Kemper Norton - To Mahina EP (w/ Doomed Bird) OUT NOW

We are thrilled to present a series of reinterpretations by Kemper Norton of ‘Mahina’ by The Doomed Bird of Providence, bringing together two incredible and unique artists in a stunning new release, which also marks the start of an exciting year at F&F Towers...
Mahina is based on one Australia's worst ever natural disasters. The category 5 Cyclone Mahina took place in 1899 killing over 400 people.  The original track (by Doomed Bird) attempts to evoke the disaster and it's aftermath where amongst other things dolphins were found strewn on 50 foot cliffs on Flinders Island.

'To Mahina’ begins with the ships that formed part of the Cornish diaspora to Australia in the nineteenth century, and imagines an encounter between a Cornish emigre miner  and  a Japanese pearl fisherman who has made a similar journey. Because of dangers such as shark attacks, risk of drowning , equipment failure and the bends,  many Japanese pearlers died before working off their passage.  The Thursday Island pearling  fleet, which relied heavily on immigrant labour , was the major victim of Mahina. Most victims were never named.
Mahina features on The Doomed Bird of Providence’s Blind Mouths Eat, released in November 2013. Continuing an exploration into the darkest regions of Australian colonial history the album takes the style and content of their first long player (Will Ever Pray) into a more violent, death ridden landscape supported by a more eclectic and experimental approach to song writing, and featuring an extended line-up including Katie English aka Isnaj Dui.
To Mahina will be available to download NOW - head to Boomkat, Juno, iTunes or any online store.
Kemper Norton’s album Carn is out now on Exotic Pylon.
He returns later this year with an album for Front & Follow and a bonus album of remixes and rarities (including this EP, and many other tracks, on CD for the first time).



Introducing Lutine

We are thrilled to announce that Lutine will be releasing their debut album on Front & Follow this year. Hailing from Brighton, the duo have made waves in a short space of time with a handful of incredible live shows. Joseph Stannard pretty much nails it with his reflections on their recent gig for The Outer Church:

"Together, Emma Morton and Heather Minor dissolve the boundaries between past, present, future. Gifted interpreters and inspired songwriters, they are also responsible for some of the most beautiful live harmonies I have ever heard.”

Their debut promises to be very special and we are incredibly excited about it - more news soon.

Until then, follow Lutine on twitterfacebook and soundcloud.

Photo by Elizabeth Morton.

Welcome to 2014

Happy New Year!

A huge thank you to everyone who supported us over the last year, including everyone who played, reviewed and of course bought our releases.

An especially big thank you to The Doomed Bird of Providence, and all the artists who contributed to our Collision/Detection series and The Outer Church compilation.

It was a fun year, hopefully we can do it all again in 2014 (more news very soon).

Best wishes,
Justin & Helen x

Blind Mouths Eat - OUT NOW


We are thrilled to announce the return of The Doomed Bird of Providence with the follow-up to the acclaimed Will Ever Pray.

Blind Mouths Eat continues their exploration into the darkest regions of Australian colonial history, with this stunning collection of new works including the epic Mahina.

The limited first edition comes in a card sleeve package with stunning artwork from Peter Aldrich and is available to pre-order now from bandcamp and the F&F shop. There are only 250, so get in quick...


"Sometimes cussedness is an essential virtue for musicians. The Doomed Bird Of Providence’s Mark Kluzek oozes cussedness like sweat. He’s an Australian in exile, assembling a group of Brit players to realise his singleminded vision, which involves Kluzek barking out blacker than black tales of horror and misery from Australia’s early history. Blind Mouths Eat is his second bulletin from the festering underbelly of 19th century Oz." - Clive Bell, The Wire Nov 2013

Blind Mouths Eat by The Doomed Bird of Providence has been picking up some great reviews - see a few snippets below.  You can also read Mark Kluzek's Portal feature over at The Wire's website.
"There’s a need to hold hands with the almost dead and this album does it in the most beautiful/ugly way ever." -Freq
"a funeral waltz into sunlight" - ATTN: Magazine
"Think Nick Cave, Matt Elliott’s solo work, or one of the Constellation droners singing dark folk songs of horror and misery from Australian history." - Norman Records
"Gripping and astonishingly grim music" - Sounds XP
"Uncompromising and at times uncomfortable, these songs remove the usual safety nets and aren't afraid to change the rules. They are becoming one of the bands that you don't want to miss." -  Americana UK
"Dark yet strangely beautiful and phenomenally powerful, ‘Blind Mouths Eat’ is an album to ponder, to agonise over and to clutch your plague-ridden guts to." - Whisperin' and Hollerin'

Doomed Bird Live:
The album will also be followed by an accompanying release from Kemper Norton, who will be pulling apart Mahina and creating his own mesmeric EP with the remains.