Buy a Vinyl to Donate to the ACLU

One of the few ways left to fight Donald Trump effectively is through the legal system, and one of the few organisations prepared and able to do that is the American Civil Liberties Union. Mind the judgement that helped slow down the ban on visitors from certain countries? That was because of them. Today, Bandcamp are donating their share of any sales to the ACLU, and we’ve decided to join them.

For today only, if you purchase anything from our online shop (http://closetorgan.bandcamp.com), we will donate all of the cash (minus postage costs) to the ACLU.

Keep fighting the good fight.

The Vinyl has Landed!

It’s been a bit of a wait, but the vinyl copies of 5318008 have finally arrived, and is ready to thrust into your open arms. Of little consolation now that we have President Trump and Brexit to look forward to, but there we go. Buy them up before your currency becomes totally worthless.

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They come in a nice shocking red colour, with some high-quality black polylined sleeve things. They are ‘limited’ to 100 copies, and you can get yours over on our Bandcamp, or from Cow Tongue Taco Records. There are still a few tapes left as well if that’s more your bag.

Enjoy Closet Organ as we were meant to be enjoyed. Or, something.

 

 

 

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Closet Organ Launch Party

Last night a bunch of you lovely people came down to the 13th Note for our album launch party. In many ways, it was a sort of homecoming: returning to one of the first venues we ever played in Glasgow, to a crowd including folk who we met around ten years ago whilst making music, with support from a band from the same era – the fantastic Ex Wives. To paraphrase what one person said:

It’s like a 2006 reunion in here. Ten years on, having had varying degrees of musical success, it all comes back to the Note.

For us though, it felt like a new beginning. Rather than going back to square one, it felt like the launching of a new journey; as if we’ve finally become the band that we always should have been.

Now that the smoke has cleared and chunks of guitar have stopped flying; through the haze of the hangover all that is left is a profound and genuine feeling of humble appreciation for everybody who supported us – either through throwing cold, hard-earned cash at our Kickstarter, giving us lifts to and from various venues, buying the album, or turning up at the gig last night – so thank you. As for the rest of you… you’re dead to us.

To say thanks, if you use the code ‘organfailure’ during checkout at http://closetorgan.bandcamp.com, you’ll get 25% off of any order of the album for the next 24 hours.

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Thanks to Jeffels for the pictures!

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The day you have all been waiting for has finally arrived: the release of our debut album! Thanks to everybody who backed the project and made it happen.

5318008 is available on digital download (£10), download + cassette tape (£12.50), or download and vinyl LP which will ship in November (£17). You can get all of this on Bandcamp. It will be up on Spotify soon, but due to a backlog this won’t be for another couple of weeks.

If you are going to be in Glasgow next Saturday (the 1st of October), we have an album launch party in the 13th Note with the fabulous Ex Wives – heading out after that somewhere or other. Fiver on the door.

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New video! Make America Great Again

We have been so moved and inspired by Donald Trump’s (inevitable) rise to power in the United States that we thought it only fitting to pay tribute to the walrus man by releasing our first music video in 8 years. It is with pride and (misguided) patriotism that we give to you… Make America Great Again.

To ensure that our message meets the right audience… the people who will really appreciate what we are doing, we have set up a targetted advertising campaign on Facebook. I’m sure these demographics will respond well:

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We have (seriously) already receive a lot of support from Trump followers on Twitter and Reddit. They understand what we are trying to say.

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Who ever said that Americans don’t get irony?

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If you like it, do feel free to share. That would be lovely. You can pre-order the album from our Bandcamp here.

For now, we’ll leave you now with some pictures from the recording. #buildthatwall

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Recording an album

This past week, we headed up into the beautiful Scottish hills to spend three days (four nights) recording our first (and probably last) ever album. We had planned to put down 9 tracks, but ended up doing 12 – a task which has rightfully been described as ‘fucking mental’.

We did it though; fighting through the actual literal blood, sweat, and booze induced tears to record the various guitars, drums, bass, vocals, and random noises that will make up the release – even managing to throw in our first gig as a full band, supporting Living Body at Glasgow’s Broadcast.

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This picture was not staged.

Everything started out well enough, with excitement at the prospect of having a dedicated, proper studio space to spend time recording in for a few solid days.

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We celebrated with our traditional Goldschlager.

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And even the scenery was beautiful.

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Though the less said about the midges, the better.

Drums came first, with us opting to go down more of a ‘live’ route, rather than using a click (for those of you that care about that sort of thing).

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After that, was the guitars.

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It didn’t help that one of our power supplies blew up, and that Amazon delivered a broken replacement the next day. Boo.

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Before long, we were regularly burning the midnight (and later) oil, to make sure that everything got done in time.

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Needless to say, it didn’t take too long before cabin fever crept in, and all of us began to lose our minds.

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Yes, we may almost have killed each other in the process, but we recorded a whole 12 track album in 3 days, and it sounds pretty awesome so far. Would we do it again? Probably not for a while. Next comes the dreaded mixing and mastering stages, before we need to fix up the cassettes for release, and send the vinyl off to get pressed. Gulp. We might even have to think about… you know… telling some musical press types that we’ve done this so that we can try sell off some of the ridiculously over-optimistic amounts of LPs that we have ordered.

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