In Sept-003 XXIV Records started a weekly mates' bands piss up at New Cross Inn and Turnmills in London. I Swear I Was There has since staged gigs (including a LMHR gig on a truck, and Get Loaded a major outdoor festival at Clapham Common) with profiled bands like Clor,
Happy Mondays,The Rakes, Ludes, Art Brut, Babyshambles and The Others. Flyers feature the surreal art of Gareth Cadwallader, who will also grace the album's sleeve. The club is a hang out where good music, art and pirates collide.
A spectrum of quality live performances have happened at the aptly named I Swear I Was There club. XXIV Records first compilation is a choice selection which will be available at good alternative/independent record outlets andavailable on the XXIV web site from December onwards.
Here are a select pick of undiscovered gems with glowing, growing respect on the live circuit, that XXIV Records has experienced on the way… (scroll down for forthcoming I Swear I Was There events, also for extra information on the bands).
I Swear I Was There – 1
01 Gemma Ray Ritual – 'Bury My Bones'
02 Reid Paley – 'Sal's Last Round'
03 Devil In Miss Jones – 'Who Needs Love'
04 The Crowd – 'Boat Race'
05 Grand Delinquents – 'Sway'
06 Corporation:Blend – 'Blew It'
07 The Delphian Complex – 'Bite The Hand'
08 Alice And The Enemies – 'Way With Women'
09 Phoenix Drive – 'Familiarity Breeds Contempt'
10 Moose – 'Bad Bad Man'
11 Bidgie Reef & The Gas – 'Bidgification'
12 Iain Seigal – 'House Rent Blues'
Release Date 06-Dec-04
Retail price approx : £6 / £7
Details, links and purchase from December 004 at