NEWS January 2012 Jan-Feb 2012 We have a new album forthcoming called 'Outposts' looking into a label partnership to release some vinyl,
it been a while coming but Richard and DRS have produced a little gem.
The Ampbase/shop site will be down for a while from now until further notice, if you would like to purchase a download of any of our albums or hard copy (if we have the stock) just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with what you are after, and then pay via paypal. we will then send you a link for downloading a zip file of the requested album in mp3 or by special request in cd quality format.
News 8th december 2008
We have put together a new live album from a gig we did in 2006 in Darmstadt Germany. It is available from our website, the album is called 'Oetinger Villa' and is a recording of the entire concert with a running time of well over 85 minutes.
The film which we recently supplied the music for, is having its premier screening in Berlin Germany this month!! We think its a great, semi abstract road movie, that is both trippedout and thought provoking (of course we would say that, having done the music for it:))))))) In our humble opinion, its a must see slice of film and music collaboration.
'Interstate 5' is a film by Michael Maier,
with the soundtrack by Amp.
The film is being screened at the Gallery Tristesse deluxe, Berlin, Germany from the 19th december to 31st January 2009 With the Opening on Friday 19th December at 7pm. the gallery is open mon-fri 10am-6pm.
If any of you are in the Berlin area, pop along to view the film if you can:)
News To November 2008
Well its been over a year since we updated the site properly, and to be honest we have been having a little break, re charging batteries and the like.....indeed we are still in a re-evaluation mood, taking stock of the road travelled so far...
The last gig, at Corsica Studios, London (24/06/07) was great fun, and it was even more special because we had drum chimp from 'Part Chimp' drumming for us, he, in our humble opinion, is one of the best drummers out there, so many many thanks to him, he really gelled with the great DRS and together they really sent Amp into supersonics:)))))))
The gig was also fun because we had our good friends, 'The Summer Sang' supporting us, so a big UP and thanks to them, they played a great set, it all helped to make the night an memorably enjoyable one.We also had a fun radio session for the GlassShrimp show on Resonance FM in London, a few days before the Corsica Studios gig. It was a live session in the studio. We have made it available in our downloads section on the ampbase site.
Many thanks to Kev Head and Tony Fisher of GlassShrimp, its a great radio show.
More recently we have been working on some music for an experimental film/ road movie, about interstate 5 in California, called Interstate 5. The filmmakers approached us asking if they could us some music from our 'Transmissions" album and from AMP Studio's ‘Unconscious Country’, we like what they filmed and said yes, there a new piece of music made especially for the film, which we have made available, as an mp3 download.
Go to our myspace page, myspace.com/ampbase. We have posted a clip of the interstate 5 movie on youtube, also posted a bunch of clips of Amp playing live.
goto youtube and do a search for amptheband.
Meanwhile we have released a compilation, re issue of 'Heart and Soul' combined with 'Reminiscence', which appeared as a split cd with Windy and Carl, back in 1998. We are calling this 'Soul Remains', and it is available via our shop site as a CDR and on itunes.
And we have a new Album out, of unreleased material from 2000-2007, its an 'icing on the cake' follow up to last year's 'All Of Yesterday Tomorrow' its a CDR release at present, and it is, also available via itunes.
The Album is called "Motus"
We finished and made this available awhile ago now but by accident and design we kept quiet about it.
Motus is a french word that means “don't breath a word!" i.e shush! :))
NEWS 25th May 2007
The gig at Corsica Studios is confirmed!
for the 24th June 2007. 8pm to midnight.
full details from the gigs new and old bubble and the gig on 24.06.07 bubble.
The resonance fm 104.4 FM session on the Wednesday the 20th June.
On the GlassShrimp show between 5pm
and 6.30pm Uk time, will feature Karine, Richard and Donald.
you can listen online at www.resonancefm.com
or use this link:
<a href="http://www.resonancefm.com">resonance 104.4FM
News May 18th 2007
The new album, All Of Yesterday Tomorrow is out on RROOPP
on the 2nd July. the UK shop price
should be £14.99. This CD is 3xCD
in a beautiful digi-pack with extensive
liner notes. the album will be available
from RROOPP's website a couple of weeks
earlier at a discount, go to www.rroopp.com. and also we shall have
copies for sale from www.ampbase.net/shop from just after
the release date, for sale for £15 including
Also Amp is playing a resonance fm
session on Wednesday the 20th June
on the Glass Shrimp show 5-6.30 Uk time.
so check it out (we will post more details
on this soon)
and last but not least, Amp will be playing
live on the 24th June, as a launch gig for the Album, at Corsica Studios, Elephant
and Castle London, Uk.
We have not quite signed the contract for this yet, so all the details will be sorted by Wednesday 23rd May and we will be
posting all the details then.
But the doors will be open at 8pm and
the night will finish at 12 midnight,
just before we all turn into pumpkins...
News christmas/solstice 2006.
We have made 3 ringtones for the new
website www.toneshared.com (set up by the Unsound music festival people),
where anyone can download
some cool and different ringtones
from some of the coolest artists on the alternative and experimental scene,
for example,KK Null and Pan American have tones to download....
The 3CD set of archive and unreleased material Amp is due out on RROOPP
in the first quarter of 2007. We are busy over Christmas, putting the sleeve together,
there are loads of sleeve notes, and artwork to produce, we want to make the
sleeve a work of art in itself!
It has been mastered and
all the pre released material has been carefully and craftily re-mastered by
a magus:) so it sounds really powerful!
The Richard Amp solo album,
'Moi Non Plus' is out now in the shops
on CD on the
ALL IS NUMBER RECORDS label
from San Francisco
cat no AIN006.
And of course We recommend it very highly, indeed all who have heard it so far
love it....so far there is a positive dutch review at 'de subjectivism' and glowing review on the 'Smallfish' music e shop.
Wishing for a merry christmas to you all
and a happy New and prosperous 2007:)
August 8th 2006
A great deal has happened to us in the
last few months, it has been mainly marked by the sad sad loss of our dearest friend and Amp mascot TICKY the cat
(the 'Le Petit Chat' in our song of the same name) she died while we were on our
recent European tour, and honestly we are
only now coming to terms with our sadness and we still miss her very much.
Ticky was a real star of a cat and a great inspiration for Amp...
Many thanks to everyone involved with
the tour, and all who turned up to the shows, we had truly great audiences,
and we thank you all!!!
We are playing again on the 23rd September as part of the CROMA festival in the Canary Islands...as a striped down 3 piece
of Richard, and Karine with Kevin Bass on drums...
(Kevin has been in Moonshake and Snow Pony)
We are playing in an old Castle in
Puerto de la Cruz, it should be a lot of fun.
more details on the gigs bubble, and our myspace page (myspace.com/ampbase)
as we get it.
We have a compilation of un released,
and rare tracks that have appeared on hard
to find compilations and singles, plus
a re-issue of the tracks from our 'Passe Present' record...this will be out on the
'RROOPP' label from London on a
triple CD...with lots of sleeve notes and
pretty pictures and stuff.
Richard is busy compiling the running order at present! and we will let you know when we get a release date etc.
RROOPP's first release is a cool compilation of Yellow6 tracks....
the website is www.rroopp.com.
There is also some other new music by us coming out:
We have a track on the Mind Expansion Compilation ( on mind expansion records, out of Detroit USA) the track is a folky one called 'Fine Day' , recorded with Ray
the release date we have is the 26th September 2006
incidentally Ray has a cool new project
of experimental jazziness called the Solar Fire Trio, they have a myspace page,
and are doing gigs, they recently supported Julian Cope, and I believe
he is doing an internet release for them!
Do check them out.
Richard has a record out, his first proper
solo effort, its a very personal work of Piano and atmospherics. recording as 'Richard Amp' the Album is called
called 'Moi Non Plus'.
it should be out in the near future
on CD on All is Number records from San Francisco.
there is a Richard Amp myspace page where soon you can have a listen to some tracks etc. it is www.myspace.com/richardamp
and it is available NOW for download
on itunes......so get downloading that
way you could help make the most un likely chart record chart!!!! ha ha
We are starting to work on a new album
unsurprisingly perhaps, its looking like its
going to be all about catz!
and it will be dedicated to the loving memory of ticky,
a happy summer to you all,
for those in the South! One LOVE !!!!!!!
(Ticky le Chat 1989-2006)
Dec 21st 2005
The cool London Calling radio show
has listed 'US' in its festive 50! see below
so if you can do listen in......see details
"I'd like to let you know that on Radio Capodistria, as always, I'll be playing only the best 10 albums and singles to be broadcasted on Saturday 31.12.05 (albums) and saturday 7.01.06 (singles). www.radiocapodistria.net
For Radio Torino Popolare (now only internet radio www.rtp97.it) the top 50 albums and singles will be broadcasted in full. Top 50 albums will be broadcasted on friday 13.01.06. Top 50 singles will be broadcasted on saturday 14.01.06."
London Calling Festive 50 Albums 2005
1) Sigur Ros "Takk" EMI
2) Bloc Party " Silent Alarm" Wichita Recordings
3) Yuppie Flu " Toast Masters" Homesleep Recordings
4) Black Mountain " Black Mountain" JagJaguwar Records
5) Antony & The Johnsons "I Am A Bird Now" Rough Trade Records
6) Arcade Fire "Funeral" Rough Trade Records
7) Amp " US" Very Friendly Records
8) Ectogram "Electric Deckchair" Ankst Records
9) Clap Your Hands Say Yeah "Clap Your Hands Say Yeah" Wichita Recordings
10) Vashti Bunyan "Lookaftering" Fat Cat Records
11) Dirty Three "Cinder" Bella Union
12) The White Stripes "Get Behind Me Satan" XL Recordings/Beggars Banquet
13) Franz Ferdinand "You Could Have It So Much Better" Domino Records
14) Sufjan Stevens "Come On Feel The Illinoise" Rough Trade Records
15) LCD Soundsystem " LCD Soundsystem " DFA/EMI
16) Oceansize "Everyone Into Position " Beggars Banquet
17) The Organ "Sinking Hearts" Sink & Stove Records
18) Devendra Banhart " Cripple Crow" XLRecordings/Beggars Banquet
19) British Sea Power "Open Season" Rough Trade Records
20) The Warlocks "Surgery" Mute Records
21) Super Furry Animals "Love Kraft" Rough Trade Records
22) 2 By Bukowsky "YZORDDERRX" Very Friendly Records
23) Mew "And The Glass Handed Kites" Sony/BMG
24) Broken Social Scene "Broken Social Scene" City Slang/Art&Craft
25) Soulfly "Dark Ages" Road Runner Records
26) Panthers "Things Are Strange" City Slang Records
27) Bikini Atoll "Liar's Exit" Bella Union
28) Modey Lemon "The Curious City" Mute Records
29) Babyshambles "Down In Albion" Rough Trade Records
30) Four Tet "Everything Ecstatic" Domino Records
31) The Frames "Burn The Map" Anti Records
32) Echo & The Bunnymen "Siberia" Cooking Vinyl
33) Bright Eyes "I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning" Saddle Creek Records
34) Coldplay "X&Y" Parlophone/EMI
35) Afterhours "Ballads For Little Hyenas" One Little Indian
36) Queens Of The Stone Age "LullabiesTo Paralyze" Universal
37) Maria Taylor "11:11" Saddle Creek Records
38) M83 "Before The Down Heals Us" Gooom Records/Labels
39) The Eighteenth Day Of May "The Eighteenth Day Of May" Hannibal Records
40) Depeche Mode "Playing The Angel" Mute Records
41) The Departure "Dirty Words" Parlophone/EMI
42) The Juan McLean "Less Than Human" DFA/EMI
43) The National "Alligator" Beggars Banquet
44) Querelle "Querelle" Sink&Stove Records
45) Bob Mould "Body Of Song" Cooking Vinyl
46) Athlete "Tourist" Regal/EMI Records
47) Art Of Fighting "Second Storey" Bella Union
48) The Magic Numbers "The Magic Numbers" Parlophone/EMI
49) The Wedding Present "Take Fountain" Scorpitones Records
50) Camille "Le Fil" Virgin/EMI
Our tour for the end feb 06/March 06
is coming along well, we have shows
confirmed for Switzerland and Germany
so far, for the list of dates please look
at the gig list bubble!
There will be more titles available
on itunes in the new year...including
all the A.M.P.Studio albums and the
Richard Amp piano album.
So let us wish you all a happy Christmas
(if you do the xmas thang!)
and may 2006 bring joy and well being
to you and all you love and know:)
Nov 11th 2005
Our new release is ready and available on 2xCDR from
our online shop....!
The double CDR titled 'Transmissions (phase1)' was recorded at our Hilly studios in London. With Karine, Ray and Richard performing.
Its an ambient work of atmospheric drones, not unlike 'Perception'
You can have a go at listening/downloading 2 12-14mn extracts
From the shop site. (the full work is 2 tracks, track 1, 'Transmission' is 44 mins. Track 2, 'Pre-Phase transit' is 70 mins)
And we have an extract to download from
The download page of the flash site, as well as a shorter extract
That is downloadable from myspace.com
from our page there which is myspace.com/ampbase
We are playing a gig
This November 26th, in Belgium, in Liege
@ La Zone - stage time about Midnight...
its the first show we have done for some time, so it should be fun......make it along if you can!
News 21st June
We have launched our merchant site at
(or go through the 'online store' bubble)
We have CD's LP's and CDR releases
plus we will be selling T-shirts and
badges, when they are ready......plus
more besides, like original artworks and
other items, when we can.
One project we will be listing soon is
the start of a series of CDR releases of
Amp in a more ambient mood....
we see these as the follow up to our acclaimed 'Perception' album that was released on Darla!
The first album in the series has been recorded and just awaits us to mix it...
so watch this space.
Also itunes has now on their site most of
our albums, for download,
and our 2 releases on Space Age will be going up itunes soon as well.
18th April 2005
Check our discography section
for details of new compilation tracks
the Fiat Lux 1999-2005 compilation
on Fiat Lux records (France)FLCD04
the cd is excellent and features besides
ourselves, fellow conspirators
Exotica and Plume amongst notable others
like Étant Donnés
We are working on a new Live.....
and aim to be touring around Europe
(at least) sometime this Year!!!
Watch this space
Posted some of the reviews
from 'US' on the site
The album has received radio plays,
on: WFMU,Radio1the breeze bloc, XFM,
radio Torino Popoliare(London Calling)
amongst others we don’t know about
and some yet to play.......
from London Calling said:
Amp 'Opening' from "US"
Very Friendly Records
Richard Walker is back with a new work of experimental landscapes mixed
with some angry hypnotic 'punk-jazz' guitar filtered sound.
His companion, Karine Charff, bring some beautiful, dark and
dreamy atmosphere in most of the songs on this new album
ambiguously titled "US".
This is a highly recommended record!
26th January 2005
The new album is out
on Very Friendly on:
the 21st February 2005!!!!!!
should be available in all
good record stores....
so be sure to order your copy:)
We have posted the press
release on the website.....
and put up some new photos
in the 'photos' section.
so check em out!
December 26/27 th
There is a release of 'Crazyhead'
on the Paris(France) based label:
Fiat Lux Records, on a compilation
record due out in the New Year!
as we get more details we will post them.
Fiat Lux releases our former
programmer maestro, Olivier Gauthier
and his group 'Exotica'
The new album is FINISHED!
and in production. When Very Friendly
get copies in they will be setting the
release date, we hope for the second half
of February or March.
The background image on the site is the
front cover for 'US'
Amp US tracklist:
2 Get here
6 Think don’t think
7 Level devil
8 Will You, I'm Lost
It will be out on Very Friendly Records
catalogue number: VF012CD
So get an order in with
your local record store!
We will be getting copies to sell too:)
There are new mp3's to download,
some mastered versions of the tracks from
the new album.
We are also happy to announce that
amp is now published by:
Van Steene Music/Kobalt
In January we are going to sort out
making our music available directly from
ourselves!......We can produce Cdr's
with artwork of releases that are not available anymore......so we potentially
can sell all our releases directly.
Please refer to our discography
anyhow more on this later.
AMP sends one and all
Seasonal Greetings and
Best Wishes for the New Year 2005
25th July 2004
We have had to cancel the gig at the
Spitz, London for the 26th July........
as we found out that running order for
the night had been changed to our
detriment, if we had gone ahead with
playing we would not have got a proper
sound check and only been able to play
for 20mins or so.....we would have gone on stage 40mins earlier than what was planned and advertised in the press.....
so many people, may have turned up,
to find out that they had just missed
We thought this state of affairs was not
good enough, so reluctantly we have
decided to pull out.
2nd July, 2004
Live show at the Spitz in London,
26th July Monday.
Sonic Boom headlines,
Cotton and Billawtm
(feat members of Acid Mothers temple)
The Spitz, 109 Commercial Street, Old Spitalfields Market, London E1 6BG
tel. 020 7392 9034
fax. 020 7377 8915
also Richard is playing a live show as
a.m.p.studio at the:
london placard headphone festival 2004
A day and a night
of headphone performances
Saturday 17 July 2004,
12 midday until 2am
Rhoda Street, E2 7EF
but bring your own headphones
39 performances in one day!
artists include: Main, Yellow6,
David Toop with Max Eastley, Dual.........
check the website at:
and finally but not lastly........
we are happy to say we have a label
to put out the new album 'US'
it will be on 'Very Friendly' an imprint
of Cargo Records UK, distributed by
and them and their partners worldwide.
we don’t have a release date so far.....
as we are still finalising mixes
but we hope and expect it to come out sometime in the Autumn.
but feel free to start placing your orders
with Cargo (email@example.com)
6th May 2004
the gig at the water rats in London. UK
is confirmed for Monday 17th May!
anyone who can make it down
can download a flyer to save £1 on the door price........we hope to see you all!
click on the LIVE GIG bubble for details
we have a gig lined up
(it's not confirmed yet)
at the 'water rats' in King's X,
London UK. on the 17th or 18th May.
this will be our first gig in the UK
for nearly two years.
April 18th 2004
After a long winter working on the
new album we have finally got some
decent mixes going......nothing is finalised
yet but we are very happy with the way
it is sounding.....The album will be
entitled 'US' and comprises of 10 tracks.
the provisional (looking final) track listing
is as follows..........
1. Opening 2. Get here 3. Implosion
4. Iconisis 5.You say strange 6.Lopsided
7. Think don’t think 8. Level devil
9. Will you, I'm lost 10. Endgame.
we've put up current mixes of Get here
and Implosion to download..........
along with think don’t think we hope
these give a good flavour of the album.
We are hopefully going to play a live show or two in June....one in London
and maybe a gig in Liverpool.
we will be posting details as soon as we
we have designed a couple of xmas
cards for anyone to download and
print and use, if they so wish................
a seasonal thought to get into the
festive spirit................ho! ho ho
December 8th 2003
new mp3 to download
of a track that will appear on the
'Think Don't Think'
featuring Ray Dickaty (ex Spiritualized)
on saxophone......"one of the more
experimental sound clash tracks on the
also new images are to be found
on the amp art gallery.
November 24th 2003 new audio to download from the new
album in production, go to download
sounds bubble. these two tracks offer
a good insight as to how the album is
going.....'get here' is a studio demo
but we like it enough to let you hear it!
and 'it needs no introduction' was recorded
live in Holland 2003and features
Donald Ross Skinner(Kiosk,Julian Cope) on guitar.
we hoping to get in the studio with him
to record the album version sometime soon.
A great deal has been happening since
our European tour at the beginning of the year.......on our return we found a better
place to live, giving us a better studio plus
a garden for our studio cat Ticky!
Richard jetted off to the States to tour
with Lucas Tizon (film maker) shooting
amazing pictures of the wild west and
the vast landscape along the long american
roads.....route 66 and all that, it was all
for an art movie that Lucas is doing for
a French/German TV station called ARTE.
For Richard it was a rest and inspiration
trip, after building the new studio, and
he came back fully wired and ready to start writing and recording the new Amp
album........at present he is putting the finishing touches to a solo piano album
that will be released on Ochre Records later this year.
Karine and Marc have been busy plotting
words and sonic themes........and we all
expect this new album to be the loudest and most kicking amp record to date.......
it is going to be a noisy summer/autumn
in the amp house!
meanwhile check out some USA pictures
that will be appearing in the gallery page,
and we will be making available mp3's
of some of the new album to download...
when we have recorded them!