Europe

Newbreed – Los Retrovisores

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Newbreed5

Los Retrovisores a Fuzz Soul band from Barcelona. Sounds louder than 1968.

Band Members:
Victor Asensio: Singer
Leo Hernandez: Bass
Pere Duran: Guitarra
Sergio Sanchez: Hammond
Quim Corominas: Drums
Hector Fàbregas: Chorus and Percussion
Edu Polls: Sax Tenor
Alexis Albelda: Trumpet
Francesc Polls: Bariton Sax

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

Since 2006, most of the members came from a Jamaican music band called ‘The Cutties’.

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

We all are late 60’s and early 70’s dance sounds enthusiasts. We love most of the styles: from R & B to soul, reggae, psych or garage, back to rocksteady, and deep into beat… We’re also very influenced by the 60’s Spanish counterpart of that styles, as you could tell listening to our compositions.

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

There are so many cool bands in our area: Rubén López & The Diatones (reggae) Penny Cocks (punk 77), Mambo Jambo, The Excitements or Los Fulanos (Latin Soul) to name a few…

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

Barcelona has several bands, clubs, promoters, collectors and festivals… Some clubs we highlight: The Boiler Club, Movin’ on, The Gambeat Weekend, Le clean Cut, Wamba buluba and Pill Box. There you’ll find some of our favorite DJ’s: Xavi Beat, Julian Reca, Jordi Duró and many more.

05. How would you describe the style you play?

We just play the music we love to listen and dance to, without more restrictions. Our style evolved at the same rate we did. In our current set list you can find from Spanish soul to groovy funk, even freakbeat.

06. What are your live shows like?

The audience defines it as fresh and fun. We don’t like the bands that make a script for live shows. We improvise and always try to be ourselves. Our repertoire is compact, short and straight to the neck. No time for solos.

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

Our influences are as wide as our musical tastes. Mainly Spanish sixties bands, that like us borrowed the patterns from their own references, but projecting their own personality to their songs. We really love Bruno Lomas, Los Bravos, Los Canarios, Los Salvajes, Los Nivram, Pau Riba… We despise too many people to name it here!

08. What are your main influences outside of music?

Our universe is strongly influenced by the sharp & surrealistic Monty Phyton’ sense of humor. The French nouvelle vague and its evolutions are also one source of inspiration for our lyrics and videos.

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

Everybody does his one’s bit, but to date most of the songs were written by Victor and Pere. This has changed in our last recordings introducing compositions by Leo and Hector.

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

Our favorite song from the current repertoire comes from our EP Alma y Pisotón. It’s named ‘Me olvidé de ti’ wich, by the way, it’s been just released on video in a ‘Horror B movie’ style. Check it out! Our choice by another artist is Fire & Ice’s Music Man. We loved the complex brass arrangements and changing our regular subject –love- to an ode to that DJs that make us dance party over party, and that’s why we covered it (you can find our version at Alma y Pisotón EP too)

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

The underground scene, at least in our city, is in a good shape regarding shows and parties. We all participate in one way or another, Victor, for example, is deeply involved with The Gambeat Weekend & the clubs Pillbox 60’s Club and Bread & Groove.

12. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

To forge ahead the band, beside the financial precarity of our members, the lack of public resources and benefits for empowering culture, and the economic depression that we are all suffering.

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

We rehearse minimum once a week and play an average of three or four shows per month. More than two years passed between our debut album and our second release “Alma y pisotón”, but we’re reducing the time between recordings and we’ll release our third record in June, one year after the previous release.

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

In Catalonia the mass media doesn’t give coverage to the bands that don’t belong to the mainstream market. For some time now, specialized magazines start to write about us. We also make great use of the social networks to reach our fans.

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

We’d love to record in London with George Martin and a gigantic strings & brass orchestra, just like Spanish duet Manolo y Ramón did back in 1970. We’d also like to record with Ricard Miralles, arranger for Joan Manel Serrat in the album dedicated to Antonio Machado.

16. 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’re still working on consolidating our own sound and our show. We’d like to make people outside the scene dance, without losing authenticity or selling out. We’d like to say thanks for our appearances at Euro Ye Ye Mod Festival (Gijon, SP), Purple Weekend, Festival Beat (IT), Soundflat Ballroom Bash (GER) and look forward to our first ever show in the UK (London) at Le Beat Bespoke, Easter – 16th April 2017.

Discography:

VVAA – “L’Edat Daurada” (Jamaican Memories, 2008) CD
VVAA – “Moderno pero español, vol. 8” (Bon Vivant, 2009) CD
VVAA – Somos los Mods vol.1 (Bip Bip Records, 2010) CD
“La nostalgia ya no es lo que era” (Flor y Nata Records, 2011) LP/CD
“Alma y Pisotón” (Soundflat records/BCore Disc, 2013) EP 7″
“En el surco” (Soundflat records/BCore Disc, 2014) EP 7″
“Sonido Joanic” (BCore Disc/Soundflat records, 2016) LP/CD

Web Links:

facebook.com/Los-Retrovisores
bcoredisc.com
facebook.com/los.retrovisores
twitter.com/LosRetrovisores


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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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February 23, 2017 By : Category : Bands Europe Front Page Interviews Music Scene Tags:, , , , ,
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Hey! Mr DJ – Michael Wink

NUTsMag recently caught up with Michael Wink for a quick chat about music…

1. How and when did you get into music and what were you listening to then?

I bought my first scooter in 1984 and then got involved in Düsseldorfs Mod scene. There has been a good scene with some great clubs like ‘The Pops’ or ‘Okie Dokie’. Because of the British Army in our area we had many British Mod bands playing live, like Purple Hearts and The Moment.

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

At a Mod/Sixties Club called: Villa Körner in 1989

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

There where so many over all over Europe. But the first Purple Weekend in 1997 is still very present in my mind, more because I didn’t know what I was going to expect. It was a bombastic five-day-weekend. Direct afterwards by car to Italy, Cattolica for the next weekender.

4. What so far, has been your worst DJ experience?

On a wedding day, where everybody asks for strange songs that I don’t actually know.

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

I don’t have any special favourite DJs. Nowday, there are so many very good and intersting Djs on the scene, whichthen I really love. It never ever can get boring for me!

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

The first Kent-Soul Compilations, because that sound was hard to find in Germany and it wasn’t played at most of the club nights.

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

Once I found two copies in one time from Tintern Abbey – Vacuum Cleaner on UK Deram in a German record magazine called Oldie Markt for just a tenner. I bought just one, but in thinking that it could be easy to get another copy again, I sold my copy at an Untouchables Rally for one hundred to help finance the weekend. The guy, who bought it, was dancing on a table afterwards. Then I realised I had made a mistake and never found another copy sadly.

8. Who was your biggest influence musically and your favourite artist(s)?

In the late 80’s we start to listen to Mod-Jazz like Mose Allison, Brother Jack McDuff and Ramsey Lewis Trio. I’m still into that sound. Later I came more into British Freakbeat, because of bands like The Action and The Birds.

9. Do you collect specific labels/artists/genres?

No, I like to collect many different styles.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Over the last 25 years, I have run so many clubs and weekenders in Germany. Now I run the Monkey Cave 60’s Club in Duisburg and The Two Men From L.I.N.Z. Weekender in Linz.

11. What is the record you would most like to own?

Wow, there are still so very many!

12. Please give us a top 10 all time favourites and a current top 5 spins?

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:
The Action – I’ll keep on holding on
The Jam – In The City
The Sonics – The Witch
Marcia Griffins – Feel Like Jumpin
Berts Apple Crumble – The Quick
Rebel Rousers – As I look
The Majority – One Third
Joanie Sommers – Don’t Pity Me
Joe Jama – My life
Yvonne Baker – You Didn’t Say A Word
Timi Yuro – It Will Be Never Over For Me

Current Top 5 Tracks:
Otis Lee – Hard Row To Hoe – Quaint
The Lively Set – Blues get off my shoulder – Satin
The Staccatos – Stop Rockin The Boat – Rocket
Little Jimmy Ray – You Need To Fall In Love – Gallant
The Lost Souls – Secret Of Mine – Raven

Web Links:

www.facebook.com/michael.wink

 


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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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July 20, 2016 By : Category : DJs Europe Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, , ,
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Marta Ren (Newbreed)

Marta Ren & The Groovelvets are based in Porto, Portugal with current band members: Marta Ren (vox), Hugo Danin (drums), Bruno Macedo (guitar), Sérgio Marques (bass), Sérgio Alves (keyboards), Manu Idhra (percussion), Fábio Almeida ( tenor sax), Nelson Ferreira (trumpet) and Hugo Marinheiro (baritone sax)

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

I started to sing professionally at 16 years of age, my first band “Sloppy Joe” were together, playing for 10 years, then came “The Bombazines”, I was already thinking of doing a solo album before the band finally ended. Three years ago, I started finding and talking to the musicians that I needed to make the album that I wanted to and I named them “The Groovelvets”, and then the adventure started!

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

Classic soul and funk, that’s what unites us. We also like other genres but what we really have in common is the love for that core music.

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

Almost every band coming from Daptone Records, Record Kicks or Timmion Records, I think the reason it’s obvious, they are releasing great classic soul and funk often with a modern twist.

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

In the 60’s in Portugal, most of the bands played a lot of covers with adapted lyrics in Portuguese. We also have our famous ‘Fado’ singers and our traditional Portuguese songwriters.

05. How would you describe the style you play?

Classic soul and Funk.

06. What are your live shows like?

Normally we have nine musicians on stage, giving it all they’ve got. They’re energetic shows, you have little spaces to breathe, but we came to get you right after you catch your breath.

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

I love music in general , if I like a song it doesn’t matter what genre, but my main influences are soul and funk singers or bands. We play a cover from The Doors and another by Lucille Mathis. I despise everything that’s not done with truth and soul.

08. What are your main influences outside of music?

I like arts in general , I studied graphic arts from my 10º to 12º grade, but I think what influences me more are the movies.

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

I always wrote my own lyrics and melodies, I think it’s important to really feel what you’re singing, the compositions came from different composers, some from the producer “New Max”, others from the bass player “Sérgio Marques” others from the guitar player “Bruno Macedo”, one from “Lino Matos” and other from “Eurico Amorim” former Bombazines. I mainly deal with life, with love relationships, frustration, unconformity, sometimes I write about friends stories or stories from movies that I relate to.

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

That’s a tough one… it depends, on Monday my favorite is “So Long” and “I wanna go back”, Tuesday “Let’s talk about the kids” and “2 kinds of men”, Wednesday “Release Me” and “It’s today”, Thursday “I’m coming home” and “Smiling Faces” and Friday “Be ma Fela” and “Don’t Look”. It’s so hard to say one, I have many, the first it came to my mind was “Try a little Tenderness” from Otis Redding.

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

If you asked me that 10 years ago, I could answer, now I don’t really know. I’m very focused on my family my dogs, my rehearsals with the band, I always try to suggest new arrangements for the songs or live show.

12. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

Every record or show are big challenges, but I think the biggest is yet to come.

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

We try to rehearse every week, with or without shows. Playing live, it really depends on various things, but normally we have three/four shows per month, it depends on the season. We have a lot of interesting shows coming up in Spain, France and England and at this moment we have a new video for “Release Me”.

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

It’s the same I think in other similar subjects or arts, normally they cover with high-attention what they are told to do or paid to do, not what has real quality and new potential interest. It’s supposedly dangerous to cover interesting things, people could get clever with that and have their own new ideas!

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

The past days I spend listening to the new Red Hot Chilli Peppers album ‘The Getaway’.

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

Every record or producer has their own charm, I don’t really have a favourite. When I start recording I always feel like it’s going to be the first and last thing that I’m going to do in my entire life.

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 expect to play this album as much as I can live, everywhere, all over the world, and make enough money to pay my bills and make the next record. Fortunately I have more than I expected , in Portugal a few new Festivals (not despising the other gigs, every gig is important and interesting to me) and I’m excited to go to Euro Yé Yé and Blues Kitchen and Brighton Weekender.

Discography:
2002 – SINGLE ‘An Easy Night’s Day’,
2003 – EP ‘A Watchjob Apple’,
2004 – LP ‘The Profile Fillers Sing Your Destruction’, 2007 LP ‘Jimmy’

Web Links:
profilefillers.com
facebook.com/marta.ren
instagram.com/martaren_groovelvets
facebook.com/MartaRenTheGroovelvets
myspace.com/profilefillers
twitter.com/martagrooveren
soundcloud.com/profilefillers

 


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drrobert

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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July 13, 2016 By : Category : Bands Club Soul Europe Front Page Interviews Modern RnB Scene Tags:, , , , , , ,
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Hey! Mr DJ – Paddy Dreadful

This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 4

We recently caught up with Belfast DJ, Co-Reanimator, Dr Crippen’s Waiting Room; Chief Drummister @ Thee Penny Dreadfuls, Paddy Dreadful and quizzed him about his musical obsessions and passions.

01. How and when did you get into music and what were you listening to then?

The first music that caught my attention was my Mum n Dad’s Queen’s Greatest Hits tape in the car. I went with my pocket-money and bought A Night At The Opera, and on reflection, a 12-year-old buying a 1975 prog rock LP must’ve concerned my parents.

02. Where was your first DJ slot?

Lou’s 30th birthday party. We didn’t have any clubs that played the music we wanted to hear, so we started our own… and Cripz was born unto us!

03. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

DoubleSight Tokyo. Just the most bestest experience ever.

04. So far, what has been your worst DJ experience?

Doing the door at Cripz, where I was asexually harassed by a skinhead who looked like Nick Cotton. She was terrifying!

05. Your favourite scene DJ’s, and why?

Uncle Jack is the king of the mods, without Rob Bailey there wouldn’t be any of this; and when he turns up, Sarge is alright too I suppose.

06. What has shaped your DJ sound & why?

My frequent visits to Leeds to party with The Evil Hoodoo crew made me the man I am today. Blame them.

07. What was your best ever find/discovery?

A 6lb lump of ambergris on the beach. Result.

08. Who was your biggest influence musically and your favourite artist?

I had the honour of playing drums with Dave Lewis’ Andwellas Dream two years ago. Love & Poetry is such a good album, and playing with the band really was something special.

09. Do you collect specific labels/artists/genres?

Nope. If I like it… and I can afford it…. I buy it!

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

I’m usually in from work before 3:00, but if you could leave til’ after The Chase.

11. What is the record you would most like to own?

A Penny Dreadfuls platinum disc.

Next Club Spots: EuroYeYe, DoubleSight, Cripz

Current Top 5:
1. BZN – Just Fancy
2. Paul King – Mabrouk
3. Velvet Night – The Velvet Night
4. Equip 84 – Ladro
5. Love Society – Wanda

Alltime Top Ten :
1. Andwella – Hold On To Your Mind
2. Dick Wagner & The Frost – Sunshine
3. Sheephouse – Ladder
4. Rasputin – Sympathy For The Devil
5. Owl – Spirits
6. Rocky Cabbage – Freedom
7. La Revolution Francaise – Y Mouille A Sciaux
8. Help – Runaway
9. The Flies – Magic Train
10. Boney M – Belfast


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drrobert

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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June 15, 2016 By : Category : DJs Europe Front Page Music Tags:, , ,
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French Boutik (Newbreed)

This entry is part 17 of 22 in the series Newbreed4

Band Members:

Serge: Guitar and vocals
Gabriela: Lead vocals
Zelda: Drums and vocals
Jean-Marc: Bass

Discography:

2012 – Les Chats de Gouttère EP
2013 – Ici Paris Double 45 
2014 – Mieux comme ça double 45

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

Serge and Zelda met at a soul night he was DJing in 2010 and started songwriting together. I (singer Gabriela) started with the group in 2011 and Jean-Marc joined us just this past year in 2014. We’re all more or less active in the mod/ skinhead scenes here in Paris so met at various shows and DJ nights.

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

We all love classic pop, rnb, soul, jazz, rocksteady, Britpop and powerpop, but then as our members are so varied it goes all over the place!

However, we’ve been listening to more and more new powerpop recently, due to sharing the stage with lots of great bands like Paul Collins and The Riots, and are really trying to create a brand new sound vs being retro.

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

Yes, also from Paris is a great latin boogaloo band called Paz Antiguana and a new garage/pop group called Jon & The Vons. Also there are lots of great bands in France right now, it’s really exciting: Les Grys-Grys, Gemma & The Travelers, The Gentlemen’s Agreements, Tower Brown, Les Kitschenettes. The sounds are all different and they tend to be a bit more “retro” than us but they are all good. More rock oriented but also excellent from Paris are Les Soucoupes Violentes, and our friend Popincourt will be releasing an album soon, Zelda and I guested on backing vocals so have heard a bit and it’s great so far.

On the less underground side, also in France there is a really good group called Archimede. Kind of Britpop in spirit but in French.

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

Small but dedicated: Friends have soul DJ nights – Paris Magic City is always fantastic and worth a trip over, there is Bam Bam 007 for regular reggae nights, and bars like Le Tiki Lounge and the Pigalle Country Club are small but have good DJs regularly. Les Minets were putting on absolutely incredible allnighters for a while there, hopefully again soon. 

However as the mod scene is so small here live gigs tend to be focused on garage and soul as those can get a more general “60s or soul dance party” audience.

05. How would you describe the style you play?

Pop Moderniste. For us it’s a short way of summarizing: Pop, French and Mod but Modern! We tend to be pretty varied in different songs: some more lighter and jazzy, some psych, some straightforward powerpop, some a bit garage… We get bored easily and don’t like to repeat ourselves.

06. What are your live shows like?

I would say they are surprising to people who expect us to be aloof and posing: we play a lot with powerpop bands and also mostly to non-French speaking audiences who may not know us (as the scene here is so small most of our shows are international – mostly in the UK but we have played in Spain, Ireland, the US, Germany, Canada, Russia, Denmark, Sweden and Italy), so as our songs can be a bit complex on the records we try to do a more powerful and straightforward show where we really connect with the audience even if they cannot understand the lyrics.

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

Honestly it’s really hard to say as we really are trying to create something new. I can say just what we listen to – besides classic soul, rnb, soul, 60s pop etc for French sounds we all dig Jacques Dutronc, Henri Salvador, Nino Ferrer and Bertrand Burgalat but are pretty varied within the group. Serge is a huge Kinks, Jam and XTC fan, while Zelda is extremely varied with Oi, soul and Britpop, among my favorites are The Zombies, The Everly Brothers & Herbie Goins, and Jean-Marc loves the Beatles and The Most. We also like Blondie, The Damned, The Clash and other punk and new wave bands.

We do adaptations of Madness and The Clash for the Specialized compilations benefiting the Teenage Cancer trust but while we tried to remain true to the spirit of the originals the arrangement is quite different and also they both have new French lyrics. We also do In The Meantime pretty faithful to the Georgie Fame version, but in French of course!

Hmm for despising it is harder: I guess really anything that is manufactured top 40 pop or mainstream rock radio.

08. What are your main influences outside of music?

Serge is a graphic designer so really nice images are important to us and we are all clothes horses which makes band photos easy (apart from never matching)! And a few of us are politically active and we spend a lot of time debating politics which is reflected in the lyrics of our songs. Zelda being a language teacher, Jean-Marc a journalist and my father having been a poet and author also probably all contributes to making lyrics very important to us.

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

Serge composes almost all of the music, while we split lyrics duties. Zelda has written all of the English language songs (but she also writes in French), Serge some, myself (Gabriela) some, and it is great when all 3 of us can collaborate. And we are really happy as Jean Marc has just written his first text (about the useless journalists that you can’t escape here) so we won’t be short of ideas from now on!

Our subjects tend to be either funny or serious observations and critiques of society, we only have one love song, and most of them are in French as that’s the language that we speak to each other in.

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

I think for ours I’ll have to go with Le Mac, about a detestable French politician, coming out very soon. But for other artists so hard to choose, maybe Billy Bragg’s Greetings to the New Brunette? Or Waterfall by Jimmy Cliff always makes me happy.

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

It seems that the mod scene is coming out with lots of interesting new sounds internationally which is really exciting, for a long time bands were stuck in retro or copycat mode and now are mixing things up a lot. There are cool bands not just in the UK but in Sweden, Russia, Brazil, Argentina and all over the place. We are trying our best to keep up with them all!

12. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

I’d have to say the lack of places to play in France, a problem common to all of the groups here, which means that we go abroad to play most of the time and we love to play live so we end up arranging lots of trips. Of course that is absolutely wonderful for us, we love to travel and meet people and it is so cool to see the enthusiasm in the UK and other places where normally foreign language groups don’t do so well. But it presents financial challenges, we need to cover the cost of travel each time and also get time off work.

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

We rehearse at least once per week and sometimes twice, and play live as often as we can, that usually means one big weekend abroad with 2-4 shows per month.

We record about once a year, and hopefully will release our first album in 2016! We love 45s but everyone has been asking for an album, it’s a bit tough for financing but we hope to be able to crowdfund as we did our last record. We have tons of new songs, 3 already recorded, 4 in almost final shape and a few others in the pipeline and they are all over the place as far as subject matter and style.

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

It sucks, outside of small sites and fanzines, always the same groups and especially in France it seems very controlled by the music industry, people are afraid to like anything different.

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

All of the French bands we mention above, and for international mod scene bands our favorites are The Riots, The Most, The Shalalas and The Sound of Pop Art. And we recently picked up the new album by Paul Collins and it was just as good as his older classics with The Nerves and The Beat, definitely go to see him if you get the chance. In the UK recently, we also got to play with The Boss who were fantastic, and we will soon again play with Trambeat which is always a treat.

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

We love where we currently record whenever we have the chance, Yeah!Yeah!Yeah! Studios in Hamburg, they have a perfect combination of old and new for recording and mixing. Dennis Rux is the engineer there and he seems to perfectly understand what we are trying to do, does not over-engineer out “flaws” and has great suggestions for little touches that really make the song. If we were to change, we would go with Gavin Linch and Graham Lentz at Rocket Studios in Croydon, they just mixed a demo for us that we are really happy with, also a natural sound but with finesse.

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?

As mentioned before, hopefully our first album next year, followed by more records that we are proud of, other than that and playing lot of fun gigs with cool bands that’s pretty much all of our ambition.

We have a rare gig in Paris this Friday with our friends The Most from Sweden which will be a nice boost during a rather sad time here. And for 2016, we’re really excited to play with Graham Day’s new band The Senior Service in Putney in January, and after that back for March of the Mods Reading with Geno Washington, Trambeat and the ShaLaLas and 2 dates with SlimShack from Brighton over the weekend, and then MOTM Margate for our first show there which should be really fun. And seems back in the UK in June too now!

(By the way, thank you New Untouchables, we played our first UK show ever for your night in Camden and as you can see now the UK is where we play the most)

And, if we can swing it, we’d love to get to Latin America next year. We are not really sure why but if you look at the countries of the fans of our group there are lots in Argentina and Mexico, they are right after France, the UK, Spain and Ireland. We got to go to Montreal in August for the Modtreal weekender and the US before that but it takes a lot of planning and is very expensive so we’ll see!

Web Links:

Main Site: www.facebook.com/frenchboutik
Videos: www.youtube.com/user/gabs150/videos
Social Networks: www.facebook.com/frenchboutiks 
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/french-boutik

To buy our current releases:

To buy Mieux Comme Ca: www.copasetic.de/french-boutik-mieux-comme-ca
To buy previous vinyl: Sold at CopaseDisques, search: www.amazon.co.uk for French Boutik

Updated Releases and Tour Dates: www.facebook.com/frenchboutik/events


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drrobert

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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December 1, 2015 By : Category : Bands Europe Front Page Interviews Music Scene Tags:, , ,
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Euroyeyé 21st Anniversary

Easier said than done!

Once again, from July 31 to August 2 Gijon became the world’s capital of the 60’s underground and European mod scene. After our twentieth anniversary last year our home at the Oasis discotheque was turned into a McDonald’s drive through so how would this year’s weekender go?

We started this year on Friday 31st July with the presentation of two great books. “Mods: a guide for an elegant life” by Dani Llabrés (Lenoir editions) a must-buy if you enjoy our scene (and understand Spanish), and the Lambretta Club of Spain book about the Lambretta factory in Eibar.

After that, a first alldayer with DJs in the Patio de la Favorita and another parallel scooterist meeting with craft beers to taste, DJs and scooterist stalls. And right after, at 22h, the first concert in the Plaza Mayor de Gijon with over 5.000 people enjoying it. The Excitements firstly on their own and then with Julián Maeso and Miguel Herrero backing soul diva Betty Harris (with her three backing singers) was a wonderful show and great way to start the weekend.
 After that our first allnighter at the amazing Dragon Discotheque and with almost no time to sleep, Saturday’s ride out started with the roar of a 200 scooters at Blow Up Club’s terrace, facing the beach of San Lorenzo in a strangely sunny day for our asturian climate. Many people said that the ride out was the most beautiful in the recent years but this, my friends, you have to be here to experience it by yourselves.

Vermouth and food in a restaurant in Castiello de Bernueces with lovely views over the entire council of Gijón, sweepstakes, prizes (this time the furthest travellers were a couple of classic Vespa riders from Cadiz over 1000kms x 2 to get here!) And then rushing to the “Battle of the Bands” at Discoteca Acapuclo. The Pow Pow Pows won it this year, congrats!
 Two hours after, Acapulco was ready to receive the Extended Plays and American’s Powder for the first time in Europe. Both concerts striped high but “the American Who” aroused great enthusiasm among the public, undoubtedly one of the highlights of this edition. After that, two simultaneous allnighters in both venues (100mts one from the other) were accessible with a wristband. Soul Music with special guest DJ Ginger Taylor in the Dragon and 60s rock music, garage and freakbeat in Acapulco.
On Sunday we still had the alldayer in the Patio de la Favorita and concerts by young European bands The Carnations (UK) and Les Grys Grys (Fr) who, incidentally, tore down the nightclub with their rave 60’s r&b covers. I don’t know if they will be the same when they have their own songs but their strength on stage is indisputable, currently the most powerful combo in the world in their style.

Thank you very much to collaborators, sponsors and all who have participated and attended another year of Euro YeYe and especially the sponsors of the Scootercruzada, Scootering Mag, Ancoralba, Scooterist Factory, Lambretta locomociones, Only Scooters, ASM Scooters, Scooterup, Scooter Classic Oils, Gijón, Vespa and Lambretta Club of Spain (not sure if I leave one out, forgive me). Till the next time Felix.

Photos by: Carolina Santos Noval for the full selection go to: facebook.com/euroyeyegijon


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Felix EuroYeYe

Organizador de weekends mods y 60's como el Euroyeyé y el Beat Goes On. In Gijon, Spain.

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September 23, 2015 By : Category : Bands DJs Europe Events Front Page Music Reviews Scene Tags:, , ,
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Fashion – The Shift Dress

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Fashion Scene 2

The shift dress might have been simple in design but in fashion terms, the word  ‘shift’ summed up perfectly the big changes taking place in British culture – particularly for women.

This loose comfortable style probably had it roots in the 1920s when the flapper girls wore dresses that didn’t cinch at the waist so they could dance about in them.

The ‘shift’ is the antithesis of the so-called ‘wiggle’ dress of the 40s and 50s, as you can actually walk in it or as Mary Quant was often quoted as saying: “Run for a bus in it!” 

This functional form has it’s roots in the sack dress of the late 50s which was designed by Givenchy. The style at this time was more fitted than it’s 60’s reincarnation. But the main elements were there.

The neck would often have a slash or boat neck. There would be no sleeves and there would be a couple of darts sewn in at the bust. Sometimes it would have a kick-pleat for more freedom of movement.

On the other side of the Atlantic, a beach-side juice bar had also cottoned onto the idea that women needed clothes that were functional as well as fashionable.

Lily Pulitzer was an American socialite living the dream in Palm Beach with her husband Peter who owned a number of orange groves there. She decided to start selling juice from the fruits that they grew to then sell to the tourists.

She asked her dressmaker whether she could run her up something that wouldn’t show up the juice stains. The result was a series of shift dresses in bright colours and patterns that suited the relaxed sunny attitudes of Palm Beach at the time.

Soon Lily was selling more dresses than juice and they became known as ‘Lilly’ dresses. Her designs really took off when Jackie Kennedy was photographed for ‘Life’ magazine featuring one of her outfits. Lilly dresses were suddenly all the rage and a fashion brand (which still exists today) was born as a result.

The early ‘shift’ dress wasn’t as short as its later 60s counterpart. It fell somewhere on the knee. It wasn’t until Mary Quant shorted the dress by 7-8 inches that it took on a new life again.

Quant was influenced by earlier modifications of the dress by iconic 60s designer Andre Courreges, a designer that was heavily influenced by modernist design, Courreges, loved the streamlined look the shift lent itself to and would often use the basic outline shape as a tunic to be worn with trousers.

Towards the mid-60s, the outline of the dress started to become more ‘A-line’ and with a flare-out from the waist and modern fabrics enabled this outline to hold its shape. Variations on the shift dress resulted in the so-called ‘tent’ dress and the ‘trapeze’ dress which was almost triangular in shape and flared out at the sides so it would ‘swing’ as you moved.

Designers began to be more playful with the designs – they introduced cut-out shapes such as circles and key holes or panels with plastic or even metal details. The more space-age and utilitarian the better. As the decade progressed the shift became the subject of bright colour and pattern and ‘op-art’ designs. Block colour panels were also a popular feature such as those on Yves Saint Laurent’s, now iconic, ‘Mondrian’ dress which paid a homage to the bold work of the
modern artist.

It’s no surprise then that the shift dress has endured over the ensuing decades. Not only is it a simple dress to make – it’s also simple to wear. All you need are some well-chosen accessories. But most of all it represents as period of emancipation for women who wanted to express their new found freedoms in a shape that didn’t define their gender and instead allowed them to
define themselves.


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Claire Mahoney

At the age of 13 mod made perfect sense to me. I liked the look and the attitude - but most of all I liked the music. Secret Affair was my entry point, but they were soon playing second fiddle in my affections to The Jam. Paul Weller, of course, proceeded to break mine and many others hearts in 1982, when he put an end to that particular musical roller coaster – but what it meant was that, uninterested in anything else that was happening in music at the time, I had to look back. I was lucky enough to be given two plastic bags full of 60s 45s by my uncle who used to stock the jukeboxes back in the day. Their contents included a number of Stax originals, plus the Who and the Small Faces, as well as Motown classics from The Four Tops and the Supremes. So, when Phil Collins charted in the mid 80s with 'You Can't Hurry Love' it was nice to be able to say: “I've got the original of that!” It became quite an irritating habit of mine over the years. These days I still enjoy discovering new, old music, be it soul, rnb or jazz, as well as witnessing mod taken another turn among today's youth with bands like The Strypes. My day job as a journalist means I am lucky enough to be able to write about music and modernism now and again. Other than that you'll find me mostly on the dance floor or on eBay still looking for that perfect A line dress.

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Marco Traxel (Traxman) – Hey! Mr DJ

This entry is part 20 of 20 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 2

DJ Traxman: or Marco Traxel is owner of the record label Soundflat Records, resident DJ at the Mongogo Cologne and Hip Shakin’ Beat Club, host of the Rarejerk Treat radio show and organiser of the SFR Ballroom Bash in Cologne, he is based in Cologne, Germany

How and when did you get into music and what were you listening to then?

I got into music when I was 12 years old and directly started collecting vinyl from my little pocket-money and I started with Metal.

Where was your first DJ slot?

It was much later, when I was studying and already collected Garage, Beat and Soul music, in a little club in Bonn called Blow Up. Together with my friend Andreas we were djing there every Wednesday.

What was your most memorable DJ spot?

That’s very difficult to answer, as I think each DJ spot has something special about it. However, some of the most outstanding parties and festivals I experienced were in Spain; of course the pool-parties at the Festival Beat in Italy and also the DJ-tour through Japan was unforgettable.

What so far, has been your worst DJ experience?

When I got stuck in a snow storm on my way to Hamburg and after I finally arrived I could only play a few more songs before the Party was over.

Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Uff, it’s very hard to name only one, there are many good ones, who contributed a lot to the “scene”, dig out more or less unknown records and have their very own style. In Germany to me the “topnotch”- DJs are Michael Wink, Lutz Räuber, Christof Sonnenberg and Kevin the ‘K’. And outside of Germany I think Miguel Ygarza, El Nino (RIP), Rob Bailey, Sebas Aviles, Slim and Goffry. All of them make the crowd dance!

What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

Through collecting vinyl from an early age I opened up more and more to different genres and got deeper and deeper into the music, which altogether happened to create the mixture between Psychedelic sounds, R&B, Garage and Soul that has proven itself as my preferred DJ-sound. Also the punkrock background (that directly followed my Metal-past) heavily influenced me.

What was your best ever find/discovery?

There were many, but especially in the times where there was no internet yet and you could really only find the records through detours and spending lots of time and energy, the feeling of finally finding what you were looking for was amazingly rewarding. Of course the internet contributed to finding many items on your want list, that made me happy, such as the Headhunters “Times we share” or Troy Dodds’ “Try My Love”, but the above described collector’s romantic is a bit lost this way.

Who was your biggest influence musically and your favourite artist(s)?

I have to say that the Pebbles-Compilations and Back From The Grave-Compilations pushed me a lot into the direction I mainly collect now. Among artists I would say The Headcoats, The Untamed Youth, The Sonics back in their days, and I love The Kinks.

Do you collect specific labels/artists/genres?

Yes, for a long time now my focus has been mainly on Garage, Psych, Freakbeat, R&B, Northern Soul. I also like collecting themes like “outter space”, “horror” and with the focus on 12” I like the Hawaiian sound and Soundtracks.

Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Every fourth Friday in Cologne at the Buzz Club at Mongogo Cologne, and when you keep your eyes open you might catch me djing at different 60s events all over Europe, or at my monthly radio-show – the Rarejerk Treat on Yeahright Radio for example every Tuesday evening.

What is the record you would most like to own?

My want list is very long and changes (more or less) daily.

Please give us a top 10 all time favourites and a current top 5 spins?

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

Zu Zu Man – Zu Zu Blues Band (A&M – 1966)
The Headhunters – Times We Share (Fenton – 1967)
Heidi Brühl – Berlin (Philips – 1969)
The Tropics – As Time’s Gone (Columbia, 1967)
Eric St. Laurent – Le Temps D’y Penser (Barclay, 1966)
Vernon Harrell – Slick Chick (Lescay, 1963)
Adam’s Recital – There’s No Place For Lonely People (Barclay, 1967)
The Saints – Know Your Product (EMI, 1978)
Chuck Wood – Seven Days Too Long (Roulette, 1967)
Sleepy – Love’s Immortal Fire (CBS, 1968)

Current Top 5 Tracks:

Jimmy McCracklin – What’s That (Mercury, 1960)
David – Please Mr. Policeman (Philips, 1969)
4 P.K. – Down And Out (HOL, 1966)
Jack Hammer – Down In The Subway (Polydor, 1968)
The Hooterville Trolley – No Silver Bird (Lynnette, 1968)

Main Site:
soundflatrecords.de

Social Networks:
facebook.com/soundflatrecords

Videos:
‘Sheephouse: Ladder’ – youtube.com/watch?v=R_XTSWNFWc4
‘Joe Jama: My Life’ – youtube.com/watch?v=K0AQBFiPRCk

Next Club Spots: Wáchina Wáchina Festival, Valencia, Buzz Club Cologne, The Two Men From L.I.N.Z. etc.


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drrobert

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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February 4, 2015 By : Category : Beat DJs Europe Front Page Interviews RnB Tags:, , ,
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Lolo – Hey! Mr DJ

This entry is part 19 of 20 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 2

DJ Lolo is Co-organizer of Pop-Think-In! and Instant Party weekender, also active member of The John Colby Sect, based in A Coruña. Galicia, Spain. We grabbed a chance to quiz him on some of his favourite things!

How and when did you get into music and what were you listening to then?

I remember myself as a child listening to my Dad’s LPs: Beatles, Deep Purple, Simon And Garfunkel but probably wouldn’t be writing these lines if a school friend hadn’t of taped me a Jam compilation when I was 15, then came The Who, Kinks, Small Faces and so on.

Where was your first DJ slot?

In the summer of 98 in a little town where I used to spend the summers, mainly for the free drinks, just like today he! he!

What was your most memorable DJ spot?

Difficult to answer, but some came to mind like the first Le Beat Bespoke, Beat Goes On, Mushroom Machine (always a blast!), Upclub, UFO weekend in Toledo.

What so far, has been your worst DJ experience?

Getting into a club and finding out there’s none or only one turntable, luckily it’s been a very long time since that happened.

Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Must go back to my younger days and I think I should mention Speed, Philippe Golbert, Rob Bailey and Mr. Anello. They played the tunes I liked and loads of unknown stuff to me in the same vein. When you felt like “What the hell is this??” Also I was very impressed the last time I heard Stephan Golowka djing a couple of years back in Euroyeye.

What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

You can see above, tapes were very important for me at that time. Like the Mousetrap ones and Rob Bailey’s Hipshakers Series.

What was your best ever find/discovery?

Bargains are still out there. But getting Smoke “Dreams of dreams” in a “Lot of UK Prog 45s” for was certainly a standout. Also The Bucket 45 for 15$ (sending the cash inside an envelope aah, those crazy pre-Paypal daze!)

Who was your biggest influence musically and your favourite artist(s)?

Small Faces, Pretty Things, Hollies, Simon And Garfunkel, Who, Zombies, Kinks, Byrds, Left Banke, Powder, Tomorrow, Smoke, Nazz, Attack, The Jam, Prisoners. The British bands from mid to late 60s are most of all amazing to my ears, no matter if they made 5 LP’s or just a one-off 45.

Do you collect specific labels/artists/genres?

Not really, but I love Page One, Immediate and Decca/Deram labels.

Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

I currently co-organize the Pop-Think-In! parties in my hometown, next month will be our fifth anniversary!

What is the record you would most like to own?

Oh Difficult. But Factory “Path through the forest” has been in my want list since the beginning of times. Also one of the best UK psych 45s, both sides.

Please give us a top 10 all time favourites and a current top 5 spins?

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

Fleur de Lys – “Mud In Your Eye”
Rupert’s People – “Dream In My Mind”
Billy Nicholls – “Would You Believe”
Kinks – “Shangri-la”
Powder – “Magical Jack”
Tony Colton – “I’ve Laid Some Down In My Time”
Smoke – “It’s Just Your Way Of Lovin’”
Byrds – “She Don’t Care About Time”
Big Star – “The Ballad Of El Goodo”
Zombies – “Changes”

Current Top 5 Tracks:

Elastic Prism – “Time Change”
Abdullahs Regime – “Sally I Do”
Soul Inc – “The Leaves Of Grass”
Booby Trap – “Jenny Hill And Marilyn Bloom”
Quest – “The Last Days”

Main Site:
popthinkin.com
thejohncolbysect.com

Social Networks:
facebook.com/lolo.pelouro
facebook.com/popthinkin
facebook.com/thejohncolbysect

Next Club Spots:
You can find me at Mushroom Machine in Madrid, 14th February 2015
Also: Pop-Think-In! –  5th Anniversary on 7th March 2015.


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drrobert

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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Euroyeye 20th Anniversary

Gijon, Spain- 31 July 4 August 2014

Hundreds of Mods and 60’s lovers from around the World have gathered in Gijon every summer for the last twenty years for this unique festival in the northern Spanish province of Asturias. This means a great deal to us so we put probably the best line-up in our history together to celebrate this milestone.

Thursday kicked off in style with a free live gig in the main square of the city with local Spanish Soul band Attica Revolution warming up the 4000+ people with a great mix of originals and covers before Motown legend Brenda Holloway hit the stage for the first time in Spain and blitzed the audience with a magnificent performance. Brenda played almost the same set as Modstock covering big hits ‘When I’m Gone’, ‘Every Little Bit Hurts’ and ‘You Made Me So Very Happy’ and underground hits ‘Reconsider’, ‘Starting The Hurt’ and ‘Crying Time’. Two encores brought the show to close eventually leaving many happy smiling faces waiting for more action.

In truth the festival already begun a couple of weeks before with various art exhibitions and 60’s cult films which are free to visit for a whole month visit the website www.euroyeye.es to view the full program. The first of four allnighters was a short walk away from the main square and after some tapas washed down with local sidra I was ready for one of the hottest bands around right now The Night Beats from Texas. A loud hypnotic beat pinned by the bass and drums with psychedelic guitars and a great front man whipped the crowd into a frenzy and all too soon for me it was over. The night continued with DJ’s doing a sterling job playing sounds from cross the 60’s spectrum.

Friday morning came around far too soon, the first Scooter cruise was a big buzz as usual. The scooters gathered at the open day at Laboral with Lambrettas and Vespas from all Spain (and a few from abroad including Marco & Steve Groves & Friends from Scooter Emporium) at midday to enjoy the live shows, djs, stalls and exhibitions. After the acoustic gig of Nolan Porter and Neil Jones the exhausts of more than 120 scoots begun to burn west towards what some said was the best sights they had ever had on two wheels. A couple of hours everyone came back to the LAB for the exper-i-mental  Rubayat live 8:2 set, something that has never been done before in our scene.

Doors opened at 10pm for the second allnighter with UK band Stone Foundation which many readers here are familiar with making their Spanish debut. Needless to say they won the crowd over with songs from the fantastic new album ‘To Find the Spirit’ before another US Soul legend Nolan Porter also making his Spanish debut joined them on stage playing his scene faves and choice covers. After the live music the allnighter was wild with two dancefloors and the best mod and 60’s music played by over a dozen DJ’s from around Europe.

Saturday morning at 11am we decided to meet at a fantastic new place, all the vintage scooters gathered in what we call “El Rompeloas” (“wave-breaking wall”), in the sports port with the luxury yachts and fishing boats making a great background for nice pictures. After lots of shots and beers the long love (and loud) caravan headed East towards a “walk & ride” called the Claretian Route, almost coming to a stop at very old pathways in the hills near Luanco. The ride finished at the posh Golf Club of Castiello for a vermouth and great Asturian lunch, price giving, raffle and yet more beers, wine and sidra. Lambretta Club of Spain annual meeting also took place with interesting news for members, some of them I know you will love and enjoy very soon (agree, Andy?).

Then it was off to The Battle of the Bands as Sala Acapulco. After watching 4 great bands the winners were Gamonides, they will record a single at Circo Perrotti studios for free as well as getting the support slot at the allnighter on Saturday night. The heavens opened with torrential rain from early evening into the early hours of Sunday morning making an interesting evening on the terrace at the Oasis. Our headline band from La Coruna Fogbound with Fernando from the Elephant band on Hammond gave a great performance with strong originals and great covers like the Artwoods ‘In the Deep End’ which was appropriate for the Oasis swimming baths. The allnighter afterwards was frantic and really crazy ending gone past 8am with lots of people asking for more… not me.

My brains showed me white flag on the Sunday so no scooter action for me. Any fragile souls will have had their bones and brain shocked to the core when Graham Day & the Forefathers hit the stage ripping through over thirty years of Prisoners, Prime Movers, Solarflares and Gaolers material. The Catalan support Los Retrovisores played a mix of US and Spanish Soul and Pop with clever covers and great arrangements of the scene classics. The last allnighter was a blast again with a short break for Mr & Miss YeYe which are always chosen for their party antics over the last four days. Worthy winners were Raul from Andalucía and Amanda from Brazil. Champagne popped and crowns and banners fixed and it was time to party like it was the last one ever at the Oasis. Dr Robert was scheduled to finish at 6am and after about 5 encores with Esther Phillips ‘Just Say Goodbye’ and The Animals ‘It’s My Life’ the songs I can remember, the party was over for another year.

A fantastic restaurant was booked for everyone Monday to enjoy the local dishes and Sideria before their journey home.

Join us next year from 31 July to 3 August 2015 for EURO YEYE 21.

Pictures by: Eva Lussina Lopez Guisaraga
More photos and news at: www.euroyeye.es

Many thanks to all sponsors and all the artists, bands, djs and everybody involved in the organisation or simply everybody that made it to the yeye in these difficult times to create this unique atmosphere.


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drrobert

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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September 18, 2014 By : Category : Bands Clubs DJs Europe Events Front Page Music Reviews Scene Tags:, , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Roberta – Hey! Mrs DJ

This entry is part 3 of 20 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 2

Roberta Pompetti is from Teramo, Italy and describes herself as a mom, wife and mod girl. She took some time out recently to talk to Dr. Robert @Nutsmag.

1. How and when did you get into music and what were you listening to then?

It was in the early 90s, when the Brit Pop had spread to Italy. In particular I was a Blur fan and so, intrigued by the origins of the English music phenomenon, I discovered the 60 ‘s sound and bands such as The Kinks, The Who and The Creation and from this I discovered Mod!

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

My first DJ slot was in Perugia, it was a night organized by Perugia Cool Scene, if my memory does not let me down it was in 2004. I remember my hands were shaking; my real fear was to do something technically wrong.

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

I am lucky to play around Europe and Italy. I really enjoyed the Clean Cut in Barcelona in 2014, Euro Ye Ye in 2012 and the Italian Job Rimini in 2013, but also the Kings ‘n Queens in Amburg 2006. This was because I was the only DJ to spin R&B to a large Soul crowd. I was scared about that, but thankfully it was a success.

4. What so far, has been your worst DJ experience?

For sure some events outside the Mod/60 ‘s scene. Once someone asked me if I could spin Destiny Childs as the flyer said that I spin R&B!!!!

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

I might be biased but my favorite DJ is my countryman Andrea Ceritano, he has a really refined taste and although I have listened to him DJ very often I never tire of hearing him; I must say that I enjoyed Tomas McGrath too because he’s able to create a sound on his own. I love DJ’s who manage to make a set personal, not necessarily with unknown songs, but simply creating their own environment; and it is precisely this they’re able to do.

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

Listening to music in many clubs that I attended has helped me to grow musically. I think and hope that I’ve reached my own sound: a recognizable mix of R&B and Boogaloo for those who listen to my sets. I try to pay close attention to what is happening on the dance floor.

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

Discovering some new tracks is really difficult today. In general I dedicate a lot on listening and on researching for something new. Without presumption I think I can say that I’ve brought something new into the genre of “Boogaloo” where to discover something you must sip a good dose of “salsa”.  I think that “Boogaloo Hay” by Willie Rodriguez is my ‘discovery’ because I’m proposing that for eight years at least.

8. Who was your biggest influence musically and your favorite artist(s)?

I really adore the obscure powerful sound so I love the big mama’s such as Tiny Topsy or Big Mama Thornton.

9. Do you collect specific labels/artists/genres?

No, I don’t collect labels or artists in particular. But among my 45s you can find a lot of Federal and King concerning R&B and Fania and Fonseca for Boogaloo.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Right now my next chance to slot some 45s is at “Crossfire 25” in London on October 2014.

11. What is the record you would most like to own?

On my wish list are still a lot of 45s, but one that I was looking’ for was Joyce Troyano and it has been my 40 years gift by my husband… I couldn’t wish more.

12. Please give us a top 10 all time favourites and a current top 5 spins?

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

  1. Bruce Cloud – My Book
  2. Lou Lawton – Knick Knack Patty Wack
  3. Tiny Topsy – Just a Little Bit
  4. Anna Belle Caesar – Little Annie
  5. Bobby Moore’s Rhythm Aces – Go Ahead And Burn
  6. Little Joe Hinton – Let’s Start a Romance
  7. Tommy Jay – Tender Love
  8. Bobby Valentin – Geronimo
  9. Willie Rodriguez – Boogaloo Hay
  10. Nolan Porter- If I Could Only Be Sure
  11. Jackie Opel – Old Rocking Chair

Current Top 5 Tracks:

  1. Joyce Troyano – I Cry For The Boy
  2. Holy Disciples – Trying To Make a Hundred
  3. Sampy And The Bad Habits – Stick With Me
  4. The Monitors – Mama Linda
  5. Alfredito Linares – Bogaloo Girl

 Web Links:

facebook.com/originalmods.teramo
facebook.com/groups

Next Club Spots: Crossfire 25, 11th October 2014, London!


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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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September 9, 2014 By : Category : DJs Europe Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, , , ,
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NUTsCast – Sessions – part 1

This entry is part 6 of 11 in the series NUTsCast - Podcast

Welcome to The Nutscast Sessions, the newly revamped podcast from the New Untouchables.

Each month we will bring you a band ‘in session’ recorded especially for Nutscast. In addition, your host Graham Lentz will play a mixture of the best new music, club classics and few surprises.

This month, The Franklys are in session with three tracks. They are playing Blues Kitchen on Thursday 14 August for the Nutsmag Review Night. They are a great rocking all-girl band, well worth seeing and it’s free entry.

We have some incredible bands lined up to play sessions, so be sure to join us.


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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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August 8, 2014 By : Category : DJs Europe Front Page Music News Podcasts Scene Tags:, , ,
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Los Retrovisores (NewBreed)

This entry is part 3 of 22 in the series Newbreed4

Los Retrovisores have been fluttering their sounds around since 2006, back then known as The Cutties. They generated a good impact here and internationally, playing in festivals like Essex Ska Festival or The Cooperate in Plymouth, UK. In 2006 they changed their name to Los Retrovisores after a small change in the band. Since then they’ve been serving the likes of soul, deep beat and luminous pop. String sections, wind and Hammonds. Iberian Mod that follows the tradition after bands like Los Salvajes, Los Bravos, Bruno Lomas or Los Canarios. Young, good looking and well dressed. Tibor Fischer once said “God bless a well dressed man”. Vespas, parkers and one foot side burns. Vitalized attitude, respect for the roots and adoration for the black gods of music. All these references are labels that could easily dress Los Retrovisores. A sixties aroma, that could knock you out like Floïd aftershave lotion. Something with character and personality. A true sixties concept we have to say, because words now a days have to be used with a certain tact, an adjective stuck to any manifestation that smells of Yé Yé or old moth balls. But none of that, here we can find reverence and honour. They search in the past for original sounds, drink from what we already know and admire, generate their own sonority, something identifiable. Something that feels good and sounds great.

Headquarters:
Barcelona, Spain

Band Members:
Victor Asensio (Lead Vocal)
Pere Duran (Lead Guitar)
Leo Hernández (Bass)
Quim Cormonias (Drums)
Goncalo Hipólito (Organ)
Hector Fábregas (Tamborine and chorus)
Sergio Sanchez (Bariton Sax)
Edu Polls (Alto Sax)
Alexis Albelda (Trumpet)

Discography:
2006 – VVAA – “L’Edat Daurada”
2007 – VVAA-“Moderno pero español, vol. 8”
2008 – “Somos los Mods” vol.1
2010 – LP “La nostalgia ya no es lo que era”
2013 – EP “Alma y Pisotón”
2014 – EP “En el surco”


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

Since 2006, most of the members came from a Jamaican music band called
‘The Cutties’.

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

We all are late 60’s and early 70’s dance sounds enthusiasts. We love most of the styles: from R & B to soul, reggae, psych or garage, back to rocksteady, and deep into beat… We’re also very influenced by the 60’s Spanish counterpart of that styles, as you could tell listening to our compositions.

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

There are so many cool bands in our area: Rubén López & The Diatones (reggae) Penny Cocks (punk 77), Mambo Jambo, The Excitements or Los Fulanos (Latin Soul) to name a few…

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

Barcelona has several bands, clubs, promoters, collectors and festivals… Some clubs we highlight: The Boiler Club, Movin’ on, The Gambeat Weekend, Le clean Cut, Wamba buluba and Pill Box. There you’ll find some of our favorite DJ’s: Xavi Beat, Julian Reca, Jordi Duró and many more.

05. How would you describe the style you play?

We just play the music we love to listen and dance to, without more restrictions. Our style evolved at the same rate we did. In our current set list you can find from Spanish soul to groovy funk, even freakbeat.

06. What are your live shows like?

The audience define it as fresh and fun. We don’t like the bands that make a script for live shows. We improvise and always try to be ourselves. Our repertoire is compact, short and straight to the neck. No time for solos

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

Our influences are as wide as our musical tastes. Mainly spanish sixties bands, that like us borrowed the patterns from their own referents, but projecting their own personality to their songs. We really love Bruno Lomas, Los Bravos, Los Canarios, Los Salvajes, Los Nivram, Pau Riba…
We despise too many people to name it here!

08. What are your main influences outside of music?

Our universe is strongly influenced by the sharp & surrealistic Monty Phyton’ sense of humor. The French nouvelle vague and its evolutions are also one source of inspiration for our lyrics and videos.

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

Everybody does his one’s bit, but to date most of the songs were written by Victor and Pere. This has changed in our last recordings introducing compositions by Leo and Hector.

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

Our favorite song from the current repertoire comes from our EP Alma y Pisotón. It’s named ‘Me olvidé de ti’ wich, by the way, it’s been just released on video in a ‘Horror B movie’ style. Check it out! Our choice by another artist is Fire & Ice’s Music Man. We loved the complex brass arrangements and changing our regular subject –love- to an ode to that DJs that make us dance party over party, and that’s why we covered it (you can find our version at Alma y Pisotón EP too)

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

The underground scene, at least in our city, is in a good shape regarding shows and parties. We all participate in one way or another, Victor, for example, is deeply involved with The Gambeat Wekend & the clubs Pillbox 60’s Club and Bread & Groove.

12. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

To forge ahead the band, beside the financial precarity of our members, the lack of public resources and benefits for empowering culture, and the economic depression that we are all suffering.

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

We rehearse minimum once a week, and play an average of three or four shows per month. More than two years passed between our debut album and our second release “Alma y pisotón”, but we’re reducing the time between recordings and we’ll release our third record on june, one year after than its previous work.

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

In Catalonia the mass media doesn’t give coverage to the bands that doesn’t belong to the mainstream market. For some time now, specialized magazines start to writing about us. We also make an intensive use of the social networks for reaching our fans.

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

Unanswered.

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

We’d love to record in London with George Martin and a gigantic strings & brass orchestra, just like spanish duet Manolo y Ramón did back in 1970. We’d also like to record with Ricard Miralles, arranger for Joan Manel Serrat in the album dedicated to Antonio Machado.

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’re still working on consolidate our own sound and our show. We’d like to make people outside the scene dance, without losing authenticity neither selling us to the mainstream culture. We’d like to highlight our appearances at Euro Ye Ye Mod Festival (Gijon, SP) and Festigabal @Festes de Gracia (Barcelona, CAT) In August 2014.

Web Links:

bcoredisc.com
facebook.com/los.retrovisores
twitter.com/LosRetrovisores


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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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Fogbound (NewBreed)

This entry is part 9 of 10 in the series Newbreed3

Fogbound was born at the very beginning of 2012 with Fabio Mahía (lead vox & guitar), Borja Fernández (bass & backing vox), and Fernando Vilaboy (Hammond organ). Starting off with covers of forgotten and obscure psychedelic songs, but Fabio — counting with his previous experiences in other bands — began composing songs on his own that gradually took shape. Amongst their closest influences we can count resonances of freakbeat, Westcoast psychedelia and neo-psych from the 90’s onwards. Apart from the goal of finding a personal touch, the band strives for the best possible melody with psychedelic nuances and an audience loyal to their style.
Borja Fernández, on bass, performs with The Twin‑Sets playing guitar and Fernando Vilaboy is the Hammond player on One Of These Days & Thee Heavy Random Tone Colour Lab.

Headquarters:
A Coruña/ Galicia/ Spain

Band Members:
Fabio: Vox and guitar
Borja: Bass guitar
Fernando: Hammond

Discography:
2014 – SINGLE ‘Whispering Corridors’.

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

We’ve been playing together for 2 years… We started off with covers of British psych songs and the love for this kind of stuff brought us together.

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

The common link is the classic pop from the 60s but Fernando enjoys heavy prog psychedelia, Borja is a powerpop fan and I personally love popsike.

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

Yep, I prescribe a big dose of One Of These Days & Thee Heavy Random Tone Colour Lab they are the best band around here… totally dope prog psych!

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

It’s small but cozy and warm.

5. How would you describe the style you play?

If freakbeat means obscure psych, then it’s what we do.

6. What are your live shows like?

I’d say our live shows are raw, powerful and passionate.

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

Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Zombies sounds like clichéd… but they are a big influence. Obscure bands from the first UK psych era like The Attack are a massive influence on the sound and attitude of Fogbound.

8. What are your main influences outside of music?

Our song Come & See made reference to a Russian film with the same title… so the cult films are another influence.

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

This is Fab here, the composer… the songs are about oneirism and reality in near and equal measure.

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

“Castles In a Sandbox” is a top favourite, and I’ll choose “From The Pipeline” by King Midas.

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

The psychedelic music has embarked on its second youth thanks to bands such Temples, Tame Impala, The Black Angels… they have commercial pull and people seem to be more interested in this kind of music. Wish us luck hehe!

12. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

I think the lack of stability is the biggest challenge for a group.

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

Nowadays, we’re searching for a new drummer but we will keep on working on the future LP.

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

It’s poor and commercial.

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

As I said in question number eleven psychedelic music even shoegaze, post punk, noise pop are trendy. And we celebrate to hear more bands with these tags.

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

We think Liam Watson is the perfect producer to record us. We have similar tastes and he own one of the best analog studios in the world.

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?

First of all, please find the bastard son of Mitch Mitchell (haha) and then try to record one of the best psychedelic albums that has ever been recorded in our country and beyond. We’d like to highlight our appearance at Euro Ye Ye Mod Festival (Gijon, SP)

Web Links:

facebook.com/fogboundband
soundcloud.com/fogboundofficial
fogbound.bandcamp.com


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drrobert

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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July 8, 2014 By : Category : Europe Front Page Interviews Music Psych Scene Tags:, , ,
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