ONI14 | The Exhibition | Carry to the End | Pre-Order


Carry to the End, the new EP from The Exhibition can be pre-ordered from today. The four tracks that make up the EP were recorded earlier this year with long time collaborator Dave Sanderson of 2fly Studios and were mastered by Tom Woodhead (formerly of ¡Forward, Russia! fame) at Hippocratic Mastering (The Cribs, Hookworms, Post War Glamour Girls). You can hear the full version of lead track Artery below and sample the other songs via the pre-order links.

Pre-order CD/digital/bundles at: ONI Records | itunes | Amazon

The Exhibition will be playing a few gigs from now until the end of year, most of which they’ve yet to confirm, though you’ll next be able to hear them live on Penistone FM on the 15th of August and/or see them live later that month on 29th for a special launch show presented by Alternative Barnsley. Keep your eyes on The Exhibition’s new website for updates – www.the-exhibition.co.uk – where you’ll currently find some brand new photographs taken by Sally Lomas and a free download of new track Finis.

And finally, a video set to music:

ONIP05 | The Exhibition | Finis | Free Download


Finis by The Exhibition. Available to download for free:

Soundcloud | Bandcamp | Direct MP3

Tell me you love me
Tell me we’re through
Show me the garden
A gentian blue
Tell me the part that I play in this
I tell you it’s dark in a forest
Tell me you love me
I am adored
Turn your back on me
Where have you gone?
Tell me the part that I play in this

Lost my head
I’m a dead man
All in all out I fall
Under the tables
Under your laws

Tell me you love me
My head is a mess
Unspeakable sins
Do your eyes confess
Tell me the part that I play in this
I tell you it’s dark in a forest
Tell me you love me
And this I deplore
We cannot go on
Void of esprit de corps
The clip in your hair
I found in my drawer

Lost my head
I’m a dead man
All in all out I fall
Under the tables
Under your laws

All in, all out
Al in, I fall out
All in, all out
All in, I fall out

All in, all out
All in, all out
All in, all out
All in, all out

Aztec Doll | Bowdlerize | ONI13 | Free Download


Only in the olden days did music get released on a Monday morning. Today is not the olden days but it is a Tuesday and the day that Aztec Doll release the 3 track EP Bowdlerize as a free download. Bowdlerize is the follow up to 2013’s Endlessly and was again recorded with Alan Smyth of 2fly Studios in Sheffield. The EP marks the first material the band have recorded with new member Hayley Youell providing synth and vocals. Listen and download from the Bandcamp link below:

Aztec Doll have had an amazing year already with appearances at Newfound Festival, Live in Barnsley and a slot supporting Post War Glamour Girls amongst the highlights. There are still chances to catch them at this year’s Long Division, Oakwell Music Festival and Clarence Park Festivals and  you should probably keep your eyes on their Facebook for more.

Direct mp3s:  BowdlerizeRag Doll | Red Blood

Finally here’s how the ever knowledgeable Alternative Barnsley have described the experience of hearing the above songs:

““They have created an EP that satisfies everything I loved about their first EP, yet they have developed their sound so that they manage to surprise me at every single turn. Aztec Doll have subtly evolved, being now less alt-rock and more ethereal and gothic dream-pop. It’s a smart move, and now they stand even further out in that field of their own.”

Other words for Aztec Doll:

‘Endlessly’ finds singer Roxanna Mitchell by turn delicately haunting and scathingly sharp as she assets her dominance over an insistent and atmospheric guitar line. As much Skeletal Family or Ghost Dance as Siouxsie or The Cure, Aztec Doll have definitely got the goth-tinged post-punk sound nailed.” 9/10 Whisperinandhollerin

“A band that are making some waves on the local scene. Fronted by Roxanna Mitchell, the band play this kind of retro post-punk, crashy guitars, subtle synths, Siouxsie and the Banshees play Soft Cell, sort of thing, and trust me, that’s got to be something good.” Backseat Mafia

“Lyrical lonerism at its finest” 8/10 There Goes The Fear

“Full of dark nihilism and motorik magic, Electrelane-like jagged guitars, ringing electronics.” Sounds XP

Top photo by Lee Garforth Photography

The Exhibition | Roma/Forward in Arms | ONI12

Totti SleeveMaybe you’ve heard these songs before, maybe not. Either way, Roma and Forward in Arms by The Exhibition are available to download completely free of charge for the first time by clicking that picture of Francesco above. The tracks were recorded way back in 2011 with Alan Smyth at 2fly studios but are made available today to mark the beginning of lots of new The Exhibition material to be released over the coming months. The bulk of that will come in the form of an EP – made up of four songs you definitely will not have heard – released towards the end of summer, along with something special to bridge the wait.

Roma Mp3/Lyrics | Forward in Arms Mp3/Lyrics

There are lots more dates to come, but below are a few places you’ll be able to catch The Exhibition playing live in the near future. Amongst others, we’ll be confirming a very special night in conjunction with Alternative Barnsley to coincide with the release of that new material soon, so keep your eyes on this page here for news on that front.

25/05/2014 The Pig Gig @ The Rose & Crown Worsbrough
21/06/2014 Live in Barnsley Festival @ Venue TBC
24/06/2014 Supporting The Wire @ West Street Live Sheffield

McCarthy Vigil | 3 track EP | Free Download | ONI11


Our first release of 2014! McCarthy Vigil is a 3 track EP released by the brilliant McCarthy Vigil (of course) and is available to download for free right now by clicking here or to stream in full below:

The EP was recorded over a period that – quite possibly – lasted an entire eight months, with Brett Jackson at Studio 24 who also took control of mixing and mastering. If you enjoy what you hear here then you might also like to listen Pensitone FM on the 25th of this month when McCarthy Vigil will be playing live over those airwaves or maybe even come down to The Old No7 on the 30th of May where the collective will be playing a very special acoustic set for Alternative Barnsley. There will be plenty more live dates over the summer. The above artwork was created by Annie J Winder.

Keep in touch with McCarthy Vigil here:  TwitterFacebook | Soundcloud

Chinese Candle, the band’s contribution to last year’s Pareidolia compilation is still available at an absolute bargain price here.

Luxury Pets mp3 | Swell Guy mp3 | The Wives mp3


Wah Wah Records | The Return of New Music

WahWahRecordsWe’re very happy to see that another beautiful looking record shop will be opening close by tomorrow (Tuesday 01/04/14). Wah Wah Records is located on Brook Street in Wakefield and will be selling just about everything by the looks; new releases, second hand gems and ONI releases, which we are of course ever grateful for. Please do drop by and take a look when you get the chance or get yourself excited now by having a peak on Facebook or Twitter.

The great man behind Wah Wah appeared on BBC Leeds Introducing last Saturday evening and quite brilliantly played a very very new track by The Exhibition named Artery. You can listen to that again by clicking here (28 minutes in). That link will only be live until the 4th of April and then that will most likely be the last you’ll hear of Artery until it’s released in a grander format with some other tracks in the summer. There will be more to come from The Exhibition in the coming weeks though.

Finally, we are very excited to be releasing some brand new material from McCarthy Vigil in the form of an EP which will be available to download very soon. These are the first new recordings the band have released since Chinese Candle appeared on the Pareidolia compilation last year and they sound absolutely fantastic if we do say so ourself. There will be a lot more details on that next week – we promise – but for now you can enjoy an ear taster in the form of The Wives below:

And here’s some words from other sources to prove just how good McCarthy Vigil are:

“McCarthy Vigil know exactly when and how to break it down and inject some balls” Bearded Magazine
“Soaked in echo and showcasing singer Andy Sutcliffe’s delicate, emotion tinged vocals, before flowering into a lovely indiepop singalong” Backseat Mafia
“Finger-picked folk melodies combine with tremolo Bright Eyes-like vocals unfolding like a Sunday morning stretch, with a lovely head-nodding coda over slippery chiming guitar sonics” Sounds XP
“Measured, hushed, atmospheric and sedate” 9/10  Whisperinandhollerin
“McCarthy Vigil have an exciting rawness and an honesty to their sound which could grow into something really interesting” Leeds Music Scene
“Angular Talking Heads rhythms and an amazing agitated energy that really excited me.”  Alternative Barnsley

ONI10 | Man Proposes, God Disposes | Download


The first new proper release from The Exhibition in a fairly long time is finally upon us. Man Proposes, God Disposes is four tracks again recorded with Alan Smyth at 2fly Studios and is hopefully the first of a couple of releases in 2013. You can download the whole thing for free from Bandcamp or as direct mp3s below. Lyrics for these tracks and for all other The Exhibition releases can be found over at their website here. Artwork is by Jon Dunford.

1. Beginning and Ending mp3
2. Fall mp3
3. Some Subaltern mp3
4. A Void mp3

Other Words for Pareidolia

A selection of nice things that have been written about our recent compilation EP

“In case you’d not twigged this release yells quality from beginning to end, and if it sounds like I’m on some music journo hype quest, then sure, I’m guilty as charged – simply because this release is one to get excited about.” 9/10 Christopher Nosnibor for Whisperinandhollerin

“This whole album, from the tracks, to the recordings, to the artwork gives a true feeling of a home made product and, sometimes, it is just very pleasant and overwhelming to go back to the roots. Full of discoveries and talent, this album is a must-listen!” Emillie Devillet for Music News

“As soon as the CD stops spinning, I play the whole thing again, and again, and again. Paredolia is the fire in the belly that burns in so many smalls towns like ours. Its creativity and quality sits far above most other bands, yet seldom gets noticed by those out there in the big cities. Dark, brooding and ultimately uplifting, Pareidolia is really a true record of national importance.” Jason White for Alternative Barnsley

“I don’t need to have Pareidolia, or experience it or whatever to look into this compilation and see some bright futures.”  Backseat Mafia

“By all indications this collection is proof that Barnsley is ready to be put on the musical map. Well, for something other than being the birthplace of Saxon” Mary Chang for There Goes the Fear

13.7.13 by Rory Garforth

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All images by Rory Garforth. Thank you! Find more Rory on Facebook or Twitter

From Top; Debut Records, Toba Caldera at Debut Records, more Debut Records, Imoko Set at Debut Records, The Black Lamps at Rebeccas, Aztec Doll at Rebeccas.

Pareidolia released today | T-Shirts | Digital Links


Our compilation EP Pareidolia is officially released today. Rejoice! Though you may have already acquired yourself a copy from somewhere special, if you haven’t and would very much like to, there are links to do so below.

The limited edition CD is available from Bandcamp, Debut Records and Norman Records. By the end of the week it’ll also be in a select few other independents up and down the country. The following are links to UK sites where you can buy the digital version of Pareidolia but in most cases, if you live elsewhere, you’ll find the release available in your region too with a quick search.

itunes | Amazon | Bandcamp | 7digital | Nokia Music | Google Play

There are many many more digital retailers providing the tracks than we’ve room to list here – including streaming services like Spotify and Wimp Music – so again just check your favourite or get in touch.

We also have T-shirts available from today. They’re very limited and you’ll only find those in our own store by clicking here. Each shirt comes with a digital copy of all six tracks included in the price. Thank you Liam!

We had our Barnsley launch event this Saturday and what a lovely day it was. There are a few pictures of the very hot and tight conditions from inside Debut Records on their Facebook page. Thank you very much to all the bands, Stu for letting us takeover his shop, the members of Toba Caldera who ran the sound and venue at Rebeccas, the local press that helped to promote it, Rebecca Bracha for the top photo and of course everyone who came down to either venue. And there’s still the Sheffield leg to come on the 24th…

Finally, here’s the video for Imoko Set’s Crying in the Temple. Enjoy