Chips for the Poor alongside SNRRM and VARM, who are Supreme Vagabond Craftsman and John Jasnoch, have released a limited edition split LP, Eccentric Women in Oswestry/The Handshake Exchange, and spoke to The Fountain about their release.

TF: A new LP, how exciting, what can we expect from that?

CFTP: The soundtrack to your summer, autumn and winter but mainly it’s suggested that folk just keep upping the vols on Strictly if they can’t hack it.

TF: And what inspired you to title this Eccentric Women in Oswestry / The Handshake Exchange?

Supreme Vagabond Craftsman: Eccentric Women in Oswestry came about when I saw two middle aged women step out of a four wheel drive vehicle in matching jogging suits and with matching hair in the car park of an inexpensive US style diner in Oswestry.

CFTP: The Handshake Exchange is my flip on the LP and is basically a nod to how I do business.

TF: And are you promoting this with a tour, can we expect you in Scotland anytime soon?

CFTP: You might get me doing a Chips karaoke set in some dusty corners as and when. If Scotland wants it then I’ll come up blasting the tank in my Fabia. Good mileage for all. Be nice to pop in Jenners and see where the grandparents used to work.

John Jasnoch: As for playing in Scotland, I would love to (I can’t speak for the other half of the duo). Is the 13th Note in Glasgow still going?

TF: And you have not only recorded this music for this but also produced the artwork?

CFTP: We’re big fans of found photographs so banged some chaps birthday party on the LP insert. The sleeve is rubber hand-stamped with a tennis player, golfer and lighthouse. SVC found them stamps in his local charity shop. Proper ’90s DIY vibe that we just can’t shake.

TF: What has been your favourite gig to date, do you have one?

John Jasnoch: Will (Supreme Vagabond Craftsman) and I recently played a gig in Sheffield where we both utilised mandolins and LPs of train sounds played on (reasonably) portable record players. It was in the spirit of our side of the LP (Eccentric Women in Oswestry) but sounded very different. I found it a very enjoyable experience. 

CFTP: My fave gig has to be playing the Chic-a-Go-Go television dance show many moons ago. It was our Top of the Pops moment. I’d be up for a rewind.

The LP can be bought physically and digitally from Invisible Spies Records.