Crescent

by Bob Tilton

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In 1999, Southern were very proud to release Bob Tilton's critically acclaimed debut album, Crescent, on CD for the very first time. The album features nine songs recorded between Easter and Autumn 1996 at The Electric Press in Nottingham, England, plus a previously unreleased hidden bonus track from the band's first ever recording session in 1993!

Crescent was originally released in 1996 on Subjugation Records of
Darlington, England at the height of a British explosion in emotional
hardcore (or "emo" as the fanzines love to call anything post-Slint).
After two 7 inch EP's - the second of which, Songs Of Penknife And Pocket Watch, received a well-deserved "Single Of The Week" award in NME - and a recently broadcast John Peel Session, this was the most anticipated underground and independent release in the UK in a long time.

Despite a vinyl-only format and a lack of formal distribution, Crescent
sold over 5,000 copies of its original release on the tiny British label
Subjugation.

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"The first thing you notice is how beautiful an object it is. There's
woodcut artwork on the sleeve, a lovingly-crafted lyric booklet within,
and the sort of hermetic messages scratched into the vinyl outgroove that CD culture has all but eliminated.

But then, this is a Bob Tilton album. And anything less would not have
been worth making. Tilton, you see, are one of the last of a dying breed
of British hardcore bands that care so much it's almost painful to behold. They write setfuls of wracked, surging songs somewhere up in
Nottinghamshire. Occasionally, they turn up and play them to handfuls of devoted fans at some low-key toilet or other. They turn down record deals with 'corporate' labels - like the indie-mungous Wiiija. They don't play the game. And they certainly don't talk to NME.

So when they make a record that you can - with some effort - actually buy in shops, it's an occasion for jubilation. 'Crescent' is a collection of
nine new tracks (seven songs and two tinkery instrumentals) that takes up where the rarer-than-hens'-teeth four-track single, 'Songs Of Penknife And Pocket Watch' left off last year.

And it's extraordinary. Heart-wrenching songs like 'September' and 'Be My Valentine' take willowy guitar lines and ball them up into a thorny mass of vengeful noise, while singer Simon's defeated murmurs turn abruptly into primal shrieks of pain. It's not pretty - musical honesty such as this rarely is. But it certainly is beautiful."
NME - 7th December 1996

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released October 18, 1999

line-up:
Simon Feirn - vocals
Neil Johnson - guitar
Chay Lawrence - guitar
Mark Simms - bass guitar
Alan Gainey - drums

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Fiercely independent since forever, Southern Records has a musical pedigree which stretches way back to 1977, when a band called Crass was founded (and proceeded to change punk & the world forever...but that's another story). For years Southern operated as a recording studio & the biz wheels behind labels like Crass, Corpus Christi, Bluurg & Dischord, before launching an eponymous imprint in 1991 ... more

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