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Hey! Mr DJ Lee Miller

We caught up with Leeds based but Kent born and bred, DJ Lee Miller recently to talk about his life as a DJ and collector.

01. How and when did you get into music and what were you listening to then?

I started listening to music from a young age. Mum & Dad had quite a large collection of 50’s & 60’s R&R, with a bit of pop thrown in. Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Bill Hayley, Gene Vincent & Bill Fury, but my favourite, that I used to do the air guitar & hairbrush routine too was a lesser known “B” side by The Attack – Any More Than I Do – which I still have today. They don’t know how they came to have that 45, all we can assume is that they thought they were getting Jeff Beck’s – Hi Ho Silver Lining.

02. Where was your first DJ slot?

I first started playing records at my local youth club, in the early 1980’s, at the ripe old age of 11 or 12. Playing a selection of sounds that I deemed to be Mod – 2 Tone, The Jam, Small Faces and The Who, and as my knowledge grew, Tamla Motown, Stax, John Lee Hooker and Kent Compilations. Forward to 1985/6, Rob Bailey and I used to run local nights, using two hi-fi systems and speakers. Playing a mix of original 45’s, Kent & Charly Compilations. I think my first “big” Mod club spot was somewhere like Drummonds in 1988. But prior to that would have been one of the Hidden Traces AMSC events around Bracknell, or a lunchtime session at a CCI Rally.

03. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

There have been so many, really great experiences, and I have been honoured to DJ at so many events and clubs over the world, over the past 25 years. Each one drawing a different reaction, whether it be a basement club or a large dancehall. To pin just one down, that’s hard. But, for the euphoria, that has to be the opening set for The New Untouchables Motown Review, at Modstock 2014. Followed closely, by the round of applause I received, at Brighton 2008 at the end of my set which was at the Saturday night. I had been seriously ill and this was my “return” to the decks.

04. What so far, has been your worst DJ experience?

It’s very difficult to say really, because you make the bad become good. But there is one incident in the early 1990’s – I was playing a set and this guy comes up and complains that I’m not playing “Mod Music” … So I announce over the microphone that if this isn’t Mod music, I’m in the wrong place and sorry for wasting your time, and proceeded to play Lou Donaldson’s – Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky (From Now On). Like a smacker o’blueidy, the guy’s punch catches me unaware and he runs off.

05. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

There are many “scenes” under the umbrella of Mod, Soul, Blues, R&B & Jazz. My main influences come from the MOD Scene.

Pid, Alan Handscombe, David Edwards Andrew “Mace” Mason & Chris Dale, sounds lame, but they have always been there, can read a dance-floor/crowd, keep them dancing and always create the atmosphere, and bring new exciting sounds to the turntables

Ady Croasdell & Roger Banks, both I have known for many years, and again never fail to deliver the goods.Discovering those un-issued Soul Jazz & R&B tracks which become dancefloor dynamite.

Paul Molloy & Mikey Collins, two Mod stalwarts! These guys cover all angles on time, everytime.

DJ’s Soup & Bread Or Mark & Ollie, from Leicester. Young, enthusiastic and mindful. These guys are the scenes next dynamic duo. They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, well they have.

There are many more DJ’s I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside and many I’ve admired from afar, each one bringing listening pleasure to my ears and tapping to my feet; Mark Ellis, Jon Godden, Neil Henderson, Mocky & Alvaro Dimples, Roberta Pompetti, Andrea Mattioni, Mark Stewart, Joe Dutton (RIP), Mik & Gav @ POW WOW, James Parker, Gav Needham, Axel, Hoss & Mark Thomas.

06. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

I play the music I like, mainly black American sounds, Soul, Jazz & Blues. The Mod scene has gone through many musical phases* in my time so I take a little from each and mix it all up. The “job” of the DJ is to keep the floor dancing and not just play what he / she likes. *by this I mean, the popularity of one genre of sounds alone is the “fashion” ie: Soul R&B or Jazz for a length of time.

07. What was your best ever find/discovery?

If we’re talking the best 45 at the cheapest price, then there are far too many to mention. I do have some unreleased acetates, that I would file under both finds and discoveries. Some have been played out and others will hopefully have their first airings this year.

08. Who was your biggest influence musically and your favourite artist(s)?

There are two main label stables that have influenced me for 20+ years, Chess Records & Berry Gordy’s Motown Empire. Favourite artists, too many to mention, as many of the greatest tracks were one-off’s.

9. Do you collect specific labels/artists/genres?

Yes and no. I used to be a collector and felt the need for every release on various labels and of course in Mint condition, and the lesser ones for DJ’ing. But in the end I sold 60% of my collection as there were too many I couldn’t ”use”, like ballads, country, rock & roll.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Shiver & Shake, Manchester – 20th August 2016
Brighton New Untouchables Weekender – August 2016

11. What is the record you would most like to own?

That’ll be the record I still don’t know it exists.

Current Top 5 Tracks:

J.J. & Lilly – My Baby Done Left This Town
Jimmy Smith – Uh Ruh
Lonesome Sundown – My Home Ain’t Here
Oliver Miller & The Quinlans – Rock The Boat
Hector Rivera – Be On The Lookout

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

Top Ten – in no particular order

The Capitols – Cool Jerk
Billy Hawks – O’Baby (I Think I’m Losing You)
Herbie Goins & The Nightimers – Crusin’
The Untamed – My Baby Is Gone
B.B. King – Think It Over
Bobby Bland – Farther On Up The Road
Dionne Warwick – Walk On By
Junior Wells – Snatch It Back, And Hold It
Jimmy Smith – Stay Loose
The Mohawks – Beat Me ‘till I’m Blue


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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 28, 2016 By : Category : DJs Front Page Interviews UK Tags:, ,
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Rob’s Round-Up 4

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Rob’s Roundup

1. Tell us how the Annual Brighton Weekender is shaping up, its getting bigger every year how does that equate?

It’s looking good, I’m very excited about Marta Ren first UK show, the album is brilliant and I have heard the live shows are very exciting. The event continues to grow, we started in 2004 with 250 people and now have three venues in close proximity. Our main venue the Komedia and venue 2 have an authentic Modernist playlist and atmosphere. The recently added third venue is a cool cellar bar club just off the seafront and caters for those of the paisley persuasion. Freakbeat, Garage & Psych are on the menu and features Graham Day & Forefathers and Wolf People live this year. Our daytime events at the Volks are an incredible spectacle with scooters lined-up both sides of Maderia drive, we have a sun terrace, two bars and food served all day. The daytime activities include a market, live bands, DJ’s and a Scooter run and competition on the Sunday. Tickets sell fast and are always on sale to members of our own network first you can join up here for FREE

2. The Euro Ye Ye is looking fresh with all sorts of new features, can you run us through one fo the best Events in the Calendar?

We lost our home The Oasis in 2014 to McDonalds. Our new home the Casino is a fantastic venue right in the centre of town with a great live music and DJ set up together with air con and big dance floor. The weekend starts Thursday night at 10pm with a free live show from Marta Ren in the main square of the City to between 3-4K people, followed by our first allnighter in the Casino. The event attracts visitors from all over the world and has busy program including exhibitions, film festival, live bands and dj’s. There are also scooter runs organized each day to different locations either in the mountains or coastal villages close to Gijon with a restaurant booked for lunch.

3. How was Margate and what can we expect in the future with that event?

We made a good start in 2015 and this year was a significant improvement again with numbers up and a great atmosphere. The town is rapidly improving especially the old town where our events are. Old town has a Brighton/European feel about it with vintage and retro clothes shops, boutique restaurants, coffee shops and tea rooms. The venue is perfect for a Mod/60’s event with two rooms, low ceiling, good sound system and live music set up. Our outside space during the day has a more festival feel about it with a stage on the seafront, scooters all around the piazza and this year we were blessed with beautiful sunshine which transformed the event. 2017 we aim to deliver another strong program including an exhibition in the TURNER this year and hope for more beautiful weather.

4. What else is coming up in NUTsWorld? Anything you wish to say to Bands, DJs, People of the Scene and beyond?

Plenty of great live shows at the Blues Kitchen venues over the summer months with Marta Ren and Stone Foundation two of the highlights. Mousetrap takes a summer break and returns in September and before you know it Crossfire returns on 22 October.

The new NUTSCAST will be online around 20 July and will give you an idea of what to expect at Brighton this year with tracks from the artists and DJ performing.

A limited edition Brighton T-shirt will be available at the Volks Saturday and Sunday lunchtime this year.

Over the last twenty years we have championed many new bands and DJ’s that have gone on to have successful careers. If you think you would fit in well at our events by all means send us a demo or playlist or copy of your record to review/play in our radio show. If it works for us too we will be in touch, you can use the contact button on our website at newuntouchables.com.


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July 9, 2016 By : Category : Bands DJs Front Page Interviews Music News Reviews Tags:, , , ,
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Peggy Moffitt

This entry is part 17 of 17 in the series Fashion Scene

Peggy Moffitt  – the LA mod

No-one quite combined art and fashion within their own form quite like American 60s model Peggy Moffitt. The model, who is now a sprightly 76 years-old, this year announced a return to fashion with the launch of her signature active label.  So in this issue of NUTS we thought we’d take a closer look at her unique style and how her image still embodies everything we love about the 60s and pop culture.

Born in California in 1939. Peggy’s interest in fashion started young when she began working in a Beverley Hills boutique in the evenings after school. She had planned on becoming an actress and attended drama school in New York for two years, landing her first role in the 1955 Jerry Lewis comedy – “You’re Never Too Young.” She also was later to star in 60s style flick – “Blow-up.”

That all changed when she met her partner and husband-to-be, Jazz music photographer Bill Claxton. Claxton was already doing some work for the designer Rudi Gernreich. The combination of Claxton’s pop photographic style, Peggy’s unique performance-approach to modelling and Gernreich’s modernist clothes, for many, defined the look of the 60s era.

Gernreich was constantly breaking new ground with his designs. His pieces would stand the conventions of women’s fashion on its head. His geometric shapes and style worked brilliantly with Moffitt’s signature five-point Vidal Sassoon haircut and ‘Kabuki’ style make-up. Claxton meanwhile had a background in jazz photography – he therefore understood how to capture a free-spirited sense of movement that the jazz movement embodied.

It was however Moffitt’s acting out of the clothes and unique poses that made her and the clothes she modelled stand-out. She was one of the first models to take this new ‘involved’ approach to fashion.

“I don’t think I modelled like other people. I knew how to move in a different way. I used to change the way I walked by what I wore.” she said in an interview recently in fashion trade bible, Women’s Wear Daily (WWD). “I liked to have fun with clothes!”

Her style was so influential in the 60s that she even starred as herself in the satirical send-up of the fashion industry: ‘Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?’ The 1966 cult French film by director and photographer William Klein features a classic shot of Peggy applying her signature style eye make-up.

However, most sensational image that this threesome became known for was from the 1964 shoot for Gernreich’s ‘monokini’ or topless swimsuit. Even though the image and the design was intended to express a kind of emancipation of women – many found the image extremely shocking and it had quite the reverse effect. Ironically, the bathing suit itself was never intended for commercial production but ended up selling in its thousands.

Moffitt had a big influence on other models of the 60s including Twiggy, who she worked with on her second shoot. The pose, which was inspired by the idea of Madonna and child, was Moffitt’s idea. “The photographer asked me to help her. I’m trying to show her about light and I decided oh, I’ll be Madonna and she’ll be my Baby Jesus,” Moffitt says.

When Rudi Gernreich died in 1985, Moffitt obtained legal rights to his designs. These were recently exhibited at the LA’s Museum of Contemporary Art in a show called: The Total Look: The Creative Collaboration Between Rudi Gernreich, Peggy Moffitt, and William Claxton.

The model owns some 300 of his designs and is still seen wearing them today, proving the classic style never really dates.

See as part of this article: A great short film by director Phil Pinto shot at Peggy Moffitt’s LA home.


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Claire Mahoney

At the age of 13 mod made perfect sense to me. I liked the look and the attitude - but most of all I liked the music. Secret Affair was my entry point, but they were soon playing second fiddle in my affections to The Jam. Paul Weller, of course, proceeded to break mine and many others hearts in 1982, when he put an end to that particular musical roller coaster – but what it meant was that, uninterested in anything else that was happening in music at the time, I had to look back. I was lucky enough to be given two plastic bags full of 60s 45s by my uncle who used to stock the jukeboxes back in the day. Their contents included a number of Stax originals, plus the Who and the Small Faces, as well as Motown classics from The Four Tops and the Supremes. So, when Phil Collins charted in the mid 80s with 'You Can't Hurry Love' it was nice to be able to say: “I've got the original of that!” It became quite an irritating habit of mine over the years. These days I still enjoy discovering new, old music, be it soul, rnb or jazz, as well as witnessing mod taken another turn among today's youth with bands like The Strypes. My day job as a journalist means I am lucky enough to be able to write about music and modernism now and again. Other than that you'll find me mostly on the dance floor or on eBay still looking for that perfect A line dress.

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June 17, 2016 By : Category : Fashion Front Page Style Tags:, , , , ,
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Masters The Embrooks

This entry is part 11 of 11 in the series Masters2

1. When did the Embrooks form originally and why reform now?

We met in the summer of 1995, when Mole’s group at the time, The Mystreated, played with the group Alessandro was playing then, Head & the Hares, at the Italian beat festival in Castel San Giovanni (Piacenza). In September of the same year, Alessandro moved to London to study and stayed in touch. Mole and Lois first created The Lyds (Lois on drums, Merv on guitar and Mole on bass and vocals), they released one single as Lyds then Merv left and Alessandro was invited to join. The group really began to exist at the end of 1996 and lasted until the summer of 2005 (our last show was in Liverpool as part of The International Pop Overthrow festival). The main reason for reforming is the fact that, after almost 10 years of retirement, Lois and Alessandro re-started actively playing music (with Thee Jezebels and Merry-Men, respectively), before that it would have been a struggle to even think of getting us together in a practice room. Other factors are the fact that concrete offers came along to play at Festivals in the UK and Europe and possibly (this might sound silly) the fact that Alessandro recently bought a 1964 Vox AC30 amp and did not know who to use it with (laugh).

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

The aggressive pop (Easybeats, The Who, The Small Faces, Move, The Yardbirds), the freakbeat/psych bands (Eyes, Creation, Game, Smoke, Open Mind, The Koobas, anything on the Rubble compilation series), the rock of the late 60s early 70s (Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath), classic pop (the Beatles, Zombies, Left Banke), the US garage rock (Love, 13th Floor Elevators) but also lots of European and Australian beat. Many different things as you can see!

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

Because of recent involvement of Mole in the Medway Scene, we have to mention Galileo 7 and Graham Day and the Forefathers. We also like bands based where Alessandro currently resides (London) as the Magnetic Mind and See See/Hanging Stars among those with a more authentic 60s sound and Pacers for their 60s influenced but less nostalgic approach (Alex, the singer, has a brilliant voice!) and Little Barrie and Cat Black in the 70s rock/Stones/Flaming Groovies department. We are looking forward to share the stage with some of these over some of the future New Untouchables events.

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

There was a prolific scene in the 80s garage revival period mainly gravitating around the figures of Martin Ratcliffe, Tim Ray and Mole (Mystreated, Stewed). These bands subsequently gave birth or support to other combos that are still active today such as Higher State, Paul Messis and, of course, us.

5. How would you describe the style you play?

We started off by being a group inspired by USA “moody teen-punk” as of bands sounding like those included in the New England Teen Scene or Crude PA compilations. That period is reflected in our early 45s and our first LP, Separations. However, we have agreed not to include any of this material in our current live shows. Over the years we have gradually evolved into a more Euro-beat and British sound taking most of the inspiration from UK freakbeat and psych. Our latest LP Yellow Glass Perspections (YGP) could be described as “Mod Psych” and this is more or less the style that we are currently playing digging a lot from Our New Day, YGP and slightly earlier Toe-Rag sessions.

6. What are your live shows like?

Extremely loud! We also aim at keeping the energy high and especially to have fun on stage. There is nothing worse than seeing people not enjoying what they do.

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

We mentioned all our main influences above. Mole had roots also in the punk/post punk sound from the 70s and Alessandro is recently digging a lot the modern ‘psych’ bands from California (White Fence, Ty Seagall, Oh Sees) and Australia/USA (King Gizzard, Nightbeats, Heaters) although we still pretty much sound the same as we ever did. We are still performing most of the covers that we used to play in the early 2000s, personal favorites are ‘Dawn breaks through’ by the Barrier and ‘Francis’ by Gary Walker and the Rain as our versions have been often indicated to be superior(!?) to the originals. The latter is also our only song to be present in Spotify. We are not into ‘posers’ and people who are not genuinely passionate about what they do.

8. What are your main influences outside of music?

Alessandro digs cinema a lot, especially Italian movies from the most prolific era of the 60s and 70s (‘commedia all’Italiana’ and giallo/horror especially, which has implicit links to music via soundtracks Goblin and more recently Calibro 35).

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

Historically Mole and Alessandro wrote the original material separately or in collaboration and this is what still currently happens. Initial ideas from the writers are brought to the practice room and finalized as an Embrooks product altogether. Alessandro’s songs are typically autobiographical and related to heart-breaking love stories and daily life. Mole writing is a little more eclectic ranging from autobiographical experiences to more fictional/poetic material such as ‘Emilia Burrows’.

10. What’s your favorite Embrooks song? What’s your favourite song by another artist?

Emilia Burrows, Standing Upside Down and Helen are possibly our top three songs. Helen never came out as a 45, which is probably our biggest regret. One of the aims of us reforming is to try to go back in the studio to rectify this. The list of favorite songs by other artists would be rather long….we all probably agree that ‘You’re gonna miss me’ by 13th Elevators is one of the top tune ever written!

11. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

The USA tours in the 2000s were fun but also a bit of a challenge. The worst show we ever did was definitely one given in November 2000 in Iowa City. No one had come to the concert, the hall was empty and there were only us and our first parts! This city was a University town full of students and stupid farmers who have absolutely no interest in rock! The next day we had to reach New York after an almost 24 hour drive during which we were also stopped by the police for speeding on the highway and risked to be taken to the police station had not we paid the speeding fee on the spot!

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

Currently we are trying to practice twice a month, or at least monthly. After our first reunion show on Dec 31st 2015 as part of Hipsville NYE extravaganza, we have been committed to a number of festivals in the UK and Europe in 2016. We are planning to re-record Helen for a brand new 45 backed by a new original this summer. We are looking forward to do as much as possible in the near future. There are already offers to do more shows in 2017.

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

We tend to avoid mainstream publications, some have become even worse than they ever were (e.g. the new free version of NME, ouch!). There are a number of old and new mags targeted to a more niche audience whose coverage is excellent and some available in the main shops. Flashback is probably the most interesting one, not proposing features of acts already largely covered in the past. We also rate Ugly Things and Shinding! Mole was a contributor for the latter.

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

We look with interest to the ‘new psychedelic’ scene which includes a lot of different styles some of them which we would not personally classify as ‘psych’. There are definitely interesting bands playing at those festivals. Besides those mentioned above, other often neglected bands from the UK are Clinic and Archie Bronson Outfit for example. Their approach is modern but 60s influences are undeniable and they seem genuinely into what they are doing.

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

Most of our recordings were done at Toe-Rag studios in Hackney engineered and produced by Liam Watson, famous for his work with numerous 60s sounding recording over the past 20 years as well as the Grammy awarded work with Jack White on the album Elephant in 2004 as Best Alternative Music Album (White Stripes). More recently Mole has started his own recording studio (originally in a basement in Sandgate more recently in Hastings and now in his own living room) producing excellent material mostly featured in his own successful ‘State Records’ label. This will be also the home of next Embrooks recording session.

16. 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’d like to promote the new 45 and get as much exposure as possible. We still have some of our historical fans following us around but most of the ‘new generations’ have not heard or seen us live so the challenge is to try to impress them as well as retaining the old ones. As mentioned we are have interesting offers to play other festivals and mod-rallies across Europe and we hope to build on those and possibly attract attention even outside the usual niche of 60s aficionados.

Band Members:

Mole (Bass and vocals)
Lois Tozer (drums)
Alessandro Cozzi-Lepri (guitar and vocals)

Website:

facebook.com/theembrooks

Discography: 

Albums

Separations… (Dig the Fuzz; Dyonisus) 1999
Our New Day (Voxx) 2000
Yellow Glass Perspections (Munster) 2004

Singles and EP

The Embrooks EP (Sympathy for the Records) 1998
But I Didn’t Know Him/Fight Fire (Dig the Fuzz) 1998
More Than Ever/You Can Be My Baby (Guerssen) 1999
If You Let Me Go EP (Max Picou) 2000
Jack/Dawn Breaks Through (Circle) 2000
Back in My Mind/The Time Was Wrong (Butterfly) 2002

Compilations

45 & High Times (Munster CD) 2005


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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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May 4, 2016 By : Category : Bands Front Page Interviews Music News Tags:, , , , ,
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The Night Dials (Newbreed)

This entry is part 19 of 22 in the series Newbreed4

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

We played our first show in February 2015 and we haven’t looked back really. We all dig the same stuff and that’s how we found each other.

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

We are big Beatles, Stones, Kinks, Yardbirds fans with a massive love for the ’60s underground garage scene. Pebbles and Nuggets all the way baby. We also really dig the new wave of US psych/garage bands.

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

There isn’t much coming out of West London at the moment, we are pretty much it, everything we are listening to is coming from the States, Night Beats, Growlers, etc … that’s where we are at.

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

I wish there was one man, we spend most of our time at the Shacklewell Arms in East London watching bands on tour from the state.

5. How would you describe the style you play?

Our favourite description has to be The Monkees on speed???

6. What are your live shows like?

Our live shows are a Sweaty, Fuzzy, Ball of Confusion.

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

Our main influence in music has to the Beatles and The Stones, without them where would we be. We play The Trip by Kim Fowley in our set… RIP the Lord of Garbage. We don’t despise anyone, we are lovers man!

8. What are your main influences outside of music?

Life!

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

Ilan writes our songs and never discusses subjects, paint your own pictures man.

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

Favourite song in our repertoire at the moment has to be Sleep when I Die. Favourite song by another artist at the moment I would go with The Wands Hello I Know the Blow You Grow is Magic.

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

The underground scene is still a very special place to be, we dip our toes in occasionally but due to band commitments we don’t get down to do’s as much as we should.

12. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

This interview, the questions are relentless.

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

We rehearse and record all the time, we have loads of new material coming through so it’s an exciting time, loads of live shows coming up, get along.

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

Check out this playlist we done it will explain. Go here to listen.

Band Members:

Mark Buckle: Vox
Paul Buckle: Drums
Ilan Hartogh: Guitar
Allan Mcbride: Bass
Jim Frenkler: Guitar

Discography:

I’ve Done More Things / I’ll Sleep When I Die – Double A side single (22 June 2015)
Waiting At Your Door / Little Flame – Double A side single (30 Oct 2015)

Website:  nightdials.com

Social Networks:

facebook.com/nightdials
soundcloud.com/nightdials
twitter.com/nightdials
instagram .com/nightdials
youtube.com/channel


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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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May 4, 2016 By : Category : Bands Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, ,
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Rob’s Roundup 3

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Rob’s Roundup

Welcome to part 3 of my new blog where I can chat to you about what’s going on in the NUTsWORLD. Thanks to everyone who made it along to the recent Crossfire and the 18th anniversary party events.

Our new shop is online, we offer you 20% discount on orders before 10 December, just sign up to the NUTs network here. A coupon with promo code number on will be sent out by e-mail once you signed up to apply the 20% discount.

The latest NUTSMAG has a dozen articles from our authors including a look back at the last 25 years of the Mousetrap allnighter ahead of the anniversary in February. Tune into the NUTSCAST which looks back at some of the ace live shows we recorded during 2015 including Le Beat Bespoke 10 performers, and some of the latest record releases reviewed in the NUTSMAG.

We are looking for people with a passion for writing to join the team please drop me a line if you would like to get involved. If you have a passion for films please get in touch we are looking to start a new series recommending some cool flicks to our readers.

Nutty NYE Allnighter/Weekender

Come and celebrate the New Year in style at our Nutty New Year Ball with 3 rooms of magical music. I am delighted to announce the wildest and most exciting band on the scene right now LES GRYS GRYS will see in the new year with us for their only London date, maximum fun and R&B guaranteed. A killer DJ line-up across three rooms with Northern Soul in the ballroom, authentic Mod club sounds in room 2 and sounds from the underground in room 3. Doors open at 9pm and we party right through till 6am. Tickets are £16 in advance or £22 on the door and available from www.newuntouchables.com. For those who are planning to travel or Londoner’s who want to continue partying on new year’s day the Zoo Zoo club night at Blues Kitchen is on with two great live bands and DJ’s.

Le Beat Bespoke 11 – Easter 2016

Le Beat Bespoke 11 lands in swinging London over the Easter bank holiday weekend. Expect Killer live bands & DJ’s, riverboat party, 3 dance floors, guest club nights, light show, dancers & more that will send you spinning into orbit. You can also visit the spectacular new London landmark the FUTURO. A limited amount of early bird tickets are available here – but be quick. For accommodation, travel & program announcements go www.newuntouchables.com

Moustrap 25th Anniversay Allnighter

Mousetrap allnighter silver jubilee is on Sat 20 Feb (Psych) and Sat 5 March (R&B). This will sell out – so advance tickets are advisable and available here. All customers get a FREE 45 on the door. Check out my article in the NUTSMAG on the history of the Mousetrap including some videos of the club taken in the nineties and naughties.

Brixton Got Soul

Finally a club night down the road from me in South London will make a refreshing change after decades of travelling north of the river for a night out listening and dancing to the music I love. Brixton Got Soul launches at Blues Kitchen on Friday 8 Jan. E-mail me at drrobert@btinternet.com for guestlist. The ground floor is the dining area and upstairs the club with a great sound system and stage that is perfect for our live ‘soul revues’. I booked the dynamic GIZELLE SMITH for the launch party live at 10pm followed the house band The Atlantic Soul Orch. Me and a guest DJ will play between and after the bands through till 2.30 am. A wide selection of alcoholic beverages and Soul food is available to book a table go here.

Cheers, Rob Bailey & New Untouchables Team  

Nutstore

Some great reviews and airplay recently, grab a copy on vinyl or CD while stock lasts. The other new release this year was the Mousetrap 24th anniversary 45 both available in the NUTSTORE along with Mousetrap 45’s, Le Beat Bespoke and Modstock Vinyl & CDs, The Action DVD and I’m One-21st Century Mod’s Book, Pins and T-Shirts, via the Nutstore!

RnB Records

I just added a lot of new 45’s to the website and offer 10% discount on any order over £50. Rare 45s and LPs! Clubs Sounds (RnB, Soul Jazz, Latin, Boogaloo, Blues and Funk) Freakbeat/ Garage/ Psych/ Rock/ Blue Eyed Soul, Northern Soul/ Mod Revival & Punk. Go to: RnB Records here!

Network

Why Join NUTs Network?
Get the latest NUTs news as priority, including premiere events like Le Beat Bespoké and Brighton. Network members get first opportunity to purchase tickets and receive discounts on merchandise and a chance to enter network competitions and win great prizes. It’s FREE to join and takes five minutes to create your profile. The NUTS Network is a cool, fresh place to keep in touch and meet new faces or chat with old friends! You can share pictures, videos, music, customise your own page and join the many clubs and forums to chatter away or promote your interests! Join the Network now!

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New Ad Package Deals For 2016 – Including full Event Sponsorship are available now! Contact: Rob Bailey@newuntouchables.com

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Rob’s Roundup 2

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Rob’s Roundup

Welcome to Rob’s Round-Up!

Welcome to part 2 of my new blog where I can chat to you about what’s going on in the NUTsWORLD. Thanks to everyone who made it to Euro YeYe or Brighton this summer. Fear not we have plenty to look forward to this autumn and winter.

The new issue of NUTSMAG with a dozen new articles from our writing team includes Interviews with Cat Black, Roger Banks, Lady Kamikaze, Val Palmer, DJ Cello,  Howard Baker author of ‘Sawdust Caesar’ and Catherine Croft from the Twentieth Century society. Other articles include our series on men and women’s fashion and music with Jazz for Modernists and the Collectors Corner as well as the latest music reviews and book reviews. We are looking for people with a passion for writing to join the team please drop me a line if you would like to get involved. If you have a passion for films please get in touch we are looking to start a new series recommending flicks to our readers.

Out now for your listening pleasure is the new NUTSCAST with tracks from artists and DJ’s performing at Crossfire and our 18th anniversary party as well as the best of the latest record releases.

Join the NU network for FREE here for the very latest news and special offers.

CROSSFIRE – Sat 10 October 2015

Not long now until the London’ scene’s big night out at 229 in the heart of the Capitol. We have three rooms of action with an all night bar and stellar DJ line-up to keep you grooving. Live music from FOGBOUND, CAT BLACK and THE BEATNIKS in the Beat Room. Doors open 10pm and the first band is on 10.30pm Full info here.

New Untouchables 18th Anniversary Party – Sat 21 November

Old enough now for the legal highs of alcohol, so we will celebrate the coming of age at our fab west end venue with great cocktails and craft beers on tap. The Phoenix is a fab basement venue with big dance floor and ace sound system, add to that the best music ever committed to vinyl and you got an explosive night to look forward too. I’m also delighted to have the full DJ team available for this one plus special guest band and DJ. Full info here!

NUTTY NYE Allnighter/Weekender

Come and celebrate the New Year in style at our Nutty New Year Ball with 3 rooms of magical music. I am delighted to announce the wildest and most exciting band on the scene right now LES GRYS GRYS will see in the new year with us for their only London date, maximum fun and R&B guaranteed. A killer DJ line-up across three rooms with Northern Soul in the ballroom, authentic Mod club sounds in room 2 and sounds from the underground in room 3. Doors open at 9pm and we party right through till 6am. Tickets are £16 in advance or £22 on the door and available from www.newuntouchables.com For those who are planning to travel or Londoner’s who want to continue partying on new year’s day a gig and club night at Blues Kitchen is being planned as well as a Saturday night club night. We will make some more announcements via our network very soon.

NEW UNTOUCHABLES CLUB & GIG SCENE

We have a lot of great gigs coming up at the Blues Kitchen in Camden, Shoreditch and BRIXTON which will be opening in October. For the launch of the new venue we’re inviting locals in for dinner & drinks before we officially open to the rest of London. If you live in South London and fancy joining us between Thursday 1st & Thursday 15th October, we’ll be offering 50% off your total bill send an email over to katie@thecolumbogroup.com let her know your table size and we’ll do our best to accommodate you. Join our network for news on bands and DJ’s performing at NUTsMAG, ZOO ZOO, SHOREDITCH GOT SOUL and TIMEBOX.

Nutstore

Some great reviews and airplay recently, grab a copy on vinyl or CD while stock lasts. The other new release this year was the Mousetrap 24th anniversary 45 both available in the NUTSTORE along with Mousetrap 45’s, Le Beat Bespoke and Modstock Vinyl & CDs, The Action DVD and I’m One-21st Century Mod’s Book, Pins and T-Shirts, via the Nutstore!

RnB Records

I just added a lot of new 45’s to the website and offer 10% discount on any order over £50. Rare 45s and LPs! Clubs Sounds (RnB, Soul Jazz, Latin, Boogaloo, Blues and Funk) Freakbeat/ Garage/ Psych/ Rock/ Blue Eyed Soul, Northern Soul/ Mod Revival & Punk. Go to: RnB Records here!

Network

Why Join NUTs Network?
Get the latest NUTs news as priority, including premiere events like Le Beat Bespoké and Brighton. Network members get first opportunity to purchase tickets and receive discounts on merchandise and a chance to enter network competitions and win great prizes. It’s FREE to join and takes five minutes to create your profile. The NUTS Network is a cool, fresh place to keep in touch and meet new faces or chat with old friends! You can share pictures, videos, music, customise your own page and join the many clubs and forums to chatter away or promote your interests! Join the Network now!

Advertise with A push!

New Ad Package Deals For 2015/16 – Including full Event Sponsorship are available now! Contact: Rob Bailey@newuntouchables.com

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So errrr… What exactly is the New Untouchables?

The New Untouchables is a London, UK-based organisation promoting 21st century modernist & sixties underground music culture, through various methods including; nightlife, events, media, film, fashion, scootering, record collecting, with both UK and International Events!

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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 23, 2015 By : Category : Articles Front Page General Picks Scene Tags:, ,
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Rob’s Roundup

This entry is part of 4 in the series Rob’s Roundup

Welcome to Rob’s Round-Up!

I hope you are enjoying the sunshine and welcome to my new blog where I can chat to you about what’s going on in the NUTsWORLD. Our summer events are coming thick and fast now, below I talk about some of the highlights to look out for and click on the links for the full programs.

The new issue of NUTSMAG with over a dozen great articles from our writing team includes Interviews with Betty Harris, Powder and The Excitements plus a number of scene DJ’s.

Out now for your listening pleasure is the new NUTSCAST with tracks from artists and DJ’s performing at Brighton and Euro YeYe and some of the latest record releases from current artists.

We got some great gigs and club nights coming up in the Capitol over the summer.

Join the NU network for FREE here for the very latest news and special offers.

Euro YeYe – 31 July – 2 August 2015

After the Oasis closed to become a McDonalds drive through (sacrilege), we have two amazing new venues in the City Centre for our favourite event of the year. If you have never been you still have a few weeks to join us for a wild weekend in Spain, you won’t regret it! For full info: Click Here! & Promo video here!

Brighton Mod Weekender – 28-30 August 2015

We have just 20 tickets left for Sunday and 50 for the Friday night at the Komedia now. Tickets for Venue 2 and 3 on Saturday night are selling fast and will get you into the Komedia allnighter after 3am. The full program including DJ’s and bands +  ticket info is here:
This video will give you a good idea of what to expect in Brighton.

Brighton ‘fuzz-for-freaks’ Weekender – 29 + 30 August 2015

After the success of last year we have planned another weekender for those of the Paisley persuasion featuring an exciting line-up of the best new up and coming live bands. On Sunday Les Grys Grys and Saturday the Magnetic Mind and The Carnations. Our disc jockeys will be playing the wildest Freakbeat, Garage and Psych 45’s in our intimate groovy cellar club just off Brighton seafront, think Mousetrap by the seaside and you got the picture. Check out our short promo video here! Program & tickets are here!

Crossfire Sat 10 October 2015

Get ready for another big night out of pure vintage underground partying. Our 1000 capacity venue in the heart of central London has three rooms of action with an all night bar. A stellar DJ line-up plus FOGBOUND, CAT BLACK and THE BEATNIKS live in the Beat Room.
Full info here!

Small Faces Convention – Sat 12 September 2015

The 19th annual Small Faces Convention takes place at 229, Central London. Small World, The Universal, The 45’s and The Electric Stars confirmed + special guests, memorabilia market and a Ronnie Lane Exhibition. Tickets are £22 from HERE! (No Booking Fee!)

New Untouchables Club & Gig Scene

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We have a lot of great gigs coming up at the Blues Kitchen, Camden in July. This Thursday NUTSMAG review continues with Cat Black, French Boutik and The Mocking Birds live for FREE. On 23 July we are delighted to announce a NUTsMAG special with the first ever performance from America’s answer to the Who, POWDER. Arrive early it’s FREE to get in and will be a busy one, you can read Graham Lentz fab interview with Richard Martin HERE. Friday 24 July is ZOO ZOO with one of my favourite bands from the early naughties the Phrogs for what will be a double-header with the evergreen Big Boss Man, arrive early folks. I’ll be spinning some discs along with a special guest until 3am.

Sat 18 July more MAXIMUM R&B this time at The Phoenix in Oxford Circus, expect Freakbeat, Pop-Art, R&B and boss Garage 45’s in our fab basement venue with a great selection of cocktails and craft beers and a huge wooden dancefloor with brilliant sound system.

August is quiet on the club front except two shows at the Blues Kitchen on the Friday 28 August. Gemma & the Travellers play Shoreditch Got Soul and Les Grys Grys play two sets at Zoo Zoo, Blues Kitchen Camden.

Mousetrap returns September with two stellar DJ line-ups. R&B allnighter returns on 12 September with guest DJ’s Cousin Benson (A Band A Parte), Jamie Parr (Teen Scene) and Lewis Mumford (Dandy Bloom) joining me and Chris Dale. The following Saturday Fabrice De Feo of UBU Popland records in Paris, Rhys Webb of Horrors fame and Carolina join me for ‘Fuzz For Freaks’ sessions.

The line-up’s for NUTsMAG, ZOO ZOO and TIMEBOX in September is yet to be confirmed.

Nutsmag

The new issue of NUTSMAG is out and includes Interviews with Betty Harris, Powder and The Excitements and DJ’s Mary Boogaloo, Gary Wall, Simon Bridger, Craig ‘Swifty’ Simpson, Paul Molloy and Scott Fraser Simpson. Other articles include part 2 James Thomas excellent new series ‘Jazz for Modernists’. James Clark collectors corner is the UK Atlantic Soul record releases. Enjoy Pete Feeley and Claire Mahoney simply brilliant articles on style and fashion and Graham Lentz reviews the latest record and books worth a punt on.

Some great reviews and airplay recently, grab a copy on vinyl or CD while stock lasts. The other new release this year was the Mousetrap 24th anniversary 45 both available in the NUTSTORE along with Mousetrap 45’s, Le Beat Bespoke and Modstock Vinyl & CDs, The Action DVD and I’m One-21st Century Mod’s Book, Pins and T-Shirts.

Nutstores

Out Now! Modstock LP and Le Beat Bepsoke 6 Vinyl & CD via the Nutstore!

RnB Records

I just added a lot of new 45’s to the website and offer 10% discount on any order over £50. Rare 45s and LPs! Clubs Sounds (RnB, Soul Jazz, Latin, Boogaloo, Blues and Funk) Freakbeat/ Garage/ Psych/ Rock/ Blue Eyed Soul, Northern Soul/ Mod Revival & Punk. Go to: RnB Records here!

Network

Why Join NUTs Network?
Get the latest NUTs news as priority, including premiere events like Le Beat Bespoké and Brighton. Network members get first opportunity to purchase tickets and receive discounts on merchandise and a chance to enter network competitions and win great prizes. It’s FREE to join and takes five minutes to create your profile. The NUTS Network is a cool, fresh place to keep in touch and meet new faces or chat with old friends! You can share pictures, videos, music, customise your own page and join the many clubs and forums to chatter away or promote your interests! Join the Network now!

Advertise with A push!

New Ad Package Deals For 2015/16 – Including full Event Sponsorship are available now! Contact: Rob Bailey@newuntouchables.com

Or you may need your own bespoke one-stop service (design, web, magazines, marketing, e-newletters) then please contact Pip! Pip! 

So errrr… What exactly is the New Untouchables?

The New Untouchables is a London, UK-based organisation promoting 21st century modernist & sixties underground music culture, through various methods including; nightlife, events, media, film, fashion, scootering, record collecting, with both UK and International Events!

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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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Le Beat Bespoké 6 LP review – Rhys Webb

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Record Picks

Le Beat Bespoké, now at volume six has been delivering a tailor made compilation of underground Sixties club hits for a decade now. Compiled by New Untouchables organiser Rob Bailey it has been an introduction for many to the sights and sounds that have been fuelling the dance floors of happenings like Mousetrap, Crossfire and the annual Le Beat Bespoké festival.

Where infamous compilations such as Pebbles, Back From The Grave and Rubble have focused on the lost treasures and treats from the vaults of fanatical collectors, Le Beat Bespoké differs in that it is made by a DJ with the intention of delivering an LP that will keep your feet moving from start to finish. For those familiar with the club nights it’s a flashback to evenings spent enjoying the tunes and for the uninitiated it’s an invitation to experience what lies inside those legendary London haunts that have become so important to so many.

The twenty tracks on volume six stomp and shake through a variety of genres from the distorted crunch of opener ‘I’m The Man’ by Jerry Holmes to the swinging euro soul of Belgium’s Birds And The Bees with ‘Tiger Dance’. There’s a few great Belgian cuts to be found here ‘Girl In The Future’ is a great example of the fine fuzz-tone the countries more weird and wonderful producers seemed to favour back in those hazy days.

Soul is also represented with Monica’s deep funk take on the Richie Havens classic ‘Freedom’, It’s a belter with a truly way out wah-wah guitar solo.

You can find fantastic American garage punk collected here too ‘It Happened’ by Paul Martin is a moody organ lead snarler, ‘Rat Race’ by The Tears is a Beatlesque pop treat and ‘Poor Poor’ Genie by Damon is probably one of my favourites collected on this LP. Recorded by a mysterious traveling musician in 1969 and laced with finger symbols, Eastern rhythms and lysergic acid drenched guitar lines, it’s certainly a 3-minute trip I’m happy to keep dropping.

There’s only a couple of UK cuts represented on this volume but I have to say that Samurai’s ‘Temple Of Gold’ released in 1968 on United Artists is one of the most exciting discoveries of recent years for me. Although not strictly a British group, (band leader Tetsu Yamauchi was Japanese), the single was recorded in London with British musicians and is a super psychedelic track complete with Flutes, Sitars and Strings, this is a 45 I’m sure will be found on countless want lists for
years to come.

Album closer ‘The Lesson’ by The Cords, from Texas, is a great choice of final track and will remind many regular attendees of the compilers long running club nights about how much fun can be had listening to this great music. The album is a great document of whats happening right now at those clubs. Although not every track might be your cup of tea, this is a fantastic glimpse in to the record boxes of one of the scenes most progressive DJ’s. Grab your copy here!

 


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Horror by day, vinyl junkie by night, Rhys is a DJ and collector whose passion for underground sounds started back in his teens attending the Mousetrap allnighter. Promoter of London club ‘the Cave’ he has also been seen moonlighting in another combo called ‘The Diddlers’ masquerading as a demented frontman about to smash his numerous sets of maracas on your bonce.

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Crossfire review with the Strypes & the Sorrows

Now in its tenth year Crossfire started back in 2001 bringing together all the different elements of the London 60s scene for a big night of pure vintage underground partying in a 1000 capacity venue in the heart of central London. On 13th October 2012 the packed venue hosted fresh-faced Irish beat sensation, the Strypes, along with 60s beat originals, the Sorrows. Darius Drew reviews this wonderful event for NUTSmag.

So, is the future of music the past? If you were one of the many assembled at Crossfire watching Ireland’s new beat combo sensation, the Strypes, you may well think so–and you might be right.

Most of the greatest bands, from the Stones and The Who through to the Floyd and Procol Harum, started their careers in this way, as did the mighty Dr. Feelgood and Nine Below Zero. But haven’t we moved on in the last few decades largely because of the high benchmark of writing one’s own material set by those very same bands?

On the other hand, says the opposing camp, it’s been 50 years since ‘Love Me Do’, and rock n roll has gone ‘round-the-block several times only to retread old ground. Maybe the only honest thing to do is go back and do exactly that but what more can be done with it? And, more importantly, does anything need to be?

The Strypes, appealing to their own age group as well as several more ‘mature’ ladies who openly expressed a desire to take them home and feed them chocolate (careful, you’ll end up in the papers) are without doubt in the right place at the right time.

Taking songs we are all familiar with (too familiar in some cases) such as ‘Little Queenie’, ‘Got Love If You Want It’, ‘I’m A Man’ and current single ‘You Can’t Judge a Book by the Cover’ they turn them into something fresh and engaging. Often, when a front man (the ice cool Ross Ferrelly, in this case) announces: ‘We’re going to take things down a little now,’ before launching into a version of ‘Stormy Monday Blues’, it would be time to go to the bar, but they even manage to nail that to the point where it arguably becomes the highpoint of the set.

Again, playing devil’s avocado for a moment, one does wonder how much of their extensive shared knowledge of R&B is their own, and how much the work of a hidden parental hand: the well-packaged quality of all their approved YouTube footage may suggest the latter, but does that matter? What I witnessed was not Blues Idol, as I cynically joked a while back, but a genuine hot, sweaty, raw, arse-kicking live act with great potential. As long as, that is, some record company executive doesn’t f**k it up. Anyone capable of the sort of brash, cacophonous yet melodic guitar playing I saw from Josh McLorey (also a capable singer and obviously an embryonic Wilko in training) or the already fully accomplished Ox-like bass runs of Pete O Hanlon, the most accomplished of the four in my view, deserves to be allowed to develop naturally, the way their influences did.

Exceptional harmonica dueting and instrument-swopping, displaying a dextrous versatility I have to admit I didn’t expect, two great lead vocalists and several beautifully organic moments of looseness which, if allowed natural organic expression, could eventually verge on the free-form wigout approach so beloved of Cream at their peak.

I thus award the four of them the full thumbs up, but with a firmly attached, ‘let’s wait and see’ caveat: the next 5 years could tell a whole different story. But at the moment they’re loud, fiery, genuine in intent, and they wanna live M.O.D, which is good enough for now.

By comparison, the Sorrows started their career in 1963 playing probably exactly the same covers the Strypes play today: it would be pointless, therefore, to compare the performance of teenagers to men approaching 70, so I won’t. The Coventry freakbeat pioneers played as you would expect a recently reformed band to play, i.e. with an attack that might be considered as ‘belying their ages’ but which to me seemed perfectly natural for an outfit who helped to pioneer this very genre of music in the UK.

Songs including ‘Car-A-Lin’, ‘She’s Got The Action’ and ‘Let the Live Live’ were all powerful enough to reach the back of the hall: the impact was less on mellower numbers like ‘We Should Get Along Fine’ and ‘Come With Me’, but on moving to the front, it still smashed me firmly in the face. Sure, there’s the occasional out of tune vocal or bum note, but there probably was in 1965. In any case, this sort of music has always been more about raw passion (which the band still have plenty of) than technical perfection.

Don Fardon, at almost 7 feet tall, is an imposing figure, and remains the owner of a deep, smouldering bluesy yet quintessentially British voice: he doesn’t move much, but he never did. Fellow founder-member Phil Packham’s bass lines are still incredible, with the chordal thrum permeating everything from ‘No Sad Songs For Me’ through the previously unheard ‘Gonna Find a Cave’ to their best known number, ‘Take a Heart’.

Drummer Nige Lomas isn’t quite as deafeningly loud as he once was but his throbbing, marching tom toms still march and still throb, his cymbals still swing, and the snare still makes the bold, insistent statement that the best beat-group sound always centres around. Brian Wilkins, who joined much later despite being a veteran of the Midland beat scene, fits perfectly. His lead guitar solos are genuinely inspired, his occasional lead vocals more than an adequate replacement for his predecessor.

This last in itself underlies the importance of presenting a cohesive identity, Wilkins may not be an original member, but, apart from the most ardent fan or anorak (OK, me), who would know? Four sexagenarian blokes (and one youngster) in matching band t-shirts and trousers create amply the impression that you’re watching the genuine band, and in all honesty, you are. Anyone who drifted outside or into the soul/ska rooms early on actually missed something a bit special.

In the varying rooms, Crossfire’s impeccable selection of DJs again gave the crowd their value for money: for what it costs, three rooms of varying styles, plus two high-class live acts still represents a better deal than one would find anywhere else. There will always be people who want to hear the same tracks they heard when they first set foot in Mousetrap, but as true lovers of music, rather than just ‘scene faces’, we must never forget that first feeling of scintillating excitement we felt when we heard this stuff for the first time. And no matter how many of us think there’s nothing more to discover, there will always be something else, and long may it continue. With every year that passes a new generation of devotees is born, which brings us back to where we came in.

I believe the social changes that occurred first time round would not happen now, and would thus render the music irrelevant other than as entertainment. But either way, encouraging teenagers to discover the classic bands, and therefore the original Black artists, and move away from the likes of Justin Bieber and Olly Murs, can only be a good thing. While the Strypes may still be in their embryonic stages, we all were at one point, as were the musicians we listened to, and while I can’t see what the future holds, the fact that musicians well under half my age are already out there, taking their first nascent, steps, into the Scene, ensures its existence for at least another 50 years–assuming we live that long.


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Darius Drewe

Darius Drewe was born in East London in 1974. As a small child, both parents inflicted their musical tastes, from The Beatles and The Moody Blues to Ella Fitzgerald and Miles Davis, on him, and he was never the same again. Despite being born and bred a 'Cockney tosser', Drewe actually spent his teenage years in and around Birmingham, attending his first 60s/50s-themed nights there at The Ship Ashore, before "coming home" in 1993 to the South, where, with the exception of three years spent in Glasgow between 2007-2010, he has remianed ever since. In the almost two decades that have passed he has trod a strange meandering path from a shy 60s/70s-obsessed teen with no 'scene' to speak of to a Metalhead, sleaze-glammie, Goth, indie kid, glam-punker, garage-rocker, eventual Mod and psych freak (first attending Mousetrap in 2000) In that time he's also written for Shindig! Britmovie, DarkSide, Black Velvet and Get Ready To Rock, promoted various vintage and veteran acts at Camden Underworld, Glasgow Ivory Blacks and several other venues, DJed everything from psych, garage and soul to Metal at practically every well-known club in central London. Drewe is trying to build a time machine that will enable him to visit any period between 1960 and 1980 but still be able to use a mobile and Facebook. His ambition, aside from directing films and building said machine, is to morph into a cross between Jason King, Timmy Lea, Jerry Cornelius and Richard Hannay, and drift about the ether having adventures in a kipper tie, pinstriped flares and camel hair coat.

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November 26, 2012 By : Category : Bands Beat Front Page Music Reviews Tags:, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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