“National Service” – The Tivoli (Shiva) [ALBUM] September 24, 2008Posted by rocketsciencemedia in Press Releases.
TITLE: National Service / ARTIST: The Tivoli / LABEL: Shiva / RELEASE DATE: 2nd February 2008 / CAT NO: SHIVA14CD
The Tivoli are a band used to hard work, fitting their music making in between various day and night jobs. Through the graft, the band managed to keep it together and produce “National Service“, an album that articulates the issues that they faced whilst putting the album together; issues that face everyone struggling to keep strong and stay true to their aims and principles in small-town modern Britain.
Their willingness to engage with everyday situations, whilst remaining aware of the wider issues, has made the band local heroes in their home town of Rotherham, where they released a single to ensure that their beloved Rotherham Football Club remain solvent. As a result of this, it was no surprise when The Tivoli signed their contract with Shiva Records at half-time during a match against Chesterfield. The band came on the field to a heroes welcome and were signed up there and then with the Rotherham FC Chief executive acting as witness to the contract.
The album is partly a social commentary, able to engage with political concerns such as war, the death throes of the welfare state, debt and the burden of mundane jobs, whilst not losing sight of more passionate issues such as sex, heartbreak, and violence. However, just as the album addresses many of the issues and the burden of modern life, it also offers a chance to conquer it and remain defiant through music, through knowing your roots, and most importantly knowing how to have a good time.
This defiance comes from working with and not against cultural change in modern Britain, which shows in the eclectic sound of National Service which serves as testament to the diversity of British culture, even in its smaller industrial towns. The diverse sound smacks of post punk art-rock, whilst acknowledging the industrial heritage of the area with the sound of brass, with a knowing nod to the Midlands mod and two-tone heritage, the band march forward acknowledging the effect of dance music’s impact on England’s sonic landscape, put to best affect on Pawns on the Fence. All of these influences are driven forward with driving guitars, bass and tabla, creating an accessible modern sound whilst still staying true to the band’s regional background creating a distinct album that stands well apart from the mass of identi-kit indie.
This is an album inspired by the terraces, by small town struggles and wage slavery – but it goes beyond these issues and stands head and shoulders above the traditional lad-rock formula by conscientiously engaging and incorporating with what it means to be a conscript in modern Britain today.
The Tivoli are: Lee McMahon (Vocals, Guitar); Damian Baughan (Lead Guitar); Gareth Eaton (Drums); Russell Frisby (Bass)
Shiva Records will release a double A single featuring “Common Foot Soldiers” and “Drop Me Off In Rotherham” on November 3rd