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The Odd Shower

by The Bitter Springs

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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Incredibly, despite two decades of recording history, The Bitter Springs have never had a full-length vinyl release until now. “The Odd Shower” has been four years in the making, and is, unequivocally, the band’s finest work. Listeners will be dazzled by the consistency and peculiar brilliance of each and every track.

    As a label, we’re sometimes afforded the chance to get behind a release that’s more deserving of attention than albums by artists with much bigger profiles, and “The Odd Shower” is a prime example of such an occasion.

    Dismayed by the lack of attention to their earlier work, much of Simon and crew’s recent work was released only digitally. Rather than continue on that path, they redoubled their efforts to create an album which deserved their full treatment.

    A 7” 45, “Love Rat” / “Less Than Love” preceded this album and some of the tracks hereon, but as infectious as that single was, it provides by sparing hints to the magnificent contents of the album.



    There’s a Postcard feel to the the the album - that bilious humour, a sarcastic sentimentality hovering in contrast to absurdist portraits of the modern age, and Vic Godard’s omnipresent influence best explained by his newly enshrined position as the band’s organist.

    Their pugilistic yet literary sensibilities may be at odds, but they’ve allowed for the addictive electro-tango of “Words Of Love”, the bizarre social commentary/celebration/comedy of “Girls In FITS” (that’s “fighting in the streets”), the Fallish guitar and keyboard rant underlining “Angry All The Time”, and minimalist folk homily Mistakes, which self-reflects for barely a minute.



    It is a homespun masterpiece, and if its physical release is a surprise, the curious will be delighted to learn that five other songs from the sessions are included on a special (and limited) CD EP called “Excretus In Completus”. Two of these are from what might have the follow-up single to “Love Rat”, two others are songs which couldn’t be included on the album for reasons of running time, and we’ve also added Vic Godard’s remix of “The Addison Brothers”, which Vic himself released as a very limited one-sided 7”, with original artwork from Mandy Prowse on the flipside.

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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Due to public demand and the fact that "The Odd Shower" will is sold out on vinyl (except for a small quantity available from our retail distributor from 31 January 2020), we're offering a CD version of the album.

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  • Full Digital Discography

    Get all 3 The Bitter Springs releases available on Bandcamp and save 25%.

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of Suburban Crimes Of Every Happiness, The Odd Shower, and Love Rat / Less Than Love. , and , .

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released December 6, 2019

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The Bitter Springs London, UK

Back when similarly literate combos were selling relative boatloads, The Bitter Springs were playing a more diverse and playful iteration of similar material to no particular acclaim.

But history's a funny thing, and after decades of self-releases and obscurity, The Bitter Springs are suddenly picking up steam, with a lauded new album, a full reissue series and a well-deserved new cadre of fans.
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