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 amp@ampbase.net 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:

 

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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

postage.

 

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, 

or winter

for those in the South! One LOVE !!!!!!!

 

(Ticky le Chat 1989-2006)

 

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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

below.....

 

"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:)

 

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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!

 

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News 21st June

 

We have launched our merchant site at

www.ampbase.net/shop/

(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.

 

 

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18th April 2005

 

 

Check our discography section

for details of new compilation tracks

released…..of note

the Fiat Lux 1999-2005 compilation

on Fiat Lux records (France)FLCD04

www.fiatluxrecords.com

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 

(press/reviews bubble)

 

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.......

 

Domenico Caccacomo 

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!

 

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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!

 

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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:

 

1 Opening

2 Get here

3 Implosion

4 Yousay

5 Lopsided

6 Think don’t think

7 Level devil

8 Will You, I'm Lost

9 Endgame

 

x Iconisis

 

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

 

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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 

our set!

We thought this state of affairs was not 

good enough, so reluctantly we have

decided to pull out.

 

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2nd July, 2004

 

 

Live show at the Spitz in London,

26th July Monday.

Sonic Boom headlines,

supported by

Amp

Cotton and Billawtm

(feat members of Acid Mothers temple)

Hypnotique

 

The Spitz, 109 Commercial Street, Old Spitalfields Market, London E1 6BG

tel. 020 7392 9034    

fax. 020 7377 8915

www.spitz.co.uk

 

 

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

at the

state51 factory, 

Rhoda Street, E2 7EF 

free entry

but bring your own headphones

 

39 performances in one day!

artists include: Main, Yellow6,

David Toop with Max Eastley, Dual.........

check the website at:

http://state51.org/placard/

 

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 (info@cargorecords.co.uk)

 

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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

 

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April 20th  

 

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.

 

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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

have them.

 

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December 15th

 

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

 

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December 8th 2003

 

new mp3 to download

of a track that will appear on the

forthcoming album:

 

'Think Don't Think'

 

featuring Ray Dickaty (ex Spiritualized)

on saxophone......"one of the more

experimental sound clash tracks on the

new album"

 

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.

 

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june2003

 

 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!