Saw the band at The Moon,Cardiff after hearing them on 6music ...great 'post covid' gig with Mr Ben & The Bens playing too.
The Bug Club were brill...I look forward to hearing more & seeing them live again
The new mini-album from The Bug Club. Possibly the last, because they've gone missing.
Documenting their indoctrination and consequent elopement with the religious leaders of South Wales cult Pure Particles, this record was what they left us with, along with a harshly worded letter containing the terms 'heathen', 'damned' and 'wankers'.
Nevertheless, it's a fascinating story and a top record, so we're releasing it.
'Pure Particles' follows the great sellout success of The Bug Club's debut EP 'Launching Moondream One'. Again released on Bingo Records, it sees the South Wales trio deliver a larger portion of raucous, riffing garage shot through with a sense of humour that reminds you that, while they may be excellent musicians, they're certainly not going to bore you about that.
The Bug Club’s name does a good job of introducing the band & their music: a tight-knit, collaborative effort focused on telling tales of the everyday that we often take for granted, shot through with humour & riffs-a-plenty.
Imagine Jonathan Richman bought a really big amp & a time machine & found himself somewhere on the Nuggets compilation. Or perhaps Ray Davis palled up with Sterling Morrison, got really into The Minutemen & agreed that songs need not be longer than two minutes. Then, maybe, you’re almost where the Welsh three-piece are coming from.
The creative trio of Sam Willmett (guitar/vocals), Tilly Harris (bass/vocals) and Dan Matthew (drums) formed The Bug Club in 2016 in the little-known rock n' roll hotbed that is Caldicot, Monmouthshire. Following relentless gigging in their local area, The Bug Club were picked up by Bingo Records & released their first proper single - ‘We Don’t Need Room For Lovin’ - in February 2021. It garnered immediate acclaim, with BBC 6 Music’s resident tastemaker Marc Riley playing it a few times a week ever since & booking them in for a post-lockdown live session right off the bat. The announcement of the EP ‘Launching Moondream One’ followed - as did the release of second single ‘Checkmate’, with which came a similar level of radio airplay. And then the same again for the EP's title track.
First and foremost a live band, the band record as a group quickly, capturing the energy & sound of the gigs that make them such a popular fixture on the live circuit. Watch out for them at a gig near you soon, as bookings are coming thick and fast.
RIYL: The Modern Lovers, The Wave Pictures, The Vaselines, The Velvet Underground, The Kinks.
released April 14, 2023
Bass/vocals - Tilly Harris
Guitar/vocals - Sam Willmett
Drums - Dan Matthew
Produced/mixed by - Tom Arthur Rees
Mastered by - Eddie al-Shakarchi
Art direction - Ben Hall
Words in inserts - Lloyd