Living In A Giant Candle Winking At God is the only album by the Transit Kings, a band consisting of Jimmy Cauty, Alex Paterson, Guy Pratt and Dom Beken.
Band Conception and Main Releases
The four members had already started messing around with musical ideas at the end of the 90s, but it would take them another few years until the release of the first single Boom Bang Bombay (limited to 75 copies only) as Custerd in 2003.
A follow-up album titled Ear Cake 3000 was also announced in the accompanying promo sheet but never materialized.
Two years and one name change later the five-track EP Token materialized in 2005, introducing the Transit Kings to a wider audience. In July 2006 London based record label Malicious Damage started releasing a set of three singles containing various album tracks and remixes over the course of four weeks. These were then complimented by the release of the full album in August.
Departure of Jimmy Cauty
While Jimmy was involved in the writing and production of most of the album’s tracks he eventually left the band before its release.
“I’ve known Jimmy for a long time,” says Paterson, “so I should have been ready for something like this. I actually rang Youth up the other day and said, ‘Look, what’s Jimmy’s problem?’ He just said, ‘That’s Jimmy.’ In many ways, it’s a little bit of history repeating itself.”Dom Beken & Alex Paterson, Future Music, Mar 2006
In addition to Living In A Giant Candle Winking At God Malicious Damage released Early Bath, a compilation of unreleased bonus tracks and an XFM Radio Session. With the Transit Kings story concluded, Alex Paterson and Guy Pratt then continued to work as High Frequency Bandwidth, an alias under which they produced and released more tracks in a similar style.
Tracks & Formats
|CD / 21 Aug 2006|
|1||The West End Of A Duck Going East||6:12|
|2||Stop Over (Dance With Me)||0:10|
|10||America Is Unavailable||5:21|
|12||The Last Lighthouse Keeper||6:38|