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PostaLowa

PostaLowa (2004) - JB Ferguson, Mark Jennings and Charlene Katuwawala with Andre Bosman
Background information
Origin Norwich, Norfolk, UK
Genres Lo-Fi, Experimental, indie rock
Years active 1998-2005
Labels Spiteful Records, mqprojects, SGC, Mummy Where's The Milkman
Website [www.myspace.com/postalowa]

PostaLowa were a band from Norwich, UK. They formed in 1998 and disbanded in 2005. Many semi-permanent members and guests played with the band both live and on record, but the core members were JB Ferguson (Tiger MCs) and Mark Jennings (Ovahead, Master Solo, Sukoshi).

Early PostaLowa

Early PostaLowa shows were largely improvised, experimental affairs, characterised by synth drones, amplifier feedback and obscure guitar tunings. Inspired largely by Noisebox Records band Navigator, unconventional instruments and found sounds often made their way into live sets - electric motors, cutlery and power tools being notable examples. During 1998 and 1999 the band was usually a 3- or 4-piece, including Elissa Ross and sometimes Tim Wilton. Reactions to the early shows varied between awed puzzlement and ouright hostility, which only softened when more recognisable song structures and melodies began to creep into PostaLowa's live shows.

'Ola'

The Summer of 1999 saw PostaLowa embark on a direction which would inform their output for the rest of their life as a band. The 'Ola' EP was one of the first records to be made at Magoo's Sickroom Studios in Norfolk, and captured the band as it crossed the line between long, noisy improvised pieces and more traditional (though still loosely experimental) songs. Almost entirely instrumental across its 8 tracks, the EP was released in a hand-made, limited-edition of 50 by Norwich label mqprojects towards the end of the year. in 2000, SGC (Sickroom Gramaphonic Collective) released the 8-minute drone-waltz '17,000,000 Waltzes' on a split 7".

'Everything That Connects You'

2000 saw PostaLowa record their first full-length album 'Everything That Connects You'. Emotionally intense and relentlessly dark, the record concentrates mostly on themes of paranoia and mental illness, as well as relationship break-ups, bereavment and isolation. Despite this, two tracks from the album were picked up by BBC Radio 1 in the UK - 'John Wilson Lightbeam Ponytrek' was played by Steve Lamacq, and later 'Christmas' was played by John Peel on his birthday show. Radio play and a small national following was enough to convince Spiteful Records to release the album at the end of 2000. The plain yellow sleeve of the record came about when Jennings' computer crashed hours before the production deadline, losing all the original artwork. The replacement sleeves were supposed to be beige and brown, but a mix-up with inks at the pressing plant left the album a dull yellow colour.

'Everything That Connects You' is especially notable for the 11-minute 'Kristeva', which features the only recorded performance by the NPU Mid-Fi Guitar Orchestra, and for the band's coining of the term 'Mid-Fi' on the track 'Mid-Fidelity'. Lizz Page (cello) and Charlene Katuwawala (bass) played on the recording.

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