Sodastream's Karl Smith Returns with Lee Memorial

(PR) Karl Smith, half of the ex-Rough Trade signings, Sodastream has a new outfit. We like to call them…Lee Memorial. Sodastream released 4 albums, 5 EPs and a live recording between 1999 and 2006. They toured Europe 7 times, as well as the US and Japan and cult Radio 1 DJ, John Peel once described them as, "Quite wonderful".

Lee Memorial is named after a guesthouse in Kolkatta, India where Karl's family used to stay when he was a child. (Karl lived in Bangladesh and India until he was thirteen). Smith wanted to try something different to Sodastream with his latest project and the desire was to present his new songs with a full band. Recruiting Laura MacFarlane, one time drummer with Sleater-Kinney and founder of Melbourne outfit Ninety Nine, Tom Lyngcoln from Nation Blue (lead guitar), Madeline Spawton who has no ragged pedigree - which in many ways is a good thing - plays clarinet and cello, and Matt Bailey (ex-Paradise Motel) plays bass.

The chemistry of this line-up was demonstrated in the studio where Lee Memorial managed to record eleven of the tracks form the forthcoming debut album, The Lives Of Lee Memorial in just four days.

The first FREE MP3 sample of these wonderful new recordings, Long Days In Bed, can be downloaded - here

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