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In Their Own Words: Conveyor on Conveyor.

5 Jul

Like most of the internet, we fell in love with the sound of Conveyor when we stumbled across their Sun Ray EP towards the end of last year. Such was the impression that it made, it headed up our EPs of 2011 feature and since then the band has been going from strength to strength. Since the turn of the year they have been drip feeding us layer upon layer of sonic sumptuousness via the medium of three new tracks, all building to the release of their debut LP, the eponymously named Conveyor.

With an extremely successful launch show in the bag, the band are now touring North America to promote what could well be one of the most ear-opening albums of the year. Before they set off, we asked them to give us an insight into each of the eleven tracks on the album, and tell us a bit about what they mean and where they come from. So here, in their own words, are Conveyor on Conveyor.

1. Woolgatherer
Strands of neurons are soaked in a chemical dye and then gathered together to be braided on a loom made from collected dead tree branches. The result is a tether used to hoist piles of asthmatic brains out of a primordial pit.

2. Two Davids
Two distinct men with the same name reach similar conclusions regarding extra-sensory influences on lifelong personality traits.

3. Mane
Flipping and flopping despite foregone conclusions is paired with an intense urge to be overridden, overtaken, and forced into blissful submission by a cervical grip.

4. Short Hair
A heavy-handed metaphor for the importance of timeliness in strategic life decisions, but: after all, it grows back anyway, right?

5. Reach
A proposed theoretical model on coming to terms with predilections towards unreliable idealizations of people, places, things.

6. Homes
“This is one of the Earth’s last great places,” is what the sign said, at least, well not “said” but “read,” I guess, and above anything else we were confident that it was telling the truth.

7. Right Sleep
Various wavelengths of light prod differently at arousal levels of biological systems and preempt sympathetic responses like anxiety, nervousness, worry. A light-absorbent compound coats the inside of a lampshade and mulls it all over while I sleep, softly and safely.

8. Mom Talk
A dilemma in which significant conversation inevitably begs the question: how much information is too much information? One suggested solution is shifting the responsibility of conversation to the other party.

9. Mukraker
Adolescent self-doubt manifests in the form of a dialog between two close partners.

10. All
A new mantra for the foundation of healthy and happy relationships between friends, families, lovers.

11. Anne
Declarations of surety give way to a pensive come-down, all twisted stomachs and wobbly heads on rubber necks, worn out phrases tumbling out of bone-dry mouths, ankles swollen, faces red: from sun or supposition??

Conveyor is out on 17 July via Paper Garden records. You can pre-order the album here on clear vinyl, CD or digitally. Come back next week for our full review.

Give Conveyor a Kickstart

25 Feb

We love Conveyor, you know that already, and as well as making great music, they are really good people as well. So, with a clear conscience and a warm fuzzy feeling in our collective heart, we would like to draw your attention to their latest project; a Kickstarter campaign to help fund a US tour this year. Or, as they have called it, Tourveyor (clever, like it).

The band are hoping to raise $6,000 to help them buy a bus in which they can drive around the US and play lovely gigs to lovely people. You may wonder why we, a UK based site, are promoting this US based campaign. Well, there are three reasons really.

1. We really dig Conveyor and would love to see them break out big style.
2. Getting donations from fans for this tour will help them to continue to make their music available for free.
3. We figure once this tour is over, it’s only a matter of time before they buy a plane and fly over here as well.

Ok, there is a fourth reason too, the goodies they are offering in return for donations are pretty darn sweet.
We mulled it over and, as tempting as it was to pay $500 to have them write a song about anything we wanted, we instead went for the vinyl package (shocker there).

Check out their page and see if there is anything that takes your fancy, and if you need reminding of how brilliant a band they are, here is their fabulous Sun Ray EP to stream and enjoy.

Competition: Win a test pressing of the new Conveyor / Illuminator split 7″ single

9 Feb

Competition Closed

It’s our first ever competition here at Alphabet Bands, and we wanted to do something special to mark the occasion. Thanks to the wonderful Conveyor, we think we’ve done just that.

The band has very kindly donated a test pressing of their forthcoming single, “Mukraker”, which is on a split 7” with fellow Brooklyn band, Illuminator and their track, “Gulf Hymn”.

There are only 15 of these test pressings in existence, so this will be a much sort after item for fans of either band or vinyl junkies alike.

To be in with a chance of winning this exclusive prize, just answer this simple question:

What is the name of the Conveyor EP that featured in our best EPs of 2011 list?

Send your answer to alphabetbands@gmail.com with the subject line Conveyor Competition.

The competition closes at 23:59 GMT, Tuesday 21 February. The winner will be drawn at random and announced here on 23 February and notified by email.

One entry only per person allowed.

UPDATE: The correct answer was Sun Ray

Congratulations to Julie Bremner who wins the test pressing.

Keep your eyes open for more contests in the future!

UPDATED: Listen: Conveyor preview new single, “Mukraker”

30 Dec

Fresh from their appearance in our list of great EPs from 2011, Brooklyn based Conveyor are already looking ahead and planning on grabbing 2012 by the scruff of the neck and making it their bitch.

To whet our appetite for the delights that are to come, they are currently streaming excellent new single, “Mukraker”, over at One Thirty bpm.

The track is another sonic gem; a wistful, shoegazey lament, peppered with warm lyrics and a soft but welcoming flurry of horns that tumble and cascade over the track as it swells delicately to its climax. Add in an AM radio sounding coda, and you are left with a big reason to be excited for the forthcoming full length debut from the band.

We might well be a little bit in love with Conveyor, and by the end of 2012, we hope you will be too.

“Mukraker” will be formally released as part of a split 7″ single with fellow Brooklyn outfit, Illuminator, and it will also be available on their Bandcamp page on 2 Jan.

UPDATE You can now stream the song directly, right here.