The long-awaited debut album from Manchester’s revered post-rock improv guerillas is now available, released exclusively on Concrete Moniker.
Nine Doors is an uncompromising debut album of industrial grooves and churning inner-city dronescapes surround dark and bizarre monologues, punctuated by the bicycle orchestra’s workshop array of clunks, drones, squeals and chants.
The hand-made CD is a thing of true beauty – it includes an exclusive fold-out poster with all the album artwork all designed by vocalist Zeke Clough.
“a Faust-like mixture of ritualised musical theatre and collective improvisation… a scrapyard gamelan conjuring a post-industrial – even post-apocalyptic – North of England… stumbling rhythms that echo some of the trash-kitsch of Swordfishtrombones-era Tom Waits.”
The Wire Magazine
“I’ve never seen anything like it, very original…going to be flying off the shelves”
BBC Radio Manchester
“[LBO] combine music, theatre, sculpture and bicycles with a sometimes chaotic and often subversive DIY ethic”
the bike show, Resonance FM
“It isn’t just the unusual texture of the music that gives LBO their depth. It is also the strategy of their improvisation and their seamless intuition when complementing each other’s performances”
East London Lines
“Nine doors is an album that offers an insight into the bizarre, the nature of happiness, the profane, insanity and the downright weird all with a strange beauty and a sense of humour.”
Blank Media Collective
“[LBO's] recently released album Nine Doors, is like Jazz on Prozac, played in an abandoned factory using instruments in the way that Blue Peter used fairy liquid bottles. On both occasions the result is unexpected, strangely enjoyable and definitely imaginative. It’s not the kind of thing you can play in the background and ignore whilst reading the latest Marian Keyes, but it will get you thinking about the nature of happiness, society, insanity and Marlon Brando. And for those who don’t give a shit about all that – you can enjoy it for the weirdness.”
released 22 February 2010