139 Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1JS and the show starts at 19.30pm. Details here.
While Eccentronic are busy cavorting up North, the new John Callaghan album is being mastered in Europe for release in October.
2-4 August 2013 - Pigeon Whistles at Stockton-on-Tees
Prince of Pigeons Nathaniel Robin Mann, Pigeon Pete and Pigeon Driver Ben take their show to Stockton International Riverside Festival this weekend, as part of the Audible Forces summer tour. The event takes place Friday to Sunday between noon and 8pm on Trinity Green. Check out Nathan's Twitter feed for flight times: @animateddog.
26 July 2013 - Dead Rat Orchestra at Cambridge Folk Festival
Dead Rat Orchestra take their hollerin', howling, axe-wielding folk mayhem to the Cambridge Folk Festival on 26 July.
Update: Two hours before their set, Dan promised Facebook users he would drop acid and strip naked, in what would be a valiant solo attempt to counterbalance the suffocating tweeness of the UK's most popular folk event. As yet, there have been no reports of arrests.
Anyone spotting a wild-eyed feral biped, covered in thick black fur and vaguely resembling the missing link between homo sapiens and a prehistoric giant otter, should contact the Dead Rat Orchestra via their website: http://www.deadratorchestra.com/
20 July 2013 - Henry Homesweet at the Ilmiö Festival, Finland
Henry Homesweet plays his first live show of 2013, but you'll need to travel to Turku in Finland to see it. He is taking part in the Ilmiö Festival with a whole bunch of bands I've never heard of, but I'm sure it will a fascinating cultural exchange. Meanwhile, we've unearthed a cracking Henry Homesweet live track from 2010, recorded by BBC Introducing. Listen to it here on our Soundcloud page, if you've got six and a half minutes to spare.
13 July 2013 - Lightbulb Festival: Nathaniel Robin Mann at St. Martin's Church
Saturday night at the Lightbulb Festival saw Nathaniel Robin Mann return to St.Martin's Church to treat the audience to one of the most memorable performances of his career. Sterling support was provided by two rising stars of the Colchester poetry scene - Aryn Clark and Tess Gardener, both of whom delivered powerful and moving work with real conviction. It was Nathan's night though; his voice filled the venue with songs of vigilante killers, child murder, date rape and vagracy, culled from his vast repertoire of songs from the Scottish and English folk traditions. Driven by some baffling internal logic, he also treated the crowd to the first rendition of his new Christmas song. A stunning show, which culminated in a "surprise" appearance by Robin Alderton. The duo reprised three songs from the Dead Rat live show, ending on a hoqueting piece, described by one member of the antigen roster as resembling a weird Essex mating ritual.
So, thanks to James Sarek, Lee and everyone else involved with the Lightbulb Festival and let's do it again next year.
12 July 2013 - Lightbulb Festival: Sealionwoman at Dead Air 13
Continuing our hilariously counter-productive web strategy of posting updates about exciting antigen-related events that have already happened... We were delighted to be asked to be involved in the Lightbulb Festival of the Arts in Colchester over the weekend.
Friday night was Dead Air Live 13, curated by Lee Ashcroft and featuring Robin Alderton (of Dead Rat Orchestra), Sealionwoman, Doomsday Apocalypse Special and Hong Kong in the 60s.
Many of us were disappointed that Robin failed to show off his infamous cartwheeling skills, but he did manage to create an evocative audio montage, composed of field recordings liberated from the Pitt Rivers Museum.
But for me, Sealionwoman stole the show, with a set shorn of the usual bass loops and electronic effects, with only a voice, a bass and an impromptu display of whistling to entertain the crowd. Here's a snapshot showing their slightly mixed reaction upon arrival in Colchester.
7 July 2013 - Ipswich Music Day
The Waxing Captors and Rory & Ned are proud to provide a soundtrack to this Dantesque vision of hell, as two of seventy local bands competing for the attention of 40,000 drunks at the UK's largest annual free music festival. Grab a 4-pack of Stella and a Greggs sausage roll, leave the sun cream (and your dignity) at home, strip off and prepare to turn pink to Man Slag - the feelgood hit of the summer.
If you can't face that, both the Waxing Captors and Rory and Ned will be playing an aftershow party at the Oak, with special guests Dingus Khan!!!
6 July 2013 - Dead Rat Orchestra headline Roskilde Festival!
Ok, so they are headlining one of the the smaller stages, but this is one of the biggest festivals on the international circuit and they are duking it out at midnight with Metallica, Chelsea Light Moving and Sigur Ros.
We invited our Facebook followers to decide which of Saturday's headlining act most deserves to get hit in the face by a bottle of stale biker urine. Sorry Thurston Moore... I guess there are still a lot of Kim Gordon fans out there.
Three live Dead Rat Orchestra CDs are still available from our online store. More recent live material can be streamed here: https://soundcloud.com/antigenrecords/sets/dead-rat-orchestra
5 July 2013 - Dorian Wood in Los Angeles
Dorian Wood is performing with a 15-piece chamber orchestra at the MorYork gallery in Los Angeles. He has arranged songs from his new album Rattle Rattle specifically for this one-off performance.
Update: YouTube clips of the following songs from this outstanding show are now available! This is well worth a few minutes of your time. See the links below:
30 June 2013 - Switch Fringe Festival - Freakscene all-dayer
A Switch Fringe festival highlight, as the Freakscene shoegaze disco boys present a day of drone, low-brow noise, post rock and wig-out psychedelic soundscapes at the Royal Oak pub in Ipswich. Promising 13 bands in ten hours, this event will be an interesting logistical exercise for organiser Matt Catling. In addition to Matt's solo shoegaze project Bride, this all-dayer features fundamentalist guitar trio Tonesucker, sweaty pop septet Dingus Khan and a semi-acoustic drone set from These Are End Times, during which drummer Dom will be forced to bow a Tibetan singing bowl. And the Telescopes are playing.
28 June 2013 - Fear and Loathing in BBC Radio Oxford
Surrealistic goings on at BBC Radio Oxford with Nathaniel Robin Mann, Dr Noel Lobley and presenter Malcolm Boyden: "It's a bit like the Red Devils meets Pan's People meets Last Night at the Proms..." What the hell is Malcolm talking about? Find out here.
26 June 2013 - Sealionwoman, Foxout! and Liam Singer at the Dentist
Sealionwoman play their first London show in five years, at the capital's leakiest venue, the Dentist at 33 Chatsworth Road in Homerton. They will be supporting new Daniel Merrill project Foxout! and Liam Singer.
25 June 2013 - Mike Read meets Nathaniel Robin Mann on BBC Radio Berkshire
Former Saturday Superstore presenter and Radio One breakfast show DJ Mike Read gets to meet the self-styed "Prince of Pigeons", Nathaniel Robin Mann... and hilarity ensues.
Forty minutes of thrills (three live songs by Nathan), spills (Mike throws a cup of coffee over himself) and chills (Mike rather worryingly suggests that Nathan should be stuffed and mounted as an exhibit in the Pitt Rivers Museum). It will all make marginally more sense if you click this link.
23 June 2013 - Dead Rat Orchestra enjoy a Rammstein moment at Sin-Eater Festival
Robin and Dan led a procession of revellers to the ceremonial burning of a 30 foot wicker man at the climax of the Dead Rat Orchestra set at the Sin-Eater Festival in Shropshire on Sunday. No Christians were harmed in the incident.
21-23 June 2013 - Pigeon Whistles at the Greenwich and Docklands Festival
Nathaniel Robin Mann and Pigeon Pete take their pigeons and pigeon whistles to the Greenwich and Docklands Festival as part of Oxford Contemporary Music's Audible Forces tour.
Update: There's a review of Audible Forces by Clive Bell in the July issue of Wire magazine. Unfortunately, it doesn't feature the Pigeon Whistles, as the birds were unable to fly due to adverse weather conditions. Audio clips of Arpeggi by Mike Blow, Sonic Reed Beds by Kathy Hinde and Phantom Field by Mark Anderson can be heard here.
21 June 2013 - Faites de la musique
Sealionwoman head to Paris for the Fête de la Musique, where they will be performing at a secret outdoor location, weather permitting. This year's theme is Viva Voce, so it seems like a perfect opportunity for Kitty to exercise those pipes
14-26 June 2013 - Nathaniel Robin Mann UK tour with The Great Park
Stephen Burch, aka The Great Park, will be returning to the UK in June to play some live shows, most of which will also feature Nathaniel Robin Mann on the bill. The two toured Germany and Switzerland in March this year. Check out the YouTube clip above for an appropriately lumber-themed live collaboration, filmed in the Gute Stube Living Room.
7 June 2013 - Nathaniel Robin Mann and Martin Carthy at the Foundling Museum After two nights at Pulse, Nathan played one of the most significant concerts of his career at the Foundling Museum in London, supporting folk legend Martin Carthy. He treated the audience to two songs composed specifically for and about the Museum, which we plan to release on 7" later this year. Audio and video clips from the concert will be uploaded soon30 May - 4 June 2013 - The Pulse Festival
After two nights at Pulse, Nathan played one of the most significant concerts of his career at the Foundling Museum in London, supporting folk legend Martin Carthy. He treated the audience to two songs composed specifically for and about the Museum, which we plan to release on 7" later this year. Audio and video clips from the concert will be uploaded soon30 May - 4 June 2013 - The Pulse Festival
We were thrilled to be invited to help curate the music programme for the Pulse Fringe Festival at the New Wolsey Theatre this year. As usual, updating the website slipped our minds. Consequently, you may have missed some or all of the following: Dead Rat Orchestra, Sealionwoman, Nathaniel Robin Mann and John Callaghan. Follow the links for audio clips, though you'll have to imagine the expression on the theatre manager's face when the Dead Rats hacked an enormous log to pieces in the middle of the crowd. But, for the 13th Pulse Festival in a row... no one died.
Nathan has several solo shows lined up with The Great Park and he will be travelling with Ben and Pigeon Pete to the Greenwich and Docklands Festival on 21-23 June for the next leg of his pigeon whistle show, as part of the Audible Forces tour.
25-26 May 2013 - Pigeon Whistles at the Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival
Nath and Pete take their pigeon performers to the Salisbury International Arts Festival as part of the ongoing Audible Forces tour, organised by Oxford Contemporary Music
Update: Click here for some amateur footage from one of the Salisbury flights.
21 May 2013 - Henry Homesweet in New Yorker magazine
The ever-modest Tom Hedley didn't even mention his Henry Homesweet alter-ego was featured in an article on chip tune music in New Yorker magazine. The article name-checks his groundbreaking debut album Palm Trance, with a link to Escape From IP1 - a soundtrack begging for a movie.
17-19 May 2013 - Pigeon Whistles at Norwich and Norfolk Festival
Nathaniel Robin Mann and Pigeon Pete embark upon the second leg of the Audible Forces summer tour, with their kit of bionically enhanced Birmingham Roller pigeons. A last minute venue change, prompted by ancient Norwich city bylaws preventing the use of animals in entertainment on council property, has forced the artists to relocate to the UEA campus. Anyone curious about what Audible Forces actually is, can check out a short documentary by Oxford Contemporary Music here.
15 May 2013 - New Henry Homesweet single on Bleepstreet Records
Bleepstreet Records release a new Henry Homesweet single on 15 May and it's a truly monumental techno banger. Available as a download from http://www.bleepstreet.com/ with two other new tracks: Node Selector and Read More. You can listen to the title track on Soundcloud here.
9 May 2013 - Dorian Wood Rattle Rattle CD in stock
We don't normally stock CDs we haven't released ourselves, but we had to make an exception for this. We've imported a limited number of copies of Rattle Rattle by the peerless Dorian Wood. Check the webstore for availability.
3 May 2013 - Busy times
Dorian Wood's new EP/art book is shipping this week. Tonight he plays a rare solo show, supporting Lisa Germano at the Sanctuary in Santa Monica. It promises to be a very special evening.
Tomorrow, Nathaniel Robin Mann takes his Birmingham Roller pigeon kit to Brighton Arts Festival as part of the Audible Forces national tour. The tour is produced by Oxford Contemporary Music and features wind-harnessing instruments created by Max Eastley, Mark Anderson, Jony Easterby, Kathy Hinde, Dan Fox, Mike Blow as well as Nathan's whistling pigeons.
Also tomorrow, badass rock and rollers Rory and Ned take their dancing trousers to the Liverpool Tattoo Convention.
27 April 2013 - Dorian Wood Glassellalia book and single
On Monday 29 April, we issue our first release of 2013. And what a release! Glassellalia is the second single from Dorian Wood's brand new album, Rattle Rattle.
The Californian artist and songwriter had been working on his magnum opus for five years and finally unleashed it in March of this year, to widespread critical acclaim. Rattle Rattle proved to be an album of epic scope; a doomsday opera that could have been conceived by Andrew Lloyd Webber, had he awoken grotesquely transformed into Scott Walker, in some terrifying Kafkaesque mishap.
Glassellalia is one of the album's mellower moments; a beautiful eight minute piano-led duet with Angela Correa (of Correatown), which may remind people (with sufficiently long memories) of when Antony Hegarty was actually good. The EP also features three non-album tracks, available on CD for the first time. These run the breadth of Dorian's output, from a tender piano ballad to a full-on apocalyptic cacophony, featuring a 45-member choir. Lo-fi this is not.
The CD is mounted in a 34-page, perfect bound A5 soft cover book, featuring lyrics and all-new, specially commissioned artwork by Dorian himself. People disturbed by images of hermaphroditic cherubs fucking and mutilating each other should probably give this a wide berth, or maybe just download the music from iTunes. But for collectors of his work, this is a must! Strictly limited to 170 numbered copies, this is sure to become a highly sought-after collectors item when Dorian becomes a household name (hopefully for his music).
Glassellalia is available from our webstore now and, if purchased over the weekend, will be dispatched by First Class/Airmail on Monday morning.
19 April 2013 - Dingus Khan kicks off the summer campaign
Another month passes without a website update - no surprise there. But we've been busy behind the scenes, with raft of releases and live events planned for the summer. Kicking off tonight at the Rep in Ipswich, we have Dingus Khan, the Waxing Captors and Rory & Ned on the same bill! A Dingus Khan is a sweaty rock 'n' roll behemoth from the Stour Estuary, currently menacing the land on a national tour. Arguably the biggest band ever to emerge from Mistley (there are eight of them) and signed to the influential Fierce Panda Records, (who brought the world Coldplay), the Dingus boys are promoting the re-release of their debut single, the demented murder ballad "Knifey Spoony".
Rural Suffolk ex-pats Rory and Ned return to their home county to showcase some stripped down, lo-fi garage rock shout-a-longs from their forthcoming album "Fighting Music" - out on antigen in May. And we're delighted to announce that Ipswich scene veterans the Waxing Captors survived the winter and will be delivering ten years of pop-rock anthems in thirty minutes .
The event runs from 9pm to 2am. First band at approximately 10pm. Admission a paltry £3. E-mail: info (at)antigenrecords (dot) com before 5pm for further details.
7 March 2013 - Events update
Tour dates for Nathaniel Robin Mann and The Great Park are now up on the antigen events page... only a day after the tour started, which is pretty efficient for us. The two remaining Dead Rats, Daniel Merrill and Robin Alderton, play A Festival of Untidiness in Reading on Saturday, in their Ghostband incarnation. More dates loom for both the Waxing Captors and These Are End Times, who celebrate their (non)appearance on the April page of the antigen calendar with a rare live outing.
10 March 2013 - Henry Homesweet Tape Tone single
Henry Homesweet releases a new single on digdugDIY, a US label specialising in handmade limited edition releases. Tape Tone b/w Pick Me Up is available on limited edition audio cassette for $10 and each tape comes in a "mystery" bag. The single is also available as a free download via the digdugDIY Bandcamp page: http://music.digdugdiy.com/album/tape-tone
4 March 2013 - Nathaniel Robin Mann on tourThose of you with an antigen calendar on the mantelpiece will already know that March is Nathaniel Robin Mann month. Appropriately enough, he is heading out on a 10-date tour to sing, play and whittle his log for the people of Switzerland and Germany. He will be playing the majority of dates with The Great Park and the tour kicks off on 6 March 2013. Details will be on our new events page shortly.
This tour will be the last opportunity to purchase a copy of the excellent Scraps 2 CD/book, as we have sold out at the antigen webstore. I am reliably informed that Nathan will be smuggling a few copies into mainland Europe.
2 March 2013 - Dorian spawns a monster
Dorian Wood, l'enfant terrible of the Los Angeles arts scene, has finally unleashed the long-awaited successor to his critically-lauded debut album BOLKA. Four years in gestation, Rattle Rattle has emerged freakish and fully-formed as a truly apocalytptic masterpiece of aural theatre. Available digitally now from the artist's Bandcamp page and on CD from 5 March 2013.
AND... on 29 April 2013, Dorian will be releasing Glassellalia, the epic second single from Rattle Rattle, on antigen records!
7 February 2013 - New events page
Regular visitors to this site (if indeed they exist) may have noticed a slightly slack attitude to regular news updates and a disappointing lack of fun-packed pages to flick through during idle moments of downtime.
Well, no token gesture of appeasement is too much trouble for us here, so we've added an events page to the website.
The first event to benefit from this small concession to user-friendliness is:
Massar Egbari, Will Newsome and Osten Milne live at Cafe OTO on 17 February 2013.
Our showbiz mate Daniel Merrill (of Dead Rat Orchestra and Sons of Joy) is promoting an evening of revolutionary music (in the true sense of the word), Afro-Celt folk whimsy, sax sadism and amateur DJ antics at London town's beard-stroking nexus.
Featuring the London debut of Egyptian polit-rock behemoths Massar Egbari, the wistful kora folk stylings of Will Newsome and Osten Milne, who apparently plays the saxophone and seems to have no traceable online presence.
Dan is threatening a live collaboration with Mr Newsome and I will be terrorising the hipsters with a beatless DJ set consisting entirely of field recordings of Georgian table music. Expect long periods of awkward silence, during which you can reflect on the burning political issues in the Middle East.
18 December 2012 - Luke's new blog
We are delighted to welcome Luke Littleboy on board as the new antigen records publicity officer. More widely known for his antics as front man of the Waxing Captors, Luke has, until recently, led a double life as a press officer for a well-known Suffolk institution. We are hoping he can use his talent for spin and burying inconvenient truths to advance the antigen cause.
He's already created a Tumblr blog to channel his thoughts. Disclaimer: the opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and may not reflect the more cynical and world-weary viewpoint of antigen records. And may or may not be factually accurate.
16 December 2012 - Dead Rat Orchestra on Amazon
Is the "immoral" use of secretive jurisdictions, royalties and complex company structures to avoid paying tax on British profits keeping you awake at night? No? Then you'll be delighted to know that you can now purchase three Dead Rat Orchestra CDs via Amazon UK here:
People with a PayPal account can purchase these directly from us, using the antigen webstore. It's cheaper.
7 November 2012 - Caveat Emptor 2 mispressing giveaway
As you may have noticed from reading our Facebook page, the first pressing of the Caveat Emptor 2 compilation CD had defective disc art and is being repressed. Rather than chuck them all in a skip, we gave out a shedload at the Godspeed You! Black Emperor / Dead Rat Orchestra gig at the HMV Forum on Monday night. Quite a few were handed out without covers, so here's the tracklisting, with links. CDs by many of the bands are available in our webstore. New CDs by Dorian Wood, Sealionwoman, John Callaghan, Rory and Ned and Jack Rundell are in the pipeline!
1. Dorian Wood - Ken
3. Nathaniel Robin Mann - In the Light of No Dawn (live)
4. These Are End Times - Now I Realise How Helpless We Are (live at Latitude Festival 2011)
5. Sons of Joy - Somebody Talking 'Bout Jesus
6. Rory and Ned - Outside and Work
7. Sealionwoman - Crows
8. Dead Rat Orchestra - John Wort's Grave
9. Jack Rundell - Tiny Tim
10. John Callaghan - This is So Embarrassing
11. The Waxing Captors - Dominator
12. Henry Homesweet - Untitled
27 October 2012 - Dead Rat Orchestra EPs on sale now!
To coincide with their forthcoming European tour, we are proud to present a collection of recordings by the Dead Rat Orchestra. Three key live performances, captured between 2004 and 2007 and previously issued only as limited edition CD-Rs, are now available to the world at large.
The EPs are available individually or as a set, at the special offer, cynical purchase incentive price of £12 + P&P!
10 October 2012 - Dead Rat Orchestra update
We are pleased to let you know that production is underway on the Dead Rat Orchestra EPs, which should be available in time for their tour with Godspeed You! Black Emperor. The tour kicks off at Teatro Kapital in Madrid on 30 October and comes to the HMV Forum in London on 4 November (though that date has already sold out).
The EPs and other merchandise commemorating 10 years of the DRO will be available at all dates (barring act of god or other more mundane mishap). Head to http://www.deadratorchestra.com/ for a full list of tour dates.
5 October 2012 - You wait three months for a new release and then three come along at once...
More grovelling apologies for failing to keep the site up to date, but we have been really busy... honestly. When antigen records started, our remit was to document and preserve the offbeat, original and unusual music of East Anglia. We've staggered into exciting new realms over the years, but it is a real pleasure to return to our roots with our latest batch of releases.
We are privileged to be in a position to reissue the first three EPs by the Dead Rat Orchestra, to celebrate 10 years of free-folk freakery from this trio of wood-worrying beardies. They have been merrily exploring the outer reaches of acoustic music for the best part of a decade, and have recently received long-overdue national recognition for their soundtrack to the BBC documentary The Guga Hunters of Ness.
However, it is their uproarious live show that has built their reputation. These three live recordings were available on CDr from the band in very limted numbers and have become highly sought-after collectors' items. We will be reissuing St. Martins, Palimpsest and Ghostband on CD on 30 October 2012, to coincide with the first date of their new European tour. More details very soon.
If you can't wait that long, we still have copies of Rat-related audio in the webstore. Daniel Merrill is one-half of Sons of Joy, whose Songs of Joy has received some very nice reviews in the folk press. And a few copies remain of Nathaniel Robin Mann's solo collection and book, Scraps 2.
16 August 2012 - More late news
Apologies for the abject failure to plug the release of the new Waxing Captors single - Back to Birmingham. This is out now as a limited edition 3-track faux-vinyl CD single from the antigen webstore and as a download via the usual outlets. They've also put it on Bandcamp, so you can easily rip it with a copy of Audacity. But why do that when you can fondle a physical copy of the single in its easy-wipe laminated cover, gaze dreamily at the soft-core male near-nudity or puzzle over the irrelevant sleevenotes? We've made twice as many this time, so there's no reason to miss out.
5 July 2012 - Farewell for now, Sons of Joy
26th June brought the Sons of Joy to the Ipswich Fringe festival for what was widely rumoured to be their final performance... for a while at least. Matt Simpkins (voice, fiddle and drum) heads off to Oxfordshire in August, to study to become an Anglican priest. Daniel Merrill (backing shouts, violin and stomping) is also leaving the fair county of Essex, to study in London.
The duo performed as part of the Switch Fringe antigen records night and delivered a blistering live set in an Ipswich Labour Club outbuilding, which turned out to be a pre-war barracks hospital, undecorated since 1938. Also on the bill, Nathaniel Robin Mann, who stunned the crowd into awed silence, performing much of his set unamplified among the audience. Click here to hear a song from the night.
1 June 2012 - Animateddog's Scraps 2 is OUT NOW!
Animateddog's Scraps 2 - The Gathered Flecks of Hope & Sorrow by Nathaniel Robin Mann is now available via our webstore. This is a fine addition to the antigen catalogue - a 20 track overview of Nathan's work to date, including eight new pieces recorded in April of this year, specifically for this release.
This is a glass-mastered CD, mounted in a 24-page full-colour booklet (21cm x 21 cm on 160gsm uncoated paper with a 325gsm uncoated cover) and it is limited to 100 numbered copies.
We will not be making this release available to download, but if you want to hear some of the earlier tracks, 11 songs from this album can be found on Nathan's bandcamp page.
Nathan will be performing tracks from Scraps 2 at the Ipswich Fringe on 26th June. More details very soon.
29 May 2012 - Scraps 2 launch in Madrid
Some of you may have been lucky enough to catch Sef, Dorian Wood and Nathaniel Robin Mann on the Beards & Tongues Tour this month. They have roamed England, France and Spain bringing both voice and hair to the music-loving masses. The tour culminates at the Matadero in Madrid on 1 June 2012 with a double celebration, as Nathan's Scraps 2 collection will be available to buy for the first time at this event.
Scraps 2 will also be available from the antigen records webstore from 1 June 2012.
27 May 2012 - Nathaniel Robin Mann comes to antigenWe are REALLY thrilled to announce our latest release: Animateddog's Scraps 2 - The Gathered Flecks of Hope and Sorrow by Nathaniel Robin Mann. This is a limited edition glass-mastered CD, mounted in an oversize (21cm x 21cm) heavy stock booklet, containing lyrics and artwork by the Mann himself. The CD collects together live tracks and studio work from his two previous online releases - Animateddog Does and Scraps - all of which will be available on CD for the first time.
If this wasn't exciting enough, Nathan has re-recorded four of his best songs, one fantastically atmospheric ukelele instrumental and three crazy mbira thumb-piano freak-outs specifically for this release! And it contains the previously unheard full-length version of live favourite Whip Crack Away.
Nathan is perhaps best known as one third of the frankly uncategorisable Dead Rat Orchestra, who are readying themselves for a national tour to support the release of The Guga Hunters of Ness soundtrack on Critical Heights. He has recently collaborated with Lara Baladi, composing Hope - The Donkey Symphony, which premiered at the 1st Kiev Arts Bianniel in Ukraine last week.
19 May 2012 - Songs of Joy endorsed by folk establishment "Twin-fiddles, from the lush to the distorted, backed up by the world's oldest big drum, lead this set of lo-fi Christian tunes and songs. Lou Reed, Nick Cave and backwoods preachers are all in there, bless 'em. Magnificently loopy." fRoots "It's a visceral, rough-hewn ride - foot stompy and fuzzy around the edges. Equally spooky and sublime, it's hard to know whether these Sons will save you or send you to the pits of Hell. But whatever the final judgement, it's sure to leave you in a better place." R2 "I've heard better sounding third generation bootlegs. I don't suppose commercial success was the aim here but would it have been too much of an artistic compromise to record these songs properly?" Blues Bunny 22 April 2012 - Rory and Ned on iTunes and Amazon MP3 Man Slag by Rory and Ned is now available to download from iTunes, Tesco online etc. Or you can stream it via all of the usual online suspects, if you'd prefer to spend that 70p on a packet of crisps instead. The CD of Man Slag b/w The Forbidden Dance has now sold out. In other news, our online distributor has finally resolved its spat with Amazon UK and Europe and you are now able to buy Man Slag from Amazon MP3. Palm Trance by Henry Homesweet and Pleasure! by the Waxing Captors are also available again, with other antigen titles to follow by the end of May.
"Twin-fiddles, from the lush to the distorted, backed up by the world's oldest big drum, lead this set of lo-fi Christian tunes and songs. Lou Reed, Nick Cave and backwoods preachers are all in there, bless 'em. Magnificently loopy." fRoots
"It's a visceral, rough-hewn ride - foot stompy and fuzzy around the edges. Equally spooky and sublime, it's hard to know whether these Sons will save you or send you to the pits of Hell. But whatever the final judgement, it's sure to leave you in a better place." R2
"I've heard better sounding third generation bootlegs. I don't suppose commercial success was the aim here but would it have been too much of an artistic compromise to record these songs properly?" Blues Bunny
22 April 2012 - Rory and Ned on iTunes and Amazon MP3
Man Slag by Rory and Ned is now available to download from iTunes, Tesco online etc. Or you can stream it via all of the usual online suspects, if you'd prefer to spend that 70p on a packet of crisps instead.
The CD of Man Slag b/w The Forbidden Dance has now sold out.
In other news, our online distributor has finally resolved its spat with Amazon UK and Europe and you are now able to buy Man Slag from Amazon MP3. Palm Trance by Henry Homesweet and Pleasure! by the Waxing Captors are also available again, with other antigen titles to follow by the end of May.
14 April 2012 - Man Slag / The Forbidden Dance by Rory and Ned
Yes, it's finally here! The new Rory and Ned single is now available to buy from our online store, with iTunes and other download options to follow within the next week.
The boys have managed to avoid being stabbed for more than six weeks, since relocating to Liverpool. Though if you watch their latest video, you may wonder how.
Catch them live before they get banned from every so-called open-mic event in their newly-adopted city.
Friends and family will have the chance to see how six weeks in the birthplace of the Beatles has influenced their sound, when they open proceedings on the acoustic stage at Ipswich May Day in Alexandra Park on 6th May 2012 . The acoustic stage has nabbed all the talent this year, with our showbiz mates John Brett and Phil "Ball-Gag" Jackson of the B.Goodes also on the bill. More details soon.
23 March 2012 - The Trip
The Waxing Captors are back with a new video to promote The Trip. UK live dates to follow. The Trip is available on iTunes worldwide and we've held back some limited edition faux-vinyl CD singles to promote it. These are only available from the antigen webstore.
24 February 2012 - Rory & Ned
18 February 2012 - Missing numbers
Those of you with a keen interest in prime numbers may have noticed we have some missing releases from the antigen back catalogue. No? Well never mind... this is the situation -
antigen 17 Earth Mother Fucker - I Fuck Therefore I Am CD + 7"
The 7" has been lathe-cut by Peter King in New Zealand. We are still seeking out a missing master tape from the first ever EMF recording session in 1990 and the elaborate packing is still under construction. We plan to release this later this year.
antigen 29 Sealionwoman - TBC CD
Sealionwoman sent us everything they have ever recorded and we've been sifting through this vast archive in order to compile what we hope will be the ultimate overview of their early work. We hope to finalise a track listing in a couple of weeks. This CD will be out in 2012.
antigen 37 Jack Rundell - TBC CD
We are mastering this release at the moment and it will be available in the next couple of months. More details very soon! 10 February 2012 - Amazon MP3
10 February 2012 - Amazon MP3
Some of you may have noticed that antigen recordings are not currently available to download on Amazon MP3. This is due to a dispute between Tunecore (our digital distributor) and Amazon UK and Europe. We have not been given any idea as to when this will be resolved. All of our records are still available on CD from Amazon and from us directly via our online webstore. And downloads from iTunes are unaffected. Apologies for the disruption.
26 January 2012 - The Waxing Captors live at the Swan
The Waxing Captors join the Kabeedies and Youth Club for a FREE gig at the Swan in Ipswich on Thursday 26 January 2012. It kicks off at 8pm. If you want to get an idea of what to expect, click here for live YouTube footage of the Captors in Groningen last year. If you like it, click the Facebook or Twitter tab and help them on their way to inevitable disappointment in the Graham Coxon Tour Support competition.
XXIIRII, the unpronounceably enigmatic film-maker from Barcelona, has produced a brilliantly-realised dark narrative for Critical Buddha by Henry Homesweet. This is well worth checking out on YouTube, if you have seven minutes of your life to spare. The track itself features on the brand new Homesweet album, Enter 5D, which is of course available now from our online webstore, iTunes and Amazon UK.
We have uploaded the video to the antigen records YouTube channel, along with live footage of Sealionwoman from their performance at Ronnie's Bar in August of last year. We have compiled a load of antigen-related video oddities. Be sure to check out some of John Callaghan's fantastic self-directed promos.
30 December 2011 - The Trip CD out now!
It's the feel-good hit of the summer! Roll back the roof, crank up the volume and let the Waxing Captors provide the soundtrack to your next unnecessary car journey. With the windows down and "The Trip" on auto-repeat, you will command the respect and admiration of pedestrians and fellow drivers alike.
We've made a few CDs to support the online release of this single (see below). They are available from our online store NOW.
29 December 2011 - The return of the Waxing Captors / The Trip faux-vinyl limited edition CD
The Waxing Captors / Broken Shapes / Youth Club at the Grinning Rat, St. Helens Street, Ipswich, Suffolk. Starts 8pm. £3 admission. Details here.
The Waxing Captors return to Suffolk for their first local live show since their explosive performance at the Ugly Truth About Ipswich launch night in April. Since then, they've played a few dates in London and Europe, but this is a great opportunity for those us living in backwoods rural isolation to catch their exuberant and frequently shambolic live show.
We'll be launching a limited edition fake vinyl effect CD on the night, containing the single version of The Trip and the CD exclusive track Polynesian Land. There will also be copies of Caveat Emptor available with all purchases and Pleasure!/The Trip package deals.
19 December 2011 - The Trip
The Waxing Captors are back, with a new download single: The Trip. Available on iTunes and Amazon download for only a few pence. Or just listen to it for free on Spotify as many times as you want, content in the knowledge that none of your hard earned cash will ever find its way to the those greedy songwriting bastards. All links can be found on our webstore page. Limited edition vinyl-effect CD available soon.
14 December 2011 - Tidings of Joy
Having sat on their arses for a whole month, Sons of Joy finally get around to releasing their long-awaited second album. With their debut in November 2011 now a distant memory, Messrs Merrill and Simpkins approached BBC Suffolk's David Butcher at 8pm with their mission to learn, play, record, digitise and release their second album in 4 hours.
Mission accomplished - Tidings of Joy was released at midnight and is now available on the Sons of Joy Bandcamp page. It can be purchased for a donation of as little as 40p to East Anglian Childrens' Hospices (though if you donate 40p, you'll only be making a donation to the Bandcamp CEOs).
6 December 2011 - Great news for charidee
The Sons of Joy album launch at Holy Trinity on 12 November 2011 raised £408.10 for Amnesty International and the CO1 cafe run by volunteers at the church. Congratulations to the boys and Nathaniel Mann, who put in a fantastic perfomance on the night. And thanks to everyone who showed up to support the good cause. A special mention to the audience member who walked out in disgust and demanded his donation back, because he wasn't allowed to drink alcohol in the church.
1 December 2011 - Henry Homesweet Enter 5D available now
We've made Henry Homesweet's new CD available in advance of its official release date on 2/1/12. People who regularly check the antigen records or Henry Homesweet Facebook pages have had an exclusive opportunity to pick up this groundbreaking CD in time for Christmas.
The album is available through our webstore on this site. If you don't have a PayPal account, there are links to Amazon UK as well as iTunes links for every country we could access. Physical copies of the CD come with a free copy of the Caveat Emptor CD, whether you order through Amazon or our webstore.
25 November 2011 - Sons of Joy on the BBC
Sons of Joy were invited along to the BBC Suffolk Introducing show, to chat to Graeme and Richard about their new album.
They played four songs live during the show - Keep My Body, Jesus, Old Time Religion and the unreleased Somebody Talking 'Bout Jesus. You can listen to the interview and live songs here, if you want: http://soundcloud.com/sonsofjoy/live-session-and-extensive
14 November 2011 - Songs of Joy CD is OUT NOW!
We are thrilled to announce the arrival of Songs of Joy, the debut album by Sons of Joy. This is a remarkable CD, recorded in less than four hours in a garden shed, with one microphone and no post-production. It has the immediacy of an Alan Lomax field recording and the earnest intensity of the pre-war gospel pioneers. It truly is music to feed the spirit. However, it is not a record for those who have grown accustomed to soulless Christian MOR or what passes for gospel in the church-marts of the US. It is a record of extremes, saturated by feedback, dissonance and microphones overloaded by the bestial holler of Matt Simpkins, as he channels his righteous fury like some jackleg street preacher from the 1930s. These raw gospel foot-stompers are complemented by some quieter moments, including beautiful violin interpretations of early hymns and even a Velvet Underground cover version, all arranged and performed by Matt "Rev" Simpkins and Daniel Merrill of the critically acclaimed Dead Rat Orchestra.
This 11-track album is currently available via our webstore, Amazon UK and iTunes and all CD copies come with a free 19-track antigen compilation CD (which also features non-album track It Was a Dirty Lie, available on CD for the first time).
12 November 2011 - Songs of Joy CD Launch at Holy Trinity in Colchester
Fiery fiddle duo Sons of Joy release their debut CD Songs of Joy through antigen records on 14 November 2011. They are launching it with a concert in aid of Amnesty International and CO1 at Holy Trinity Church, Colchester CO1 1JR (next to HMV and the library) on Saturday 12 November at 7.30pm.
This will be the first opportunity to pick up a copy of their outstanding new album, at a discount price, two days before the official release date!
Tickets for the launch gig, priced £7, are available now from www.colchesterartscentre.com or 01206 500900.
11 November 2011 - These Are End Times and Broken Shapes at The Steamboat in Ipswich
Following their success at Latitude, These Are End Times showcase some new material in the relative intimacy of the Steamboat Tavern in Ipswich. Also on the bill, the funky alternative Balearic sounds (it says on their Facebook page) of Broken Shapes. It kicks off at 8pm and it's £3 to get in.
20 August 2011 - Sons of Joy, Sealionwoman and BangStick at Ronnie's Bar, McGintys in Ipswich
We are thrilled to announce a very special live concert at Ronnie's Bar, upstairs at PJ McGintys in Ipswich. This may be the last show we promote at McGintys, as the landlord, Veronica Chambers, is leaving at the end of August. She has played a major role supporting bands and promoters in Ipswich over the last 3 years. Her open-minded attitude to music has seen the venue play host to everyone from Ed Sheeran to John Bowers.
We are planning to see her off with a night of typically offbeat antigen extremity on Saturday 20th August. We have Sons of Joy, BangStick and a very rare live performance by Sealionwoman.
The concert is FREE. All three acts feature on Caveat Emptor, so check out the link below to hear two tracks by each band. Caveat Emptor on Bandcamp
13 August 2011 - Henry Homesweet at the Boomtown Fair
Henry Homesweet has been added to the line-up at the Boomtown Fair, held at a secret location in "Southern England" from 11 August 2011. He'll be bringing it on at The Bodyshop on Saturday 13 August from 22:00.
1 August 2011 - Various Artists - Caveat Emptor (antigen 47) FREE with all orders
Our brand new compilation CD is out now. Featuring 19 tracks by popular recording artists, including John Callaghan, Henry Homesweet, Sabrepulse and These Are End Times. All previously unavailable on CD.
More than 75 minutes of psychedelic chip-tune freakouts, good-time rock & roll, bible-thumping dark hollers, electrifying jazz-noise, laptop punk rock and almost everything imaginable inbetween. Listen to all of the tracks on the Bandcamp link above.
The compilation is FREE with all mail-order sales from 1 August 2011, while stocks last. A jewel-case version, featuring a couple of extra bits of artwork, will be available separately soon.
29 July 2011 - John Callaghan and Jack Rundell in Ipswich
Two of our favourite eccentrics return to Ipswich to play a special low-key gig in the intimate surroundings of Ronnie's Bar, upstairs at McGintys in Ipswich. It's open to the public and it's free. We will also be giving out preview copies of Caveat Emptor to anyone we take a shine to.
17 July 2011 - These Are End Times at the Latitude FestivalThese Are End Times provide a portentous post-rock soundtrack to the mid-afternoon family fun at the Latitude Festival on Sunday 17th July. They are on the Lake Stage at 2.45pm. Expect the skies to darken...
We'll be giving out a limited number of free copies of Caveat Emptor, the new antigen records compilation CD, to members of the audience at the end of their set.