With his Tears on break, ex-Suede axeman Bernard Butler is back working with singer David McAlmont. Over the years, the duo’s seen success across the pond, but new download-only single “Speed” is actually their first US release in ten years. But that’s all ya get.
“Just to clarify? we haven?t made an album and this is not the start of yet another boring big sell campaign. When David & I recorded this track it was the only thing EMI would pay for us to do, and we decided not to try and impress but to do what we wanted and ignore all their advice. They dropped us without hearing it. I always promised we would put this out someday somehow, so I finished it off alone and pledged to press up a few copies on my own. That was my dream, and Rough Trade kindly intervened and offered to take the burden off my hands. The dream remains as deliberately purist as the song: There is no sleeve because we have nothing to say that isn?t in the song. There are no credits because we don?t owe anybody anything. There is no video because they are always rubbish. There is no live version because I don?t have 3 drummers. To go against the purist?s opinion, there can be no purer way of presenting a piece of music than on a format that you physically can?t touch. And let?s face it, they sound alright and if you say otherwise you’re boring.”
What a wanker, teasing us with this top-notch soaring anthem and no album to look forward to. We’ll always have “Animal Nitrate”!