Limited to 500 copies on 7″ vinyl and featuring the previously unreleased and unheard Save Me on the b-side, the single will be available from April 20th and will be released digitally a few weeks later. Fix Your Smile quickly became a live favourite on the recent tour and is the second single to be released since they recruited original singer Stephen Holt back into the band in 2011, following last year’s You’re So Good For Me.
OGenesis was founded by Charlatans front-man and solo artist Tim Burgess, who released his recent solo album Oh No I Love You through the label.
Speaking recently to Louder Than War about the single, Clint Boon told us “Me and Tim have an ongoing love affair. I’ve got to know him quite well over the years. He’s been feeding me the records he’s been putting out. He’s doing it brilliantly too because he’s doing it for the right reasons. It’s almost like when Tony Wilson started Factory – the music’s important, the artwork’s important. He’s got some spoken word he’s putting out so he’s not just signing bands that sound like The Charlatans, he’s quite pioneering.
We were obviously writing new songs and I think I suggested we do something with Tim. It felt right, we were talking about him doing a guest vocal with us at some gigs, which might still happen. So it just seemed like a great collaboration, one of our favourite people in the world and one of the nicest people in the music industry and a guy who fronts one of our fellow North West band putting out an Inspirals record.
It’s a beautiful story. And if the two options were to put the single out with EMI and make five grand each or we could do it with Tim and making nothing, I think doing it with Tim is a more beautiful story. And that’s why we didn’t knock on any doors and ask if anyone wanted to put this record out. We’re doing it with Tim because the whole thing is about passion.
We’re quite precious about our artwork, but we said to Tim that he should pick it and he went out and took a photograph especially for the sleeve. He mixed the single as we just gave him the multi-track, so it’s just a really nice coming together of similar minds.”
All words by David Brown. You can see more of David’s work on Louder Than War here