I thought I’d start posting published and unpublished reviews I’ve written for various publications here. I’ll do six at a time for ease of sharing but not so many that it’s a scrolling nightmare. Please feel free to share and comment. Anyone who wishes to send me their stuff to review please email me firstname.lastname@example.org
THE BAD DETECTIVES
‘Are In Mild Peril’
The Bad Detectives are one of Western Star’s long-standing dishes though always fresh. They are hard to pigeon hole but are definitely not psychobilly though would never aspire to be. What they do have is a lot that readers of this review section will love. Infectious music, a bouncing mix of rocking styles and incredible lyrics, often laugh out loud funny. There are eight tracks here in the on-going 10” coloured vinyl format series. These guys are just a whole host of talent and most of all fun, what’s not to like?
DENVIR JET AND THE SOHO PONCES
‘Deep Feeling/That’s Alright/Restless/Feelin’
This is a Prince label 7” EP credited to guitar kid extraordinaire Denvir Jet and the Soho Ponces. Denvir’s guitar skills are in lights but that’s Ponce’s Clive Franklin vocalist on the records. Franklin’s vocal style has a laid back almost jazz feel about it while the Ponces are virtuosos in versatility from piano blues to honking sax in their interpretation of these UK rock n roll songs. I’m told all recorded with Burns Cobra guitars and bass and Edson catalogue guitars and ’57 Ajax jazz drum kit, to nail the British r n r sound, which they certainly do, but with that Ponces edge.
DENVIR JET AND THE SOHO PONCES
‘Flash Of Inspiration/Cat Man’
A red vinyl single with Clive Frankin’s self-penned ‘Flash Of Inspiration’ the A-Side and Gene Vincent’s classic the B. Top of the platter kicks off with some classical piano to lull you into a false sense of security be kicking into the familiar jazz-blues infused rock n roll style of The Ponces but at top tempo with rasping sax and haywire piano, there’s a lot going on behind Fraklin’s inimitable vocal style. B-side is a cracking but faithful to the original Vincent cut featuring Gaz Day on bass.
‘London Belongs To Me/The Sediment Of Love
10 members including a guest trumpeter make up The Ponces and the music they make really does conjure up images of a foggy 1950’s night illuminated by flickering neon of Soho. The top side is never going to be dancefloor filler, it was never supposed to be, it’s a protest at the loss of London’s character and a political rallying call, not everyone’s idea of a good time listen but wonderfully crafted. B-side is a lyrically self-confessed ‘dark lament’ with some super-jazzy piano tinkling in keeping with the overall feel of the single.
LITTLE LESLEY AND THE BLOODSHOTS
More vinyl, this time from Little Lesley with a red vinyl four-track EP. Lesly sings and plays the double bass, with just guitar and drum back-up. It’s sparse and feel-good rock n roll with the guitar parts catchy and super clean. ‘Doing Fine’ picks up half-way through and really takes off which took me by surprise and kicks off a terrific EP of self-penned songs. Little Lesley and band came all the way from New York to record at Western Star and will no doubt be chuffed with what they achieved there.
‘Rabbit The Robot – Robot The Rocket’
Well this is one hell of an album. Russia’s The Magnetix really have nailed early Batmobile style of psychobilly. Yes I know that is really lazy reviewing but they have ‘that’ sound. ‘That’ sound is heavy on double-bass helium vocals, a beat that never lets up and orbital guitar notes. It’s surely the sound of St Vitus Dance inadvertently created when the Devil was more interested in tormenting the peasants than music. I defy anyone, not to be stomping within minutes of the first track of 14. 11 of which are self-penned too.
‘Beyond The Edge Of Reason
The second album from the Belfast band formerly known as Going Full Retard. ‘Our Brothers Bring Us Down’ features an interesting bass line and an earworm of a guitar riff. There are a few choice overs thrown in including a Ska-tinged ‘Rat Race’ and a great version of Dr Feelgood’s ‘Milk and Alcohol’. Best track not listed on the cover is a semi-narrated lyric covers the topic of historical child sex abuse and winds itself up into a whirlwind of fury then back to just a heartbeat sound, compelling, angry and awesome.
THE FANCY DOLLS
‘I Feel Bored’
(The Fancy Dolls)
I know nothing about this trio, this four-tracker was slipped in with a purchase from Raucous so I thought I’d give it a spin. I’m glad I did, the music has a 60’s going on new wave feel about it with an electric bass and melodic overall sound with some echo-drenching going on. The epic a shade over six minutes ‘Factory Of Death’ with some bone-crunching bass to kick is punkier, final track ‘Mary Perkins’ is a spooky 80’s sounding tune. An eclectic mix and very much a wild card but apparently they have an LP out, which I’d like to hear.
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