The Faith Keepers (NewBreed)

This entry is part 1 of 10 in the series Newbreed3

“It’s hard to place exactly when we started as a group. I would say that in spring 2005, aged 16. All started because Álvaro and Esteban came together to form a band called Paper Planes. Given time called me to sing, and so we started under the name Teenage Kicks” Borja, the Faith Keepers. The live band is a tornado formed by 8 young guys. Soul-funk, boogaloo, sweat and energy of a child. From Zaragoza shaking every stage they walk with the power of their instruments and voice, and enjoying the simple things: !!sex and funky chicken rhythm! Its repertoire of their own creation, has drunk the influence of musicians like Sly & the Family Stone, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Ray Barretto, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, MC5 and that offers the public rate, sex and sweat. It’s show is defined as “bomb by everybody who is at 1km radius” and “Uff come stomping, waving both every stage in which you go up.” The final launch of the group, was in 2010 and 2011, publishing in April 2010, the first LP with Lontano Records label under the guidance of experienced music producer Soul / Funk Carlo Coupé. This disc has toured several rooms with remarkable success, mentioning for example the fantastic reception given at the Casa del Loco (record breaking attendance of a local group) and Oasis Club Theatre in Zaragoza, the Sala Sol, La Boca del Lobo and Tempo in Madrid, Barcelona Razzmatazz Jazzroom and other cities such as Granada, Bilbao, Burgos or in addition to international departures to the UK (London, Brighton) and Italy (Lavarone). They have participated in such imporant festivals as Slap Festival, Jazz Festival in Zaragoza, Water Enclave, Euroyeyé, South Europe, FIZ, Ebroclub… Prizes: – 1st prize V National Festival of Youth Music, Tudela 2010; 1st prize in the most important event of Aragon: the AMBAR Z MUSIC 2011 – BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC BAND of festival ENCLAVE DE AGUA 2011. Pop-eye Awards Finalists 2012 – 1st prize in the band contest of IMAGINE FUNK FESTIVAL 2012.- Band with greater projection of Aragon in the Aragon Music Awards. On spring 2011, they collaborated with Adidas by their track Don’t Worry About Later to perform an advertisement.

HQ: Zaragoza, Spain

Band members:
Borja Téllez – Vocals
Alvaro Suárez – Guitar
Guillermo Aznar – Guitar
Esteban Bayona – Drums
Jorge García – Bass
Eduardo Pons – Sax
Johann Hincapié – Trumpet
Ricardo Sosa – Percussion

Discography:
The Faith Keepers (2010 LP)
Soon You´ll Die (2012 45 rpm)
Leap of Faith (2012 LP)

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

The band started in 2005 when some teenagers got together to play music, but it was in 2010 when we became an eight piece band and we reached the sound we had in our minds.

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

The strong winds and the night life of our hometown, Zaragoza.

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

Yes: Hashima, The Bag Eaters and Maybe Boom. Basically because they are our own side projects.

04. How would you describe the style you play?

Hard soul & funk with a Latin spark.

05. What are your main influences in music? And who do you despise?

Classic soul, jazz-fusion and British rock, we really despise anything that sounds fake to us.

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

We write them for ourselves, mainly Jorge and Esteban with contributions from the rest of the band. They deal with dancefloors, love, rough stories from the streets, swaggering, beliefs.

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

‘Dancefloor Killer II’. ‘What’s Going On’ by Marvin Gaye.

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

We can only speak about the scene in our own City, and now it’s rising again after many years of being pretty low. We participate actively.

09. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

Releasing our latest LP, ‘Leap Of Faith’.

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

We rehearse two or three times a week and play live about twice a month. The records have come out with a two year gap, and we hope to release our third album in 2014.

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

They only care about what they already know or about what’s hip. We hope to be hip soon.

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

Sharon Jones, Quantic, Lee Fields, Antibalas, The Roots, White Denim, Tame Impala, Robert Glasper, Erykah Badu, D’Angelo.

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

In Brooklyn, in the Daptone Records studio, because it is the very heart of Soul music nowadays.

14. 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 want to bring you the best music you’ve heard in years from a new band, and we hope to have a place in UK scene. The 24 of August we’ll be playing live in Brighton and London.

Main site:  thefaithkeepers.com

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facebook.com/TheFaithKeepers
twitter.com/TheFaithKeepers
thefaithkeepers.bandcamp.com


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June 3, 2013 By : Category : Bands Club Soul Europe Front Page Interviews Tags:, , ,
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The Hypnotic Eye (NewBreed)

This entry is part 2 of 10 in the series Newbreed3

South-London five-piece The Hypnotic Eye are cutting a dash through the capital with nuggest of psychedelic garage rock. NutsMag met the band to find out about what makes them tick and why they’re already recording their follow up album, here is what they had to say…

HQ: London, UK

Band Members:
Grace Lightman – Vocals
Lindsay Murray – Guitar, Backing Vocals
Oliver Tobin – Keyboards
Will Ritson – Drums
Matt Edwards – Bass Guitar

Discography:
2012 – Single “Marianne”, “Satisfaction”
2013 – Single “Smashed! Blocked!”

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

We’ve been together as a group getting on for two years now, but have all been friends for a number of years. Musicians always find each other the moment they are on that road of discovering music.

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

Other than an inclination towards Rum, we have a mutual love and admiration of John Coltrane, Brian Wilson, Scott Walker, Phil Spector and Joe Meek. Recently in the bus there have been a lot of requests for Ronnie Bird.

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

Top of the list, despite being on a hiatus, will always be Speak & the Spells. Their writing style is second to none, and on stage I’ve never encountered another band as captivating. The Superimposers I am excited to see live. I’m quite in awe of their recorded work.

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

Locally, I met some great local heroes Geronimo (from Screaming Lord Sutch’s band), Terry Brennan (The Roosters, The Muleskinners), Mickey Waller (Cyril Davies’ R&B All Stars, the Steampacket, Jeff Beck Group), and Art Wood (the Artwoods). When I was 15, Terry dug out the same box of 45s that first turned on Eric Clapton to blues music. Hearing Jimmy Reed for the first time through that Dansette was magical. It changed my life to perform with him and to hear his stories first hand. I quickly fell in love with the beat thing and needed to make it my own and I needed to keep what they are doing, going.

05. How would you describe the style you play?

Musically, it’s all very fast-paced. It’s a mixture of freakbeat, frat rock and garage punk, but there are equally upbeat shades of Wanda Jackson.

06. What are your live shows like?

Grace is a fantastic singer who really connects with the audience. For the rest of us, it’s a form of therapy. It’s just something we have to do and put absolutely everything into it. We take so much pleasure from it.

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

I’ve been so affected by acquaintances. Aside from the aforementioned, a long telephone conversation with Dee Christopholous (Wimple Winch), befriending Andy Ellison (John’s Children, Radio Stars), and befriending Martin Eschleman (The Human Expression) have each served to change my path. Rhys Webb gave me the most wonderful introduction to Dutch groups Het and The Motions. Covers wise, our favourites to play are The Human Expression’s fantastic ‘Readin’ Your Will’, Mousetrap top-spin ‘Searching’, by The Omens, Smashed! Blocked!, by John’s Children, Ain’t It Hard, by the Gypsy Trips, and most recently the Japanese Group Sounds favourite Naree Baree Yi, by the Spiders. That said, there is a lot of music I choose not to listen to.

08. What are your main influences outside of music?

I’m very fond of the Viennese Secession, and I love 50s horror.

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

I write the songs and words, but together they grow. Lyrically, I love characters. We’ve got a monster that eats tube commuters, a song about a Martian invasion and an urban fox astronaut.

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

We have an original song called Hey Joe we like to open with, inspired by the Chocolate Watchband version of Baby Blue – that one’s a favourite of the band. All three by Bruno Leys are right at the top for me. I’d be too torn to pick a favourite. Frustration – The Painted Ship is my favourite 45 I own.

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

It’s somewhat fractured. We congregate and share our sounds in so many ways. Internationally, we have been very well received with fans sometimes traveling several hours to see us play. I receive fascinating music from our friends in Japan, Malaysia, Peru and Austria. Mousetrap in 2013 has regained its status as the state of the now. I was talking to Tjinder Singh last Friday about how much of the underground scene operates internationally by way of word of mouth and digital promotion. It’s such a joy, for example to send songs back and forth with Sir Psych. The last two emerging 60s inspired bands I was excited to see let me down somewhat by an air of arrogance and elitism to what they do. I have no interest in that side.

12. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

Working jobs with uncreative people brings untold stress. We have our focus, we just need time.

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

Weekly we’ll rehearse, and over the past couple of months we’ve been gigging all over the place as far as a beautiful town called Innsbruck in Austria. I record daily. I’m always working on ideas for songs, some intended to be performed, others help me on the path of learning.

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

We’ve been so lucky. People like Bob Harris, Lauren Laverne, Gideon Coe are limitlessly supportive of us. I still can’t believe what Bob Harris said about us.

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

The Frowning Clouds & the Sufis are something else. We played with an amazing young Austrian group called The Psychedelic Mangoes. I am desperate for them to record. They have a great Modern Lovers sound going on. This year marks the return of the Revellions, a band who completely blew me away live. Equally, I would urge all those psych-inclined to get their hands on the new ‘Sudden Death of Stars’ record.

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

Our engineer Ben Baptie is about the finest engineer of our generation and is really making a name for himself. I’d never like to make a record without him. He’s one of my best friends and has an unrivalled pair of ears. We are both adamant about doing a session at Electric Lady Studios in New York, and out in the Dutch forests at Wisselord. One day. One day soon.

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

Our Debut LP should be out this summer, and there will be more singles from our second record coming out before the year-end. We are honoured to be playing at the Brighton Weekend this August, and we’re currently booking a European Tour for October. It feels astounding to say it. The response has been incredible. Rhys and I chatted about a possible Cave gig with us guesting for a couple of songs with Andy Ellison, but that’s a secret.

Website: hypnoticeye.co.uk

Links:
facebook.com/hypnoticeye
twitter.com/thehypnoticeye
soundcloud.com/hypnoticeye


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June 3, 2013 By : Category : Bands Beat Front Page Garage Interviews RnB UK Tags:, , ,
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The 45s (NewBreed)

This entry is part 3 of 10 in the series Newbreed3

The 45s are all 16 years old and formed the band at the beginning of 2012. Our passion is to write and perform music. Our inspiration comes from Rhythm and Blues, Rock n Roll and any music with soul! Having just finished school, we are concentrating on writing our own material, have recently appointed a management team and are just about to record our first single which will be released at the beginning of October. Exciting times! NutsMag met the band to find out about what makes them tick, here is what they had to say…

HQ: Carlisle, UK

Band Members:

James Green – Vocals, Harmonica
Tom Hamilton-Hughes – Lead Guitar, Vocals
Joe Wyatt – Bass Guitar, Vocals
Bailey Claringbold – Drums

Discography: Double A side single to be released in October

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

Tom, our guitarist came to our school a couple of years ago determined to form an R&B band based around his love of Chess Records, Soul and Blues. His first attempt didn’t work as the other lads just didn’t get into the music. Tom then set about convincing James, Joe and Bailey that R&B was the answer. They responded enthusiastically and soon they were all buying old CDs and vinyl to listen to in Tom’s attic.

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

The one band that probably drew together the different influences on the band were Dr Feelgood. They seemed to encapsulate the different musical strands we wanted to incorporate in our sound and especially that outsider attitude. We’re not from a trendy city and we’ve had to fight to be heard, just like them.

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

The Cumbrian music scene has been good for us as it has provided the venues for us to play live and learn our craft. There are a wide variety of bands around and it would be unfair to name only a couple.

04. How would you describe the style you play?

It’s ‘50’s Chicago rhythm & blues plus a hint of Memphis soul played with a bit of punk attitude.

05. What are your live shows like?

On the Cumbrian scene we have played many a late night, two hour set to crowds of inebriated punters demanding a party. That’s a hard nut to crack but we’ve done it time and time again, surviving stage invasions, punch-ups and the attentions of women who were old enough to know better! So, we like a party and nothing pleases us more than if people get up and dance. That’s what this music is made for.

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

Our main influences are Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter, Chuck Berry, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, the Small Faces, the early Stones and Beatles, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, plus Dr Feelgood of course. Manufactured boy/girl bands are a very easy target but it’s those at the top of the music industry who produce this stuff to potentially rip off young people who are the real culprits.

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

Tom comes up with the tune and sometimes the lyrics and if he is stuck James will write some words and those two will get the bones of the song before bringing it to a band rehearsal. Our songs sometimes tell really personal stories. ‘Billie Jay’ is a photography student at the University of Cumbria who had come up from London. She is from a family of mods and she actually turned up at one of our gigs with ‘her snappy little camera and her skimpy little dress, with her hair in a beehive’ and yes we were all ‘impressed!’ Joe has written one song that is a staple of our live set called ’Little Black Shorts’ and it tells the story of his doomed encounter with a girl at a festival. Number 34 is about a party at Tom’s house given a little poetic licence!

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

Our current favourite is probably ‘Don’t you Mess Around’ which started life as a totally different song by the same name. It’s one of those songs that has really benefited from being played again and again at gigs and is now a pretty powerful number which gives you a sense of the band in one song. We always like giving Bobby Troup’s ‘Route 66’ a good bashing to wake up an audience!

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

The diversity of stuff that is going on in the underground scene is fantastic. It has certainly helped us see the bigger picture of what Modernism can be, not just tonic suits and parkas! But coming from where we do, getting involved isn’t easy. We come down to London and Brighton when we can to buy clothes and vinyl. No one else in Carlisle looks like we do and we certainly turn heads when we are out and about together.

10. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

Being our age, fitting in school work in the run up to our GCSEs wasn’t easy. However, we all got decent passes so that was a huge relief. That is still an issue as two of the band are staying on at school to take their A levels while two of us are off to college to study music performance. The other big challenge is finding the right advisors. The music industry, as we have learnt, is full of sharks, charlatans and con men, and finding some honest advice told without spin and bullshit is almost impossible.

11. How often do you rehearse and play live?

We make sure we rehearse at least once a week in Tom’s attic. He and James also get together to develop songs. We average two gigs a week and are used to playing two 45 minute sets plus encores. We are really looking forward to the gig at the Embassy Club in London in November and hope to play the Islington Academy near Christmas.

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

To be honest, we have found our local media to be very supportive.

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

Vintage Trouble from LA are a modern band who respect the past and who deserve more recognition. We love the Computers, an English indie band who have produced a great modern R&B album called ‘Love Triangles, Hate Squares’. Gary Clarke Junior is an amazing guitarist from Austin, Texas who mixes all sorts of musical genres from classic soul and blues to modern R&B.

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

After a couple of goes in the recording studio with producers we ended up doing the production on our single ourselves and that is the route we would like to go down in the future. Tom has been to Memphis and would love to take the band there to record an album. The old Stax studios aren’t there any more but there are some fantastic studios out there with classic analog equipment and it would be great just to pick up the vibe and play with some local musicians.

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

Well, we’ve got our single coming out in October and are planning some exciting gigs well away from Cumbria. We’ve got a couple in London already and are planning more, both before and after Christmas. Look out for us up and down the country in the first half of 2014 and on the festival circuit next summer.

Web Links:

the45scarlisle.com
facebook.com/the45scarlisle
twitter.com/45sCarlisle


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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 20, 2013 By : Category : Bands Front Page Interviews Music RnB Tags:, , ,
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The Mergers (NewBreed)

This entry is part 4 of 10 in the series Newbreed3

“Beat with a capital B”

This 4-piece band – Jerry Coma being the charismatic frontman – combines elaborate songwriting and harmonies with the energy of a deafening jumbo jet. With the equipment and the looks of the early 60’s they are brewing a highly authentic sound set on fire by its straight realisation. The Mergers perform their cleverly arranged and simply incredible songs with a frenzied power that will knock your socks off.

NutsMag met the band to find out about what makes them tick, here is what they had to say…

HQ: Nuremberg, Germany

Band Members:

Jerry Coma: Vocals & Guitar
Henry Florence Jr.:
Vocals & Bass guitar
Jay Le Saux: Vocals & Guitar
Winston McCloud: Drums

Discography: 2013 LP –  ‘Monkey See, Monkey Do’,

Tour Dates: facebook.com/themergers.band

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

The band has been together for about 2 years now. We all kind of played together in other bands before so we’ve known each other for quite a while.

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

We’ve all got an interest in retro/roots music. Basically we’re big fans of the way most of the people played back then and the sound of their instruments.

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

We can definitely recommend Smokestack Lightnin’ and The Rockin’ Lafayettes. Good friends and probably the best of very few bands in our area that play music as we like it.

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

Well, we’re from Nuremberg, Germany. You can’t say that there is an existing 60’s scene at all. There are some people that are into northern soul and a few garage music but that’s pretty much it.

05. How would you describe the style you play?

It’s a mixture of mainly 60’s beat and Rock’n’Roll with little pinch of garage and power pop.

06. What are your live shows like?

Energetic, raw and untamed.

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

British beat music of the early/mid 60’s. Currently we play a cover by The Kaisers. Nowadays there are too many bands that deserve to be despised. It’s hard to pick out the worst.

08. What are your main influences outside of music?

As we’re all from Franconia we have to say beer.

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

Jerry Coma writes most of the songs. Jay Le Saux also started writing a few. The subjects are various but mostly the plot revolves about women.

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

This has to be the fastest one, so our choice is ‘All I Can Do’ – fast and furious and yet beautifully melodic. How about The Jam’s ‘Monday’? Someone dreaming about monday, that’s wicked!

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

It is a pretty small scene compared to other underground scenes. But the parties, the music and the styles are just great. Participating is not always easy due to our schedule, except it’s us playing on one of those great parties.

12. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

Getting our drummer Winston (McCloud) to sleep after the after-show parties.

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

Rehearsals are less frequent but probably much more intense compared to other bands as Jay Le Saux is currently living in Berlin. Whenever we get together we spend whole days working on new material, preparing for our shows, making photos & plans.

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

Nowadays there’s almost nothing that doesn’t have any coverage. But most of the 60s stuff e.g. is not that easy to find if you’re not into it. That’s kind of a pity because there would be probably a lot more people who would be into it if they only knew about it.

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

The mainstream acts that we like the most are probably bands like ‘The Hives’ or ‘The Greenhornes’. Recently we played a show with ‘The New Piccadillys’. They were pretty great!

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

We’d love to record with any producer that is totally into our stuff and would be able to take our future record to another level. Unfortunately we haven’t found him yet.

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?

Most important we continue making music for people who are interested in good songwriting and a terrific live performance. We want to spread it as much and as far as possible, England and Spain to begin with. We are so excited about playing at Modstock3 in April 2014 (Easter), in London. We play on the Sunday night the 20th of April. Modstock3 is the celebration is 50 years of Mod and we are very proud to be part of that.

Web Links:

themergers.net
facebook.com/themergers.band

Photo by: Pilar Schacher


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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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March 7, 2014 By : Category : Bands Beat Europe Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, , , ,
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Alex Butler and the Opals (NewBreed)

This entry is part 5 of 10 in the series Newbreed3

Alex Butler has always stood out from the crowd. Standing six foot six in his Cuban heels, he’s classically tall, dark and handsome. There’s his taste for sharp Sixties suits and oversized retro specs. And then there’s the unicycle. Growing up in Newcastle, Alex was torn between two careers. He could have run away to join the circus, like his acrobat grandma who taught him how to walk the tightrope. Or he could concentrate on his music. It is the circus people’s loss and our good fortune that the 20 year-old singer-songwriter chose music.

Band Members:
Alex Butler – vox and guitar
Adam Hope- vox and guitar
Alex Blamire – vox and bass
Giovanni Velez – drums

Discography: ‘Turn’ EP available on iTunes

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

I was picked as Nick Grimshaw’s up and coming artist about 6 months back. I formed the Opals a short while after this. I started to get a lot of press attention, I knew I had to put together a band with a massive live energy. Our drummers Italian and the rest of us are Geordies, I think that’s a magic combination.

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

We are all massively influenced by 1960’s music, I think that’s the common thread. The addictive melodies of Motown and Stax have had a massive effect on my writing. I’ve always believed that a song has to have an irresistibly catchy chorus at the heart of it.

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

We’ve bumped into the lads from the heartbreaks a couple of times since we moved to London, I really like what they are doing at the moment. I love the way they have a sound that’s firmly rooted in the past with a modern twist.

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

There is a small but passionate mod crowd in Newcastle. Everyone into 60’s and rock and roll tunes hangs about at the Dog and Parrot. It’s the my favorite pub in the world it’s a place you can escape from the monotony of shit house music and chart tunes…

05. How would you describe the style you play?

Melodically driven New Wave.

06. What are your live shows like?

We believe you have to absorb yourself in the song when you are performing. If you come to see us you can expect a passionate performance.

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

Phil Spector’s ‘wall of sound’ production is the definitive 60’s sound for me… The feeling captured in his recordings has been a huge source of inspirational to me. The tunes released on Stax, Motown, Chess and Trojan have also been massively influential. We don’t generally play covers but, if we’re sitting round the house with acoustic guitars we sing a lot of Everly Brothers numbers. The majority of pop is pretty horrendous at the moment… I despise this whole house music movement. Josh Homme from ‘Queens of the Stoneage’ is a pretty tragic character as well. He wears sweat bands… enough said.

08. What are your main influences outside of music?

Outlandish 3 button suits, Cuban heel Chelsea boots and 1.5 litre bottles of Lambrini.

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

I write the majority of the material, recently we have started writing together and it sounds brilliant! Having been influenced by the likes of the Kinks and the Beatles melodically, growing up in Newcastle the subject matter is somewhat different. The kinks casually observed the Waterloo sunset, I had drunken orange girls in enormous heels to inspire me.

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

Our next single is a song called ‘Bye bye love’ we close our new set with it and it sounds spot on! My favourite song of all time is ‘Be my baby’ by The Ronettes, it’s just perfect in every way…

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

I feel like there has been a massive lack of exciting guitar bands in the last few years. In the last few months I’ve seen and heard a load of exciting new sounds and signs of a fresh talent emerging. I love the new wave of psychedelic bands, that’s something which has caught my attention.

12. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

We have faced a few challenging situations as a band… None quite as challenging as trying to fit all our amplifiers and guitars into the back of a Ford Galaxy Taxi one night after a heavy night on the lash.

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

We rehearse and write a good few times a week… We have a ton of fantastic live dates coming up. We are very much looking forward to playing the Modstock event, its brilliant that the lineup includes legendary Soul artists and some of the best up and coming mod acts about…

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

Having had a lull in guitar music over the past few years I think some of the music press have struggled to report anything particularly ground breaking. There seems to be a constant stream of magazines with The Smiths on every cover. NME released their top 500 songs of all time a few weeks back… When John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ is around 400 and Eminem’s ‘Stan’ is in the top 100, there has to be some questions asked!

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

I think Temples are absolutely brilliant…Their image and songwriting are an inspiration to all the up and coming bands influenced by 1960’s music. We’ve all grown up listening to the Arctic Monkeys so Alex Turner is always going to be a favorite of ours.

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

We’d love to record with Phil Spector but the logistics of setting up a studio in his prison cell would probably be a little bit of a nightmare.

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?

You can rely on us for a steady flow of irresistibly catchy tunes. We have a whole host of brilliant dates coming up across the UK, you can check them out on our website.

We are so excited about playing at Modstock3 in April 2014 (Easter), in London. We play on the Saturday afternoon (12-5pm) the 19th of April. As part of the NUTsMAG showcase in Venue 2.

Like any other young musician my ambition is to headline Glastonbury and get a few Brits for the mantelpiece. When I get a bit older I’d hope to live in a large house full of beautiful long legged models a bit like Hugh Heffner. I’ve already got the smoking jacket, I suppose that’s a start.

Weblinks:

alexbutlermusic.com
facebook.com/pages/Alex-Butler
twitter.com/butlerchat


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

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The Turning (NewBreed)

This entry is part 6 of 10 in the series Newbreed3

The Turning are a 4-Piece Mod/Indie based in London. Formed in March 2013, by April 4th they produce and record Magazine Street and did their first sold out gig on the 13th April in the old John Bull in Chiswick. Their first city Centre full house was at the Blastbeat UK Finals event in the 229 Club on July 7th when Josh from The Strypes joined them on stage for the last song. The Turning are heavily influenced by bands from all decades such as The Beatles,The Kinks,The Doors, The Jam, The Who, Oasis and many more. The Turning have an EP on iTunes including Debut Single “Magazine Street” and new single “Stand Clear of My Mind” and will be gigging around the UK throughout the beginning of 2014!

Band Members:
Luke McLaughlin (Vocals and Guitar)
David Bardon (Lead Guitar)
Louis Gilbert (Bass)
Ruben Kenton-Harris (Drums)

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

The band has been going for about a year now… Ruben, Louis and myself (David) have been playing for about 4 years all together but we met Luke at a gig that our manager had put on and asked him to join and he was up for it so that was the start really…

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

Influences range from a lot of stuff from early blues music to modern indie style music. We’re all into 60’s R’n’B and the garage stuff but are also like T.Rex, The Jam, Arctic Monkeys, Oasis, Kasabian.

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

Not really unfortunately!

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

There’s not an awful lot really in West London, which is a shame as so much of the early R’n’B stuff in the 60s was going on round the corner but there’s a few people our age who are into the Beatles, Stones, Kinks etc but it’d be hard to call it a scene unfortunately!

05. How would you describe the style you play?

I’d say it’s quite like a punk band doing R’n’B and Rock ‘n’ Roll tunes!

06. What are your live shows like?

It’s normally about half half of our tunes and old Rock ‘n’ Roll/ R’n’B tunes! We like to mix the new with the old!

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

Our main influences are 60’s bands like The Beatles, The Stones, The Who etc but we like to track those bands back to their influences, so we get quite a bit of Chuck in there and lots of 50’s Rock ‘n’ Roll tunes.

It’s easy to slag off bands like One Direction and the modern pop music scene but at the end of the day, that stuff has and will always be there, what we do is a completely different thing and we don’t despise anything particularly because music is not about despising what other people do. It’s about doing your own thing and making other people enjoy that!

08. What are your main influences outside of music?

We’re all big footy fans which manages to keep conversation flowing on tour a lot of the time, generally we’re also into politics (so un-Rock ‘n’ Roll perhaps?) and stuff like that which we all find quite intriguing!

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

David writes most of the tunes but Luke also chips in with riffs/ideas and works on the vocal melodies as he is the singer. I (David) don’t really focus on trying to have any particular theme to my writing but write about things/people I see and meet and try to write in a way other people can relate to, but generally there’s no underlying theme to what I try and write about.

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

Well we’ve just started doing What I’d Say by Ray Charles, which is sounding really cool but maybe that’s because it’s a new one! We also do a tune of ours called ‘How to Play the Game’ which is pretty cool and really fun to play live!

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

We are all massive fans of what The New Untouchables are doing and could all say its opened our eyes (ears) to a lot of great 60’s bands and songs that we never knew existed! We’ve been to Mousetrap a few times and it’s just blown our mind, the vibe is cool and it’s great knowing there is somewhere in London that guarantees good music and great people that are all on the same wavelength!

12. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

I think the biggest challenge is the whole thing really…becoming a great live band is a really hard skill to craft but we’re just trying to do it the old school way but just writing, rehearsing and gigging and trying to create a buzz! It’s a hard job being in a band but I think we all believe if we feel we are good enough it will happen and we aint gonna stop until we are good enough!

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

We generally try and rehearse every day for about 2 hours and just go over songs and try and make them better than they were at the last gig! We play live, on average, about twice a month but we are always flat out on the rehearsals. We hope to be recording just before our Modstock gig. We would of just done a 5 day stint in a bar in Lanzorote playing 1hr and a half a night so we should be really tight and at our best by then so hope to record the tune we mentioned above, ‘How to Play the Game’ which hopefully should be our next single!

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

Well probably the wrong music gets the most coverage but I think that can change if we get a scene buzzing and we feel it is happening with bands like ‘The Strypes’ and Jake Bugg who seem to dragging people back to listening to proper music but of course it takes a few bands to make this scene work, but when it does, the media will be all over it!

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

The Strypes are probably the best live band in the country at the moment! I (David) saw them first at Le Beat Bespoke last year and they just blew my fucking mind, musically and as people they are just lovely lads! Temples are also great, great songwriting and a really cool neo-psych sound! Underground-wise Sisterray and Hypnotic eye are really cool, the main thing is all the good bands getting the attention they deserve.

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

Abbey Road studio 2 has gotta be the one (excuse the cliché). That room must have some crazy drug in there that no one knows about!

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?

Gigging is really the priority at the moment and just perfecting the live set nailed! We’re planning quite a few shows around the country in July so we should be getting to some places we haven’t been yet. I guess all our ambitions is to just make a career playing music and not have to get a proper job!

Weblinks:

theturningofficial.com
facebook.com/TheTurningOfficial
twitter.com/TurningOfficial 


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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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Les Cappuccino (NewBreed)

This entry is part 7 of 10 in the series Newbreed3

Les Cappuccino was formed late 1995 by Tommy (guitar) and Marie (organ) in Kobe, inspired by Jimmy Smith, Booker T, Manfred Mann and J.T.Q. A year later they got a bass player Chiggy joined. Till now various drummers had been joined. They reproduce perfectly the tone of British & French pop of the 60’s. And their looks are just like slip away from Courréges catwalk, this group brings perfect “Mods” balance to the Pop scene. Considered as the most interesting group of the Mod Sixties scene in Japan. The band has been playing at lots of Japanese mod/sixties events, Mods Mayday in Osaka, Kyoto, Nagoya, and Fukuoka and March of The Mods in Tokyo since they was formed.

Band Members:
Guitar – Tommy
Organ – Marie
Bass – Chiggy
Drum – Watashiban (Support)
Percussion – SE Groove Unchant

Discography: 2002 – Album ‘Ultra Kitsch’ French FGL Production, 2005 – 7” Vinyl ‘My Generation’ UK Detour, 2009 – Compilation Album ‘Hammond Street4 ‘ Acid Jazz Label

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

In the early 90s, I (Tommy) was a guitarist for a garage, surf-instrumental band, but when I first came across a record by Booker T, Jimmy Smith and J.T.Q I decided that organ-based bands were cooler. In 1995, started Les Cappuccino with organ player Marie. The bass player Chiggy joined when she saw a flyer.

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

60s films, fashion, music.

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

The Hammond connection and The Absolute. The Absolute play soulful songs as well as Revolver sounding original songs.
The Hammond connection, their main feature is the stylish and pop sounding girl’s vocal.

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

In the 1980s only Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya had a Mod scene, in the 1990s the rest of the main cities started to have Mod scenes. Nude Restaurant in Kobe which is famous for Northern Soul started at that time.

05. How would you describe the style you play?

Early J.T.Q mixed with France Gall, Twiggy and Pete Townshend.

06. What are your live shows like?

Hot and the coolest!

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

I’m really into 60s beat, The Beatles, The Small Faces, Manfred Mann etc. We would like to play club music with the instruments these bands used.

08. What are your main influences outside of music?

Well, for me every influence comes from 60s musicians. Manfred Mann’s beard and the glasses. John Lennon’s hat, glasses, everything.

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

I (Tommy) write all songs, except when I write lyrics I ask some help from best friend Phil Hopper (former 5:30 drummer)

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

We like to play “ Blow up” “Move Move Move” at gigs because they are so excited to play. From our original songs I gonna choose the songs we play “Blue Bird” “This Girl” “I Touch the Sun” “Madison Agent 005”

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

In Kansai area, Nude Restaurant and Mods Mayday are famous, and in Tokyo area, there are many events from big one to small one, we often go to Tokyo to play.

12. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

After Tokyo’s (almost every month) gig we drove 600km back to home straight away. We try to be economic.

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

Now Chiggy and our current drummer live in Tokyo and Yokohama, it is difficult to rehearse often. Instead of rehearsing, we do play at gig every month. A Japanese Mod band’s compilation album we joined will be release by Acid Jazz Label in this June or July. A tribute album of Japanese Freak Beat Band called The Private will be released on 25 Apr. Now we have got lots of original vocal songs we really want to make a record in this year.

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

60s club music are not major. People love 60s music, they come to see us to experience real 60’s performance.

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

Hmm… The Mayflowers! I recommend our friend band “The Mayflowers” which is the quite well-known Japanese Power Pop band.

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

Acid Jazz, Detour… anyone who understands our music.

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 want to play our original songs as well as Hammond cover music. Our next big gig is of course Modstock3 @ Easter (April 2014) in London! After we come back to Japan, our annual regular event, Mods Mayday in Osaka and Nagoya. More interesting gigs are coming up. Please check our Website.

Weblinks:

lescappuccino.com
facebook.com/lescappuccino
twitter.com/LesCappuccino


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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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Stone Foundation (NewBreed)

This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series Newbreed3

Stone Foundation started in earnest around 10 summers ago when the two Neil’s worlds collided, an instant mash. Ideas, songs and a vision formed but a band didn’t. Members joined and then left or were shown the door, a stable, solid line up took time. Any gang worth it’s salt (and pepper) does. This had to be right, more than music, a family affair. Once the team was in place they would still take the duration required to firmly knit the solid bond their hearts desired. The understanding between the seven was crucial. Yes, seven that’s right. We knew it had to be. Hammond, Horns over a solid soulful (stone) foundation, we didn’t want anyone just dipping their toes in the water. We were off to swim the channel.

Band Members:
Neil Sheasby (bass)
Neil Jones (vocals and guitar)
Ian Arnold (Hammond Organ)
Philip K Ford (drums)
Spencer Hague (trombone)
Lynn Thompson (trumpet)
Gary Rollins (saxophone/flute)

Discography:
‘Three Shades Of Stone Foundation’ album (2011)
‘To Find The Spirit’ album (2014)
‘That’s The Way I Want To Live my Life’ single (2014)

How did Stone Foundation get started?

Myself and lead singer, Neil Jones got together after I had become disillusioned with my previous band. We were kindred spirits and we started writing songs together, but it took a long time to find the right musicians.

We knew we wanted a horn section and a Hammond organ, so we knew the sound we wanted, but it took a couple of years really before we had a settled line up. It was important to find musicians who shared our vision of what Stone Foundation should be.

After a while we started recording and over the last three or four years we have found more and more people who like what we do and it’s just gathered pace from there.

What are the main influences for Stone Foundation?

It’s quite eclectic really. I’ve worked in record shops all my life so I’ve been open to lots of different things. Neil Jones’s Dad had a big record collection, so he inherited all of that, but it’s not one particular genre that dominates.

We are inspired by soul music, things from our youth like Dexy’s and The Jam, and then the influence of bands like Traffic and what we regard as the quintessential British bands. It’s lots of influences though. Not just one specific.

How did your association with the great Nolan Porter come about?

It started with a promoter who was doing things at Northern Soul events. He was bringing people over to sing live, but with backing tracks. One of the first guys that we came into contact with was Steve Calloway. The promoter said he wanted a band to work with him and he thought Stone Foundation fit the bill, so he asked us and we thought, well here is a chance to work with some proper, bona fide soul artists, so we jumped at the chance.

Steve Calloway was the first person we worked with, then Nolan came over and we just hit it off right away. Since then we have brought Nolan back ourselves and then we got Joe ‘Pep’ Harris from Undisputed Truth. It’s been a privilege and an honour to work with these people, and Nolan makes a guest appearance on our new album as well.

How does the creative process work for Stone Foundation?

Usually, it’s either Neil or myself who have ideas or, on occasion, fully formed songs, but for this album it’s been more of a collaborative process. Sometimes things have come through a jamming session, but everyone has had a part to play on the finished article, so it has been good from that aspect.

The band and your new album ‘To Find The Spirit’ are not easily pigeon-holed.

We have always been conscious of not wanting to sound pastiche or a parody of black American soul. As I said before, our influences are varied and our songwriting reflects that. We have jazz influences, soul, you name it, but what we always strive for is to sound like Stone Foundation.

You have become a much sought-after support band. Tell us about some of your recent engagements.

The arena tour with The Specials in 2011 was more by luck than judgment.

John Bradbury happened to be at Fiddler’s Elbow in Camden on the same night we were playing there. I think The Specials were looking for a certain kind of soul band rather than another ska outfit and we fit the bill. We got on really well with everyone and it has been one of the highlights of our career so far.

Since then we’ve supported The Blow Monkeys, The Selecter and The Beat. We’ve also got a support slot in the Midlands with The Truth, so we’re really looking forward to that.

You have also had some fairly high-profile names collaborating with you on the new LP.

Yes, we have been very lucky and it has been a privilege and an honour to work with these people. Carleen Anderson formerly of Young Disciples and Paul Weller’s band sang on ‘When You’re In My World’. Pete Williams from Dexy’s is a great songwriter. He plays on ‘Wonderous Place’ and ‘Stronger Than Us’. Paolo Hewitt does a spoken word piece called ‘Child of Wonder’.

Denis Bovell does a remix of ‘Don’t Let The Rain’ and Andy Fairweather Low was just great. His nephew, Lee, is a fan of the band and he kept on to Andy about doing something with us, and he agreed to do backing vocals, so we had a day trip to Cardiff and he sang on ‘Hold On’. It was great just to sit and chat with Andy and hear a few stories of those early days of modernism and the whole Sixties era.

You have recently returned from a mini tour of Japan, and now you’re preparing for Modstock. How was the tour and how hard is it to prepare for an event like Modstock?

Japan was an absolutely incredible experience, Tokyo is an amazing City, the crowds at the gigs we’re so enthusiastic too, culturally it is so different and leftfield to anything else you would experience.

The preperations for Modstock are underway, the only thing we have difficulty battling with are the time constraints of fitting it all in but we always manage to get there in the end.

How does it feel to be the house band on the British Legends Night, now you know exactly who you will be playing with?

It’s a great thrill and honour to be asked to be the house band and get the opportunity to not only meet but perform with people such as Kenney Jones and Eddie Phillips, who are artists that we grew up listening to, both the Creation and The Small faces made a great impact on our young tastes, I’m sure it will be a night to remember.

What expectations do you have for the British Legends Night and what can our audience expect from Stone Foundation and guests?

I expect it will be a lot of fun to play these songs with Kenney & Eddie and also get to do a Stone Foundation set and play a few of our new songs from the “To find the Spirit” album to an appreciative audience.

Neil Sheasby, thank you for talking to Nutsmag and best of luck with the new album ‘To Find The Spirit’ and the Modstock British Legends Night.

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stonefoundation.co.uk
facebook.com/stonefoundation
twitter.com/stonefoundation
myspace.com/stonefoundation


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Graham Lentz

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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April 4, 2014 By : Category : Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, , , , ,
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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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I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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The Dials (NewBreed)

This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series Newbreed3

The Dials are a 4 piece band from Brighton in the UK. “Glides effortlessly between the harmonic swoon of The Byrds, the poppier elements of the Velvets and the child-like psych of Syd Barrett’s Pink Floyd.” Uncut Magazine
Dermot Watson took some time out to talk to Dr Robert for NUTsMag.

Band Members:
Andrew Taylor (Vocals & Keyboards)
Rich Parrish (Drums & Vocals)
Joe Allenby-Byrne (Bass and Vocals)
Dermot Watson (Guitars)

Discography:
‘The Dials’ Album (2007)
‘Companions Of The Rosy Album (2009)

Updated Releases and Tour Dates: thedials.co.uk/gigs

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

We started in 2005 following a jam session in Brighton. The original idea was to put a few tunes together and – for a laugh – go busking on the seafront. We never got to go busking but the rest, as they say, is history.

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

We all have far too eclectic tastes, but we do share a taste for psychedelia – from Caravan to early Floyd. Beyond that, we have our individual musical ghettoes we retreat to and introduce from time to time.

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

Unanswered.

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

We live in Brighton. It never went away.

05. How would you describe the style you play?

The joy of The Dials is that we don’t have a single style. We’re known for mixing it up, adding our own flavors and coming up with something tasty.

06. What are your live shows like?

We try to mix raw and refined. They rock but they also make you think.

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

Influences range from The Faces and Nuggets garage to Miles Davis. We don’t do covers. Anything with the cynical, saccharine hand of Simon Cowell deserves an expression of distaste.

08. What are your main influences outside of music?

For the latest album – The End Of The Pier – we’ve been thinking a lot about our adopted town of Brighton. You can come for a day and see a certain side of it, but it becomes something else and something strange out of season and away from the tourists.

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

Songwriting tends to be a collaborative business. Subjects range from the release and joy of jumping into sea after a hard week at work to the doubts that possess us all in the wee small hours. It’s all real.

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

Each of us would have a different answer, but as I’m writing this, I’m going to say Over The Fence. It bothers me in a good way.

My choice of favourite song by another artist would be Red Cadillac and a Black Moustache by Warren Smith. It’s classic Sun Records, perfect tune and wonderful, understated guitar (my suggestion for best ever solo). Everything is right. My choice will, of course, change tomorrow.

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

I don’t really know what that means. Not wishing to be awkward, but there’s good and bad music. Whatever works, works.

12. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

Just keeping a band together can be hard. As life gets more complicated so do the demands on everyone. Luckily, we all believe this is a special band and worth it.

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

We usually rehearse once a week with extra song writing sessions in between (they’re coming thick and fast at the minute… I can see another album not too far away. Gigs it depends, a couple a month generally but occasionally a few a week.

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

It’s getting increasingly hard to get noticed by traditional media if you don’t fit a certain mould. Having said that, there are all sorts of new routes to look at now.

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

Some of the chaps like bands like White Denim or Tame Impala. Wooden Shjips are also a big hit with one of us. Another was recently going on about his love for Nick Lowe.

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

That is a very real question to which we are turning our attention to right now…
I would suspect we’re going to hire a cottage in the country to retreat to and do it all ourselves.

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 want to get in on the festival circuit more… we’ve never really cracked it. Radio play has been really good with Radio 6 and 2 giving us loads of exposure, so we’d like this to continue and build. We reckon there are many more people out there who would ‘get’ us. Finding more of them would be the best achievement. Interesting Gigs – the New Untouchables Brighton Fuzz 4 Freaks Weekender in August, the Bank Holiday

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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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