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18 October, 2012

Nick Halliwell interview on Penny Black Music

There's an interview with Occultation boss Nick Halliwell on Penny Black Music - one of our favourite sites, they've supported the label from the very early days. It includes hints about upcoming Occultation releases and goes into some depth about the label's origins and plans.

24 September, 2012

Wild Swans reissue: your voice

We've now set up a form allowing you to tell us your opinions on the forthcoming (2013) reissue of The Wild Swans' The Coldest Winter For A Hundred Years album. Click here to let us know what you think.

22 September, 2012

The Distractions - Kings Arms 31/8/2012 "Lost"

Above is some footage taken by Mr Luis Finney using his iPhone at the Kings Arms, Salford, on Friday 31st August 2012. It features The Distractions opening their set with Lost. More to follow soon.

Wild Swans album reissue

A number of people have asked why the Wild Swans album, The Coldest Winter For A Hundred Years, wasn't available on vinyl. The answer is that it was delivered to us when we were least expecting it. We couldn't wait to get it out, but it was as much as we could do to find the cash for a small first pressing of CDs plus the limited edition Tracks In Snow EP. 

Things've changed at Occultation since then with a series of successful releases and the forging of new partnerships - to cut a long story short, we're now planning an expanded Coldest Winter reissue. It'll be a while yet: we've obviously got other releases to focus on, there are a couple of issues to be resolved and these things need planning properly, but we'd like to know what fans think. We can't promise we'll be able to take all ideas on board but we will listen.

Current thinking is a 2x180g LP+expanded CD. The first LP would be the original album, the second would feature all the non-album WS tracks released on Occultation to date. Ideally we'd like to remaster the tracks that've not previously been on vinyl (i.e. most of them) for that format but this'll add to the cost. Then there are sleeve options: would you rather we kept the price down or are you happy for us to go for broke and pay a bit more? We'd like a heavy-duty sleeve, as with previous Occultation LPs (e.g. Enter Castle Perilous and The End Of The Pier)

It'd be really helpful if we knew how many of you would be interested in buying this deluxe reissue so we can cost the whole thing out. We've not yet decided whether it'd be a limited edition offered only on our website (and our partners' sites) or a full retail release - again, this'd depend largely on demand.

Anyway, for now we just want to announce that this will be happening. We'll be setting up a page allowing you to register your interest fairly soon. We must stress that although this reissue is being planned, we're in the early stages and no release date has been set. We just thought that as so many of you have already bought the album on CD it'd only be fair to consult you on the idea of a reissue. There'll be more on this soon and we will take your ideas into consideration, we promise.

15 September, 2012

Factory Star - Work - King's Arms Salford, 1st September 2012

Above is some officially-shot Occultation footage of Factory Star in full flight, performing their own take on the Blue Orchids classic Work at the Saturday night End of the Pier Show in Salford, on 1st September 2012. We should have more footage from the shows over the coming weeks.

14 September, 2012

Steve Perrin interview on SD's Sonic Diary

Part one of Stephen Doyle’s interview with Steve Perrin of The DIstractions is available on Mixcloud here and then you can carry on and listen to part two here.

12 September, 2012

Stephen Perrin on Salford City Radio

This evening (Wednesday 12th September 2012), The Distractions' chief songwriter and guitarist Steve Perrin - who's now back in Australia after the triumphant gigs in Salford almost a fortnight ago - will appear on Stephen Doyle's "SD's Sonic Diary" programme on Salford City Radio. The interview was recorded just before Steve flew home.

24 August, 2012

9/10 End Of The Pier review in Uncut

Above is the review of The Distractions' The End Of The Pier by David Quantick which appears in the latest issue of Uncut magazine.