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STOP PRESS: we're now taking advance orders for The End Of The Pier in the Occultation Shop.

1) You can buy the vinyl+CD version on its own.

2) You can buy it together with the new Factory Star mini-album or as a special package with the two previous Occultation EPs, at reduced prices and with big savings on P&P.

None of the tracks on the EPs appear on the new album. Click the videos below to hear "Girl Of The Year" (side one, track three) and "Wise" (side one, track two).

You can make up your minds by listening to three of the tracks via YouTube videos here, but here's a selection from what the online media are saying about the album

1) Mick Middles: The Quietus


2) Everett True: Collapse Board


3) Mark Brend: Record Collector


4) Malcolm Carter: Penny Black Music


That's just for starters... There's also the written press with rave reviews, interviews et al appearing in Uncut, Record Collector, Q and plenty more on the way. See the New In The Heavens page for more.

The second Distractions album, The End Of The Pier, (YMIR7DC017) will be released on 27th August 2012- a mere 32 years after their debut the beloved Nobody's Perfect. The new LP will be out on 180g vinyl, CD and download. There's a gallery of artwork here and more images here.

We'll have some track previews for you to listen to over the next few weeks but in the meantime we can promise you the wait will have been worth every minute, every second... What we can tell you right away is that these are Wiser Distractions, perhaps a little older too. The themes of the album - oh yes, it has themes - include ageing, how friendship begins and endures in spite of distance in time and space... Don't worry though, there are also a couple of songs involving girls. A few clues can be found here.


Track listing:

A1. I Don't Have Time (Perrin)

A2. Wise (N.J. Halliwell)

A3. Girl Of The Year (Perrin)

A4. Boots (Perrin/Halliwell)

A5. When It Was Mine (Perrin)

B1. Too Late To Change (Perrin)

B2. The Summer I Met You (Perrin)

B3. Man Of The Moment (N.J. Halliwell)

B4. 100 Times (Perrin)

B5. The Last Song (Perrin/Halliwell)


STEVE PERRIN: guitar, vocals

NICK HALLIWELL: guitar, vocals

NICK GARSIDE: keyboards



Produced by Nick Halliwell. Engineered by Duncan Chave at Sound Gallery, Exeter, 16th-19th June 2011. Mastered and cut by John Dent at Loud Mastering, Taunton. Sleeve layout by Andy Chambers.