Defenders Of The Nish


EVERY KID KNOWS | Defenders Of The Nish

RELEASE DATE: 01/12/2016

Available iTunes, Spotify, Amazon etc. (The digital version of this album has now been deleted – the vinyl and cd versions are still out there somewhere!)

Everybody at the speed of light tends to become a nobody. That’s the sign of the times.

And Every Kid Knows that.

What’s the point in ‘making it’ – let’s un-make it!

Northern lines, rusty nails, hospital playgounds and night trains crossing the border.

We listened back to demos we made on an old battered Mac G4, emu-64 and Tascam 4-track. Late night creations. They were never meant to be songs. They were never meant to be finished. But all that trying had ruined the other stuff. We don’t know where our ‘home’ is.

Let’s go back to our bloody knees and BMX dreams – that’s ‘Twelve’. To the lights shooting through the darkness – that’s ‘Stars Aflame’. ‘Dandelions and Valium’ is what happens when you lose yourself in this maelstrom. ‘Put your headgear on and I’ll take you there’. It’s just a matter of time before we’re all wearing stupid goggles to work.

We found a polaroid picture of two kids holding up their bikes – original Tusken Raiders. This is us. We were invincible when we were young.

‘You young pretenders, keepers of the nought,
the nish, defenders of the sweet fuck-all,
think bigger than your pockets, profiles, health;
better by half to take a sideways view,
take a tip from me and deface yourselves.’

Simon Armitage, 2001


Johnstone (Dylan Rippon) – vocals, guitars, keyboards, emu64, stuff
Gregg Braden – drums
George Hoyle – vocals, bass, guitars
Rob Lucas – bass, guitars
Joe Caddy, Quillon Larratt – drums
Tim Drury – vocals, keyboards

Produced and mixed by Dr. Johnstone
Mastered by Frederic Stader at Emil Berliner Studios
Photography courtesy of Jonny Revolt
Artwork by Zeel and Orson

Release Date: December 1st 2016
Available: CD/Vinyl/Digital
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    As you can imagine - writing and recording music is a heavenly way to spend a life. Fucking about with social media and websites is about as grim as it I apologise that this website is infrequently updated and looks pretty basic!

    We've spent the last year recording our new album. First off we went to Sawmills Studios in Cornwall on the River Fowey - that was pretty magical - then back to Den Haag for all the overdubbing and mixing. We also did a few days at Exalto in Haarlem. So we have a laptop full of new exciting tunes - can't wait to release them into the sea of disdain that is the modern electronic universe.

    Still on a positive note - we've finished the record. Now we are doing all that other crap like sleeves and videos so that's got you up to date........Cheers, Dylan