The Black Forest


Limited Edition 10″ Vinyl and CD

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Even As We Speak return with a brand new 5 track EP ‘The Black Forest’ – out now on 10″ Vinyl, CD,  digital download and streaming services through Emotional Response

Features the single Such a Good Feeling

Vinyl and CD stockists here

What the critics are saying:

This is inspired indie pop that will surely be lauded in December as comeback of the year “ [Linear Tracking Lives]

It’s simple, carefree and utterly sublime, displaying their trademark blend of pure pop and ironic dark lyrics mining life’s misses in a bittersweet wrapper” [The Devil Has the Best Tuna]

It is clear that Even As We Speak can still thrill and inspire. The five-song set is essential indie pop and we highly recommend it” [While You Motor Away]

“Even as We Speak are considered a legendary band from the Sarah Records archive…this is an amazing new comeback-single.. summery, shiny indiepop” [EarDrums Music: Best Releases of the Month]

Great, great comeback!” [Cloudberry Cake Proselytism]

“Even 25 years on, they don’t seem to have missed a beat, crafting timeless pop music” [Austin Town Hall]

“Even As We Speak haven’t lost any of the charm that earned them the distinction they received the first time around” [Destroy/Exist]

“From the sweetness of ‘Clouds’… to the reverb-laden shoegaze of “Our People Travelled Many Moons”, passing through jewels such as “Such a Good Feeling” and “Slugman”. What can we say? Welcome back!!” []

Mary Wyer: Vocals
Matt Love: Guitar, Vocals
Julian Knowles: Guitar, Vocals, Keyboards
Rob Irwin: Bass
Anita Rayner: Drums

Produced, Engineered, and Mixed by Julian Knowles at Disappearing Wilderness Studios and Macquarie University
Mastered by Matt Agoglia at The Ranch Mastering, NY

All songs by Matt Love, except 5 by Horst Jankowski

Even As We Speak hail from Sydney, Australia. Formed in the mid 1980s, founding members Matthew Love (guitar, vocals) and Mary Wyer (vocals) were later joined by Rob Irwin (bass) Anita Rayner (drums), and Julian Knowles (guitar, keyboards, vocals). Resisting neat labels, the band’s music is a quirky hybrid of accessible pop, ironic interjections, and experimental moments.

After a series of vinyl releases on Australian independent labels, including Phantom Records, and success on the Australian indie scene, they came to the attention of BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel, who started playing the band’s Phantom Records release ‘Goes So Slow’ on his show. This brought them to the attention of UK audiences and began a relationship with UK label Sarah Records.

Their releases for Sarah in the early 90s shot them to prominence in the UK Independent music scene, achieving multiple top 10 positions in the NME and Melody Maker charts. Between 1992 and 1993, the group recorded three sessions for John Peel and one session for Mark Goodier at BBC Radio 1. They were among the few Australian bands to record Peel Sessions – others were The Birthday Party, The Triffids, The Go-Betweens and Laughing Clowns. The complete BBC sessions were released in 2014 as ‘Yellow Food: The Peel Sessions’.

Following the demise of the Sarah Records, the label achieved cult status and in 2015 was named number 2 in NME’s 20 Greatest Indie Labels of All Time. A documentary ‘My Secret World: The Story of Sarah Records’ appeared in 2013, followed by the 2015 book ‘PopKiss: The Life and Afterlife of Sarah Records’ on Bloomsbury. This flurry of interest in the Sarah Records discography generated renewed interest in the band, with requests flowing in to reform to play festival shows and offers of new recording opportunities. The band subsequently played a sold out show at NYC Popfest in 2016, appearing alongside the Chills and The Railway Children.

Enthused about playing together again, the band returned to the studio to record a new 5 EP The Black Forest for Emotional Response Records– out on 10” Vinyl, CD and Digital. This is single is part of the band’s first release of new material since 1993 – a pure pop gem every bit as good as anything in their Sarah Records back catalogue.


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