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ARTIST
TITLE
Bits n Bobs
FORMAT
LP

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STR 057LP STR 057LP
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RELEASE DATE
10/14/2022

El Goodo guitarist and songwriter Pixy Jones releases his debut album entitled Bits n Bobs via Strangetown Records. After four albums with El Goodo, Welsh psych scene stalwart Pixy Jones has himself compiled a truly remarkable collection of tracks that fluctuate from '60s harmony-rich psych pop, to alt-country with ringing tremelo guitar. The swaggering "I'm Not There" is the first single to be taken from Bits n Bobs. Pixy had this to say about the release: "The album was originally intended as a solo project under the pseudonym of Wallace Russell. I recorded it alongside the recording of Zombie (STR 048CD/LP, 2020) whenever I could get in the studio. There are some really old songs that have always been overlooked for El Goodo albums for one reason or another, a few new ones which I wrote specifically for this, and a couple that would have probably ended up on the intended double album version of Zombie if we'd kept going with the double album idea. I've since ditched the Wallace Russell name and gone back to Pixy Jones as I figured there's no need to have a pseudonym if nobody knows who you are in the first place. Even though I dropped the name I've kept the walrus mask for now as it is more photogenic than my actual face. I had no recording budget so I had to fund it by quitting smoking and saving the money up to pay for studio time. It took, I think, two and a half years to record, which is by far the quickest I've ever recorded an album. Originally, I wanted it to just be a quickly recorded slap dash and get it out sort of thing but I had a year and a half during Covid to think about it a bit more and ended up taking more care to get it done properly. It was just me there so I played most of it myself apart from Stephen Black (Sweet Baboo) who played brass and woodwind on one song and Rhodri Brooks (AhGeeBe) plays some pedal steel on a couple. Elliott and Canny from El Goodo played drums and bass on 'Wind Street' during the Zombie recording sessions. The album was recorded and mixed in Aerial Studios with Tim Lewis (Thighpaulsandra), a couple of songs were finished in the house during the lockdowns."