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NUTsCast – Sessions – part 16 (episode 25)

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Join the Baron for the latest NUTSCAST of  Summer 2017


Be sure to tune in to the latest Nutscast Sessions for a full preview of Euro YeYe and the Brighton August Bank Holiday events as we say a fond farewell to the Baron, Graham Lentz as he hosts his last show; with tracks by Gemma & The Travellers, Stone Foundation, Men Of North Country and DJ selections from our guests at Brighton.

 

Graham Lentz

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

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July 3, 2017 By : Category : Bands Front Page Music Picks Reviews Tags:, , , , , ,
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NUTsCast – Sessions – part 7

This entry is part 1 of 11 in the series NUTsCast - Podcast

NUTscast June 2015

In this edition of Nutscast Sessions, our host The Baron is joined in the studio by those wonderful purveyors of soul, Gemma and The Travellers. We also have updates of forthcoming events including an exclusive look ahead to Euro YeYe and Beat legends Powder at the Blues Kitchen in July.

With an exclusive track from the Sha La La’s plus Hypnotic Eye, Marvin Gaye, The Carnations, Les Grys Grys, Betty Harris and The Drifters, this is another show not to be missed.

Graham Lentz

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

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July 8, 2015 By : Category : Bands Front Page Music Podcasts Reviews Tags:, , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Record Reviews – Feb 2015 (Part 2)

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The Sorrows

‘Gonna Find A Cave’ b/w ‘Don’t Do That’, ‘Doin’ Alright Tonight’ – Single

While Don Fardon is the only original member of the band and Nigel Lomas was part of the band for a time during the late Sixties, the 2015 version of The Sorrows has been fairly stable for a couple of years.

Phil Packham was replaced by DC Fontana lead man, Mark Mortimer in 2013 joining Mr Fardon, Mr Lomas, Brian Wilkins and Marcus Webb to complete the line up.

This new three-track single finds the band in fine form. The revisit an old fave ‘Gonna Find A Cave’ with aplomb and ‘Don’t Do That’ is a rocker and no mistake. An uncompromising slice of British blues rock that the Sorrows have been fine exponents of for many a year.

‘Doin’ Alright Tonight’ is a slightly easier pace, but still exudes Brit rock at it’s best.

Don Fardon still sounds amazing on vocals and the band are ‘on the money’ as you would expect.

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Gemma and The Travellers

I’ll Do My Way b/w I Can’t Stop Loving You – Single

Gemma and The Traveller’s first came to my attention back in 2013. I heard their single ‘Stay’ b/w ‘Don’t Look For Me’ and was lucky enough to see them live in Brighton in the latter half of that year. I was impressed.

I managed to buy a copy of their only other single, ‘Summer With No Sun’ b/w ’74 Times’ shortly afterwards.

The band has been gigging regularly both in the UK and across Europe since then, but thankfully, they return to the recording studio to produce another cracking brace of tunes.

They certainly have a soul groove in their own style as ‘I’ll Do My Way’ will confirm. A danceable, catchy song laced with Damien Barbe’s electric piano riff, Kevin Hoffman’s saxophone, Robert Petersson’s stabbing guitar work and all held together by Marcus Camus and Moussa N’diaye on bass and drums respectively. Gemma Marchi’s vocals complete the line up, but also add distinction to their sound. Her voice has hints of Grace Slick, but with a great deal of power and range.

‘I Can’t Stop Loving You’ is a change of pace. A soul ballad with Stax/Atlantic sensibilities, think of Aretha’s ‘Natural Woman’ and you’re in the right ballpark.

This single is a fore-runner to a planned debut LP. If the album is as good as this single, then the competition needs to watch out.

You can see Gemma and The Travellers live at the Nutsmag Reviews Night at Blues Kitchen, Camden on 14th May and it’s free entry.

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The High Learys

‘Clear My Mind’ b/w ‘I’m A Fool For You’ – Single

Following on from their highly successful tour of the UK in December which included an appearance for the New Untouchables at the Nutsmag Review Night at Blues Kitchen, Camden, the High Learys have this, their current single out now.

The Australian four-piece have carried on where they left off from last year’s debut album, ‘Here Come The High Learys’. Both sides feature Michael Nutt’s swirling Hammond, Adrian MacMillan’s steady drumming, Matt Williams’ jangling guitar and Jamie Turner on bass and vocal duties.

‘Clear My Mind’ is more of a ballad, while ‘I’m A Fool For You’ is more upbeat and danceable. Both tracks are faultless in composition and execution. We can expect a lot more of the same from the lads from Perth this year. Let’s hope they will be back touring again soon.

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Ross Harper

Ross Harper – LP

I was introduced to Mr Harper at a gig back in November where we got chatting and he gave me a copy of his cd. I thanked him politely and promised I would have a listen. I’m glad I did.

From the outset, it is obvious that Britpop and Oasis in particular have shaped Ross Harpers musical inclinations. That said, if this album had been recorded by either of the Gallagher brothers, the mainstream music press would be all over it like a rash.

Beautifully crafted songs, sumptuous production and a collection that eases it’s way into your consciousness and stays there.

I’ve listened to this several times and it has been an album of choice when I’ve been considering something to play.

Let’s be clear, this is a ‘listening’ album, not one to get you dancing around the room. The tracks that stood out on first listen included the opener, ‘Tired Eyes’. It may have a familiar feel to it for you Oasis fans, but this is better than anything the Gallagher’s have produced in many a long year. (Sorry Noel and Liam. It’s just my opinion).

Like-wise, ‘Cheap Little Thief’, ‘Don’t Just Talk’ and ‘Weather Changes’. Outstanding tracks of real quality.

Ross Harper now has a band, The 555s behind him and no doubt he will be on the live circuit during 2015.

I’ll be interested to see how his career develops from here on, but on the evidence of this first release, the future looks very promising.

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George Grant and The Mighty Templars

‘Got To Get My Mind Right’ – CD

There have been some really good soul acts from the USA recently; Sharon Jones, Charles Bradley, Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reid to name but three. However, George Grant may well join that illustrious list on the evidence of this latest album.

Combining the influences of Motown, Stax and 70’s pop, this is a fine collection.

The title track is a thumping example of this concoction. A funky, danceable slice of soul and Grant’s vocals are mightily impressive.

The quality is maintained throughout, but this is not entirely one-dimensional. ‘E.M.S (Examine My Soul)’ is a blues number morphing into a classic-styled Gospel hand-clapper. ‘Please Pity Me’ finds Mr Grant delving into Otis Redding territory and a fine job he does too. ‘I Can’t Walk Away’ is filled with the pathos of all great sad soul love songs.

There is just one cover included in the set and I found it a somewhat surprising choice; the Russ Ballard composition ‘New York Groove’, a song probably best known in the UK (by those of us of a certain age) as a huge hit for the Glam band Hello in the mid-Seventies. That said, George Grant and The Mighty Templars give the song a make-over and inject plenty of soul to make the former version a distant memory.

This is a band I would pay good money to see live. This album should be more than enough to convince promoters to give them a shot here in the UK.

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The Phrogs

‘Baby I’m Gone’ b/w ‘Downey Peach’ – Single

A regular feature at NUTS events through the mid to late 90s, this Southend based garage/psych band, The Phrogs were hugely popular.

Once hailed as one of the top five mod scene bands in the country alongside The Embrooks and Solarflares to name but two, this release on Crocodile Records  was recorded in 2001 at the legendary Toe Rag Studios.

As with their contemporaries of the time, this serves as a reminder of just how good the Phrogs were.

Graham Lentz

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

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February 16, 2015 By : Category : Bands Front Page Music Tags:, , , , , , ,
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