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Paul Orwell and the Night Falls (Newbreed)

This entry is part 6 of 22 in the series Newbreed4

Band Members:
Paul Orwell (Guitar,Vox)
Michael Parrett (Bass)
Stu Marsh (Guitar)
Scotty Roberts (drums)

Discography:
Tell Me Tell Me (vinyl only) single,
Only 250 made and sold out in just 7 days of Pre Order a month before release

Updated Releases and Tour Dates: Tell Me Tell Me / Little Reason 45 on Heavy Soul Records (SOLD OUT)

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

As a band not long, we have done around 14 shows, I met Michael at a gig we did ages ago in different shit bands, I trashed the stage before he got on, fun times!

I got him to trade the guitar in for a bass, the other members answered adverts I put out it’s worked out well.

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

The Beatles and 60’s fashion.

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

Nah, they are all bleak, boring and predictable… well from what I can see and hear.

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

I haven’t found one, a massive gap in the market I think.

05. How would you describe the style you play?

Freak Beat.

06. What are your live shows like?

Fun, tight, magical, raw.

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

A lot of early beat, R&B and RnR. We only play lively covers if at all that we enjoy, not your every day covers the more obscure the better.

08. What are your main influences outside of music?

Hard one as my whole life is music, from producing, writing, and finding new gems. I love record collecting and Art.

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

Me (Paul Orwell) and my tainted heart, messed up mind and butchered soul.

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

My personal favourite is “Little Reason” as I sometimes get a chance to go and interact and dance with the crowd, we sometimes do a cover of “When The Night Falls” By The Eyes, that’s fun!

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

Not really, I’m only sociable around friends, family and fans. I’m not one of those who find it important to be part of a scene, just to do my own thing, that’s what is important. If people like it, great if they don’t, sod them.

12. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

Producing a track that takes me weeks to get right.

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

We are good with rehearsals, we are perfectionists so we can get everything right to enjoy being loose on stage. We only play gigs that suite our style, sod playing a load of indie gigs, no fun in that. I record every day, lots of interesting things coming up including new releases, new videos, maybe some more gigs abroad. I would love to do a tour.

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

It’s been along long while since I’ve read a music mag or listened to any up to date radio station, so I can’t really answer. I should imagine it’s all favouritism.

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

Again I don’t listen to much past 1972, I like some, Hypnotic Eye and The Teamsters seem to have some magical sounds going on.

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

Producers: George Martin, Joe Meek, Phil Spector

Artist alive: Paul McCartney,

Artist Dead: John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Syd Barrett, Otis Redding

These artists all play big parts in the way I think and are very important to me and music.

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

Record deal would be nice and some good support slots.
29 September 2014 – The Finsbury, London with Magnetic Mind
11 October 2014 – Crossfire 25, 229 venue, London

Web Links:

facebook.com/PAULORWELLOFFICIAL
twitter.com/PAULORWELLMUSIC
soundcloud.com/paulorwell


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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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October 2, 2016 By : Category : Bands Front Page Interviews Music News Tags:, , , ,
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French Boutik (Newbreed)

This entry is part 17 of 22 in the series Newbreed4

Band Members:

Serge: Guitar and vocals
Gabriela: Lead vocals
Zelda: Drums and vocals
Jean-Marc: Bass

Discography:

2012 – Les Chats de Gouttère EP
2013 – Ici Paris Double 45 
2014 – Mieux comme ça double 45

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

Serge and Zelda met at a soul night he was DJing in 2010 and started songwriting together. I (singer Gabriela) started with the group in 2011 and Jean-Marc joined us just this past year in 2014. We’re all more or less active in the mod/ skinhead scenes here in Paris so met at various shows and DJ nights.

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

We all love classic pop, rnb, soul, jazz, rocksteady, Britpop and powerpop, but then as our members are so varied it goes all over the place!

However, we’ve been listening to more and more new powerpop recently, due to sharing the stage with lots of great bands like Paul Collins and The Riots, and are really trying to create a brand new sound vs being retro.

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

Yes, also from Paris is a great latin boogaloo band called Paz Antiguana and a new garage/pop group called Jon & The Vons. Also there are lots of great bands in France right now, it’s really exciting: Les Grys-Grys, Gemma & The Travelers, The Gentlemen’s Agreements, Tower Brown, Les Kitschenettes. The sounds are all different and they tend to be a bit more “retro” than us but they are all good. More rock oriented but also excellent from Paris are Les Soucoupes Violentes, and our friend Popincourt will be releasing an album soon, Zelda and I guested on backing vocals so have heard a bit and it’s great so far.

On the less underground side, also in France there is a really good group called Archimede. Kind of Britpop in spirit but in French.

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

Small but dedicated: Friends have soul DJ nights – Paris Magic City is always fantastic and worth a trip over, there is Bam Bam 007 for regular reggae nights, and bars like Le Tiki Lounge and the Pigalle Country Club are small but have good DJs regularly. Les Minets were putting on absolutely incredible allnighters for a while there, hopefully again soon. 

However as the mod scene is so small here live gigs tend to be focused on garage and soul as those can get a more general “60s or soul dance party” audience.

05. How would you describe the style you play?

Pop Moderniste. For us it’s a short way of summarizing: Pop, French and Mod but Modern! We tend to be pretty varied in different songs: some more lighter and jazzy, some psych, some straightforward powerpop, some a bit garage… We get bored easily and don’t like to repeat ourselves.

06. What are your live shows like?

I would say they are surprising to people who expect us to be aloof and posing: we play a lot with powerpop bands and also mostly to non-French speaking audiences who may not know us (as the scene here is so small most of our shows are international – mostly in the UK but we have played in Spain, Ireland, the US, Germany, Canada, Russia, Denmark, Sweden and Italy), so as our songs can be a bit complex on the records we try to do a more powerful and straightforward show where we really connect with the audience even if they cannot understand the lyrics.

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

Honestly it’s really hard to say as we really are trying to create something new. I can say just what we listen to – besides classic soul, rnb, soul, 60s pop etc for French sounds we all dig Jacques Dutronc, Henri Salvador, Nino Ferrer and Bertrand Burgalat but are pretty varied within the group. Serge is a huge Kinks, Jam and XTC fan, while Zelda is extremely varied with Oi, soul and Britpop, among my favorites are The Zombies, The Everly Brothers & Herbie Goins, and Jean-Marc loves the Beatles and The Most. We also like Blondie, The Damned, The Clash and other punk and new wave bands.

We do adaptations of Madness and The Clash for the Specialized compilations benefiting the Teenage Cancer trust but while we tried to remain true to the spirit of the originals the arrangement is quite different and also they both have new French lyrics. We also do In The Meantime pretty faithful to the Georgie Fame version, but in French of course!

Hmm for despising it is harder: I guess really anything that is manufactured top 40 pop or mainstream rock radio.

08. What are your main influences outside of music?

Serge is a graphic designer so really nice images are important to us and we are all clothes horses which makes band photos easy (apart from never matching)! And a few of us are politically active and we spend a lot of time debating politics which is reflected in the lyrics of our songs. Zelda being a language teacher, Jean-Marc a journalist and my father having been a poet and author also probably all contributes to making lyrics very important to us.

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

Serge composes almost all of the music, while we split lyrics duties. Zelda has written all of the English language songs (but she also writes in French), Serge some, myself (Gabriela) some, and it is great when all 3 of us can collaborate. And we are really happy as Jean Marc has just written his first text (about the useless journalists that you can’t escape here) so we won’t be short of ideas from now on!

Our subjects tend to be either funny or serious observations and critiques of society, we only have one love song, and most of them are in French as that’s the language that we speak to each other in.

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

I think for ours I’ll have to go with Le Mac, about a detestable French politician, coming out very soon. But for other artists so hard to choose, maybe Billy Bragg’s Greetings to the New Brunette? Or Waterfall by Jimmy Cliff always makes me happy.

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

It seems that the mod scene is coming out with lots of interesting new sounds internationally which is really exciting, for a long time bands were stuck in retro or copycat mode and now are mixing things up a lot. There are cool bands not just in the UK but in Sweden, Russia, Brazil, Argentina and all over the place. We are trying our best to keep up with them all!

12. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

I’d have to say the lack of places to play in France, a problem common to all of the groups here, which means that we go abroad to play most of the time and we love to play live so we end up arranging lots of trips. Of course that is absolutely wonderful for us, we love to travel and meet people and it is so cool to see the enthusiasm in the UK and other places where normally foreign language groups don’t do so well. But it presents financial challenges, we need to cover the cost of travel each time and also get time off work.

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

We rehearse at least once per week and sometimes twice, and play live as often as we can, that usually means one big weekend abroad with 2-4 shows per month.

We record about once a year, and hopefully will release our first album in 2016! We love 45s but everyone has been asking for an album, it’s a bit tough for financing but we hope to be able to crowdfund as we did our last record. We have tons of new songs, 3 already recorded, 4 in almost final shape and a few others in the pipeline and they are all over the place as far as subject matter and style.

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

It sucks, outside of small sites and fanzines, always the same groups and especially in France it seems very controlled by the music industry, people are afraid to like anything different.

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

All of the French bands we mention above, and for international mod scene bands our favorites are The Riots, The Most, The Shalalas and The Sound of Pop Art. And we recently picked up the new album by Paul Collins and it was just as good as his older classics with The Nerves and The Beat, definitely go to see him if you get the chance. In the UK recently, we also got to play with The Boss who were fantastic, and we will soon again play with Trambeat which is always a treat.

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

We love where we currently record whenever we have the chance, Yeah!Yeah!Yeah! Studios in Hamburg, they have a perfect combination of old and new for recording and mixing. Dennis Rux is the engineer there and he seems to perfectly understand what we are trying to do, does not over-engineer out “flaws” and has great suggestions for little touches that really make the song. If we were to change, we would go with Gavin Linch and Graham Lentz at Rocket Studios in Croydon, they just mixed a demo for us that we are really happy with, also a natural sound but with finesse.

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?

As mentioned before, hopefully our first album next year, followed by more records that we are proud of, other than that and playing lot of fun gigs with cool bands that’s pretty much all of our ambition.

We have a rare gig in Paris this Friday with our friends The Most from Sweden which will be a nice boost during a rather sad time here. And for 2016, we’re really excited to play with Graham Day’s new band The Senior Service in Putney in January, and after that back for March of the Mods Reading with Geno Washington, Trambeat and the ShaLaLas and 2 dates with SlimShack from Brighton over the weekend, and then MOTM Margate for our first show there which should be really fun. And seems back in the UK in June too now!

(By the way, thank you New Untouchables, we played our first UK show ever for your night in Camden and as you can see now the UK is where we play the most)

And, if we can swing it, we’d love to get to Latin America next year. We are not really sure why but if you look at the countries of the fans of our group there are lots in Argentina and Mexico, they are right after France, the UK, Spain and Ireland. We got to go to Montreal in August for the Modtreal weekender and the US before that but it takes a lot of planning and is very expensive so we’ll see!

Web Links:

Main Site: www.facebook.com/frenchboutik
Videos: www.youtube.com/user/gabs150/videos
Social Networks: www.facebook.com/frenchboutiks 
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/french-boutik

To buy our current releases:

To buy Mieux Comme Ca: www.copasetic.de/french-boutik-mieux-comme-ca
To buy previous vinyl: Sold at CopaseDisques, search: www.amazon.co.uk for French Boutik

Updated Releases and Tour Dates: www.facebook.com/frenchboutik/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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December 1, 2015 By : Category : Bands Europe Front Page Interviews Music Scene Tags:, , ,
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The Beatroots (Newbreed)

This entry is part 10 of 22 in the series Newbreed4

The Beatroots are a Glasgow based band featuring members of The Hardy Souls, Figure 5, Red Sands and the Last National Band. The Beatroots perform their own take on psych classics, with live sitar and mind blowing sounds adding their own unique twist to the mix…

Band Members:
Neil Donaldson (Vocals, Percussion)
Graham ‘Groovy’ Gordon (Bass, Sitar)
Seb Jonsen (Drums)
Ian Hill (Keys/Bass)
Campbell Lindsay (Guitar)

Discography:
The Count/Hell Will Take Care of Her 7” single

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

It happened by accident really about 2 years ago. Paul Molloy (Tailor Made/Friday Street) needed a band for his monthly night in McChuills which was in a couple of weeks time. I suggested I could get a band together for it so I got in touch with Seb and Groovy and we put The Beatroots together and played what was a probably a pretty ropey first gig at Paul’s night.

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

A love of 60s music. We all have very different tastes but a love of garage, psych and freakbeat is what we all share.

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

We are spoiled in Glasgow really. Helicon, The Fast Camels, Big Hogg, Trembling Bells, Crash Club, The Cosmic Dead, Medicine Men, The Wellgreen and Mushroom Club are all fab. The Fast Camels are particularly great both live and on record with great pop songs that echo early Pink Floyd and Sell Out era Who.

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

Glasgow has a great club scene with something for everyone who has a love of underground music from the past. Tailor Made, Divine, The Freakbeats Club, Gimme Shelter, Nowt But Northern, Eyes Wide Open as well as the Glasgow Mod and Double Sight Weekenders all play quality tunes from start to finish.

05. How would you describe the style you play?

Like a 60s Psych Pop version of a trad folk band. We select not-so-well known songs and do our own interpretation of them. With added sitar.

06. What are your live shows like?

Great fun!

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

We play mostly all covers with only a couple of originals. Every musician that plays or has played with The Beatroots has their own band/project that they are involved in so we get together to indulge ourselves in doing songs by our favourite bands of the 60s and obscure psych 45s. Like The Doors’ Peace Frog or I Know What I Would Do by The State of Mickey and Tommy.

I don’t really depise any music these days, I have mellowed somewhat and grown to love a lot of 80s Pop that I would have once hated so I am wary of slagging off anything in case I go on to like it later in life. I do however despise the duke box in Nice n Sleazy. It is beyond pretension. Not that the music on it is bad, but when you are in a pub at 1am you don’t want to be hearing some Low album track. They should check out the Kempock’s in Gourock for some tips!

08. What are your main influences outside of music?

The more dandyish aspect of Mod fashion. And grass.

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

Oh all the usual… love, betrayal, murder and death!

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

I love doing the 2 songs that are on our 7” single. Our own song The Count and the b-side Hell Will Take Care Of Her originally recorded by Brass Buttons.

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

Colourful and vibrant. That you can be in London, Derby, Belfast or Berlin and have a mental night and meet so many lovely people is a beautiful thing. I have had some of the best nights of my life at weekenders all over the UK, at home and abroad since first going to Scarborough Mod Rally in 2002.

12. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

Dealing with Seb!

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

We rehearse every week and gig about twice a month.

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

It is pathetic. Especially on telly. We really need a less mainstream programme than Later with Jools Holland that would showcase the likes of Wolf People and Dead Skeletons and also cover the Liverpool Psych and End of the Road Festivals. Youtube and the internet is all well and good but I do miss looking forward to a good music programme on Channel 4 or the BBC. Shindig! TV perhaps?

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

The War On Drugs, Cate Le Bon, Real Estate, Warpaint, Kurt Vile, Woods, The Sufis, Quilt, Ty Segall and Goat all spring to mind.

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

Recording the Red Sands album with Marco Rea at the Barne Studio in Clydebank was a great experience and what I would do again if making another record.

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?

Martin Keith that played guitar with me in both Figure 5 and Red Sands will be joining us along with well known face on the scene Charlie Bennett for the show in London at New Year which will be our last. For a good while anyway. I am going travelling in 2015 but I would like to think we will play again at some point, it has been a blast.

Web Links:

facebook.com/thebeatrootsband


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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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November 16, 2014 By : Category : Bands Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, , ,
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The High Learys (Newbreed)

This entry is part 11 of 22 in the series Newbreed4

The High Learys are a four piece rhythm and blues band from Perth, Australia. Forming in 2011 the band have taken influence from artists such as Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, Slim Harpo, The Rolling Stones, The Zombies, The Hollies, The Standells, The Bee Gees, The Animals, The Yardbirds and The Kinks.

Band Members:
Jamie Turner – Vocals, Bass
Mike Nutt – Organ, Vocals
Matt Williams – Guitar
Adrian MacMillan – Drums

Discography:
2013 – Album ‘Here Come The High Learys’
2014 – Single ‘Clear My Mind’

Updated Releases and Tour Dates: facebook.com/events

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

We’ve been playing together now for nearly 3 years. Myself and Matt are cousins and have been playing music together for ages. We met Mike while at school and started playing in bands with him at an early age, a few years later we met Adrian around town while we were all playing in different bands, we decided to get together and start The Learys in 2011 and have been going strong ever since.

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

We all share the love for the 60’s groups, even though we might take influence from different artists we can all agree that our sound is very much built on that.

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

Thee Gold Blooms are from Perth, Western Australia, they are fantastic!
Their music is very surf influenced and their songs are so damn catchy.

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

It’s not too bad actually, we are fortunate to have bands like The Stems come from our neck of the woods, there is also some great bands in the eastern states like The Frowning Clouds.

05. How would you describe the style you play?

It’s a modern take on our 60’s influences. We’re very influenced by the British invasion and so I think that definitely comes through in our playing. The combo organ always adds a nice touch to our songs.

06. What are your live shows like?

I’d like to say it’s energetic, fun and captivating.

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

Our main influences are bands like The Kinks, The Rolling Stones and The Zombies. Our current covers are by The Easybeats, The Clovers and Status Quo. We despise commercial and generic boy band garbage.

08. What are your main influences outside of music?

Outside of music we are influenced by all sorts, such as art, books and even new technology we find really interesting.

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

Jamie and Mike write the majority of the songs. The songs are usually about anything from girls to a particular state of mind.

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

Our latest single Clear My Mind is probably our favourite, although at the moment we have some brand new songs that will hopefully be appearing on our next album which are really great to play. Our other favourite is Ice In The Sun which is a 1968 classic by Status Quo, we love playing that one!

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

It’s very much alive! There are some amazing bands in the scene that are great players and who write some great tunes as well. We participate when we can!

12. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

I think our 2013 European tour was a huge challenge, it was so much fun but it was exhausting for all of us.

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

We rehearse at least once a week and play at least a show a fortnight. We like to get into the studio as much as we can! The European Tour is coming up and that’s going to be great.

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

It’s always interesting reading articles and interviews of bands. You really get to know the artist and see what they’re all about. Live reviews are always interesting as well.

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

A few bands we really like at the moment are Temples and Jacco Gardner.

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

Abbey Road is the dream as I’m sure it is for most bands. We’ll get in line and keep buying our lottery tickets though. Phil Spector would be great to work with if he wasn’t a holding a gun or anything sharp…

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

We hope to write and record a new album in 2015. Our European Tour is really exciting as well, we’re really looking forward to heading back and playing some shows in our favourite countries.

Web Links:

facebook.com/thehighlearys
twitter.com/TheHighLearys
soundcloud.com/the-high-learys


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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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November 16, 2014 By : Category : Bands Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, , ,
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Big Boss Man (Newbreed)

This entry is part 9 of 22 in the series Newbreed4

Big Boss Man formed in November 1998, Their sound is a hip Heavy Hammond hybrid of pop, 6T’s R’n’B / Latin soul and funk. Early 1999 they got themselves a gig at the renowned “Blow Up”, then situated at the Wag club London, as usual the club was packed and the crowd absolutely loved the Big Boss Sound. They were then immediately signed up to the clubs very own “Blow Up” record label. The first release can be found on V2 Blow Upcompilation “Blow Up A Go-Go” with the demo version of the track Humanize, (recorded in the bands very own Ramshackle studios).

Band Members:
Nasser Bouzida: Organ, Mono-synthesizer, Bongos
Desmond Rogers: Drums
Scott “the Hawk” Milsom: Electric bass & Double Bass
Trev Harding: Guitar

Discography: (Blow Up Records unless stated otherwise)

Singles:
Sea Groove/Version (Blow Up Records) (2000) , Big Boss Man/Version (2001) Big Boss Man” The Hawk”/Frank Popp “leave me alone” (2005) (Record Kicks)
Party 7/Kelvin Stardust (2006), C’est Moi (2009) (promo cd only) Black Eye (2010) (promo cd only), Aardvark (2014)

Albums:
Humanize (2001), Winner (2005),
Full English Beat Breakfast (2009), Last Man on Earth (2014)

Compilation Appearances:
Blow Up a go-go (V2) The Later Lounge 1 & 2 (2000 ) (Later Magazine), It’s a Cool Cool Christmas (Jeepster) 2000, Unique Club Culture (Unique) 2000, Midem 2001 (Manchester Music) (2001) Robbi, Tobbi und Das Fliewatuut (Diggler) 2002, Soul Shaker 1 & 2 (2004/5) The Outernational Sound (18 St Lounge), Urban Deluxe (V2)(2005) Kitsch World Tour (Keks) 2007, Come on Soul (Legere) (2007), Raymann is Laat (Sonic Sorcery) 2008, Pradat (EMI) 2008, Vollanalog (private press LP) (2009) Blow Up Sampler (Blow Up) (2011)

Updated Releases and Tour Dates:
28th Nov ’14ZooZoo at The Blues Kitchen, Camden, London, UK
29th Nov ’14 – Jazz Cafe, Camden, London, UK
19th Dec ’14 – R3VIVAL, La Maroquinerie, Paris, FRANCE
27th Dec ’14 – Hipsville Xmas A Go Go, Fiddlers’ Elbow, NW5, London, UK

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

We have been together since 1998, Nass, Scott and Trev had been friends playing in bands for years, and when their last band “Skooby” hit the rocks the guys set up Big Boss Man mainly for fun; Nass, known principally as a drummer until this point came out from behind the kit to play organ & bongos and front the band. Scott played double bass in the early days.

One night we played at the Blow Up night at the Wag Club in Soho and were approached to sign to the Club’s Record Label and publishing company, they offered to pay for enough really good recording studio sessions, quality mixing and mastering to make a record we would all be happy with, and cut us in on a good deal so we haven’t looked back since. Around the same time we were invited to play at the Euro YeYe festival in Northern Spain, where we had a blast, it opened our eyes to the scene outside of Great Britain and the possiblities for touring that could be had, we have now toured Spain 5 times!

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

We all love playing, recording, creating, Soul, 60’s Garage, 60’s R’n’B, Psyche, Funk and Bongo-Fuzz sounds.

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

We would def recommend: The Bongolian, The Hawkmen and The 45’s, they all feature members of Big Boss Man!

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

We are from all over, obviously London is great: club nights like: NUTs, Weirdsville, Dirty Water etc, Bristol has the frat house and department S.
Still working on Swansea, although there is a good Northern soul night that takes place in Pontadawe occasionally.

05. What are your live shows like?

We are a mainly instrumental band; we have the stage set up with Nass pounding the organ and bongos opposite Des beating the hell out of the drum kit and the two of them going generally mental whilst the Hawk and Trev hold it together.

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

We don’t do covers these days, though back in the beginning we used to do a rocksteady version of Peter Tosh’s “Steppin’Razor” and a Hammond Version of Elvis’s “His latest flame”

Our biggest influences are mostly black guys called Jimmy: Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff, Jimmy Reed, Jimmy Cliff, Jimi Hendrix, plus James Brown.

We don’t despise anyone!

07. What are your main influences outside of music?

Spinal Tap.

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

Nass writes most of the songs, but there are quite a few team efforts and co-writes. The few vocal numbers we have deal with; love lost, life’s bizarre experiences E.G. “Trans Adonis” and odd people we have met along the way. E.G. “Hail Caesar”

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

Our Favorite song has got to be “Last Man on Earth” from the new LP/CD/digital download “Last Man on Earth” on Blow Up Records

Another Artist; anything by James Brown, say, “Sssh for a while” his avant-garde keyboard work on that track is second to none!

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

There are loads of great nights going on all over Europe, more than ever, we participate occasionally!

11. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

Deciding which tracks to put on the new LP we settled for: Aardvark, Theme from Last Man on Earth, Blow your own, Hail Caesar, Changing Faces, Crimson 6Ts, The Bear, Project No.6, Le Dernier Homme Sur Terre, Shot Down, Trans Adonis, Painted Rainbow, Sladey and Last Man on Earth (vocal version).

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

We are always rehearsing, and have been playing a lot in 2014 to promote the new LP, we have been asked by one of the shows on BBC6 Music to come in and record a session, so hopefully that will work out then more gigging in 2015 followed by recording at Beat Mountain and Dog House Studios.

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

Just get Shindig Magazine, that has it all covered!

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

There’s loads of great new bands out there if you look, “The Turning” for instance, good bunch of guys!

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

Who: Any of the Soul Legends before it’s too late!

Where: Hitsville USA in Detroit (Motown Studio) or Studio 1 in Kingston Jamaica! Maybe some of the spirit of the classic tunes recorded there would rub off on us.

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?

Well we better get working on BBM IV! Next year we return to Spain (In April) so really looking forward to that. And hopefully dates on the UK festival circuit.

Web Links:

big-boss-man.com
facebook.com/BigBossMan
twitter.com/BigBossMan


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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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November 10, 2014 By : Category : Bands Front Page Interviews Music News Tags:, , , ,
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New Electric Ride (Newbreed)

This entry is part 7 of 22 in the series Newbreed4

Formed from the last surviving members of the hardest working pub/club band in north-east England, New Electric Ride have achieved some remarkable things in the short time they’ve been together. With support slots for legendary 1960’s group – The Pretty Things, under their belt, a Black Cab Session recorded, regular airplay on UK, Spanish, Belgian and French radio, it’s no wonder that N E R are hotly tipped as one of the best new acts to emerge from the recent psychedelic resurgence.

Band Members:
Jack Briggs (Guitar/Vocal)
Paul Nelson (Organ/Vocal)
Adam Cole (Bass/Vocal)
Craig Oxberry (Drums/Vocal)

Discography:
EP (2013)
Balloon Age (2014, Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records)

Updated Releases and Tour Dates: facebook.com/events  &  facebook.com/doublesightweekender

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

We’ve been recording as New Electric Ride since November 2012! Jack, Adam and Craig played as a pub band for 3 years and we met Paul at a wedding gig we played. We were looking for an organist and he said he’d love to have a go. Sort of went from there, really!

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

A love and appreciation for music from the 1960’s/70s and a desire to write and record interesting pop music. We’re not real into ‘jamming’, as such. We’re much more interested in writing pop songs.

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

We’re living in London at the moment, but where we’re from (Sunderland) there are some great bands kicking about. Lilliput, Hyde & Beast and Field Music stick out. They’re all just doing their own thing and not trying to play to any current popular genre.

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

In Sunderland it’s pretty dead, but here in London is thriving! We really love it down here.

05. How would you describe the style you play?

Polished, lysergic sleaze-pop.

06. What are your live shows like?

I think they’re pretty intense! The songs can be quite complicated to play and a lot require 4-part harmony, so we’re always kept our toes to an extent. It can be quite hard work due to all the tempo changes and falsetto vocal, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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

Zappa, Beefheart, Moby Grape, Black Sabbath, Dungen, Peter Wyngarde, Cream, Jethro Tull, Colosseum, Mountain, Tame Impala, Can, Yes, Bobbie Gentry, the list is endless.

I’d like to cover some Tull songs. Any excuse to play the flute.

I don’t think we really despise any artist, to be honest! We despise a lot of how the music industry works, ha. I guess

08. What are your main influences outside of music?

London, Paris, Nepal, the Marquis de Sade, cacti, succulents, Ambrose Bierce, David Icke, isolation, insects, plants.

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

Everyone writes individually, never together, for some reason!

Subjects range from Submarines, French libertines, love (of course), lust (of course), animals, cannibalism and the Royal Family.

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

I can’t speak for the other lads, but I love playing Mr. Bumblebee. It has a lovely bounce and interesting parts.

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

I think it’s thriving. People are really beginning to take note of all the great things that are happening at the moment. We don’t participate as much as we should, but when we do, we always have a great time.

12. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

Recording an LP was really bloody hard. Mainly because we had such a short period of time to get it completed, and we are split between London and Sunderland. We had to get the train/coach up to Sunderland every weekend for a month and just hammer the sounds out. It was tough.

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

We usually get together to rehearse before a show, but apart from that, never! We’re looking to hammer the gigs over the rest of the year and hopefully (fingers crossed) get over to the USA in 2015.

Always interesting things on the horizon! New single, collaboration with Peter Wyngarde, some debauched videos to name a few!

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

Poor. The levels of snobbery and ‘cool’ are outrageous at the moment. The whole ‘psych revival’ is getting old, too. It seems like anyone with a phaser pedal and a fringe can be in a ‘psych band’.

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

Tame Impala are impeccable, Prince Rupert’s Drops should be on every radio station, Hidden Masters are absolutely brilliant. There are loads of great bands at the moment, but they’re all being overshadowed by the ones with money. Billboards on the London underground for Temples?! Crazy.

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

Jonathan Wilson for me, absolutely phenomenal musician and producer. It’d be worth it just to see his collection of amps. What a guy, so passionate.

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?

More music! We’re planning on releasing a single before Christmas that we think may draw some interest. Gig-wise we’re playing the Doublesight Weekender in Glasgow on October 4th and the amazing Crossfire 25 night on the 11th! Can’t wait for October!

Web Links:

newelectricride.com
facebook.com/newelectricride
soundcloud.com/newelectricride
newelectricride.bandcamp.com


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

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The Wicked Whispers (Newbreed)

This entry is part 8 of 22 in the series Newbreed4

Band Members:
Mike  Murphy (Vocals/Guitars)
Toby Virgo (Bass/Backing Vocals)
Steven Penn (Organist)
Andy Smith (Guitars)
Nathan Sayer (Drums)

Discography:
2011 – EP ‘The Dark Delights of the Wicked Whispers (Electone)
2012 – Single ‘Dandelion Eyes’ (Electone)
2013 – Single ‘Voodoo Moon’ (Electone)
2014 – Single ‘Chronological Astronaut’ (Electone)
2014 – LP ‘Maps of the Mystic’ (Electone)

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

The Wicked Whispers formed in 2010 but arrived in 2011 with ’‘The Dark Delights of The Wicked Whispers’ EP on limited 10” which put the band on the map. We  played our first debut show onown event called ‘The Butterflies Ball and The Grasshoppers Feast’ bringing Arthur Brown in as support.. Mike Murphy formed the band after demoing a new project and decided to put a band around it which then evolved into the band people know today.

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

The Doors, Love, Strawberry Alarm Clock, The Byrds, Jimmy Campbell and James Brown.

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

The Levons and Red Sands because they are great and also on Electone Records.

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

It’s a small scene in Liverpool which we don’t have much involvement with being honest . There are regular nights at The Go Go Cage (held at the Cabin Club) but we occasionally put on huge shows ourselves like ‘The Butterflies Ball and the Grasshoppers Feast’.

05. How would you describe the style you play?

That’s up to the listeners but you could say it’s a melting pot of US west-coast meets London 60s jangle wrapping around some lucid songwriting.

06. What are your live shows like?

Pretty intense as a lot of our songs are very intricate and short but we like to put on a full on live performance and give it our everything on stage.

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

Our main influences we’ve touched on. We rarely play covers as we put more time into developing our music but we have played tracks by Jimmy Campbell and the Velvet Underground at shows. We don’t despise anyone but we know what music we can relate to and like.

08. What are your main influences outside of music?

Love, lie and positivity. Plus a load of ale and general laddish behavior.

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

Mike Murphy writes the songs and prepares the music. The subject matter is vast but he mainly likes to develop dream like perspectives and tries to explore unanswered questions and wonders.

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

Each member of the group would say something different but ‘Chronological Astronaut’ has been a favorite since the band formed.
Same regards to our favorite songs but lets just say ‘Michaelangelo’ by Jimmy Campbell because it is a classic.

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

Were not too clued up but it seems fragmented currently. When we started hitting the road in 2011, there was a tight circuit of bands including us playing the same nights up and down the UK. We have seen sparks of this but its not as tight as it was. It would be great to get this going again but we will be popping up at a couple in the near future.

12. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

Recording our debut album and Mike Murphys challenge as first time producer.

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

It all depends as there are several levels to consider. We are always working on the next thing and split rehearsals up to required functions. If we have a live obligation we prepare for it, we don’t rehearse blind. But weve already started working on the next thing to follow up from our debut album out September so we are doing sessions for that.

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

This is a complicated one as we are fully aware of how the music industry works. We just want to play and release our music and if anyone in the press or media  likes our music and wants to play and write about it, that’s great.

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

Of course, there’s loads of great stuff currently. Highlights are Temples, French Boutique and Michael Head and the Red Elastic Band.

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

Theres loads we would like to do. Recording in Sunset Sound in LA is on our list. Regards producers that would be telling our next steps but someone looking to develop new ideas from our favorites music that inspires us.

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?

Theres always stuff coming up but we are most excited about promoting our debut album through the UK over the next few months with some great live shows. Our big album launch in Liverpool will be great as its being held at The Kazimier which is a stunning venue. We are also bringing the brass and string section with us on that one. We have an exciting Crossfire 25 show in October ( the 11th) launching the LP in London and then we are doing some tour dates with Ian McNabb and The Moons with much more on the way including another headline tour. Beyond our debut album lets just say the follow up will be quick as we are headed into the studio before Christmas.

Web Links:

thewickedwhispers.com
facebook.com/thewickedwhispers
twitter.com/Wicked_Whispers 
soundcloud.com/thewickedwhispers


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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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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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Stone Foundation (NewBreed)

This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series Newbreed3

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

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

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

How did Stone Foundation get started?

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

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

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

What are the main influences for Stone Foundation?

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

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

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

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

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

How does the creative process work for Stone Foundation?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Web Links:

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


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Graham Lentz

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

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April 4, 2014 By : Category : Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, , , , ,
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The Mergers (NewBreed)

This entry is part 4 of 10 in the series Newbreed3

“Beat with a capital B”

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

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

HQ: Nuremberg, Germany

Band Members:

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

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

Tour Dates: facebook.com/themergers.band

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

05. How would you describe the style you play?

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

06. What are your live shows like?

Energetic, raw and untamed.

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

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

08. What are your main influences outside of music?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Web Links:

themergers.net
facebook.com/themergers.band

Photo by: Pilar Schacher


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

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March 7, 2014 By : Category : Bands Beat Europe Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, , , ,
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The 45s (NewBreed)

This entry is part 3 of 10 in the series Newbreed3

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

HQ: Carlisle, UK

Band Members:

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

Discography: Double A side single to be released in October

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

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

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

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

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

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

04. How would you describe the style you play?

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

05. What are your live shows like?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

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

11. How often do you rehearse and play live?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Web Links:

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


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

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

This entry is part 1 of 10 in the series Newbreed3

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

HQ: Zaragoza, Spain

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

04. How would you describe the style you play?

Hard soul & funk with a Latin spark.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

09. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

Releasing our latest LP, ‘Leap Of Faith’.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Main site:  thefaithkeepers.com

Links:
facebook.com/TheFaithKeepers
twitter.com/TheFaithKeepers
thefaithkeepers.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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June 3, 2013 By : Category : Bands Club Soul Europe Front Page Interviews Tags:, , ,
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Lewis Floyd Henry (NewBreed)

This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series Newbreed2

Like a true Mississippi bluesman in the early 20th century, Lewis has pitched up on street corners around London, at Brick Lane, Borough Market and the South Bank, every time earning a pocket full of loose change, but also spreading the knowledge of his extraordinary genius. Unlike those Delta entertainers, he arrives armed with a trolley carrying a battery-operated amplifier and diddy custom-made drumkit – hence the title of his mind-blowing debut album, ‘One Man & His 30w Pram’. He has also gained 100,000 hits for a YouTube clip, where he blasts out a block-rockin’ take on The Wu-Tang Clan’s ‘Protect Ya Neck’ outside Tottenham Court Road tube. You can see him busting out a Prokofiev tune with his teeth! One wise comment was – “When Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix and Ol’ Dirty Bastard died, this guy was born!”

Band Members:
Lewis Floyd Henry – Drums, Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica.

Discography:
2010 – LP; One Man And his 30watt pram
Singles: Rickety ol’ Rollercoaster, Sacred Gardens, Went to a party.

Links:
LewisFloydhenry.com (soon to become .co.uk)
Lewisfloydhenry.co.uk
Facebook/LewisFloydHenryMusic
twitter.com/Lewisfloydhenry

01. When did you start busking in London?

I started busking in London around 2003 with my band called Known.

02. Who are your biggest influences in music?

My biggest influences have been: Black Sabbath, Jimi Hendrix, Pantera, Robert Johnson, The Wu-Tang Clan, John Lee Hooker.

03. Your debut album ‘One Man and His 30w Pram’ made quite an impact. Were you surprised by its success?

I was surprised to see it reach number four in the best alternative albums of the year. I only spent four days recording it so it was a bit rushed!

04. How would you describe the style you play?

I’d describe it as a mixture of: Robert Johnson, Nick Drake, Jimi Hendrix, Dime Bag, and Tommi Iommi.

05. Do you think it’s important for bluesmen such as yourself or Seasick Steve to travel ‘hard roads’ before gaining success? Or is it part of the tradition of the blues?

I would not define myself as a straight blues man like Sea Sick Steve. I love playing the blues but also many other music genres. I think it is important to get out there and perform as much as possible to build your confidence up and to improve dexterity on your instrument of choice. It is important to convey passion within a performance, I feel that if you have lived a life and have had to struggle and face hardship this will build character and make you knowledgeable on life issues. People are looking for answers and some of them can be found in music!

06. Have any other bands or singers grabbed your attention recently? If so, who?

I like Phil Anselmos new solo project.

07. Do you include covers in your live set and if so, which ones and why?

When I busk I throw in lots of covers, when I play a show I might play a cover or two it depends on the time I am allocated. I like mixing Wu-Tang clan joints with Metal bands like Black Sabbath or Metallica.

08. What are your main influences outside of music?

Dog Town Skaters, late 1800 Impressionist art movement, The 1970’s Graffiti movement in New York, Marvel Comics.

09. Where does your songwriting inspiration come from and what subjects do you deal with?

My inspiration for writing songs comes from listening to the piece of music that I have composed on the guitar, I let that guide me, I try to feel what that piece of music is about. Then I set about writing something that compliments that piece of music. I cover all subjects in life everything.

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

I like playing Rickety ol’ Roller Coaster because it’s a very happy country blues song that everyone can get into. At the moment I am currently into Iron Man by Black Sabbath.

11. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

I suppose it’s been getting my latest album finished.

12. How often do you play live and do you still go busking?

I get booked to play very sporadically so I’m not on the road 365 days a year. I still go busking, it can be great fun when you can get away with it.

13. When can we expect a new album from you?

I’m trying to get it ready for August 2013.

14. Your due to play at Gijon in Spain as part of Euro YeYe. How did that come about?

I played some shows for Rob Bailey whom books shows for the Blues Kitchen in Camden. He booked me for the show in Gijon.

15. Have you played outside of the UK before?

Yes I have, Australia, Japan, South America, Europe.

16. What are you looking forward to most during the Euro YeYe weekend?

Playing to a Spanish audience which will be a first.

17. What does the rest of 2013 hold in store for Lewis Floyd Henry? Any major gigs or radio / TV shows?

Releasing my new album then getting straight into recording and releasing the next one for spring 2014.


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Graham Lentz

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

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June 3, 2013 By : Category : Articles Bands Front Page Interviews Tags:, , ,
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The Rhythm Shakers (NewBreed)

This entry is part 15 of 22 in the series Newbreed4

Band Members:
Marlene Perez  – Lead Singer
Victor Mendez  – Upright Bass
Andrew Himmler  – Guitarist
Ricky McCann – Drums

Discography:
Flipsville (2008)
The Young Breed (2009)
Hit The Road (45 RPM 2009)
The Wildest Party 10”
Record (2010)
The Wild Show Live (2011)
Shake Your Hips (45 RPM 2012)
New Record (2013)

1. Are you happy and excited to be invited to play at the 10th anniversary of Le Beat Bespoke?

We are thrilled to be back, the 9th edition was fantastic and we know this year will be even better. We’ve added more dynamics to our stage show so we are very excited to be able to present it to everyone at the 10th anniversary of Le Beat Bespoke.

2. What special songs are you planning on playing during your performance?

Our set list will be a special one, not only will it include our crowd favorites but we will be featuring many songs off our latest release “VooDoo”, and as a special treat we will also be introducing a couple of never-before-heard songs from our forthcoming 10 inch record “Panic”. The hard part is going to be fitting everything in to just 45 minutes but we’ll do our best.

3. How important do you think live events such as this are in today’s wider music scene?

They are extremely important, a lot of events only focus on one genre but Le Beat Bespoke mixes genres which is a great thing for people that like diversity in music, plus it helps introduce audiences to new genres, we totally dig that.

4. Le Beat Bespoke brings together a lot of different styles and types of people, do you think this helps your own approach to playing there?

It definitely does! We love playing events where different styles of music and people are combined. we are a late 50’s, early 60’s rock’n’roll band but feel we can reach a broader audience due to our ‘not so pure’ sound, so events like Le Beat Bespoke are ideal for The Rhythm Shakers.

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

We have been a band for a little over five years.

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

A passion for music, kebabs, booze and sense of humour.

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

I would recommend The Neumans. They just joined Wild Records and they’re pretty amazing.

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

There are some very good DJs and clubs out there and it’s very entertaining. There are quite a few scattered around Los Angeles. Wild Records has been fortunate enough to find great 60’s style bands like The Hurricanes, The Neumans, The Bosstides, The Bloodhounds & obviously Don Juan Y Los Blancos.

9. How would you describe the style you play?

Aggressive rock ‘n’ roll. I don’t really sing about mushy, lovey-dovey things. I write my songs based on how angry I am so it generally turns out that way.

10. What are your live shows like?

We like to feed off the audience’s reactions. The more the crowd is into our show, the crazier we get. Once I ended up on the floor with my hair soaked in alcohol and my hands bloody from pounding on the stage.

11. What are your main influences in music? Who do/would you play covers by?

We have lots of influences from different genres whether it’s Ronnie Dawson or Brody Armstrong from The Distillers. If we like what we hear, we take that same energy and try to incorporate it in our music.

12. What are your main influences outside of music?

Happiness.

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

I usually write the lyrics but the band helps me put everything together. The subjects are along the lines of heartbreak or being angry as a result of it.

14. What’s your favorite song by another artist?

At the moment, it would have to be ‘Shake Your Hips’ by Slim Harpo. It always gets the crowd moving and dancing.

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

Because there are constant shows all over L.A. I try to make it to as many functions as I can. Sometimes there are two to three shows in one night so it makes it a bit difficult to choose from. We’re pretty fortunate to have lots of people involved in the underground scene.

16. What has been the biggest challenge?

Working on music. I think I tend to over think lyrics, melodies and the music in general. I can have a whole song structured and finished then I’ll turn around and throw it out because I feel it’s not good enough.

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

We don’t rehearse too often and we play live about once a month at least. Our next big gig is the Le Beat Bespoke Festival in London (30th March 2013), which we are all extremely excited about.

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

It’s non-existent in the indie scene.

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

By underground, do you mean outside of my own scene and the soul scene? If so, then I really enjoy stuff by The Black Keys, The Alabama Shakes, Jack White, The Dead Weather, Imelda May… I can keep going for days.

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

I would love to record with Imelda May. I think she’s a brilliant entertainer.

21. 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 are currently working on new music and planning to record in the next few weeks. I would love to play more gigs with the band overseas. I think we are very fortunate that we have opportunities like that. There are 2 European tours in 2013 and an Australian tour in 2014. I hope the World doesn’t end before then.

Band Promo Links
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facebook.com/pages/The-Rhythm-Shakers
twitter.com/TheRhythmShaker
myspace.com/wildrhythmshakers

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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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