❉ The new band featuring Paul Cavanagh and Dave Jackson from legendary post-punk pioneers The Room.
“Greedy Stars is a celebration of existential powerlessness in the face of seemingly infinite stretches of time and space. Or, alternatively, it could just be a good tune with some pretty words. Greedy Stars was inspired by the thought that our atoms will all end up getting sucked into the sun, that and a lifelong love of pessimistic science fiction. I wanted to write a song from the point of view of someone awed by and embracing that beautiful inevitability.” – Dave Jackson, The Room in The Wood.
On the trail of their ‘Magical Thinking’ EP, Liverpool-based The Room in the Wood have announced they will release their debut LP in late June. This 11-track album will be released on vinyl, CD and digitally via A Turntable Friend Records, and is preceded by lead track Greedy Stars, which We Are Cult is pleased to premiere:
This album was recorded with Steve Powell (Michael Head & the Red Elastic Band) at his Liverpool Arc studio and features contributions by drummers Colin George Lamont (Mark Lanegan, Dave Gahan) and Jake Woodward (Peter Perrett).
This is the first time band members Paul Cavanagh and Dave Jackson have worked together since their post-punk band The Room split back in 1985. Reunited under the moniker The Room in the Wood, this past year has seen them write over 30 new songs. Together with collaborator and ace drummer Colin George Lamont, they developed and honed these ideas down to the tracks they are now presenting.
This new material has been an exciting voyage of musical exploration in a new fruitful and prolific tandem. Jackson’s lyrical storytelling combines with Cavanagh’s exquisite guitar-stylings, making for a fine blend of post-punk pop, gritty blues-folk, and velvety ballads, variously influenced by Russian fairy tales, Francis Bacon, dead oceans, swimming pool bridges and unanswered prayers. This is eerie space-folk meets bluesy-glam-punk – an eclectic mix of styles, prioritising melodic storytelling and lots of strum and twang.
“Magical Thinking is a bit of a tongue in cheek rant about the weird stuff people believe in to get them through their days. Though the lyrics might come from a ‘spiritually unaffiliated’ standpoint, I wonder where we would all be without our collective storytelling abilities, dream logic, mass hallucinations and dogged determination to make 2 plus 2 add up to 5” –Dave Jackson.
Dave Jackson has been writting and recording since his teens as part of The Room, 051, Benny Profane, Dust, Dead Cowboys, as Dave Jackson & The Cathedral Mountaineers, and under his own name with former Shack guitarist John Head. He has recorded and released 10 albums with these various incarnations and notched up seven John Peel sessions with The Room and Benny Profane in the 80s, in addition to appearing on the Whistle Test, Janice Long and Saturday Live.
Jackson has also toured extensively in the UK, Europe and the USA with bands such as The Fall, The Violent Femmes, Aztec Camera, The Lemonheads and The Wedding Present. He currently teaches creative writing at Liverpool John Moores University, having developed his novel ‘Violet City’ as a low-budget fantasy feature film.
Guitarist Paul Cavanagh has played with Chinese Religion, The Balcony, Ludus, The Room, Top, It’s Immaterial, Gloss and Moongoose. He has performed as a solo instrumentalist as Cabin in the Woods and as one of Mike Badger’s Shady Trio. He also worked with former Room drummer Alan Wills at Deltasonic Records, with acts such as The Coral and The Zutons. Paul has recorded four John Peel sessions and released albums with The Room, Top, It’s Immaterial, Moongoose, as well as several critically acclaimed singles with Gloss.
❉ The Room in the Wood will release their debut LP in late June through A Turntable Friend. . It can already be pre-ordered via the label’s Bandcamp.
❉ The Room in The Wood EP ‘Magical Thinking’ is available digitally and on Spotify, and can be found across various other resources at https://a-turntable-friend-
❉ News source: Shameless Promotion PR.
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