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Rob Bailey Fuzz4Freaks (Brighton) Interview

01. Tell us about the name Fuzz4Freaks and the new event in Brighton this year 2014?

As the Mod weekender in Brighton grew over the last decade the need for a separate venue playing fuzzy sounds become apparent as tickets for the Komedia were snapped up by the Mods. We used to host these sounds in the Studio Bar at Komedia but folks of the paisley persuasion couldn’t get in last year.

02. You have some great young live bands playing?

We have three great young live bands from all over the UK. On Saturday young Psych band from Birmingham, the Exploding Sound Machine are getting a great reputation and have recently played a local festival with legends Donovan and Arthur Brown with glowing reviews. Check out their interview here for a better idea on what to expect from them.

I discovered local Brighton lads the Dials driving home listening to Radio 2 at 3am after Zoo Zoo one evening and heard this song which sounded like the early Floyd. The song finished and the DJ said that is a track from the Dials new album. The next day I got up and googled the band and found out they were from Brighton so it was fate that they should play, I am really excited to see these guys. Check their interview out on here also.

The Hypnotic Eye will add plenty of fuzz to the party proceedings with strong originals and some choice covers. All the bands have products available over the weekend and we recommend you save a few quid and support these acts.

03. What about the Venue?

I planned to use it last year but it never worked out. As soon as I saw it I was sure it would be perfect for this event. It’s a basement venue with low ceiling, wooden dancefloor, stage and well stocked bar at reasonable prices for a club. It’s reminds me very much of a Mousetrap but with a live music set up as well.

04. Can we expect a full on trippy lightshow?

You can expect kaleidoscope visuals and fog in the true psychedelic tradition.

05. What kinds of sounds will we hear? A top 5 perhaps to wet our whistles?

I picked a good cross section of DJ’s who all have their own style, cover a wide variety of underground sounds and will make everyone happy. Expect the party choons alongside new discoveries as well as the current in demand biggies.

Check out some of the other DJ’s profiles on here and our facebook event page will have regular songs posted HERE!

Here are 5 choons you can expect to hear from me over the weekend.

Black Lightening Light – The Shy Guys

Polka Dotted Eyes – The Snaps

High Flying Around – Legay

Now I Know – Met & Zonder

Lucifer Sam – Pink Floyd

06. Where can folks get their tickets from?

We got 200 tickets up for grabs each night and almost half have gone already. You can get your tickets HERE!

07. What is the current ‘Fuzz’ scene like and how has it changed?

There is a great mix of youngsters and scene stalwarts, always a friendly vibe and exciting times. Music is always amazing!

08. What kind of clothes will folks be displaying? Will it be quite ‘Dandy’?

No dress codes as some folks just dig the sounds and not the entire lifestyle but there will no doubt be plenty of dandy’s and dolls strutting their stuff.

09. Why Brighton and why this particular weekend?

It’s a great town easily accessible from all over Europe with great restaurants, a very continental café culture and plenty of accommodation. You can also travel back to nearby London throughout the night by train.

10. Any advice on places to stay?

visitbrighton.com for a range of accommodation to suit your budget. There is a student residence at Sussex University a short bus ride or taxi ride from the centre with a variety of rooms available from £18-£35 per person a night some rooms are also en suite HERE!

11. What about daytime things to do?

We have free daytime events both days from 1-5pm at the Volks with a mix of 60’s sounds, a market and live music on Saturday afternoon. Brighton is also great for shopping check out the various clothes and record shops in the lanes including the fab Jump The Gun. You also have all the tourist attractions like the Pier, Brighton Eye, Miniature railway and copious great restaurants all over town.

12. Will Fuzz4Freaks appear in other places at some point in the future, maybe even a Tour?

Who knows? Watch this space…

Web Links:

newuntouchables.com
newuntouchables.ning.com
facebook.com/thenewuntouchables

Next Events 2014:

Sat 6 September: MOUSETRAP ALLNIGHTER ‘Fuzz for Freaks’ @ Orleans 259 Seven Sisters Rd, Finsbury Park, London N4 2DD (10pm-6am) Primest Garage/Freakbeat and Psych on the planet! DJ Dr Robert & guests

Sat 11 October: CROSSFIRE Allnighter London, 9pm-6am @ 229 The Venue,
Great Portland St.

Sat 13 December: MOUSETRAP ALLNIGHTER ‘Fuzz for Freaks’ @ Orleans 259 Seven Sisters Rd, Finsbury Park, London N4 2DD (10pm-6am) Primest Garage/Freakbeat and Psych on the planet! DJ Dr Robert & guests


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July 4, 2014 By : Category : Bands DJs Events Front Page Interviews News Tags:, ,
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Modstock – The Album

Modstock – The Album (LP & CD)

Dubbed ‘21st Century Club Classics’, this compilation is unlike many others. There are none of the ‘usual suspects’ of mod. You know the ones I mean? The dime-a-dozen, seen-it-all-before compilations that tick all the stereotypical mod boxes.

As compiler Rob Bailey says in the liner notes, he wanted to put together ‘future club classics’. It’s fair to say he has achieved his aim with this album. It has obviously had a lot of thought put into it in terms of tracks and running order.

It also provides a platform for most of the bands who appeared at Modstock 3 at Easter 2014.

We kick off with the brilliant ‘It’s Gonna Rain’ by Gentleman June Gardner. I heard this for the first time at a club night years ago and it became one of my all-time favs. Likewise, the Teddy Mack song ‘Hey Hey Gypsy Woman’, Brenda Holloway’s ‘I Ain’t Gonna Take You Back’ and Dean Carter’s ‘Love’s A Workin’.

The addition of songs from current bands slot very nicely alongside the ‘oldies’ in the seemless fabric of this compilation.

The Mergers, Secret Affair, The Apemen and Les Cappuccino all get a look-in, but for me the final track on the CD from Stone Foundation is the pick of the bunch.

‘The Right Place At The Right Time’ can only be found on this collection and it is another example of just why Stone Foundation are one of the best bands around at the moment. I remember hearing this during a Stone Foundation gig last year and I was really disappointed that it didn’t make it on to their most recent LP. I’m really pleased that it has been included here so others can hear it too.

If you are looking for a compilation of ‘modernist’ tunes that looks forwards as much as to the past, you could not find a better collection anywhere right now.

Get a copy here: www.newuntouchables.com/nutstores


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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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July 8, 2014 By : Category : Front Page Reviews Tags:, , , ,
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The Exploding Sound Machine (NewBreed)

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Newbreed4

We are the Exploding Sound Machine, a machine that has chewed, mangled and spat back out the sounds of the underground acid trips and nightmarish freakouts thrown into a blender of delay and reverb, mix in swirling organ and poundung beats to create something new from something old…

Band Members:
Joey Smiths (guitar, vocals)
Edward Sadowski (guitar, backing vocals)
Sarah Zietz (organ, backing vocals)
Lewis Spink (bass)
Simon Lee (drums)

Discography:
We’ve just recorded a little digital EP called “The First Twist in the Tale”, but hopefully we’ll be able to put it out as a physical release within the next few months.

Updated Releases and Tour Dates: songkick.com/exploding-sound-machine

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

We had been going as a three piece with guitar, organ and drums for a while, but it wasn’t until early last year when we met our bass player Lewis that everything fell into place. Just recently, we’ve also added another guitar player which has made a massive difference to our sound. If you’re into a specific type of music, it’s always quite difficult to find like-minded people who share the same ethos, so I think we’ve been quite lucky in that respect.

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

Our background in music is obviously quite similar. It’s a mutual love for British Psych, early Prog and Folk that has brought us all together, with Lewis also really being into Soul. I think it’s good if everyone has got slightly different preferences as it doesn’t limit us to one sound which hopefully comes across in the music that we make.

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

Birmingham has got quite a vivid music scene at the moment with lots of new bands emerging, but if I had to take my pick it would have to be Velvet Texas Cannonball. They have been around for a while, but they’re just a great live band with a very early Deep Purple sound.

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

Birmingham and the Midlands have always been quite renowned for their big Mod scene, but recently, the 60s Psych scene has really started to pick up here. There’s quite a good selection of events to go to now with The Exploding Bubble Club in Birmingham, The Perfumed Garden in Derby or Biff Bang Pow and  the Dandelion Club up in Leicester. It’s also so amazing how many people turn up to these events who you’ve never seen on the scene before but who are massively into that kind of music. Great to see!

05. How would you describe the style you play?

A mix between 60s influenced Psych and early Prog.

06. What are your live shows like?

It’s always hard to tell when you’re the one on stage as you obviously experience it completely different to the audience. Our general aim, however, is to capture people’s attention who might have never seen us before and therefore make our live shows as interesting as possible. We’ve tried to progress our live shows by creating an atmosphere using lighting and different sound effects.

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

There are so many bands we feel we’re influenced by, the obvious ones would be Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd, hints of Donovan or even bands like King Crimson. One influence that we chose to cover for a while is The Moody Blues, not only because of their great music, but because it’s a nod to another band from Birmingham. In terms of despising a band, I can’t really say as we never really listen to mainstream radio enough to hate anything that’s out at the moment.

08. What are your main influences outside of music?

It’s hard to say as music has always influenced a lot of other things in our lives, such as the clothes we wear, the books we read, the films we watch etc. It might sound silly, but I think a lot of these things are just connected subconsciously.

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

Joey is our main songwriter and all of our songs have a story somewhere down the line. All the songs seem to have a darker and more mystical edge to them than most standard love songs, something we never really wanted to write. Some of the songs are of course tales of love, but written from a different perspective.

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

I think we probably all have different favourites, but some of the songs that are most fun to play are Brick Faced Man, Olympus Fallen and End Of The Sun. It’s difficult to specifically name another favourite song as there are so many, but we’ve been listening to a lot of The Moody Blues again, The Nice and Neil Young more recently.

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

As mentioned above, the scene in Birmingham and the Midlands is definitely starting to pick up and it’s great to be a part of it, especially with Joey being the main organizer of The Exploding Bubble Club. Sarah used to live in London for three years when she first moved over to the UK and was totally blown away by the scene there. The amount of 60s clubs down there is just amazing as there’s literally something for everyone, no matter whether you’re into Psych, Soul, Garage or anything else. It’s also a great place to meet like-minded people. We’ve met most of our friends here in Birmingham and across the country through the scene, so it’s undeniably playing quite an important part in our lives.

12. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

Definitely finding the right people for the band, especially in a city that was so Soul orientated at the time.

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

Since getting together, there have been very few days we’ve been apart from each other, whether it’s because we’re at our own studio (The Bubble Factory), on the road or recording, which I think has made us a tighter band. At the moment, we try to play at least three gigs a month, but we’re also really keen on getting our first EP “The First Twist in the Tale” out as a physical release.

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

Personally, I think it’s a great time for underground music because it’s never been easier to find and read about new bands. It’s also far easier to reach people thanks to social media and magazines like Shindig.

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

We all really love a German band called The Magnificent Brotherhood who are absolutely mind-blowing.

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

Any studio that Brian Eno would come to and produce us (just in case you’re reading this Brian).

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?

This year, we’ve been trying to get out of Birmingham a bit more and play some other places which has worked quite well so far. We’ve just played Lunar Festival alongside Donovan, Temples and Tim Burgess which was a really great experience. Generally, we would love to get some more support slots and start playing the North of England a bit more, so we are currently working on that.

Besides that, we have some more London shows coming up which we are thrilled about, plus, obviously the New Untouchables Brighton Fuzz 4 Freaks Weekender in August and the One Beast Festival in Birmingham in June which are set to be great as well.

Web Links:

facebook.com/TheExplodingSoundMachine
twitter.com/Exploding_Sound
soundcloud.com/explodingsoundmachine
theexplodingsoundmachine.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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July 8, 2014 By : Category : Bands Front Page Interviews Music Scene UK Tags:, , , , ,
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Los Retrovisores (NewBreed)

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Newbreed4

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

Headquarters:
Barcelona, Spain

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

05. How would you describe the style you play?

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

06. What are your live shows like?

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

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

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

08. What are your main influences outside of music?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unanswered.

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

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

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

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

Web Links:

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


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

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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

Web Links:

thedials.co.uk
facebook.com/TheDials
twitter.com/thedials
soundcloud.com/thedials
youtube.com/user/thedialsuk


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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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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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July 8, 2014 By : Category : Europe Front Page Interviews Music Psych Scene Tags:, , ,
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Masters – Kenney Jones (Small Faces)

This entry is part 20 of 22 in the series Masters

I managed to catch up with Kenney ahead of his performance at Modstock to talk about his life behind the drumkit with some of the biggest bands in the history of British rock and find out more about the new Small Faces boxset and greatest hits releases.

01. What got you interested in music and who were your early influences?

I was blown away after seeing Lonnie Donegan on TV playing ‘Rock on the line’. He was playing banjo. I just fell in love with the banjo! I remembered seeing a banjo in a pawn shop next to Bethnal Green Station. The next day I went to buy it but unfortunately the guy had sold it. A friend had half a drum kit with one and half drum sticks and that got my buds going. I was hooked. I bought my very first drum kit in a shop in East Ham on Green Lane call the J 60’s. It was a white Olympic old Jazz kit. My early influences were The Shadows; Jimmy McGriff and Booker T and the MG’s.

02. When and how did you first meet Steve and Ronnie?

I met Ronnie Lane in my local pub called The British Prince where Ronnie’s brother worked as a barman. Ronnie and I first met Steve Marriott in the same shop that I bought my drum kit where he worked on Saturday mornings.

03 What were the early shows like at Leicester square and the Marquee, and did you have a particular favourite venue?

The shows at Leicester Square and the Cavern were amazing. My favourite clubs at the time were ‘The Marquee’ and ‘The Flamingo’.

04. What was the original mod scene like and did you frequent any of the famous clubs like the Scene or Flamingo for example and do you have any fond memories you can share with us?

Well apart from my comments above it was a great place to meet up in a time when music and fashion were as one.

05. What other bands did you rate back in the sixties and are there any current bands you enjoy?

I liked ‘The Action’ in the 60’s and of course ‘The Shadows’ in the 60’s. I quite enjoy The Strypes and recently my 16 year old daughter Erin has got me into Plain White T’s.  She is great at playing me the most recent stuff and tries to keep me up to date! Some I like and other stuff makes me cringe! And of course I love the Red Hot Chilli Peppers – great drummer!

06. I have seen the Belgium TV footage from the early days at the marquee and also beat, beat, beat or maybe it was beat club in Germany which are both incredible, and did you prefer playing live or working in the studio?

I must say I like both. Live shows give you that buzz but studio work lets you be more creative and try new things.

07. Many fans claim the immediate era was the best small faces period would you agree with that?

It was probably the most creative and Andrew Oldham gave us more freedom to experiment. But I still think the Decca stuff is also great.

08. The manifesto of Immediate Records was a great idea trying to immolate the Stax and Motown hit factory in the UK, the Small Faces were and an integral part of that. What persuaded you to join Andrew Loog Oldham in the new venture and what was the atmosphere like at Immediate?

Immediate was like a family. We all looked out for each other and Andrew was boundless back then; his enthusiasm infectious. Most of us were. It was also the first independent label.

09. The infamous tour of Australia with the Who is stuff of legend, what were your memories on the crazy antics and any other humorous tales you can share with us on life with the Small Faces?

When the captain of the plane diverted the flight to Melbourne and had us arrested when we walked off the plane with our hands up. That was us, The Who and Paul Jones. My fondest memory of touring with the Small Faces and the Who was when Keith offered me a lift to the next gig in his white Rolls Royce and we ended up going down Edinburgh High Street.  Keith had a PA system fitted behind the front grille with a mike connected to this. As we drove down the high street he shouted “Rape, rape and dangled a set of blow up legs out the back window. A bus driver stopped his bus to come to the rescue. When we got to the other side of town a policeman arrested us. He was a mad man!

10. I have heard Macs account about Steve wanting Peter Frampton to join the band to create a heavier sound and eventually leaving as a result to form Humble Pie, however it seems to me The Small Faces were already heading in that direction?

That is a difficult question to answer. Our music was already taking a different turn from our earlier stuff but Steve was pushing for change too quickly. When he left and Rod and Woody joined our music took a different direction anyway.

11. The three Small Faces went on to form The Faces together with Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood, did you know them both from the mid sixties London scene and did you ever perform with the Birds, Steam Packet or Shotgun Express?

Our paths had crossed from time to time Well Rod was on the Immediate label so we crossed paths then. We never got a chance to play on same bill as the Birds. There were times when the Small Faces were rehearsing when Rod used to sit on the amps watching us. When Steve left I asked him to join the band.

12. You also played alongside Pete, Roger and John in The Who after Keith died, how did the Who job come about?

I had just started a new band and was just about to sign a record deal when I got a call from Bill Curbishley the Who’s manager. He told me that they had had a meeting and they wanted me to join the band as the new drummer and they wouldn’t consider anyone else. I initially said no I can’t as I had just signed a new band and we are about to sign a record deal, but I would think about it. Later that day I went to get a haircut and when I left the salon I was stopped by a gypsy lady selling heather. I tried to avoid her but she was persistent. When I looked into her eyes I saw Moony’s eyes staring back at me. She was saying take it, I threw her a pile of change and ran away. It was so freaky. I called Bill up and said I would join.

13. The Small Faces catalogue has finally been done justice by Rob Caiger with the simply stunning boxset, when did the project start and how long has it taken to produce?

We have been gathering all the lost tapes for over 3 years and Rob has been working tirelessly to produce.

14. There are some fascinating moments of you working in the studio on the boxset how did it feel to listen to those moments again?

I got very emotional and lots of memories came flooding back. I could also smell the studio and feel every moment we spent in there. To hear Steve and Ronnie at their best was quite poignant.

15. As a big fan having collected all the original albums and singles listening to this boxset you really get to appreciate just how prolific the Small Faces were in such a short period of time, was that down to living together at Westmorland Terrace, the live shows or the recording sessions?

Most of the above but we had a magical telepathy between us. You can hear some of that on the studio outtakes on the box set.

16. How do you feel about the bands incredible popularity still almost fifty years after you first began?

I am completely blown away. The older, original fans seem to have passed down their passion and legacy on to their children. Lots of the Brit pop in the 90’s was influenced by the Small Faces and it has just been a slow steady growth of followers.

17. Considering you have played with three of the biggest British rock groups which band is your favourite and why?

Obviously the Small Faces as it was the most creative and the most fun. It was all new and we were breaking new ground. I loved my time with the Who as it was the most exciting by the sheer nature of their songs. The Faces were just one big riotous party!

18. What is your favourite Small Faces song and album and why?

My favourite song is Afterglow. My favourite album is Ogdens as it is so diverse and we were doing something that had never been done before.

19. We are honoured to have you perform at Modstock for our British legends show. What surprises have you got up your sleeve for the fans and who will be joining you on stage?

You will have to wait and see. My friend Jim Stapley is joining me on vocals along with Mollie Marriott who has an amazing set of pipes.


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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 27, 2014 By : Category : Bands Events Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, , , , , , , ,
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The History of Northern Soul by Ady Croasdell

The Crossfire oldies allnighter in London on Easter bank holiday Sunday (20th of April 2014) promises to be something else with a stellar DJ line-up taking you on a musical journey through iconic Northern Soul venues like the Twisted Wheel, The Torch, Wigan Casino, Stafford and The 100 Club.

On our recent DJ adventure to the Mojo Workin’ weekend in Spain I managed to grab a chat with Kent Records and 6TS promoter and DJ Ady Croasdell for his personal account on ‘The History of Northern Soul’.

I first went to a rare soul all nighter in early 1969. It was in a solitary disused railway station about half a mile from the hamlet of Kelmarsh in north Northamptonshire, 5 miles from my home town of Market Harborough. I knew the big soul acts of the day whose records had made it to the UK – Otis, Wilson Picket, Carla Thomas, Temps, 4 Tops, Supremes, Fontella Bass, Brenton Wood Etta James – but the records I was hearing at the nighter were by the Esquires, Tony Clarke, Homer Banks and the American Poets who I had never heard of. The small function room soon filled up with 100 skinheads most of whom were dancing in groups or solo, so being on my own I felt comfortable to get up and move to the music. The crowd seemed intense but friendly despite my hair being longer than all the other blokes combined.

I told my mod/skin mates in Harboro about it and soon there was a crew of us going over, getting the pills down our necks while dancing to this alternate type of soul which we referred to as Old Soul. Who knew Tamla singer Kim Weston had recorded an uptempo soul mastepiece in ‘Helpless’ or the Velvelettes had cut one called ‘These Things Will Keep Me Loving You’? We made friends and recognised some of the other attendees as characters from Kettering, Corby and Wellingborough whom we’d normally avoid but here in this secret meeting place it was all cool and we had a shared love of the music and the speed.

It turned out there were outcrops of similarly minded youths around the country in Leeds, Wakefield, Manchester and Derby. Even handier for an impoverished student like me a bloke called Dave Godin wrote about it in the Blues & Soul magazine; complete with playlists and tips and recommendations of places to go to hear these secretive sounds. Eventually Dave would dub the scene Northern Soul in his Blues & Soul column and the name would stick.

The clubs were keenly watched by the dedicated drugs squads of the local police. Northants was supposedly one of the most serious in the country and they were getting pissed off at the number of chemists that were getting broken into around the county.

The raids they conducted eventually closed Kelmarsh and I mentioned it to Harboro’s local dance promoters who ran the Frollickin´ Kneecap nightclub. They started to then run all nighters at our town centre venue, renaming it the Lantern for those dances and making it a dedicated members club to get around the restrictive licensing laws. The scene was so small yet dedicated that there would usually be only one or two nighters on in the country at any time and when the Twisted Wheel in Manchester was finally raided early one Saturday night, the blocked up youths made the 100 mile drive down to Harboro to dance their blues away; in all senses of the word. The Wheel had been the total brand leader and the epitome of cool, style and sounds and its demise was a major blow to young go-getters across the country. Like the Lantern, a handful of other nighters would then spring up and be closed down as the drug taking soared and the squads simply clamped down.

The next venue to become the undisputed Mecca for the nighter goers was the Torch in Tunstall, Stoke On Trent. It was bigger than the traditional 100-300 clubs that had previously been host to the scene but the 6-800 capacity old music-hall, complete with balconies and theatre boxes, was ideal for the rapidly expanding clientele. Also it was dark as hell, dripping with atmosphere and sweat and the DJs were moving away from the classic mid to up tempo Chicago and Tamla beat to seriously stomping sounds that could keep pace with the drinamyl-induced pumping hearts of the mainly teenage audience. DJs, collectors and record sellers were finding more and more ways of getting their hands on the vast number of mid 60s soul releases that had not reached our shores before. Johnny Sayles, The Younghearts, Mamie Galore, The Fuller Brothers and the Cooperettes seemed to be even more glamorous soul names, none of which had ever got close to an English release.

The Torch lasted for little over a year but had accelerated the scene’s growth and demand so that when the next big all nighter started in 1973 it was more than big, it was massive.

Wigan Casino was a similar ancient music hall / dance emporium but about four times the size and more of a complex than a venue; you could house a small town in its many rooms. Early attendances were adequate but the place was far from full and in fact seemed a bit too big for purpose when I went to one of the early nighters. A few months later on my next visit it was rammed to the rafters, using the Torch´s blueprint of non-stop stompers its reputation had spread across the country and youths across the whole breadth of Britain, disaffected with both the teeny bopper and pompous undergound of the UK’s pop scene had become die-hard soul fans overnight. It was admittedly a certain style of soul starting at 85 mph and going up to 140 in extreme cases, sometimes the soul quotient was forgotten about. What the hell, there were thousands of stunning sounds out there in good ole black America just waiting for jaw-grinding scruffy UK youths to hop on an aeroplane and rescue them for their own personal kudos and wealth and for the edification of 2,000 kids moving as one, hand-clapping in just the right places. The scene was so big it could accommodate other big all nighters at places like Cleethorpes and Yate near Bristol as well as the big and influential evening events at the Blackpool Mecca and elsewhere. The Northern Soul weekend experience was so intense it would incorporate big Sunday all dayers so that reprobates need never see their parents between Friday morning and Monday tea.

It continued as a big noise throughout most of the 70s but the alternate punk, jazz funk and disco scenes creamed off many attendees and offered alternatives for potential new recruits: the scene was becoming jaded. In London in 1979 the mod revival was underway and a small club called the 6TS Rhythm ‘n’ Blues Society was showing those style converts what the original mod soul music was about.

After 18 months of moving around the capital, the 6TS ended up at the 100 Club slap bang in the middle of Oxford Street where it still runs in that distinguished basement club today. In a way it was back to the roots as a venue as well as musically and the classic dingy, smoke-filled, basement club was ideal for the nutters and fanatics who have slunk down those famous stairs over the last four decades. Musically though it started out as classic club soul with a dash of R&B, it reverted to the more standard Northern Soul formula once the all nighters were established around 1981. There was even a period when the rare 70s soul scene made an equal contribution to the musical playlist but that was reduced drastically when the club took up the gauntlet handed down by the 60s Mafia DJs of Stafford’s Top Of The World All nighters around the mid 1980s.

DJs Keb Darge and Guy Hennigan in particular were fed up with the staleness of constantly played oldies and reckoned there were still a lot of records, hardly known by the public let alone collectors, that could turn the scene on its head. Keb had a devoted band of followers who he would give cassettes of his new finds to so they would know his playlist when it was debuted at Stafford. They would rush to the floor to dance to records that otherwise would only have had interested looks. Guy was similar and mixed up the tempos a bit more than stompy Keb. He was the prime mover in big beat ballad scheduling and records like Tommy Navarro’s ‘I Cried My Life Away’ and Romance Watson ‘Where Does That Leave Me’ became massive. Keb also DJed at the 100 Club and Leicester nighters and soon the word was spreading. I was converted by the Latin sound of Bobby Valentine and spun a few down the 100 Club as well as big beat ballads like Johnny Maestro, Kurt Harris and the Trends ‘Not Too Old To Cry’. However what really put the 100 Club on the map, and helped the newies revolution, was finding some magnificent previously unreleased 60s soul tracks from the record company vaults. Melba Moore ‘Magic Touch’, Maxine Brown ‘Torture’, Chuck Jackson ‘What’s With This Loneliness’ started it and the Pied Piper RCA finds of Kenny Carter ‘What’s That On Your finger’, Willie Kendrick ‘She’ll Be Leaving You’, Lorraine Chandler ‘You Only Live Twice’ and Sharon Scott ‘(Putting My Heart Under) Lock & Key’ took it to a new level.

With the newies scene now established the super-rare scene started driven by one of Keb and Guy’s gurus the Stoke DJ Butch who had the best rare soul collection in the world and possessed records and later acetates so rare nobody could come close to him for 20 years (ongoing). It’s the territory of “how many of these are known in the world?”; the answer is usually less than five.

Stafford closed but the 100 Club kept on and new venues like Lifeline, Rugby, Burnley, Prestwich, The Dome, and others had their deserved moments in the spotlight. The 90s saw many returnees to the scene but a lot of those were happy to dance to the tunes of their youth and the rare scene has struggled in recent years. However the 2010s has seen an influx of new young faces and they are as keen on the new as the old, so there are signs of a revival in all areas and attendances are on the up again. A great new film on Northern Soul has been made by a Bury lass who has been a 100 Club regular for twenty years and the impact of that is eagerly anticipated.

Get down early and grab a space on the huge wooden dancefloor in the main ballroom and dance all night to 8 hours of the finest Northern Soul CROSSFIRE style. Tickets here: www.229thevenue.co.uk/modstock


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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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April 4, 2014 By : Category : Clubs DJs Events Front Page Music Tags:, , , , , , , , ,
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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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April 4, 2014 By : Category : Bands Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, , ,
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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!

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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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