Friday, 22 September 2017

THE BUNS - Dangerous

The Buns began life playing 'garage secretarial rock' in the basement clubs of home-town Paris, armoured from the norm by pencil skirts, rouge paint and with hair tightly knotted in bouffant buns; they attracted a lot of attention, especially with fans of vintage styles and sounds.
      The duo quickly progressed from sweat heavy dives to guest appearances in French stadiums, and a coveted slot on the seminal garage rock compilation on Well Suspect Records, DIRTY MOD; the track in question was Thrill Me Up, a lyric from which inspired the title of The Buns' U.K debut album, a frantic roller coaster ride of glam punk, and earthy garage rock, DANGEROUS.

The LP includes the best of the groups earlier 'Mad Men' glamour period, plus the current rock-chic snarl captured to tape by Liam Watson at Toe Rag studio.

The Buns are touring Europe throughout the autumn of 2017; but with only one London date, the LP launch show at  The Stags Head [55 Orsman Rd, N1 5RA], with support from Dave's Doors of Perception and The Gallerys; details here.

Dangerous is available now on pre-order from Well Suspect Records, and hits the shops Oct 13th.

Track listing:

Side 1.
Thrill Me Up.
Bye Bye Chéri.
Stockholm. (Video below).
Better Than Nothing.
Over Me.
Spoilt Brat.
Side 2.
One More Shot.
My Love.
Hey Stranger.
Learn How To Lie.

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.

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.