INCA BABIES: ‘Swamp Street Soul’ out NOW

BACK clutching an array of new tunes drawn from their extraordinary imagination, Manchester’s deathrock, postpunk trio INCA BABIES have today released their eighth studio album ‘Swamp Street Soul,’ their first album in seven years.

Produced by Simon ‘Ding’ Archer (The Fall, PJ Harvey) at 6Db Studios, the clarity and fullness of sound on this 11-track offering surpasses that of any previous Inca release.

‘Swamp Street Soul’ takes us across a tightly euphoric path of differing moods and new arenas of guitar song writing. This long-player continues the band’s explosive exploration of goth-punk and deathrock and trash blues with epic cautionary ballads. Frontman Harry Stafford has written a fulsome collection of tall tales of madness, fearfully larger-than-life characters, and extravagant yarns, backed by a no-nonsense rhythm section locked into a pounding backbeat.

Produced by Simon ‘Ding’ Archer (The Fall, PJ Harvey) at 6Db Studios, the clarity and fullness of sound on this 11-track offering surpasses that of any previous Inca release.

Currently, the trio consists of Stafford (guitar, keys, vocals), bassist Vince Hunt (A Witness, Blue Orchids) and Rob Haynes (The Membranes, Goldblade) on drums and percussion. Almost unbelievably it’s been seven years since the final release of their Death Blues Trilogy – ‘Death Message’ (2010), ‘Deep Dark Blue’ (2012) and ‘The Stereo Plan’ (2014).

A vibrant part of Britain’s early postpunk scene, Inca Babies’ story began in 1983 in the now-legendary deck-access flats of Manchester’s Hulme, which were intended as ‘cities in the sky’ for young executives, but quickly became cockroach-infested slums mostly inhabited by students, artists, and drug addicts.

True to the DIY ethos of the time, they self-released their debut single ‘Interior’ in 1984, quickly followed by a further six singles and four albums over five years, all of which entered the UK Indie Charts. They also recorded four sessions for the BBC’s John Peel Show between 1984 and 1988 before calling it quits.

Since reforming in 2007, they’ve released three albums and toured extensively across Europe, including Russia, as well as North America and India. Renewed interest in the Incas was propelled by Cherry Red Records ‘Best Of’ compilation release, ‘Inca Babies 1983-87: Plutonium.

The ‘Swamp Street Soul’ album is now available on CD – and digitally – and can be purchased via Bandcamp and the Louder Than War shop.

CREDITS
Harry Stafford: guitar, vocals
Vince Hunt:  bass
Rob Haynes:  drums
Kevin Davy:  trumpet  
Black Lagoon Records catalogue:   #BLRCD0058
Photography:  Steve Nicholl 

TRACK LIST
1. Swamp Street Soul
2. Walk in the Park
3. Slingshot
4. Dear English Journalists
5. Crawling Garage Gasoline
6. Bigger than all of us
7. I’m Grounded
8. Oh, the Angels how I bless them
9. Windshield Gnat
10. Mine of Bones
11. Swamp Soul Dub


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