It would feel out of place not to explore feelings we have felt from around the time of our last recording. Emotions that have followed right up until the time of posting and beyond are in memory of a friend to both of us. Alex, an illuminating person who had touched many lives sadly passed away after suffering a short battle with Meningitis. His energy was always felt at every event in Leeds, and although I didn’t agree on with everything him I still always gave him the time of day and saw a wonderful person, always.
It was a shock, and one that I experienced from so far away now living in London. And it is this shock, this instantaneous happening that is difficult to process. But with the surrounding love that clung to one another it is hard not to be touched and healed. My memories of him are always high spirited ones, in dank dingy West Yorkshire basements at various afters, at Outlaw’s coursing through a Bloody Mary and by the sun drenched shores of Croatia. I will give tribute in the best way I know how, and in the most appropriate way – through music.
When we sat down to talk about Pink Sugar Mouse, we decided that we wanted to keep complete openness to what we play, to track list in depth, and to explore better ways to connect with those placing music in our hands, whether by immediate friends, or through our purchases, Bandcamp, vinyl or otherwise. I do not believe in hording music for achieving a somewhat ‘collector’ status.
We are here to take steps forward in creating links. And what I would like to do is take five records from this list and talk a little more about them for those who are interested, there is plenty of further listening involved, and this one was quite broad.
Below is our track list for 24-01. I want to be able to retrace a few from the selection in the next few days, things that I can share further.