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Occultation Recordings take great pleasure in announcing that we will be releasing The Distractions' second album, The End Of The Pier at the end of August 2012 (though copies should be available from this website a few weeks before that).

As well as original members Mike Finney and Steve Perrin, it again features Nick Garside, Nick Halliwell of The Granite Shore, along with band-mate (and current June Bride) Arash Torabi and Mike Kellie (The Only Ones, Spooky Tooth, too many others to mention). Not a bad line-up, we feel.

Now here's what we said a couple of years ago:

The first release is YMIR7DA007, the Black Velvet EP. This is a digital download release but we have a limited number of promo CDs available for purchase.

"They were the great lost band of 1980. There was one superb single on Factory – the aching Time Goes By So Slow – one album on Island – the brilliant Nobody’s Perfect – and not a lot else. Now all that is to change. Not only are the Distractions getting their first proper career retrospective with a forthcoming Occultation compilation, but also Distractions singer Mike Finney - the most soulful voice of the new wave - and guitarist Steve Perrin, inventive and moody, return with the first Distractions record for a very long time.

Recorded in the mid ‘90s, these new Perrin/Finney songs show that all the melodic brilliance, lyrical excellence and the Distractions’ unique blend of melancholy, humour and longing never goes away. Black Velvet is a slow burning fountain of intensity, while If You Were Mine is one of the most powerful songs the band has ever recorded and the reworking of Still it Doesn’t Ring adds greater muscular melancholy than before.

Later this year, the Distractions will follow this EP with completely new music, recorded in Liverpool this summer. And all these releases from different eras point to one thing: the timeless quality of the Distractions’ music. In 2010, as in 1994, 1980, and 1978, Mike Finney is still one of the best vocalists around, Steve Perrin is still an extraordinary guitarist. The only thing that’s changed is that the Distractions are no longer a great lost band – they’re just a great band.

David Quantick"

The 12" EP (YMIR7DA008), entitled Come Home, features three tracks recorded in Liverpool in June 2010 by original members Mike Finney (vocals) and Steve Perrin (guitar, vocals), plus another former Distraction Nick Garside (bass), joined by Nick Halliwell from The Granite Shore (guitar, vocals) and Stuart Mann (drums) with Richard Turvey of The Wild Swans on piano and organ. It was released on Occultation in November and previews are available here.

We can also recommend the official Distractions website.

More info on the new album will follow soon.