8 June 2008

Elapse-O Gig, Records Imminent

Posted by Dave at 7:37 pm

Records On Ribs Present Elapse-O and guests…

First and foremost, our gig beavers have been busy sorting out the following evening of spectacular entertainment in Nottingham to celebrate the impending release of Elapse-O’s self-titled EP- which is already getting some positive press.

recordsonribs.com presents..
@ The Arts Organisation, Station Street, Nottingham,
Friday 27th june @ 8.30pm


Repetition and texture combine to bludgeon the listener into a state of sublime ecstasy. Guitars spew out waves of feedback- like a less studied Fennesz, and strident vocals power ever onwards.

Bloodcurdlingly intense, there’s a real temptation to call Elapse-O a noise band- but that would miss a lot of what they’re about. Noise is a factor, for sure, but there’s just as much in common with more restrained artists. Like Swans at their prime, they use pummelling noise as a means to an end rather than as an end in itself, and there’s a little hint of 60s psych-rock, Suicide and Big Black in their sound.

You know that painting – The Wanderer – by Caspar David Friedrich? Listening to Elapse-O taps into those same emotions: feeling alive in the face of the eternal.

“There’s feedback and noise, sure, but it’s controlled so tightly that there’s substance, warmth and in places real beauty to be had. The whole affair is underpinned by simple, subtle beats, lending them the urgency of Sunroof!’s explosive improv alongside the clinical majesty of ‘Zuckerzeit’-era Cluster.” – Nightshift Magazine

‘Elapse-O are part of a noise niche, but importantly stay clear of nihilistic musical dead-ends. The subtle percussion timbre put out by the drum-machine on ‘Island’ stood in beautiful contrast to the crunching guitars. It was gloriously confused, the humans were trying to be machines and the machines were trying to be human.’- Gigwise

Elapse-O live is like a time-warp back to your childhood, back when you were attempting to make sense of all the sonic clutter around you, except that there is nothing immature about this band. It’s exhilarating – big bright lights exciting.‘- www.drownedinsound.com


All the Empires of the World
Nottingham ambient doom-metallers with a fine ear for riff, melody and texture. What makes them so great is that they’re not afraid to break out of the slooow shackles for a spot of shredding. Fans of Nadja, Pelican and Jesu will find much to enjoy here.


Human Hair
Jack – Human Hair’s singer – was on my girlfriend’s course at uni. He was pretty quiet apparently- sipping tea and speaking of his love of Byron’s poetry. When she saw Human Hair play she couldn’t quite believe her eyes. He was a man transformed- a rampaging, whirling beast of a man laying his humanity (and inhumanity) bare for the audience.

Featuring Mr Henry Withers of Lovvers fame on guitar, Human Hair stretch the foundations of rock music to their very limit and plumb the depths of the human psyche to make exhilirating, personal rock music. Jesus Lizard, Wipers and Pavement perhaps serve as launchpads, but these guys have long left ’em behind…

…And Stars Collide
Post-rock is 99% tedium. A thousand boys with too many pedals and too few ideas; a million fuckwitted threads on drownedinsound. But …And Stars Collide recognise that guitars played loud are still brutally effective and- when done well- there are still thrills aplenty to be had by doing just that.

Over the course of a few shows they’ve admirably prove their point. Their music is direct, urgent and triumphantly cathartic, connecting with the audience on the most primal level. There’s still plenty to be done with that 1%..

The gig’s free to get into, but we will be taking collections to cover our costs. Rather than just donate money though, we suggest you buy a lil something from our merch desk- we’ll have CD-R copies of the new Elapse-O EP plus the first releases on Tapes on Ribs, which will include some EL Heath, The Last King of Punt and hopefully a split tape from Human Hair/All The Empires of the World.

Two New Release In The Tubes

Monday 21st July will see three new releases available for download/purchase on CD-R from Records on Ribs. As well as Elapse-O’s EP, we’ll be releasing The Butterfly’s Time Spent in Reconnaisance Is Never Time Wasted EP. A full length electro-pop album from Talk Less, Say More entitled Go Lucky will follow sooner than you think. More on these soon.

How People Find Records On Ribs

Some search terms which have led people to Records on Ribs…

“sexy web sides”
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“how many ribs do humans have?”
“how many ribs do horses have?”
“do fish have ribs”
“how can I record my ribs?”
“virginia ambient”
“do we show up on radar?”


12 May 2008

May News Update

Posted by Dave at 6:55 pm

New Releases

As one great band ends, so another begins. The Butterfly’s final EP Time Spent In Reconnaissance Is Never Time Wasted will be unleashed on the world shortly, and we’re absolutely thrilled to be able to bring you the self-titled debut EP from Oxford’s Elapse-O. Physical copies will be available to buy at the album launch in Nottingham on Friday 27th June (more details soon!) and it’ll be available for download from here a week or so later. You can get a preview by listening to the EP in its entirety on their myspace.

Physical Releases

Something we’ve been promising for a while now. We’re working on a way to make beautifully packaged CD-Rs of all our releases. We’re getting there and should have physical copies of our albums available soon (artist made copies of Les Etoiles’ and We Show Up On Radar’s albums can already be purchased in physical form). Elapse-O’s EP will be ready in physical form for their EP launch.

Tapes on Ribs

Tapes on Ribs is our new project: a sub-label of RoR. Whilst we love the way downloads mean you can have free music, we also love tapes. So we’ve decided to launch a tape label! Tapes will be available to buy from here fairly soon, but in order to keep in with our cash-less ethos you can send us a blank tape and we’ll post it back to you, plus the music, free of charge. The first release will be a split tape by EL Heath and Strap the Button’s Jack Hunter.

Releases on Other Labels

EL Heath’s ‘A (Rather) Dead Sea Liner EP’ is now available from Weymouth’s fucking ace Dead Sea Liner Records. We hope to have a few copies to sell here shortly. It’s a beautiful record of “abyssal drones and ambient sea shanties” and comes packaged in pages from the Manual of Advanced Seamanship (Volume 3). My copy informs me of the correct way to ballast a submarine.

Elapse-O, meanwhile, have gone transatlantic. Montreal’s YUL Records will be releasing a 7″ with two of the tracks from their RoR EP on in the autumn. Again, we hope to have a few copies to sell from here.

It’s worth reminding you that Strap the Button and their associated side-projects have an absolute shitload of stuff available for free download from My Formica Table.

What Our Artists Are Up To

EL Heath is working on about a zillion EPs. There’s Anime Songs– soundtracks for imagined Japanese anime films and the spaces they open up; an album called Pattern which is inspired by the likes of Cluster and Harmonia and is more beat orientated; some live improv with drums which sounds like it should be on Rune Gramofone and the first of a planned series of albums inspired by the machines of W Heath Robinson. EL is also playing a couple of rare live dates: at the Wheaton Aston Festival (Staffordshire) on Saturday 17th May (with Epic45, Millimetrik and July Skies) and at Lee Rosy’s Tea Room in Nottingham on Sunday 18th May (with Cat Green Bike and Glissando). RoR honcho Dave will be helping Mr Heath flesh out his sounds at both shows.

Strap the Button are set to record their epic The Blood’s A Shimmerin‘- a single track album- which we hope to release in late summer/early autumn. Sections of the track exist in live form on their myspace.

Les Etoiles and Talk Less, Say More are also working on new material.