― Jonathan (Jonathan), Wednesday, 17 March 2004 12:36 (sixteen years ago) link
Finally listening to 'Sunpowder' (with contributions from Liz Frazer), wonderful hearbreaking stuff. Official website hasn't been updated for two years and they haven't released anything new since 1999, so I think that's it from them. I imagine Chris Thompson propping up a bar down the Byres Road lamenting lost love over a good whiskey, but I guess the reality will be rather less romantic.
― Billy Dods, Sunday, 3 June 2007 19:12 (thirteen years ago) link
dud, if i remember rightly, although i think i'm a lone voice here. one of those bands that, on paper, ticked all the right boxes, but somehow made me want to rip off my ears when i actually heard them. ISTR reviewing their last album (1999 would be about right) and slating it. would need to check, though. it left little impression :(
― grimly fiendish, Sunday, 3 June 2007 23:24 (thirteen years ago) link
really can't get over how great the friends again stuff is . basically a series of flawless pop songs, not really a dud anywhere in the lot. at times it is channeling david bowie singing for orange juice, other times gerry rafferty doing lost circa steve mcqueen era-prefab sprout songs.
― pluperfect (del), Sunday, 28 November 2010 18:27 (nine years ago) link
9 years later (wow). FYI, _Lagoon Blues_, their 3rd album, is being remastered/reissued per a Sept 2nd Bathers post on FB. Digital first, then album and cd.
Also, pre-Bathers (and pre-Love & Money) band Friends Again's _Trapped and Unwrapped_ is getting the two cd treatment from Cherry Red, out Nov 29th.
― the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Monday, 7 October 2019 19:59 (eight months ago) link
Carrying the torch a little further, Firestation Records is putting out an early / unreleased Friends Again album, In the Beginning on Nov 29th.
Also, all three Marina releases (Lagoon Blues, Sunpowder, Kelvingrove Baby) will be reissued. The Marina design aesthetic was a favorite back in the day. The KB cover in particular suggests an urbane class and mood.
― the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Tuesday, 12 November 2019 18:44 (seven months ago) link