by tom johnson
It was June 2012 that we shared an exclusive stream of Art Is Hard’s original Family Portrait release; a split release featuring Joanna Gruesome, Playlounge, Keel Her and Gum. It was exciting for us because we didn’t really get offered exclusives very much back then, but what was more exciting was the concept itself. As the label say, the idea was “to gather four bands with a similar sound and ethic and give them their first proper release.” Lovely stuff.
Fast-forward to, well, today and be greeted with the news that the format returns this year, with the release of Family Portrait II. A split 12″ housing new tracks from Bruising (who we recently described as the best new guitar band in the country), Abattoir Blues, Fruit Bomb (Ben from Nai Harvest) and Canada’s Living Hour. The full collection is set for release on April 27th, but you can get a wonderfully edible taster of it right now via Living Hours rather gorgeous ‘Steady Glazed Eyes‘. It’s our first run-in with the Winnipeg dream-pop troupe but we’re instantly smitten. A smartly evocative display which suitably drifts across its four minutes before burrowing its way in to your deeper consciousness. More info below; check it out.
The record is released in April. Pre-order, a variety of different packages, here.
Bruising, Fruit Bomb, and Abattoir Blues play a short UK tour in May:
05/06 Leeds, Nation Of Shopkeepers
05/07 Manchester, Fallow Cafe
05/08 Brighton, Green Door Store
05/09 London, Old Blue Last