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Our next gig! Tomorrow at the Moon Club, Cardiff. With Playlounge / Trust Fund / King of Cats & Something. Early birdies please. x

Our next gig! Tomorrow at the Moon Club, Cardiff. With Playlounge / Trust Fund / King of Cats & Something. Early birdies please. x

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This is our next gig. Tomorrow! Free entry! In Porthcawl! Car Pool people, car pool. x x x

This is our next gig. Tomorrow! Free entry! In Porthcawl! Car Pool people, car pool. x x x

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Free Entry gig tonight at The Sherman Theatre, Cardiff with HMS Morris.
There’ll be food so you can have your dinner at the same time x

Free Entry gig tonight at The Sherman Theatre, Cardiff with HMS Morris.

There’ll be food so you can have your dinner at the same time x

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Some nice pictures and a review from Rafa Skam of El Planeta Amarillo :

Son un dúo de post-punk con bases pregrabadas, bajo y guitarra, muy potentes en directo, con melodías retorcidas en la onda de grupos como WIRE, SUICIDE o PRINZHORN DANCE SCHOOL. Interesantes!

Visit El Planeta Amarillo here.

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Sneak preview of a new song from our forthcoming second album. Recorded live at IndieTracks 2014.

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Our adventure at Indietracks. That’s Ellis & Roxy from Trust Fund in that other pic there. They played the same stage as us an hour later with Rosie Totem on guitar and they were great. (Performance pics taken by IndieDad and Fran of Francesca’s Word Salad).

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This is our next gig! Heavy Petting Zoo have been nice enough to ask us to play at their single launch, so we’re gonna. Foxes get in for free. Probably. x

This is our next gig! Heavy Petting Zoo have been nice enough to ask us to play at their single launch, so we’re gonna. Foxes get in for free. Probably. x

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IndieTracks have released a sampler album featuring 56 of the bands playing this year’s festival, including Totem Terrors. Cheap at twice the price, listen/purchase: Indietracks Compilation 2014 by Various Artists

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This is our next gig! Look at that line-up. All NEED, no GOT, in Panini sticker parlance. See you there?

This is our next gig! Look at that line-up. All NEED, no GOT, in Panini sticker parlance. See you there?

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So we had this gig at Brighton’s Green Door Store supporting Jeffrey Lewis & the Jrams last night. I was meant to drive the hire van up from Cardiff but the night before I screwed my ankle up playing football (CSL4LYF).

Because of the short notice, none of our friends could take over driving duty, so Rosie got on a 5am train from Brighton to Cardiff just to drive us both back to Brighton for the gig.

Her train breaks down in Cardiff. We get to the hire place 2 and a half hours late. There’s a £20 surcharge because Rosie’s under 25. We make Brighton in under 3 and a half hours. Rosie doing 90 all the way on 4 hours sleep. We’re trying to reach Brighton Electric where we had a pre-gig practice booked.

We get there at 5. Our session was 4-6. There’s nowhere to park, and I’m on crutches. Soundcheck is at 6. We give up, forfeit the £18 and head to Rosie’s house to have an unplugged living room practice because it’s better than nothing.

There’s nowhere to park outside Rosie’s house. By the time we’ve unloaded, parked elsewhere, walked back, practiced for 15 minutes, brought the van back around and reloaded, it’s nearly 7. No soundcheck. Brighton Electric are phoning us.

We find the venue. Despite there being a car park the size of a school playground outside, we’re not allowed to use it. Inside, the bar is cash only. I have no cash. Rosie has to go back and park the van next to her street and walk back to the venue because her parking permit doesn’t cover the area near the venue.

There’s no TV in the bar. Chile will shock everyone except Barry Glendenning by beating Spain, but we won’t see it. Half way through the match, we’re on stage. Most of the sell-out crowd has arrived.

And the gig was amazing.

We make some new friends and sell a stack of merch. Afterwards, we’ll catch some of the late game and a few beers with Jeff and the Jrams at the King & Queen. Rosie will leave her phone in the pub but is lucky enough to get it back the next day. Everywhere in Brighton sells Newcastle Brown Ale. A girl called Kate who is as kind as she is pretty is willing to walk slow with me so I’m not left behind on my crutches. Sometimes things just work out.

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Totem Terrors t-shirt watch : Wales Goes Pop festival, Cardiff
You can get one, too. £7 and you get our first album (digital) with it. Limited edition size & colour combos, direct from the horses wardrobe.

Totem Terrors t-shirt watch : Wales Goes Pop festival, Cardiff

You can get one, too. £7 and you get our first album (digital) with it. Limited edition size & colour combos, direct from the horses wardrobe.

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Our contribution to a Cupboard Music Record Store Day sampler x

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Our next gig. AMAZED to be playing on the same stage as Her Parents, and generally very pleased to be among the rest of the bill too.

Our next gig. AMAZED to be playing on the same stage as Her Parents, and generally very pleased to be among the rest of the bill too.

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"So when are you doing an album?"

We’d released an ep and a couple of singles, digital only, on Bandcamp and SoundCloud, but friendly looking people kept asking about an album. At first we thought they were just being nice, but then we thought they might actually be serious. We didn’t have any money, so we put our trust in them and launched a Kickstarter campaign, with a video recorded in 15 minutes on a phone, to try and get enough money to press some records.

It was what might be described as a threshold moment. We thought we’d look really stupid if nobody contributed any money, but then if nobody wanted the album, we figured maybe we shouldn’t be a band any more anyway. Turns out our fears were unfounded. People gave us money, even a fan in Estonia called Mait. He was meant to be in the video we made for Disco Tryst, but because of the distance we couldn’t do it, so he got a cameo as the guy on the wanted poster which our video co-star Wayne defaces. Ben Gallivan of Red Medicine was the man to take us over the Kickstarter threshold which meant the project was successful and we’d get the money. We hadn’t met at the time, but we’ve played a bunch of gigs for Ben since and he’s established himself as the best sandwich buyer in the industry (and a good mate).

We recorded the album ourselves, just before Christmas, mostly in the mess hall of a naval reserve base.

We like to think you can hear the mess hall ambience, and Rosie played the piano solo in the song Art Of Falling on a piano which was in there, a woefully out of tune old thing and lovely for it (the piano, not Rosie). If you’ve got the vinyl copy, there’s also a bell which sounds between Slovak’s Dream and Words on side one — that’s the mess hall bell, rung by Jeff Poole, the barman. It’s not on the digital copy, so don’t look for it. Analogue easter eggs, innit? There’s one on side two, too.

Then we mixed the album at our own One Mic Wonder studio (i.e. Max’s front room), and with a little email advice from Ephraim Nagler of Dub Narcotic, mastered it ourselves, too. We had offered merch as part of the Kickstarter incentives, so we learned how to screen-print from the internet and printed all our launch shirts and tote bags in Max’s hallway on an ironing board.

The day the test pressings came was pretty amazing, since neither of us had had anything on vinyl before, and the day the records proper arrived was even better. We did the artwork mostly by ourselves, with a little help from a graphic designer called Arth. The dots on the cover are the band’s name, in non-tactile Braille (buy yourself a drink if you worked that out already).

Ben helped us put on the launch party and a Spiller’s records instore appearance.We had wanted to do the launch party on a ship, but it didn’t pan out, so we settled on Buffalo Bar, which was somehow appropriate because we used to play there like every two weeks when we first started out.

The launch was a year ago today, today being the 8th April 2014. The album, Repeat Play Torrent Rar, was our first. Thanks again for helping us make it, Kickstarterers. And thanks for subsequently buying it if you weren’t part of the Kickstarter. And thanks for illicitly downloading it or getting a copy from a mate if that’s what you did, because that’s a weird kind of compliment in itself. Album number two is on the way!

For now… Happy Birthday, Repeat Play Torrent Rar!

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New Totem Terrors t-shirts are in! Limited edition size & colour combos! Get yours for £7, inc. a download of our album. It’s music you can wear!

Available here and now!

Wear yours at our next gig.