On The Radio

Marc RileyThis man can make you famous

THE EUROPEAN will be performing a live “session” on this Thursday’s edition of the Marc Riley Show. The show, and session, begin at 19:00 BST (18:00 GMT).

In addition, a cover version of Could You Be Loved by Bob Marley will be recorded for later broadcast on the Gideon Coe Show.

Incidentally, the production team at 6music favour the font Comic Sans in their correspondence.

[UPDATE: The Bob Marley cover is no longer required by the BBC. We apologise for any disappointment this may have caused you and are fully committed to bringing this important work to the public as soon as possible through other channels]




We would like to apologise for the recent hiatus in posting here at iamtheeuropean.com. This is due to time pressures brought about by our current aggressive program of expansion. Recent developments include, but are not limited to:

Please be assured that more detailed posts on these and other topics will be forthcoming shortly.



Album Launch FlierEveryone will be there

We are pleased to announce that the official launch of In A Very Real Sense Now will be held on Tuesday 23rd February 2010 (not Monday as you may have heard previously) from 20:00 at The Stags Head. Support will be provided by Taigen Kawabe and Jonny Ronette. Entry will be free.

Here is a gmaps link showing the location of the venue. You can get the 149 or 242 buses from Liverpool Street Station, or the 243 bus from Old Street Station.

Also, the album is available for pre-order here. Alternatively, copies will be available (including a very special hand-screened CD-R edition) at a one-time-only discounted price at the launch.


The Settler

Sony Vegas Pro 9The European endorses Sony Vegas Pro 9

In this short video, we present the heroic/pathetic figure of The Settler as he wanders, lost and conflicted, through the jagged ruins of Modernism, in search of some dimensional portal to the happy hunting grounds of the post-historic era.

The Settler is the new single by THE EUROPEAN. Released March 2010 by Stolen Recordings.

Directed by Simon Break.

Photography and lighting by Coco Asper Valdes and Paul Jones.

All Rights Reserved.




The means of production

Phase One is approaching completion.

Firstly, the album launch party has been scheduled for 22nd February (Edit: rescheduled to 23rd February) at The Stags Head in Hoxton, London. Support acts are being arranged and will be announced here as soon as they are confirmed.

Secondly, the physical records are being manufactured this week. This is a complex process using advanced mastering techniques and bleeding-edge print technology to bring you, the consumer, a product of unparalleled quality expressing the strong brand values of THE EUROPEAN.


File Under Evil

Guilt by association

From Heidegger, Hitler’s ‘spiritual guide’ on The Guardian newspaper’s discussion board Comment is free:

He calls for [Heidegger's] books to be removed from the shelves of philosophy departments and rehoused under the history of Nazism. This is eminently sane.

From Tag (metadata) on Wikipedia:

In a traditional hierarchical system (taxonomy), the designer sets out a limited number of terms to use for classification, and there is one correct way to classify each item. In a tagging system, there are an unlimited number of ways to classify an item, and there is no “wrong” choice. Instead of belonging to one category, an item may have several different tags.

Beyond Good and Evil

Arguments about morality are arguments about filing. Books must be filed on a specific shelf. Computers can file anything under anything else. Therefore shelves are moral and computers are amoral.

From List of Dewey Decimal classes on Wikipedia:

216: No longer used — formerly Evil


Venn Diagram For The World

Venn Diagram for the WorldVenn Diagram for The World

Mathew Sawyer of Mathew Sawyer and The Ghosts posted this Venn diagram on his blog Woozy Machine.

THE EUROPEAN has played with The Ghosts on many occasions and can confirm that he is a pleasure to work with, a true artist with a professional attitude, creating a top-quality product.

This is a very important and perceptive piece. Mathew Sawyer is a genius and you would do well to study his work carefully.


Some Meat

Saucy Sailor

Tim Hart, founder of the group Steeleye Span died of lung cancer on Christmas Eve aged 61.

Steeleye Span are the greatest of the 1970s groups that mix English traditional music with pop and psychedelia, lacking the self-important veneer of authenticity that can make bands like Fairport Convention so tiresome. From the pagan bubblegum of All Around My Hat to the Tudor prog of King Henry and Saucy Sailor (embedded right), they evoke the same erzatz, yet strangely convincing Medieval Otherworld as Monty Python.

Anyway, bye bye Tim.

Mist takes the morning path to wreath the willows – Rejoice, rejoice – small birds sing as the easy rising monk takes to his sandals – Christ is born of the Virgin Mary – cloistered, the Benedictine dawn threads timelessly the needle’s eye – rejoice.


In A Very Real Sense Now

In A Very Real Sense Now cover artThe cover of the album

Announcing the release of In A Very Real Sense Now, the debut album by THE EUROPEAN.

Released by Stolen Recordings Ltd on 1st March 2010, this electronic pop epic has taken five years to reach the point where it is ready to be unleashed upon a public utterly unaware that the first true posthistoric supergroup has finally arrived.

In A Very Real Sense Now rejects the staple pop subject matter of romance and facile self-actualisation in favour of themes of compromise, frustration, psychosexual angst and cultural confusion.

The album will be released in the following formats:

Three songs from the album

  • Audio file download
  • Luxury vinyl package inc. download
  • Very limited CDR edition

Purchase information will be posted to this site as soon as it is available.


Walking In The Air

We’re swimming in the frozen sky

To celebrate the season of peace on Earth and goodwill to all men, THE EUROPEAN has covered the festive classic Walking In The Air and is giving it away to you, gentle consumer, as a free mp3 download.

Winter is a dark time and this is a dark song. Every song has a personality, therefore every song must also have an unconscious. This cover attempts to embody/illuminate that strange subterranean space.

Merry Christmas everybody.