Monday, 22 May 2017

MILLIONS. 'Early debut E.P track release'.

MILLIONS shine out from the crowd, more melodic than the garage punks, more psychedelic than the Hoxton hipsters, more vital than the shoe gazing throng; Millions paid their gigging dues on the sweltering Australian circuit and have sprung onto the UK scene as fresh, tight and compelling newcomers.

       Formed in Brisbane, Australia, the four-piece are a unique garage pop rock outfit that specialize on strong song-writing as well as charismatic performances; two of the group are siblings of South London's finest Glenn Tilbrook, singer/song writer of Squeeze.

      MILLIONS make their U.K debut on Well Suspect Records with a limited edition, seven inch vinyl, four track E.P. called 'Let It Go', scheduled for release on June 9th 2017. An early 'preview' track has been released a month early as a taster, presumably to booster a run of shows and festival appearances leading up to the vinyl release (details here). The track in question is as smouldering, electric piano driven, mini-masterpiece entitled BABY BOY, which features band drummer Louis Tilbrook on the keyboards, and Ted Tilbrook (normally group lead guitarist) behind the kit. The Vocals, which are reminiscent of early T-Rex period Bolan, are handled by Dom Haddad. On bass guitar is Campbell Roberts.

Available now digitally from Well Suspect Records, Baby Boy is an impressive and ambitious debut from a band obviously on route to the big league.


Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Northern Exposure. 'The next biggest things on the indie rock scene'.

Northern Exposure is the Sheffield based music promotion team whose drive, dedication and unrivaled passion, have helped to create a fresh and dynamic voice on the current rock scene.
This is their compilation album and it is awesome.

Showcasing a selected a range of some the best signed and unsigned bands from up and down the UK, featuring The Slow Readers Club, Cabbage, White Room 9fresh from their tour with Paul Weller), Sisteray, Veludo Planes, Hollow Nothing, The Velcro Teddy Bears, SAP, Little Liam, Vida, Paul Fletcher & The Dukes, Paisley Sundae, The Rising, Stray Scene, The Gallerys, John McCullagh, Liberty Ship and Scarlet.

Iconic sleeve designer Brian Cannon, (Oasis and Verve album covers) has designed the album cover; all in all it's a strong selection and very representative of the best of the new profile indie rock groups as well as those most likely to be the next big thing. 

Released on the Well Suspect Records label; The Northern Exposure compilation is out now on CD and digital.

Track listing:

1.   WHITE ROOM I THINK TOO MUCH
2.   SISTERAY GENTRIFICATION
3.   THE SLOW READERS CLUB I SAW A GHOST
4.   THE VELCRO TEDDY BEARS SOMEBODY
5.   LITTLE LIAM NEED YOU TONIGHT
6.   VELUDO PLANES LUNA
7.   JOHN MCCULLAGH NEW YORK CITY
8.   CABBAGE ITS GRIM UP NORTH KOREA
9.   SCARLET HEAVY EXCHANGE
10. STRAY SCENE THE DAY THE CLOWN CRIED
11. HOLLOW NOTHING GAME OF LOVE
12. PAUL FLETCHER &THE DUKES 22.02
13. LIBERTY SHIP WHAT POINT
14. THE GALLERYS IMPERFECT IMPERFECTION
15. THE RISING I WANT YOU
16. PAISLEY SUNDAE HAD SOMEONE
17. SAP FEEL IT
18. VIDA GOING AROUND

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Fay Hallam - House Of Now

Queen of the Vidal bob hair-do, Fay Hallam paid her rock dues fronting bands like The Prime Movers, Phaze, The Fay Hallam Trinity and Makin' Time (with a pre- Charlatans Martin Blunt). She has worked with Billy Childish, Graham Day, Alan Crockford and The Bongolian, and has toured the UK and Europe extensively.

2016 finds Fay having recorded possibly her strongest album to date; produced by Paul Weller collaborator Andy Lewis, House Of Now is a collection of progressive torch songs and filmic funk, ambitious and groovy; her rhythm & blues inspiration still very apparent but fused with a theatre-land soul reminiscent of musical freak-fests like Godspell, Superstar or Hair. 

All songs are written by Fay except for His Name Is King, a big band gospel arrangement by Luis Bacalov, rediscovered by Quentin Tarantino for his spaghetti film soundtrack, Django Unchained.

Curious and conceptual, House Of Now is a timely fusion of Fay Hallam's music and Musical influences.

Available from Well Suspect Records.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

SWEET & SOUR PSYCH. A Saucy Blend Of Contemporary Psychedelia.

This compilation features some of the best artist on the current psychedelic scene, and as the title suggests it's a broad kaleidoscopic church.

Kicking off with a garage psych cover version of a Girls Aloud track by South London's Dave's Doors Of Perception (see video), this is a trip that's varied, enthralling and potent.
      Girl groups of a less footballer-predatory nature also feature; Abject are a young garage-punk girl trio; Novella (except for the drummer) are a more melodic girl band, also from London, and Nottingham based group, The Soundcarriers, include an intoxicating female vocal texture.
A more typically sixties sound is provided by Miracle Glass Company, Chariots, and young guns on the scene, The Chessmen. Heavier tracks are care of The Oscillation and Psyence. Arguably the 'sweetest' number comes from Joel Gion, best known as a member of Brian Jonestown Massacre; and Fi-lo Beddow (Mark Morriss of The Bluetones under a pseudonym). The 'sourest', definitely the scariest, from Rex Speedway & The Fortune Tellers.

Available on the Well Suspect record label, on CD and vinyl, the artwork is amazing. The front sleeve is by an artist named Graham (MAC) McEachran (famous skateboarder and graphics wizard for Deathbox skateboards); the original drawing from which the sleeve is comprised is being offered as a competition prize in an issue of Shindig Magazine. The back of the sleeve looks like a menu of a Chinese resturant, it reads in English and Chinese, here's a sample:

 'Spacial Menu: 特別設置菜單:
Garage Punk Appetisers: fast and furious over-driven delights.
車庫朋克開胃菜,速度與激情過驅動美食。
Wigged-out instrumentals:gland-expanding vocal-free treats.
呵斥出的樂器,腺體擴大免費聲樂對待。
Sixties spice: moreish modernist flavours.
六十年代香料,現代主義的味道淡淡的。'

This is one of the most interesting psychedelic collections around at the moment, Joel Gion's flute-tastic latin-psych-nik number, at odds with the furious garage punk of Abject or metal of Psycence, is counterbalenced by the atmospheric pop of Novella and The Soundcarriers; although audacious and ambitious, the balance of styles is perfect.

Track listing:
1.Dave's Doors Of Perception – Sound Of The Underground.
2.Novella - Land Gone. 
3.Miracle Glass Company - Higher Than High.
4.Abjects - Double Bind.
5.The Soundcarriers - Boiling Point. 
6. Joel Gion - Divide.
7. The Oscillation - Braindrainer.
8.The ChessmenGonzo. 
9. Psyence – Zebra.
10. Fi-Lo Beddow - Mother Moon. 
11.Chariots - God Only Knows.
12.The Myriad Synonym - Psilocybin Express.
13.Rex Speedway and Thee Fortune Tellers - I'm Gonna Make A Monkey Brain Fondue Outta You.
 

Friday, 1 July 2016

DIRTY MOD. Selected Finds For Filthy Minds.

'Sure, mod is about clean living under difficult circumstances, okay, I hear you, but sometimes you can put too much starch in your collar. From the very origins of the modernist scene, faces got down and dirty; box-suited and aloof in smoky Soho joints; ruining their chukkas in rhythm & blues crowd frenzies; dance-floors heaving with a heavy fug of hormones and hair lacquer; the blur of adrenalin and perspiration; blocked and bloodied as all-nighters spilt into weekends, sand in the hair and blisters in boots. Beatles or The Stones? I'll take the latter, the swivel-hip sex appeal that made bad girls screech, maddened and moist, torn hair in tufts, fitful nights of turning and tossing, crying themselves to sleep with guilty, filthy thoughts. The history of mod is sweat soaked and ear-splitting, limbs and microphones flaying; the loudest bands, the proudest; high-rise volume, distorted, disjointed, under the influence, pounding twelve bar, gritty rock and roll soul music that has influenced the groups on this compilation album; turn it up, jump, hump, shout and get busy ... to Dirty Mod!' (Searle, Dirty Mod, (2016)).

Featuring, the Uks finest garage rock bands, The Fallen Leaves, Dave's Doors Of Perception, and Eight Rounds Rapid. Parisian minxes, The Buns. Swivel hip rockers, Maker, and and The Sons Of Mod. Grunge Blues hipsters, The Monkey Gland Blues Band, The Beatniks, King Mojo and The Get-Go, enthusiastic youthful soul from Samuel Rogers and his band, plus another great cover version from The Third Degree, (the band that had that hit with Duffy's Mercy); Dirty Mod has little to do with the self-conscious preening of the generic spat of 'mod bands,' concentrating instead on the hard-grafting, gritty R&B outfits that splintered the boards of the original mildew stained nightclubs and jazz-bars of a scene first inventing itself in passion and sweat . This is a great compilation album.
Track listing:
1.The Samuel Rogers Band – Liven Up.
2.The Monkey Gland Blues Band – Shake It Down.
3.The Third Degree – Toxic.
4.The Buns – Thrill Me Up.
5.THE FALLEn leaVES – Did You See Her.
6.Eight Rounds Rapid – Bully Boy.
7.The Get-Go – Rockin' Girl.
8.Maker – Move Your Feet.
9.The Beatniks – CC (Love Surprise).
10.The Sons Of MOD – This Is Sound.
11.The Outcrowd – Booze Monkey.
12.Dave's Doors Of Perception – Sex & Drugs & Armed Revolution.
13. King Mojo – Ejector Seat.

Play Loud!