I thought I'd try to go back to the glory days of this blog and post a new release before anyone else. It makes a change these days.
It's been 8 or 9 years since Bane released their last album 'The Note'. Firstly, I can't believe how much time has passed since then, but secondly, I can't believe that it's taken this long to release the follow up. Anyhow, the band have decided to call it quits but wanted to put out one final record before doing so. And here we are. 'Don't Wait Up' is the latest, fourth and final Bane LP. And for some reason, the European version has been released before the US version.
Both of my European pre-orders arrived this week. Placing these orders in the first place was a bit of a pain in the ass, as both were available from different German record stores whose websites were (obviously) in German. I lost count of the number of times I cliked 'translate this page' in my browser! Anyway, there were 300 purple copies available from Green Hell and 500 on 'orange' from Core Tex.
There's also a blue vinyl copy of the European pressing available. I'm annoyed that I didn't know this when I ordered these, so I 'm gonna have to place yet another order and pay more extortionate postage. Ugh.
Over the years I have played Bane songs to death and I really struggle to listen to them these days. However, this LP reminds me of when the first LP came out 15 years ago, or when 'Give Blood' came out in 2002. It's a damn good record that gets better with every play, and I can't stop playing it. I think I have averaged 4 plays of this each day over this the last week. Not sure how long this will last, but right now I'm not interested in listening to anything else. I'm happy that they're going out on a high note, although at the same time it disappoints me that they didn't release more records over the years they have been together. I really hope that somehow this won't be the last.