Interview with McCookerybook & Rotifer in Penny Black Music – Part 2
21 February 2021

“When we published the first half of our interview with McCookerybook & Rotifer, shortly before Christmas, they were setting about navigating the postal services in a race against the Brexit deadline. It was a close-run thing, and my copy of the vinyl arrived safely before Britain shut its doors on its European neighbours.

In the first part of this interview, we learned about the making of the EP and how Brexit and the hidden political narrative were advancing while we were distracted by the pandemic influenced its lyrical narrative.

This was, however, the first chance Robert Rotifer and Helen McCookerybook had to speak to one another since they’d finished recording over the summer. Although their respective homes in Barnet, North London and Canterbury, Kent wouldn’t normally be too far apart, during the pandemic, the necessary journey around the M25 wasn’t feasible. It wasn’t, therefore, a conventional interview, as they both asked each other questions, reflections on their motivations and discussed what made them want to work together.” … continued

McCookerybook & Rotifer: ‘(I Fly My) Balloon’ Video
19 January 2021

From ‘Equal Parts’, the debut 6-Track 10″ Vinyl (33⅓ rpm) EP by ‘McCookerybook & Rotifer’ available here (including and also as a digital download):

Interview with McCookerybook & Rotifer in Penny Black Music
23 December 2020

Thanks to Ben Howarth for this. Part Two coming in January!

“‘Equal Parts’ is the first collaboration between two songwriters, Helen McCookerybook and Robert Rotifer. A six track EP, it has been released digitally on 4th December, and a 10” vinyl will follow just in time for Christmas. A taster came in advance with a (socially-distanced) video for ‘No Man’s Land’, while regular BBC 6 Music listeners have been treated to multiple advance plays on the Gideon Coe show.

It’s a delightful record, combining bright power-pop melodies with folk and country influenced arrangements around two overlapping guitars, Helen’s electric guitar and Robert’s acoustic. It has something for any discerning Pennyblackmusic reader – be you a punk, a folkie or a pop-picker.” … continued

McCookerybook & Rotifer: ‘No Man’s Land’ video up and running!
18 November 2020