Raise The Stakes

by Trademark

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The Word April 2007

I'm not entirely sure why it is, but I tend to like bands who clearly couldn't exist without the Pet Shop Boys (Junior Boys, Lorraine, um, Trademark) without actually being that keen on the originals. This undoubtedly highlights some yawning great flaw in my personality, but Raise the Stakes isn't going to be the record to end it. For a start there are the songs, Toe The Line and Come To Love are great, but Stuck In A Rut sounds like it's been recorded straight from a mangled Boots C60 they found in the back of their mum's Austin Maxi. And they're so deadpan I fear for the health of their kitchen implements. How Times Change appears to have been put together on a home computer of the Sinclair stripe. It's a minute long. Self Pity lasts 90 seconds. Hello, are you my new favorite band?

Rob Fitzpatrick

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released April 23, 2007

Raising The Stakes
Trumpet - Owyn Stephens
Cornet - Mike Lovatt
Tenor Horn - Susie Emmett

Come To Love
Backing Vocals - Chris Ward

Over Again
Additional drums - Dan Winterburn

Self Pity
Harmonium - Ash Verjee

Stuck In A Rut
Choir - Rachel Cartwright, Rachel Pearmain, Lucy Evans

Three Strikes
Drums - Dan Winterburn
Harmonium - Ash Verjee
Choir - Helen Finnimore, Kitty Winter, Emma
Brutton, Ben Rowe, Trademark
Trumpet and Cornet - Joe Bennett
Tenor Horn - Susie Emmett

Strings on The Circle I'm In, Three Strikes and
More Than I Deserve:
Violin - Francesca Simmons, William Pearce-Smith,
Honor Watson, Noura Sanatian, Tina Vinson
Viola - Andy Thorn, Linda Kidwell
Cello - Jo Keithley, Nina-Marie Plapp

Choir on More Than I Deserve:
Emma June Baker, Mike Bartlett, Robin Bennett, Crinan Campbell, Jef Clayton, David G Cox, Steve Dawson, Jonathan Donahoe, Kirsten Etheridge, Jill Faure, Sarah Jinks, Chad Mason, Jenny Newman, Kat Nugent, Cat Oddie, P-C Rae, Ash Verjee, James Weiner, Richard Whitelock and Trademark.

Pipe Organ on Three Strikes and More Than I Deserve:
Recorded at St. Helen's Church, Benson, Oxfordshire.

String Arrangement on Three Strikes: Trademark

String Arrangements on The Circle I'm In and More Than I Deserve: Ben Rowe

Lap Steel guitar on More Than I Deserve: David G Cox.

All tracks written and produced by Trademark, except
Over Again produced by Trademark and Jef Clayton

Photography: Richard Whitelock (brfuk.com)
Graphic Design: James Weiner

Many thanks to the following people: P-C Rae, Nicky Prangle, James Weiner, Hannah Wright, Paul Bonham, Robin Bennett, Steve Dawson, Revd. Andrew Hawken, Jeremy Boughton, Alex, Jules, Binster, Jody, Piney Gir, A Scholar and A Physician, nervous_testpilot, Gappy Tooth, Russell & Helen, Pauline, David Beevers, Val, Frankie D, Colin Weston, all our family and friends, and especially anyone who we've missed off this list.

Trademark are: Oliver Horton, Stuart Meads and Paul Soulsby

Recorded at Eagle Road, Greystoke, Truck and Trademark studios.

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Trademark London, UK

1988 Cousins Stuart Meads & Oliver Horton form band
1999 Paul Soulsby joins. ‘Audiologue’
2000 First gig as 3-piece
2002 Gigging/recording
2003 ‘Fear:Disconnection’
2004 First album on Truck Records ‘Want More’. Human League tour
2005/6 Gigging/recording
2007 ‘Raise The Stakes’
2009 ‘At Loch Shiel’ EP
2012 Recording in Wales
2014 Artwork & mastering ‘Trademark.’
2017-19 Remaster ‘Audiologue’
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