Jess Roberts – (New Breed)

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The Band...

We have a rotation of musicians depending on whose free and a multitude of players on the album but the following are the main players:

Mary Aware & Maeve Leahy AKA my the M&M’s: backing vocals and Tina Turner Induced Dancing Go-Go Girls.
Nathan Del Gardo/Dan Roberts: Bass and BV’s
Jules Simon: Drums
Dan Clark/Pete Greenwood: Guitar
Alex Tower: Keys and BV’s

1. How did you guys meet and what drove you to make music together?

I pulled the band together in London. We all met on the music scene either down here or in Newcastle. It’s a collection of like minded, wonderful people that I am whole heartedly grateful for… their talents and their time are dancing along in my little dream.

2. Where are you from and where are you based?

“I was born by the river oh … in this little old town” called Sunderland
But base these days is transient – I’m on the road a lot. I do have a flat in Newcastle and a bed in London though.

3. How would you describe the style you play?

Rock and Roll Soul.

4. What are your live shows like?

They are full of energy. The band put on a show, smile and dance and genuinely have a good time and the audience throws that right back at us. It’s brilliant!

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

Music: main influences, man… so much! Anything with a growl and a soul… Betty Davis, Otis Redding, The Black Keys, Tina Turner (with and without Ike), Gene Pitney, Doris Day, Dusty Springfield, Serge Gainsbourg and all the ladies he uhm… “worked with” ;), Little Dragon, Connan Mockasin, Warpaint, Tune-Yards, Crosby Stills Nash and Young (individually and collectively), Free, Chaka Khan, Prince, Rosie Gains,  Dr.John, Sly and The Family Stone, Paul Simon, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, PJ Harvey, Jefferson Airplane, Led Zeppelin, Merry Clayton,  Carleen Anderson, BRMC, Etta James, Janis Joplin, Fleetwood Mac, Pentangle, Sandy Denny, Koko Taylor, Big Maybelle, Erykah Badu,  The Kills, Smoove and Turrell, PP Arnold, The Small Faces, Marva Whitney, Mavis Staples, Joe Cocker, Lyn Collins, The Rolling Stones, Nico, Tame Impala, Field Music, Sonic Youth, Love, Can, any blues, northern soul  – I love a lot of different genres of music and I’ll take a bit of anything as long as its goooood. Covers, I do a Gene Pitney Cover, Koko Taylor and Bill Withers. Despise, no musicians man, at the end of the day everyone’s just trying to express themselves. The people that exploit that, those are the people to be despised…

6.    What are your main influences outside of music?

Classic novels, I love the language and the feel that people like Ernest Hemmingway and F.Scott Fitzgerald get, it talks to me. Travel as well. I get restless and need adventures if you’re out in the world you open yourself up to all different cultures and experiences and it broadens your mind and your character.

7.    How many official recordings have you done?  How many released?  Where can they be found? And who write your songs and what subjects do you deal with?

I’ve recorded so much stuff through the years with various bands and DJ’s but not much ever got released until recently. I think it’s always been a love of mine to play live music so the recording aspect is hard, I really enjoy the process but I’m not good at enjoying the result and throwing it out into the world. I love doing BV’s and session leads for folks.
Releases: all can be found on usual download and listening sites and hard copies are available from the labels.
“Coming Back” by Smoove and Jess Roberts and “I’m Just a Woman” Smoove feat. Jess Roberts both singles are on Smoove’s album “Dead Men’s Shirts” released on Acid Jazz.
“Waitin’ So Long” by Nick Pride and The Pimptones feat. Jess Roberts – single release and on the album “Midnight Feast of Jazz” on Record Kicks
“A Good Soul In a Good Times” with “Words Otis Sang” B-side, By Andy Lewis and Jess Roberts,- released on Acid Jazz.
“New Skin”- By Stephen Cracknell and Jess Roberts on The Memory Bands album “Oh My Days” on Hungry Hill. I also sing on a couple more on the album.
I think I’m shouting something on Beth Jeans-Houghtons album as well but I’m yet to hear it. It was a big group of us and I have also done the BVs for Pete Molinaris’ up and coming new album.

8. What’s your favourite song currently?

Tune -Yards – Bizness

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

I have no idea! I just do my own thing. I like music that I like and I have no clue if it’s underground. I’m not not very hip and cool, hahaha!

11. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

Getting a solo record out… I’m not big on bigging up myself and really had to push myself hard to get this album together.

12. How often do you Rehearse? Play Live? Record?

As often as possible… I’d gig every night of my life from here on in if I got the chance and my voice and legs held up.

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

As it should be, it’s necessary – people need to listen, play and discuss music.

14. Do you rate any other current bands?

Yes, loving, in no particular order: Trombone Shorty, Little Barrie, Michael Kiwanuka, Steve Smyth, Emeli Sande, Little Dragon, Hyde and Beast, Smoove and Turrell, Beth Jeans-Houghton and the Hooves of Destiny, Nick Pride and The Pimptones…

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

Wow! The Black Keys, for sure, I don’t think I have disliked anything that band have done. Also maybe the Dap-Kings, what a band! I supported them a couple of times and loved it. And Cee-Lo Green, I would love to duet with that fella. I mopped his brow not so long ago, should have asked him then eh?! Ha! missed opportunity.

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

Well I have just finished recording my first solo album with the wonderful Neil Bassett from Hyde and Beast. He started off by just recording it for me at his studio but ended up playing on it, producing it and mixing. I am excited to hear it and then try and find it at home! Hint, hint, any A&R guys!? I’m back in the studio in December to record some more tunes also. I just did some shows in Italy with my band and I am looking forward to going back with the Pimptones at the end of Jan 2012 and then after the release of the album next year I guess it will be “Hit the Road Jack” and tour tour tour… happy days ahead!

Band Links 

www.myspace.com/jessrobertssongs/

https://www.facebook.com/JessRobertsMusic

www.jessroberts.co.uk  

 



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The Method – (NewBreed)

THE METHOD – WE DON’T KNOW

THE METHOD – ART GALLERY (ACOUSTIC)

This entry is part 2 of 10 in the series NewBreed1

The band…

Richie: Vox, Organ, Guitar
Sanders: Drums, Backing Vox
Johnny: Guitar Noises, Backing Vox
Matt: Trumpet, Tambourine, Noises, Backing Vox
Keiran: Bass

1. How did you guys meet and what drove you to make music together?

Just knocking about Cardiff playing in different bands and things, having mutual friends. We all buzzed off what each other were doing musically in separate projects, so then put it all together.

2. Where are you from and where are you based?

We all live in Cardiff but Richie is from Dublin, Kieran is from Dorset, Matt is from Reading, Johnny is from Port Talbot.. Sanders is the only one that’s actually from Cardiff.

3. How would you describe the style you play?

Hard to say but have been described as ‘Garage Soul’ which sounds alright to us. We don’t really need to describe our style, think that’s for other people to do. Have a listen!

4. What are your live shows like?

Sweaty

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

We’ve all got so many different things that we listen to individually but all meet musically around a trashy groove. We don’t play covers which is a bit self-indulgent I suppose, but fancy playing ‘7 and 7 Is’ [by Love]. Rich despises Queen…..

6. What are your main influences outside of music?

Clothes, the human condition, being broke… Matt follows Swindon Town, Johnny is learning how to unicycle…

7. How many official recordings have you done? How many released? Where can they be found? And who write your songs and what subjects do you deal with?

Have done countless recordings, with our record ‘Dissidents & Dancers’ being the only full length album, along with 3 singles. We don’t want to release everything we do, only what’s ripe. Our next single is in collaboration with Art Gallery Clothing. They designed a knitted polo for us and gave us clothes, so we wrote them a song. The single ‘Art Gallery’ will exclusively be available with the polo or any other Method merchandise bought from Art Gallery Clothing (Until the 7” drops in Feb) and it won’t be on any of our albums. The music can be found in most good record shops along with a lot of bad ones, or online from our label www.seemonkeydomonkey.com. Also our single ‘We Don’t Know’ opened up the recent Acid Jazz compilation ‘Hipsters Vol. 2’.

Rich writes most of the songs, some with Johnny, with some coming from jams. As far as subject matter goes, it’s anything from feeling certain ways about the government and the way we live, to dancing all night with eyes wide as saucers.

8. What’s the favorite song of yours currently?

For the next 4 mins it’s The Electric Prunes – Holy Are You.

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

We just go and play and meet good people. We don’t really worry about any scene.

10. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

There’s no challenge… well except for our van breaking down in Belgium, leaving us stranded there for 2 days. And now the van’s fucked, so if anyone wants to drive us around, get in touch!

11. How often do you Rehearse? Play Live? Record?

We rehearse twice a week normally, over the summer we were playing at least 4 gigs a week. Playing live tightens a band up more than rehearsals ever could. We demo stuff in our studio all year round and are now going to start getting the heads down again for another album next year.

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

Not sure there is much music coverage, not in the mainstream at least, it all seems a bit X-Factor.

13. Do you rate any other current bands?

Yeah, all of the bands on See Monkey Do Monkey! The Soundcarriers, Django Django, The Revellions… could go on and on!

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

There’s so many people and places we’d like to record with it’s difficult to say! Would love to record with Paul Butler in his studio on the Isle of Wight, or Jorge and Mike at Circo Perotti in Spain, The Sound Factory with David Axelrod, with Simon Dine… well anywhere really! All these people have such distinct sounds and styles… good ones like…

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

We’re going to go back to our studio and start on the next album, we always play lots of shows so there’ll be plenty more of them to come next year. See you on the dance floor!

Image – Mayor www.associatedminds.com

Band Promo Links –

www.themethod.eu

www.facebook.com/methodcardiff

www.Twitter.com/The_Method_


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Brazilian polymath Eron Falbo came to London in 2009 after leaving his band ‘The Julians’ to pursue a solo career and become a cosmopolitician. Falbo began writing at the age of 11 for the school newspaper. By the age of 16 he had got his first job as a journalist. His experience in other magazines stretches from film critic to travel writer, passing through much but never leaving the culture spectrum. Apart from writing, Falbo is also an emerging singer. He was invited to record an album in one of the best studios in Nashville, Tennessee by none other than legendary producer Bob Johnston, who recorded the best material by the likes of Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, Leonard Cohen and Johnny Cash (all acclaimed writers). As of yet he’s only released one single, ‘Beat the Drums’ which was featured on Dermot O’Leary’s “Go Buy Monday” (single of the week) for BBC Radio 2, among other media. Currently, Falbo fronts the band ‘the Kyniks’ in venues in London and around the UK and can be occasionally spotted prowling the scene of the New Untouchables taking notes.

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Teaspoon – (New Breed)

This entry is part 3 of 10 in the series NewBreed1

Teaspoon are from Gothenburg, Sweden and deal with super authentic mod 60s retro music. (No seriously), we try not to be essentialistic, doing whatever we feel like. We’ve got some spacey kraut, percussion heavy progpsychfunk and more popsike dancers coming up at the moment, not to mention the deep house opera we’re working on.

Band Members:

Stig Steijner – guitar, percussion
Kristian Hermander – organ, synthesizers
Björn Munthe – bass
Sebastian Løken – guitar, vocals, percussion, drums
Various drummers.

Teaspoon have their debut single Dream Girl  released on Cool Glasgow Label EWO available to buy here: eworecords.bigcartel.com

1. How did you guys meet and what drove you to make music together?

I (Sebastian) met Kristian in high school and formed something of a music nerd team straight away, geeking away about music of all kinds and playing together in various constellations, most famously the dadaist proto-punkers World Trade Center. Stig and I are childhood friends and he and his best friend Björn wanted to start up a band so we did.

2. What are your live shows like?

A fart in space.

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

Popsike dancers, afro rock, heavy psych, Finders Keepers records, Throbbing Gristle, Sylvester, Amon Düül II,  Eddy Grant, Jean-Pierre Massiera, The Egyptian Lover, Goblin, Fela Kuti, Sarge, July, Baris Manco, easy listening, David Mancuso, Toby Twirl, Ibliss, Rich Hero, Pink Floyd, Liquid Liquid, and all that mod psych jazz. We’ve done July – Crying Is For Writers, The Outcasts – Loving You Sometimes, The Poets – Wooden Spoon, Scots of St James – Eiderdown Clown and lots of similar stuff. I’d like to do Andwella – Hold On To Your Mind cause them percussion breaks are awesome. We don’t hate. Hate is so 1939 man.

4. What are your main influences outside of music?

Space, Turkey (the country), Björn’s eyes, Glasgow drinking habits, Turkey (the bird), gardening and other pastoral pleasures.

5. How many official recordings have you done?  How many released?  Where can they be found? And who write your songs and what subjects do you deal with?

That’s a lot of questions in one! We have recordings up on our soundcloud page. I used to write most of the old stuff but we are trying to work more collectively now. Subject matters range from hot girls and not-so-subtle drug allusions to sleepwalking old ladies. We need more songs about science and space I think.

6. What’s your favourite song in your reprtoire currently?

Old faves ‘Radiation’ and ‘Doctor Doctor’ still works, as does ‘Dream Girl’ and the new silver apples-meet-michael rother-in-a-garage-y one with working title ‘Not Afraid To Fly.’

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

Definitely, but seriously the bus scene is where it’s at at the moment.

8. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

Recording both sides of the single in one night, and Ryan Air.

9. How often do you Rehearse? Play Live? Record?

We’ve been playing quite a lot this year which has been great. We played our first gigs in London and Stockholm. We also played in Maidenhead where we were subject to some amazing Adele renditions from a crazy woman our then drummer Jonas met in Tesco’s and got us all to visit. In Stockholm me and Björn got in a fight and thrashed our luxury hotel room in the process. We also played a weird hippie festival in Scotland where Stig and Mike Heron had an argument verging on fight over cookies in the green room yurt.

We don’t record and rehearse as much as we want to, that’s for sure.

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

Well, it’s always been kind of shit hasn’t it? There are some great music blogs out there though like 20 Jazz Funk Greats and Galactic Ramble just from the top of my mind. Also NUTs and Shindig! Have both been very good to us.

11. Do you rate any other current bands?

S.C.U.M. and the Horrors are good guys, Dungen and Tame Impala are great as well. The Time and Space Machine, Psychemagik and the Emperor’s Machine are all doing good psych/cosmic disco crossover stuff, lots of stuff out there beyond the ‘rock band’ box.

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

Some Aladdin’s Cave somewhere of old gear to play around with. And be able to spend lots of time there, like years. Don’t know where that would be though.

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

Right now just writing loads of new songs as that has been neglected recently. Then hopefully touring the european continent next year, and maybe record and release an LP if anybody wants to do it with us?

 

Band Promo Links:
http://soundcloud.com/teaspoonsweden
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Teaspoon/135945863108082


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Brazilian polymath Eron Falbo came to London in 2009 after leaving his band ‘The Julians’ to pursue a solo career and become a cosmopolitician. Falbo began writing at the age of 11 for the school newspaper. By the age of 16 he had got his first job as a journalist. His experience in other magazines stretches from film critic to travel writer, passing through much but never leaving the culture spectrum. Apart from writing, Falbo is also an emerging singer. He was invited to record an album in one of the best studios in Nashville, Tennessee by none other than legendary producer Bob Johnston, who recorded the best material by the likes of Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, Leonard Cohen and Johnny Cash (all acclaimed writers). As of yet he’s only released one single, ‘Beat the Drums’ which was featured on Dermot O’Leary’s “Go Buy Monday” (single of the week) for BBC Radio 2, among other media. Currently, Falbo fronts the band ‘the Kyniks’ in venues in London and around the UK and can be occasionally spotted prowling the scene of the New Untouchables taking notes.

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Frowning Clouds – (NewBreed)

This entry is part 4 of 10 in the series NewBreed1

The band…

Ben: Drums,
Nick: Guitar and Vocals
Daff: Guitar
Jake: Bass and Vocals
Zak: Guitar

1. How did you guys meet and what drove you to make music together?

Some of us went to high school together and others went skateboarding around town. I suppose we just came together for a ‘common love of uncommon music’ as Nick says.

2. Where are you from and where are you based?

We’re from a town called Geelong in the state of Victoria. It’s about an hour away from Melbourne so a lot of our shows are in Melbourne just because there’s a lot more venues there and even more bands. Having said that, Geelong’s slogan is ‘the place to be’. They don’t lie about that. There’s a lot of good young bands in Geelong that are all very impressive.

3. How would you describe the style you play?

The style we play is very 60’s influenced. We all grew up listening to 60’s tunes – some of us liking the grittier side and some liking the more British poppy side, so I guess it’s got all that in there. Nowadays we pretty much listen to all sorts of things. Occasionally something else might slip in but its pretty much 60’s music with 3 guitars – sometimes it’s pretty sloppy.

4. What are your live shows like?

They’re pretty loud and unorganised but we try and have lots of fun. I guess beer always gets things going.

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

If you asked each one of us we’d probably say different bands. So me personally, I like the Modern Lovers, the Velvet Underground… all that back from the grave stuff, obviously. Just loose, improvised, gritty yet catchy music. That’s what I love most. I despise all these new ‘indie’ bands that have given ‘indie’ a bad name.

6. What are your main influences outside of music?

Umm, I’m not sure I have many – my girlfriend, the Simpsons… I always steal lines from the Simpsons and use it in songs.

7. How many official recordings have you done?  How many released?  Where can they be found? And who write your songs and what subjects do you deal with?

We’ve done plenty of recordings. I’m not sure what you count as ‘official’. We’ve done recordings in proper studios that have turned out sounding like shit and most of our releases are all done live to a four-track in a lounge room or a record shop and they’ve turned out fine. Our last single ‘All night long’ was done in our friends lounge room onto his four-track and we tried to re-record it at this studio with all this vintage gear and it just didn’t turn out as good for some reason. Most of our recordings are found in Europe – not many around in Australia. Most of our songs are written by Nick, a couple by me and some by Jake too. Most of them dealt with girls at the start, now its just about not having money or feeling like a social outcast or something like that.

 8. What’s the favorite song of yours currently?

My favourite song at the moment is ‘Always on Time’ by this Australian band called Chook Race. Look them up! Either that or ‘Dodge Vego-matic’ by the Modern Lovers.

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

I dunno really. There’s a lot of really good bands around today that don’t get played on the radio and stuff, if thats what you mean. I guess we’re not a part of it because we get played on the radio here in Australia. haha

10. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

Last week we had a Halloween gig which we had to get public transport to… carrying our equipment, dressed up like idiots. Then they told us the back line wasn’t there once we had already been an hour into our trip.

11. How often do you Rehearse? Play Live? Record?

We try to rehearse once a week but sometimes it doesn’t really work out. We play live every weekend pretty much, and it’s been like that for about four years now. Don’t do much recording…

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

I think it stinks ‘cause every time we have an interview we always end up looking like morons, haha! And they just talk about shitty new bands on Sony or Warner or whatever.

13. Do you rate any other current bands?

I rate a huge sackfull of other bands. like: The Straight Arrows, the Living Eyes, Chook Race, Thee Oh Sees, UV Race, Total Control, Strange Boys, White Fence, Brian Jonestown Massacre, my mate Adrian Ball, Cobwebbs, this list could go on for ages.

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

I would like to record the frowning clouds ‘cause we don’t do it enough and our songs go to waste. Where? Anywhere with some tape and a sick dude pushing the buttons.

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

Don’t expect much ‘cause we’ll disappoint. Expect nothing and we’ll impress you.

 


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Brazilian polymath Eron Falbo came to London in 2009 after leaving his band ‘The Julians’ to pursue a solo career and become a cosmopolitician. Falbo began writing at the age of 11 for the school newspaper. By the age of 16 he had got his first job as a journalist. His experience in other magazines stretches from film critic to travel writer, passing through much but never leaving the culture spectrum. Apart from writing, Falbo is also an emerging singer. He was invited to record an album in one of the best studios in Nashville, Tennessee by none other than legendary producer Bob Johnston, who recorded the best material by the likes of Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, Leonard Cohen and Johnny Cash (all acclaimed writers). As of yet he’s only released one single, ‘Beat the Drums’ which was featured on Dermot O’Leary’s “Go Buy Monday” (single of the week) for BBC Radio 2, among other media. Currently, Falbo fronts the band ‘the Kyniks’ in venues in London and around the UK and can be occasionally spotted prowling the scene of the New Untouchables taking notes.

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Big Boss Man – (NewBreed)

This entry is part 5 of 10 in the series NewBreed1

Big Boss Man, London, UK – Masters of the Hammond/Bongo/Fuzz Boogaloo Beat Sound!

Band Members:

Nass a.k.a “the Bongolian” – Organ, mono-synth, bongos, vocals.
Scott Milsom
a.k.a “the Hawk” – Bass,
Desmond Rogers
– Drums,
Trev Harding
– Guitar

1. How did you guys meet and what drove you to make music together?

Nass, Scott and Trev met in Newbury in the ‘80’s on the mod/scooter scene, we met with Des later when Scott moved to Bristol. We started making music ‘cause we loved all the Hammond and Bongo sounds the DJs were spinning and wanted to play it live – back then you could not download tunes – you had to go where they were being played.

2. What are your live shows like?

Shit. Only joking! If you like to party then we think you’ll like it. We use old vintage analog gear – leslies, echo-boxes, tone benders, spring reverbs etc. to get our authentic groovy sound, then break down to bongos and soul drums.

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

We dig: Jimmy Smith, Mongo Santa-Maria, Jean Jacques-Perrey, James Brown and Bernard Purdie. We used to do Hammond covers of ‘I’m a Man’ and ‘Cloud 9’ and ‘Light my Fire’ when we started out we but don’t currently do any. Nass loves to watch X-factor, which a lot of people seem to despise for some reason – he hopes to enter next year!

4. What are your main influences outside of music?

Nass and Trev are keen fashionistas, Des plays in about 11 bands so has no time for anything else and the Hawk enjoys relaxing in a pair of dungarees watching the Dukes of Hazzard!

5. How many official recordings have you done? How many released? Where can they be found? And who write your songs and what subjects do you deal with?

BBM have released 3 albums; Humanize, Winner & Full English Beat Breakfast with Blow Up records – you can get vinyl & cds from and in- the-know record shops or downloads from iTunes etc. Nass writes a lot of the songs, with a few co-writes with Trev and group efforts, most of the tunes are instrumental whose titles are taken from “experiences” that happen on tour The songs with vocals are about subjects ranging from love and relationships , to dodgy promoters! nWe are currently working on the 4th LP which so far has been recorded “as live” in Ramshackle Studios.

6. What’s your favorite song in your repertoire currently?

Beat Breakfast from the last LP “Full English Beat Breakfast”  which is out on Blow Up records.

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

We travel around the world; Moscow, Spain, Greece and are always amazed to find people know the music and have the records. We participate pretty regularly, and have done for many years, our fave event is Euro Ye Ye in northern Spain.

8. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

Touring 3000 miles round Spain in a beaten up old bus with a hole in the radiator was a bit of a mission as was doing the Big Boss Man re-mix of “the Bottle” for Paul Weller.

9. How often do you Rehearse? Play Live? Record?

We are doing one of the three all the time, when not doing one we do the other.

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

60’s Hammond music is a bit niche so isn’t covered that much, but we’ve had reviews in Record Collector, Echos, Blues & Soul, Loaded and even HiFi Choice.

11. Do you rate any other current bands?

We met some Dutch guys the other day  from a band called Dewolffe that were doing a spin off “Hammond Battle” both seemed pretty cool.

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

Hitsville USA – the original Tamla Mowtown studio, to try and capture the sound and vibe of those old classic recordings.

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

We are going release our new record in 2012, which will feature a few collaborations with other artists and then go out on tour in the UK and the rest of Europe to help promote it.

Band Promo Links:

www.big-boss-man.com
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Brazilian polymath Eron Falbo came to London in 2009 after leaving his band ‘The Julians’ to pursue a solo career and become a cosmopolitician. Falbo began writing at the age of 11 for the school newspaper. By the age of 16 he had got his first job as a journalist. His experience in other magazines stretches from film critic to travel writer, passing through much but never leaving the culture spectrum. Apart from writing, Falbo is also an emerging singer. He was invited to record an album in one of the best studios in Nashville, Tennessee by none other than legendary producer Bob Johnston, who recorded the best material by the likes of Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, Leonard Cohen and Johnny Cash (all acclaimed writers). As of yet he’s only released one single, ‘Beat the Drums’ which was featured on Dermot O’Leary’s “Go Buy Monday” (single of the week) for BBC Radio 2, among other media. Currently, Falbo fronts the band ‘the Kyniks’ in venues in London and around the UK and can be occasionally spotted prowling the scene of the New Untouchables taking notes.

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February 6, 2012 By : Category : Bands Front Page Interviews ModJazz Music UK Tags:, , ,
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DC Fontana – (NewBreed)

This entry is part 6 of 10 in the series NewBreed1

Who are the members of your band and what do they do?

Louise Turner: Vocals
Mark Mortimer: Bass
Scott Riley: Organ, piano, vocals
Nigel Horton: Drums
Tony Russell: Guitars, vocals
Miri May: Vocals
Donald Ross Skinner: producer, guitar
Rich Skilbeck: Trumpet, flugelhorn, saxes
Simon Holland: Harmonica, trumpet, flugelhorn
Josh Large: Trombone

How did you guys meet and what drove you to make music together?

DC Fontana’s current line up is relatively new and we create music as a form of constant cathartic evolution designed to keep us out of the asylum as long as we possibly can.

How would you describe the style you play?

Art & soul… I think of it as melodic psychedelia copulating with earthier soul, jazz & folk vibes to create a cinematic offspring. It’s sonic medicine for poorly times.

What are your live shows like?

We never cut corners & always give an honest, 100% all or nothing effort that is value for money for these frugal, screwed up days but also, whenever we have the money, we like to make the bigger gigs more of a happening and add a whole visual ‘art & soul’ aspect to illustrate the music itself. This could mean elements of performance art, surrealism, optical decor etc and is all part of our creed that encourages us to make cool short films as well. We see ourselves as more than just songwriters and musicians and it’s why we spend so much time and money on making our records, videos and gigs up to a certain quality. We revel in working with talented photographers, dancers, painters, film-makers, graphic designers, costume makers, performance artists, lighting wizards, folk-dancers & others.

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

We are a sound-clash of sundry sonic tapestries woven from more than 300 years of influence and many people inspire us – some are probably obvious and a lot are not! The past may inform our present but we don’t feel the need to re-enact anything and so if we do play covers we inject our own DNA direct into their bloodstream. We’ve sprinkled our gigs with a few eclectic covers; from Morricone to World Of Oz, from Peru’s Traffic Sound to Germany’s Heidi Brühl & from the Velvet Underground to Jackie Lomax as well as Julie Driscoll & Pentangle… But there are no boundaries – I’d cover anything we felt we could add our own slant to. It doesn’t have to fit neatly into any generic bag to qualify. I try not to waste my energies on despising anything or anyone and prefer to be vibed up with positivity rather than weighted down in the misery of the gargantuan diet of rubbish the general public is force-fed on…

What are your main influences outside of music?

First & foremost, our friends and families but also I enjoy the various peripheral delights attached to creating music like the elements of art and film-making. Being in a group should be more than knocking off a few chords & lyrics – it should be an exhilarating ride and I am keen to work with people who awash with interesting ideas who can take on board our own individual personalities and help twist things. We made our ‘Six Against Eight’ video an eight-minute short film to pay homage to Pat McGoohan whereas on the more recent ‘Meshkalina’ video we wore hand-crafted animal masks while having fun exploring our love of late 60s/early 70s folk-horror movies like ‘the Wicker Man’ & ‘Blood On Satan’s Claw.’ The ‘Abbesses’ video sees us taking elements of ‘the Avengers’, “the Girl On A Motorcycle’ & late 50s nouvelle vague movies.

How many official recordings have you done?  How many released?  Where can they be found? And who write your songs and what subjects do you deal with?

The Contessa / Snake Charmer: 7” vinyl single (DCTone Records)
Six Against Eight: CD / mp3 album (DCTone Records)
Meshkalina / It Don’t Worry Me 7” vinyl single (Heavy Soul Records)
Meshkalina CD / mp3 EP (DCTone Records)
La Contessa CD / mp3 (DCTone Records)
La Contessa 12” vinyl album (Teensound / Misty Lane Records)
All available from www.dcfontana.com/shop.html

Subject matter varies wildly from the everyday like sex, freedom, joy and despair, unrequited love, mortality and even biscuits through to existentialism, metaphysics & the horrors of love turning violent, the ghosts of famous dead people having a mediaeval hoe-down after dark in Paris and the modern-day cult of underachieving banality. Some songs are the product of story-telling and much of it is personal experience given real animated life.  Expect the unexpected.

What’s the favorite song of yours currently?

A brand new one called ‘Devilangel’ which may appear on the next album.

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

Yes we participate whenever we can…. I personally love the diversity of peoples, clothes, tastes and styles: it mirrors our own search for the end of the rainbow.

What has been the biggest challenge to date?

Avoiding financial meltdown.

How often do you rehearse? Play Live? Record?

We are undoubtedly old school and gig frenetically; usually we play twice a week & rehearse weekly though it’s difficult as we all live so far apart.

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

It can be summed up neatly in two famous words: shit sandwich.

Do you rate any other current bands?

As with all eras there are lots of great bands making great music across the spectrum of genre and even more people producing a great festering pile of kak. I particularly like the Silver Factory among others. The great challenge right now for all of us is to get our music heard because with the music industry imploding and the global economic difficulties I believe it’s never been as tough as it is now for people in the arts to stay afloat, let alone flourish.

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

Recording with the strings section of the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra on our first record is hard to top actually – that was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever done in my life but we are forever pushing the boundaries with quixotic and interesting ideas and on the next album we are planning to record one track inside a church with a choir.

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

We are very ambitious and currently in a rich vein of song-writing; we’re corralling quite a corpulent collection of new tunes and there is a lot of music to be made yet! We will be heading into the studio as soon as we can to record new material but a lot depends on available funds because it costs us a lot for us to do the interesting things we do and everyone is struggling. I think we’ve made great strides this year and we are looking to keep building on what we’ve achieved thus far, disseminate our music as far as we can and continue to make interesting music and art. Although I find it difficult to quantify ‘success’ in this day and age we are happy with our first records – feel we’ve come a very long way in recent moons. It’s been exciting to play in so many different countries but there’s so much more we want to do; we all see our initial success as laying down a foundation for a brighter future.

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Website: www.dcfontana.com
www.myspace.com/dcfontana
www.facebook.com/dcfontana


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Brazilian polymath Eron Falbo came to London in 2009 after leaving his band ‘The Julians’ to pursue a solo career and become a cosmopolitician. Falbo began writing at the age of 11 for the school newspaper. By the age of 16 he had got his first job as a journalist. His experience in other magazines stretches from film critic to travel writer, passing through much but never leaving the culture spectrum. Apart from writing, Falbo is also an emerging singer. He was invited to record an album in one of the best studios in Nashville, Tennessee by none other than legendary producer Bob Johnston, who recorded the best material by the likes of Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, Leonard Cohen and Johnny Cash (all acclaimed writers). As of yet he’s only released one single, ‘Beat the Drums’ which was featured on Dermot O’Leary’s “Go Buy Monday” (single of the week) for BBC Radio 2, among other media. Currently, Falbo fronts the band ‘the Kyniks’ in venues in London and around the UK and can be occasionally spotted prowling the scene of the New Untouchables taking notes.

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March 12, 2012 By : Category : Articles Bands Beat Front Page Fuzz Garage Interviews Music Psych UK Tags:, , ,
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Flight Reaction – (NewBreed)

This entry is part 7 of 10 in the series NewBreed1

The Band are… 

Aron: Bass & vocals
Mats: Drums
Måns: Guitar, vocals & sound fx
Sebastian: Guitar & vocals

How did you guys meet and what drove you to make music together?

Måns and Sebastian run a 60s club (99th Floor) together and they talked about forming a new band a couple of years ago. Soon Mats, from Sebastian’s previous band The Giljoteens, joined. They now had the songs and the style but they needed a young handsome, untouched bass player. Aron, of Les Artyfacts, was the man for the job. He couldn’t play bass at first but he was young, handsome and untouched for sure.

Or: We all knew each other from before and all our previous groups more or less split up at the same time so The Flight Reaction is basically the debris from The Giljoteens, The Maggots and Les Artyfacts.

No seriously, we met at a record fair. We were the only guys who weren’t fat and smelly and fought over expensive seventies prog albums with songs about unicorns. When we started talking it turned out that we all know things about women as well! Incredible where life takes us sometimes!

No really, honestly, we all met at a zoo. We lived in the same cage and then we managed to escape together. You should see us when we haven’t shaved for a couple of weeks.

How would you describe the style you play?

Garage beat ‘n’ moody sounds, with more than a hint of psychedelia. No hippie drivel or stoner shite though.

Our style is very sixties influenced, but with no obvious carbon copy stuff – it’s all our own take on it and we really go for melodies and diversity in arrangements etc. We just pretend that nothing’s happened since 1967 when we compose. That’s not very hard, since almost nothing has happened since then.

What are your live shows like?

We try to present an equal mix of super great songs with tight harmonies and more freaky excursions, without falling into that tired ‘long guitar solo’ trap that a lot of people think is the same as ‘psychedelic’. Instead we opt for just taking off into echoes ‘n’ sounds, kinda Barret Floyd style but mixed with a stronger garage groove. We’re still working on getting a lightshow aswell, but most modern venues have black backdrops and lame ‘rock lights’… Of course we dress up for the occasions as well. You won’t see us hanging from any ceilings though – the music, sounds and our good looks are the show!

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

Covers…

The covers we play at the moment are ‘Citadel’ by the Rolling Stones (a UK band from the sixties who ventured into psychedelia for a short while around 1967, just like The Hollies) and ‘Green Destroys the Gold’ by the Beacon Street Union. We’ve also played ‘My Time’ by The Golden Dawn and ‘Nothing Can Bring Me Down’ by the Twilighters.

Influences…

Måns: The experience… and yeah stuff the 13th Floor Elevators, New Colony Six, Silver Apples, the Pretty Things, Moby Grape, the Dovers, the Seeds, Barret Floyd, the Deep, Tages, countless (mostly US) punkadelic garage bands. A few eighties bands like the early Rain Parade, Laughing Soup Dish, the Steppes and some others also did some things that were very similar to what we wanna project with our music, methinks. Real psychedelia, and garage beat sounds, would be the short answer, I guess.

Aron: Tages, Pretty Things, the Wanted, the Smoke, St Louis Union, les Fleurs de Lys, Ronnie Bird…

Mats: The Crystal Chandelier, the Human Expression, and the Morning Dew – that type of moody psychedelia…

Sebastian: 60’s garage and psychedelia in general from bands that only mostly only recorded a 45 or two. The Dovers, Pink Floyd, Oscar & the Majestics, Electras, MG & the Escorts just to name a few.

Spitting vomit…

Måns: I hate hippie and theatre music, like Santana or the Doors. I don’t like cover bands much, like for example Led Zeppelin. I’m not into sports so I’ve never understood when people play as many notes as possible very fast.

The short answer to this question is: I like good music and hate bad music. And I am always right.

Aron: I have to say that I think Jimi Hendrix is quite boring. Overall bands/artists that play too much just to show how “skillful” they are.

Mats: Bands who are acting cool…

Sebastian: Cover bands are so boring, why bother? I mean the songs have already been done and probably much better anyway…

What are your main influences outside of music?

Måns: L.S.D.! No seriously… hehehe… life itself and all that’s going on around me. Love ‘n’ height. Nowadays I fly on memories ‘n’ feelings when tapping into those certain areas, lyricswise and so on. Magical thinking.

Aron: La belle époque, Napoleonic uniforms and 19th C mysticism.

Mats: Like everyone else I enjoy collecting 45’s and when time allows watching old movies.

Sebastian: Apart from playing, I enjoy collecting records and playing them of course. Food and wine is a great passion of mine and the good thing is that you can combine the two extremely well together with friends, playing those records.

How many official recordings have you done? How many released? Where can they be found? And who write your songs and what subjects do you deal with?

Three singles to this date. Two are released on Copasetic records in Germany and one is released on 13 O’Clock records in the US.

Where can they be found? In well stocked record stores and around that thing called “the internet”… there is something called “google” which may be helpful when looking for newly released records.

What’s your favourite song currently?

Måns: The 13th Floor Elevators ‘Roller Coaster’ and the Silver Apples ‘A Pox on You’ are always my favourite songs. Right now though I’m particularly fond of playing the Models ‘Bend Me, Shape Me’ on MGM over and over… and I keep getting blown away by Tages ‘Fantasy Island’ every time I play it…

Aron: Ronnie Bird ‘Rain in the City’, Cherry Slush ‘I Cannot Stop You’,  The Wanted ‘Here to Stay’

Mats: The Mystic Tide – “Frustration”, the Raving Madd – “Boundaries” and Crystal Chandelier – “Your Land of Love” go on repeat on my record player…

Sebastian: Park Avenue Playground ‘The Trip’, Painted Faces ‘I Lost You in My Mind’, Ramases & Selket ‘Mind’s Eye’, Paul Martin ‘It Happened’

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

In Sweden there’s not really an underground scene for what we are doing – but there may be  seeds sown and when/if that’s harvested we will probably be there. We try to contribute organising clubs and spinning records from time to time. People generally love the things we are playing without necessarily being part of the small scene that we’ve got.

Good Swedish bands… Trummor & Orgel, the Fourtune Tellers, Voladoras, the Satans, Early Days…

What has been the biggest challenge to date?

To try and live in this world, surrounded by idiots.

How often do you Rehearse? Play Live? Record?

Often enough to not forget what we’re doing, haha! We’re recording at the rehearsal from time to time, when we got new songs. It’s a good way to work on lyrics and arrangements in between rehearsals. We’ve been playing live quite a lot. Gigs just kept pouring in for a while. Right now we’ve decided to concentrate on the album instead though, but if the right offer comes along we’re game!

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

Mainstream media rock journalists probably have the easiest and most retarded ‘job’ on the planet… basic writing about whatever is ‘in’ this week and generally just making shit up in between getting drunk at free gigs. The biggest thing since the Beatles is apparently TV programmes where ‘average people’ sing washed out karaoke versions of washed out hits, so that’s what the mainstream ‘music media’ mostly write about these days.

Then there’s fantastic publications like Ugly Things, Shindig!, your own publication and so on, of course.

Do you rate any other current bands?

The Higher State and Paul Messis, Trummor & Orgel… we know there are lots more but these cats are the ones that spring to mind right off the bat.

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

At the Abbey Road studio in ’67. Why? SF Sorrow, Piper… Or Gold Star in ’67! Or the Fenton studio! But seriously, it would be stunning to record at Atlantic here in Stockholm. It’s a huge old studio that’s been at the same location since the fifties. They still have all the old gear, including a sound technician who’s worked there since the sixties and knows all about doing analog tape phasing etc.. Masses of killer mics and tube compressors. Large recording room, looking just like it did in 1965. Way too expensive for us at this moment though. So we plan to record at our rehearsal and add vocals ‘n’ fluff in a studio run by an old friend who’s a dream to work with. It will hopefully be totally great.

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

We would like to be the new standard bearers of a psychedelic revolution! Change the world etc – nothing less! Get rich, buy castles, invent a time machine and go back to 1966-1970 to buy records and meet Marianne Faithful. Have our own goose farm and produce foie gras. Travel in space. Lay golden eggs.

We will settle for making a really great LP though, and that’s in the works. We have a bunch of new songs and we’ve already made pre production recordings to choose songs, plan the flow and production etc. The plan is to have a good balance between live in the studio takes and whatever studio trickery we may come up with. We think that a studio album is something completely different from a live show. Live there’s the audience and the whole aspect of ‘now’. On a studio album we’ll make up for the lack of that by adding other elements instead – it’s more like a psychedelic ride though your mind, with us as the guides and non-captains!

We also have a new ’45 coming out soon, on 13 O’Clock records which may be the greatest little label in the known universe right now. It’s our take on the Rolling Stones – Citadel, backed with an original – Mourning Light. Apart from blowing you away it’ll also give you a taste of our recording philosophy… a deliberate mess! The third sound must be present and the best way to invite that is to accept chaos and just record what’s going on. Just like life itself. It’s a-happening!

Band Promo Links:

Live:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8w4mWET1l5M&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxJg2d0x1tA&feature=related

Facebook:
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Brazilian polymath Eron Falbo came to London in 2009 after leaving his band ‘The Julians’ to pursue a solo career and become a cosmopolitician. Falbo began writing at the age of 11 for the school newspaper. By the age of 16 he had got his first job as a journalist. His experience in other magazines stretches from film critic to travel writer, passing through much but never leaving the culture spectrum. Apart from writing, Falbo is also an emerging singer. He was invited to record an album in one of the best studios in Nashville, Tennessee by none other than legendary producer Bob Johnston, who recorded the best material by the likes of Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, Leonard Cohen and Johnny Cash (all acclaimed writers). As of yet he’s only released one single, ‘Beat the Drums’ which was featured on Dermot O’Leary’s “Go Buy Monday” (single of the week) for BBC Radio 2, among other media. Currently, Falbo fronts the band ‘the Kyniks’ in venues in London and around the UK and can be occasionally spotted prowling the scene of the New Untouchables taking notes.

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March 11, 2012 By : Category : Articles Bands Beat Europe Front Page Garage Interviews Music Psych Tags:, , ,
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The Pepperpots – (NewBreed)

This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series NewBreed1

With 300 appearances and counting, The Pepper Pots have moved audiences in concerts around the globe: Tokyo, Osaka, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Berlin, Paris, London, Moscow, Helsinki, Vienna, Verona, Prague, Bern, Barcelona, Madrid… Their new big soul sound draws from the sound of Motown but with a certain 21st Century twist! Eron Falbo spoke to the band as part of their LBB8 appearance!

1. Who are the members of your band and what do they do?

Adriana Prunell – Voice
Aya Sima – Voice
Marina Torres – Voice
Luiggi King – Guitar
Ireneu Grosset – Hammond, Piano
Enric Fluvià – Bass
Joan Vergés – Drums
Tomy Muñoz – Tenor sax
Gerard Xifra – Baritone sax
Roger Montsant – Trumpet

2. Where are you guys from?

We’re all from in or around Girona, a vibrant small city near Barcelona in Spain.

3. How did you guys meet and what drove you to make music together?

Since Girona is a small city, everybody knows everybody else… We’ve all been in the local scene for ages. We’re all total fans of old school soul music, and that’s what’s kept us together all this time.

4. Where are you based?

We’re based in a small town called Cornella del Terri, close to Girona. That’s where we set up our own Black Pepper Studio.

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

Certainly! At the moment that are some really good bands playing soul music in Spain. These include the Excitements, the Sweet Vandals and the Cherry Boppers.

6. What’s the 60’s and Modernist underground scene like where you’re from?

To be honest, I would say that we’ve got plenty to learn from places such as Germany or France, let alone the UK! The scene is growing all the time, but it’s nothing compared with other parts of Europe.

7. How would you describe the style you play?

Strictly Soul!

8. What are your live shows like?

Well, we really love playing live, whenever and wherever, but we’ve had great tours in places like Germany and the States and played some fun gigs in the UK. Each time we’re on the road, we realise just how much catching up Spain has to do with the rest of the world in some ways.

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

We listen to a hell of a lot of authentic American soul artists: Jackie Wilson, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Fontella Bass, Freda Payne, just to name a few… It’s no use denying that we’re massive fans of anything Motown. The artists and the productions of the Detroit label are a great inspiration.

10. What are your main influences outside of music?

We’re all great admirers of Pep Guardiola, the Barcelona coach. He’s got an amazing sense of savoir faire, a quality we really admire. On top of that, he’s a really hard and persistent worker.

11. How many official recordings have you done? How many released? Where can they be found? And who write your songs and what subjects do you deal with?

We’ve got four albums out: Swingin’ Sixties (2005), Shake It! (2007), Now! (2009), Train to Your Lover (2011) and 2 EPs: Waiting for the Christmas Light (2009) and Time and Place, featuring Eli “Paperboy” Reed (2012).

Most of them were released in Europe, Japan and the US. ‘Train to Your Lover’ also came out in Argentina and Brazil.

It normally starts with a very loose idea that one of the band has. We then work around it until we find what we’re looking for. On other occasions, someone may have a far more intricate and structured ideas. And the song almost writes itself. There are lots of factors at play. On the last album, Train to Your Lover, most of the songs were written by our guitarist, Luigi King.

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

Well, I guess we might all come up with a different answer. Speaking personally as the drummer, I love ‘Fated Heart’ off our last album. If I had to choose a favourite song out of many, I guess it would have to be  something like Marvin Gaye’s ‘Let’s Get it On’.

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

Like I said earlier, we feel that there’s much we can learn from other countries in Europe and the UK, but Barcelona’s become a bit of an underground hub and there’s been plenty of entertaining parties and all nighters recently.

Unfortunately, it’s pretty hard for us to get into, though. Firstly, time is always tight and we spend a lot of time on the road so when you get a day off, you just want to chill out. The other thing is the 120-mile round trip to Barcelona, which often puts us off.

14. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

Without a doubt, the EP which we recorded with American Soul singer Eli “Paperboy” Reed. Our managers thought we were a bit mad, since Eli is with a large record label and, I have to say, all the non-musical stuff was not easy.

15. How often do you Rehearse? Play Live? Record?

Depends on the time of year. We tend to all rehearse as a band once a week, but we also have separate rehearsals among the different sections of the band: the rhythm section, the horns and the vocals. It all depends whether we’ve got any gigs, which will mean less time for rehearsals, or if we’re recording, in which case we’ll practice more. We often play one or two gigs in a weekend, but this also depends on the time of year. There’s plenty of work in Summer, by some of the Winter months it can get a bit slow.

We’ve generally put out a record every two years, with the exception of Time and Place, which came pretty much hot on the heels of Train to Your Lover.

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

It’s a very weak comparison when you look at Catalonia or Spain compared to the rest of Europe or the UK. I reckon this is gradually changing though.

17. Do you rate any other current bands?

One of our current favourites and someone who is really making an impact is Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. Others include Lee Fields, Charles Bradley and Eli “Paperboy” Reed. They all came out of Brooklyn, a Mecca for the old school Soul revival.

18. Who and where would you most like to record with and why?

Ha! We’d jump in our time machine to land in the Motown studios in Detroit between 1960 and 1972, where we’d play with Marvin Gaye or the Temptations.

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

We’re looking at touring with Eli “Paperboy” Reed and showcasing our new record, ‘Time and Place’, live. We’re close to hooking up a couple of dates in May in Spain.

20. What can we expect from your Le Beat Bespoké performance? What have you got in store for us?

A lot of the music will be from our latest album ‘Train to Your Lover’, which we haven’t really debuted in the UK, so we’re looking forward to doing that. On top of that, we’re thrilled to play together with Soul princess Maxine Brown. This will be our third show with her and it’s always been a great privilege for us. We’re really psyched about Le Beat Bespoké 8. Hopefully it’ll be one to remember.

*The band were perfect and gave a stella performance on the Sunday night at LBB8, sadly Maxine Brown was unable to appear due to a last minute illness and we all wish her all the best! She was greatly missed! The Pepperpots did her very, very proud!


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Brazilian polymath Eron Falbo came to London in 2009 after leaving his band ‘The Julians’ to pursue a solo career and become a cosmopolitician. Falbo began writing at the age of 11 for the school newspaper. By the age of 16 he had got his first job as a journalist. His experience in other magazines stretches from film critic to travel writer, passing through much but never leaving the culture spectrum. Apart from writing, Falbo is also an emerging singer. He was invited to record an album in one of the best studios in Nashville, Tennessee by none other than legendary producer Bob Johnston, who recorded the best material by the likes of Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, Leonard Cohen and Johnny Cash (all acclaimed writers). As of yet he’s only released one single, ‘Beat the Drums’ which was featured on Dermot O’Leary’s “Go Buy Monday” (single of the week) for BBC Radio 2, among other media. Currently, Falbo fronts the band ‘the Kyniks’ in venues in London and around the UK and can be occasionally spotted prowling the scene of the New Untouchables taking notes.

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May 21, 2012 By : Category : Articles Bands Club Soul Europe Front Page Interviews Music Scene Tags:, , ,
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Screamin’ Vendettas – (NewBreed)

This entry is part 9 of 10 in the series NewBreed1

The Band are…

Four twisted and bitter people, carrying out their cause through early 60s rock n roll.

Where are you guys from?

The highest rafters and the deepest pit. Where screams echo loudest.

How did you guys meet and what drove you to make music together?

Anger and lost love.

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

Voola and the Jayhawks. Voola screams louder.

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

Ups and downs, lefts and rights.

How would you describe the style you play?

60’s style garage with a touch of British rock n roll.

What are your live shows like?

A behind the sofa Dr Who episode

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

Joe Meek. Link Wray. The Renegades. John Leyton. Us? Despise?

What are your main influences outside of music?

Ice hockey. Flowers. Love songs. Vendetta.

How many official recordings have you done?  How many released?  Where can they be found? And who write your songs and what subjects do you deal with?

None… yet.

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

For us, One Fine Day. The Tempests ‘Look Away’.

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

We’ve only just begun.

What has been the biggest challenge to date?

Seeing each other on stage.

How often do you Rehearse? Play Live? Record?

As often as posisble which is about once every two months

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

Getting better, though terms/genres get used too liberally.

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

Toerag Studios! Imagine, they got equipment from Abbey Road Studios!
But I also think we’d do good on a old tape recorder..

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

Stop the screaming in our heads.

What can we expect from your Le Beat Bespoké performance? What have you got in store for us?

We really want to give it all and warm the people up before the Trashmen enter the stage. It’s a true honour to be their pre-band and we will make sure no one will be disappointed. Some dancing, jumping, screaming, and singing about lost love… Join us !!

Band Promo Links:

www.facebook.com/screaminvendettas

 


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Brazilian polymath Eron Falbo came to London in 2009 after leaving his band ‘The Julians’ to pursue a solo career and become a cosmopolitician. Falbo began writing at the age of 11 for the school newspaper. By the age of 16 he had got his first job as a journalist. His experience in other magazines stretches from film critic to travel writer, passing through much but never leaving the culture spectrum. Apart from writing, Falbo is also an emerging singer. He was invited to record an album in one of the best studios in Nashville, Tennessee by none other than legendary producer Bob Johnston, who recorded the best material by the likes of Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, Leonard Cohen and Johnny Cash (all acclaimed writers). As of yet he’s only released one single, ‘Beat the Drums’ which was featured on Dermot O’Leary’s “Go Buy Monday” (single of the week) for BBC Radio 2, among other media. Currently, Falbo fronts the band ‘the Kyniks’ in venues in London and around the UK and can be occasionally spotted prowling the scene of the New Untouchables taking notes.

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March 9, 2012 By : Category : Articles Bands Front Page Garage Interviews Music UK Tags:, , ,
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Alison & the Earthquakes – (NewBreed)

This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series NewBreed1

Alison & The Earthquakes are a fresh, bold and powerful 9-piece ‘soul power outfit’ thrilling the current live circuit made up from the following multi talented array of folks:

Alison David – Main Singer
Jen Rouse – Backing Vocals
Kate Austen – Backing Vocals
Jules Owen – Drums, Backing Vocals (Musical Director)
Steve Watts – Keys
Max Numajiri – Guitar
Tom Alterman – Tenor Sax
Jacob Jonsson – Trumpet
Harry Burton – Bass (Musical Director)

The first time I heard Alison and the Earthquakes was 9th Oct 2011 at the venue Concorde 2 for the annual Brightona music event in Brighton. After a full day of great live bands they were the last and the best band to play, rocking Concorde 2 with their covers of northern soul classics, Atlantic, and Stax. The 9 band members inspired us to dance with their energy and sheer enjoyment of the music. The superb renditions demanded more than one encore, as we did not want them to stop.

I danced to exhaustion, the next day my back ached with torn muscles, (I really got into the dancing), but I was a happy bunny with memories of the awesome performance and atmosphere. They are truly the most talented northern soul band I have heard. Some band members tell me they are writing their own northern soul songs, eagerly anticipated by me, as they do grasp the true essence of the music.

It was my pleasure to interview them before the Concorde 2 performance and band member Jules makes some interesting comments about the northern soul single “Mercy” by artist Duffy – you can hear that interview on this page.

Band Promo Links:

www.myspace.com/alisonandtheearthquakes


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Kath Newman

What is northern soul? Predominately, rare, black, American, soul music of the 60’s and 70’s. First called northern soul in 1968 by Dave Godin editor to Blues and Soul magazine, when many young people in the North of England in the late 60’s and early 70’s were listening to this music. “ Some of it you will hate, most you will love”. I am a northern soul deejay, radio/TV broadcaster and music journalist living in the sunny southcoast of England. The genres I love are the blues, rhythm and blues, soul and in particular northern soul. I started deejaying due to a lack of northern soul events in Brighton. I like the good quality rare, northern soul, but to hear it I had to find good deejays or play it myself. For several years I have been privileged to interview great artists and deejays from the unique, music scene that is northern soul, such as Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and the successful deejay Richard Searling. Each month I will be bringing you an interview of a northern soul artist or deejay and keeping you informed of forthcoming events. I am interested in your thoughts, experiences and suggestions about northern soul and would like to quote you here each month, drop me a line at either: Email: souldeepevents@yahoo.co.uk or Facebook.com/ kath newman

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March 11, 2012 By : Category : Articles Bands Front Page Music UK Tags:, , ,
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