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Euroyeye 20th Anniversary

Gijon, Spain- 31 July 4 August 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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September 18, 2014 By : Category : Bands Clubs DJs Europe Events Front Page Music Reviews Scene Tags:, , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Masters – Nolan Porter

This entry is part 6 of 8 in the series Masters2

The song ‘If I Could Only Be Sure’ is attaining something of a legendary status. It has been covered by many bands in recent years, but arguably it was Paul Weller’s interpretation on 2004’s ‘Studio 150’ album that really brought the song to more than just a Northern Soul audience.

The man who wrote and sang the original is Nolan Porter. Thanks to one of the UK’s foremost soul bands, Stone Foundation, Nolan Porter is having an ‘Indian summer’ (for want of a better term) in his career. The much-deserved renewed interest in the man and his work is long overdue and he (along with Stone Foundation) will be appearing at Euro YeYe this August at Gijon in Spain.

Welcome to Nutsmag Mr Porter. How do you feel about the forthcoming trip to Spain?

I’m overwhelmed with joy!! All the things I’ve heard about Spain, the beauty of the land, the history, what’s there not to be excited about! My father spent time in Spain, Madrid mostly. He always said it was one of the best experiences of his life.

Of course you are reuniting once again with the fantastic Stone Foundation. What is it about this band in particular that has been such an attraction for you?

There is a real musical camaraderie between SF and myself. We both really love soul music and SF’s sound really shows that these guys have been raised on soul music and have a deep understanding of its cadence and meaning. Also we have the same warped sense of humor!

I’ve read in other interviews, that you have been very pleasantly surprised by the reception and knowledge of your UK and European fans. Have you got used to it yet?

Every time I travel overseas to sing, I’m always amazed by the warmth and kindness of Northern Soul Fans. “It’s always like the first time”.

I was in the audience for the 100 Club show in 2012 which then became a live album. Listening to it, it’s clear you are having a great time and in fine voice. What can we expect when you hit the stage for Euro YeYe?

First of all, thank you for going to see me at the 100 Club. I hope you had a good time! I’ll bring awe and enthusiasm and a great band, SF. They have some new material some of which I’m singing on and we’re all very happy to perform these songs at YeYe. I’ve only thought of Spain in my imagination and now I’ll be there! I am grateful.

You have written some incredible songs that have legendary status among the Northern Soul fraternity. ‘Keep On Keeping On’, ‘Fe-Fi-Fo-Fum’ and ‘I Like What You Give’ for example, but have you been writing any new material? Could a new LP be in the pipeline?

Yes, I perform originals by other artists some of which I am friends with as well as my own. My wife Patrice and I have been discussing an album we’d like to do together with new material, collected and recorded by the two of us. Also you will be seeing a couple of new releases from Crossfire Productions that I have collaborated on with an old time friend, Forrest Penner of Wild Child fame.

It is fair to say your route into music was not one shared by a great many of your contemporaries, (ie Church-Gospel-band.) and living in LA with its diverse communities had some influence on you. So what was your route from leaving education to recording in 1972?

I’m a typical L.A. Child of the 60’s. The route I took was through my interaction with other L.A. Musicians with a multitude of cultural backgrounds. My first love was classical music. (Something I have in common with Brenda Hollaway who also grew up in L.A. with a classical background in music.) I didn’t go the Gospel route, yet somehow I always found myself in someone’s choir for one organization or another. Singing in choirs around L.A. Was a great way to prepare me for singing my own originals, showing me the basics of music and how to work with a crowd. Growing up in L.A. In the 60’s was great. I sang in soul bands, with Latin Bands and even a couple of rock bands. L.A. was the place to experiment.

It appears much of your early work was caught up in a tangled web of licences and ‘who owns what’ for a long time. Has it all finally been cleared up?

No it has not been cleared up, but I remain positive that it will.

You had some great musicians on that early work, like Larry Carlton, Charles Owens and Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson. How did that band come together?

I have to give Gabriel Mekler of Steppenwolf and 3 Dog Night credit for that. From his time producing many of Steppenwolf’s and 3 Dog Night’s hits, he made contacts and used some of the best musicians, in L.A. I owe a great big debt to Gabriel Mekler.

Brenda Holloway is part of the bill for the Euro YeYe weekend in Spain. I know you and your wife Patrice ‘Candy’ Zappa opened for Brenda in LA a couple of years ago. Do you know Brenda well?

I only met Brenda in 2012 and truly enjoyed working with her, however I was friends with her sister Patrice, in the early 70’s. My mother even knows and  has spent time with Brenda Holloway. My mother is crazy about her and her talent. I do hope this will be only one of several times I get to work with her, she is a truly amazing talent.

Stone Foundation revived another of your great songs, ‘Crazy Love’ for their latest LP. How much input did you have with the arrangement and what are your thoughts on the final product? Both the song and the whole LP?

I’m very happy with the product.  Much of the musical arrangement came from SF. The vocal was pretty much the same arrangement I had used all those years ago. The merging of the two, I feel, was very cool. Also I enjoyed recording it more with SF than when I recorded it all those years ago. Now the present vocal is how I sound at this time of my life. Which makes me happy.

You could say Stone Foundation have kept you pretty busy the last couple of years what with the tours, live album and the resultant dvd documentary about your time here. Have you got any other plans you can tell us about?

I’ve become such good friends with SF. I would like to personally keep it going with them for as long as possible. I owe them so much and we find it mutually gratifying to help each other’s careers.

Nolan Porter, on behalf of The New Untouchables, thank you very much for taking the time to complete this interview. I look forward to seeing you in London next month at the 100 Club again.

Photographs by: © Lee Cogswell


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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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Record Reviews – Nov 2012

This entry is part 1 of 18 in the series Record Reviews

40 Motown Floorshakers CD

One of the few saving graces for the major labels is exploiting their back catalogue because they sure as hell don’t invest and make money from new artists. And you would think the Motown vaults are virtually exhausted by now. So many compilations have hit the shops and online retailers in the past 20 years, it’s a wonder that there’s any new, undiscovered material left. So here we have a compilation of Motown stock. What makes this so different from any of the others? Well, it helps that a genuine, knowledgeable enthusiast in the shape of Jo Wallace put this collection together, and a fine job she has done. There are some obvious choices like ‘Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart’ or ‘Nothing’s Too Good For My Baby’, but really they are few and far between. There are some absolute corkers here, not least of which are, Mavin and Tammi’s ‘That’s How It Is’, Odyssey with the un-Motown-like ‘Battened Ships’ and Jr. Walker’s ‘Tune Up’. 40 Northern Soul Classics? I’d say so!

 

French Boutik – Les Chats De Gouttiere EP

When you think of French music, and specifically French mod music, Jacques Dutronc is the first name to spring to mind. In more general terms, Piaf, Hardy, Greco, Gainsbourg, and Distel will be familiar to Sixties pop enthusiasts. So with that heritage, French Boutik unleash this four-track EP that acknowledges the past without being overly pastiche. It is all original material and it is very good. The French do have a unique musical style. There are songs that you know could only have come from France and so it is with this disc. ‘La Vedette’ is a slice of dreamy beat with male lead vocals, while ‘Le Clope’ hands over to the ladies and sees a faster pace with a hint of Bardot-esque charm about it. ‘Les Chats De Gouttiere’ is the type of quality beat that Blondie would have covered in their hey-day. ‘New Bossa’ is the only song in English and swings along nicely as a change of pace to the other tracks. This EP is a refreshing blast from across the English Channel. They also look cool. If you caught them on their recent visit to London, you’ll know what a good band they are.

For more info:
facebook.com/frenchboutik
myspace.com/frenchboutik
frenchboutik@gmail.com
also available from I-tunes

 

July – Temporal Anomoly CD

Psych is a genre that has just passed me by. It’s just not my bag. However, being a professional, I’ve done the research. I do know that July recorded their one and only LP in 1968 which has become a sought-after psych classic and they released two singles: ‘My Clown’ b/w ‘Dandelion Seeds’ on Major Minor and ‘Hello, Who’s There?’ with ‘The Way’ on Ariola I have listened to tracks from the 1968 period and I can see the attraction for psych fans. With context firmly in place, Temporal Anomaly is no reflection on the 1968 self-titled album. To my untrained ear (in all things psych) this sounds like a rock album. I can’t say if there’s anything that would appeal to psych fans because it would be unfair to make comparisons with July’s output of 44 years ago. To me it’s more Mike Oldfield than 13th Floor Elevators or Strawberry Alarm Clock. That said, the opening track ‘I Like It’ along with ‘Dreams’ and ‘All The Hours’ were high points. It may not be to my taste, but these guys have done something creative, I salute them. There will be people out there who are better qualified to judge than I.

For more info email: july@neddysongs.com and at www.neddysongs.com

 

Nolan Porter with Stone Foundation – Live at 100 Club CD

If you haven’t heard of Stone Foundation yet, believe me you soon will have. This seven-piece outfit from the Midlands are steeped in soul and are even better than Dexy’s… for my money. They impressed so much last year they supported The Specials on their UK tour. Joining them on stage for this official bootleg is Northern Soul legend Nolan Porter and the set understandably includes a handful of Nolan’s best known work. ‘Fe-Fi-Fo-Fum’, ‘Keep On Keepin’ On’, and ‘If I Could Only Be Sure’ will be more than familiar to Northern fans and they stand the test of time given the Stone Foundation treatment. Stone Foundation are no slouches themselves with ‘To Find the Spirit’ and the utterly infectious ‘Tracing Paper’. Throw in a couple of rip-roaring covers of Darrell Bank’s ‘Somebody Somewhere’ and Brenton Wood’s ‘Gimme Little Sign’ and it’s clear to see why the audience were making so much noise. I hear a new studio LP is in the making by Stone Foundation and that should be hitting the streets in the coming months.

www.stonefoundation.co.uk, on facebook and I-tunes where you will also find their back catalogue including the last studio LP Three Shades Of…

 

Phoenix City All-Stars – Two Tone Gone Ska CD

This is one of those “does exactly what it says on the tin” LPs. Seven of the eight tracks are familiar Two-Tone label monsters given the slightly more laid-back feel of ska. ‘One Step Beyond’ and ‘Stereotype’ get things underway and are a taste of things to come. Throughout, it’s clear that the Allstars are quality musicians giving each song it’s due respect. However, the whole set really comes to the fore with the inclusion of vocals from reggae legend Dave Barker (he of Dave and Ansell Collins fame). My personal fav is their version of ‘I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down’. Barker is in fine form and clearly enjoying every moment.

 

Sidewalk Society – Venus, Saturn And The Crescent Moon CD

So, who are Sidewalk Society? Hailing from Long Beech, California, they are a three piece whose influences range from the Kinks, Small Faces and the Move to T Rex. By far their greatest inspiration is The Who’s ‘Sell Out’. Comprising Dan Lawrence on guitar and vocals, Jerry Buszek on drums and Dan West on bass and vocals, by all accounts they have been keeping very busy gigging regularly up and down the interstate highway between San Francisco and LA. This LP is their second and what an interesting work it is. Having listed some of their influences, it is easy to identify them throughout this album, but Sidewalk Society uses those influences very well. It is very well put together and well produced. I did have a couple of questions for the band, but, at time of writing, I have not heard back. The main question was if this was a concept album? It certainly has the feel of one. Made up of 12 tracks, with an interlude and chorale finale, this is definitely a two-parter. Side one (or tracks one to six on the CD) are of a distinctly sixties flavour. The use of orchestration and choice of instruments helps to enhance the feel of that decade. Over on side two (tracks eight to 13) the mood shifts into the seventies where the Bolan influence manifests itself on the title track. Occasionally I found myself thinking Dave Grohl had crept into the consciousness, but that’s not a bad thing. This is a contemporary album by a band using their influences to create new material. The fact that I have listened to this more than once because I liked it says a lot. If this is the standard of mod/power pop stateside, then it’s pretty high and in very good shape. www.sidewalksocietymusic.com


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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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November 15, 2012 By : Category : Bands Front Page Music Reviews Tags:, , , , , , ,
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