REUBEN 'VERY FAST VERY DANGEROUS' VINYL REISSUE // BONUS DOWNLOADS OF 16 ALBUM DEMO TRACKS

To celebrate 10 years since it was first released, Xtra Mile Recordings will reissue Reuben's ferocious and anthemic second album Very Fast Very Dangerous on black vinyl for its first-ever worldwide release, on 10 July 2015. You can preorder the vinyl from our digital shop or from the ever-reliable and lovely Banquet Records.

The vinyl will come in a gatefold sleeve with original artwork (beautifully redesigned for this format), together with a download card for the full 13-track album. Also included with the download code are a horde of demos from the Very Fast Very Dangerous era — recorded at Jacob's Studios in Farnham — including demo versions of the entire album plus three non-album tracks. Full tracklisting is below.

As if that wasn't enough, Xtra Mile Recordings will once more be making the tee shirt featuring the album artwork available, to help celebrate the re-release of this vital record.

Produced by Chris Sheldon (Biffy Clyro, Foo Fighters) the album features the singles ‘A Kick In the Mouth’ and ‘Keep It To Yourself’ as well as the gargantuan ‘Every time A Teenager Listens To Drum & Bass A Rockstar Dies’. 

Full album and digital demos tracklisting for Very Fast Very Dangerous:

Very Fast Very Dangerous vinyl

1. A Kick In the Mouth
2. Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em
3. Best Enemies
4. It's All About Control
5. Every Time A Teenager Listens To Drum & Bass A Rockstar Dies
6. Nobody Loves You
7. Blamethrower
8. Keep It To Yourself
9. Lights Out
10. Alpha Signal Three
11. Good Night
12. Return Of The Jedi
13. Boy

MP3 bonus demo tracks

1. A Kick In The Mouth (VFVD Demo)
2. Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (VFVD Demo)
3. Best Enemies (VFVD Demo)
4. It's All About Control (VFVD Demo)
5. Every Time A Teenager Listens To Drum & Bass A Rockstar Dies (VFVD Demo)
6. Nobody Loves You (VFVD Demo)
7. Blamethrower (VFVD Demo)
8. Keep It To Yourself (VFVD Demo)
9. Lights Out (VFVD Demo)
10. Alpha Signal Three (VFVD Demo)
11. Good Night (VFVD Demo)
12. Recouping Is So 1987 (VFVD Demo)
13. Boy (VFVD Demo)
14. Worn To Be Seen (VFVD Demo)
15. Approaching By Stealth (VFVD Demo)
16. Blitzkrieg (VFVD Demo)

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RACECAR IS RACECAR BACKWARDS TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY EDITION: PREORDER 2CD + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD // WHITE VINYL PREORDER // REPRINT T-SHIRT BUNDLES

The recently-announced 2 CD reissue of Reuben's debut album, Racecar Is Racecar Backwards, is set for release on 3 November 2014, and you can now preorder it - as well as the original album on white vinyl due to popular demand - via Xtra Mile Recordings here.

As well as all the physical niceness, downloaders can preorder the 37-track reissue via iTunes.

Xtra Mile are also offering bundles with the fan-chosen “old school” classic maroon/skeletons Racecar tee, after a frantic and furious Facebook vote. You'll be able to grab the t-shirt as part of a bundle with either the CD, vinyl or digital download**bundle link**.

The tracklisting for the 2CD and digital download Ten Year Anniversary Edition reissue is below. The white vinyl contains the original album in full.

CD 1 – Racecar Is Racecar Backwards
 

1. No One Wins the War
2. Horrorshow
3. Stuck In My Throat
4. Oh the Shame
5. Fall of the Bastille
6. Freddy Kreuger
7. Tonight My Wife Is Your Wife
8. Eating Only Apples
9. Our Song
10. Let's Stop Hanging Out
11. Missing Fingers
12. Song For Saturday
13. Moving to Blackwater
14. Wrong and Sorry
15. Parties Break Hearts
16. Dusk

CD 2 – Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks

 

1. No One Wins the War (Live at the BBC)
2. Horrorshow (Live at XFM)
3. Stuck In My Throat (Racecar demo)
4. Oh the Shame (Live at Echo FM)
5. Fall of the Bastille (Live at XFM)
6. Freddy Kreugar (Stakeout demo)
7. Tonight My Wife Is Your Wife (Single version)
8. Eating Only Apples (Live at the BBC)
9. Our Song (Racecar demo)
10. Let's Stop Hanging Out (Live at the Barfly for XFM)
11. Missing Fingers (Live at XFM)
12. Song For Saturday (Live at XFM)
13. Moving to Blackwater (Live at the BBC)
14. Wrong and Sorry (Live at the BBC)
15. Parties Break Hearts (Stakeout demo)
16. Dusk (Racecar demo)
17. Alpha Signal Seven (Live at the BBC)
18. Banner Held High (Racecar demo)
19. Stux (Racecar demo)
20. Fuzz's Birthday Song (Surrey Uni demo)
21. Naked interview on XFM

REUBEN 'RACECAR IS RACECAR BACKWARDS' 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION OUT WINTER 2014

Reuben’s debut album Racecar is Racecar Backwards turned 10 on 21 June 2014 and to celebrate a decade of its joyful existence, Xtra Mile Recordings is releasing a two disc deluxe edition of the album later this year.

Disc one contains the original 16 song album, while disc two is crammed full of completely unreleased radio sessions, demos, and interviews. They will be packaged together with new artwork, photographs and a booklet all commemorating this acclaimed debut album.

Tracklisting and artwork will be revealed nearer the release date.

Original  Racecar is Racecar Backwards  artwork

Original Racecar is Racecar Backwards artwork

The album was originally released on 21 June 2004, and is the first album Xtra Mile Recordings released independently, with the catalogue number XMR001CD. Its impact within the ever-brewing UK rock trenches was significant. Along with albums by label mates Million Dead and other bands like Hell Is For Heroes, Jarcrew and mclusky, it helped form a nascent stream of heavy music that was melodic and aggressive yet sieved with all-important wry British humour.

Reuben became a cult band with a fanatical following that still remains to this day. The album helped earn Reuben a Kerrang! Award nomination for Best British Newcomer and spawned classic singles like ‘Freddy Kreuger’, ‘Moving To Blackwater’, ‘Stuck In My Throat’ and ‘Let’s Stop Hanging Out’.

Speaking about the album, Reuben’s three members reminisce: 

When I hear the album now I’m always surprised how full of energy it sounds, since we were so exhausted when we made it. I know some people say the production is scrappy but I thought and still think it’s pretty slick! I remember desperately not wanting our first album to be swept under the carpet, to be just a practice run for the second one. I wanted it to stand on its own and I think it does.
— Jamie Lenman, guitarist and vocalist
I’m incredibly proud of Racecar, and it’s loaded with hits. I can feel the adrenaline running through me when I listen to that album up nice and loud - Those songs make me feel fucking great. I am one proud owner.
— Guy Davies, drummer
We knew how we wanted it to sound…we found someone who could record what we wanted and we nestled into a dark and dingy former shed in Surrey. Both Jamie and Guy are such awesome musicians, and the songs were so well shaped after years of touring, you can still hear that when you listen back to it today.
— Jon Peace, bassist

Charlie Caplowe, MD of Xtra Mile Recordings said: “I remember vividly the day the album was finally finished and being able to put a plan together to release it. We knew it was a great album and when the positive reviews started pouring in it was nice that others realised how special it was too. The success spurred us on as a label to do more, and the rest, as they say, is history. We’re thrilled to celebrate its tenth anniversary.”

Check out this awesome video montage of featuring the audio on No One Wins The War from a BBC Session in 2004 which will feature on Disc 2 of the release.

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