I think I consider it my biggest musical regret. It all clicked only a mere few days before Tubelord announced that their final show would be Pink Mist's New Years' Eve house party at London's Old Blue Last last December. The genius of Tubelord became blindingly apparent to me, as it had been to many of my friends for years and years; all the intricacy of every math rock band you've ever loved, but turbo charged through the shrewd use of heaviness, utilised just sparingly enough, like so much of Biffy Clyro's early material.

I was at the final show, and it was majestic, but it was the only time I saw Tubelord play, and all the memories that have been shared with me by friends and bands involved in the same scene, including those in this article, make me realise how much I missed out on. My one Tubelord memory is built to last though, and it'll stay with me for a long time.

If just under a year wasn't long enough to heal all your Tubelord-mourning wounds, the band's label Big Scary Monsters are today opening them up again (or helping to soothe, whichever way you look at it) by releasing a brand new 'lord LP.

It's called Pop Songs For Rock Kids. It's made up of the band's first two singles, 'Feed Me A Box Of Words' and 'I Am Azerrad', and their respective b-sides, which both sold out immediately when originally put on sale in 2008. And it's the perfect refresher; a nostalgia-triggering bundle of, uh, pop songs for rock kids. Or, it's the ideal introduction to one of the most undervalued bands of recent times. Of course, it works perfectly under both guises.

Including alternate versions of songs that made it onto the band's debut full-length Our First American Friends, and some that didn't, Pop Songs... is Tubelord at their angriest and most visceral. Jo Prendergast's piercing vocals spit out his darkest ("throw your conversation in the Nile"), most scathing ("go wash your hands in a sink filled with glass and feel the cuts laugh") and also most simplistic ("we'll go everywhere you can see from my house") lyricism, brilliantly setting these songs in worlds of romance, violence and ambiguity that they don't necessarily belong in.

The songs that ended up on Our First American Friends, 'Night Of The Pencils', 'I Am Azerrad', 'Stacey's Left Arm' and 'Synthesize' are shown here in earlier forms, and a listen takes them out of the familiar homes they've built for themselves in the full-length. New elements and components of the tracks show themselves when presented here at a different stage of their development.

As well as the new LP, Big Scary Monsters have dug out some Tubelord rarities, and have repressed two classic Tubelord shirts. We also asked some of Tubelord's friends and tourmates to share memories of the band. Check out those below (click the 'story' button), and Pop Songs For Rock Kids is on sale from the BSM online store right now.

RIP Tubelord, this New Years Eve won't be the same. All are welcome to come and listen to Night Of The Pencils with me in the dark.

You can purchase the album over at BSM's website. You can also stream it over at Bandcamp (or on this article by hitting the 'stream' button above).

First Tubelord show?

Our first Tubelord show was actually our first show as a band. It was at the Woodlane student bar in Falmouth on the 30th May 2008. A friend had booked the show and needed an opening act and we got the slot. We'd never heard of Tubelord and to be honest we weren't that impressed by them but Joe liked us for some reason and invited us up to play with them in London a few months later. After that we all became BFFs, fell in love with their zaney songs and they took us everywhere with them, like an annoying kid brother. Jamie Bush, Tall Ships

I don't remember when, it was pre-Shaun, maybe at The Flapper (Birmingham), or somewhere tiny in London. And we were stunned because each of their songs had like, a whole album's worth of choruses. Alexei Berrow, Johnny Foreigner

Colour and Tubelord met at Kingston College so I saw them very early on at an end of year show. Alan Welsh, Tangled Hair (formerly of Colour)

I think we played with them at some awful Oxjam thing in West Brom or Wolverhampton or something. I just remember it being a late night. Sam Manville, FTSE (formerly of Blakfish)

Favourite song?

Probably either Azerrad or Pencils. Pencils at a push. JB

Cartwheels in Delaware? My First Castle? Somewhere Out There...? Propeller? 4t3? Jebus there are totally not enough bands in my life right now that stump me for an answer to this question.. AB

I love every one. Except Night Of The Pencils. AW

Dun Dun Dun, Scissor, Rocks and Tonne. SM

Favourite lyric?

Any of the ones about wizards in space. JB

Babbabbaddabaddababbabbadda AB

"I jumped out of a plane to clear my mind and regain a place to store anger for when you left me father. In freefall we discussed thoughts unexposed to others.Thank you for your time, Dad. Mind mazed now we are stronger." AW

"I wore 3D glasses, it was clear to see, when I took them off I preferred life in 2D." SM

Were you at the last show/when was the last time you saw the band?

We opened their last show as a four piece under the guise "Wife Tactics", our soft rocking alter egos. Accompanied by one mister Tobias Hayes on guitar and we were a drunken shambles. But as that's how Tubelord have always known us and it seemed appropriate.

It was an emotional evening. Seeing them play for the last time was sad. That is if it really was their last ever show, we're all quietly confident for a 2016, ten year anniversary, reunion tour. JB

No, I've always hated funerals, and Tubelord were one of the most life-affirming bands I've had the pleasure of knowing. The last show I saw was at the Fighting Cocks (Kingston-upon-Thames) and Joe's voice had dropped an octave and they were tired and burnt out and was still incredible. A testament to those perfect perfect songs. AB

Yes. It was spectacular. AW

Lasting memory of the band?

The endless revolving door of bass players! JB

Seeing them go from 5 people knowing the words to a full room singing along was a goosebump raising journey of righteousness. They built their own sonic world, and it was rad. Le sigh. AB

Touring with Jo, Dave, Jamie and Tom, doing the plank for four minutes before every show. AW

Good band, even better guys. Jo is a genius and Dave is a logistical monster. END. SM

I have three standout memories of Tubelord. First one is a gig in Leicester where Jo wore his horse mask throughout and then pushed into the crowd to shout 'three... Is the magic number' over and over and it was like, a whole load of YES. Similar YES thoughts were encountered during memory number two, which was at Off The Cuff, watching a full crowd sing Night Of The Pencils at the band. Goooose buuuumps. Lastly, a non-musical anecdote: them sellotaping my video collection (yeah I have one of those) to the ceiling of my front room when they crashed at my house, probably rendering me deposit-less. I forgive them, because their music is good and has been my life soundtrack for a good long while. Hell, they could have stuck my cd collection up there too. To summarise... Tubelord. They were pretty good. Kelly Southern, Johnny Foreigner