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Birmingham, England, United Kingdom | INDIE

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"Brilliantly Awkward Brummie Buggers"


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The Nightingales are morally sound, cynically sweet, disturbingly comedic and, once you get your ear in, either taking the mickey or a lot handier than they are letting on... all carelessly and unconsciously cool, "Out Of True" is as true as it gets... this is a powerful and understated set of post-punk episodes in sound. Come see, come hear, come learn that alternative isn't always dog on a string, that punk isn't always middle class white boy on the make and that protest is more about protecting than threatening. In the end, Nightingales are grown men with something to say and sparse, post-punk soundtracks to back them. So, back them - UNPEELED

Nightingales are unreal...the level of playing & song writing after their post-punk hiatus is unparallelled by any of their generational comeback cohorts. Believe me, you had to peel me off the floor when they played my show... 'Out Of True' will definitely be in my Top Ten Albums of 2006 list, it is Godhead! - TERRE T, WFMU

This is that rarest of achievements: a comeback album that actually adds to an already illustrious reputation...Out of True finds the Nightingales not merely back to their best, but actually improved.Lloyd's sage-like vocals burst forth from their habitual restraining mesh of Captain Beefheart-style guitar with new-found confidence and clarity, and "Taking Away the Stigma of Free School Dinners" could be the work of an older, wiser Arctic Monkeys - DAILY TELEGRAPH

OUT OF TRUE #1 September 06 Playlist Chart - WNYU

‘Out of True’ is the first Nightingales LP for 20 years & it is their most cohesive work to date... it is the best LP The Fall didn’t make in the 80’s, but it is also an ’06 triumph... an epic punk v. rockabilly trip... also features beauty in its beast via the ‘Black Country’ duet with Gina Birch (The Raincoats). Please let these Nightingales sing on your square ...NOW! A top album of this year or any year, ‘Out of True’ is out of this world! - INDIE-PENDENT

OUT OF TRUE**** The year 2006 is the new 1981. Editors, Futureheads and their ilk move though the post-punk graveyard snaffling Joy Division, XTC and Fire Engines body parts... the first album from the Nightingales new line up sees their front man, Robert Lloyd, splatter kitchen-sink cut up lyrics over scratchy, rhythmically challenging riffs, like a Black Country Captain Beefheart and steamrolls his unwitting inheritors - SUNDAY TIMES

OUT OF TRUE Rating 5/5. Returning after an absence of twenty years, one of the UK's greatest maverick rock acts has with Out of True dropped a true bombshell of an album. So cynically cool throughout, these are 14 tracks of alternative, glam, indie, blues rock... Just how many different genre boxes do they want to check?Throughout the album they constantly keep you guessing which direction they are going to take... It's an album that is truly different and stands out for its ability to chop and change styles... Uniquely weird but never pretentious, it is music that inspires and makes you think, and this album just inspires wonderment and confusion, do you dance or do you light up a joint and let the oddness wash over you? It's dedicated to John Peel, a man who knew innovative and fresh music when he heard it. Let his legacy be your guide - I think he would have approved. - ROCK MIDGETS

OUT OF TRUE****1/2 Out Of True is yet another superior release from Birmingham’s finest. Indeed, you won’t hear many better albums this year - BIRMINGHAM POST

OUT OF TRUE**** Excellent - UNCUT

After 20 years off, the Nightingales made a a come back with the outstanding album of the year
for sheer brilliance of writing and originality. It's eclectic and awkward, the lyrics from punk original Rob Lloyd are both profound and obtuse. Whilst guitar melodies are hurled around like sweaters in a playground scrap, songs with titles like "UK Randy Mom Epidemic" and "Taking Away the Stigma of Free School Dinners" worm their way into that itchy bit of the brain that so seldom gets scratched. - GUARDIAN UNLIMITED : ARTS BLOG

‘Taking Away The Stigma Of Free School Dinners’ continues The Nightingales’ tradition of having the best song titles under the sun, also exemplified by ‘UK Randy Mom Epidemic’... All in all, The Nightingales’ first new album for twenty years shows they are still as difficult, original and wonderful as ever. Mr Peel would approve - SOUNDS XP

A surprisingly fantastic record. And I know I said 'surprisingly'... I'm a jerk - MIKE LUPICA, WFMU

As musically eclectic as ever, it cheerfully ranges from the Captain Beefheart meets Talking Heads to the mutant rockabilly of Carry On Up The Ante and Bob Luman's 50s hit Let's Think About Living, and the feedback distortion noise of Workshy Wonderkind.Add to that the contrast between the Johnny Cash slow rumble of Black Country and a marvellous dark brown Leonard Cohen style version of Ray Davies's There's A New World Just Opening For Me, with the clattering Beef - Nightingales press round up Jan 2007


"Out of True - 'As true as it gets'"

The Nightingales are morally sound, cynically sweet, disturbingly comedic and, once you get your ear in, either taking the mickey or a lot handier than they are letting on... all carelessly and unconsciously cool, "Out Of True" is as true as it gets... this is a powerful and understated set of post-punk episodes in sound. Come see, come hear, come learn that alternative isn't always dog on a string, that punk isn't always middle class white boy on the make and that protest is more about protecting than threatening. In the end, Nightingales are grown men with something to say and sparse, post-punk soundtracks to back them. So, back them - Unpeeled - Unpeeled


"Out of True - 'Nightingales are unreal'"

Nightingales are unreal...the level of playing & song writing after their post-punk hiatus is unparallelled by any of their generational comeback cohorts. Believe me, you had to peel me off the floor when they played my show... 'Out Of True' will definitely be in my Top Ten Albums of 2006 list, it is Godhead! - WFMU


"Out of True - A Rare Achievement"

This is that rarest of achievements: a comeback album that actually adds to an already illustrious reputation...Out of True finds the Nightingales not merely back to their best, but actually improved - The Daily Telegraph


"'Out of True is out of this world'"

‘Out of True’ is the first Nightingales LP for 20 years & it is their most cohesive work to date... it is the best LP The Fall didn’t make in the 80’s, but it is also an ’06 triumph... an epic punk v. rockabilly trip... also features beauty in its beast via the ‘Black Country’ duet with Gina Birch (The Raincoats). Please let these Nightingales sing on your square ...NOW! A top album of this year or any year, ‘Out of True’ is out of this world! - Indie-Pendent


"The Nightingales Press Reviews"

It's been less than a year since the Nightingales released their last album, Out of True, a blistering late-career triumph for this Birmingham-based, John Peel-favored post-punk band. The fact is that What's Not to Love takes all the elements that powered Out of True – the furious drumming, the lyrical vitriol, the chaotic, post-everything guitar work – up a notch.

There are only six songs here, and the EP clocks in at just over 23 minutes, and yet they are so clamorous, so headlong, so brutal that the record seems like a milestone. You can tell that the band's been playing together for a
while by the way it continually skirts the edge of chaos and continually
fails to fall in. Opening cut "Plenty of Spare" emerges out of a rapid-fire
maelstrom of a-melodic guitar notes and furious drum skitters, an almost
free-jazz ooze that somehow births a song. Or, sort of a song. It's too
complicated to be punk, too hard and fast to be anything else...maybe it's time for the Nightingales to invent their own genre. After all, it's not like they ever fit very well into the existing ones. - DUSTED

The 80's John Peel icons still stand tall as an alt. art giants. A krautrock/post-punk/rockabilly/avant-garde attack is iced with the machine
gun literary license of Robert Lloyd. A furious, twisted, grand prix guitar
leaves the power pop pretenders in the lay by. What's not to Love? about The Nightingales? Nowt!!! - INDIEPENDENT

Robert Lloyd, the Black Country Captain Beefheart, steamrolls his unwitting inheritors. Fronting a generation-spanning 'Gales, including the founder, Alan Apperley, and teenage guitarist Matt Wood. Lesser talents plough the comeback trail, but the Nightingales press onwards - scratchy guitars scribbling furiously over exploratory drumming - the group reaching new heights in its third decade. - SUNDAY TIMES

It's hard to warm to an album when the first track opens with almost an
entire minute of out-of-tune guitar noise. 'Plenty Of Spare' gives us this, and sadly, more. This is a deeply un-enjoyable song, having no regard to rhythm, melody, or indeed any sense of cohesion. - THIS IS FAKE

The Nightingales are morally sound, cynically sweet, disturbingly comedic
and, once you get your ear in,either taking the mickey or a lot handier
than they are letting on. All carelessly and unconsciously cool,
Nightingales are grown men with something to say and sparse, post-punk soundtracks to back them. So, back them - UNPEELED

Nightingales are unreal. The level of playing and songwriting after their
post-punk hiatus is unparalled by any of their generational comeback cohorts - TERRE T/WFMU

This is that rarest of achievements: a comeback album that actually adds to an already illustrious reputation. Out Of True finds the Nightingales not merely back to their best, but actually improved - DAILY TELEGRAPH

Brilliantly awkward Brummie buggers, the most fabulous melange of indie, punk, rockabilly, country and (weirdly) British folk you could imagine - WHISPERIN' AND HOLLERIN'

Another superior release from Birmingham's finest. Indeed, you won't hear many better albums this year - BIRMINGHAM POST

Considering it's twenty years since the last Nightingales record, the first thing that hits you is just how fresh it sounds. This is a record that
manages to sound more youthful and vibrant and packed with genuine humour and vitriol that any band currently pedalling themselves as post-punk, or anything near it, will no doubt be left feeling deflated - TASTY

After 20 years off, the Nightingales made a comeback with the outstanding album of the year for sheer brilliance of writing and originality - GUARDIAN
UNLIMITED: ARTS BLOG

Songs tumble past, pasty faced and brimming with mother's pride, as fresh and corruptible now as when they started twenty years back. Age has neither dimmed their rage or diminished their satire - PLAN B

The first Nightingales LP for 20 years is their most cohesive work to date. A top album of this or any year, 'Out Of Tue' is out of this world! - INDIEPENDENT

The Nightingales in Southend on Friday (19 May 06) jetted in to my top ten gigs of all time - PHILL JUPITUS/BBC 6 MUSIC

The Nightingales revisited their past and offered up the future. Still
stunningly relevant - LONDON EVENING STANDARD

The Nightingales - they're back and they're marvellous - MARC RILEY/BBC 6 MUSIC

They show up today's runty excuses of art rockers for the soiled bags of old washing that they are - KITTEN PAINTING

With The Fall getting Lifetime Achievement awards and Gang Of Four canonised it is long past time the wayward genius of Robert Lloyd and his cohorts was recognised - RECORD COLLECTOR

Forget all these NME Band Of The Week types who make out they don't care, won't compromise, etc, because rock 'n' roll rarely gets as uncompromising as this - PLASTELIN

The Nightingales best material is delivered with a driving, manic intensity, that makes them - Various Publications


Discography

1981
Idiot Strength 45
7" Rough Trade/Vindaloo RT075/UGH4

1982
Use Your Loaf 45
7" Cherry Red CHERRY34

Paraffin Brain c/w Elvis, The Last Ten Days 45
7" Cherry Red CHERRY38

Peel Session #3 EP
12" Cherry Red 12CHERRY44

Pigs On Purpose LP
12" Cherry Red BRED39

1983
Urban Ospreys c/w Cakehole 45
7" Cherry Red CHERRY56

Crafty Fag 45
7" Red Flame/Ink INK71

Hysterics LP
12" Red Flame/Ink INK1

1984
The Crunch EP
12" Vindaloo YUS1

Just the Job LP
12" Vindaloo International VILP1

1985
It's a Cracker 45
7" Vindaloo UGH9

What A Carry On EP
12" Vindaloo YUS4
+ How To Age c/w Heroin
7" flexi disc Vindaloo International VILP2

This (package)
12"/7"/flexi disc/booklet/postcard/lyrics
Vindaloo International VILP2X

1986
Rockin' With Rita 45
by 'The Vindaloo Summer Special'
7" WEA/Vindaloo UGH13/12" WEA/Vindaloo UGH13T

In The Good Old Country Way LP
12" Vindaloo YUS7

1988
Peel Session #1 EP
12" Strange Fruit SFPS052

1991
What A Scream (1980-86) LP
CD Demon/Mau Mau MAUCD607

2001
Pissed & Potless - The Definitive Nightingales Collection LP
CD Cherry Red CDM RED 18

2004
Black Country c/w Coo-Ca-Choo 33
7" Big Print YAM1

Workshy Wunderkind 45
7" Big Print YAM2

EFL (Sex & God Knows What) 45
7" Big Print YAM3

Pigs On Purpose LP
CD Cherry Red Records CDM RED 260

2005
Grudge Match EP
CD Big Print ETC1

Devil In The Detail 45
7" Big Print YAM4

Hysterics LP
CD Cherry Red CDM RED 289

In The Good Old Country Way LP
CD Caroline True CTRUE1

2006
Let's Think About Living 45
7" Fake Product FAKE7IN002

Out Of True LP
CD Iron Man Records IMB 6017

2007
What's Not To Love? LP
CD Caroline True CTRUE5

PEEL SESSIONS
13 Oct 80
Start From Scratch/Butter Bricks/Torn/12 Years
7 Jul 81
Return Journey/(One) Mistake/Bushbeat/Inside Out
18 Mar 82
Give 'em Time/Which Hi-Fi/My Brilliant Career/The Son of Gods Mate
1982
Blood For Dirt/Joking Apart/O.K. Chorale/The Crunch/It Lives Again!
4 Apr 83
Urban Ospreys/Yeah It's Okay /The Bending End/The Whys of
Acknowledgement/Only My Opinion
12 Dec 83
Look Satisfied/All Talk/This/Not Man Enough
11 Mar 85
How To Age/Heroin/First My Job/Part-time Moral England
26 Mar 86
Down In The Dumps/Coincidence/At the End of the Day/Rockin' With Rita

For more info on the Nightingales Peel Sessions go to www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/johnpeel/artists/t/thenightingales

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Bio

In 1976 singer Robert Lloyd, with guitarist/drummer brothers Alan and Paul Apperley formed The Prefects - Birmingham's first punk group. The band were part of The Clash's 'White Riot Tour', toured with Buzzcocks, played with The Slits, The Fall, The Damned and many others, before recording two sessions for the John Peel radio show. The band acquired legendary status in the UK, partly because no records were released until the band had split up, and then, up until recently, only one posthumous single on Rough Trade.

However, in November 2004 a retrospective compilation "Amateur Wankers" was released by NYC label Acute Records which, twenty five years after the group's demise, garnered praise all over, from webzines to Rolling Stone. The interest was such that now a 'Live in 1978' CD has also been released. The Prefects' final line up transformed into The Nightingales.

Changing direction and personnel frequently, The Nightingales helped bring much needed experimentation and iconoclasm to the indulgent '80s. Based around Lloyd, the group's various line-ups regularly toured their eclectic and unpredictable rock music in the UK and Northern Europe, as headliners, supporting acts as diverse as Bo Diddley and Nico and appearing at festivals in Holland, Germany, Switzerland and, of course, Britain, including Glastonbury.

Through the 1980's the group recorded for Rough Trade and Cherry Red Records before Lloyd started his own Vindaloo label. They released many critically acclaimed singles (Six consecutive 'Singles Of The Week' in NME and/or Sounds) and three albums, in addition to recording numerous sessions for their great champion John Peel. Gleeful audiences and rave reviews were standard. All the time The 'Gales remained fiercely independent outsiders but nevertheless inspired some of the big wigs in the UK's music industry and have often been name dropped by an array of characters from Alan McGee,
founder of Creation Records, to John Taylor of Duran Duran.

Since the band split up, in the late 80's, there have been two CD compilations of The 'Gales work released by Demon Records and Cherry Red, again to glowing press. During the early 90's Robert Lloyd was signed up by Virgin Records and continued to record sessions for his long time admirer John Peel, for whom, in these various incarnations, he recorded more sessions than any artist bar The Fall.

The Nightingales reformed infrequently before starting again in earnest in Spring 2004, with Lloyd being joined by original Prefect Alan Apperley and, initially, by former 'Gales Peter 'The Tank' Byrchmore and Eamonn Duffy, plus ex PWEI drummer Fuzz Townshend (Followed soon after by Volcano The Bear's Aaron Moore). Continuing to play intelligent, unclassifiable rock music around Lloyd's unique lyrics, the group remained as independent and offbeat as ever.

They recorded and released four 7" vinyl singles on their own Big Print label over an eight month period from July 04. With several line up changes along the way, based around Lloyd and Apperley, The Nightingales have also taken their oddly dynamic live act on the road in England and, for the first time, the USA. The American shows took in the 2005 SXSW Music Festival in Austin Texas as well as headlining shows in Chicago and New York, which were 'Pick Of The Week' in the Chicago Reader and Village Voice respectively.

In 2006 the group released a new single on Fake Product Records and found, at last, a settled and startling line up - Lloyd, Apperley, Daren Garratt (ex Pram) on drums, bassist Ste Lowe and wunderkind guitar player Matt Wood. The band began gigging more solidly, have recorded a number of radio sessions and released a new album - "Out Of True" - in October 2006 on Iron Man Records.

The Nightingales toured England following the release of OOT and in '07 embarked on their second tour of America. The group have a new 6 track mini album - "What's Not To Love?" released on April 30 by Caroline True Records and will be playing more shows in the UK and mainland Europe during the rest of the year.

www.thenightingales.org.uk
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