Formed in 2003 by Crayola, Sarandon had 1 rehearsal before playing their first show and recording their debut 7 track EP, “The Miniest Album.” The record grabbed some good reviews and a bunch of radio play, including being playlisted on to the first “Peel Show” after John Peel’s death (RIP). 2004 saw the release of another 7 track ep, “The Big Flame,” which led to 2005’s “The Feminist Third.”
A 2005 BBC session for Rob Da Bank’s ONEmusic show was quickly followed by a fourth 7 track ep, “The June Bride,” featuring guest appearances from Phil Wilson (The June Brides) and Alan Brown (Big Flame, Great Leap Forward, A Witness). Production work was once again handled with aplomb by Ant Chapman, noted for work with Bis, Spearmint and The Klaxxons.
In late 2006 all four EPs were collected onto a single album entitled The Completist’s Library (Wrath Records, UK / HHBTM, USA) and the good reviews and radio play kept coming. And for good reason – Sarandon offer a perfect picture of how to make relevant post-punk in the 21st century. Short, sharp tunes are pared down to their most essential elements — a riff, a melody, a smart lyric. Never overstaying their welcome, Sarandon dispense with the unnecessary to focus on communication, bringing to mind the concision of groups like Wire, Big Flame, The Wolfhounds and Josef K. Yes, it’s pop, but a biting and restless brand that recalls the diverse musical re-imaginings that were a signal feature of the first wave of post-punk DIY experimentalists.
Now its 2007. The group now consists of Crayola, Stephen Gilchrist (Graham Coxon, Charlotte Hatherley, The Fuses) on drums and Alan Brown on bass. This new ep, “Joe’s Record” is a tribute to ex bass player Joe and features a guest appearance on Hammond Organ from Scritti Politti’s Rhodri Marsden. It is Sarandon’s first release on Slumberland. Could this label be Sarandon’s natural home? The band certainly think so, and we do too.
Tracklist: Joe’s Record / The Linguist / Through With Humour
Slumberland Records SLR72