This album goes hand in hand with My Baby Loves Pop Music.
After MBLPM I decided I wanted to do a proper studio album with the band so we decamped to Andy Fonda's Off the Rails studio and started recording Sand Box. I wanted an album that reflected our love of harmonies and pop music. I'd been reading Revolution in the Head and Leo and I have always been massive fans of both the Beatles and Beach Boys. We tried mixing together acoustic and heavier guitar. Me and Leo wrote a couple of songs together for this album. One of the best Honey Money is only available on the Summer Blonde 7", so you have to get that if you want it! I'd been experimenting a lot with using sevenths, fifths and major to minor chord changes. You can hear it all over this album.
Our friend Nick Henderson had joined us on bass and Andy Fonda also helped out with singing so we could get some proper four and five part harmonies going.
The album was released on Vollwert-Records Berlin and has since sold out. Pop Noise was winding down and luckily Werner at Vollwert really liked our stuff having heard of us through a good friend Arash Torabi, DJ and journalist.
I'm really proud of this album. It was our most together album to date and it hangs together really well. I've got really happy memories of getting a bus out to Tipton St John with Leo those summer nights to make something special.
Another great album - dean wareham, joanna gruesome, lonely tourist, dorotea, the chills, manhattan love suicides & spearmint are all highlights but the whole lot is pretty darn great really martin kiosk