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Time on Their Hands

by Rooney

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Gavin Hellyer After the phenomenal Futile Exorcise album released earlier this year and his incredible Lucy Over Lancashire track from a few years ago, I've gone on a search around the net and struggled to find these albums that came out under the name Rooney. And then I discovered that they had been uploaded to Bandcamp. God bless you. Favorite track: Throw Away.
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Went to Town 02:05
Swarm 06:35
Throw Away 03:46
Touts 02:25
Guillotine 04:08
Scratched 01:33
Things 02:39
Marble Tiles 04:28


Uploaded to Bandcamp for the first time in 2016.

The first album of lo-fi songs of ordinary life by the 'band' Rooney (Paul Rooney). All three Rooney albums were recorded on a mini-disc four-track recorder with a tiny Bontempi keyboard, a drum machine bought from Argos, one electric guitar and a muffled acoustic guitar acting as a bass. Rooney consisted of Paul Rooney alone at this point but other collaborators became involved for later releases and performances.

The songs in this first release are about wandering down the local shops, or looking at family holiday snaps, about overlooked moments and commonplace objects. This album garnered much support from BBC Radio 1's John Peel amongst others (leading to a 1998 Festive Fifty appearance, for the song 'Went to Town', and a 1999 Peel session).

Some comments about 'Time On Their Hands':

"Rooney works the same alchemical miracle as the 'Sensation' generation of British artists, making the crushingly mundane fantastic via a simple shift of focus". Stewart Lee, The Sunday Times. 18/10/98.

"That narrative ‘songs’ can work is proven by Paul Rooney’s fascinating lo-fi collection...it is never less than fascinating". Tom Ridge, The Wire. Nov. 1998.

"...gorgeous, atmospheric guitar scores similar to Godspeed You! Black Emporer and Mogwai in half the space. Put simply 'Time On Their Hands' is a little treasure chest. Seek it out." Sarah-Jane, City Life (Manchester UK). Dec. 1998.

"That’s ('Went to Town' by) Rooney on Common Culture Records, from an EP called 'Got Up Late', which is really excellent I think..." John Peel, Radio 1 FM. 28/1/98.

"'Walked Round The Estate' is especially good...what emerges is a kind of sweet nostalgia and praise for the everyday". Gary Valentine, Mojo. Nov. 1998.

"Now that's something special. It sounds like nothing you've ever heard before...'Time On Their Hands' is one of the most refreshing album's of the year..." Steve Oxley, The Big Issue. Nov. 1998.

"Without sounding at all retro this album revisits the original spirit of punk". Rob Sandall, Mixing It. BBC Radio 3. Mar. 1999.


released September 12, 1998


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