Fire Records Reissue ‘Submarine Bells’ And ‘Soft Bomb’
Exclusive Early Release
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Official Worldwide Release 6th November
Newly reissued by Fire Records, these iconic early albums from The Chills catalogue have been remastered for a super sweet moment of ear candy, perfect for rediscovery. Available now direct to fans, both titles will get a worldwide official store release on 6th November.
The Chills’ second album from 1990 is their much-praised major label debut. A rich tapestry of sound with a nod to Postcard, early Teardrop Explodes and a host of indie pop legends.
“The Chills distilled post-punk with the sweet delivery of Phillipps, making it sound like The Fall paying homage to Prefab Sprout. Something that rare.” Perfect Sound Forever
Built around Martin Phillipps’ off-kilter vocal; all accent, all attitude, it reels around folk-like couplets with brusque punk swagger fed through psychedelic hues; so timeless it still simmers beautifully. It includes the effervescent, euphoric opener ‘Heavenly Pop Hit’.
“Utterly immaculate” Pitchfork
“A fantastic release.” AllMusic
“Mature, restrained and affectingly personal.” Trouser Press
“A sophisticated, jangly pop sound that made them instant critical favourites.” Stuff, NZ
Originally released in 1992, The Chills’ third album ‘Soft Bomb’ came out on Slash/Warners.
“’Soft Bomb’ was The Chills’ finest hour.” Perfect Sound Forever
Featuring contributions from giants of contemporary American music like Van Dyke Parks and ex dB’s Peter Holsapple as collaborators.
A cohesive song cycle that brought together indie pop jangle, Phillipps’ clever lyrics, a “drunken piece of music hall” (AllMusic), an offbeat homage to Randy Newman, filmic string-laden scores, some grown up licks and three thematic interludes.
A roller coaster 17-song, 51 minute trip, a conceptual classic that embraces styles and genres.
“Their songs call like rare, exotic wines, intoxicating and addictive and beautifully melancholic, while simultaneously inspiringly uplifting.” Repeat Fanzine
‘Soft Bomb’ is an eclectic slow cooked musical stew, rich and rewarding from the much-loved storytelling songwriter Martin Phillipps.