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Limited edition CDr album in hand crafted packaging with numerous inserts, just 100 copies.
Sold Out but remastered and reissued here.
Or available as part of the series52 box set of all 52 albums: here.
Billy Mahonie - 'Exhale On Mare Street'.
01: Scary Village.
03: New Year’s Eve Song.
04: Cheap Funk.
05: World Action.
06: Sleep In Feathers.
07: Descending Riff.
08: As Sure As Eggs Is Eggs.
09: Minor Dub Folk.
10: Why I Oughta.
11: Music For Eating Musicians.
12: Nightmare City.
13: Intro Riff.
15: Red Crow.
16: (End Of) Keeper’s Drive.
Cat. No. un52006/42. __ Edition of: 100.
__ Released: 16th October 2006.
Billy Mahonie is a rock band and not an Irish folk singer. Formed in London in the autumn of 1997 they play instrumental rock music. Although lumped
in with the numerous jazz beard wearing post rock bands of the late '90s, Billy Mahonie did much more than gaze at their collective navels and noodle
around some horridly lame progressive jazz riff for a half hour. Mahonie’s music is indeed infused with elements of heavy rock, hardcore punk, jazz
and folk but the emphasis is defiantly squared on ROCK and cathartic emotive and super energetic guitar music.
The original line up consisted of Gavin Baker (guitar), Howard Monk (drums and announcements), Hywell Dinsdale (bass and guitar) and Kevin Penney (bass).
Their first releases, two singles, came in 1998 and they toured extensively in the UK building up a solid live reputation and the 'best live band in Britain...?'
tag from Melody Maker. By spring 1999 they had signed to Too Pure, recorded a John Peel Session, visited Europe for the first time and also travelled in
a van with enough seats. The album 'The Big Dig' was released in the early summer and met with positive press from all. A single, two EPs and extensive UK
and European tours followed in the same year.
However, much to Too Pure’s confusion, Billy Mahonie were not Mogwai and they found themselves looking for a new label by Easter 2000. With half their
second album recorded Billy Mahonie found themselves in the offices of Southern Records who admitted themselves 'one man's posion is another man's medicine'
and Mahonie was the prescription. 'What Becomes Before' released in the fall of 2001 was Billy Mahonie's double album opus. It playfully mixed genres of every
style to create an album that was truly 'post rock': rock music of all descriptions twisted and reinvented without giving up the immediacy, dumb accessibility
and volume of the old masters of rawk. 'They’re becoming almost untouchable' said the NME.
Again Billy Mahonie were despatched to Europe and toured the UK and Ireland. 'What Becomes Before' again met glowing reviews but didn't turn platinum. At the start
of 2002 the band decided to take a break and concentrate on other music for a while. Gavin recorded with an album with Jet Johnson and went solo as Meets Guitar,
Howard did session work and set up Knom Promotions, Hywell moved from London, joined Redwood Falls and bought yet more second hand cars and Kevin joined Seafood, friends
whom Billy Mahonie had toured with previously.
This period of rest saw both the original bass players leave but by the end of 2002 Howard and Gavin had recruited Duncan Brown (ex-Stereolab) on bass and Tony
Barrett (guitar). This new Billy Mahonie made its live debut in December 2002 and recorded a second Peel Session as part of the Ten Minute Men on Jonson Family
Records. Third album 'Dust' came out at the end of 2003 on Tritone Records again to great press from all quarters: 'Now they sound refreshingly out on their own'
said The Wire magazine, '...the mighty Mahonie who wee effortlessly on the po-faced post-rock fraternity from a great height' said Time Out. The new line up continued
the same musical path, blending musical genres like a pissed TV chef with a huge musical blender i.e.: Floyd on folkrockprogmetal.
2004 saw a quiet year as Gavin moved to Norway, conceived a family and recorded an album of folk music with his father. Howard continued promoting as Knom putting
on larger shows across the UK and Europe and also did further work as sometime drummer with State River Widening, Joyzipper and Cass Macombes. In the meantime
Billy Mahonie began recording a series of hot demos for an as yet unrecorded new album. In December 2004 the 'Nightmare City' mini album was released, exclusively
available from the band’s website.
There had always been a plan to release a compilation of the earlier non album singles covering the first years of the bands existence; no one could figure out quite
why these gems and live favourites such as Hoon and Are We Rolling weren't included on any of the albums. In 2005 work began with the kindly Oof Records to make it so.
The album 'Found' was released in October 2005 and finally gave a long awaited CD release to some of the bands best work. The band have since released more singles,
appeared on compilations and reformed the original line up to perform a handful of shows before the release of 'Exhale On Mare Street'.
Limited edition of 100 numbered copies in hand crafted packaging with numerous inserts.
A welcome reissue of this long sold out collection of Billy Mahonie rarities, fully remastered and including extra tracks not on this original series52 release is now