To mark ten years since the release of their first album, The Bright Carvings, folk-pop band Monkey Swallows the Universe are releasing a digital single on 26 Feb. The full five-piece will also regroup for a one-night-only Easter Sunday hometown resurrection gig on 27 March at Queens Social Club.
The gig was upgraded after the original venue sold out in just two hours. Nat Johnson, Kevin Gori, Cate Tully, Andy George and Rob Dean are looking forward to reprising the roles that saw them “put the cor back into recorder” in the mid-00s.
The single comprises brand new versions of two tracks from the first album; Sheffield Shanty has become Sheffield Shanty II (that’s aye aye, not two) and now features players from Cornerstone Brass Band. It’s backed with a new version of the secret track from the end of the album.
“We’re going to be playing all the songs from that first record,” said Johnson, who has released another three albums since MSTU parted in 2008. “As well as being a nice way to mark 10 years since its release, it’s a good excuse for us all to get together.”
In their day MSTU enjoyed Radio 4 and 6 Music sessions, festival performances including Green Man, End of the Road and Latitude, and toured with Richard Hawley, Camera Obscura and the Long Blondes. The Bright Carvings was released on cult local record label Thee SPC in February 2006 and their follow up album, The Casket Letters, was released on Loose Records in 2007. They announced an ‘indefinite hiatus’ in 2008, playing their final shows in Scotland.
Tickets for the gig are onsale now