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Love on a Budget CD


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1. Breakfast in Bed
2. Flying Solo
3. The Great Grey Season
4. Villa Maria
5. Blood Sausage
6. Holding on for Sunday
7. Always Sunny
8. The Distance to Fall
9. At Zoe's Party
10. thirteen forty five
11. I am Full of Hate

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Love on a budget is the debut album from electro-Bacharach merchants Bandini. It was recorded over 10 months of 2003 on a budget of £80, including scotch eggs, cigarettes and ale. There’s a lot of melancholic songwriting here, a lot of stories of faded glamour and grubby romance. The music was arranged and recorded to reflect this; Simon used an orchestra of cheap instruments and a host of borrowed, messed up sounds to make the piece of work feel innovative and new. Nick and Simon then added their vocals bit by bit, layer by layer, line by line, through pairs of old tights and distortion boxes. This is pop music, but it’s not shiny.

About the Artist

Kicked into action by Simon Phipps and Nick Reavill at the back end of 2002 Bandini grew to life from a wasted idea formed 12,000 miles away.

Both Simon (26, born Bedford) and Nick (26, born York) paid their dues to the indie scene in London, together through Hal & Roger, and separately through Dogger, Unit, Jack and Jacques (Simon) and The Great Uncle Tonies and Gigantomachy (Nick). By 2000 they’d had enough of pointless EMI demo sessions and wasted drinks on A&R men; Simon retreated to Australia and Nick started making films. Simon says:

"Bandini was born on the East Coast of Australia sometime around June 2001, the spawn of a Byron Bay vista and a large pocket full of home-grown. John Fante supplied the text and the sunset supplied the inspiration. 20,000 miles, 6 months and a book full of scribblings & chords later, I was back home in grey London. I began an attempt to transcribe what I had felt out there into a cinematic beatscape of Bacharach melodies and John Barry melodrama. It turned out that Luke Haines still had his grip on me."

Returning to the UK in late 2001 Simon planned to set straight to work on Bandini, but everything was put on hold after he was recruited to join the Europe-touring alcoholics anonymous that is the band Jack. In November 2002 Jack folded and Simon was free again, if a little jaded. He called Nick. Nick was free too, and the first sessions that would form the sound of Bandini began.

During the album sessions Caroline Giles was recruited to complete the soundtrack stories and add an extra layer of vulnerability to the vocal textures. Other friends were brought in to add bass lines, background noise and general atmosphere. After nine months of recording in a cold, second floor room on Camden High Street, and one month of mixing at Din Studio in East London, it was complete.

Love on a budget is the first release on Wider Records, a new label set up by Wide, a DJ and Arts collective from London who have made their name over the last couple of years by nurturing the talents of Cutlass Supreme and Debasser and bringing a whole new sound, UK Bass, to the underground club scene. Wider Records is the reverse side of Wide. It is a home to new, electronic tinged music which doesn’t need to be played at 130Dbs in a sweaty club, although that’s not to say it couldn’t be. It’s the sound of technology versus tradition.

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