BIFF! Robin Hood Gardens pre-order, 11 shows, 10th birthday

A.J. Holmes – Robin Hood Gardens clear vinyl 10” (HUM19) – pre-order NOW

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A.J. Holmes previous artistic peaks have been as a member of They Came From The Stars I Saw Them, The Vanishing Breed and A.J. Holmes & The Hackney Empire. We are delighted to announce that pre-orders are open NOW for shipping two weeks ahead of the official 21st July release date. All orders will be accompanied by a promo CD while stocks last.
To order direct from us send a PayPal payment to using the pricing below. You can, of course, also buy from iTunes (digital pre-orders are open here), Juno, and the usual physical outlets from 21st July, but it is better for the label and artiste if you buy direct from us.
• £11.50 including postage & packaging in the UK. £14.50 inc. p & p in Europe.
• There will also be an ultra-special one-off pressing on concrete. One for the A side, one for the B side. These discs are under construction, literally, and will be works of art in and of themselves.
For other international shipping prices, and multiple orders, please reply to this email and we will get a quote for you.
You can stream and read more about this unique record, and the idiosyncratic recording methods involved HERE.
In brief, A.J. Holmes has made a record that captures an echo of a vanishing utopia.

Holmes has recorded a specifically composed collection of songs at Robin Hood Gardens, a residential housing estate in Poplar, London designed in the1960s by architects Alison and Peter Smithson, completed in 1972 and at the time of this recording, scheduled for demolition. The songs were recorded live in various spaces around the site and no post-production, processing or effects were used.

In this era of current housing crisis in London; the aim was to capture the sound of an environment that would soon no longer be there, capturing an echo – literally – of an era of post-war social democracy and public housing boom (seen then as a solution to the housing shortage).

This is Holmes’s homage to Robin Hood Gardens, the people that live / lived there and the architects Alison and Peter Smithson.


Barringtone – Dream Boys/Pet Gazelles 7” (HUM20)
The next Barringtone single is their second double A side. This time pairing Dream Boys with Pet Gazelles. We will let you know about pre-orders and more Barringtone shows very soon. After this their next move is to hunker down and finish their debut album.

The stars have aligned and many Onomatopoeia acts are performing in the next few weeks. In chronological order they are:

4th July: Stephen EvEns with Tex Pistols at Nell’s Jazz & Blues Bar, London.

8th July: A.J. Holmes with Jacob & Drinkwater and The Chorões at Daylight Music, Union Chapel, London.

8th July: William D Drake, Lewisham People’s Day, Mounstfield Park, Stainton Road.
9th July: Stephen EvEns with Spratley’s Japs and Hurtling at The Green Door Store, Brighton.
11th July: Barringtone with Mutes and Goldblooms at Shacklewell Arms, London.
15th July: Barringtone with Wax Stag and DJ Fran Green at The Big WoW, Sheffield.

15th July: William D. Drake with North Sea Radio Orchestra, Sacred Trinity Church, Salford, Manchester.

21st July: A.J. Holmes, Robin Hood Gardens launch show at The Festival Inn, Poplar, London.

26th August: William D. Drake with Rob Crow’s Gloomy Place, Shrubbies, Bob Drake, Lost Crowns, DJ’s Steve Davis & Kavus Torabi at The Alphabet Business Convention, Salisbury Arts Centre.

31st August: William D. Drake with Bob Drake at the Komedia, Brighton.

16th September: Onomatopoeia Records 10th Birthday Party at New Cross Inn, London.. An all-day (15:00-2:00) mini-festival. Artistes from across the catalogue will play or perform. Full details to follow.

We hope to see you at many, most and more of these events.

Stephen EvEns – Bonjour Poulet pre-orders OPEN

Onomatopoeia Records is proud to announce pre-orders for:

Stephen EvEns – Bonjour Poulet – on LP (HUM17), CD (HUM18), made to order open reel ¼ inch tape (HUM21) and download.



You may know Stephen EvEns as the drummer behind Graham Coxon. You may know Stephen EvEns as the occasional sticksman behind The Damned. You may know Stephen EvEns as the rhythmic backbone of William D Drake’s band, Charlotte Hatherley, and, for one brief week, Cardiacs. You may even know him as Stuffy accompanied by his Fuses.

Now get to know Stephen EvEns the songsmith, the maudlin geetar plucker and blistering noisemangler. Get to know of his embittered heart (latterly mended) and the disturbed warpings of his mind in a time of duress. Be thankful that this darkness has now lifted from him and for the musical artefact left to tell the tale. Bonjour Poulet is that artefact in the form of a 43 minute song book that mixes the spirit of Yo La Tengo and Ivor Cutler with broken friendships and human error.

In the words of Mr EvEns himself:
“The songs are beautiful and the words are horrible. I don’t know why you don’t think
that’s a good thing.”

We are delighted to announce that pre-orders for this magnificent opus are open NOW for immediate shipping.

To order direct from us send a PayPal payment to using the pricing below. You can, of course, also buy from iTunes, Juno, and the usual physical outlets from 17th February, but it is better for the label and artiste if you buy direct from us.

• LP £18.50 inc. postage & packaging in the UK. £20.00 inc. p & p in Europe.
• CD £12.00 including postage & packaging in the UK. £14.50 inc. p & p in Europe.
• Both LP and CD £28.50 including postage & packaging in the UK. £30.00 inc. p & p in Europe.
• ¼ inch open reel tape (aka reel to reel tape) £60.00 including postage & packing in the UK. £61.50 inc. p & p in Europe. Note that these reel-to-reel tape versions are made to order and will be accompanied by photographs and personalised items from Mr EvEns. Therefore they might be ultra-ultra-rare. Or we might sell 3 million of them. We just don’t know.

For other international shipping prices, and multiple orders, please reply to this email and we will get a quote for you.

At time of writing there are eight shows remaining on Mr EvEns current tour. FOUR of these are with William D. Drake, TWO of which are with label-friends Arch Garrison, and ONE of which is with label-friends MUMMY. The 9th of March is a gala performance extra-special Onomatopoeia Records QUADRUPLE bill featuring William D. Drake, Stephen EvEns, Barringtone, Rolf’n’Sam AND a DJ set from The Gasman. All for only £3 or FREE if you wear a shirt and tie.


We hope to see you at one or more of these events.

Revere Reach is officially OUT NOW

Midnight 15th June 2015 – Revere Reach is officially OUT NOW

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We couldn’t be happier than to confirm that Revere Reach is out now.

You can buy CDs and vinyl LPs direct from us. For UK orders a CD is £12.00 including P&P; vinyl is £18.50 also including P&P and with the addition of a free CD promo while stocks last. Payments by paypal to

For international orders or multiple UK orders please email with your postal address. We will be back to you with an order total within 24 hours.

For downloads please go to the official William D Drake bandcamp page.

We thank you, as always, for your support and trust that you will enjoy, and in time treasure, this sumptuous album.

Barringtone – Feverhead/Foxes & Brimstone 7” (HUM12)

Barringtone – Feverhead/Foxes & Brimstone 7” (HUM12)

Released 2nd March 2015 on limited edition of 250 7” vinyl & download. You can pre-order now direct from us for £4.50 inc. postage in the UK. Paypal or email for international shipping or any questions. Free promo CD with all orders while stocks last.

There is a launch gig at The Shacklewell Arms, London on 4thMarch – free entry to all.

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HUM12 is a double A-side from Barringtone available on 7” vinyl (250 only) or download.

Barringtone are: Barry Dobbin, formerly of Clor, (Guitar and Vox), Connan Cooledge (Bass) and Boomer Opperman (Drums) – they create an avant-pop/rock deconstructionist sound that weaves along an intrepid path. A heady mix of power pop, anthemic rock riffs, guitar/synth wig-outs and off-kilter vox are enthusiastically pulled apart and reformed with unapologetic vigour.

“Feverhead/Foxes & Brimstone” showcases the benefits of their eclectic approach, balancing the complexities of out-there prog with the direct motorik drive and brevity of pure melodic pop.

Track listing:

A Feverhead 3:02

AA Foxes & Brimstone 4:51

Go to the release page for soundclips and more info including ordering

Where The Sands Turn To Gold

The Sunday Times has the Azusa Plane collection I compiled for RocketGirl in their leftfield list of the year. Fitting tribute for Jason DiEmilio. 


A perfect pair of prestige Onomatopoeia shows in December
William D Drake  – 13th December, The Schott Music Shop, London
A very cosy and festive performance will take place in a unique venue. Bill and the band will perform an acoustic set with hurdy-gurdy, clarinet, piano, vox, guitar and other sonorities in the mix. Further details can be found at The venue is small so be very quick to book tickets. Festive fair will be provided.

cassettes, Magic Brother, Chrissy Fuel & The Flames – Friday, 28th December, Screamlounge, Croydon
2013 Onomatopoeia recording artistes whose West Country 10” will be our first release next year – cassettes and Magic Brother team up for a double headlining show. They will be supported by Chrissy Fuel & The Flames. As an act of sensational seasonal generosity we are delighted to make this show FREE to attend for all. It will be a woozy, uplifting and above all celebratory occasion.
Hope to see many of you there… And some more generosity…
William D Drake – Lawrence free download
As announced live on air during the band’s triumphant session on BBC6 a free download of new tune Lawrence is available from Bill’s website here – Simply join his mailing list to receive the track in the audio format of your choice. The players are: Nicola Baigent – baritone and tenor saxophones; Mark Cawthra – drums; William D. Drake – piano, vocals; James Larcombe – television organ, vocals; Richard Larcombe – guitars, vocals; Dug Parker – vocals; Gaz Williams – bass guitar.

Buzz! Hum! Clang! Skring! Biff! Splot!

Well done clever eyes. You have found the glowing electric home of Onomatopoeia Records. It’s a record label born out of love and enthusiasm and nothing to do with profit-making. The label was started to facilitate, support, enable and distribute. We give brilliant musical minds the space to work in total freedom. We are lucky to meet and work with wonderful and talented people and to make their creations available in the big world. Any and all label profits go towards funding future releases.

We will only ever put out music, and who knows what other creations, that inspire, move, terrify, astound, or elevate us. Tunes and words that hit you deeper than your ears and brain and make some other connection. Things that take you somewhere else.

None of us are paid and will only bring things to you that we believe in utterly. We will only promote that which we love. That is not to say that Onomatopoeia is a charity. We want our artists to sell loads, play bigger shows, and enjoy the fruits of their talents. We want to be successful to show that there are some of us out here for whom the product is more important than the cash.

If you do not know what onomatopoeia means then you should first check your dictionary and then listen to Onomatopoeia by Butterfly Child.

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