Late Of The Pier has announced a special 10th-anniversary edition of their cult debut album 'Fantasy Black Channel'. A record we recently revisited for our Subculture Unsung series where we said;
'It is a shame that the word 'epic' came into overuse around the time of Fantasy Black Channel's release as it is the perfect word to convey the journey it undertakes from start to finish. It's ambitious without being stuffy, overly proggish and bloated. It has moments of superbly accomplished and composed guitar but doesn't seem self-indulgent. It feels like an old friend with its respectful references to its influences, yet challenges you with its changes of direction. It even has the odd moment of humour.'
Released on 18th January 2019 via Phantasy Sound, the anniversary edition will be available on standard heavyweight vinyl or a limited edition version with a lenticular cover. A digital companion album of unreleased demo's and outtakes from the recording sessions will also be included. For more information and to pre-order head to shop.phantasysound.co.uk.
Following the original release of the album in 2008, Late Of The Pier performed at the 100 Club, London as part of our ongoing SubcultureLive series of gigs. Check out the live video for fan favourite 'Focker' below.
The reissue follows the band's recent book released via Rough Trade. Titled Ecstatic Data Sets: The Chorismos Apeiron Scanner (2028 Edition) it is described as 'a manual for a music making machine of the near future', available to purchase at roughtradebooks.com.