A great deal had happened for Vermont between the recording of their first album Ins Kino and the start of work on their second album. The rotating bass player chair had been taken first by old friend of the band David "Dave" Strickland, who provided good cheer and stoicism in equal measure. However his tenure was to only last approximately a year before he left to plough his own musical furrow. Finally Richard Adderley (former guitarist for Too Pure's grandiose organisation Jack) appeared and slotted perfectly into place, giving the band the most capable and solid rhythm section they'd ever had. Meanwhile Colin and Sabine (Vermont's creative couple) proceeded with a move to Dresden (Sabine's hometown) and subsequently decided not to be a couple anymore. This caused a problems in terms of distance between band members (not to mention internal politics) however a set of new noisier songs was assembled and rehearsed in both London and Dresden. Without a redundancy payment to rely on a more economical recording method was required, and Simon persuaded the band to donate some money for equipment and follow a DIY approach instead. Various rehearsal studios and Simon's second bedroom were hired/appropriated and the album was completed over the course of three months in 2004. However the mastering talents of Rob McClymont were again utilised to provide a final consistent sheen. The death knells of vinyl were (incorrectly) judged to be tolling, so Ten Random was only released as a limited edition of 500 CDs. If only they knew what we know now...
WARNING: In case anyone listening is of a nervous disposition there is a very naughty word indeed in the middle of track 8. I've personally heard 8-year old kids say worse but at least I'm giving you due notice. And there's this: www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/people-who-are-really-good-at-swearing-have-an-important-advantage-a6770486.html
released August 6, 2004
1. Heavy I
2. Motor Car (Da Da Da)
3. Listen To Me
4. Yeah, And...?
8. Paint The Devil On The Wall
10. Our Show, Our Fight... The Night!
11. Animals That Eat Out Of Pots
Not-so-secret-anymore track: In*rtia (Spooky)
All tracks: songs by S Zeißig and C Murphy
All arrangements by Vermont
Richard Adderley: Backing vocals, bass, electric guitars on track 1
Adey Lobb: Piano, organ, synthesisers
Colin Murphy: Vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitars
Simon Nelson: Backing vocals, bass on track 1, electric guitars
Nige Pryke: Drums
Sabine Zeißig: Vocals
Recorded at Scream Studios (Brighton), Dacoit Studios (Wood Green), Tape-O-Matic Recorders (Walthamstow) and Glacisstraße (Dresden) between 17th April and 27th July 2004.
Produced by Sunset Yellow
Engineered by Simon Nelson with assistance from Richard Adderley
Mixed by Sunset Yellow at Tape-O-Matic Recorders
Mastered by Rob McClymont at the Sonic Bunker
Artwork and design by Tom Sieber (www.lepanic.com
Band photos taken and supplied by James Kratz and Mark Evans (www.boxing-clever.co.uk
Toy car photos taken by Frank Pathol