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The Back of Mass

by Half Forward Line

  • Cassette + Digital Album

    Half Forward Line "The Back of Mass" - Cassette album with 4 panel full colour sleeve...on pink or green cassette! Includes download code.

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One One 03:10
Dial It Down 03:51
Irish Rats 02:29


Half Forward Line - “The Back of Mass”
Format: Cassette Album
Release Date: 27/10/2017

Rusted Rail is delighted to announce the release of "The Back of Mass", the debut album from Half Forward Line, the new band from Brian Kelly (So Cow), Niall Murphy (Oh Boland) and drummer/recordist Ciaran o Maoláin. The trio have crafted a short sharp dose of power pop, recorded over two days in the lounge of a derelict rural Irish pub. "The Back Of Mass" takes in tales of wedded bliss, social anxiety and the perils of letting someone try on your glasses. Infused with the pioneering jangling spirit of the Flying Nun roster, along with garage rock sonics and Kelly's inimitable brand of buzzsaw pop and slice-of-life lyrics, Half Forward Line have delivered a half-hour album hallmarked by hook-laden songs. It's not Kelly's first time on Rusted Rail as the label released his debut EP "Best Vacation Ever" as So Cow back in March of 2006. Half Forward Line will be releasing their album on cassette on Rusted Rail, with the CD version being handled by Jigsaw Records of Seattle.

Click here - rustedrail.com/halfforwardline.html

Watch a music video - www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QXtesciHVY

"One of the finest Irish albums of the year" - The Thin Air


released October 23, 2017

All songs by Half Forward Line:
#10 - Ciaran o Maoláin (Annaghdown) - Drums
#11 - Niall Murphy (Tuam) - Bass, Farfisa
#12 - Brian Kelly (Tuam) - Guitar, Vocals, Farfisa

Heather Mills - Vocals on Tracks 4 & 11
The Field Trip Choral Society - Vocals on Track 12
Jonny White - Arrangement work on Tracks 4 & 5

Recorded, Engineered & Mixed by Ciaran o Maoláin. Recording done at Beautiful Noise in Indreabhán, County Galway, Ireland
Mastered by Mark Chester
Artwork by Loreana Rushe

"A kind of Galway 'supergroup' if you will - and their debut album, The Back Of Mass, deliver 34 minutes of short, sharp pop-punk, filled with off-kilter melodies, hook laden choruses, the odd Replacements nod, and slice o'life lyrics brimming with Kelly's trademark sardonic, self-deprecating, wit and humour...what really elevates HFL and makes this album so welcome is that it contains the greatest song Kelly has yet written in 'Joint Account'." - Galway Advertiser

"The Back of Mass, is a thing of rather brilliance, effortlessly distilling the varyingly-shaded starry-eyed, fuzzed-out, limb-flailing panache of their component parts and projects, commingling into a twelve-track salvo of soul-enhancing, real-life-confronting, impossibly-earworming garage rock. The next time you’ve some English visitors over and they ask, “Hey, what’s the new Irish sound?” simply play them this and ‘The Rocker’ by Thin Lizzy, then head out and engage with the world outside." - The Thin Air


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