Bristol Archive Records Blog

Demolition Diner Records

November 5th, 2016

We launch a new sister imprint in 2017 ‘Demolition Diner Records’ named after the famous squat on Stokes Croft in the 80′s. The first release DDR001 will be Rita Lynch new album ‘Hey You’Demolition Diner Records Logo jpeg

The Bamboo Club Story

October 27th, 2016

Check this really important story out:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04d9kz1

The Cortinas – Live 1977

October 23rd, 2016

The Cortinas @ The Roxy 1977: wow!

Arnolfini

September 11th, 2016

Moving Targets – Bristol Punk Exibition
John Spink rules
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Bristol BBC Documentary

September 8th, 2016

Bristol music Istory: MASSIVE!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b07thrcg/unfinished-the-making-of-massive-attack?suggid=b07thrcg

The Bristol Roots Explosion – MOJO review Oct 2016

August 31st, 2016

Bristol Roots Explosion Mojo 0ct 2016

Moving Targets – Punk – Bristol

August 16th, 2016

Arnolfini – Moving Targets talk in Bristol with Mike Darby (BAR), Shane Baldwin (Vice Squad) and Richard Jones (Tangent Books) – Photo (c) Paul Samuel WhiteDSC04515

The Vice Squad Book – ‘Last Rockers’

August 15th, 2016

Shane Baldwin with Beki from Vice Squad at Rebellion 2016

Shane was at the event to do a talk on his book ‘Last Rockers’ – the Vice Squad story on the Sunday morningRebellion 2016 Shane and Beki 2

You really should seek it out and buy it

Album of the week – Stormtrooper

August 9th, 2016

Stormtrooper: Pride Before A Fall
Melodic Heavy Metal (NWoBHM)
5.0/5.0
Album of the week
In the past three or four decades of hard rock and heavy metal, there have been a great many bands, thousands probably, that had a fleeting existence, little recognition, perhaps never casting a shadow in a recording studio, or simply got lost in the corridors of history. Here’s Bristol’s Stormtrooper, one of those bands that rose like a Fourth of July bottle rocket only to disappear into the dark black foogy bogs of English heavy metal history. They had a single of some consequence, Pride Before A Fall, that peaked at eleven. They even did some recording for an album that never saw publication. Those recordings have been rediscovered and packaged as Pride Before A Fall The Lost Album by Bristol Archive Records.
There’s plenty of albums, lost or otherwise forgotten, the tapes sitting in a dusty cardboard box in somebody’s dank basement. Largely, most of those boxes shouldn’t be opened as the band is not worthy of remembrance or the recordings suck so bad that no amount of clever remastering can save them. But this is not the case for Stormtrooper. On all accounts, from their talent to creativity to the songs, this band should have had its day.
The larger reference for Stormtrooper is the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Obvious influences include peers like Maiden, but also Zeppelin as well. Yet, their melodic heavy metal goes beyond twin guitar harmony and a galloping pace. No, they added more than subtle progressive rock influences to their tunes. You can hear some Rush-like nuances in their sound and arrangements (often from their use of the Moog). Yet, one of the keenest features, or element, is the bass lines of Colin “Boggy” Bond. Not only are they present and persistent in the mix, they remind me of jazz bass, like Bond should be playing in a fusion band of some kind. Much the same could be said for Bob Starling’s guitar work. Though he could do his share of neo-classical widdling, his lines are smooth, fluid, and liberating. At times he reminds me of a more sophisticated Todd Rundgren, but with all the same passion.
Put all these variables together and you some creative and inspired songwriting, found in the epic tales of Battle of the Eve, After Battle, and Confusion, all mammoth melodic metal tunes with those prog nuances. Alternatively, Stormtrooper can slip into a classic hard rock groove with If It Takes A Man A Week and In The State In The City. Both songs are straight forward rockers with some quick pacing and groove. Suffice to say, Stormtrooper was well-rounded in their musical approach. They carefully reflected the NWoBHM trend, yet still twisted it to their own style when adding the progressive rock flavor. Probably something missing at the time.
Now found once again, and hopefully not forgotten once more, Stormtrooper’s Pride Before A Fall The Lost Album offers a modern resurrection of truly original melodic heavy metal in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal tradition. Easily recommended.
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Moving Targets – Arnolfini – Punk Talk

August 1st, 2016

Mike Darby and Shane Baldwin being interviewed by Richard Jones from Tangent Books
Here’s the listen back sound cloud link for the talk:

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