My newest record is the shoegazey goodness of Monster Movie – the newest release from my good pals at Graveface Records!! OMG!! This one came to you as a DOWNLOAD ONLY (you could preview it by streaming it on their Bandcamp here). If you haven’t heard of Monster Movie, that’s okay—they’ve been around for like over 15 years, but this is their first release since 2010. They’re a British shoegaze/dream pop band, featuring Christian from SLOWDIVE (not formerly—he’s still a current Slowdive member, too!) and Sean from Eternal! On this record they’ve also got a second guy from Slowdive (Nick), James Harrison from Air Formation, and it was produced by Ryan Graveface (the guy who runs the label, and also, btw, plays as dreamend and in The Casket Girls). Basically, this is RIYL Slowdive, or I mean just RIYL good music, it is catchy and layered and memorable and GOOD!

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Graveface Records & Curiosities

Christian Savill and Sean Hewson have been in bands together since the late ’80s. In 1989, one of these bands, Eternal, released a single on Sarah Records called “Breathe” that featured the dreamy, fuzzed out guitars soaring over pop melodies that Christian brings to any project he is a part of. Sean was missing for that but returned for a shambolic gig supporting Slowdive and Chapterhouse in Reading. Shortly afterwards, and with some justification, Christian left to join Slowdive.

Ten years later, Christian and Sean formed Monster Movie in a failed attempt to go Krautrock. In 2001, they released their first EP on Clairecords which contained a few seconds of Krautrock but was mainly dreamy, fuzzed out guitars soaring over pop melodies. In the years spanning 2002-2010 Monster Movie put out four full-length albums, a mini album, and a few EPs, the majority of which were released on Graveface Records.

Since 2014 Christian has also been involved with Slowdive’s reunion and subsequent touring. The band have just released “Star Roving,” their first single in 22 years. Slowdive’s reappearance has also had a positive effect on Monster Movie with Sean and Christian realising that they needed to move away from being a studio project and become a proper band. For their latest and strongest album, Keep The Voices Distant, they were joined by James Harrison from Air Formation on drums and Nick Chaplin (Slowdive) on bass with Christian and Sean contributing guitar, bass, keyboards and vocals. Since September 2015 Monster Movie have been Kev Wells (guitar/vocals/everything), Sean Hewson (bass/vocals/everything), Christian Savill (guitar/vocals/everything) and James Harrison (drums/vocals/everything).

Keep The Voices Distant is Monster Movie’s fifth album and their first record since 2010’s Everyone Is a Ghost. It was recorded with Martin Nichols at White House Recording Studios in Weston-super-Mare and produced by Ryan Graveface. As with all Monster Movie releases, it is a combination of Christian and Sean’s song-writing, playing, arrangements, general grumpiness and chaotic, personal lives. This time, however, with James, Nick and Ryan in the studio with them, the songs have really been allowed to take off.

RIYL: Slowdive, Eternal, Night School, Air Formation, Whirr, My Bloody Valentine, Chapterhouse, Ringo Deathstarr, Ride

Start With: 6, 5, 1                               FCC CLEAN

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