Menomena have remixed ‘Small Talk’, a recent single from Bristol band Empty Pools. In celebration of the band’s UK tour with Eleanor Friedberger, the MP3 has been made available as a free MP3 download to anyone who signs up for their mailing list. The tour starts today in Manchester and culminates in a date at Bush Hall in London next Tuesday.
A fresh, rerecorded version of ‘Small Talk’ features on Empty Pools’ debut LP Saturn Reruns, released 4th November on Battle Worldwide. The first song to hear from it was the aptly volatile ‘Exploded View’. It’s a fraying short fuse of a thing lit by incendiary rhythmic elements, claustrophobic existentialism inspired by “the fall” (a revolt against one’s makers, not the grizzly post-punk Mancunian stalwarts) and showcases 23-year-old vocalist Leah Pritchard’s incisive snarl.
Ultimately, the name Saturn Reruns came from “around 50 stupid tweets, a few pub trips and an afternoon drinking beer in Ben’s garden. All that time to realise we’d exhausted all our ideas and hadn’t actually found anything we all agreed on.” It’s a neat juxtaposition of the critical and the jovial that mirrors the seriously contemplated influences to have formed the album in the first place (the initial classified ad posted by guitarist Ben and drummer Aaron listed the likes of Pylon, Marnie Stern, Talking Heads, Helium and Karate, attracting kindred spirits in bassist Matt, and Leah) and the at times ingenuous sonic fare it comprises.
EMPTY POOLS LIVE: (* = with Eleanor Friedberger)
29th August – Manchester, Night and Day*
30th August – Cambridge, Lodestar Festival*
31st August – Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete’s*
1st September – Glasgow, Broadcast*
2nd September – Newcastle, The Cluny*
3rd September – London, Bush Hall*
12th October – Bristol, Simple Things Festival