West Country Scrumpy & Western band The Mangledwurzels, brought up on a diet of cider and Wurzels songs, have struck a deal with Cumbrian record label Loose Records – who had the real Wurzels on their books in the 1990s.
Based in Somerset, The Mangledwurzels started performing as a Wurzels tribute band, but quickly started to write and perform their own songs. Now the band are in the studio recording a complete album of original songs – with titles like Cider Be Good for ‘Ee, The Poacher & The Gamekeeper and I Can Drive a Tractor – due for release in the first quarter of 2009.
Loose Records quickly snapped up this hard-working band. Said Loose head honcho Andrew Titcombe: “The band are gigging pretty much every weekend of the year – with some high profile venues and events booking them; and once I heard the new songs they were recording I felt that this is a band who are on the way up. We have agreed a two-album deal in the first place, a re-issue of their first album Get Orf My Land! which has previously only been available at the band’s gigs – and the new album Wurz’Ee II as soon as they have it finished. We also have some singles planned for the coming months too.”
Singer and frontman Hedge Cutter said: “Getting a chance to work with Andrew is something we are happy to do. The business side of the music industry is a complete mystery to us, and having Andrew there to look after that side of things means we can concentrate on what we do best – entertaining people! We were a bit suspicious of working with at first, let’s fact it – he’s a Northerner’! But if The Wurzels were happy to trust him, then we’d be fools not to…”
The Mangledwurzels live album Get Orf My Land! will be re-issued on Loose Records in January, and made available from the Loose Records website, online record store CD-Baby, and as a Download on iTunes. The band’s second album Wurz’Ee II is currently being recorded, and will be released later in 2009.