Sunday, 22 February 2015

ZOETROPE: NOW AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER



THIS IS THE NEWS: Our debut full-length album "Zoetrope" will be released by Hello Thor on vinyl and digital download on Monday 16th March. You can pre-order it NOW and get it before it hits shops, as well as an immediate download of Steve Lamacq-approved album opener "Big Kiss", here: http://www.hellothor.limitedrun.com

Here's the full press release:

Nottingham-based synth/guitar/drums quartet Cantaloupe release their debut 10 track album Zoetrope on limited edition 12” vinyl and digital download through Hello Thor Records on Monday 16 March 2015.

Hello Thor first fell in love with Cantaloupe and their electronic pop music when they played an exhilarating set for us in a shopping arcade, shut down after 12 minutes by an angry autograph seller. We took our relationship to the next level with the release of their debut single, the 4 track Teapot EP, in 2012, which was picked up by Gideon Coe (BBC 6 Music) and Huw Stephens (Radio 1).

In 2013, we got down on one knee and asked them to put out a 12” with us. Sure, the proposal might have come after a wine or two, but once we’d sobered up we realised we still meant it. Phew. The euphoric Krautrock boogie of Splish/Wet Dog did not disappoint, arriving complete with a shimmering remix by Wax Stag and again being trumpeted across the airwaves (“I love that record - it‘s just so happy and joyous” Huw Stephens).

Now, after a year of recording and playing live - including a well-loved set at Liverpool Psych Fest in 2014 – we couldn't be happier to announce the arrival of Zoetrope: a collection of 10 lush, effervescent, endlessly inventive and oddly reflective pop songs, including Cantaloupe’s first non-instrumental tracks (featuring the vocal talents of new band member Eleanor Lee and Tom A.D).

Zoetrope shows off Cantaloupe’s full gamut of swirling sound and emotion - from the groovy hedonism of opener Big Kiss to the swish synthpop of Indigo; from the unyielding hands-in-the-air hardcore of live favourite 0891 50 50 50 to the queasy, introspective, haunting melodicism of Labour and Love. We’re never entirely sure what exactly it is that Cantaloupe do, but we know it makes us feel a bit sexy, like punching the air and GLAD TO BE ALIVE.

For fans of: Stereolab, The Human League, Tortoise, Kraftwerk, Patrick Cowley, Harmonia, Holy Fuck, K. Frimpong, Daft Punk, Giorgio Moroder, S.E. Rogie, Battles, Quack Quack, Air, theme tunes to 70s cop shows, punching the air, chat-lines.

Zoetrope is produced by Peter Fletcher (Escapologists, Seachange, Kagoule, Kogumaza).

Cantaloupe is Aaron Doyle (drums), Eleanor Lee (synth/vocals), John Simson (synths) & David Stockwell (guitars).

1. Big Kiss
2. Ambition
3. Indigo
4. Zoetrope
5. Gustave
6. 0891 50 50 50
7. Clam City
8. Labour & Love
9. Holy Cow!
10. Ian Whitehead

The album comes with free download codes. Buy it here: http://www.hellothor.limitedrun.com

Monday, 2 February 2015

NEW SHOES. I MEAN SHOWS. NEW SHOWS!


Hey there,

We've been delighted by the reaction to 'Labour & Love' (as well as its lovely remixes) in the last week; thanks to everyone who has bought, downloaded and streamed it. We've also enjoyed a healthy amount of radio play with continued support from the BBC's Gideon Coe bolstered by plays from Steve Lamacq and Dean Jackson, as well as The Breakdown in Sheffield. Cheers!

Our minds are currently focussed on sorting out some UK shows in April, May and June to support the release of the album... which reminds me that I need to tell you 'Zoetrope' will be released on Hello Thor Records on 16th March! We have a veritable smorgasbord of gigs coming up and some empty slots to fill on Fridays and Saturdays between these too. Do get in touch if you fancy having us round:

14.04.15 | The Head of Steam, Newcastle
15.04.15 | Kazimier Gardens, Liverpool | w/ Monster Killed By Laser & Gurgles
16.04.15 | Caroline Social Club, Saltaire | w/ Monster Killed By Laser & Gurgles
17.04.15 | The Eagle Inn, Salford | w/ Monster Killed By Laser & Organ Freeman
18.04.15 | Chameleon, Nottingham | w/ Galaxians & Blunt Mountains

22.05.15 | The Corner House, Cambridge | w/ Model Village & Alnegator
23.05.15 | The Star of Kings, London | w/ Model Village & Alnegator
24.05.15 | Venue TBC, Oxford | w/ Model Village & Alnegator

25.06.15 | Venue TBC, Nottingham w/ Elk & The Skipping Forecast 
26.06.15 | The Audacious Art Experiment, Sheffield w/ Elk & The Skipping Forecast 
27.06.15 | The Matrix, Grimsby | w/ ElkThe Skipping Forecast & East On Main

Monday, 26 January 2015

LABOUR & LOVE IS HERE!

OUT TODAY! Here's our first digital single from forthcoming album 'Zoetrope' on Hello Thor, complete with fantastic remixes courtesy of good buddies and all-round good eggs, Chrononautz and Blunt Mountains. It's even got singing on it and everything, thanks to our newest member! Check it out:

Friday, 23 January 2015

HELLO 2015! NEW YEAR, NEW... er, EVERYTHING?

Aye up,

It's the beginning stages of 2015, which means that it's also the beginning stages of the launch of our debut LP. You know, the one we basically spent the entirety of 2014 working on? Well, it's called "Zoetrope" and will be out on Hello Thor in March! More details will be forthcoming in due course, but most will be on our Facebook page and Twitter feed; we're planning a total overhaul of the blog this year so will only be providing minimal updates. So go to those places instead.

A few tidbits to tide you over in the meantime...

Gideon Coe and Tom Ravenscroft have been playing a couple of tracks from the album on BBC Radio 6Music, which has been extremely pleasing. Amazing Radio, in particular the excellent Dani Charlton, have showcased the album and posted some songs that you can stream here: http://amazingradio.com/news-2/new-music-news-2/showcase-cantaloupe.

To coincide with the album's launch, we're currently in the process of planning a string of live dates from April onwards, starting with a short northern tour after Easter and then basically doing loads of weekenders whenever we can. More information on our Shows page. If you're interested in booking us to play, why not drop us a line?

Lastly, we're very pleased to make AN OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: as of 2015, we have expanded to a quartet. Our super-talented friend Eleanor Lee, who provides vocals on a couple of songs on the album, has joined us on a permanent basis on vocals/synth no. 3.

Monday, 24 November 2014

CHEERS NOW 2014

Had a cracking weekend with The Cowtown in Nottingham and Manchester, with a super special cameo by Thee Fists on Friday too. Thanks to everyone who came and partied as we tentatively tried out some of the new songs.

That's all from us for the year in terms of gigs and generally appearing in public (though Simmo will be hawking Christmas Trees at the Thompson Bros on Haydn Road, Sherwood for the next few weekends if you want to tousle his beard. Yes, we're broke after splurging all our money in the studio). We're now putting the finishing touches to the album and will print some news about what it's called, what songs are on it and when it's coming out on Hello Thor Records in due course. Better go, we've got masters to listen to...