We are delighted to announce the remarkable debut of Novelty Island‘s latest album, Wallsend Weekend Television, at #97 on the North American College and Community (NACC) chart. The NACC chart, updated weekly, compiles the most-played albums on college and non-commercial radio stations across North America. Surpassing records by The Minks, Catt, and Packs, Wallsend Weekend Television highlights Novelty Island’s growing popularity.
Praised by critics, Spill Magazine lauded the album as “strong, demanding to be heard in its entirety.” Additionally, Arctic Reviews commented, “Novelty Island once more proves to be a magical destination worth catching a ferry to.”
Conceived by Liverpool-based songwriter and producer Tom McConnell, Novelty Island is a unique project. Stemming from McConnell’s studies at Abbey Road Institute, the band made its debut on London’s live music scene in 2020. They released the Welcome To Novelty Island… and Suddenly On Sea EPs, which were inspired by classic pop, woozy electronica, and northern wordplay. Subsequently, McConnell returned to Liverpool and created the debut album, How Are You Coping With This Century?. The album garnered five-star reviews and was supported by BBC 6 Music, Amazing Radio, and more.
Wallsend Weekend Television, the second Novelty Island album, was recorded at Abbey Road Studios, Damon Albarn’s Studio 13, and Abbey Road Institute. It is now available via Nine X Nine Records (UK/EU) and Think Like A Key (USA/World).
Emerging from lockdown, Novelty Island has since supported The Pale White on their UK tour and completed a headline UK run. They have also been invited to perform at the renowned Glastonbury Festival. As the band’s momentum builds, we eagerly await the next chapter in Novelty Island’s surreal-pop odyssey.
Don’t miss out on the captivating experience of Wallsend Weekend Television. Listen to the album and stay up to date with Novelty Island’s latest news and tour dates by following their social media channels and website.