Friday, 9 June 2017

MILLIONS, debut vinyl, 'Let It Go' E.P.

MILLIONS make their debut vinyl release today (also available digitally); the 'Let It Go' four track E.P, on shiny black seven inch vinyl in a cool picture sleeve. It is released by the re-launched garage rock label, Well Suspect Records.
 
As well as the smouldering 'Baby Boy', released digitally as a 'teaser' to the vinyl, video here, which ends side two; the record features an impressive range of styles. The lead track, (strangely track two on the disc), is a grandiose psychedelic rock epic, video below; track 'one' is a garage rock pop number with a trumpet hook called Last Summer. Side two starts with a slower melody heavy tune called Foolish Love.

All in all, this is an audacious and, on occasion, extravagant record.
Recommended.



Monday, 5 June 2017

The Fleur De Lys Singles Box Set

The Fleur De Lys were in the thick of the swinging sixties music scene. Held in high regard by their rock star contemporaries and adoring public alike, but frustratingly fame and fortune never called. Initially formed in 1964 as a beat band, surviving through the excesses of psychedelia, before evolving into a Stax tinged soul outfit, their output was constant and outstanding. Whilst finding time to record under pseudonyms (Rupert's People, Shyster and Chocolate Frog), become the backing band for the late soul sensation Sharon Tandy, and fulfil commitments as in-house session band for the UK Atlantic label, The Fleur De Lys released seven 45s over a five year period; these singles are considered holy grails amongst record devotees. As part of the seminal Rare Mod series from Acid Jazz Records, the seven 45s are presented as one deluxe collection for Record Store Day and elsewhere soon after, I Can See The Light: The Fleur De Lys Singles Box Set. Including for the first time Wait For Me the original b-side to their debut single Moonbeams, the song that was mysteriously replaced with a Jimmy Page instrumental. Also including The Fleur's version of The Who's maximum R&B hit Circles, freakbeat classics Mud In Your Eye, I Can See A Light, Liar and Gong With The Luminous Nose, plus the soul stomper Stop Crossing The Bridge. Presented in replicated Immediate / Polydor and Atlantic Records house bags with matching labels, the box contains a fully illustrated 32 page booklet with sleeve notes from critically acclaimed author Paul ‘Smiler’ Anderson and The Fleur De Lys drummer, Keith Guster. 

Singles:

1. MOONDREAMS / WAIT FOR ME. 
2. CIRCLES / SO COME ON.
3. MUD IN YOUR EYE / I'VE BEEN TRYING.
4. I CAN SEE A LIGHT / PRODIGAL SON.
5. GONG WITH THE LUMINOUS NOSE / HAMMERHEAD.
6. STOP CROSSING THE BRIDGE / BRICK BY BRICK.
7. YOUR JUST A LIAR / ONE GIRL CITY.

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 sons 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 the band neat-nik, 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.