Generation Mod Compilation
The Well Suspect label release their second album on 6 May featuring tracks from current mod-influenced bands, some of whom have been championed in previous Nutsmag Reviews. As a snapshot of what is happening now, this is a pretty good compilation covering all the bases. From the soul and northern soul inspired Samuel S Parkes, Men Of The North Country and New Street Adventure, to the young turks like Dogtooth, Private Jones and the psychy garage of Dave’s Doors Of Perception, this is one of the better collections around at the moment. Private Jones’s ‘Tamla’ treatment of The Jam’s ‘I Got By In Time’ is a real joy along with more familiar tracks like ‘Mieux Comme Ca’ by French Boutik, The Get Go’s bluesy take on ‘Nutbush City Limits’ and The Moons’ ‘Everyday Heroes’. If nothing else, ‘Generation Mod’ highlights the diversity of mod/60s inspired music in 2016. Fair to say the future looks bright.
French Boutik – Essential Album
Unless you have lived in a cave for the last three years, or you have stayed off social media and the mod scene, you must be at least aware of Paris-based modernistias, French Boutik. They have played our Nutsmag Nights at Blues Kitchen a couple of times and are often here in the UK playing gigs, such is their popularity. They have just completed their debut album of original material which is due for release later this year, but as a taster, Detour Records have complied all of French Boutiks output thus far on this absolute ‘must’ for Boutik fans and newcomers alike. Comprising of all the tracks from their three EPs, plus a couple of charity singles, this 15 track compilation really is the ‘essential’ collection. With ‘modern classics’ like ‘Pousse Au Crime’, ‘Les Chats De Gouttiere’ and ‘Mieux Comme Ca’, it is easy to see why the Boutiks have such a devoted following in the UK. Throw in major favourites at their live shows, like ‘Facile’ and ‘End Of The Line’ and you have a worthy addition to any collection of current mod scene favourites. If you are curious to find out what all the fuss is about, this is definitely the album for you.
The Franklys – Comedown b/w Long Way
Nutsmag Reviews have been massive supporters of this band from day one. Yes, they are a no-nonsense rock band, but they kick ass and this new single is no exception. Since signing up to a management deal late last year, the Franklys have been touring a lot across the UK and Europe and they have finished their debut album which will be out later this year. All of which bodes well and the work they have put in so far is paying dividends. If this single is a preview of what is to come, then I’m willing to bet the album will hit big. The Rock-orientated radio stations should be all over this like a rash. There is a vacuum in the rock world right now and by rights the Franklys should fill it. ‘Comedown’ is familiar territory and solidifies the Franklys ‘sound’. It’s loud, catchy and bursting with energy. ‘Long Way’ is a slower, more controlled outing. It’s really well-produced and this exemplifies why I believe the Franklys have ‘come-of-age’. It’s superb. Hopefully, by the time the album is released, I will have either grown my hair… or bought a big wig… it looks far more impressive than a bald head nodding up and down!
Extended Plays – Twilight b/w Amazing Scenery
Formed in 2011, the Extended Plays have been building quite nicely on the mod/psych scene in their native Spain, culminating last year with an appearance at Euro YeYe. This single typifies the band’s sound. ‘Twilight’ is full of swirling Hammond, fuzzy guitar and dreamy vocals while ‘Amazing Scenery’ is a more uptempo and danceable (for you Beat Basement fans). While their recorded work has not been prolific by any definition, let’s hope this is the start of more to come. There is definitely much untapped potential in this band, based on the evidence of this promising single.
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