The following is an excerpt from an unsolicited press release provided to Owl Plates by Full Crumb. While technical limitations tragically prevent us from reproducing the original document's voluminous footnotes, we trust that it is an otherwhise faithful representation of the author's intent. We present it here without comment :
"We at Owl Plates Records are positively aquiver as we announce the arrival of the new Full Crumb album, Shattered Vandal Teeth. First released back in 2004, this specially reissued Owl Plates version is something of a departure from the original, with various out-takes and new material added, plus different artwork throughout. To say the album has been revamped is not just an understatement, but an almost willful corruption of all that is true. All that is good. And certainly all that is poptastical. To find out why, read on!
Some eight years ago Blue Minnow Records, a micro-label from Stoke-on-Trent (specialising in lo-fi indie pop, dark-ambient turn-tablism, and refurbished electrical components) put out Full Crumb's first full length CDR. A 14 track, 36 minute gambit recorded solely on a Tascam porta studio, Shattered Vandal Teeth bounded into existence like a harlequin clown dosed with laboratory-grade pseudoephedrine. But, for various reasons too tedious to elaborate on here, its progress was cruelly impeded. Stymied, even. And thus the long march to renown quickly proved fatal, whereupon Shattered Vandal Teeth collapsed into the snow and breathed its last.
Or so we thought. But no! Three of its tracks did manage to survive (these being Clamber Asunder, Deep Blue Craters and Blood, Change and Plans),--and were released on the Full Crumb compilation A Well Aimed Blow To The Thorax (copies of which were given away free with issue #16 of the now-defunct print-based zine Robots and Electronic Brains, back in 2006). We cavail. Shattered Vandal Teeth disappeared almost utterly without trace.
Fast forward 6 years. A keen young executive at Owl Plates records chances upon a discarded Full Crumb CDR. On listening to its astounding contents he immediately seeks to bring it to the attention of his superiors. Following obligatory bouts of scepticism the label unites as one and drafts a meticulous plan to enable Full Crumb to meet the needs of music lovers the world over. This is that plan, you are that music lover, and we are currently encountering abnormal call volumes. Good day. "
released June 20, 2012
Thanks to Yoland Bates, Tom Bogdon, Eli Chartkoff and Liz Thomas.
All tracks recorded to four track and/or stereo cassette. Mastered by Geoff Duncanson.
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