I’ve posted hereabouts before on the psychedelic pop splendour of ethereal Belfast/Bristol personality Francis Kane O’Kane, with his current collective OTHERISH. Between 1988-95, he was the main man in Bristol psych-popsters ME – who are, in July, anthologised with ‘Crows Nightingales SHOCK (Best of Me 1991-95) by Bristol Archive Records.
Here is the Bandcamp blurb:
On 16th July 2021 Bristol Archive Records are releasing “Crows Nightingales SHOCK (Best of Me 1991-1995)”. This will be the first UK-released collection drawn from the many records put out in the early ‘90s by Bristol-based Anglo-Irish troubadours Me. With Me cited by NME at the time as “effortlessly the best band in Bristol”, this new selection of the band’s best work showcases the very distinctive sounds of the widely praised but often misunderstood Anglo-Irish pop-visionaries.
With four gifted songwriters onboard, Me’s songs were always bound to be insightful, wilful, hook-laden, bathed in soaring pop-sensibility and propelled upwards by tightly ecstatic vocal harmonies. Championed in their day (1988-1996) by the likes of John Peel, Mark Radcliffe and even Bob Harris, Me toured widely – USA, France, Czechia & UK – while putting out two richly varied double-albums and a handful of diverse and distinctive EP’s.
This new collection invites a new audience to hear the often unpigeonholeable talents of Me, yet also gathers a fair sample of the band’s recorded output for the initiated, who may be wondering where and how to hear Me’s music now. Bristol Archive Records will also be re-releasing Me’s entire back catalogue via all digital platforms.
“Crows Nightingales SHOCK” will present Me’s exceptional poetic-psychedelic vision to a 21st century audience, indeed, new listeners will now be able to hear why Radiohead, during their promotion of ‘Ok Computer’, cited Me as a key creative influence.
This new Best of Me collection will highlight the group’s song writing diversity: epic, tender, fevered, ahead-of-its-time, and just plain gloriously odd! Me were a band who were proud to put out all their records on pioneering Bristol indie label PopGod Records. But this new launch is doubly exciting in that it hopes to reach an entirely new audience, particularly with the expertise and experience of Bristol Archive behind it.
Me & Bristol Archive Records are thrilled to announce this new anthology, which in turn will help to reassert, in timely fashion, Me’s justified position as one of the all-time-great Bristol bands.
“Crows Nightingales SHOCK (Best of Me 1991-1995)” is released by Bristol Archive Records on Limited Edition CD on 16th July 2021, distributed by Shellshock and available from good retailers worldwide.