Over the ten years leading up to this 2012 release, the Dead Rat Orchestra has cemented its reputation as one of the UK’s most adventurous and original live acts. Always prepared to challenge the traditional concert setting, the trio has played in coppice woods, abandoned abattoirs and churches, often adapting the venue space, performing among the audience or creating site-specific installations. These recordings present a brief history of the Dead Rat Orchestra between 2004 and 2007. They are not for the faint-hearted, the easy listener. Much like the performances from which they are gleaned, they require a sensitive ear and what some might call a sense of camaraderie from their audience. Their fragile nature reflects their creation. These tunes are set down with all their blemishes and in all their glory. They have not been cleaned, sanitized, distilled or polished-up for presentation. The band has resisted any urge to harvest off the ‘best bits’ or to chop out the chaff for public display. The Hopewell Sound Recordings are divided into three chapters, each of which documents a discrete musical outing. They are records, not only of a performance or a space, but of a ten year musical friendship.
Three glass-mastered CDs in reverse cardstock wallets, collecting Dead Rat Orchestra live performances from 2004 to 2007. Includes: St Martins, Palimpsest Festival 2006 and Ghostband, available at a special offer price with discounted postage. Each CD is also available separately.
“Small pearls for refined palates, simple and without additives; rough sounds scouring against each other, violins that are complex and extremely soft; the contrast working as a principle of growth and creativity… the Dead Rat Orchestra find themselves in an enviably marginal position, which allows them to work quietly doing what they like. I would recommend buying their three CD EPs wholesale, to get that global vision.” – Rockerilla (translated from Italian)