NME writer sets up his own record label in order to release new PREGO single, “The Longest Calm” on 13th April ‘09
Hotly Tipped London space rockers Prego - Lamacq's first ‘New Favourite Band’ of 2009 - release their new download-only single ‘The Longest Calm’ on 13th April 2009 on Year Zero recordings, a label set up by NME scribe Mark Beaumont to release this one song only.
Says Mark of the venture: “After thirteen years of watching new bands, eventually one forces you to put your money where your mouth is. Prego were the loudest, most brilliantly concocted cross between My Bloody Valentine's cosmic scree, Elbow's elegant drone and Coldplay's Big Music chart-friendliness I could have ever imagined, and the first band I've ever seen knowing that I'd be a fool not to help put out records. I have no major label backing, no money for a full album campaign and not much interest in running a record label at all to be honest, so Year Zero Recordings - named after the club night I saw them play at - has been founded and is planned to exist solely for this one single release, and then be retired. Because sometimes, well, you've just got to, haven't you?“
The release of Prego’s ‘Cause & Resolve’ single last summer saw the band become widely tipped, rocketing to the attention of Steve Lamacq, and NME’s Radar Buzz pages. One of the most talked about new bands of last summer’s O2 Wireless Festival, Prego also featured in Rocksound magazine's Hot 100 and in their Top5 unsigned bands - as polled by the readers.
Prego are in the studio with producer Guy Massey (Manics, Spirtualized, Idlewild) working on their debut album.
“Choruses the size of new-build Far East skyscrapers and breakdowns as skin-prickling as the finest instrumentalists out there in post-rock land” Drowned in Sound
Prego is: Edd Simpson, Caspar Williamson, Will Leslie, Simon Britcliffe, Paul Jennings.
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