So Cow - The Long Con
Release Date: September 16, 2014
After years of recording as one man in several sheds, The Long Con is the first full-on, full-band recording from Ireland’s So Cow. Brian Kelly is this time joined by long-time foil Jonny White on bass and the pride of Dublin, Peter O’Shea, on drums. It’s also the first album to be recorded in a studio and, if that isn’t enough, has an honest-to-goodness producer involved, namely Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier. Recorded live over the course of four or so days, the album is an attempt to capture So Cow’s live sound, as opposed to the overdub-happy chaos that marked the debut LPs, 2009’s best-of-up-to-then compilation So Cow and 2010’s Meaningless Friendly.
The album was recorded in Ballyheigue in County Kerry, hitherto and probably-now-still most famous for being the birthplace of the guy who coined the term ‘entreprenuer’. Saunier and the band ran through the process at a fairly spectacular pace, most likely inspired by the wi-fi being out of order. The Deerhoof man himself makes an appearance on the track “Say Hello”, a pretty-much-improvised final day runabout. The Long Con follows on from the varied enough style of Meaningless Friendly and their half of Out Of Season, a split LP with Dublin’s Squarehead, in that it zips around various styles in a way that, to this day, makes their friends find them “hard to describe”.
The band themselves are of the mind that they sound like The Chills or McLusky, but they’ve lost all perspective at this stage so you shouldn’t go taking their word for it. Similarly, lyrics telling of joyriding local politicians, John Deacon’s post-Queen level of contentment, and the terror of turning 30 can probably now be interpreted any number of ways. So Cow are currently planning a quick September trek of the US, culminating in an appearance at Gonerfest 11 in Memphis.
The Long Con Tracklist
1. Get Up Off That Thing
2. Science Fiction
3. Sugar Factory
4. Operating at a Loss
5. I Want Out
6. Vigilanti Cura
7. Say Hello
8. Turning Into You
9. To Be Confirmed
10. Guess Who’s Dead
11. The Other One
12. Second Last Line of the National Anthem
13. Barry Richardson
US TOUR DATES
Sept 14 - Milwaukee, WI - Quarter’s Rock & Roll Palace
Sept 15 - Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle w/ Party Bat
Sept 16 - Cleveland, OH - Now That’s Class w/ Chomp
Sept 17 - Columbus, OH - Ace Of Cups w/ The Young
Sept 18 - Pittsburgh, PA - Gooski’s w/ Shark?
Sept 19 - Brooklyn, NY - Death By Audio w/ Shark?
Sept 20 - Manhattan, NY - Cake Shop w/ The Oranges Band, Palomar
Sept 21 - Philadelphia, PA - Silk City w/ Shark?
Sept 23 - Durham, NC - Chateau Moby Dick
Sept 24 - Nashville, TN - Betty’s
Sept 25 - Memphis, TN - Gonerfest 11 w/ Grifters, Ausmuteants, Radioactivity, & more
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