Cult band Cardiacs, who have been labelled anything from progressive punk (or “pronk”) to psychedelic pop and everything in between, have been inactive since 2008 with an indefinitely shelved album as a result of charismatic frontman Tim Smith’s heart attack/stroke at a My Bloody Valentine concert. The band’s mysterious label, the Alphabet Business Concern, has since been responsible for a number of reissues of the band’s back catalogue and for the compilation “Leader of the Starry Skies”, which featured contributions from such acts as Oceansize and Steven Wilson.
Earlier this month, the label announced the Alphabet Business Convention in Salisbury Arts Centre on May 2, to be headlined by progressive rockers Knifeworld (fronted by Cardiacs’ second guitarist Kavus Torabi) and featuring a number of former Cardiacs members and collaborators, including William D Drake and His So-Called Friends, Jo Spratley and Bic Hayes. Tickets will be £20 on the door or £15 if purchased in advance, and the money raised will go towards helping Tim through his 7 years and counting rehabilitation.
More details can be found on the official Alphabet Business Convention Facebook page. Tickets can be purchased here.
Cardiacs have also announced a limited re-issue of their Day Is Gone EP which will be released in April. The EP can be pre-ordered from the following link – https://abc-mary.myshopify.com/collections/cds/products/day-is-gone-ep-digipac. All proceeds from sales of the EP will also go towards helping Tim with his medical expenses. Any further updates about Tim and his ongoing rehab (as well as anything else Cardiacs related) will be reported here if we receive any further news.