ePop007 – Insect Guide

COVER ART made by Daniela Hasse. Visit Daniela’s website http://www.danielahasse.com.
We have done an interview with Daniela, where you can read more about her and her art. You can find the illustrator interview here.

THE BOOKLET is designed by Julia Pax and put together in InDesign by Andrej Dolinka. View the booklet.
PROBLEMS DOWNLOADING? If you have problems downloading the single-zip, try downloading through this link instead.


1. Bats
2. Hearts don’t Break (acoustic)
3. Nightime


The zip-link above includes the music (mp3), the cover art in large and smaller versions + the booklet with info about the band and the project.

Tracks 1 + 2 are written by Insect Guide. Track 3 is originally by BIG STAR.
All songs performed by Insect Guide. Track 2 features Graeme Naysmith (Pale Saints) on guitar.

When you have listened to this EP, please take the “BEST OF EARDRUMSPOP 2010 SURVEY”.

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Formed in Leeds in 2005 by Su Sutton (vocals) and Stan Howells (guitar), Insect Guide released debut album 6ft in Love in November 2007 to widespread acclaim.

The album was followed in January 2008 by a limited EP of remixes by Sonic Boom (Spacemen 3/Spectrum).

2008 saw the band gigging heavily from New York to Norway and supporting the likes of Ulrich Schnauss, Maps and Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Meanwhile, their cover of Dinosaur Jr’s ‘Freakscene’, originally given away free at gigs, found its way on to Radio 6’s Steve Lamacq show and into the pages of the NME.

In late 2008, Insect Guide recruited drummer Chris Cooper (Pale Saints), initially for a series of incendiary live shows (including support slots with Asobi Seksu and Spectrum).

Dark Days and Nights, recorded throughout 2009, is the new line-up’s first studio output and was released by Squirrel Records on 4th October 2010.

Described by The Guardian as the “sound of barbed wire delivered with roses”, the album is released alongside a documentary film of the same title: “a dark visual journey through the legendary venues, dark bars and dirty dance club floors of THIS CITY”.

Both 6ft in Love and Dark Days and Nights also received Japanese releases in 2010 on the influential Moorworks label.



The innovative website A NEGATIVE NARRATIVE make interviews with bands, but instead of answering with words, the artists have to take a photograph for each question.

We are collaborating with A Negative Narrative on this single-series, and they have made photo-interviews with our single-artists. Visit http://anegativenarrative.com/ and see more bands’ photographic answers to their interview questions.


We have encouraged the single-bands to make a cover version of a song they think deserve more attention.
Insect Guide have chosen to cover “Nightime”, originally performed by BIG STAR.

Listen to Nightime in its original version here:

The Covered Artist: BIG STAR

Big Star - Andy Hummel, Jody Stephens, Chris Bell, Alex Chilton
Big Star is an American rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1971 by Alex Chilton, Chris Bell, Jody Stephens and Andy Hummel. The group broke up in 1974, but reorganized with a new line-up nearly 20 years later. In its first era, the band’s musical style drew on the work of British Invasion groups including The Beatles and The Kinks, as well as The Byrds, The Beach Boys, and other U.S. acts.

To the resulting power pop, Big Star added dark, nihilistic themes, and produced a style that foreshadowed the alternative rock of the 1980s and 1990s. Before it broke up, Big Star created a “seminal body of work that never stopped inspiring succeeding generations” in the words of Rolling Stone, earning recognition decades later, according to Allmusic, as the “quintessential American power pop band” and “one of the most mythic and influential cult acts in all of rock & roll”.

Artists including R.E.M, Teenage Fanclub, The Replacements, Primal Scream, the Posies and Bill Lloyd and the dB’s cite Big Star as an inspiration, and the band’s influence on Game Theory, Matthew Sweet and Velvet Crush is also acknowledged.

In 1993, Chilton and Stephens reformed Big Star with recruits Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow of The Posies. The band remained active, performing tours in Europe and Japan, and released a new studio album, In Space, in 2005. Chilton died on March 17, 2010, after being admitted to hospital with heart problems. Hummel, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2008, died on July 19, 2010.
(Source: wikipedia)