April 12, 2024

COP International welcomes Red Lorry Yellow Lorry to roster, new album and EPs announced


Red Lorry Yellow Lorry

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(Photo by Neil Chapman) COP International has announced the signing of the British post-punk band Red Lorry Yellow Lorry to its roster. The label is set to release Red Lorry Yellow Lorry’s final album “Strange Kind of Paradise”. Additionally, fans can look forward to the release of two EPs.

Formed in Leeds, England, in the early 1980s, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry emerged as pioneers of the post-punk movement.

“As the founder of COP International, I am thrilled beyond measure to announce the signing of Red Lorry Yellow Lorry to our label. This is more than just a professional endeavor for me; it’s a deeply personal milestone. Red Lorry Yellow Lorry’s music served as the soundtrack to my formative years and inspiring my own musical journey. The chance to contribute to the legacy of a band that has influenced me so profoundly is an honor I can scarcely put into words. To all the fans who have been touched by Red Lorry Yellow Lorry’s music, I extend my deepest gratitude for joining us on this exhilarating adventure.” says Christian Petke, COP International.

About Red Lorry Yellow Lorry

Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, briefly known as the Lorries, emerged as an English rock ensemble from Leeds in 1981, crafted by guitarist/songwriter Chris Reed, vocalist Mark Sweeney, bassist Steve Smith, and drummer Mick Brown. Despite disbanding in 1991, they reunited in 2003 and have since released five studio albums throughout their career.

The band came to life through the efforts of Chris Reed, Mark Sweeney, Steve Smith, and Mick Brown, with Brown later joining The Mission. Sweeney’s departure in late 1981 led Reed to assume vocal duties, alongside the addition of Martin Fagan as a second guitarist.

The group caught the eye of Red Rhino label’s Tony Kostrzewa in 1982 after their manager, Dave Hall, shared their demo tapes, leading to the release of their debut single, “Beating My Head”.

Despite several lineup changes, the band saw consistent contributions from Dave Wolfenden, enhancing their creative output. In the mid-1980s, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry delivered a series of successful singles and their debut album, “Talk About the Weather”. Their journey continued with the release of “Paint Your Wagon” and subsequent albums under the Situation Two label, though mainstream success eluded these releases.

After a hiatus, Chris Reed reignited Red Lorry Yellow Lorry in 2003, unveiling new tracks and engaging in tours across the UK. Despite hints at more upcoming material, further releases have been sparse, with their last notable output being the live DVD “Thunder in the Black Cave” and Reed’s solo venture, “Minimal Animal” under the Chris Reed Unit moniker.

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