BUzz buzz…. Tom Robinson, Steve Lamacq and see you in May!

zzzz craaaa rrruummblee… excitment! Me n Tom are still buzzing from the weekend of BBC6 Music Festival in Bristol. We weren’t expecting it to be quite so rammed and vibrant! Huge thanks to everyone who came to see us. Huge thanks to Nick Meadows at Start the Bus and Adam Burrows at 24/7 Bristol for thinking of us to play! There are some cool photos of all the acts that played The Fleece that day here.
We are going to finish writing our next album now and don’t play again till May 1st at Moles Club in Bath (Apart from a Secret Saturday’s in March but all the spaces are gone sorry!). We are aiming to have a new set for you in May (and as i type this I am also telling myself that this is GONNA HAPPEN!)!

So, we met Tom Robinson of the ‘Fresh on the Net’ show at 6 Music who is a total legend… here are some pics he posted on Instagram…. He particularly enjoyed Tom’s faces – this I miss out on as i have my back to him most of the time… if I saw him, no doubt I would piss my pants laughing and destroy the erm herm… ‘moment’?!

Also, Steve Lamacq played our track Under Milk Wood on BBC 6 Music on his 6 Music Recommends show on Friday, which was a nice surprise to find this morning! I was quite excited about this because Steve had us as one of his faves ages, so its nice that he played us again. YOu can listen here (we at 46mins but all of the show is cool).

I probably forgot something,,,, but I will post again…


New EP Books have arrived! Pre-order now!

We have made the cover of our EP into a small book, filled with lyrics and photographs it is the visual counterpart to the listening experience or the token souvenir after you have experienced us live. Here is our friend and artist Jamie Worsfold, who designed the thing, holding the thing.

HI BB Physical book

We will be doing a small UK tour, dates coming soon. Till then, you can pre-order here.

‘Visions of Trees’ – video and behind the scenes…

After screening to a select audience at the Cube on Wednesday night, our video single for ‘Visions of Trees‘ is at last available for all to see. Louder Than War exclusively hosted the online premiere – thanks to Guy Manchester and the team there! You can now share it directly on your own blogs and Facebook walls and so on – and please do. See it here:



Behind the scenes…

samnjenny VOT

A story about the making of Visions of Trees by Annie Hysterical:

My good friend Gem Lye (known to many as the beautiful Burlesque dancer Miss Gemma Sheree) and I often meet for tea and talk about the world, art, music, films. I told Gem we wanted to make a video for ‘Visions of Trees’ and started to explain my idea. At the time I was thinking it should be an animation of a hand drawing the images of the lyrics. She liked the idea, as did Wes our good friend and manager, but then we got talking about films. Gem’s knowledge about films inspired me as she started asking if I had seen this or that.. I hadn’t seen any of them.. they were mostly horror films and I am a wimp when it comes to those. One of the things that always intrigued me about David Lynch’s ‘Lost Highway‘ was the bit about the CCTV footage being a memory the main guy couldn’t remember. The switching of the Patricia Arquette character from wife to someone else is also interesting. The idea of a female character switching between a victim and a perpetrator is nothing new, though. It was only the other day I watched a film that had the lead lady role played by Jean Simmons as a maid, stepping into the shoes of her employers dead wife – wearing her clothes, perfume, hairstyle, etc. Hitchcock’s ‘Vertigo’ comes to mind too. When I was writing the lyrics these were the thoughts floating around that ended up in the lyric as – ‘no image picture maker, no grapevine, let me remember, how it happened‘. There are all kinds of ways we remember things – Cameras, gossip, social media… the character in the song, like the main character in ‘Lost Highway’, is seeking to find his/her own memory unfettered by outside sources. Once Gem and I had talked this through, she suggested I watch ‘Last House on The Left‘ by Wes Craven. His first film as director and writer; full of style, horror and slapstick that I really loved as well – as really horrible bits that I couldn’t look at – the hands in the intestines being one example. Here it is plain that Sadie ‘the animal like woman’ and Phyllis embody the roles of ‘perpetrator’ and ‘victim’ – although she starts out as the ‘rebel’, between Phyllis and Mari the former is definitely the ‘victim’.. Sadie and Phylis informed our characters in Visions of Trees; one hungry and crazed, depicted in front of the orange curtain; and the other frightened, confused, and searching for a memory that the camera tells her she should have. When we were talking through the murder scenes in both films we got to researching real murders in America, mainly, and we were surprised at what we could find. All the real police Crime Scene photos were at the top of Google. We took the photos of the Hillside Strangler serial killer cousins because weirdly they looked something you might see in a Vogue fashion shoot. The positions of these corpses became an inspiration for our murder scenes. We shot the video in Breech Woods outside Bath. We were told a bit about the history by Sarah, a friend of Gem’s, who took me and my friend Millie [also known as Jemima Surrender] on a tour. She told us that it had been a Medieval Plague Burial ground and the wood was said to be haunted. It certainly felt old and reminded me of the woods in ‘Last House on the Left’. We filmed it on two cameras, a Sony TRV20 Digital Video and a Kodak Play Sport DIS. Tom and I filmed it with help from [my daughter] Talula over a period of eight shooting days. There were early evenings in the summer and a day in the winter with the Detectives played by Jenny Howe [who played guitar in Vile Vile Creatures] and Samantha Lowe [ who played drums in Drunk Granny] were involved. I was also interested in the idea that a music video could be filmed by the band rather than the band being filmed. While my brother loves the camera, I don’t really. So, in the video there are always two camera angles. I edited at home on Final Cut express with additional help with editorial tweaks and a final colour grade from our friend Jamie Worsfold who has made our music videos for ’24 Hour Glass’, ‘Maths’, ‘Cycle One’ and ‘Icebreak’. So… that’s some of the story behind our 4 minute film! Check it out and keep in touch… and remember – to keep from fainting, keep repeating… it’s only a music video… only a music video… only a music video…

SADIE visions of trees

phyllis dead

She Makes War – ‘In This Boat’ (Live at Lightship 95)

She Makes War - In This Boat

In late 2011, as well as recording one of the key albums of the next year (don’t just take our word for it: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7…), Annie and Tom joined gloom-pop multi-instrumentalist She Makes War on a pink boat in London, to play as the rhythm section (and provide backing vocals) on her newest live recordings. Also backing Ms Kidd alongside Hysterical Injury were Dana Jade, Milly McGregor and Bass of Djevara.

The first of these – In This Boat – has now been released as part of She Makes War’s Never Was package. Hear it and download it here:

Rosetta’s Waves free download on 22nd December

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Hysterical Injury – Rosetta’s Waves
Free Download
Available FREE for 24 hours only on Saturday, 22nd December 2012
(Crystal Fuzz Records)

“The album highlight” – Wears the Trousers

On Saturday 22nd December – either in celebration of surviving the Earth’s cataclysmic collision with the planet Nibiru the day before, or in the spirit of the season, or simply because we feel like it – Hysterical Injury will be making the Dead Wolf Situation track ‘Rosetta’s Waves’ available for free download for all, for one day only.

‘Rosetta’s Waves’ is a tribute to Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the woman who sang the first music ever to be called ‘Rock and Roll’ in 1942, and who is so credited – if in too few places, still – with inspiring Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Elvis Presley, and ultimately all modern music.

HI’s lead vocalist, bassist and songwriter Annie Gardiner has mentioned the track in interview with GoldFlakePaint and ISOLA Collective earlier this year:

“Rosetta’s Waves is inspired by the Gospel/Blues guitarist star from the 1940s and 50s, Sister Rosetta Tharpe. I was really moved; learning about her and her story, and it got me thinking about what a load of shit we are sold in rock and roll mythology. She is barely remembered and yet people like BB King, Muddy Waters, Duke Ellington all name-checked her as their influence. It is just not what it seems at all and I think the focus is so skewed away from the music, I mean any dick can go out and get fucked up and shag their weekend away or whatever… it’s just like breathing for me, I am so much more interested in people and things that push the obvious out, put their necks on the line, like Sister Rosetta, Lightning Bolt, Sonic Youth… you know… people bang on about rockers being all close to the edge cos they wobbled about and threw up on a doorman or something, shoot heroin from the toilet, any fucker can do that really, go and read Lydia Lunch to get the real deal, it isn’t pretty but she writes about the real savage human beast that she has experienced, turned into something good, thrilling, but don’t tell me that mainstream antics are interesting just because it’s in a musical context, makes me fucking yawn. And what’s more is people like Sister Rosetta get dwarfed by shit like that?!?! WTF??” – Annie talking to GoldFlakePaint

“My personal favourite track on it is Rosetta’s Waves because I like its otherworldly ness. When I was writing it I wanted to write about what I had understood from Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s story – she was a huge blues, gospel singer/guitarist in 50s America who is greatly overlooked but was always name checked by the greats (Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters etc) I found this curious that we could be nearly 50 years away from the advent of the Rolling Stones, know everything about who Keith Richard’s name checked but virtually nothing about who Chuck Berry is. You know the weirdness of culture and mythology etc. Anyway, the melody was of awkward interest to me because it kind of sounds like I am beamed in from Mother Earth or something! I liked that! haha!” – Annie talking to ISOLA Collective

The track can be streamed and embedded from Soundcloud, Bandcamp and Amazing Tunes now – all of these links will switch to free download for 24 hours on Saturday 22nd December. Go ahead and share it now!

Icebreak video and b-sides

The ‘Icebreak’ video – another Hysterical Injury clip from the brilliant Jamie Worsfold of Pinhole Media – is out now. We’re grateful to Amazing Radio for hosting its premiere on their website. Check it out here and please favourite, comment and most importantly share it if you like it!

The download package for ‘Icebreak’ comes with two exclusive tracks – ‘A Bitchin’ Tone’, which is a remix of ‘Into the Cabin’ by Klad Hest (the Artist formerly known as Team Brick, now also known for Fairhorns, Beak> and much besides); and Annie’s solo performance of Cycle One on baritone guitar recorded at her Artscare podcast session.

You can buy the download package or tracks individually from our Bandcamp, or Amazing Tunes, or your download retailer of choice.

Dates coming up: we are really excited about…

LaDIYfest Sheffield (Saturday 3rd November)
Headlining upstairs at The Garage, London (Thursday 8th November)
tickets (cheaper in advance!)

Cycle One super-limited edition…

Here it is! The artwork by Danny le Guilcher, ready to be completed by being sawn into pieces live on stage at The Croft tonight, during our jam with The Big Naturals.

This is going to be a numbered edition with every copy unique, and features Annie’s ‘Excellent Birds’ solo cover of Patti Smith’s ‘Ghost Dance’, not currently available anywhere else.

The CDs will be on sale at the gig. To pre-order your copy even if you can’t be there, get thee to our Bandcamp.