“Don’t Blame Yourself” Launch Date -A Decision

As you will perhaps have seen we had set the release date for our 4th album: “Don’t Blame Yourself” for May 15. Not unsurprisingly, the wonderful people at our distributor, Cherry Red, told us a few weeks ago that, with no record shops open and shipping lines disrupted, they aren’t releasing any new records in May.

They are therefore putting the physical release back to a date yet to be determined.

That gave us a few headaches. Normally you would chose the same date it comes out on Spotify/Apple Music etc to get records in the shops and on Amazon etc. You’d have a launch show around that date and start bugging press and radio in the run up.

But, we are so desperate to get this great album out that we are going to stick to May 15.

This means that, on that date, it won’t be available in shops or online physical sellers but it will be on Spotify etc (if you want to make sure you are notified by Spotify please follow us there on this page: https://open.spotify.com/artist/15VNyCsUxdJPr3huzwfToi?si=VYVnImkWT4Km3EkgDAyJOw).

If you want an LP or CD you can preorder through our shop here: https://duncanreidandthebigheads.com/pre-order-our-4th-album-dont-blame-yourself/ and we’ll get them out to you. Or you can buy through our Bandcamp page https://duncanreidandthebigheads.bandcamp.com/ (which is the same except they charge us 10% to tell us where to send stuff -downloading there is better for us than iTunes etc though).

If you pledged up front for the album thank you so much for doing so and we will get your stuff out to you in advance when we get them this month.

We are, on the other hand, putting the release show back from May 14 to July 9. A: it’s looking increasingly unlikely things will be back to some form of normality by May 14 and B: July 9 is my birthday so that’ll be fun.

If you’ve bought tickets already they will be valid for the new date and if you want one they can be bought here: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/496998

On a final note, if you have a blog, radio show, magazine etc please email us at duncan@littlebighead.co.uk for our release pack, interview requests etc and we’ll be delighted to serve you.

That’s all. As you were. Back to song writing and potato planting!

An Ode to Russ

Some mornings social media is brutal. You wake up. Spy your phone. See what’s going on and ……………….. BANG!!!!!!!!!

Russ Taylor’s Dead

I first met Russ when we played North West Calling (https://www.songkick.com/festivals/2645484-north-west-calling/id/39132816-north-west-calling-2020) in the summer of 2018. Not long ago but it seems like a lifetime. Russ years must be like dogs’. One is worth seven.

We had played our set and retired to the merch stall. In terms of shifting product things were going swimmingly. But financially: it was a disaster. Our table was directly in front of the bar. Everytime a CD, LP or shirt was sold, whoever took the money swivelled 180 degrees and spent it on a round of jaegermeister shots! (Don’t ask. It’s pretty much de rigeur in Powersland).

Things were messy.

Russ had the table next to us and was both impressed at the demand for the records and amused at where the money was going. We talked. Clearly here was a music nut. He explained he had a vinyl label, Crocodile Records (https://www.discogs.com/label/120995-Crocodile-Records-3), and gave me a pile of releases, enthusing about each and every one.

“Let me put a single out for you”, he said, and I pretty much decided there and then through the Jaeger haze that I would. What I didn’t realise while we spoke, with Russ sat behind his table, was the huge effort required for him to get up and move just 5 yards. Russ was heavily disabled, but with his cheery demeanor there was no inkling of the extreme effort it took for him to get through the day, until he had to get up and get through it.

Russ put out the single of “Kelly’s Gone Insane” for us (featured here: https://duncanreidandthebigheads.com/2019/06/17/the-story-behind-the-song-kellys-gone-insane/ ) and over the past months has worked tirelessly to get it promoted all over the world.

Whenever we’ve played in the North West he’s been there via a combination of crutches, busses and trains. Exhausting just to watch. But always with a smile, always with an encouraging word, always brightening the day for those of us for whom life is a doddle compared to the barriers he had to overcome to achieve what he did.

So, I’ve lost a business partner (for want of a better phrase) and friend. The world has lost a battler and a ray of sunshine. The music we love has lost a hero it can ill afford to lose. And everyone has lost an example we should all aspire to.

Good bye Russ. I’m honoured our paths crossed.