Rosslyns, The

All We Ever Did Was Try (Harriet Records) CD

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The Rosslyns - - - Three teenagers from Essex named Kieron, Howard, and Matt gathered between 1989 and 1990 to record some indie pop songs they wrote. In between, their school chum Andy joined them on drums. Later, in the early 1990s, Kieron's brother Jamie joined him on some additional songs. The result is an extended out-take of what C86 was turning into a few years after it first exploded across the UK, filtered through the jangled teenage nerves of its target audience. I encourage everyone to click left next to the “buy track” buttons to see Kieron’s brilliant lyrics. But regardless please do buy “Charmtrap” (or at least listen to it all the way through) because Howard’s guitar solo is the best ever, ever (it is literally more than half of the song).


Bass Guitar – Matt Rowson
Drums – Andy Grieve (tracks: 1, 2, 16)
Guitar, Backing Vocals – Howard Reed
Guitar, Vocals – Jamie Mitchinson (tracks: 7, 8, 12, 13)
Lead Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards, Tambourine – Kieron Mitchinson

Tracks 1, 2 & 16 recorded in Andy’s bedroom in Kelvedon, Essex, December 1989. Tracks 3-6, 9-11, 15 & 17 recorded in Howard’s front room in Heybridge, Essex in October half-term, 1989 and on FA Cup Final Day 1990. Track 14 recorded in Kieron’s bedsit in W14, the 1990s. Tracks 7, 8, 12 & 13 probably recorded at Jamie’s flat in E3, the 1990s.
Remastered in Brooklyn, NY by Michael Train
Design assistance: Shawn Wolfe
"I ran Harriet Records between 1989 and 1998 out of Cambridge, MA. I released 10 CDs (most of which are available here) and 45 singles. There are 7 "new" releases so far, most recently by The Rosslyns (early 90s pop from Essex) and Joe Kafka (mid-80s low-fi brilliance from Columbus)."
-- Tim Alborn
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