This Friday sees Toshack HIghway teaming up with
Oxford based label Shifty Disco to release a
downloadable MP3 EP called Birdsong EP with two tracks
being available for 99p this coming Friday 10th Feb
and two more plus downloadable artwork for another 99p
next Friday Feb 17th.
The Shifty Disco Download Singles Club pumps out
weekly releases each and every Friday throughout the
year, a 12-month subscription comes in at only £12.
The EP features four different versions of two songs
to be featured on the latest Toshack HIghway album
Bolts of Melody to be released later in the year.
This Friday’s download is Birdsong (album version) and
Theme From LSD (live version), the latter recorded
with full band in Toronto on Nov 12th last year.
The following Friday will be Birdsong (moonshiner
version) a stripped down folk-sounding rendition and
Theme From LSD (baroque version) a film score-like
home studio interpretation.
Says Adam Franklin, ex of Swervedriver and the main
man behind Toshack: “It’s quite a cool thing doing a
downloads only release because the whole thing has
such a quick turnaraound.
“Dave Newton Ride’s manager (who also runs Shifty
Disco) heard the new Toshack Highway album and
suggested putting a track up at Shifty Disco.
“I said Why not, and when Dave said the track he
wanted to use was Birdsong it reminded me that I had
intended to record a slowed down solo version of that
“Then the idea of expanding this to an EP release
sprang up as we had these versions of Theme From LSD
lying around as well.
“But what makes it realy like a 45 release from the
60s is that we’re still finishing off the ‘baroque
version’ of LSD – Ley Taylor and his brother Mike up
in Toronto are putting a few finishing touches to it,
piano and stuff. So we’ll finish off the track and
it’ll be released within the week.”