Friday, 18 November 2016

I WANT TO BUY TOTAL VICTORY VS. BIG ELECTRIC ON VINYL + minor news

THIS IS A LIVE DOCUMENT: LAST EDIT 1 DECEMBER 2016

Total Victory are here to help. As are Specific Recordings!

vs. BIG ELECTRIC is out NOV 18.

you may buy digital version here. or just stream it.

LP available at:
Le Laboratoire and Vicious Circle (Toulouse)
Quelque Part (Lille)
Bis Auf Messer (Berlin) slight delay
Radiation (Rome)
Ciel Rouge (Dijon)
Transat (Poitiers)
La Face Cachee (Metz)
Music Fear Satan (Paris) they also seem to have NATIONAL SERVICERejuvenation (Montpellier)
No Way (Nevers)


(will be in stores in Brussels, not got names right now!)
also in Katatak (link takes you to NATIONAL SERVICE), Kerviniou, and Tandori distros.
got our record in your store? let us know!

buy online: Specific - X-Mist - Discogs - Music Fear Satan - Voice of the Unheard - Bigoût - Ciel Rouge
if you live in the UK
or
if you just cannot get hold of it then write to us - TOTALVICTORYBAND [at] GMAIL [dot] COM or send a Facebook message.

HERE IS A REVIEW (French)

MINOR NEWS
  • LP3 is about 87.5% 91% complete. What needs to be done? One lead vocal, many other vocals, some a few bits of guitar, and a final mix and master. We're now down to nine songs over about 34 minutes. It does not yet have a title. It has a title.
  • We are booking a France tour for Mon 29 May to Sat 3 June. We cannot play any longer than this right now - marriages, work, family things, etc. Driving south and coming back up the east. Some dates are booked, the rest are coming. 

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

vs. BIG ELECTRIC + news + reflections

It's been a while! We're not dead. Still. They can't take us out. To be fair they haven't tried very hard.

TOTAL VICTORY // vs. BIG ELECTRIC 
 

Coming the final quarter of 2016! This is a compilation of our EPs to date with a couple of songs taken from those sessions that we couldn't finish properly - until now. Here is the tracklist.

SIDE A
  1. Arnhem
  2. Counting Hill
  3. Mass Firings
  4. House of Lords
  5. Winter In House (NEW NEW NEW!)
  6. Pine Cone
SIDE B
  1. Atherton Derby
  2. Golden Calf
  3. Rabbit Killer (NEW NEW NEW!)
  4. Kalfon (pas l'acteur)
This is being released on Specific Records based out of Metz. Their other releases are also hot hot hot. Maybe pick some up through Flo's quite remarkable shop?

OTHER NEWS
  • LP3. Where is it? It has taken a while. We confess. We are slow and lazy. However, we have news: it is about 60% complete. Just need to add some guitars and vocals and mix it up a bit. The working title is FREE MEN ON THE LAND.
  • TOUR. We're going to return to France in early 2017. Can't really say more than that.
  • OTHER SHOWS. We're thinking of booking some random UK shows too. This is a really rubbish piece of news isn't it? 
  • POINT OF INFORMATION REGARDING INTERVIEWS. If you want to do one, get in touch. We don't have press people acting as a go between telling people they can speak to us, but we will happily bore you to tears if you want. Here's us doing that to Alter1Fo in Rennes recently.

REFLECTIONS
The last tour to France was very good. Probably our favourite one so far. From raunchy nights in Lorient to refined dinners by the Loire to the finest ham in Luxembourg to the wonder of Metz and Lille, we felt really looked after and cared for. And who could ask for more?


And the other groups were special. Ex-Fulgur made us swoon. Moller-Plesset made us jealous. Gum Takes Tooth gave us headaches but in the best way possible. Rrraoouhhh! made us dance. 

We played a show in Bolton in June that was alright. Notable for Hi Blake!, who will go far (you heard it here first) and Grave Diggers Union (who are remixing one of our tracks for an EP of theirs) as much as a spirited performance by ours truly. This sounds like a Christmas card round robin doesn't it?

ANYWAY. Things are happening. So let that continue.

Monday, 25 January 2016

TOUR IV / EXTENDED PLAY

Lille 20th, not 19th

Has the year flown so quickly? Are we all nearer to the grave? Will we realise the futility of our endeavours? Is our ego not sated enough?

If you answered 'no' to any of the above questions then you might be interested in the FOURTH visit to to France of the exclusive members-only rock combo TOTAL VICTORY. For the first time ever we will also visit the great nation of Belgium, home of Eddy Merkcx, Enzo Scifo, Paul de Man, Hergé and Gerardus Mercator.

****THOSE SHOWS IN FULL****

FEBRUARY 13
Lorient, Le Galion
Come for the band, stay for the DJ, cry bitter tears in the docks at 3am with fishermen.

FEBRUARY 14

Nantes, Chien Stupide
Valentine's Day Special Show! Guitarist Martin is an ordained minister who will marry any couples in attendance! Do not miss this special offer!

FEBRUARY 16
Rennes, Jardin Moderne
w/MOLLER-PLESSET
https://www.facebook.com/events/659078100899328/
Bit of a super show this, what with Rennes being great and M-P going to absolutely fuck shit up as well.

FEBRUARY 17

Paris, Espace B
w/USÉ + ICESUN
https://www.facebook.com/events/1685408915034435/
We return to the great city and hope to see more than traffic and rain!

FEBRUARY 18
Brussels, Magasin 4
w/GUM TAKES TOOTH + RRAOUHHH!
https://www.facebook.com/events/1699914563587161/
Best behaviour in the new country, we need to make a good impression.

FEBRUARY 19 


Metz, La Chaouee
w/PORTIER DEAN + LOU & DUST
https://www.facebook.com/events/439388262923689/
All I know here we are on first. If you are in AH Kraken or Plastobecon please say hello!

FEBRUARY 20
by Albert Foolmoon

Lille, CCL
w/THE HANGED MAN AND THE MOON
https://www.facebook.com/events/534525653388108/
YYYYYYEAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH

FULL TOUR POSTER


****NEW MUSIC****

We will have some physical copies of IF YOU WERE THERE. 5 tracks, 26 mins. Here is a quick skip through the tracklist with commentary!

- ATHERTON DERBY
Based on a real snippet of conversation overheard in the clubhouse of a non-league football match and developed extemporaneously. The most 'northern' song we've done.

- PINE CONE
Saw a picture of someone I knew in a forest, it was the saddest thing. An attempt at a kind of pop song I think. Some of you won't like it.

- MASS FIRINGS
An extended meditation on your expendability vs. your desires.

- COUNTING HILL
I don't buy psychogeography so much as I buy affective geography, there's always a lure to places you've never been (for best elucidation of this song, see Limmy's 'Yoker' sketch), sometimes satisfying this craving can lead to disappointment, like just this weekend when I went to Tenbury Wells. What's over that hill? Where does this river go to? That kind of thing.

- KALFON (pas l'acteur)
So we wanted to thank a friend for his help but the song ballooned and became good enough to release to more sets of ears. The lyrics, where you can hear them, describe a difficult erotic dream I had at that friend's house. I CAN SAY NO MORE. Tune is 14 minutes long too.

We're not allowed to talk about the cover.

Also NATIONAL SERVICE vinyl down to last 35/40 copies, so buy now to avoid/accelerate disappointment (depending on your perspective).

MOWNO.COM to stream from FEB 5

Online release FEB 22 here: http://totalvictory.bandcamp.com/album/if-you-were-there 

Thursday, 9 April 2015

TOUR III and ALBUM III

Hello there gentle flowers of the early year sun. We hope you are well. Here are two pieces of news.  

LIVE PERFORMANCES



MAY 16
Chorley
Brock and Broll
w/Cactus Knife and Grave Diggers Union

Information here

We return to France in May 2015 to play five new towns and revisit Marseille into the bargain. Some fun shows lined up.


MAY 23
St Etienne, Avataria Festival.
Musee de la Mine.
w/Jim Jones and The Righteous Mind, Filastine, Des Ark and others.

MAY 25 PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE
Grenoble
Le Ciel: join here
w/Et Après?

MAY 26
Marseille
La Machine a Coudre

Poster by Cristian Pineda


MAY 27
Toulouse
Les Pavillions Sauvages
w/Ruggine, Kyzyl Kum, The Last Drop
facebook group

MAY 28
Périgueux 
L'Ecume de Jours
venue



MAY 29
Nantes
Ateliers des Bitche
w/Alien Dai and Birds on Fire
link



ALBUM

Tracking has commenced in earnest on our third full-length album. Usual working protocol applies (e.g. we did it ourselves). It's about 55-60% done.

It has had a whole bunch of working titles such as:

  • Chapel of Rest
  • It Is What You Think It Is
  • Receiving Body
  • Music For Gated Communities
  • If You Were There

Right now it isn't called anything at all but it sits in a folder called The Light Programme, which if I recall rightly our second album did for a little while.

Here's a small instrumental sample of a new one:


We hope to put it out physically at the same time as digitally but we're not a hugely reliable bunch. Expect to hear it some point in Q3 though.

Monday, 23 February 2015

An interview with IAALS

We did an interview with I Am A Lungfish Song that was translated into French. Here is the English version. Go and read that excellent blog here.

What is the story behind Total Victory?

I (Dan) had split from an old band and was working a shitty job and living in an unfamiliar town and needed some kind of thing to occupy my time and brain. I put an ad out in 2007 for people wanting to play noise-rock kind of like XBXRX and Skin Graft/Gold Standard Labs kind of music. Matt L (bass) and Matt E (guitar) joined, followed by James (drums) one drunken day at a festival.

We realised we couldn't play at 200kph like those bands so we slowed down and tried to not sound so forced and began to incorporate our regional identities and actual personalities a little more. Martin (guitar) was a friend and fan who we asked to add guitar to The Pyramid of Privilege and gradually we forced him to join full-time.

If it were a film it would be a strange story about a group of people who were nobodies at home and vaguely interesting to people somewhere else. Like the opposite of Cool Runnings (which was called Rasta Rockett in France).


Tuesday, 4 November 2014

THANK YOU FRANCE / HELP THE DOG

Two things. One good, one bad.

01. FRANCE REPORT

We did a tour to France. It was fantastic. We had a great time. There will be no diary as such because there was no conflict. It was just really really fun. Here it is in bullet points.
  • Rolled into Nottingham to crash at ME's house (he moved. This was covered in previous dispatches). Visited England's oldest inn, which was a moving experience for all concerned, mostly in the gut.
  • Left at 2.30am the next day for the ferry and just powered through to Rennes by 6pm (take off the hour time difference). Great show here with loads of brilliant people being super bien to us. 
  • Booted it to Lyon at 8am, arriving just before 6pm. Big venue more often utilised for jazz/improv but in a really nice spot near an old prison. Again a really cool show and everyone takes care of us and is just faultless.
  • After a late one, we crawl to Reims. Bit of an unusual location and probably through fatigue we become convinced that the van is in mortal danger from local youths. It isn't. We play a Halloween set (Wilkinson's decorator suits, fake blood, silly string, stolen drill) and mess the stage up pretty bad. I offer to clean it up, the guy shrugs and says 'we don't care'. Still convinced of danger, we head to Lille overnight.
  • Relax in Lille. We love Lille. We gently recover from all the driving and ease into the last show. Fred from Berline0.33 (who split recently: sadface) joins us for 'Holy Cross'. Excellent show to finish on.
  • Crawled home in shit traffic. No arguments, no nothing. It was great.
That was it. Van, play, socialise, sleep. Here are some photos taken (mostly) by the band.

Less fun than last time: ML in Dover
Bar'Hic, Rennes
ME in Lyon (by Hazam)
pre-gig, Rennes




@Bar'Hic, Rennes (photo by Alter1fo)
Morning after in Rennes
ME in his third position (1. rocking 2. driving)
Le Periscope, Lyon
I remember Total Eclipse but not Tarif Unique
the debut of the Ellams-Brookes jazz duo, Lyon
in Lyon (by Hazam)

bloody modern bands, can't engage with the real world
ML after a bad murder in Reims
Fred plays Holy Cross (taken by Frederick Baas)
Back in the USS...K
Photos of the Lyon show by Hazam - https://www.flickr.com/photos/hazamodoff/sets/72157648655853198/

Photos of the Rennes show by Alter1fo - https://www.flickr.com/photos/alter1fo/sets/72157648625695067

THANK YOU et MERCI BIEN to: David, Helene, Niko, Don Lurie, Coco, Vince, David, Erwin, Matt, Kris, Damian, Michel and the guys in Reims (I was so tired I forgot nearly everyone's name), everyone from Grenoble, Bastien, Vincent, Caroline, Fred, Emilie, Gilles, Guillaume, Karine, David, Jono, Dan and I can tell I have forgotten someone here.

02. THE DOG AND PARTRIDGE IN JEOPARDY

While we were setting up in Rennes we got word that some berk had smashed his 4x4 into the bar of the Dog and Partridge in Bolton. It looked a little something like this.


Now. Cast your eyes down the side of this blog and you'll see we've played there on a fair number of occasions. This is our home (not literally, though it literally is the landlord's home) and it means a lot to us. It's where we learned our stuff and died a couple of times and came back to fight on. ML (bass) has booked shows and festivals for the Dog for years. It is part of Bolton's dwindling cultural heritage and someone has driven a sodding sports utility vehicle into it.

Word is that for 2 months it will be out of action, but is salvageable. We don't know what the next step is but we're priming you that if you can help get the place back to tip top form by turning up to stuff, having a drink on your way through town, then it would be really appreciated. This incident has made a lot of people realise what we have and how shitty it would be to lose it.

OTHER NEWS

We are about 20 per cent through work on our third full length record. No title yet, but working song titles include Mass Firings, The Public Weighbridge, Written Backwards, Atherton Derby, and Charters (670-2014).

Thursday, 16 October 2014

LET'S TOUR AGAIN, LIKE WE DID LAST AUTUMN

Hello friends

We're off to France again. One warm-up show. Here is the news!

SALFORD CRESCENT VAULTS
17th October 2014
+ Leer A Los Heroes, Mr. Heart and Shut Up Dad.
Free in. We're on about half ten. Should be fun.

Then we get into a van and head to France. This time we visit...

RENNES BAR'HIC
29th October 2014
+ Trombe
Six euros. Really looking forward to return to Rennes and providing a show where the singer has a functioning voice.



LYON LE PÉRISCOPE
30th October 2014
+ Deborah Kant
Again, six whole euros. We visited Lyon last time but didn't play there. Our hosts were magnificent so we really wanted to come back and if that means torturing them with our music, so be it.


REIMS LESPACE LUDOVAL

31st October
+ Kitchen Tool Set, Oui Mais Non, Taulard
HALLOWEEN PARTY! FREE!



LILLE LA MALTERIE
1st November
+ Berline0.33
Six or eight euros though I can't remember the circumstances in which you pay the higher price. It's Saturday. Live a little! Also we're playing with Berline0.33 who are KVLT AS FVCK.



Only four dates this time - bastard capitalist employers! We'll be back!