Without any further ado, we are delighted to go live with the pre-orders for Stages TODAY. Double vinyl, CD digipak, download – take yr pick. We’ll be going live with more tracks from the record in the coming weeks so hold yer horses. Big love from me and Al. Txxx
***New album STAGES out Jan 10th 2020 + ESP #6***
We appreciate this has been a long time coming, but we needed to get this right, and we are now there. We can confirm today that our 5th record, STAGES, will be available January 10th 2020 on CD/LP/download via Chord Orchard, with pre-orders opening on October 12th this year. Beyond this new record we are also already deep into preparing the follow-up, a ‘sister’ album of sorts – AVENUE DOT. We will follow up both releases with as many shows as we can financially and logistically manage. In the meantime we are delighted to share a first track from the new record – Roles Reversed – our first new music since 2013, no less. Feels surreal and wonderful to finally have some new music for you lovely folks – we hope you love it as much as we do. ❤ https://chordorchard.bandcamp.com
Scroll on down for the full scoop from Al…
“Several years after our mother passed away, I sat down one day and wrote the rough shape of an album; a concept album, as it were. I took on the multiple perspectives of the experience of death and grief – trying to imagine my mother’s feelings and how she experienced both her life and her death, as well as how others in the family may have felt and reacted, as well as my own sense of overcoming this grief.
Having spent some time working out the songs with a new group of musicians, culminating in recording (and completely shelving) the project, around a year or so ago we decided to bring this project back from retirement and re-tool it, re-imagine it, and re-record it. Thus, we present ESP #5 – Stages – our personal tribute to our mother, our family, and ourselves.
Hopefully, this personal vision and interrogation of grief may provide others with a roadmap of sorts to navigate these deep, dark, universal feelings – not in a depressive, maudlin manner, but rather with an honest, reflective, and ameliorating tone. As Kelly Jones once sang: you gotta go there to come back.
More recently, I once again sat down and visualised the shape of an album… one song written in reaction to the last, and so on… the theme of this collection of songs became a roadmap for navigating one’s own depression and negative feelings towards oneself. Essentially, a record about mental wellbeing, positive attitude, and, if you will permit the term: self-love! These songs constitute a second, ‘sister’ album: Avenue Dot, which will also be release in the early part of 2020.
14 songs in total.
Written and sung by myself, produced and recorded by Thomas, these albums are truly collaborative and represent a new period in our output, with my writing having been less than forthcoming in recent years – I have now hit a peak, I hope. I am extremely proud of these pieces of work, both in their honesty and their construction. It is a strange feeling to be a fan of one’s work and genuinely satisfied and engaged with it: often in the past, I have felt I have ‘got away’ with things, or not been able to fully realise my ideas. Not so here.
The records are entirely self-produced, with mixing by our longtime collaborator Matthew Twaites. I couldn’t be prouder of how ’Stages’ sounds, and I couldn’t be happier with the result. I cannot express my gratitude to my brother for helping me realise my ideas and for galvanising this project into what it has become.
I cannot wait to share this new work with our audience and the wider world. We both hope that people will enjoy this work, and fall in love with it as we have, and I personally hope that if people are suffering from feelings of grief, of loss, of self-doubt, of depression, that these works can offer some solace, some relief, some respite, some distraction, some healing, some positivity; some light in all that darkness out there.
Thank you for your support and for hanging with us all this time, and I hope you will enjoy this new era of the group.
ESP interviews are rarer than hen’s teeth these days, but the chaps at L’Ecran du Son asked very nicely, and so we agreed to chat for a few minutes – possibly our first filmed interview together in over a decade. This was actually really nice – the questions aren’t silly and it was a pleasure to be asked to sing a few bars at the end too. All interviews should end like that. Enjoy. ❤
Fallais, 3rd May
Le Havre, 1st May
Mere days until The Brexit Outreach Tour 2019 commences and we smash through borders real and imaginary to bring you North-Europeans hour upon hour of Sunshine Pop from the South Coast™. We cannot wait. If there’s any songs people would desperately like the group to play, please do speak now, as we have some final rehearsals in the coming days and we’d like you all to be happy campers. Where ticket links/reservations are available, I’ve added below. This is gonna be so special, especially in these undoubtedly somewhat dark times. Let’s make some beautiful new memories. ❤
May 1st, Le Havre: https://www.facebook.com/events/284036652492907/
May 3rd, Fallais: https://www.facebook.com/events/256174578607872/
May 4th, Lesquin: https://www.facebook.com/events/366558567479759/
May 5th, Arthez-de-Bearn: https://www.facebook.com/lepingouinalternatif/
We’re heading out for our first tour in a little while next week, and to celebrate we’ve got an extremely limited number of these brand new tees printed up, in perfect-for-summer Carolina Blue and Lemon Yellow. A delightful colour combination. These are flying out already and they’ve barely been online a minute.
With any luck we’ll still have a few left come the tour if you’d rather pick one up in person from lovely Louis our Merch Man. We’ll have a full Chord Orchard shop happening at every show, but these are SUPER limited, so if you want one, snap ’em up now… (model: Heidi Johnson)
Taken from http://facebook.com/electricsoftparade
Hope everyone is keeping well. Roughly a month until we hit the mainland for some lovely shows in far-flung places. We cannot wait!
On the subject of Pledge, we’ve heard very little from them in the past few weeks, so can only assume things aren’t *great*, BUT we’ve also heard that some of our Pledgers have been reimbursed… Please let us know if you’ve had any luck retrieving your money. It would be good to have a rough idea of numbers…
Love to you all, and as ever, thank you for sticking with us…. The new album is being mixed as we speak and has a rough release date set for September, all things going well from this point onwards!
***ESP LP #5 – PledgeMusic Update***
As you have no doubt read, Pledge Music, who we have trusted with the pre-order/crowd-funding of the 5th Electric Soft Parade LP/CD/download, are going through considerable (self-inflicted) financial issues and as such have stopped taking orders for all albums or paying any money out to artists. We have been advised by Chord Orchard’s distributor (Republic of Music) that it is extremely unlikely Pledge will ever honour the balance of our campaign money, and that the best option for us is to move our pre-order/campaign over to them immediately. Over the coming weeks we will re-open pre-orders for the album via a new page (through Republic of Music) with all offers/extras available as per the original Pledge page. From RoM:
*****We are advising everyone who has pre-ordered from Pledge to inform Pledge you are cancelling your order and to request a refund from them. If Pledge do not issue you a refund in full after 7 days contact your credit card company and they will arrange this. At the same time it is advisable to inform your credit card / bank of the need to withdraw the payment.*****
As a gesture of goodwill to anyone who has supported us already by pre-ordering the album, we will be setting up a discounted pre-order code for anyone who has already Pledged once. While this means we, the group, will be effectively bearing some of the brunt of Pledge’s catastrophic failure to manage their accounts, we feel it is the most appropriate action – a compromise that hopefully damages the band/fan relationship as little as possible. If you’re left with a slightly sour taste, we cannot blame you, though the onus and responsibility for EVERYTHING that has transpired (for us and every other artist affected) falls completely, unreservedly with Pledge. For those who Pledged beyond pre-ordering vinyl or CD (house concerts, t-shirts, extras…) we will be in touch personally via email in the coming weeks to try to arrange some sort of agreement/compromise where neither party is suffering financially and all Pledges are effectively honoured as originally promised.
It’s difficult to put into words quite how offensive we have found Pledge’s conduct over the past year – brazenly using us (and countless other groups) as an instrument with which to defraud hundreds of thousands of fans of millions of pounds – money which (aside from a payment of £300 last July) has gone directly from your pockets and into their accounts. Make no mistake, that’s precisely what this is – fraud. The vulgarity is overpowering.
We can only profusely thank Mark at Republic of Music for offering to step in and advise where needed. Together we will do everything in our powers to put this sorry episode behind us as quickly and as painlessly (for you) as possible, and get on with the business of releasing this brilliant new music.
We will update you with new pre-order links for the record as soon as we have them. Huge thanks to every last one of you for sticking with us and offering words of support throughout. It means the world to us and has kept us going through some dark, extremely frustrating days, so thank you.
Love to you all,
Thomas & Alex