Thousand Yard Stare – Keepsake EP
Label: Stifled Aardvark Records
Catalog#: AARD 004 (Numbered 1188)
Format: Vinyl, 10″, EP, Yellow
Genre: Pop, Rock, Shoegazer, Indie Rock
A+ The band that should have but didn’t. Live were superb. Stifled the aardvark much to soon.
A1 Buttermouth 4:29
A2 Twicetimes 4:01
B1 Weatherwatching One 3:43
B2 Another And On 3:04
Combined time for tracks B1 & B2 is listed. Actual times are 3:43 & 3:04.
Thousand Yard Stare were an English band from Slough, Berkshire active during the early 1990s, prior to the Britpop explosion. Supporting popular bands on the indie circuit such as James and Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine, the band also released several EPs.
NME nominated Thousand Yard Stare as “brightest hope for the future”.In June 1991, the Keepsake EP reached the top spot in both the NME and Melody Maker independent charts. That summer the band performed at the Reading Festival, further raising their profile and leading to their stint as support for James in October and November of that year. In the Autumn, the band began the sessions for their first album, the first fruit of which was another EP. Seasonstream EP was released on Stifled Aardvark Records in 1991, their last independent release on their own label. The Seasonstream EP began with a track titled “0-0 a.e.t”, (which means “No Score After Extra Time”), a football metaphor laden song that featured Martin Bell of The Wonder Stuff on fiddle. This single again topped the Indie music charts, and reached number 65 in the UK Singles Chart. With the backing of the major label Polydor, Thousand Yard Stare went on to release a further three EPs, and two studio albums. (Hands On and Mappamundi) were both produced by Stephen Street, who had already produced records for The Smiths and Blur.
However, neither of the albums made much of an inroad into the mainstream market, and the band became eclipsed by the burgeoning Britpoppers such as Suede, Blur and Elastica.