Fans Interview the Petrols – #1

Some of you may remember that the fans put together a list of questions to submit to the band last year after the first set of reformation gigs. Well, it has only been a year, and we’re finally getting around to it. The idea is to answer one of these every few days. Think of it as a sort of TPE Advent calendar, if you will.

As the list grows, I’ll put them all on a special page, but for now they’ll just be on the blog. So! Without further ado, let’s get this started:

5) – It’s general agreed that those gigs were incredibly tight considering the band hadn’t performed together for 14 years, do you think you’re better musicians now than in the TPE days of yore ?

Ciaran: While its not really for us to say ….I absolutely agree. Steve’s voice sounds stronger and the band don’t push quite as hard as we used to – i.e. we are still v. tight but there’s a kind of looseness happening which lets the songs breathe and groove a bit more. Probably due to a) getting a bit older; b)not playing all the time and therefore making a routine of it; c)listening to a wider variety of music over the years when we’ve been having a break. Every show since we reformed have been winners.

Steve: Aw shucks. It’s not just me – I think we’re grooving better as a band now than we ever did back in the day. Without wishing to sound too cliched, there is a certain power to maturity, knowing that less is more, that showing restraint can be far more powerful than losing control. Speaking of losing control,  there were a lot more stimulants involved back then, legal or otherwise. And finally, after having spent a decade and a half _not_ playing together, I think we’ve all come to realize the unique combination we are. The sum is much greater than the parts, and I think we’re all much better able to understand that now, and cherish it accordingly. By letting go and surrendering to the whole.

December TPE Dates Finally Confirmed

DEC 4 London – Club NME @ KoKo
DEC 5 Minehead – All Tomorrow’s Parties “Nightmare Before Xmas”
DEC 6 Dublin -Academy
DEC 7 Belfast – Spring and Airbrake (NOT Limelight as previously announced)
DEC 8 Derry – Nerve Centre

And of course for the stateside fans:

DEC 12 Brooklyn, NY – The Bell House

“Detonate” is Amazon’s Free Song of the Day tomorrow!

UPDATE: This is US-only, I’m afraid. :^(

I’m sure most if not all of you already own it, but this is a big opportunity for us to get exposed to thousands if not millions of new potential fans. So if you have any blogs or email lists that you post to, send ’em over to Amazon.com/mp3 or amazonmp3.com and look in the top right.

(In case you hadn’t gathered, there’s a free song every day here – it’s never a bad idea to visit!)

Cross your fingers for us – let’s hope some folks love the track, buy a few downloads, and come to the shows.

TPE in NYC

Yes, that’s right.

Bring your ice skates, get ready to catch a live filming of The Daily Show or 30 Rock, but most of all get ready to rock in NYC.

It’s an awesome venue, and is guaranteed to be a freakin’ great time. We’ve been putting this together for quite some time, and it’s finally come together. Come spend the holidays with us in beautiful New York! Or, actually I should say Brooklyn, as we’re playing the Bell House in beautiful Park Slope:

Buy Tickets or just look at this cool venue.

This will be the first time we’ve played stateside in… oh wait. We played SxSW this year. No matter. If you forget about that, then it has been… twenty years !!! (I think) So save up your pennies, find that companion airline ticket, or cash out those air miles. We’re on our way.

New TPE Digital Releases with Unreleased Tracks

Hey All –

We’ve finally managed to get Fireproof and Final Flame released digitally. We’re working directly with IODA to make them available to all music sites, and can verify that they’re available on iTunes and Amazon. Woo hoo!

But there’s more. This release of Final Flame restores the original running order and full length of the original shows. Some of you may have heard these six unreleased tracks via the “unofficial” versions (I believe I may have sent some of these myself), but this is the first time they’ve officially been made available.

We will also be releasing physical versions of these two releases through a partnership with Amazon’s Disc-on-demand. More on that later.

In the meantime, we would absolutely love it if some of you wrote some reviews!

TPE do ATP!

The band has been invited to join the bill for this years All tomorrow’s parties “Nightmare Before Christmas” festival on December 4-6 as curated by KEVIN SHIELDS of MY BLOODY VALENTINE. More details as they come in. So far Sonic Youth, De la Soul, EPMD and the Sun Ra Orkestra have been announced.

Culturedeluxe Interview

Hey folks –

Culturedeluxe were kind enough to do an interview with us backstage at the Hop Farm Festival. We enjoyed chatting with them, as I think you’ll see.

See for yourself here.

A tip of the hat from the London Gig

Okay –

So the new iPhone doesn’t shoot the greatest video indoors. And the audio quality, is, well, dreadful. But the sentiment is here. This video is a thank you to Espen, the man responsible for our number one fan site:

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You may not be able to decipher the audio, so here’s a transcript:

Steve: Hello there, pop fans!
Audience: Hi, Espen!

(recreating a moment from Seen and Unseen…)

UPDATE: Kate also caught this from the front of house:

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