Pre-Order Limited Edition ‘Brothers & Sisters’ EP Colour Vinyl
Much loved UK independent record label which released Coldplay’s Brothers & Sisters EP 20 years ago, Fierce Panda, have a special treat for Coldplay fans!
UPDATE: Due to a slight delay in the manufacturing process, pre-orders will now be dispatched on Aug 1st and the vinyl will hit record stores on Aug 23rd.
To celebrate the anniversary of the release, Fierce Panda is releasing a special reissue of Coldplay’s first EP on its 20th anniversary. The original ‘Brothers & Sisters’ release was a two-track 7” (‘Brothers & Sisters’ and ‘Easy To Please’) limited to 1000 copies and a three-track compact disc single, with ‘Only Superstition’ as the third song. Both limited edition formats sold out immediately, with ‘Brothers & Sisters’ roaring into the charts at number 92.
The label is releasing two limited edition pink and blue coloured vinyl 7″ singles. The two singles will be released on July 12th 2019 and are available for pre-order today, either separately or as a double trouble bundle!
Aside from a version of ‘Brothers & Sisters’ appearing on their ‘Trouble’ single a year later on Parlophone, legend (and the global internet) has it that these three tracks have barely been touched by the hand of Coldplay since released. In which case 7” single aficionados may like to know that this is the first, and quite possibly, only time that ‘Only Superstition’ has ever been, or indeed ever will be, released on vinyl.
The fierce panda label is itself currently celebrating its 25th anniversary, which means they were not even five years old when they first encountered Coldplay at the Camden Falcon in November 1998. Fascinatingly scruffed at the edges they were too (the band, not the label, although…), and ‘Shiver’ and ‘Bigger Stronger’ alone suggested an epically subtle song-crafting potential that was to hold them in pretty good stead for the next two decades.
The panda was instantly smitten and over the following six months they were to book Coldplay into Station Studios in Southgate to record the three ‘Brothers & Sisters’ tunes. They also booked them in to open the year of gigs at Pandamonium ’99 at the Bull & Gate on January 7th, followed by a headline show at the very same Kentish Town venue on April 1st. In between days Coldplay were introduced to the airwaves by Radio One’s Evening Session and infiltrated the pages of the NME and generally impressed all and sundry with a mix of charm, chutzpah, top tunes and the odd cheeky Curly Wurly bar chucked casually into the unsuspecting crowd.
The Falcon venue and Station Studios are long since gone and the Bull & Gate has gone the ghastly way of the gastropub but the fierce panda label lives to fight another exasperated day. As for the Coldplay band, who could say whatever happened to those unlikeliest of likely lads…?