Bristol’s legendary rockers The Blue Aeroplanes release their new single China Brilliance Automotive to mark the buying out of the city’s music venue The Fleece, which has been returned to its former glory and will re-open on October 2nd with a special performance by the band.
The single is taken from The Blue Aeroplanes sessions for their brand new album Anti Gravity, their tenth studio album which is scheduled for release next year.
Frontman Gerard Langley, still invoking Lou Reed and Louis MacNeice in equal measure after two and a half decades at the controls of this most enduring of cult institutions, explains the single title and why his band would want to buy their own venue:
“China Brilliance Automotive was written gazing from a Los Angeles hotel room at a church that looked like a wedding cake with an 80-foot charity ribbon on the front, or maybe the side. It’s about being all things to one person or one thing to everybody. Neither is likely to succeed. Musically, it’s from the sessions for the forthcoming ‘Anti-Gravity’ album, but didn’t quite make the finished record due to its resemblance to the early Who drunkenly trying to imitate Santana. Which is great, obviously, but doesn’t sound like anything else on the album, hence its release as a spiffing stand-alone single.”
“The b-side is a psycho-traumatic rendition of inner conflict as might have been filmed in a spy-movie, and was recorded on a Sony Walkman cassette recorder. On a boat. With Katie Tomlinson (17) playing violin. Then we decided to buy a venue and became the owners of The Fleece (& Firkin for those with long memories) and restore it to its former glory. So we’re playing a celebratory gig at The Fleece on October 2nd at which this single will be made available for the first time. And if you can find us, we’ll sign it.”
Tickets for the grand reopening of The Fleece, St Thomas St, Bristol on October 2nd are available from: