All tracks written & performed by Laura Lee, John Harvey and Johnny Somersett.
Recorded @ The Rooms Studios, North Camp
Engineering and recording by Paul @ Guerrilla Recording
Mixing and Mastering by Johnny Somersett
Additional Vocals provided by 232
All samples stolen without any permissions
Artwork by Karina Fraser
released March 15, 2014
“All samples stolen without any permissions” – and that is why we can’t have this album on Spotify either. How will the world know we exist if we can’t be streamed?? Ten Metres Per Second Per Second (aka 10mSquared or PFG2) is our second album and among other things represents the peak of our magpie like ability to take things that aren’t ours. Remember the excellent Channel 4 show Utopia with its groundbreaking soundtrack? Does Bandage of Scat sound familiar at all?
Sidescript, Bandage of Scat breaks our animal naming convention and should probably be called Bandage of S(Cat). Please write over your vinyl covers to reflect this.
PFG2 represents a jump forward in our ability and ambition and also remains the second half of the Johnny era, irrevocably tied to our debut album in many ways. We recorded it just around a year later and some of the songs were embryonic when PFG1 was finished. We recorded it in much the same method as the first album, bringing back Paul and his Guerrilla Studio, recording in our practice space at The Rooms. This time we used some boards to isolate the sound a bit better, did some second takes when we really went awry (still kept John’s brutal clanger of a cock-up in 10,000 Bayleaves though). We even broke the Labrasaga up into multiple sections to make recording it easier. Fucking sellouts, I know right?
By this point in our life as a band we knew who we were, and PFG2 is the quintessential version of this first phase of the band. We’re confident, we’re playing live a lot, we’re writing bangers like Decoy Octopus and indulging ourselves with the 15 minute multipart epic Labrasaga. Johnny is stealing the soundtracks from TV shows and putting drum n bass all over them. It’s a good time.
The Labrasaga is worth reflecting on in it’s own right. There comes a time in every post-rock band’s life where they ask themselves “just how long can we make this song?” – it’s a rite of passage inspired by listening to too much Godspeed You! Black Emperor. The song was originally conceived of as Labrador Deceiver, a brief 8 minute excursion into the idea of doing a song all about the “buildy buildy” as Laura calls it. Generally our way of making music up until this point was to cram as many riffs as possible into 5-7 minutes, Lab was an exercise in restraint, a theme that we come back to in the future as we try to hold back our tendencies towards maximalism. Lab is largely a single idea, iterated upon during the course of the song. Just a couple of sections, the dynamic building of tension driving the song instead of breakneck changes in tone or key. When writing and practicing the song, we’d often veer off into improvisation at the end and Lab pt 2: Labradoodlebug was born from these playful jams, built upon over weeks of accretion. Adding in a house inspired drum beat, a tap guitar riff, moving into an approximation of 90s jungle, building tension with a high speed breakdown, ending with a monumental freakout where the bassline was written the morning of recording. Where Part 1 is about restraint, Part 2 is about throwing in everything and the kitchen sink. It’s a statement.
10mSquared also marks the start of our relationship with Rose Coloured Records. As I understand the story, it involves Johnny getting label-head Andy Fulterer (before he even knew he wanted to run a label) very drunk and essentially mugging him with words, convincing the poor man to part with a substantial sum of money to press this recording onto actual records. To his credit, Andy followed through with this drunken promise and now finds himself running a label with bands that sell actual records all well as keeping a bunch of ours in his garage.
Friend and local artist and head of the Forward 4 Wiz Trust Karina Fraser painted the cover to the album. She is synaesthetic, meaning she has the awesome superpower of being able to see music as colour. This cover is actually a painting of Manta Ray from PFG1 but shhhhh don’t tell anyone.
We made the first album by ourselves in our own little bubble. Ten Metres Per Second Per Second is us coming into the world and making friends, pulling them into the PFG family in relationships that still hold to this day. Andy is still our friend and cheerleader. We work frequently with Karina and the Forward 4 Wiz Trust, helping other artists around our local area which means the world to us.
The Bandcamp release of PFG2 also includes some bonus tracks that had forgotten all about until sitting down to write these words. They’re not part of the album proper, but they’re great fun. Give Up (Break!) is essentially a preview of what Johnny was about to go and do in Moper, a story of something horrible happening in a basement somewhere which must make up 50% of their back catalogue. It features another friend, Alyx Jones – no, not the Youtube racist or the One Show presenter – she has colourful hair, makes videogame music and has a tiny dog. Entropy Is Not What it Used To Be is as close to a singsong as we ever got and is a throwaway metatextual rumination on our songwriting process. These songs don’t have animal titles either, so we don’t really consider them part of the PFG canon. They’re Moper tunes.