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My Swelling Heart

by Tick Tick

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    Includes bonus track recorded January 1980 and a 15 page PDF booklet of detailed notes and photographs
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      £3 GBP  or more


  • Limited Edition 3" CDR
    Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    3" limited, numbered edition of 40 hand-stamped CDRs in a case with wrap-around cover, and containing two photographs by Gavin Parry and an extract from a text by Gary Widdowfield.

    Includes unlimited streaming of My Swelling Heart via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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This is the first release in Linear Obsessional's "RetroLinear" series- bringing attention to missed opportunities and lost leads from the past.

This EP by the Teesside post punk band Tick Tick was recorded at Guardian Studios in County Durham in June 1980, "My Swelling Heart" was intended to be released as a follow up to the band's 12" EP "The Immortalisation of Tick Tick" by the expanded, more dynamic version of the band, but never got out of the can. Remastered from the original recordings "My Swelling Heart" reveals a band confidently pushing into new areas - including elements of funk, dub and world music, with startling philosophical lyrics and all underpinned by a beautifully recorded new rhythm section.


released November 6, 2013

Tick Tick
Vocals - Geoff Spence
Guitar/Clarinet – Gary Widdowfield
Guitar – Richard Sanderson
Bass - Ste Weatherall
Drums - Paul Fowler
Backing Vocals – Tick Tick and Pete Farrell

All songs composed by Tick Tick
Words-1 & 2- Widdowfield
3- Spence
4- Sanderson
Recorded at Guardian Studios, Pity Me, County Durham, June 1980
Produced by Tick Tick and Pete Farrell
Engineered by Terry Gavaghan
Remastered from original studio cassette by Richard Sanderson November 2013


"You’d be a fool not to buy or download this excellent slice of Teesside post-punk that has taken 33 years to see the light of day"
-The Smell of Water

"En Linear Obsessional, mientras tanto, lanzan una serie de entregas destinada precisamente a salvar lo que parecía que se había perdido para siempre. La serie, llamada RetroLinear, la inaugura “My swelling heart” de los ingleses Tick Tick: un impresionante EP de post-punk culto y emancipado grabado en 1980 y que, a pesar de la contundencia de sus ritmos y el nerviosismo de las guitarras, nunca había llegado a publicarse. Por fin se enmendó el error, que era feo. Ahora hay que correr a escucharlo ya. Tic, tac, Tick Tick, no perdamos más tiempo."
Gloria González - Blisstopic

Tranlation by Paco Rossique (thanks!)
"meanwhile, Linear Obsessional, is publishing a series of deliveries aimed precisely to save what seemed to have been lost forever.
The series, called RetroLinear, was inaugurated by "My Swelling Heart" by the English Tick Tick: an impressive cult and emancipated post-punk EP recorded in 1980 and, despite of the strength of its rhythms and nervous guitars, never published before. Finally that ugly error was amended. Now we have to run and listen. Tick tock, Tick Tick, not wasting time."




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