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Record Review – Rob Bailey – Sept 2017

 

Record Review – Rob Bailey – Sept 2017

KING MOJO – IRONSTONED

 


Four-piece Hammond driven Garage-Punk band from Middlesbrough team up with Medway’s finest Graham Day, at Ranscombe Studios on the banks of the Medway for a hard-hitting EP. Four strong originals with ‘5th Time Around’ being my personal favorite. Available on CD and Vinyl with more to come from King Mojo.
www.facebook.com/kingmojo.uk


LET THE MUSIC PLAY – GENE PITNEY/ REVIEWING THE SITUATION – JACKIE BOND

 

Another fine release from Spoke Records. The Gene Pitney ‘She’s A Heartbreaker’ era track is a great slab of Blue-Eyed Soul restored and remastered from a battered Emi-Disc acetate. The highlight however is a superb version of Lionel Bart’s ‘Reviewing the Situation’ from the musical ‘Oliver’. This is every bit as good as the better-known Sandie Shaw version. It was due for release on Strike or subsidiary GO in 1967 originally before they went bust, only to find its way on the ‘Dream Babes’ CD in 2003. Now finally available on 45 grab one quick folks.
spokerecords.co.uk


INTRODUCING – THE DEEP SIX

Brand new album on Heavy Soul records features Mark McGounden of MAKIN’ TIME and UPPER FIFTH and Paul Hooper-Keeley of the THREADS together with the multi-talented Tony Barbados banging the drums and Niall Keohane on bass. There is no re-working or covers here, just fourteen strong MODern soulful tracks.
www.facebook.com/TheDeepSixOfficial/


FOGBOUND – LP

 

A masterpiece beautifully packaged from one of our favourite 21st century bands also available on a limited red vinyl edition. Ten strong originals from a band that are growing in confidence with every gig and release. This album will no doubt become as revered as some of those sixties classic in years to come. Grab your copy now before they sell out and start going for silly money like some of the early singles from the link below.
www.johncolbysect.com


PIAGGIO SOUL COMBINATION – ITALIAN BOOGALOO

 

The first album by this Pisa Soul-Jazz collective is limited to just 300 copies. These five faces clearly have a love for the Vespa as well as great music. Three covers from Brian Auger, William Bell and Eddie Harris shows you the bag this band are in. Three is the reoccurring theme here with guest vocalists Irene Mori, Sara Piaggesi and Marina Mulopulos. More to come from the PSC.
www.sanantonio42.it


REBECCA DRY & RADEK AZUL BAND – BRING BACK SOUL

 

An English singer living in Paris who possesses a wide and powerful voice in a Northern and Deep Soul style. Her debut album ‘Rebecca Dry Sings Soul’ was a hit. And her second ‘Bring Back Soul’ with the ‘Radek Azul Band’ again is another triumph from the excellent Q-Sounds stable. Do yourself a favor and purchase a copy of this album from the link below. www.qsoundsrecording.com/


SUNBURST – THE MEN

 

The Men have had some favorable reviews on NUTSMAG from Graham in the past. ‘Sunburst’ is a change of musical direction partly down to a change of drummers and the recording process with a more organic approach. Band members played new musical instruments and adopted a more soulful approach, reminiscent of late era Beatles in some places. This album gives The Men another dimension to their energetic live shows.
www.themen.se


LITTLE BARRIE – DEATH EXPRESS

 

Having followed the band from the very early days and done countless gigs with them it’s always a joy to hear the new material which always takes a fresh approach. ‘Death Express’ is a sonic album of clever Psychedelic Garage Rock riffs from singer, songwriter and demon guitarist Barrie Cadogan. It’s amazing what sounds this trio can produce with Virgil’s tight break beat drumming and Lewis Soulful bass lines. The result a double album with twenty tracks, go grab a copy of this future classic before it’s too late.
www.littlebarrie.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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September 7, 2017 By : Category : Bands Front Page General Music Reviews Tags:, , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Fogbound (Newbreed)

This entry is part 12 of 22 in the series Newbreed4

Fogbound from A Coruña is the John Colby Sect labels first release with the fantastic Purple Wax/Kicking Eucalyptus Seeds housed in a beautiful picture sleeve. We caught up with Fab to find out what delights they have in store for us on their UK debut show at Le Beat Bespoke 10.

Band Members:
Fabio: Vox and guitar
Borja: Bass guitar
Fernando: Hammond
Pibli: Drums and back-vocal

Discography:
2014 – SINGLE ‘Whispering Corridors’.
2015 – SINGLE ‘Purple Wax’.
2015 – SPLIT  Fogbound/ Mega Purple Sex Toy Kit – ‘Castles in a sand box’/  ‘Your Song’

To buy our singles: New Single: thejohncolbysect.com/eshop

The John Colby Sect underground record label is the new reference for lovers of spacey, reverb-drenched sounds. Somewhere between A Coruña and Madrid, the label’s heart resides in the musical and artistic underground. They specialize in limited editions releases on Vinyl with a unique identity.

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

We’ve been playing together for 3 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 power pop 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 the composer… the songs are about oneirism and reality in near 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 fave 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!

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?

The three of us try to rehearse twice a week and then Pibli (our new drummer) makes a quick review of the set list before the gig. This situation is difficult to sustain, but we do it for the future of the group and because from the first moment we hit it off with Pibli.

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 shoe gaze, 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 owns 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?

This year we’ll release our second single Purple Wax, promoted with a glorious psychedelic clip, and then a split with Mega Purple Sex Toy Kit featuring Castles In a Sandbox that will delight the dancers. The future is unstable, so we tend to live in the present and go step by step conquering small goals.

Web Links:

facebook.com/fogboundband
fogbound.bandcamp.com
soundcloud.com/fogboundofficial
thejohncolbysect.com/fogbound
popthinkin.com/producto

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

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February 16, 2015 By : Category : Bands Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, ,
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Euroyeye 20th Anniversary

Gijon, Spain- 31 July 4 August 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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September 18, 2014 By : Category : Bands Clubs DJs Europe Events Front Page Music Reviews Scene Tags:, , , , , , , , , , , ,
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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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Record Reviews – June 2014 (Part 3)

This entry is part 18 of 18 in the series Record Reviews

Fogbound

Whispering Corridors b/w Come And See – Single

When you take a good close look around Europe, there are some amazingly vibrant scenes going on. Spain is one such and here is another of the bands currently making a name for themselves in the psych field.

Fogbound were born at the very beginning of 2012 with Fabio Mahía (lead vox & guitar), Borja Fernández (bass & backing vox), Fernando Vilaboy (Hammond organ) and Adrián Seijas (backing vox & percussion). Starting off with covers of forgotten and obscure psychedelic songs, Fabio began composing songs on his own and here is their latest offering.

It ticks all the right boxes for you psych and freakbeat fans. Two slices of catchy, Hammond and fuzz tone-led dancers that are sure to please the Beat Room and Fuzz For Freaks regulars. (I have it on good authority Dr Robert will be carrying this one in his singles box).

There is very little to choose between the two tracks. Both are as good as each other and both could be a lead single. Check out the tracks at the bandcamp site. You won’t be disappointed.

Simon Wells

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The Shopkeepers Son – LP

If you are a fan of Nick Drake, Ben Watt, Matt Deighton or Paul Weller in his more wistful modes, then I think you will like this. I do. Simon Wells is an emerging talent in this genre of acoustic singer/songwriter. It’s something we British are quite good at (in our own unique style).

This eleven track offering kicks off with a gentle foot-tapper, ‘Drummond Road’. As with any songwriter of any genre, telling a good story is important, even more so in an acoustic setting. If the delivery works, then you’re well on the way to success. Simon Wells has achieved just that with this collection of songs.

The title track tells of a frustrated small retailer who bemoans his lot in life. It is a track that fairly rolls along and is a perfect example of my previous point. Wells conveys the desperation of the character in the first person superbly.

We are introduced to a number of characters throughout the album; ‘Melanie May’, ‘Jenny Riley’ and ‘Little Dave’. ‘Home Fires’ is the only example I noticed that had a very slight ‘Weller’ influence, but it’s a lovely song all the same.

But for my money, the outstanding track of the set is the wonderful ‘You Can Always Come Home’. A tale of a man confessing his faults and hoping to ‘leave the door open’ for the love who is about to walk away. It reminded me of the kind of thing Ben Watt perfected in his solo projects. This is very much ‘out of the box’ for the kind of material I usually review for Nutsmag, but this is a very worthy and welcome change of pace.

Gaspard Royant

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10 Hits Wonder – Album

This young man first appeared on the scene in 2008 and has steadily been growing and building a fan base across his native France and other parts of Europe ever since. So far, he has released three singles which have had some success on the continent, but this is his debut LP which brings together all six songs from the aforementioned singles plus four new ones.

Stylistically, Gaspard falls somewhere in the classic sixties pop genre. Hints of Roy Orbison on ‘Back To Where We Aim’. A subtle nod to Ricky Nelson with ‘All The Cool In You Is Me’. A pinch of Gene Pitney on ‘All Is Truth’.

And this brings me on to Gaspard’s vocal style. He has an interesting voice. There are times when he does sound like Gene Pitney and yet, other times there are echoes of Bobby Vee. It is interesting to listen to, as here is someone who stands out simply because he doesn’t sound like the generic, factory processed current pop nonsence.

If anything, it is one of the strengths of our underground scene, that the artists and bands championed in these pages are unlike anything in the mainstream and that makes them worth a listen. That said, this may not be for everyone. It may be too pop for some, but tracks like ‘All Is Truth’ and ‘Europe’ are light, but catchy enough to be fun to listen to. I found it quite a refreshing change.

Nick Pride and The Pimptones

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Reduced Phat Shake – Album

German label, Legere really have struck gold with their most recent releases and here is another one. Nick Pride and the Pimptones hail from Newcastle and this is their second album project.

Much like label ‘mates’ Pepper Pots and New Mastersounds, there is a definite soul, jazz and funk blend to Nick Pride’s style. ‘Take Care Of My Love’ is a terrific Northern-styled dancer, while ‘Why Does My Man got To Be So Tough’ is a 100 mph shaker.

There is no doubt in my mind that ‘Everything’s Better In The Summertime’ is single material. The pace is quick enough to be a dancer and the infectious rhythm and chorus make it totally radio friendly, even in the muggle world. ‘Walkin’ Out The Door’ is a sumptious slice of jazzy blues with vocals and harmonica by
Lyndon Anderson.

The pace eases off considerably with ‘Wanna Treat You Right’. A slow-burner, loaded with brass and leaning toward the kind of love song Stax/Altlantic were known for. There are a couple of tracks here where rap is introduced into the mix. I have heard one or two other examples of bands who have tried something similar. I think it works in certain situations, but it does not work every time.

I’m not saying it’s wrong, but I’m not convinced in the context of this album that it fits. It is only my opinion, nothing more, nothing less. That said, there is more than enough evidence on this LP to suggest there is a lot more top quality music to come from Nick Pride and the Pimptones. Definitely one to watch out for.

New Electric Ride

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Balloon Age – LP

Comprising of four members who originate from Sunderland and London, New Electric Ride are most definitely part of the current psych resurgence. They formed in 2011 and following three years of relentless gigging with support slots for Pretty Things among others and a studio session that has had plenty of airplay across western Europe, this is a mightily impressive debut.

As usual with any psych material, I don’t always get it straight away (psych is not my natural environment), so it can take time for me to find something I really like in an album. Happily, I found some truly mesmerising quality here. ‘From Under Me’ is a slow burner of layered texture and tight harmonies. ‘The Beyond’ has an upbeat, quirky character with vocals that have a slight hint of a certain
Mr Ray Davies.

Shifting down the gears, New Electric Ride go acoustic with the delightful ‘I Can’t Help But Smile’. By contrast, ‘Bring What You Expect’ opens with a cracking guitar and organ hook. For my money, it has ‘single’ stamped all over it. 6music should love this.

‘Bye Bye (Baton Rouge)’ is another that should get a single outing. Again, the guitar hook is front and centre and it really grabs your attention in its simplicity. Across the board the production is first class. It’s good.

 


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

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July 8, 2014 By : Category : Front Page Music Reviews Tags:, , , , , ,
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