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Tom Greenhouse returns with The Cool Greenhouse’s debut LP

Tom Greenhouse delights us with a prerelease from off of the much anticipated debut LP from The Cool Greenhouse, eponymously titled. Limited to only 150 copies initially, this has since been extended. A run of 300 with further promises of no extension on that. The transparent green vinyl ships with red OBI strip, envelope containing mystery seeds and printed insert. Yep, ours is on order so expect the vinyl to be spinning live on the show early June 2020. However, we’ve got more than just Tom Greenhouse this week. Tobin is bookending the show with the excellent Joy Kills Sorrow and his usual New Music Shot with Tessa Dixson.

One of Richard’s old playlists entitled Cowboy Music prompts a memory from Tobin about another classic gunfighter ballad. Marty Robbins sings of his love to the musings of a Mexican guitar and evokes a real image of times gone by. Tobin tells us more about Marty so listen on. We also have the classic reggae track Fisherman from The Congos and of course that unbelievable cover of Lady Gaga’s Shallow. Performed Unplugged and Outdoors in Sweden by friends of the show JP Paulsen, Annsofi and Jerry Geraldi. It’s another subtle reminder of the talent of this Scandinavian/American trio from Norway.

  1. Was It You Joy Kills Sorrow
  2. The Sticks The Cool Greenhouse
  3. Shallow Annsofi, JP Paulsen & Jerry Geraldi
  4. Tender Me Tessa Dixson
  5. El Paso Marty Robbins
  6. Fisherman The Congos
  7. Such Great Heights Joy Kills Sorrow

Tom Greenhouse is finally out of the traps – debut LP in the wings

Those in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones, but The Cool Greenhouse are about to shatter glass ceilings with their self-titled debut LP. 

Tom Greenhouse caused a stir on the underground DIY label circuit with his inimitable, infectious brand of lo-fi post-punk in 2019. The Cool Greenhouse’s debut album shows off a newly developed, fuller sound. It takes their signature style to previously unexplored heights while doubling down on their tried and tested formula of angular motoric riffs and no holds barred biting social commentary. The muffled 16-bit drum loops have been replaced with a full kit. The nonchalant vocal delivery has found a new edge. The sparse instrumentation has been augmented by the band’s finally agreeing to leave their bedrooms and enter the studio. This yields a fully-realised vision with fresh clarity and depth that makes their earlier recordings seem like mere blueprints. 

The Cool Greenhouse leave their bedrooms

Stubbornly refusing to engage with almost every fundamental musical tool available (the chord, melody, choruses, even the musical change), The Cool Greenhouse have somehow managed to compile an album of eleven songs that often comes astonishingly close to pop. Their attachment to long songs with single hooks that steamroll through their entireties has not abated. Neither has their inexplicable knack for keeping these strange creatures alarmingly engaging and accessible. By all logic they should be irritatingly avant-garde. It shouldn’t work on so many levels, but it absolutely does. 

The Cool Greenhouse, my new favourite post-everything existential music happening. Hooray!

Henry Rollins

A large part of what makes this a winning formula is frontman Tom Greenhouse’s way with words. Frequently topical and clearly political in some sense, Tom Greenhouse’s lyrics side-step the on-the-nose delivery of traditional yawn-inducing political rock. A strange idiosyncratic blend of pop culture snippets, patchwork narratives and oblique literary references. Bursting with humour and irony, the album deftly meanders from Rotary Club jumble sales to Margaret Thatcher’s living room. Further futuristic voyages into musical VR, taking aim at the gammon classes, rural conservatism and a host of other late-capitalist absurdities with razor-sharp wit along the way. 

Tom Greenhouse and friends debut LP

Having sufficiently impressed Melodic Records enough for them to sign them on the basis of their first ever show. The band have continued to delight and disorientate live audiences in equal measure. Supporting the likes of The Stroppies and Do Nothing. Also championed by DIY and 6 music, their upward trajectory shows no sign of halting. They are now preparing for their Great Escape debut, with a host of other festival appearances yet to be announced.

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