Watch Victory Hall perform Predatory Birds, from the album The Someday Herald:
“Let me tell you how to spell lonely
It’s spelled just how it sounds
Weeks of no real conversation
Of words rarely found”
Watch the new video for Geri van Essen‘s song Spelling Lonely here. We released this song in April of this year on the album Cleaned The Windows. The video was recorded during one of the previous lockdowns in the UK, shortly after the release. It seemed appropriate to release it today, where we all feel extra lonely in these Christmas times, because of this damn pandemic that is still raging through our lives. Come and take a walk in lockdown London with Geri – because misery does love company.
2021 is coming to an end. The corona virus made this another year with less music, art, shows, and color. But it’s time for some positive reflection. Because what did happen, was GOOD.
We are very, very grateful for the shows we booked this year. It turned out we managed to book and host 20 shows. 20 concerts by brilliant artists such as Ilsha, Combo Qazam, The World of Dust and Microplaza. We organized one amazing day filled with love and laughter in Studio Patrick during the Le Guess Who? / U? festival. The Tiny Room train visited Utrecht, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Middelburg, Apeldoorn and Liège in Belgium.
Every one of these shows was memorable and worth living for. Thank you to the artists, the venues, the sound engineers, the promoters and the audience. Thank you, thank you. 🙏 Let’s make 2022 as best as possible.
OUT NOW – Since 2002, Victory Hall has been the outlet for lo-fi leanings by a group of musicians from Bordeaux, led by Julien Pras. The Someday Herald is their first album in 12 years and consists of a collage of songs and sounds, mainly recorded by Julien on a 4-track cassette recorder and sequenced and mastered with Tiny Room Records’ label manager Stefan Breuer. The Victory Hall concept has always been: spontaneous and fast recording of music, finishing old sketches and snippets, recording wherever the instruments are, all while maintaining the incredibly fun and exciting feeling of making records (because there’s nothing more exciting than that, we tell you!).
From the 60s infused baroque pop of Miss Chief to the more straightforward indie rock of Face Value, from the beautiful duets with Queen of the Meadow’s Helen Ferguson (Golden Times) and Emily Jane White (Confusion) to the solo contributions by band members David Lespes and Hugo Berrouet – this album hits all the sweet spots for those who like their indie rock laced with psychedelia, acoustic arrangements covered in tape hiss and vocal harmonies drenched in distorted reverb. Any fans of Sebadoh, Big Star, Eric’s Trip, Guided By Voices, Flaming Lips and Dinosaur Jr. should give this gem a listen.
Last Saturday we hosted 8 bands during the Le Guess Who? / U? festival, in our beloved DIY home Studio Patrick. It was the first time in more than 1,5 years that we had live music in this cool venue. It felt good to be back, just a few hours before new measures made it impossible to do this kind of stuff again. But Saturday, it WAS possible and it WAS everything we hoped for. It felt safe and we managed to share the Patrick vibe with around 250 people, spread over the different shows. All artists played incredible, and everybody was smiling all the time. This was the “happiness food” we needed before going in another lockdown.
Thanks to the organization for letting us do this, to all the bands for their beautiful music and presence, to Arthur Duijzers for the amazing sound, the volunteers, and of course the audience, for sharing this experience with us.
A new record is unleashed upon this burning world. The newborn is called Read The Room, and it’s the third lovechild of the indiepop duo Microplaza. Five songs in 5/4 measure, more manic & desolate than its predecessors. Out now on limited edition (30 copies) 7″ vinyl.
We are proud to present Read The Room, the new Microplaza 7″. Once again packed with little indie pop miniatures! They keep expanding their weird tiny universe with new hits the length of a sigh. As usual only 30 copies were made, which makes it a really cool collector’s item. Pre-orders are up now, don’t sleep on it! Read The Room will be released on Tiny Room Records on November 12th. Preorder: https://tinyroomrecords.bandcamp.com/album/read-the-room
Ilsha‘s wonderful debut Dive is out today! Listen to this amazing set of songs on all streaming platforms now. If it’s your thing, you can buy the vinyl in our Bandcamp webshop or at one of the release shows next week:
Nov 2: Worm, Rotterdam
Nov 5: Het Koffiepand, Middelburg
And the press agrees with us:
De Subjectivisten: “intense mini soundtracks full of contemplative splendor”
Here Comes The Flood: “a memorable trip through emotions by way of intricate multi-layered compositions that sparkle and shine”
THANK YOU FOR LISTENING 🙂
The 12″ mini-album comes with beautiful handmade artwork (three different front covers to choose from, a pencil drawing). And it also sounds VERY GOOD, this 45rpm black vinyl record. Very spacious and detailed, doing justice to the 100+ layers on each song. Get it now, only 100 made!
We’d like to welcome a new addition to our family! On October 29, we will release the magnificent debut LP by Rotterdam-based folk outfit Ilsha. All songs are written by Ilse Hamelink, who is (as you can see on this picture) just as happy with this collaboration as we are. In the band are some old and new faces, that you might recognize from bands like Herrek, Bonne Aparte and The Secret Love Parade.
Stay tuned: tomorrow we’ll share a song and start the pre-orders (limited edition of 100, very cool looking and immensely great sounding 45RPM vinyl records).