We were formed in 2000 by Stephen Coates. We pioneered a style combining old jazz sounds and electronics we call ‘Antique Beat’ influencing the current movement of electro-swing producers. Reluctant scene-joiners, we run ANTIQUE BEAT our own arts label work with animators and film makers and are involved with various arts endeavours, films and Russian musical projects.
We have played shows all over the world -often in strange places: churches, museums, parks, galleries, on buses, in crypts...
Most bands began in the pub or at school but The Real Tuesday Weld began in a sewer, that’s right, in a sewer. If you want to find out how, listen to this:
Stephen Coates – Vocals, sampler, songs, production
Don Brosnan – Bass
Clive Painter – Guitar
Matt Snowden – Drums
Josephine Lloyd – Vocals, Violin
Jacques Van Rhijn – Clarinet
For Stephen's work as a writer, broadcaster and curator:
After a series of low key single and EP releases on British, US and Japanese independent labels our first full-length release When Cupid Meets Psyche (2001) was acclaimed as: “a warm and welcoming arty gypsy knees-up, a psychedelic bossa with the polite reeds of a ’30s dance band crushed by booming hip-hop bass…” (Q Magazine) and was an album of the week in the Sunday Times.
It contains the track ‘I Love the Rain’ (an early example of the style we call ‘Antique Beat’) that was recently given widespread US coverage as the soundtrack to an award winning Chevrolet campaign.
The follow up I Lucifer (2004) was a ‘soundtrack’ to Glen Duncan’s book of the same name (and another Times, Independent and Guardian album of the week) spawning the international award winning and much imitated track and animation ‘Bathtime in Clerkenwell’.
The US only album The Return of the Clerkenwell Kid (2005) described by New York Times as “oddball electronica-goes-Tin Pan Alley” and “a hit of aural Ecstasy with a champagne chaser” was another highly individual mix up of sounds reprising older songs to “tell the story of a love affair from before its beginning to beyond its end”.
In 2006 we composed and performed an alternative soundtrack for Hans Richter’s 1948 surrealist classic Dreams That Money Can Buy at London’s National Film Theatre. The following year we were commissioned by the British Film Institute to record the score for the release of the film on DVD followed by spectacular performances in the Turbine Hall of London’s Tate Modern and film festivals in the UK, Europe and Russia with Brazilian electronic chanteuse Cibelle.
2007 saw the release of ‘The London Book of the Dead’ another Sunday Times and The Independent album of the week containing the song “Last Words” which formed the basis of the original score to US indie hit feature Nick and Norah’s infinite Playlist.
In 2008 we premiered “Propaganda from the State of Love” a live installation commissioned by the Victoria and Albert Museum continuing an association with the British art establishment and followed by live dates across Europe and the US.
Stephen also wrote the commissioned music for the Mark Rothko room at London’s Tate Modern
2009’s Live at the End of the World was a limited-edition mini-concept live album set on the eve of the apocalypse in an imaginary London club and provided two songs for the HBO series ‘Bored to Death’.
In 2010 Stephen scored two US independent features: ‘Bomber’ and ‘Meeting Spencer’ as a development of our ongoing composition work with various film-makers. In the same year he produced the first solo album for Marcella Puppini of The Puppini Sisters
2011 saw the release of Rockstar Games blockbuster period game ‘LA Noire’ for which we were commissioned to write and produce the jazz-era styled songs sung by the main character Elsa featuring the voice of Claudia Brucken of Propaganda.
In 2011 Stephen also co-wrote and produced the Lazarus and the Plane Crash album ‘Horseplay’ with Joe Coles of The Guillotines.
The album Soundtrack for the Last Werewolf – another soundtrack for Glen Duncan’s latest novel ‘The Last Werewolf’ (Canongate / Knopf) was released in Summer 2011 and gained Independent, The Times and NPR album of the week.
The Last Werewolf is now in production as major new TV series on SKY Atlantic.
Our songs and compositions have featured in many commercials, films and TV shows including spots for Apple, Ariel, Kellogs, Chevrolet, Coca Cola, Mitsubishi, J7, Lucozade, Gerber, Prudential, Hewlett Packard, Yell, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Nip and Tuck, Shameless, Bored to Death, Weeds, the Jay Leno show, One Tree Hill.
We’ve recorded many radio sessions in the UK, the US and Europe including BBC Radio 1, 2, 3, and 4, Xfm, Jazz Fm, France Inter, Radio France, Radio Moscow, KCRW, NPR and WNYC.
We have been signed to Dreamy Records, Motorway, PIAS, Kindercore, Crammed Discs, Six Degrees and various other labels. We currently release on our own label Antique Beat and published by BMG