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The Medway Broadside Issue Three Autumn 2011 The Preservation Society Presents...

The Preservation Society Presents is a fledgling Rochester based independent record label with grand designs, com- bining DIY ethic and artistic integrity with commercial ambition. The brainchild of label boss Neil Burrow, The Preserva-

tion Society Presents is the result of knowledge garnered from 20 years in the music industry working with a host of independent and major labels, including amongst others A&M, Domino, Mercury and Fierce Panda as well as run- ning his previous imprint Superior Quality Recordings. The Preservation Society Presents aims to harness the

knowledge gained both from previous successes and fail- ures to create a label strong in ethos, unique in structure and hopefully successful in allowing artists the space to develop their creative visions and giving a platform to have those visions seen and heard by a wider audience. The label aims to be a modern company with traditional

values, putting emphasis on quality of product, but taking a pragmatic, flexible approach to releases. There will be hand numbered ltd vinyl, but there will also be free down- loads and live streaming. The label will manufacture all it’s output from it’s offices

in Rochester and then take them all the way to release; printing it’s own CDs and cutting it’s own vinyl, getting press coverage, radio airplay and distribution both nation- ally and international. Already with a number of releases under its belt, the la-

bel has had tracks gain airplay on XFM and BBC 6music in the UK and been play listed on Virgin Radio in Italy and WFMU in New York. The labels artists have had features in the alternative press like Artrocker as well as music in- dustry bible Music Week.

Eclectic Rather than sticking to a particular genre or pandering

to the current vogue or zeitgeist, The Preservation Society Presents prides itself on ‘releasing anything as long as it’s good’. As such, the labels current roster can certainly be de-

scribed as eclectic, featuring two guitar bands in the shape of Medway’s Theatre Royal and Dartford’s Dead Lovers alongside articulate hip hop quartet Kids Unique and ra- ther unusually, a swing legend and Vegas headliner in Buddy Greco. All the aforementioned artists are either in the midst of

releasing or recording new records. Theatre Royal released their debut album from rubble rises…’ last year and are cur- rently putting the finishing touches to a second album at Rochester’s Ranscombe studios, to be released in 2011. Kids Unique, who released their debut album Assort-

ments earlier this year are releasing debut single ‘Seymour Evil’ this November and are currently writing and record- ing their second album for release in 2011. Dartford’s Dead Lovers have recently finished their de-

but album also recorded in Ranscombe studios and are readying for release in 2011 also. Then there is Buddy Greco, the man who Frank Sinatra

described as being ‘able to make anything swing’. Buddy’s legendary and previously unreleased live perfor-

mance from 1967 Live at the Sands has just been released on digital download and CD for the very first time by The Preservation Society Presents. He celebrated this release with an appearance on Later…

with Jools Holland and live performance on Terry Wogan’s BBC Radio 2 show, but rather than rest on his laurels Bud- dy is looking to record a brand new album at the sprightly age of 85. As well as having a roster of signed bands recording and

releasing albums and singles there will also be a monthly vinyl singles club. This will provide an opportunity for both up and coming and established artists to release exclusive split 7” vinyl records on The Preservation Presents. Uniquely for any label in Britain, these records will be

‘cut’ in real-time on the label premises with all packaging designed and printed in-house.

Concerts The Preservation Society Presents is not only a label, but

also artist management and concert promoter. So far this year they have promoted a very popular alternative to the Royal Wedding headlined by Kids Unique in Rochester and a free gig on Chatham bandstand in Victoria Gardens. Labelled From the Bandstand to Beijing’ the free gig on

Chatham bandstand was recorded for broadcast on Chi- nese TV. This broadcast has given those who performed an avenue to reach an audience of millions across China oth- erwise inaccessible. Next up is a three night indoor festival at The Royal

Function Rooms. The festival, named ‘Live Transmission’ brings three nights of live music to Rochester, featuring acts on the label playing alongside some of the cream of Medway’s musical community including Lupen Crook, Singing Loins and The Len Price 3. Along with general releases and the vinyl singles club,

the aim of such events is to shine a spotlight on Medway, bringing national and hopefully international attention to the talent already known locally. As such The Preservation Society Presents will be work-

ing with Artrocker magazine, who will be previewing the event, hosting a free download compilation album and then reviewing all three nights proceedings for an online feature. Another follow up event is already being planned for three days next April.

For more information on events and releases visit:

Reg Vile

Theatre Royal from rubble rises… Kids Unique Assortments and Buddy Greco Live at The Sands are all available on CD and digital download from all major sites such as iTunes and Amazon.

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