Sloth Racket are heading out for a geographically-challenging weekend next month, playing two gigs before we go into the studio. Buy tickets now to catch us in Glasgow or Brighton – and nowhere in between!
I’ve started renting a studio space this year to focus on my printmaking work, which I’m happy to say has been leading to a lot of inky experiments. Up on the Sloth Racket Bandcamp site now are some fresh 2023 covers for a couple of our albums. Both are editions of 10.
May I introduce the Shapeshifters 2023 rhubarb and custard edition…
…and the blue eyed monster edition of A Glorious Monster!
More print experiments to follow.
You can pre-order Organising Space starting today! Help me to know how many CD copies I need to make up by ordering yours right now, ready for the release day on 7th October. You can also listen to the first track from the album, ‘Not This Time’, in advance of the release day:
The fifth studio album by Sloth Racket is out next month on Luminous! Recorded in April at Lightship 95 in London, then mixed and mastered by Alex Bonney, Organising Space will be available to pre-order from 23rd September as a digital album and CD. The physical format features a risograph-printed sleeve designed by me and printed up by Footprint Workers Co-op in Leeds. We’re all really happy with how the album has turned out, and I can’t wait to send it out into the world.
The band are out and about to celebrate the album with three live dates, including an album launch at Cafe Oto on 10th October. Tickets are on sale for all three dates: links can be found on the Sloths website. Join us…
The cluster of gigs around the Sloth Racket album release in October is taking shape, with dates recently announced in Brighton and Glasgow! Tickets are on sale for both of those, along with the Cafe Oto date. So the current status is:
10 October – London: Cafe Oto (buy tickets)
11 October – Brighton: Safehouse @ The Rose Hill (buy tickets)
15 October – Glasgow: Pop Mutations Festival (buy tickets)
More tba all being well, but I’m already looking forward to this excellent trio of gigs! Brilliant poster for Pop Mutations below.
At some point there will be a Sloth Racket tour poster that pulls this thing together too!
A quick post to make you aware of the just-announced Sloth Racket album launch at Cafe Oto on 10th October! Tickets are on sale now for this special night – our first gig at Oto – where we’ll celebrate the release of our next album. The as-yet-untitled album is currently in progress and I’m very happy with the direction it’s going…
(Also pleased with the new collage-y image above that I put together for this gig!)
More info about the Sheffield gig organised by Jazz At The Lescar here.
Tickets are on sale for the Nottingham gig from Jazz Steps here.
Looking forward to this mini-tour – our first gigs with the full lineup since September 2019!
On Saturday 9th October, Sloth Racket will play its first gig since September 2019 – and it’s something a bit different. A few months ago Marsden Jazz Festival invited us to play at their 2021 edition as part of the New Stream programme, but it soon became apparent that Anton would be away on parental leave. As the band hadn’t played live for so long, Anton suggested we do it anyway – with a guest. Interesting! The festival were up for this plan, but everyone agreed that we shouldn’t just book a ‘dep’ guitarist. It was an opportunity to do something new and take the group into another sound-world…
With this in mind, we’ll be playing a special one-off set with our friend the amazing improviser Hannah Marshall on cello! This will be the first time we’ve played with a different line-up, and we’ll also be playing all-new music, bringing in ideas that have come out of our online lockdown R&D project ‘A Room Inside The Internet’ from earlier this year. I can’t wait to get most of the band together for this first meeting of new/old collaborators, and see where the music takes us.
You can catch our set at 5pm in St Batholomew’s Church, Marsden. There’s music all afternoon: we’re on after Vula Viel and John Pope Quintet, so it’s probably worth turning up for the whole event. All the info is on the Marsden Jazz Festival website and tickets are on sale now.
Here’s the flyer for 29th March, when Sloth Racket will be playing live from ‘a room inside the internet’. A neighbour-friendly mid-afternoon set! To listen in, head to the Sloth Racket website where an audio player will appear here.