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Newbreed – Allah Las

Jenni and Holly had a chat with Pedrum Siadatian, the lead guitarist and vocalist with Allah Las ahead of headline show at Euro YeYe, Spain on Thursday 3 August.

1. Some of you guys met through school and working at Amoeba Records, can you tell us a bit about what brought you to start playing together and how you became The Allah-Las?

Once Spencer and I started getting acquainted at Amoeba, we shared our individual bedroom recording projects with each other and started jamming just for fun. Soon-after, we asked Matt to join us and drum because he was our friend and had similar tastes. Then they asked Miles to sing cause they knew him from high school and none of us wanted to sing.

2. Having worked in a record store prior to the band and all being big music fans, what different musical influences does each member bring to the band? Do you try to get this across in the music?

We have a lot of overlapping tastes but each of us has certain tendencies that the other doesn’t so it kind of balances out- popman, worldman, folkman, caveman.

3. Obviously California is musically one of the richest places to live with so much history and new music, how influenced are you by living there and other music coming from the area?

Bands are products of their environments just like people are, so I think whether we wanted to or not that Los Angeles was gonna come across in our music to some degree. We are really into the Byrds, Love, Seeds, Rain Parade etc.., in terms of paying homage to those influences, we did it best on our second record.

4. You’ve also had a very strong art direction with your artwork and videos, are there other influences outside of music which you draw from?

Yeah – books, movies, art, friends, and conversations. they’re all equally important.

5. Nick Waterhouse took on production duties on Worship the Sun, how did that come about? Do you have plans to work together again in the future? Or indeed are there any other people on your wish list to work with?

it came about cause he helped us with the first record and it seemed like a good move to work with him again. We also spent a lot of time with Dan Horne in the studio doing overdubs and mixing. I’m into the idea of recording ourselves for the next one!

6. Following on from Worship the Sun, Calico Review takes things a bit further and a slightly darker turn. Can you tell us a bit about the writing of the album and recording process for it?

We were just writing songs separately, a continuation of the process that had started with Worship the Sun. When it came time to start working on Calico everyone started showing the rest of the band the songs they had written and we learned em, demoed em, then recorded em proper off-and-on over the course of a year.

7. Your weekly installment of Reverberation Radio has become a bit of an institution for fans, how did that come about?

Miles had a graveyard shift time slot at KXLU every Wednesday from 2-6am and we would all go down to the station, bring records, and hang out. We got kicked off the air for playing too much old stuff, and with the help of our friend Robbie, we turned it into a weekly podcast that’s been going on for about 5 years. The four of us in the band take turns contributing, as well as six of our friends and the occasional guest.

8. What is the 60s underground scene like in LA? Is this something you are involved in as a band?

There is a small one but I don’t feel like that’s our vibe. We never wanted to be a full on 60’s homage group, even though the video for Tell Me contributed to that.

9. It feels like you’ve been touring pretty much nonstop over the past year. You’ve toured extensively across America, Europe and Australia since the release of Calico Review – what have some of the highlights been?

Some of the best shows have been the shows where we didn’t know we had an audience and loads of people came, like Cape Town, Tel Aviv, Budapest, Moscow, Bali.

10. Are you looking forward to playing at Euro Yeye? What can we expect from the set? When you record, are you always thinking about how it will sound live?

Yes, we’re gonna try to do some stuff we’ve never done live. No, that comes after it’s done!

11. As you’ve been spending a lot of time touring, has this given you much time to check out some new (old) music? What’s been your soundtrack on the tour bus over the last few months?

I’ve been listening to my friend Maston’s record that’s gonna be coming out this fall, it’s really great instrumental/soundtrack music. Also, Chris Lucey, the Only Ones, and VU always.

12. Calico Review came out last year, what are your plans for the rest of 2017? Focussing on touring or will you be heading back into the studio?

Yeah we have a short west coast tour in September but otherwise, we’re gonna start working on the next record this winter!

Band Members: Matthew Correia, Spencer Dunham, Miles Michaud, Pedrum Siadatian

Discography:
Albums

Allah-Las (2012)
Worship The Sun (2014)
Calico Review (2016)
Singles
“Catamaran”/”Long Journey” – Pres, 2011
“Tell Me (What’s On Your Mind)”/”Sacred Sands” – Innovative Leisure, 2012
“Don’t You Forget It” – Record Store Day split w/Nick Waterhouse, 2012
“Had It All”/”Every Girl” – Innovative Leisure, 2013
“501-415″/”No Werewolf” – Innovative Leisure, 2014
“Famous Phone Figure” – Mexican Summer, 2016
“Could Be You” – Mexican Summer, 2016

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Newbreed – Las Munjitas del Fuzz

1. How long have you been active for and how did you get together?

We started together as Doctor Explosion in the springtime of 1989. We were the first original line up under this name and we did hundreds of shows and five albums plus some singles and eps till 2001 when the original line up splits up, although i decide to keep going with different members as Dr Explosion after that date till nowadays. In 1993 after reading an article about obscure Spanish bands in the 60s, i discovered about Las Monjitas del Jeep, a group of real nuns who consider themselves as “ye yes”, “we are YE YEs but of the type that don’t get in troubles”. They were living in a convent and done their shopping in a Jeep. Fascinated by the idea of this group of religious devoted nuns who had such a cool gear (seen in pics such as Gibson 335, Grestch guitar, etc).

It was after that that I proposed to Felix and Varo to start a parallel band under the name of Las Monjitas del Surf to play spontaneously at our local temple, the music bar La Foli, a year after in 1994 we rescued the idea to play with another guitarist (Marcos Montoto, who we did at least two shows with) under the name of Las Monjitas del Fuzz. After that we did a tour in Spain with Lightning Beat Man in 1996 as his backing band.

We were very busy as Dr Explosion that time during the 90s so we used las Monjitas to do punctual shows randomly. After that, in 2001 with the new members of Dr Explosion we played at the Wild Weekend in Benidorm under the name of Las Munjitas. I think it was a mistake by Josh Collins to change the name of the band, the O for the U, but maybe not and it was only genius from Josh!! Bravo!! so when Varo last year (2016) proposed we get back together with Felix (the original line up of dr explosion) under las Monjitas del fuzz name I rescued the U in MUNJITAS from Josh’s idea, cause it sounds like MOON-hittas, in English and esthetically the name looks better with the same U as FUZZ.

As Las Munjitas del Fuzz we have been active since Varo called me in April of 2016.

2. What influences do the band members have in common?

We have lots of music influences in common, all the fuzzy mid 60s garage, and late 60s acid Pysch garage with raw strident guitar tones, but also all British 60s bands, 50s Rhythm and Blues, good Rock and Roll, Soul music and jazz and obviously much more. We know that Las Munjitas del fuzz land is the territory for the most extreme fuzzy and pysch garage sounds with creepy Spanish lyrics from the vision of a tormented nun who lives in these crazy modern times

3. Are there any other bands you’d recommend from your area? Why?

Around Gijon, Bobkat 65 cause although they are still in the process of learning to find their own way and self-confidence there is a real truth and love in what they do that you can feel in the spirit of their songs that makes them more real and special than other “professional” musicians. Check them out, they have a new album on Get Hip Records! I also spend part of my time in Austin, Texas that I consider also my area so, there I could mention hundreds of examples of good music like The Black Angels, Amplified Heat, Mike Flannigin (best hammond organ combo in town) Sweet Spirit, The Ripe, The Uglybeats, The Bellfuries, A Giant Dog, Sweet Spirit,The Thunderchiefs and many more.

4. What’s the 60’s/underground scene like where you’re from?

Here in Gijon it is quite boring I might say, lots of no talented and pedant shit over polished and enhanced by music business media, some indie rock song writers with pretentious political intentions but nothing really exciting except some real talented people like Fee Reega, Captains and a few others like Bobkat 65, Las Potras and Peralta.

In Austin is an amazing community of talented musicians with hundreds of good bands around.

5. How would you describe the style you play?

Fuzzy Psych Garage Punk

6. What are your live shows like?

Mystic Ecstasy, Out of Control, Tremors and Levitation, Religious Fervor and Mass Mess

7. What are your main influences in music? Who do/would you play covers by? And who do you despise?

My influences in Music are very wide, as somebody said once, I like all the good music and a bit of the bad stuff. Las Munjitas only play covers for now but I write my own lyrics in Spanish that gives the songs a new vision. We have the intention of writing our own material for the next records. it is very interesting and fun to see from a language point of view how changing that affects the final result. Even though I respect all the accents of the melody by just changing the meaning of the lyrics and the sounds of the words you can export a song to a new dimension, where that recording means something totally different to a new group of people. I love playing with that, it’s a in joke for us to transform the songs we have always loved into something really stupid to laugh about, we don’t respect anything.

8. What are your main influences outside of music?

God

9. Who writes your songs and what subjects do you deal with?

I write the lyrics. As I said above we play covers, golden Garage hits from the mid-60s, that we used to play in our setlist in the 90s, plus some other new. When Varo asked me to get the band back together again I thought it was a good idea to do it under the name of Las Munjitas. It made no sense to play those songs again with their original lyrics, so as long as we were now Las Munjitas del Fuzz and not Dr Explosion I started to write new lyrics with the vision of a real catholic nun.

Catholicism has been a huge part of our education since we are all coming from deep Catholic families, Varo and I were both in Catholic schools. So, in most of the lyrics I want to sound like a real nun with an ancient conservative traditional mindset trying to understand and describe today’s World. Trying to understand today’s young people and the music scene, and at the same time trying to be part of it, but with her own spirit. Like a Christian rock band but with Garage Punk tunes, sometimes I go a bit wild with the lyrics like “Let’s go in 69” where i describe the sexual act of a 69 between two nuns. but aren’t we all sinners? “And you know that temptation and the devil is always there. And well, the attitude of the lyrics is surprising, like…”Oh my god!! it is a 69!!” Although there are also explicit descriptions of oral sex. it is real as life itself where tragedy and comedy walk together hand in hand.”

10. What’s your favorite song in your repertoire currently? What’s your favorite song by another artist?

I like a lot “Satan sal de mi” which is our first single and the new video we’ll put on youtube soon. A song by another artist it could mention hundreds but I am gonna say “I am a lover not a fighter” by Lazy Lester because I met him last Saturday after his show and had a beer with him, and because I love that single!

11. How would you describe the current underground scene? Do you participate?

I think the underground scene is in a very interesting, there is a lot of cool bands all around the World, and more important, there is a new generation of fans interested in today’s scene with festivals like Levitation in Austin, Liverpool and Angers. I participate as much as I can, producing and recording bands. I have been working with Boogarins, Golden Animals, Dallas Acid, Amplified Heat, The Ripe and Sean Lennon.

12. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

Not being arrested by the border patrol when we were shooting our videoclip of “Satan sal de mi” near the Mexican border dressing like nuns. the officer asked us: “Are you guys roman Catholics?”

13. How often do you Rehearse? Play Live? Record? Anything interesting coming up?

Well, Varo lives in Valencia (800 km away) so every time he comes over to Gijon we try to do as much practice and recording as we can. Actually the records we have been putting out are first takes of the first rehearsal we did after 16 years. A large part of our set are songs we used to play in the 90s. We practice at my studio Circo Perrotti where I put mics and record the rehearsal with the intention of hearing the possible mistakes and work on the songs after that. The truth is that we liked the way the songs came out with their imperfections, and we love that fact as important part of the footprint of real music. We have a new single on Slovenly/Shit on the Milk records, with a hidden surprise at the end of the 1st cut. we also have one more single coming up on Groovie Records. We have a recorded lots of hits like “No la van a Bautizar”, “Aun soy Virgen”, “Frivola” or “El Twist de la Genuflexion” that will be included in the Munjitas album.

14. What do you think of the music coverage in the media?

It is like in any other business, people follow the mainstream, most of the times just a matter of investing money and time, there is a parallel World of talented people doing the most interesting things in the underground and occasionally the massive media discovers one or two of them and gives them bigger exposure

15. Do you rate any current mainstream or underground bands?

The Black Angels are my friends, I play with Jake Garcia in The Ripe and he invited me to join them for their show at Primavera Sound, and although I saw them many times before in Austin, that night was special for me. To see Jake my brother on stage having a massive success in my own country, made me feel very proud of him and of the hard work they have been putting into this new record. I also produced the last album of Boogarins “Manual”, great Psych rock with Brazilian roots. I love that band and to work with them in my studio in Spain was an amazing experience. The album was a nominee in the Latin Grammys last year. I am currently working on the production of Micky’s new album in Gijon. Micky from Micky y Los Tonys had some number one hits in Spain and Germany in the 70s and 60s and he is very well known all around Spain.

16. Who/Where would you most like to record with and why?

We are lucky in the that sense as I have my own studio. Apart from Circo Perrotti I’d love to record again with Liam Watson, he is a good old friend and I love what he does, and he recorded us for the first time in 1994

17. What should we expect from you in the future? What are your plans and ambitions? What interesting gig dates have you got coming up?

Well we will play at Euroyeye fest in Gijon this summer and I want to complete our first album. I also want to do our own material for a conceptual psychedelic album based in texts of Santa Teresa de Jesus and the Spanish mystics of the XVI century…

 
Band Members: Sor Alvaro Coalla (Bateria), Sor Felix A. (Asuncion) Dominguez (Bajo, Teclado y Voces), Sor Jorge Munozz Cobo (Voz y Guitarra)

Discography: 2016 Single “Satan Sal de Mi” (Funtastic Dracula Records), 2017 Single “Es el 69” (I shit on the Milk Records), 2017 Single “Pecado” (Groovy Records)

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Newbreed – Men Of North Country

We recently caught up with the Men Of North Country (from Tel Aviv) for a nice chat for NUTSMAG, here is what they had to say…

1. How long have you been active for and how did you get together?

We’ve been recording proper since 2011, performing since 2012. Back in 2007 Yashiv was heard singing along the tunes he was spinning at a party and from there it slowly developed into MONC.

2. influences do the band members have in common?

Soul music.

3. Are there any other bands you’d recommend from your area? Why?

Our bass player, Jonathan, is also in a band called Taani Esther, which is a brilliant psychedelic pop band that sings in Hebrew.

4. What’s the 60’s/underground scene like where you’re from?

Tel Aviv is a great city but compared to other cultural Meccas it’s pretty small. So the 60’s scene isn’t big. There’s the Tel Aviv Soul Club, there are some lovely surf bands and retro nights.

5. How would you describe the style you play?

One of the streaming sites (Pandora or Last FM I think) described our music as basically Soul with influences of Mod 79 sounds and Punk 77 music. We’re pretty happy with that. We’d add post punk to the mix as well, especially The Cure.

6. What are your live shows like?

Loud and brassy.

7. What are your main influences in music? Who do/would you play covers by? And who do you despise?

First of all Northern Soul, Dexy’s and The Cure. After that it’s the usual suspects: The Jam, Motown, Stax, etc. We love doing covers. We did Human League’s Mirror Man in the first album (it’s basically a Motown tune), The Who’s The Seeker for our Magic EP, Lou Pride’s I’m Com’un Home for the second album and we do some more live – Kinks, Standells, Joe Jackson, Solomon Burke and more. I really do despise Radiohead…

8. What are your main influences outside of music?

Probably film if we’re talking art.

9. Who writes your songs and what subjects do you deal with?

Doron writes most of the music, and I (Yashiv) write the lyrics. Subjects are mostly personal stuff I go through and some political stuff as well. Coming from where we come from, you can’t really escape that sadly.

10. What’s your favorite song in your repertoire currently? What’s your favorite song by another artist?

Personally I’d have to say that I dig Running the most now. I call it Northern Soul for The Cure kids. I’m blown away by the string arrangement Boaz has come up with for this one every time I hear it (he’s our drummer and arranger). Fav song by another artist? That’s too tough a question. Just listening to John Bowie now, so let’s go with that ok?

11. How would you describe the current underground scene?  Do you participate?

I run the Tel Aviv Soul Club so I guess I do. And whenever I’m abroad I try to get to a party or a gig. And we perform of course. From the last event I’ve been to in London I think I can describe it as a bit too fuzzy, and too rare. Still the best scene around though.

12. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

I guess the Madness House of Fun Weekender last November was a big thing for us, although once you’re on stage you just do your thing…

13. How often do you Rehearse? Play Live? Record? Anything interesting coming up?

Rehearsals depend on live gigs. We do more of them before gigs naturally. We have a couple of European tours a year (I still count the UK as European for that if you don’t mind…) and we also play in Tel Aviv and the rest of the country every few weeks/months. We’ve just recorded a version of The Jam’s Circus for the Specialized project which is supposed to come out this summer so that’s pretty exciting. I think The Jam would approve with our take. And in August just before the NUT gigs we’re releasing a new single which is always an exciting event for us.

14. What do you think of the music coverage in the media?

Well, it looks like the world is heading to a click-bate era which isn’t so promising, and so is the music coverage. On the bright side, everything is so accessible these days that you can easily find a place to your liking, musically and media-wise as well.

15. Do you rate any current mainstream or underground bands?

I love The Coral. And BJM too. And a lot of other stuff as well. Too many to mention.

16. Who/Where would you most like to record with and why?

We’ve recorded our Magic EP at the all-analogue Yeah Yeah Yeah studios in Hamburg. Great experience. Wouldn’t mind doing that again. And would love to record with the Skeleton Key guys from Liverpool. Or Andy Lewis in London. He’s our godfather. Or Bob Stanley from St Etienne! Now that would be really something!

17. What should we expect from you in the future?  What are your plans and ambitions? What interesting gig dates have you got coming up?

More gigs and more records. More. Looking forward to our first Brighton visit. Heard so much about it. Gonna comb the beach for rockers!


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I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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NUTsCast – Sessions – part 16 (episode 25)

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Join the Baron for the latest NUTSCAST of  Summer 2017


Be sure to tune in to the latest Nutscast Sessions for a full preview of Euro YeYe and the Brighton August Bank Holiday events as we say a fond farewell to the Baron, Graham Lentz as he hosts his last show; with tracks by Gemma & The Travellers, Stone Foundation, Men Of North Country and DJ selections from our guests at Brighton.

 


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AKA ‘The Baron’ - Like many of his generation, The Jam started Graham's love affair with all things mod back in 1977. He is the author of 'The Influential Factor - A History Of Mod' which was originally published in 2002. An extract from the book was re-printed in Paolo Hewitt's 'The Sharper Word - revised edition' in 2011. Being a self-confessed 'broad-church' mod, Graham's interests range from Modern Jazz to today's up-coming new bands and everything in between. Although he has a passion for mod history, he also has a passion for the new. Whether it's music, clubs, media of every kind, clothing, scooters or art and photography, Graham supports, promotes and encourages as much as he can, because that's how we keep going. 'Give it a chance' is his motto. If it's not for you, that's cool, at least you tried it.

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Reviews June 2017 – Part 1

The Baron Four

‘Silvaticus’ – LP

Formed 2012, it’s been a couple of years since Baron Four’s last outing, but this has been well-worth waiting for. They have always set out to capture the exciting sound of classic Beat and Rhythm & Blues, and this is another quality example, and in my opinion, their best work so far. ‘It’s Alright’, ‘Don’t Need You Anymore’ and ‘Certain Type Of Girl’ evokes the spirit of the Pretty Things, Kinks and Yardbirds. 2014s ‘Out Of The Wild Come The Baron Four’ is their only album to date, but this EP is a welcome addition to the fine collection of singles before and since that LP. If you are going to the Brighton August Bank Holiday Weekender, you can catch the Baron Four live at Volks Tavern on the Saturday afternoon with Men Of North Country.

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BJ’s New Breed

‘How Come’ b/w ‘I’ll Never Come Back Again’ – Single

BJ’s New Breed rose from the ashes of Vienna’s Jaybirds and The Attention a few years back and return with this classy 45 of Beat-inspired garage. ‘How Come’ is a mid-paced Beat ballad, while ‘I’ll Never Come Back Again’ sees the BJ’s back on familiar territory, with this rockin’ fuzz belter. Definitely, one to look out for on Time For Action Records.

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Dukes Of Hamburg

‘Germany’s Newest Hitmakers’ – LP

Surely there are few finer exponents of Beat/R&B in Germany than the Dukes Of Hamburg and they have been ever present on the scene not just in Europe, but in America for a long time. Formed and led by the irrepressible Thilo Pieper, The Dukes give us a rockin’ great set of R&B belters with this album including tracks originally by the likes of Larry Williams, Big Joe Turner, Chuck Berry, Cab Calloway and Herman’s Hermits (yes you did read that correctly !) Their version of ‘I’m Henry The VIII’ is far more enjoyable than the original, just for the sheer fun of it. What I really like about The Dukes is the way they appear not to take themselves too seriously, but really know how to get the best out of any song they tackle.
Great fun and a great album.

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The Haggis Horns

‘Take It Back feat Doc Brown’ b/w ‘Take It Back instrumental’ – Single

The Haggis Horns have been around in the UK funk and soul scene for over ten years and 2015s album ‘What Comes To Mind’ was a highlight of that year. This Leeds-based combo has cut another slice of top-drawer funky soul with this single. The A side features rapper Doc Brown (which may not be to everyone’s taste here at Nutsmag), but make no mistake, the instrumental flip side more than holds its own as a stand-alone track. Rumour has it a new album is on the way, so soul and funk fans, keep your ears open for that one while enjoying this single.

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Shindig Magazine

Issue 68

After the scare last year when the future of Shindig looked in doubt (through no fault of Mr. Mills or Mr. Morton) thankfully the best music magazine by a country mile is still going strong and what a treat this edition is; especially for mods. Apart from all the usual features like the extensive reviews, news and interviews with up-coming bands (Shindig are more clued up than most on that score), this edition features the last ever interview with Steve Marriott, a cracking interview with Steve Ellis and a major interview with Paul Weller.
And it is the Weller feature that is proof that Shindig really has moved to the top of the league. Let’s face it; Mr. W is not one to suffer fools or journalists gladly, so when he does give an interview, you know he has checked out exactly who he is dealing with and it is clear from this piece that he was very comfortable in the company of Jon Mills and Paul Osbourne.
In these days where the last surviving music paper is so far up its self it is an irrelevance, the magazine for vinyl junkies has lost its way and the only ‘general’ music mag seems content to wallow in the dull corporate-mire of the music biz, be thankful that Shindig is a reminder that quality, innovation and editorial independence is still alive and kicking.

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AKA ‘The Baron’ - Like many of his generation, The Jam started Graham's love affair with all things mod back in 1977. He is the author of 'The Influential Factor - A History Of Mod' which was originally published in 2002. An extract from the book was re-printed in Paolo Hewitt's 'The Sharper Word - revised edition' in 2011. Being a self-confessed 'broad-church' mod, Graham's interests range from Modern Jazz to today's up-coming new bands and everything in between. Although he has a passion for mod history, he also has a passion for the new. Whether it's music, clubs, media of every kind, clothing, scooters or art and photography, Graham supports, promotes and encourages as much as he can, because that's how we keep going. 'Give it a chance' is his motto. If it's not for you, that's cool, at least you tried it.

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Reviews June 2017 – Part 2

The Riots

‘Now Or Never’ b/w It’s My Life’ – Single

If ever there was a band that should have been huge, it is The Riots. This single was a follow-up to 2013’s ‘Time For Truth’ debut album which had massive appeal and support from the mod-rock fraternity in the UK. An ill-fated UK tour was arranged, but due to bad planning by the promoter and the British authorities refusing a visa to lead singer and guitarist Sasha Bolotov, the tour went ahead with the other bands while the two other members of The Riots sat out the entire time in a hostel in London with no money and help. Although they toured the rest of Europe successfully, it was the UK market that they really needed and that put a strain on the band who have been inactive for a while now, but there is always hope they will be back. This single shows just what a powerhouse band they were and that they could match contemporaries like The Spitfires, The Orders or The Costellos. A classy piece of powerpop/mod-rock from Moscow’s finest. Скоро вернусь мои друзья (Come back soon Riots)

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Samuel S Parkes

‘Lock and Key’ b/w ‘Let Me Go’ – Single

This Leeds-based outfit really have gone from strength to strength over the last few years working with the likes of Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and Dennis Greaves. They class their music as ‘new northern’ which is a good way to describe it. ‘Let Me Go’ is a Hammond-driven belter of Northern-influenced dance music, while ‘Lock and Key’ is a delightful soul ballad. Samuel S Parkes is another one of those bands that is destined for even greater things in future and if you haven’t seen them live, you should. Apart from the music, watching backing vocalist and percussionist Rachel Mary Shaw go through her routine is enough to make you feel tired!

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Sidewalk Society

‘Strange Roads (the songs of Rolled Gold by The Action)’  – LP

Regular readers of Nutsmag Reviews may well be familiar with Sidewalk Society; the trio from Long Beach, California who have a great love of British music of the 60s. This new album on Fruits De Mer Records is their interpretation of the legendary demos recorded by The Action between ’67 and ‘68 that stayed buried until the early 90s when they were released under the title ‘Rolled Gold’. Losing George Martin as their producer became the catalyst for the breakup of The Action which meant the demos remained just that; demos. So Sidewalk Society decided to interpret these songs in a very considerate, passionate and respectful manner. There is no point trying to make comparisons here, so I’m not going to. Dan Lawrence, Dan West and Jerry Buszek are very talented musicians who have used the base material to explore all possibilities without diluting the class of the songs. Sidewalk Society does have their own ‘sound’, so this is no attempt at being copyists. The arrangements are superb, the production is top drawer and in short, they have made an excellent album.

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Weeks

‘Get Away’ b/w ‘Law and Order’ & ‘Fingers Raised’ – Single

This is the debut single by Isle Of Wight-based four-piece, Weeks. Featuring Liam Hodge (formerly of The Jam DRC), Marc Maitland, Nigel Lynk and Sid Ryan. All three tracks are very definitely in the punk/powerpop/mod-rock style; fast-paced, power chords and angry vocals, but there is something a little different that makes these tracks not quite as predictable as you might assume. Granted, some bands can sound a bit ‘samey’ in this genre, but maybe it’s the fact that all four band members supply vocals or it’s the structure of the tunes or it may be they don’t sound like a rehash of mod ’79. Whatever it is, Weeks have come up with a very impressive debut and they are so new, they haven’t yet organised any social media links, so you will have to go via the splendid Time For Action Records to get a taste or buy a copy.

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The Franklys

‘Are You Listening’ – LP

And so, after five years and over 250 reviews for Nutsmag, this album is my final contribution and it almost seems appropriate that it should be The Franklys debut LP. It was April of 2013 that I first reviewed the debut EP from this band. I heard great potential in what they were doing and through these pages, the Nutscast Sessions podcast and at Blues Kitchen for Nutsmag Review Night, I have tried to champion The Franklys because I thought they could ‘make it’. And here they are with a collection of ten songs, some are familiar to die-hard fans (Puppet, Bad News, Weasel for example) and some that are new numbers. Lead track ‘Castaway’ is the very definition of who and what The Franklys are about; brilliant, in-yer-face, all-girl rock and this is a fine a debut album as you could ask for. They are a complete unit with Jennifer Ahlkvist’s attacking vocals, Fanny Broberg’s lead guitar, Zoe Biggs’ solid, dependable bass, all held together by new drummer Lexi Clark. I am extremely proud of  The Franklys because they are proof that Nutsmag really is at the grassroots of music and is not afraid to recognise great new talent and back it with reviews, interviews and gigs. We listened when no one else did, now four years later, mainstreamers like NME and Louder Than War are taking them seriously. Next stop for The Franklys has to be Glastonbury surely?

So thank you all for reading the reviews over the years. I hope you have enjoyed them and they have led you to discover a band that you have become a fan of because they need you as much as you need them. And I just want to thank Rob Bailey and Barry & Denise Pease for all their help.

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AKA ‘The Baron’ - Like many of his generation, The Jam started Graham's love affair with all things mod back in 1977. He is the author of 'The Influential Factor - A History Of Mod' which was originally published in 2002. An extract from the book was re-printed in Paolo Hewitt's 'The Sharper Word - revised edition' in 2011. Being a self-confessed 'broad-church' mod, Graham's interests range from Modern Jazz to today's up-coming new bands and everything in between. Although he has a passion for mod history, he also has a passion for the new. Whether it's music, clubs, media of every kind, clothing, scooters or art and photography, Graham supports, promotes and encourages as much as he can, because that's how we keep going. 'Give it a chance' is his motto. If it's not for you, that's cool, at least you tried it.

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Jazz for Modernists 12 Grant Green 6 of the best

In the pantheon of guitar greats, Grant Green (1935-1979) stands tall. Troubled with health problems and yet hugely prolific throughout the 1960s, his fluid, bluesy and bebop-inspired guitar licks can be found on over 50 recordings for Blue Note during that decade (as leader and sideman). A melodic player of crisp, crystalline linear runs, inspired as much by saxophonist Charlie Parker as guitar hero Charlie Christian, Green’s first recordings were with tenor sax player and fellow St. Louis native Jimmy Forrest for the United label.

Around 1959/60, after being ‘discovered’ by Blue Note stalwart and alto sax man Lou Donaldson (with whom he toured briefly), Green moved to New York where he was introduced to Blue Note’s Alfred Lion. Hugely impressed, Lion started recording him as leader on a glut of sessions (some unreleased until the late 70s) and sideman for Baby Face Willette, Hank Mobley, Stanley Turrentine, Don Wilkerson, Lou Donaldson, Jimmy Smith and Ike Quebec. Though initially fitting perfectly into the soul-jazz organ trio, gospel and Latin formats, Green’s early experience of playing with Coltrane drummer Elvin Jones would in time see him participating in some of Blue Note’s more adventurous recordings by the likes of Herbie Hancock (My Point of View), Bobby Hutcherson (The Kicker), Lee Morgan (Search for the New Land) and Larry Young (Into Somethin’).

Green’s initial period of success at Blue Note ran from 1961-1965. This was followed by a brief flirtation with the Verve label, a period of enforced absence and a return in 1969 for a series of funky but rather patchy LPs later championed by the acid jazz movement. In terms of overall legacy, mention must be made of four or five outstanding LPs he recorded for Blue Note as leader: Grant’s First Stand (1961), Idle Moments (1963/5), Talkin’ About! (1964/5), Street of Dreams (1964/7) and Matador (1964/79). Ranging from soul-jazz through to modal grooves, these are all essential additions to the collections of the thoughtful mod about town (or in her or his rural retreat). However, for those interested either in the dance floor or creating a party atmosphere, here are six tracks culled from the Green back catalogue that were released as singles (edited versions of album tracks). Some, if not all, will be familiar to long-standing participants in the mod and jazz dance scenes.


1. ‘Miss Ann’s Tempo’ (1961) 45 – Blue Note 1811; 33 – From Grant’s First Stand BST 84064
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From Green’s second Blue Note session (first to be released), ‘Miss Ann’s Tempo’ was also his debut single for the label, coupled with his version of Porter Grainger’s blues standard ‘Ain’t Nobody’s Business if I do’. A trio date, with Ben Dixon on drums and Baby Face Willette on organ, the vibe is similar to Brother Jack Mcduff’s The Honeydripper session for Prestige recorded just a week later and also featuring Dixon and Green. Intriguingly, a track by Eric Dolphy, ‘Miss Ann’, had been recorded with Booker Little the previous October. There’s plenty of righteous call-and-response jousting here between Green’s limpid melodies and Willette’s chugging chords and gospel-drenched soloing. One for the expert jazz dancers!


2. ‘Mambo Inn’ (1963) 45 – Blue Note 1870; 33 – From The Latin Bit BST 84111
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Throughout 1961 and 1962, Green featured on around 25 Blue Note recordings and a handful for Prestige and one or two other labels. Collectors of Blue Note 45s will therefore hear his playing on singles of the period by other artists. Such mid-tempo dance floor tunes include Lou Donaldson’s ‘Watusi Jump’, Dodo Greene’s ‘You are my Sunshine’ and Don Wilkerson’s ‘Camp Meetin’. Two 1962 sessions also led, the following year, to the release of The Latin Bit, from which the Mario Bauzá-Edgar Sampson-Bobby Woodlen tune ‘Mambo Inn’ was culled for the jukebox. An uplifting blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms and bluesy bop, this tune features Willie Bobo and Carlos Valdes on percussion and John Acea on piano.


3. The Cantaloupe Woman (1965) 45 – Verve VK 10361; 33 – From His Majesty King Funk Verve V/V6-8627
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Likely to be heard at many a New Untouchables night, ‘The Cantaloupe Woman’ comes from Green’s only session as leader for the Verve label, 1965’s His Majesty King Funk. While this swings like an upbeat Lee Morgan tune of the era, a new modal undercurrent is present, provided by the Hammond playing of Larry Young, for whom Green had supplied guitar on his debut Blue Note LP Into Somethin! (1964). On that session, Green was reunited with Elvin Jones and sparred alongside the more avant-garde saxophone playing of Sam Rivers. Change was in the air.


4. Big John Patton: Amanda (1966) 45 – Blue Note 1926; 33 – From Got a Good thing Goin’ BST 84229
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Between 1963 and 1966, Green appeared on six Blue Note LPs led by Hammond man Big John Patton. The last in the sequence, Got a Good Thing Goin’ yielded the 45 ‘Amanda’, a cooking cover of the Duke Pearson tune that kicked off his 1964 date Wahoo! Although his initial role is to vamp a rhythm, Green lets loose a cracking solo half-way through the album version. One of those addictive melodies that it’s good to know exist in edited format for the club night and in longer versions for domestic pursuits. At over nine minutes, the Pearson version (without Green) is especially wonderful as a soundtrack to preparing vegetables.


5. Ain’t it Funky Now (1970) 45 – Blue Note 1960; 33 – From Green is Beautiful BST 84342
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On July 1, 1966, Grant Green played on Stanley Turrentine’s Rough ‘n’ Tumble, a date including the wonderful singles: ‘And Satisfy’ (Blue Note 1929) and ‘Feeling Good’ (Blue Note 1933). Apart from a solitary 1967 date later released on Cobblestone as Iron City (1972), he would then be absent until early 1969. By this time, rock, boogaloo and funky soul were entering new dialogues with jazz; the period from 1969-1972 would see Green return as a key figure in the groove-based styles later defined as acid jazz. Much of 1969 was seen recording with Prestige artists such as Rusty Bryant, Charles Kynard and Don Patterson and Reuben Wilson’s enjoyable Blue Note date Love Bug. By October, he was leading his own sessions, one of which, 1970’s Green is Beautiful, gave us the monumental groove ‘Ain’t it Funky Now’, released as a Parts 1 & 2 single. Idris Muhammad’s marvellous drumming helps make this take on James Brown a memorable one.


6. Sookie Sookie (1970) 45 (edit): – Blue Note 1965; 33 – From ‘Alive!’ BST 84360
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From the subsequent Blue Note LP, recorded live in August 1970 at the Cliche Lounge in Newark (New Jersey as opposed to Nottinghamshire), Don Covay and Steve Cropper’s 1965 ‘B’ side is given a full funk workout. Green, organist Ronnie Foster, and tenor sax player Claude Bartee improvise righteously over a solid groove laid down by Idris Muhammad, Joseph Armstrong on congas, vibes player Willie Bivens and Foster on organ bass pedals. Some of the material Green worked on with Blue Note after 1969 was not as strong as this, but overall he could be proud of the legacy he left for the label from 1960 to 1972. We’ll be looking at more legends of the label in the future. Until then, enjoy these tunes.



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James Thomas was born in Bristol just the wrong side of 1970 (1971). His first encounters with the 1960s were his two-year-old elder brother’s reminiscences of the Moon Landing (since deleted by the BBC) and an afternoon in 1975 listening to the Beatles with his parents. He remembers 2-Tone and the ’79 revival, but was the one in his primary school still wearing flares until he persuaded his mum to buy him a black Harrington jacket (a stylish-enough copy by Burtons) and asked a hair stylist to make him ‘look like Suggs’. In the 1980s he became obsessed with almost every aspect of the 1960s, whether it were Star Trek, the length of George Harrison’s hair in March 1965 or the first colour TV broadcast of a cricket match (he thinks it was 1968). After being side-tracked by progressive rock (an ongoing guilty pleasure), James came to his senses in 1986 on seeing footage of Booker T and the MGs and Otis Redding on a programme celebrating the 60th anniversary of television. A flirtation with ‘indie pop’ (in the bowl-cut and anorak days) led to too much introspection, but also a new interest in the psychedelic sounds of the 1960s that seemed to go hand in glove with a liking for The Pastels and The Razorcuts. A summery afternoon in the jazz tent at Bristol’s annual (and long gone) Ashton Court Festival in 1989 opened his mind to the sounds of Lee Morgan, Horace Silver, Art Blakey and most forms of modern jazz. In 1990, James attended his first proper 60s club night, the revered Kaleidoscope Pop! in Leeds. On his return from the North in 1992, he developed a new commitment to Mod culture. He recalls early Untouchables Brighton New Year rallies and in 1994 moved to London. A real education for him (in so many ways...) was a period in Barcelona (1997-2002) where he helped out with the Magic in the Air club for a year or two and where his IQ was permanently reduced by a record dealer who made him clean vinyl for four weeks in a windowless room. After a decade or so in the West Country, he is now living again in London, where he plans to write about jazz, meet like-minded people and study the history of the cravat.

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Newbreed – Les Darlings

We recently caught up with the Les Darlings (from Paris, London, Copenhagen, & Bordeaux) for a nice chat for NUTSMAG, here is what they had to say…

1. How long have you been active for and how did you get together?

Well, we started the band in March 2016. Kitty runs a record label, Lust Record, originally created to re-issue 60’s obscurity. At the time, I was too shy to ask those talented guys to form a band when we met during concerts and festivals but Kitty cheered us up to play together so we finally met in Hamburg for songwriting and created more songs than expected. Originally the idea was to make a 45, but we got enough material to release an LP.

2. What influences do the band members have in common?

I think we all deeply love all kind of 50’s/60 music, from BlueBeat, crude R&B and naturally ’66 garage and Mod sound.

3. Are there any other bands you’d recommend from your area? Why?

As I live in London now, I can tell that the Cavemen are just one of the most outrageously good band I’ve seen recently! The Embrooks, King Salami, etc, etc! From Paris, French Boutik, The Wave Chargers….

4. What’s the 60’s/underground scene like where you’re from?

I think the whole 60’s scene is held by a handful but deeply passionate people. It’s an endless story, every decade you got a bunch of young lions who discover and embrace that style. Les Gry Gry, The Arrogants, all in their glorious 20’s… I wish we had more bands like this. Now synth punk is back yet again… I hope they get quickly tired of all that 80’s Kawai keyboards (ha! ha!)

5. How would you describe the style you play?

I think we got one boot in the 60’s, another one in the present. Makes no sense for me to be a tribute band or so, but it doesn’t mean that we are untrue to our influences. All the great bands I loved always added a little something on top of the rest. Just to be different. Who wants to listen to another cover of ‘Shapes of things’? The best example for me is The Youth, The Urges or The Jackets. Our main goal is to create some heavily influenced ’66 moody garage songs that you can really dance along to.

6. What are your live shows like?

It can get really sweaty, especially when you play in a 3 pieces wool suit! Thomas is a Christic frontman, he totally gives himself on stage. We actually have to try to protect him from the action. We love to play together, and the public feels it.

7. What are your main influences in music? Who do/would you play covers by? And who do you despise?

Everything from the Peebles comp, Back from the Grave or High in the Mid Sixties… We play a couple covers that Kitty threw on the table, especially ‘Lily’ from an obscure Californian band called Drusalee & The Dead… In fact, we play live the records we cannot afford to buy haha. Rob also suggested us to play a French cover and it was definitely a good idea. The goal is to create our own thing of course.

8. What are your main influences outside of music?

Aside from 60’s culture, we got our secret garden…

9. Who writes your songs and what subjects do you deal with?

Allah wrote them for us. We just need to listen to Allah, and then the songs pop out by themselves. Seriously it’s a collective work, Thomas takes care of the lyrics as he’s writing poetry too.

10. What’s your favorite song in your repertoire currently? What’s your favorite song by another artist?

My favorite is ‘Hey Baby’, ‘I know David Peter really likes ‘Make her mine’. If we don’t like a song anymore we just throw it out and write another one that’s as simple as that. I love too many songs to choose only one. My favorite song changes every day or so.

11. How would you describe the current underground scene? Do you participate?

We go to gigs or festivals as often as we can. It is like an International Brotherhood.

12. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

Bringing back Dorian alive from Hamburg.

13. How often do you Rehearse? Play Live? Record? Anything interesting coming up?

As we live far away from each other, we can only rehearse one or two hours before each gig. Of course, it’s always a disaster, to begin with. But something magic always happens when we hit the stage, thanks to the hundreds of gigs we each did with our previous bands!

14. What do you think of the music coverage in the media?

I think it’s really bad in the so-called ‘Mass Media’. We can only pay homage to the few passionate people like you to shed a light on this very sharp scene.

15. Do you rate any current mainstream or underground bands?

I really love The Wrong Society, they released a couple of singles that really nailed it. Of course The Youth, The Jackets… The Teamsters, The Urges too.

16. Who/Where would you most like to record with and why?

We started the thing with Dennis Rux as a producer and we gonna continue with him. His studio is located in front of a 24/7 gas station loaded with the greatest German lager. Decent döner round the corner too. Beside of this Dennis is perfect gentlemen who own one of the best analog studios between planet Earth and Dagoba system. Apart from Toe Rag and Circo Perrotti, i don’t know where we could have recorded it. It was absolutely normal to do it in Mono from the start for him ha! ha!

17. What should we expect from you in the future? What are your plans and ambitions? What interesting gig dates have you got coming up?

We need to work together to finish our LP which is almost completed! We’re also gonna have an organ player with us, Mr Dècheman, a great entertainer too, so you can expect some more action on stage. We still are a fresh new band but people look interested in our work, we got a lot of contacts to play all across Europe. As we say in France, ‘Bientôt dans une épicerie près de chez vous’ (soon at the juke joint near you).

Band Members: Thomas (vox) Dorian (drums) Pascal (guitar) David Peter (bass)

Discography: 2016 – Single: ‘Le Tourbillon / Hey Baby’ –  Lust Records

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I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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Newbreed – Melange

We recently caught up with the Melange (from Spain) for a nice chat for NUTSMAG, here is what they had to say…

1. How long have you been active for and how did you get together

We have been playing in different bands the last 20 years in many groups like Lüger, Rip Kc, Bucles, Magic Bus, Los Imposibles, Cachalote… We started to play together as Melange two years ago. Miguel was the one who connected all of us. He had a bunch of songs and they were the beginning of the band.

2. What influences do the band members have in common?

Our influences are wide. I think it could began with Jazz, Blues, Folk, R&B, Soul and Funk passing through Psychedelic music, Avant Garde, Tropicalia, African Music, Anatolian Rock, Flamenco, Latin, Punk, Electronic and many more, till the borders difumine!

3. Are there any other bands you’d recommend from your area? Why?

Yes, for sure. First, we recommend Mohama Saz, a kind of Spanish Turkish style. Alberto Montero a folk-pop singer with brilliant records…

4. Tell us about the 60’s/underground music scene from Spain?

In Spain, we had some very good bands like Los Bravos, Los Salvajes, Los Ángeles, Los Pekenikes emulating the British and American style (ye-ye bands) and some other people making a deep cultural approach into our culture like Pedro Iturralde, Paco de Lucía, Sabicas. Then in the late sixties we have Spanish prog style with bands like Smash, Máquina, Cerebrum, Storm, Pan y Regaliz, Música Dispersa, Evolution who leaded us to a significant productive period in the seventies that came along with political changes with bands as Triana a many more…

5. How would you describe the style you play?

Ops! A tricky question to answer. We visit lots of styles, breaking any style rule. We try to build our own style mixing all that we have in our polluted heads.

6. What are your live shows like?

We have 5 people. 2 guitars, keyboards, bass and drums. Sometimes four voices at the same time. We play loud, trying to make solid sounds with a strong rhythm section adding colour with evocating a surrealistic melody. Sometimes unexpected changes and lots of subliminal intention.

7. What are your main influences in music? Who do/would you play covers by? And who do you despise?

We love tons of different music. But we don’t play any version for the moment. I would love to play a song from Jeannette or Edu Lobo.

8. What are your main influences outside of music?

Photography, Films, Plastic arts and literature in general. Then the present and life is the most important influence.

9. Who writes your songs and what subjects do you deal with?

Everybody in the band write the song. Sometimes the song is already constructed by one of us, but there’s always space left for the others to say something else or take the subject to another place.

10. What’s your favorite song in your repertoire currently? What’s your favourite song by another artist?

Saquesufah! True Spanish style with lot of garlic on it. It´s short. It´s direct and so rich in terms of melody and rhythm and it´s fascinating to play live on the stage.

11. How would you describe the current underground scene? Do you participate?

I think that we are tried to talk about underground. We have been living this shit for years and still doing it. We still try to change what we don´t like with no concessions.

12. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

The biggest challenge is to find the time to play as much as we can.

13. How often do you Rehearse? Play Live? Record? Anything interesting coming up?

We try to rehearse once a week and play as much as possible.

14. What do you think of the music coverage in the media?

I should not be necessary to answer that the music of the media is just commercial focused bullshit, no art, just cheap and superficial entertainment, that’s nothing new, but there have always been local alternative radio stations, and from some years now many podcasts in internet, like for example “Músicas sin prejuicios” here in Spain.

15. Do you rate any current mainstream or underground bands?

Underground bands… thousands of them. Mainstream… Kraftwerk, they are a band, which all Melange members like a lot.

16. Who/Where would you most like to record with and why?

At the moment, we have recorded two LP’s with Carlos Díaz Requena, we are very satisfied with the results that we don’t think about anybody else. We all like to record at the countryside, north or south, doesn’t matter, the best for us is an old country house where we can bring our family and our equipment for recording.

17. What should we expect from you in the future? What are your plans and ambitions? What interesting gig dates have you got coming up?

Our new album will be released on September 2017. Our plan is still trying to create beautiful music and share it with people all around the World. We hope to make even better recordings. We are so excited about our summer gigs in Quintanhilla Rock (Portugal) and Euro Ye-Ye in Gijón (Spain) also we can’t wait to play in the Zaragoza Psych Fest and BAM (Barcelona) this September.

Band Members: Adrián Ceballos (Drums and vocals), Daniel Fernández (Bass and vocals), Mario Zamora (Keyboards, Synths), Miguel Rosón (Guitar and vocals), Sergio Ceballos (Guitar and vocals)

Discography: 2016 “Melange” (2LP) Discos Tere

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I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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Masters -The James Hunter Six

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Masters3

Le Beat Bespoke 2010 was the last time NU had the honor of having The James Hunter Six grace our stage. I managed to have a chat with the main man ahead of the Margate Mod/Sixties weekend show on Friday 27 May 2017 @ Olbys.

You’ve had some rave reviews for the new album. How pleased are you with the way it has turned out?

Very much so! I know the phrase ‘We feel this is our best album’ is generally a coded way of saying ‘We feel this is our latest album’ but I would describe ‘Hold On’ as the record I always wanted to make. ‘Hold On’ is released on the Daptone lable.

How did that deal come about and were you a fan of their output beforehand?

We were between record labels and we wanted to work with a company whose ethos was the closest match to our artistic concept (or “a company who got our vibe” to use the parlance of today’s cider-addled youth). My barber played me Sharon Jones and the Dapkings’ stuff a few years ago and I liked it a lot, so at the first opportunity, we tried to get their label interested in us.

The producer for ‘Hold On’ (Gabriel Roth aka Bosco Mann) has compared you with Smokey Robinson in terms of your songwriting. That is high praise indeed, but how do feel about those kinds of comparisons?

I have been compared to Smokey before, although never favourably. I love his work, particularly his charming quirk as a compulsive rhymer, which effectively turns every fade out into a built-in bonus track.

How much of your life experience has influenced your songwriting?

I don’t think I’ve ever written anything explicitly autobiographical although some real-life moments end up in my songs. But that bit in ‘The Gypsy’ about whacking a fortune teller over the crust with a lead pipe is complete fiction. I deny all knowledge of this incident and I’m prepared to stand up in court and say so.

It’s fair to say your life has been anything but dull, from appearing on The Tube as Howlin’ Wilf, working with Van Morrison and Doris Troy (to name but two), then having to pick yourself up from a very low point to start again, what do you think has been the driving force that has brought you to this point?

Shortly after we appeared on ‘The Tube’ we had two record companies expressing an interest in us (neither of them went for it in the end) but when one of them invited us to the office he played the video of our performance and then turned to us and said: “Well you’ve done it now. You’ll never stop working!” And he turned out to be right, we never did, although there have been one or two lengthy holidays along the way.

The 2006 LP, ‘People Gonna Talk’ was a huge album in America, topping the Billboard Blues chart and earning a Grammy nomination. It was also critically acclaimed, what do you think was the key factor behind its success?

It might have been the novelty value of a middle-aged white bloke from England singing soul music, but hopefully, it was also because some of the songs were fairly catchy!

You have never recorded a cover version, but if you had to do a cover, what would it be?

We did attempt a cover of Allen Toussaint’s ‘Lover of Love’ for the ‘Hold On’ sessions but we didn’t really do it justice, so we’ll have another stab at it one day.

The other five musicians in your band have been with you for some considerable time now. What are their best qualities?

All of them have differing and eclectic tastes in music (anything as long as it’s good!) so each one brings a different element to the music, which stops it becoming too much of a slavishly copyist band. They also contribute to the arrangements of the songs after I’ve written them, which prevents them getting too samey. Oh, and availability is a strong factor as well.

We are really looking forward to seeing you in Margate James, thank you very much for talking to NutsMag.

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AKA ‘The Baron’ - Like many of his generation, The Jam started Graham's love affair with all things mod back in 1977. He is the author of 'The Influential Factor - A History Of Mod' which was originally published in 2002. An extract from the book was re-printed in Paolo Hewitt's 'The Sharper Word - revised edition' in 2011. Being a self-confessed 'broad-church' mod, Graham's interests range from Modern Jazz to today's up-coming new bands and everything in between. Although he has a passion for mod history, he also has a passion for the new. Whether it's music, clubs, media of every kind, clothing, scooters or art and photography, Graham supports, promotes and encourages as much as he can, because that's how we keep going. 'Give it a chance' is his motto. If it's not for you, that's cool, at least you tried it.

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Newbreed – The Bongolian

The Bongolian are based in Wales & London, UK with band members being: Nass Bouzida: Organ, Moog & Bongos, Johnny Drop: Drums, Glyn “tufta” Edwards: Electric Piano, Dan Rooms: Percussion, Trev Harding: Bass Guitar.We recently caught up with Nass and had a good old chatter!

01. How long have you been active for and how did you get together?

We’ve been together for 17 years , The Bongolian was originally my studio project, but as soon as the LP was released, and such a huge success we are asked by the organisers of France’s biggest festival; Transmusicale to perform the LP live then other offers flooded in so the need for a full live band came about.

02. What influences do the band members have in common?

A love of Nandos, check trousers and eggnog.

03. Many folks reading this interview will be aware of your other band Big Boss Man, so why did you form Bongolian and what are the main differences?

Trev from BBM slaps the bass guitar rather than his usual axe work, and it’s a much more percussive, rhythmic and V-neck jumper based affair.

04. How would you describe the style you play?

Chaotic! Space-age Latin Boogaloo.

06. What are your live shows like?

The live show is a celebration of heavy bongo beats, funky organ and grinding oscillator work. Brian Auger meets Mongo Santamaria in Carnaby Street.

07. What are your main influences in music?

Mod-Jazz with a touch of Psychedelic Bongos!

08. What are your main influences outside of music?

Wood Carving ( mainly medieval cutlery; spoons, knives, forks etc.)

09. Who writes your songs and what subjects do you deal with?

Nasser writes all the songs and Subject matters usually revolve around past experiences of his childhood in Bolton.

10. What’s your favorite song in your repertoire currently? What’s your favourite song by another artist?

Psyche Yam from the Blue Print LP is my live fave at the mo. My fave song by another artist is “Simply the Best – T Turner” or anything from “No Jacket Required”!

11. How would you describe the current underground scene? Do you participate?

Thriving and yes I participate, especially enjoyed the New LP “Moog Maximus” Launch in London’s Blow Up club in Soho.

12. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

Creating all layered analog synth tones for the LP Moog Maximus and then arranging for live performance.

13. How often do you Rehearse? Play Live? Record? Anything interesting coming up?

We rehearse in Beat Mountain, (www.beatmountain.com) – we stay in the studio for weeks on end, carving out the musical maze that is the sound of The Bongolian. We have had quite lot of plays on BBC Radio so we are aiming to tour UK/Europe in Autumn. New Bongolian album is due for release in July.

14. What do you think of the music coverage in the media?

Quite good!

15. Do you rate any current mainstream or underground bands?

Pine Cone are a great band!

16. Who/Where would you most like to record with and why?

Lonnie Smith at Abbey Road or Electric Ladyland would be good!

17. What should we expect from you in the future? What are your plans and ambitions? What interesting gig dates have you got coming up?

I’m working on a hard, uptempo, latin-soul album, and working with Big Boss Man on a new LP, and setting up a new UK and European tour for Autumn. Also check out: www.beatmountain.com  – where I have recorded 548 drum and bongo breaks for use in any musical endeavors.

Tour Dates:
27 May ‘17 Mod & Sixties Festival, Margate, UK
01 July ’17 South London Soul Train, Peckham, UK
22 Sep ‘17 International Festival of Psychedelia, Liverpool, UK
Autumn ‘17 Moog Maximus, European Tour, TBA Europe.

Discography: Vinyl Releases:
7” Singles:
2002: Bongo Head
LPs :
2002: ‘The Bongolian’,
2005: ‘Blue Print’,
2007: ‘Outer Bongolia’,
2011: ‘Bongos for Beatniks’
2016: ‘Moog Maximus’
Main Site:
bongolian.com
Social Networks:
facebook.com/thebongolian
twitter.com/@the_bongolian
spotify.com/thebongolian


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I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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Newbreed – The Gallerys

This entry is part of 6 in the series Newbreed5

The Gallerys; hail from Bristol, Wales, and Kent with band members being: Guitar – James Wood, Bass – Craig Barden and Drums – Dan Maggs. Every so often a new young band pops-up on the scene creating a buzz. We caught up with The Gallerys ahead of their performance at the Margate Mod/Sixties weekender.

How long have you been active for and how did you get together?

With the current line-up of Craig, James and Dan we have been active for a year and a half. Dan and James met at college in Tunbridge Wells where they discovered a shared love for music, and decided to start a band. The original bass player stayed in the band for a few months before leaving for university, at which point Dan had a mutual friend who put the band in touch with Craig who then joined to complete the line-up.

What influences do the band members have in common?

The band members have a lot of musical influences in common; The Who, The Jam, Stone Roses, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Specials, and Oasis.

How would you describe the style you play? What are your live shows like?

Our styles quite innovative in the sense you can’t really put it into one category. It has influences of alternative and indie, mixed with the energy of garage rock and – at times – rhythm and blues. All this is held together by our three-part harmonies. The best thing about coming to one of our shows is that we play our sound which spans many different genres. Our live shows have tons of energy and we always go for it.

What are your main influences in music?

Bands like The Beatles, Oasis, The Jam, were all ordinary guys who – through great songwriting and determination – made something of themselves with their music. We’d definitely take inspiration from these bands; we write our own music, arrange our own music, have created an image for the band and have recorded our own EP. The thing about these bands is that they had an idea of where they wanted to go with their music, which they followed through with and achieved; a great example for us.

Who writes your songs and what subjects do you deal with? What’s your favorite song in your repertoire currently?

Craig and James write the songs although The Gallerys sound doesn’t come until we arrange the tunes as a band in the rehearsal room. James has written songs such as ‘Paisley’,  ‘Is this real’, and ‘The End’ with Craig writing ‘You Don’t Really Love Her’, ‘You Can’t Look Through Me’ and ‘Doctor Friend’. The songs cover real life issues i.e. Paisley describes being totally overwhelmed by a positive feeling in a relationship whereas You Can’t Look Through Me covers the relatable topic of being ‘looked through’ in life whether that’s at work, at school or with friends. Something everybody has felt in their life. We want people to relate to our music and feel something when they listen to our tunes.

What’s your favorite song to play?

Our favorite song would be ‘Imperfect Perception’. It’s a chaotic track filled with descending guitar chords, driving bass lines and punchy drumming, all glued together with vocals from all three members. For me, this tune solidifies it’s a team effort for us. Each of us has an equally important role to play in our sound.

How would you describe the current underground scene? Do you participate?

I’d say there’s definitely an underground scene out there. We’ve played many gigs in various areas of Kent like Maidstone, Tunbridge Wells and Ashford, we’ve played in London, Bristol, Portsmouth and Leicester, and there’s always bands that are doing something different which hasn’t been touched upon before. I’d say we participate in the sense we have a unique sound which merges lots of different styles and genres.

What has been the biggest challenge to date?

The biggest challenge to date would have been recording our three track EP ‘Paisley’, which we finished last December. The EP features lots of three-part harmony so there was a pressure to be on top form from a vocal perspective on the days of recording. We split recording the EP over three dates which wasn’t a lot of time. However, we stayed incredibly focused and managed to record the EP in the time frame that we set ourselves.

How often do you rehearse? Play live? Record?

We don’t rehearse as often as we should do. Most of the time we gig about two or three times a week so it’s very difficult for us to find time to rehearse but as we’re always playing live we’re getting tighter and more familiar with each other’s musical styles. At the moment we seem to be recording about twice a year.

Anything interesting coming up?

We’ve got some good shows coming up. Currently, we’re on a national UK tour with indie rock band The Rifles which will see us support the band in Bristol, Portsmouth, Cambridge, and Oxford. We’ve just supported From the Jam at the o2 Academy Leicester which was one of our best shows to date. The venue was absolutely packed and we played our set which was met with great reception. We’re playing live on BBC Radio Kent during the Breakfast show which is a great experience; you’re able to reach audiences all across Kent. We have a special show at the end of May supporting The Specials guitar player Roddy Radiation in the Dublin Castle in Camden; a top venue we love playing at.

The highlight of our year is shaping up to be when we will support Madness at the Detling Showground in Kent, August. We do however have a big announcement to make very soon so stay tuned for what we have coming up.

On the 28th May, we’re playing a slot at the Margate Mod and Sixties festival in Olby’s music room which is going to be special. We played at a clothing shop in Margate called “Rat Race” before which was very well attended. We have a lot of support in Margate so it’s gonna be great to come back for this festival.

What do you think of the music coverage in the media? Do you rate any current mainstream or underground bands?

There’s a good mixture and variety of music in the media at the minute. Sure there could be more but it seems to be fine at the minute. We rate bands like The Strypes, Temples, The Moons, The Rifles and Miles Kane.

What should we expect from you in the future what are your plans and ambitions?

We want to keep going. We want to write better songs, play to new audiences in new locations and most importantly, make a massive impact with our music.

Social Networks:

Facebook: facebook.com/TheGallerysUK/
Twitter: twitter.com/thegallerysuk?lang=en
Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/gallerys

Tour Dates: Supporting The Rifles *

*2nd May, The Thekla, Bristol
*3rd May, Wedgewood Rooms Portsmouth
*9th May, Cambridge Junction
*25th May, The Bullingdon, Oxford
28 May – Margate Mod/Sixties Festival


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I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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The Kinks on Pye: Part 2 – “I’m not like everybody else”

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Collectors Corner 5

During our last article, we concentrated on The Kinks hit-packed period when they never seemed to be off the charts. As psychedelia took hold of 1967 and strangled most British bands in beads and flowers, The Kinks took off in a different direction and released some wonderfully wistful and melancholic masterpieces. These songs seemed to hark back to a more innocent time which probably only existed through rose-tinted (psychedelic) spectacles anyway. Ray proceeded to write a series of genius 45’s, and more importantly, albums which unbelievably sold less and less with each release. 1968 started well for the boys with the budget LP release “Sunny afternoon” hitting the top ten during the important Christmas market and selling very well indeed. So when Pye released the first new material of the year in April 1968, the lovely and restrained stand-alone 45 “Wonderboy” would have been assumed to sail into the top ten, but it unbelievably stalled at a lowly number 36 in the charts. This began a run of wonderful, yet underappreciated single releases which were low sellers, hence the rarity of some of them today.

Two months later in June ’68, one of Ray’s most loved compositions, “Day’s” was released and fared much better, just stalling outside the top ten at number 12. Though all the bands singles contain nuggets hidden away on their B-sides, this one had one of the bands hardest rockers on the flip, “She’s got everything”. Originally recorded and shelved two years earlier, it could have been a big hit in 1968 as The Stones, Beatles and Move all had massive rock’n’roll influenced hit singles. Luckily it wasn’t forgotten and still fills mod dancefloors to this day as soon as it starts up. Into 1969, the thumping “Plastic man” was released and again reached no higher than number 31, a flop by the band’s lofty standards. It seemed the better Ray’s songwriting became, the fewer people bought the bands records. “Drivin'” was released in August 1969 and became the first 45 to miss the hit parade since “You still want me” in early 1964. Even worse was the total no-show of “Shangri-la” in September which sold incredibly poorly and is one of the hardest of UK Kinks singles to find. In December, the upbeat album track “Victoria” at least managed to hit the low 30’s in the chart but it took a tale of a Soho nightclub meeting with a transsexual to have the band visiting Top of the Pops again. “Lola” was soon flying up the charts and hit the number two slot in August, kept off the top by Elvis. Shortly after “Apeman”, backed with the wonderful “Rats” on the flip, became the group’s last UK top ten hit when it reached number five in the summer. “Days”, “Lola” and “Apeman” apart, these 45’s are now quite hard to find, especially in top condition and prices have risen in the last few years. Expect to pay between £10-20 for the low sellers and up to £30 “Shangri-la”. All were pressed up as yellow demo copies, these are also really sought after and can reach £100+ at auction. A quick shout must go out to Dave Davies at this point. In between 1967 and 1968, he released four cracking solo 45’s and a super rare EP, “Dave Davies Hits”, which is a £200+ artifact nowadays. All four singles (Death of a clown, Suzannah’s still alive, Lincoln County and Hold my hand) are worth seeking out, the last one, in particular, is hard to find and is coveted for it’s fantastic psychedelic B side “Creeping Jean”.

The decline of fortunes in the singles chart was mirrored with the blue label Pye album releases, none of which charted at all. The 1968 release “The Kinks are the village green preservation society” needs no introduction to Kinks aficionado’s, it’s simply one the all-time album masterpieces. Originally envisaged as a twelve track album, a handful of white label promos were pressed up before the track listing was changed to the fifteen track album we all love today. It’s impossible to put a price on the promo copies, but even the released album reaches £200+ in top condition as it sold in small amounts. This album, and it’s follow-up were both released in mono and stereo, the former the harder to locate and more valuable to collectors. They were both encased in very flimsy laminated gatefold sleeves which are invariably damaged and worn, make sure you look after any mint copies out there! “Arthur (or the decline and fall of the British empire)” was released the following year in 1969, and although similarly full of stellar Ray Davies songwriting, this one sold in small amounts too. Hence it has a £100+ price tag nowadays with the “Queen Victoria” insert still there (it’s invariably missing!). 1970’s “Lola vs Powerman and the money-go-round” was the first to be a stereo only release and sold more than the previous two, mainly due to the massive hit singles released at the same time. For a band to release so many groundbreaking and classic songs on Pye, it’s a shame that their parting shot was a soundtrack to
the 1971 Hywel Bennett film “Percy”, a comedy about a man who has a penis transplant. The album still sells for a good price, mainly due to its creators, and Pye also released four tracks from the album as a “maxi-single” with a picture sleeve at the same time. The band signed a contract with RCA in 1971, becoming the “Muswell hillbillies” of that decade who would, at last, have massive success in the USA. But it’s that catalogue on the iconic pink and blue Pye label that will always hold a place in most collectors hearts.


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Loves collecting records. My main loves are 50's rock'n'roll, 60's soul and r'n'b, beat, mod and psych and hopefully will be sharing some nuggets with you over the next few months. Apart from being a vinyl junkie I'm a Arsenal obsessive and a hopelessly romantic drunkard, but don't let put you off, we all have our faults.

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Masters – Corduroy

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series Masters3

In the early 1990s, something unusual happened and something that has not happened since; two small independent British record labels were formed that defined the entire decade musically. On one side driving the Britpop era was Alan McGee’s Creation Records and on the other, Eddie Piller’s Acid Jazz which flew the flag for eclectic soul and funk. Part of that Acid Jazz roster was a band which may have had modest chart success, but retained a loyal fan base and critical acclaim for every album and single they released. NUTs caught up with frontman Richard Searle to talk about Corduroy and their forthcoming headline appearance at Le Beat Bespoke 12.

01. When did you get Corduroy back together and why?

We reformed in 2013 to promote a Corduroy CD box-set released by Cherry Red Records, featuring 3 of our 5 studio albums plus a Japanese live album; plus a previously unreleased live album via Acid Jazz Records.

 02. When did you first become interested in music?

We didn’t have a record player when I was a primary school kid. I grew up during Glam, (Slade, Sweet, T-Rex); but my oldest friend, who lived down my street (Elibank Rd), had a record player and his brother had two Who albums; so The Who were formative, and are still my favourite band.

03. Do you regard yourself as a mod? How did you get into it?

I bought punk records from 77 onwards, The Stranglers, The Damned, Generation X, Devo, Pistols etc, but I used to follow The Jam, they were ‘my life’. I saw them for the first time in 78 (supported by Generation X and Slade). My first parka cost £14 from Paraphernalia in Lewisham). My first bespoke suit, when I was 15, was from a tailor in Lewisham called James Joyce – the jacket still fits. When the ‘mod revival’ happened, I’d already started listening to psych stuff (the first Nuggets album, Velvet Underground, Shadows Of The Night, Electric Prunes, Love), so when the ‘New Psychedelic’ scene reared its head, I was already wearing more ‘swinging sixties’ gear, my hair was a ridiculous back-combed bouffant. I didn’t fit with the British ‘mod’ look, I was never into Two-Tone. When people ask, I say that I was a ‘psychedelic mod’.

04. How did the whole Doctor and the Medics thing come about?

The ‘psych scene’ was based around a couple of clothes shops, The Regal and Sweet Charity and a Soho club called The Clinic (in Gossips – Soho); the resident DJ called himself The Doctor he was my patrol leader in the scouts. The Doctor (Clive) was given the opportunity to record a single on Whaam Records, so he put a band together. It was only supposed to be for the one single, and a couple of gigs, but we had fun and carried on. I left after 8 years.

05. Which clubs did you visit during the late 80s and early 90s?

In the 80s it was mostly psych clubs, The Clinic, The Taste Experience, The Pigeon-Toed Orange Peel, and the Alice In Wonderland (a club which took over from The Clinic, in which The Doctor was resident DJ and The Medics played regularly). I went to The Bat Cave once – once was enough. In the 90’s I was going through a beatnik phase – Smashing, Frat Shack, Tongue Kung Fu. DJs like Martin Green and The Karminski’s were where it was at.

 06. How did you join up with Boy’s Wonder?

Boys Wonder were friends, they were truly great. They sacked the bassist Chris Tate and I filled in for a hand-full of gigs (a couple of head-lines at the Marquee and supporting The Hoodoo Gurus at the Town & Country, now The Forum).Tony Barber then joined.

Despite being ‘in vogue’ they were dropped by their record label, Sire, and then sacked Tony Barber. The Medics had stopped being fun by this point, so when they asked me to join permanently, I did so. The band then started a long downhill spiral of musical styles, band wagon jumping and failed attempts to get re-signed. By the time Boys Wonder finished, we were truly shit.

07. How did you meet Eddie Piller?

Acid Jazz was one of three record labels that the newly formed Corduroy went to see. Ed Piller booked us into his studio two days later.

His first words to me were… ‘Are you a mod?’

08. What is your assessment of the influence of mod on Acid Jazz and vice versa?

Acid Jazz became a refuge for displaced survivors of the mod revival, mainly because it was owned by one, (Ed Piller), but musically it was all over the place. The Sandals came from the ‘beat scene’, Emperor’s New Clothes were proper jazzers, and Mother Earth just wanted to be Traffic. Some bands initially did appeal to mods (JTQ and then Corduroy) but I think musical tastes changed with the labels’ output, which became quite ‘fusion’ orientated. Fifteen-minute hip hop, jazz funk, jam sessions by stone-heads with pubic beards wearing socks on their heads – just isn’t very mod.

09. What was the inspiration for the Corduroy sound?

We each had very different musical tastes, but we all shared a love of film music; this was the main inspiration for the Corduroy sound at its best (the first two albums). By the third album, that uniting force had vanished (lost through ego and endless Steely Dan records). I will always regret not actually leaving Corduroy after the second album.

10. What are you most proud of from your Corduroy years?

Record-wise, I guess the second album – High Havoc. Supporting Blur at Alexandra Palace, (with Pulp and Supergrass), was cool. Seeing the world, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia as well as traveling all over Europe. But my fondest memory is of pulling a girl’s knickers off with my teeth, during an excellent round of strip-dice (a game that I invented).

11. What was it like being signed to Acid Jazz and part of a vibrant scene in music?

The Acid Jazz ‘scene’ meant that people would listen to you, who normally wouldn’t, simply because they were into ‘the scene’. At its best, this meant that there was a family type atmosphere between the bands, and a sense of belonging, plus lots of work. At its worst, by the time Acid Jazz stopped being known as the record label and became regarded as a music genre, the bands couldn’t develop. When Brit-pop then over shadowing things, it became more fashionable than, the Acid Jazz scene, bands identified with ‘the genre’ were ultimately finished. The ‘scene’ itself moved back into the clubs – eventually with Acid Jazz Records buying The Blue-Note.

12. Which clubs did you visit during the 90s? Was Blow Up one of them?

I went to Blow-Up at The Laurel Tree a couple of times, more so when it moved to The Wag… Corduroy played a gig there. I had my own bar tab at The Blue Note.

13. Which bands, music, clubs or scenes have impressed you during the last decade?

Bands: Super Furry Animals, Spiritualised, Verve, Manson, The Dandy Warhols, Kula Shaker, The Prodigy, Earl Brutus,

Clubs: Smashing, was for a year or so, the best.

14. What has been the response to Corduroy coming back?

Very positive; getting lots of international invitations for shows as well as UK interest. We are currently writing new material with every intention of recording a new album.

15. What can we expect from Corduroy at Le Beat Bespoké this year?

Groovy, spy themed, organ-fueled, raw garage, punk-jazz, dirty mod, fun!

16. Are you looking forward to it?

Yes, very much!

 


We are too Richard. Thanks for taking the time to talk to NUTsMag

Corduroy headline Sunday night at lebeatbespoke.com at 229thevenue.co.uk Central London.

Check the bands facebook page here: facebook.com/CorduroyBand/

This interview was originally the one I did with Richard Searle for the updated Influential Factor.


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AKA ‘The Baron’ - Like many of his generation, The Jam started Graham's love affair with all things mod back in 1977. He is the author of 'The Influential Factor - A History Of Mod' which was originally published in 2002. An extract from the book was re-printed in Paolo Hewitt's 'The Sharper Word - revised edition' in 2011. Being a self-confessed 'broad-church' mod, Graham's interests range from Modern Jazz to today's up-coming new bands and everything in between. Although he has a passion for mod history, he also has a passion for the new. Whether it's music, clubs, media of every kind, clothing, scooters or art and photography, Graham supports, promotes and encourages as much as he can, because that's how we keep going. 'Give it a chance' is his motto. If it's not for you, that's cool, at least you tried it.

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