Thursday, 17 August 2017

Millions - 'Lucky'

Since relocating to London, the Australian garage-rock four-piece, Millions, have supported Squeeze at The Albert Hall, The Dune Rats at the uber trendy London Moth Club and Camden Dingwalls, plus headlining their own record launch show at Nambucca, with support from respected indie tune-smiths Mono Club and Half Loon; plus festival sets at Glastonbury, the Joy and Hope festival.

The band made their U.K debut on Well Suspect Records with four tracks on a vinyl seven inch E.P; released in June 2017 called 'Let It Go'. The follow up is another four track psychedelic rock offering, featuring the live favourite, Those Girls, re-recorded with extra growl, with a 'Spotify single', 'Lock And Key' going live shortly before the release proper on August 25th (see video below).

The E.P cover features an exclusive artwork by south London artist Gaurab Thakali, a piece
that resonates with Millions; the band's hometown is Brisbane, known as 'Bris-Vegas' … to those who feel 'Lucky'.




Tuesday, 8 August 2017

The Best Of Rare Mod

The seminal Acid Jazz Records Rare Mod series took its first desert booted steps in 2009 with a selection of 'holy grail' sixties recordings on an album entitled Rare Mod. such was its success that another five LPs followed, plus fourteen eps, four artist albums, two reunion concerts and two box-sets including this one, The Best Of Rare Mod box set. Involving a team of passionate individuals without whom sourcing the material would have been impossible, Damian Jones, Paul 'Smiler' Anderson, label boss Ed Piller and Richard Searle have compiled this triple CD collection of some of the highlight from across the entire series.

Some of the artists featured are more famous or more successful than others, some are sadly no longer with us, but all are equally inspirational; The Artwoods, The Fleur De Lys, Sharon Tandy, CarlDouglas and Geno Washington and Jimmy James are familiar names amongst the record collecting in-crowd;  The Aphex, The Koobas, Kenny Bernard and The Top Six are possibly less so.

From the dancefloor fillers like I'm Out by The Richard Kent Style, soul standards like Rock My Plimsol from the legendary Blockheads bassist Norman Watt-Roy's first band The Ossie Layne Show, through to the wigged out garage R&B of The Mountain Men's Too Many People Around, and the Velvet Underground cover, I'm Waiting For My Man, by David Bowie's first group The Riot Squad. But it's the rediscovered treasures throughout the series that may have remained lost that are perhaps the most interesting; Derek Griffiths (guitarist of The Artwoods), whilst rummaging through a cardboard box, uncovered a forgotten concept album by his jazz-rock outfit, Satisfaction; the flute-tastic House Of The Rising Sun features along with another fantastic track from another of Derek's later bands, Dog Soul, a version of the Eddy Floyd classic Big Bird.

Friday, 9 June 2017

MILLIONS, debut vinyl, 'Let It Go' E.P.

MILLIONS make their debut vinyl release today (also available digitally); the 'Let It Go' four track E.P, on shiny black seven inch vinyl in a cool picture sleeve. It is released by the re-launched garage rock label, Well Suspect Records.
 
As well as the smouldering 'Baby Boy', released digitally as a 'teaser' to the vinyl, video here, which ends side two; the record features an impressive range of styles. The lead track, (strangely track two on the disc), is a grandiose psychedelic rock epic, video below; track 'one' is a garage rock pop number with a trumpet hook called Last Summer. Side two starts with a slower melody heavy tune called Foolish Love.

All in all, this is an audacious and, on occasion, extravagant record.
Recommended.



Monday, 5 June 2017

The Fleur De Lys Singles Box Set

The Fleur De Lys were in the thick of the swinging sixties music scene. Held in high regard by their rock star contemporaries and adoring public alike, but frustratingly fame and fortune never called. Initially formed in 1964 as a beat band, surviving through the excesses of psychedelia, before evolving into a Stax tinged soul outfit, their output was constant and outstanding. Whilst finding time to record under pseudonyms (Rupert's People, Shyster and Chocolate Frog), become the backing band for the late soul sensation Sharon Tandy, and fulfil commitments as in-house session band for the UK Atlantic label, The Fleur De Lys released seven 45s over a five year period; these singles are considered holy grails amongst record devotees. As part of the seminal Rare Mod series from Acid Jazz Records, the seven 45s are presented as one deluxe collection for Record Store Day and elsewhere soon after, I Can See The Light: The Fleur De Lys Singles Box Set. Including for the first time Wait For Me the original b-side to their debut single Moonbeams, the song that was mysteriously replaced with a Jimmy Page instrumental. Also including The Fleur's version of The Who's maximum R&B hit Circles, freakbeat classics Mud In Your Eye, I Can See A Light, Liar and Gong With The Luminous Nose, plus the soul stomper Stop Crossing The Bridge. Presented in replicated Immediate / Polydor and Atlantic Records house bags with matching labels, the box contains a fully illustrated 32 page booklet with sleeve notes from critically acclaimed author Paul ‘Smiler’ Anderson and The Fleur De Lys drummer, Keith Guster. 

Singles:

1. MOONDREAMS / WAIT FOR ME. 
2. CIRCLES / SO COME ON.
3. MUD IN YOUR EYE / I'VE BEEN TRYING.
4. I CAN SEE A LIGHT / PRODIGAL SON.
5. GONG WITH THE LUMINOUS NOSE / HAMMERHEAD.
6. STOP CROSSING THE BRIDGE / BRICK BY BRICK.
7. YOUR JUST A LIAR / ONE GIRL CITY.

Monday, 22 May 2017

MILLIONS. 'Early debut E.P track release'.

MILLIONS shine out from the crowd, more melodic than the garage punks, more psychedelic than the Hoxton hipsters, more vital than the shoe gazing throng; Millions paid their gigging dues on the sweltering Australian circuit and have sprung onto the UK scene as fresh, tight and compelling newcomers.

       Formed in Brisbane, Australia, the four-piece are a unique garage pop rock outfit that specialize on strong song-writing as well as charismatic performances; two of the group are sons of South London's finest Glenn Tilbrook, singer/song writer of Squeeze.

      MILLIONS make their U.K debut on Well Suspect Records with a limited edition, seven inch vinyl, four track E.P. called 'Let It Go', scheduled for release on June 9th 2017. An early 'preview' track has been released a month early as a taster, presumably to booster a run of shows and festival appearances leading up to the vinyl release (details here). The track in question is as smouldering, electric piano driven, mini-masterpiece entitled BABY BOY, which features band drummer Louis Tilbrook on the keyboards, and Ted Tilbrook (normally group lead guitarist) behind the kit. The Vocals, which are reminiscent of early T-Rex period Bolan, are handled by Dom Haddad. On bass guitar is the band neat-nik, Campbell Roberts.

Available now digitally from Well Suspect Records, Baby Boy is an impressive and ambitious debut from a band obviously on route to the big league.