Scientific Laboratories

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Slab 1: Joan of Arse – Lost At Sea (CD, July 17th 1999)

Lost at Sea

Following their 10″ debut, Joan of Arse’s first LP was a fine, rambling affair, earning plaudits far and wide. The songs of the Bearded Lady emerged sounding better than ever, brimming with familiar black humour. JG Gollier’s superb sleevenotes added to the sense of occasion. The vinyl LP on Julius Geezer quickly sold out, the CD repressed as the record sold beyond our expectations. This LP, with it’s songs of loss, booze, love and job-hating, proved the final document of the two-man Arse.

Lost At Sea is one of the best slabs of plastic you will hear coming out of Ireland this side of the millenium – Damien Connell, In Dublin

Buried At Sea salvages a rare beauty from it’s stumbling, shaky voyage – Stewart Lee, Sunday Times

“Lost At Sea” is a record packed with beautiful fully-blossomed nuggets of intelligent angst, wit and excellent musical ideas – Leagues, Muse

Slab 2: The Asteroids – Moonlight Music for Beginners (10″ and CD, October 2nd 2000)

Andrew Lyster spent two years on these three songs. Unashamedly rich in harmonies, tunes and key changes, the Asteroids’ debut EP created widespread interest within the first few weeks of release, garnering sparkling reviews in the Irish music press and selling out on vinyl very quickly. Painstakingly recorded with astonishing attention to detail, this EP features the vocal talents of Alan Kelly of The Last Post.

The sheer beauty of this recording is almost unexplainable, mainman Andrew Lyster managing to capture his sparklingly ethereal songs perfectly coherently, with every note positively shining. Breathtaking and absolutely essential. – Dave Roberts, The Event Guide

Lush, downtempo genius – Jim Carroll, Muse

Slab 3: The Dudley Corporation & Paul O’Reilly (7″, January 2001)

A split 7″ featuring Paul O’Reilly, who released his First Thing In The Morning LP in 2001 on Volta Sounds, and The Dudley Corporation.

A delicious split from Dublin’s finest new independent label – Paul Fogarty, The Event Guide

Slab 4: Joan of Arse – Distant Hearts, A Little Closer (CD, Sept 17th 2001)

Recorded in April 2001 by Steve Albini in Electrical Audio studios, Chicago, this record marked something of a departure for the Arse and was quite honestly, the only Scilabs release that sold loads of copies. Quite aside from the step up production-wise, these 7 songs showcased the increasing breadth of the expanded 4-piece – from rock anthems to porchlight soliloquies. Jason Molina from Songs:Ohia and Nad Navillus added their touches to the recordings, artwork by Zak Sally, formerly of Low, now head honcho of Lamano21. Licensed to Flameshovel Records for the US.

Distant Hearts is presented as the absolute artefact – 5/5 – Leagues O’Toole, Irish Times

7 songs long, but each one could hold an album together on it’s own. – Rory O’Keeffe, The Dubliner

This year has seen quite a lot of good records to come out of Dublin, but this release from Joan Of Arse has put them all in the shade. Crafted with care, it will make you both shout and cry. – John Dee, Wow.ie

Slab 5: The Lonely World of The Dudley Corporation (LP and CD, Sept 10th 2001)

The first Dudley Corporation LP was recorded in June 2001 at Chem19 in Scotland. 14 songs of many shapes and sizes, all with catchy tunes. Alan Barr from the Delgados played beautiful cello and Chris Leonard added fancy banjo and singing. Licensed to Flameshovel Records for the US.

A band unafraid to be clever, fun, imaginative and irresistibly loveable all at the same time. Great. – Paul Fogarty, Oceanfree

It is a John Cusack of a rock album: the songs full of a robust, boyish energy, an I-Can’t-Stop-Myself hyperactivity, a tremendous intelligence and a tendency to go off without any notice on fantastic, mind-boggling tangents. Kim Porcelli, Hot Press

Slab 6 : Deloris – The Pointless Gift (June 17th 2002)

Deloris’s second full length album received glowing reviews in their native Australia but also proved an expensive lesson in how not to release records if you’re not very good at selling them. There’s over an hour of inspiring tunes that just get better with every listen. Wonderful stuff.

deloris seem determined to challenge themselves and their fans, thereby creating something truly special, unique and utterly captivating – the electric newspaper

an assured, diverse, intoxicating piece of work that beckons to be played – the age

Slab 7:  The Dudley Corporation & Boris (7″, April 8th 2003)

The Dudley Corporation had a gig with Boris in Dublin, so why not rush-release a split single? Released April 8th, sold out by April 24th! Japan’s rock monsters Boris have made some insanely heavy records. Their Heavy Rocks LP showed they can make them short and catchy too. Ibitsu is a version of a song from their Akuma No Uta LP that they reckoned sounds like Venom. The Corpo’s two songs on the other side don’t appear anywhere else and the whole thing is topped off with poster artwork from Japan’s FangsAnalSatan. It’s based on Pink Floyd art and the poster from the film Rosemary’s Baby, apparently. This single became Ebay gold in no time and is probably all over the Internet on filesharing sites to save you the bother.

Boris are irresistable. Honestly. – aquarius

The Dudley Corporation make the best noise pop you’ve never heard – ink 19

Slab 8: In Love With The Dudley Corporation (CD, September 26th 2003)

In May of 2003 The Corpo returned to Chem19 studios in Glasgow to record their 2nd LP with Andy Miller (The Delgados, Mogwai, Arab Strap). ‘In Love With The Dudley Corporation’ features 14 songs with posh string embellishment from The Delgados string section The super smart and speedy tempo changes of the first LP are still evident, but now a much lusher and warmer side to The Corpo is on show. Hot Press magazine surveyed musicians in Ireland who somehow rated it as the 59th best Irish LP ever. Odd. Licensed to Absolutely Kosher in the US, Laterax for a vinyl version in the Netherlands, And Records in Japan, and Wireless Records in Australia.

Buy it. The ghost of Chet Baker meets the ghost of Kurt Cobain on a sleepover at Burt Bacharach’s ranch. – Evening Herald, Dublin

There is so much greatness in this album that it can’t be explained in mere words, a little like love itself. – Alternative Ulster, Belfast – #8 LP of 2003

Slab 9: The Dudley Corporation – What A Human Does (CDS, September 19th 2003)

To amuse ourselves, this was made available for one week from September 19th in Ireland, in the hope of making a chart appearance. And it did. Number 29 in the Irish singles charts but Larry Gogan still didn’t play it.

‘The Dudley Corporation are arguably making the most compelling music in Ireland at the minute. Captivating and brilliant in equal measure’ – Alternative Ulster

Slab 10: Large Mound – Go Forth and Amplify (CD, September 2004)

Ah, the Mound. 14 tracks of ace melodies, visceral thrills and killer hooklines. Behind the riffs that betray a metal past, they’ve a pop heart of honey.

‘On Go Forth And Amplify we hear Large Mound’s almost poetic dedication to metal, their complete absence of cock-rockisms and their nifty handle on melody. Topped off with the classic teenage rocker photography, this is a damn near perfect artefact.”‘ – Foggy Notions

‘Large Mound are in irresistible form. Sometimes there is nothing better than a straightforward rock song. This also wins best album cover and album title this year.’ – Sunday Tribune

Slab 11: Pokett – Crumble (CD, September 27th 2004)

The first album by Stéphane Garry under the name Pokett was a remarkable piece of work. Informed by his work with Domotic and Davide Balula, skilled sound engineering and a love of melodic acoustic music, Stéphane created an album that skilfully mixes tunes with experimentation and subtle electronica. A real treat. Split release with Intercontinental Records in Paris.

Slab 12: Large Mound – My Whole Life Is Have To (LP and CD, November 2007)

More confidence, better riffs and catchier hooks. Nobody chronicles their life’s progress with the wit and imagination of Large Mound. 13 fantastic songs that ought to be all over the radio, TV, modern internet and IPv6 domestic appliances.

Slab 13: Large Mound – I Hate All My Friends (CDS, November 2007)

A single off My Whole Life Is Have To that, judging by continuing airplay, will eventually put their kids through college.

Slab 15: The Dudley Corporation – Everyone Does Everything Wrong (LP & Download, May 2013)

Everyone Does Everything Wrong cover

A new LP by The Dudley Corporation. Noisier, rockier, excellenter.

“an unruly uninhibited listen” – Golden Plec

“these guys wrongfoot the naysayers time after time” – Tony Clayton-Lea, The Irish Times

Slab 16: Screaming Parent – The Completist (Digital, April 20th 2015)

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The Corpo’s Dudley Colley made use of quiet time when the kids were in bed to diarise 2014 in song.

With ridiculously infectious melodies, Of Montreal-esque harmonies and Postal Service-like beats melding very nicely across a collection of tracks, the album evokes, at different points, the likes of The Books, Pinback and Metronomy. – Brian Coney, The Thin Air

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