Herald - Linear B

Herald - Linear B

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Release Date 14/06/2024
Format LP Black
Label Errol's Hot Wax
Catalogue Number EHW002

Vinyl LP limited to 300 copies with full colour insert.

Linear B is the 25-year delayed debut album from Herald, aka Lawrence Worthington (The Male Nurse, Country Teasers, Yummy Fur). 10 Neo-psychedelic alt-pop gems co-produced with Deakin (Animal Collective).

Lawrence played drums throughout the 1990’s with The Male Nurse, Country Teasers and Yummy Fur, recording several Peel sessions and touring extensively. During this period he began writing songs for a potential solo record. Adopting the name Herald, he played one show and featured on a Vesuvius Records compilation, before relocating to Baltimore MD in 2001 for love.

The move resulted in a musical hiatus as life’s focus switched to marriage and a career as a carpenter. In 2012, while helping build a recording studio, Lawrence met several people involved in the vibrant local music scene. Inspired by these new relationships and spurred on by a few close friends, he gathered the same equipment he had in the 90’s - cheap Casios and Yamahas mostly - and set it up in his basement.

Around this time Lawrence was introduced to Josh Dibb (Deakin, Animal Collective) who was back in town while the band took a break from touring. They worked together on carpentry projects, bonding over a shared love of music like The Residents, Forever Changes, Portisheads’s Third, Frank Ocean & Psychocandy. Lawrence would send Josh demos, and when one in particular caught his ear, he suggested they book a few days in a ‘legit’ studio. 

It went well, yielding the songs ‘Poster From Athena’ and ‘Soul Ronnie’. Encouraged by the outcome, it became something they did every other weekend. Lawrence wrote and performed, while Josh took on engineering and mixing duties. They co-produced the sessions and over time there was an album. The result is Linear B; a stunning debut born out of geography, circumstance and friendship, 25 years in the making.