A decade on from the album’s initial release, Oxygen Thief frontman Barry Dolan has unearthed the instrumental recordings of each track and will be making them available on streaming services and on a pay-what-you-want basis via Bandcamp this December.
After years of touring and recording his own brand of acoustic riffery as a solo effort, Oxygen Thief turned full band in 2013 and teamed up with Xtra Mile Recordings to release a re-worked mini album, ‘Accidents Do Not Happen, They Are Caused’.
As the record’s 10th anniversary approached, Barry stumbled across a folder of instrumentals and decided releasing them would be an interesting way to mark the occasion. He explains:
“A few years ago a friend working at an advert agency let me poke around in the massive database of instrumental versions that they had access to for their work. It was amazing to hear songs I know and love without vocals, which made me hear the performances in a new light.
Having made instrumental versions of our own songs in the hope that they might get used to soundtrack a dramatic moment in an episode of Eastenders, or in a particularly gnarly toothpaste advert, I’ve always thought it’s a shame bands don’t make these versions more widely available. So, for the 10th anniversary of my first full-band release, we’re doing just that.”
Giving a new perspective to the album’s original songs, ‘Instrumentals Do Not Happen, They Are Caused’ strips back the vocals to draw focus to the musicianship and features subtly altered titles for each track. Find the full tracklist below.
‘INSTRUMENTALS DO NOT HAPPEN, THEY ARE CAUSED’ TRACKLIST
1. There Can Be Instrumental One
2. Instrumental Is Dead
3. Terry Instrumental Salute
4. Nestle & Instrumental
5. Instrumental Shy
6. Disaster Instrumental
7. Instrumental On Walls
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Hailing from Bristol, Barry Dolan has been a prominent figure on the UK music scene since emerging with his Oxygen Thief project in 2006. Over the years he has supported the likes of Frank Turner, Mongol Horde, InMe, Johnny Foreigner, Chris T-T and more, and has established a solid fanbase of his own.
A talented songwriter and performer, Dolan has been championed by the likes of BBC Introducing and BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson. He signed with the Xtra Mile Recordings label in 2012 for Oxygen Thief’s first mini album ‘Accidents Do Not Happen, They Are Caused’ launching a career that would see the band play festivals such as 2000Trees, Download and T In The Park. He has since released a string of EPs and albums on the label, including solo records ‘Non Canon I’ and ‘Non Canon II’ (2020), which marked a more traditional and acoustic-based outlet for the singer.
OXYGEN THIEF 10TH ANNIVERSARY INSTRUMENTAL REISSUE OF:
‘ACCIDENTS DO NOT HAPPEN, THEY ARE CAUSED’
OUT 1 DECEMBER 2023, VIA XTRA MILE RECORDINGS
STREAM IN FULL ON ALL SERVICES HERE