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So, I guess if you're reading this right now, you're either a really good friend or you're still wondering what ever happened to that band The Autocollants. Well, believe it or not there has been a small (very small) amount of talk about a reunion performance at this year at Shelflife's September Set 2001 in California. Yes, they haven't played live since 1999, but that won't stop them! And don't worry, you'll be the first to know if it actually happens.

More big news from Laura Watling. She has two new cds coming out in the next few months. The first is a cdep on Hong Kong's Sofa Records entitled "Twenty-Five." The EP contains seven tracks recorded earlier this year, all exclusive, including a cover of Moose's "This River Will Never Run Dry." Look for it at the usual international mail orders. The second is Miss Watling's debut cd album "Early Morning Walk" coming out on Sheflife Records and it features 16 tracks recorded from 1999-2001. This is the follow up to her well-received "What's Your Favorite Color?" 7" single. There's more sugar-sweetened jangle pop (Go Sailor, The Fairways and Cat's Miaow) here, as well as a lush and fragile side, showing her shoegaze influences (Slowdive, Pale Saints and Secret Shine) with delay guitars and layers of ethereal vocals. Release date tba

And last, there is an In A Day split 7" single with Even As We Speak coming out someday on Sandcastle Records. Two great, great songs from In A Day and two wonderful Even As We Speak tracks. What else could you ask for? This is a must have. As soon as we hear about a release date, we'll let you know. Thanks for reading...

        --April 2001

Gosh, it's been a while... It seems we update this site once a year. Anyway, here goes... The big news is that Laura Watling's new 7" "What's Your Favorite Color?" is now out! It's her first offering to the Shelflife catalogue since the demise of The Autocollants. This single is chuck full of sugar-sweetened jangle pop ala Go Sailor, Cat's Miaow, and THE AUTOCOLLANTS, with super catchy riffs and luscious melodies that spin around and around in your head. "One More Way To Amuse Myself" is bound to be the top song of the summer! Don't miss it!

If that wasn't enough for you, there are three new compilation cds with some Autocollants tracks on them if you're interested. (Considering they haven't recorded anything for over a year, this is a pretty big accomplishment!) The first is the You Make Me Smile cd on Shelflife with the song "We Can't Have It All." (There's also exclusive Laura Watling and Cartwheel tracks on this same compilation.) Next is the Indie Aid Abroad: A Little Help for East Timor cd on Drive-In, with a newly mastered version the Cat's Miaow song 'Aurora' (which was originally released on the "Gas Money" cassette in 1997). And Last is the Epithalamia cd on Clairecords with the song "Send Me Back." This is a newly mixed version of the song which is to be released on the Rover 7" (hopefully still on it's way out).

Um, what else? Dwayne and Laura are still recording under both the Cartwheel and In A Day names. Hopefully some new things will be out soon. Dwayne is also now drumming for the great Shelflife band, Le Coupe. If you haven't heard them yet, do check them out. That's all for now. See you next year!

        --July 2000

The Autocollants 13 track "best of" cd compilation "Why Couldn't Things Just Stay The Same?" is now out!!! Ed has worked on this project for almost a year with Jon Chaikin (at NonStopSound studios) re-mixing, re-working and painstakingly re-mastering all of the dusty old 4 and 8 track masters. You'll hear some familiar favorites from their three 7"s (on the Drive-In, Tinseltones and Rover labels) and the limited edition "Gas Money" cassette (LIFE 003), as well as some unreleased and new recordings that the band made this past January. They swore they'd never release a cd and, well, some things just couldn't stay the same (har.. har..). Oh and while you're at it, check the releases page for some Real Audio sound samples of the new cd.

If that's not enough Autocollants excitement for you, you'll be pleased to know that their final 7" on Japan's Rover Label should be out very soon. This release highlights the last recordings the band made before Ed's departure.

Laura Watling just relocated to Northern California, but that hasn't stoped her prolific musical projects. Look for her debut 7" on Shelflife entitled "What's Your Favorite Color?" later this summer. Laura is also a member of the Casino Ashtrays (along with Raoul of Cha Cha Cha fame). They've just finished recording a cassette to be released on the Shiny Sunset label in Italy.

        --July 1999

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