Introducing Spacebomb Interviews
As part of our show on Red Bull Music Academy Radio last year, we had the distinct pleasure of interviewing a couple of our heroes. Now you can listen to each of the interviews on YouTube in our Spacebomb Interviews playlist.
The series includes conversations covering topics like songwriting, production, developing techniques, and honing a craft, between Spacebomb and guests:
- Steven Bernstein, trumpeter and bandleader
- Mac DeMarco, songwriter and producer
- Mark Dresser, jazz bass icon
- Scientist, dub legend and protégé of King Tubby
- Jonathan Rado, producer and Foxygen co-creator
- Doug Clifford, drummer and founding member of Creedence Clearwater Revival
- George Porter Jr., bassist and founding member of The Meters
Introducing ‘Bedouine (Deluxe)’ with two brand new bonus tracks
You can also pick up “Louise” and “Deep Space” as a bonus CD (in the United States) or 7″ record (in England) for free when you purchase the album on vinyl at select retail.
UK fans can find the bonus CD at any Rough Trade (London, Nottingham, Bristol) or Residents Records (Brighton).
US fans can head to one of these fine establishments:
The Spacebomb House Band – Christmas Together (feat. Andy Jenkins) – Amazon Original
The holidays are officially here! With help from singer and songwriter Andy Jenkins, the Spacebomb House Band recorded “Christmas Together” for Amazon’s Christmas Soul playlist. Complete with strings, horns, and tons of holiday spirit, it’s just what this season needs.
Watch the video for “Christmas Together (feat. Andy Jenkins),” directed by Tony Forgey:
Andy Jenkins on writing “Christmas Together”:
I started reading “The Chimes” by Charles Dickens to get into a haunted holiday spirit, and I hope there’s a bit of gothic charm conveyed in the verses, but the song took a more gentle romantic turn. Like any relationship, your feelings for a certain holiday can ebb and flow as you get older, and some years, the most wonderful day can leave you quite hopeless and empty. But then there’s a different joy, the camaraderie of friends as you age and the old holiday glow is transmuted into a new kind of light.
A Spacebomb Revue in London: A Look Back
At the Spacebomb Revue in London earlier this month, we invited artists from across the United States, UK, and France to take part in a grand scale performance with the Spacebomb House Band complete with strings, horns, and singers. Helming the ship on stage and off – alongside the host of the evening, Matthew E. White – was music director and Spacebomb’s in-house producer and arranger Trey Pollard.
Trey Pollard on his experience at the Revue:
Getting to share the stage with all these artists that we’ve worked with over the last few years, revisiting the music and in most cases performing the songs in a way that had never been done live, was very special. Seeing everyone come together and put on a show for the audience and ourselves, it felt like we were finishing a chapter of the Spacebomb Story.
Spacebomb House Band’s Pinson Chanselle (drums) and Cameron Ralston (bass) rehearse on the day before the show
Trey Pollard, Pinson Chanselle, and Matthew E. White tape sheet music parts together in the hotel lobby
Cocoon performs his duet with Natalie Prass, “Retreat”
Bedouine stuns the audience with her song “Solitary Daughter”
Foxygen’s Sam France and Jackie Rado
Charlie Fink leaves the stage after performing two songs from his latest album, Cover My Tracks
The Spacebomb House Band takes a bow: Pinson Chanselle, Cameron Ralston, Alan Parker, Matthew E. White, and Trey Pollard
Relive the Revue with this Spotify playlist of all of the songs performed there:
photos by Nick Helderman
A Spacebomb Revue in London: The Visuals
On October 6th, Spacebomb took over London’s Barbican Hall for the first Spacebomb Revue in London. The show featured over a dozen artists with whom we’ve worked over the past year, backed by the Spacebomb House Band and hosted by Matthew E. White. Thank you to everyone there who decided to spend their Friday evening with us, to those who traveled from afar, to the featured artists who flew in from around the world, and to the Barbican staff. We’re truly humbled to have had the opportunity to present this music to you, and to share with you a glimpse into our work and our lives.
We gave our art director, Travis Robertson, one task: Bring the audience into our world and make them want to visit Richmond, Virginia. Travis on creating the visuals for the Revue:
The overall concept for the Revue backgrounds were to create a serene backdrop that wouldn’t overpower or distract from the musical performance. Enhancing the stage with beautiful Richmond, Virginia scenery helped convey the Spacebomb story to our London audience.
Each video started with a 3-5 minute still shot that was shortened and looped or boomeranged depending on the motion captured in the clip. The Spacebomb logo was added to each video, never in the same spot, and maybe not immediately noticed, but it’s there.
I personally spend as much time as I can at Pony Pasture, part of the James River park system. This vantage point of the river that flows through our city has offered many a moment of quiet self reflection. Setlist: Sweet Bunch by Andy Jenkins, and Poor the War Away by Karl Blau
City Skyline from Rocketts Landing. During the Revue, the little boat coasted back in to dock right as Rebecca finished singing. It was a really nice unplanned moment. Setlist: In Waves by Slow Club
Explore the rest of the background videos and learn more about where each one was captured:
Travis Robertson, director
Tyger Belton, cinematographer
Leigh Hagan, editor
photos by Nick Helderman