Euclid Records will release on August 25 “I’ll Be Gone” b/w “Animal Show,” a newly-recorded 7” single by legendary power pop artists Cotton Mather. This will be the first in a new series of Euclid Records 45 rpm releases featuring original studio material by bands with worldwide audiences. “I’ll Be Gone” is a cover of an elegantly written and joltingly delivered song by Swedish pop musician Ola Framby. “Animal Show” is the kind of Robert Harrison original that made fans take notice. Suffice it to say it could slip easily alongside the tracks from the Beatles White Album without anybody blinking an eye. On both tracks, the band is joined by no less an icon than pianist Ian McLagan of the Small Faces and Faces.
Cotton Mather is fronted by founding member Robert Harrison, who was also the front-man for Future Clouds and Radar, a band which had released an early 7” in the Euclid Sessions series of live performances recorded during appearances at the Euclid Records store in St. Louis. The band recorded and released four albums in the late 1990s and early 2000s, including the heralded classic Kontiki in 1998. Though praised at the time by the likes of Noel Gallagher, lead guitarist in Oasis, and seemingly every rock critic who managed to hear it, the timing was never right for the band to build the popularity they so richly deserved.
The accolades continued to pour in after they disbanded, and earlier this year, Harrison released a two-CD expanded version of Kontiki on his own Star Apple Kingdom label. The band reunited in March to play a well-received set at the annual South By Southwest music festival in their home-town of Austin, Texas, and is performing a handful of dates this summer, including an appearance in St. Louis at this year’s Loufest on Aug. 25, the day the single will be released. The current line-up includes Harrison on guitar and vocals, co-founding member Whit Williams on guitar, Dana Myzer on drums, and Josh Gravelin on bass.