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Thursday, 09 December 2010 17:11

Bottletop Collects Stars For Charity SupergroupBottletop's all star supergroup The Bottletop Band is officially launched tomorrow, and the band's debut single called "The Fall of Rome" is available for free download at Soundcloud. The single is the first taste of an album by a star studded musical collective that includes Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals), Matt Helders (Arctic Monkeys), Drew McConnell (Babyshambles), Carl Barat (Libertines), Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, Money Mark, VV Brown, Sam Sparro, Fink, Reverend and The Makers, Eliza Doolittle, and Tim Burgess. Founded in 2002, Bottletop's objective is to empower young people and alleviate poverty by generating skills and employment through fashion, music, and art.

The announcement was made earlier today on Bottletop's Facebook page.

Further details can be found on the band's website, which is currently still under construction.

“The Fall of Rome” is the first single from the album Dream Service and can also be downloaded by clicking on the banner in the header on the home page. "An early Christmas gift from us," the band states on the website. Listen to "The Fall of Rome" here.

Videos of the making of the album and an exclusive behind the scenes footage of the recording of “The Fall of Rome” can be viewed here and here .

Bottletop Collects Stars For Charity SupergroupThe Bottletop Band is a cross-pollination of the sounds and stars of Brazilian music with a host of like-minded British musicians. In 2008 Bottletop approached the UK clothing brand Fenchurch with the idea of an interchangeable lineup of leading musicians collaborating on either side of the continent, with the aim of producing a groundbreaking cross-cultural record in support of Bottletop. Bottletop set up recording sessions at Dean Street Studios in Soho with a wide variety of musicians to record a selection of ideas together under the stewardship of producer Jagz Kooner.

The loops and live jams were then sent across to Rio de Janeiro for local artists to add their ideas. From here, the first Bottletop Band record was born. The tracks were sent back and forth between the two countries, in a flurry of studio sessions with a host of singers, bands and session musicians until eventually resting with super producer Mario C Jr, in LA, having overseen the entire project, as he eventually pieced together the final material and mixed the tracks to create the full 10 track album Dream Service.

The Bottletop Band is a means of raising funds and awareness through credible musical collaborations and is the latest musical initiative pioneered by the charity – it follows in the wake of the hugely successful Sound Affects album series. The first release, Africa was comprised of rare afrobeat remixed by Paul Oakenfold and Quantic amongst others. The follow-up Brazil includes exclusive remixes by Fatboy Slim and Jazzanova, and garnered praise from The Independent, Bob Geldof, and Michael Eavis.

Bottletop supports grass roots education projects, empowering young people to take control of their lives. "We support initiatives in Brazil, Malawi, Rwanda, Mozambique, and the UK, addressing key issues such as sexual and reproductive health, substance abuse, and gender equality."

Bottletop also designs and produces ethically sourced and environmentally friendly fashion products, generating employment in Salvador, Brazil, where they produce products which are retailed across Europe. Well-known fans of Bottletop accessories include Kate Moss, Paris Hilton, Annie Lennox, and Rachel Weisz.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 December 2010 20:33
 

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Trophy Wife is part of the emergent collective of musicians, artists and writers based in Oxford, England known as Blessing Force, whose acts - which include Jonquil, Neon Pulse, Pet Moon, Chad Valley, Fixers, Solid Gold Dragons, and Rhosyn - are following closely in the footsteps of local math rock band Foals. The band employs a system of electronic keyboards, drum patterns and plucked guitars, accompanied by delicate, softly sung vocals, to create an intelligent indie-electronica sound that is making welcome waves in the music world.

The line-up consists of Jody Prewett (vocals, guitar, and bass), Ben Rimmer (keyboards), and Kit Monteith (drums and percussion), who previously played together as a trio in a math rock band called Wait For Coniston. The band members also exercise control over all aspects of their artwork, photography, and videos.

"We are all descendants of Cornish sailors, and Jody has an encyclopedic knowledge of Welsh sporting statistics between the years 1991-1995," Trophy Wife told There Goes the Fear.

"We have been making music together for about 7 years in various different forms. Us meeting each other was a case of mistaken identity; Jody pretended to be a female drummer so he could get into Kit’s post-rock band," Trophy Wife revealed to There Goes the Fear. "We started recording dancey music late at night over a few drinks. Things grew and we set out to challenge ourselves and do something that was new to us."

Kit Monteith's drum kit is "the only one of its kind and Kit learned to play drums on it during his youth." Trophy Wife disclosed to TLOBF. "The drum set up... was built in the 1970's by a jazz musician."

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