As a glorious aside to the rerelease of Vermont’s second single The Euphony, here’s a YouTube video of Jimmy from The Bobby McGee’s showing people how to play the C9 chord on the ukelele using the lead track from that release. He does get the song title slightly wrong, but we can forgive him for that…
The Euphony is still available for free streaming or paid downloads (or even on a shiny seven inches of black vinyl) here.
After a small delay we get to the next reissue of our back catalogue.
Vermont’s second single “The Euphony” was another collection of the best songs in their set at the time, but they had evidently taken a large step forward from their first single The Funicular. The sound quality was significantly improved, primarily through the switch of studios to the now sadly mothballed Sonic Bunker in Hackney but also due to letting guitarist Simon get his hands on the mixing desk and all members becoming much more adept and confident with their instruments.
Due to the satisfaction of the band over the quality of the songs recorded, the decision was made to release the single not only on CDRs as previously, but also on a limited run of 7″ vinyl. We can now make available the last few copies of this run, alongside the new digital download of the single – have a look (and a listen) here.
Now we get to the back catalogue of the band who formed Tbilissi Recordings in the first place: Vermont.
Vermont’s line up crystallised in the first few weeks of January 2000, with guitarist Simon joining after answering an advert in the now defunct Melody Maker magazine. Two weeks after his first rehearsal they played a gig, and kept up a brisk pace for most of that year. In April the band decided to put something down on tape and decamped to La Rocka studios in Hornsey to record their three best tunes from their live set at the time. Without waiting for anything as bourgeois as a record deal they had 200 CDRs pressed up of the resulting recordings, printed some sleeves and started flogging them at gigs. A record label was born, and the band had something to prove that they weren’t just going to the pub when they were “rehearsing”.
The Funicular picked up a fair amount of interest, and most importantly helped Vermont to get more prestigious gigs around London, but it was merely a taster for some of the more sophisticated audio delights that would be released in the years to come. A tweaked and remastered version of “Annabel” would find its way onto the Track And Field Organisation’s “Pow! To The People” compilation, and re-recorded versions of “Annabel” and “Last” would be on the first album “Ins Kino”, but there is a certain charm hearing a new band barely three months old attempt to bottle lightning with its first release.
You can now listen to The Funicular for free here. If you want you can also buy a digital copy in whatever digital format you require – mp3, aac, wav, flac – for only £2.
Tbilissi is finally lumbering in action. Not only do we have a brand-spanking new logo (as designed by the esteemed Mr Dominic Bradnum) to herald the new activity but we are starting to utilise Bandcamp to allow you to hear all of our tracks for free (before purchasing them for ridiculous sums naturally).
The first re-issue is technically the earliest recording available on the label – Red Leaves’s “Kaleidoscope”. Intricately slopped together over the course of six days in August 1996 on a four-track whilst parents were away (and volumes could be turned up), it was mixed and the master DAT given to some bloke who who said he could put it on a CD. Needless to say the DAT disappeared into the ether and the album existed only on a few cassettes until it was remixed and re-mastered in 2003. We put it online last year or so but we were struggling to get all of our other spinning plates into the air so only posted on the book of Faces about it at the time.
You can now listen to the album for free here. If you want you can also buy a digital copy in whatever digital format you require – mp3, aac, wav, flac – for the grand total of £4.