Release: New Moons Volume XIII
Back when I was a wee lad and on the music industry equivalent of the game in terms of the wider job market (there wasn’t really one, about 10-ish years ago. A principal reason why the Killing Moon saga started in the first place), I found myself in more than a few training contract interviews with various media law firms in London. For the non-legal practise course inclined readers out there, a training contract is the thing that you try to land as an aspiring solicitor so that a firm can, y’know, train you to do legal bits. Nearly always, the opening gambit by way of interview questions would be “why do you want to be a lawyer?”. I would summon hours of contemplated smart-arse answers, illustrating my ostensible pursuit of trying to do the right thing by myself and other people, simultaneously implying that that I’d only be willing and able to do that should myself and whichever firm I was cosying up to receive a lotta money in exchange. Some years down the road, having run a label or five, frigged with careers in a managerial sense on numerous occasions, and somehow gaining employment along the way once or twice, I realise now that key enquiry in those interviews was more a rhetorical question and I was probably being asked “why THE FUCK do you want to be a lawyer?”. Curating is fun; licensing not so much, and I couldn’t be happier to offload that particular entrenched part of my acquired skill set (yes I am paying myself a compliment; seeing as a lot of people have asked me to deal with their shit in a paralegal sense for free for a long time now, I’m taking it). Anyway, we put out a new volume of New Moons yesterday, which is our new-new artist platform from which artists like IDLES (please don’t ask me for a physical copy of that volume, the band have done rather well and now my own family won’t give me one of the 10-odd I have to them in 2014 because no one would buy a copy at the time), Fickle Friends, Bad Sounds, Slaves, Indoor Pets and more did their first or first-ish commercial release. We typically put a parody of a character of currency on the front cover, as moon-faced by the immaculate Ellie Cox, and regardless of whether its Greta or Boris, the compilation is aimed at all things contemporary at the time of release. You could time-capsule this shit, basically. We’ve had plaudits on Volume 13 ranging from BBC 6Music daytime plays for Man Of Moon, to Robbie Williams publicly bigging up Oli Swan. We’ve also got a number of shows in progress to help promote the release and all sail in her, and I’m particularly looking forward to Maud’s debut UK show following seeing her live in Norway for the first time a few months ago (feast your eyes on the useful infographic below for deets). Hope you dig.
- Ach x