In case you weren’t aware yet, a-tota-so (a new band from the UK Midlands formed in 2016 as a result of bands Alright the Captain and Cheap Jazz going on hiatus) are set to release their debut album in September, for which they are currently running an Indiegogo campaign to help fund the final stages.
This album documents a yin-yang year that included the band being robbed of all their gear as well as dealing with personal loss and lots of changes in life, but also some highlights, like being invited to play at ArcTanGent festival and the their first European tour with Chiyoda Ku. The band recounts:
“[That year] helped us to find our feet as a band and find our confidence again after numerous set backs. As a result the album flirts between moments of light relief and heavier, broodier riffs which reflect the year we had perfectly. Adapting to change can be a big scary thing sometimes so writing this album was a vehicle for helping manage our moods when times were good or bad and gave us something to focus our energy on”.
We are pleased to present to you the first look at the album artwork (a picture taken up in Northern Ireland by Pat Toner) alongside their first single ‘Tea Leaf’ which, as the band puts it, “was the first song we wrote after all our gear was robbed after a show in the early stages of our existence. It really set us back loads and pissed us off massively but it definitely didn’t deter us or make us want to stop making music so we just borrowed and bought loads of new gear to carry on making noise and eventually got ourselves back on our feet”.
Catch a-tota-so this summer on the following dates:
– 22nd July – Tramlines Festival, Sheffield
– 28th July – JT Soar, Nottingham
– 3rd August – Dubrek studios, Derby
– 4th August – CHUNK, Leeds
They’re currently just over 3/4 towards the target of their campaign and you can help out by pre-ordering the album along with lots of other perks including live shows in your house, an indian feast for two or a years subscription to bUTTONpUSHER shows in Nottingham. Get involved.