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Festive purchase incentive programme

Merry non-denominational season’s greetings! Our dislike of queuing at the Post Office normally means we don’t encourage people to buy more records from us in the run-up to Christmas. But, it wouldn’t be Christmas without some form of cynical purchase incentive scheme, so we are offering people the chance to acquire vast quantities of CDs for ludicrously low prices. We have a big pile of unsold stock to shift, to make room for more unsold records next year. So take a look at some of our festive bundles and solve all your present-buying dilemmas with the minimal hassle of navigating…

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Dead Rats & Meat Cleavers

Dead Rat Orchestra and Polish folk trio Sutari bonded over a shared love of making music with kitchen utensils. In July of this year, the two bands toured the UK and Dead Rat Orchestra presented Sutari with a tuned meat cleaver, forged for them in Cornwall by a swordsmith named Merlin (or Neil to his friends). Dead Rat Nathan made a programme about the casting of the cleaver for BBC Radio 4, in which he talks meat cleavers and marrow bones with Jeremy Barlow (author of The Enraged Musician), leads an orchestra of blacksmiths from a bandstand in Bath and…

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Dead Rat Orchestra and Sutari – Brexit balance

Brexit is quite a divisive subject in the UK and, like many organizations, we’re afraid of expressing an opinion about it, in case we alienate people who make up a valuable percentage of our market share. In the interest of balance, we’ll be presenting both sides in all future posts about Dead Rat Orchetsra and Sutari's Free Folk in Brexit Britain tour.

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Sutari and Dead Rat Orchestra – Free Folk in Brexit Britain

Fans of music made with egg whisks and meat cleavers, a summer of fun awaits you! Crazy cake-baking close harmony folk trio Sutari will be exercising their right of establishment under Part 3 Title IV Chapter 2 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, to perform for us in July on the Free Folk in Brexit Britain tour, with our hairy chums Dead Rat Orchestra.

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Tyburnia tour diary unearthed

Back in 2015, Dead Rat Orchestra and director James Holcombe took their Tyburnia collaboration on an 18-date tour of the UK, preforming at venues close to sites of execution. Holcombe created a psychogeographical tour diary, using the same analogue editing and photo-chemical processing techniques he employed on the Tyburnia film. It completely escaped our notice until now. Tyburnia Tour 2015 from Dead Rat Orchestra on Vimeo. If you happen to be reading this on the day of posting (10th April 2018) and you live within easy reach of London Town, you may still have the opportunity to see the the…

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April 8th

15 years ago today, Dead Rat Orchestra played their first gig, at Colchester Arts Centre, supporting Montreal-based duo Hanged Up (Constellation Records). Unhurried by the audience’s expectations of entertainment, the trio created a 40-minute improvised piece with swelling waves of harmonic distortion, unearthly insectoid chittering and metallic glissandi, rhythmically underpinned by loosely-interlocking loops and glitching music boxes. To understate the obvious: the performance provided little evidence of the group’s future interest in traditional folk music. On the 15th anniversary of that first performance, we painstakingly remastered the audio track for inclusion in the forthcoming Hopewell Sound 4-CD box-set, which will…

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Inventory management exercise

UPDATE: Hilariously, our e-commerce plug-in has stopped working, so it's currently impossible to buy anything! If you can't wait for this to be sorted, please e-mail your order to info (at) antigenrecords (dot) com and I will sort it out personally. Thanks for your patience. Welcome to the antigen records winter sale. There's 50% off everything* in the webstore until the end of January!

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Dead Rat Orchestra – broken springs & death dances CD

In October 2015, Godspeed You! Black Emperor invited Dead Rat Orchestra to open for them on the six-date UK leg of their European tour. The DRO performed as a duo of Robin Alderton and Nathaniel Mann, joined by Thierry Amar on double bass on the last night of the tour, for a rabble-rousing version of The Black Procession. We are delighted to bring you a live recording, captured on that final night, at the Brighton Dome. broken springs & death dances is album of 18th century ballads for 21st century professionals, exploring timeless themes of corruption and abuse of power,…

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