The Shook-Ups! – Bad Reception

Thursday, 28 February 2013, 20:47 | Category : Reviews
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By Mark Waters The Shook-Ups! certainly shook me up…and the garage was rocking! Let alone the house! Can the Shook-Ups! do for Garage what the Wigan Casino did for Northern Soul? Undoubtedly YES! Hailing from Wigan they provide the North Western grit needed for an organ led monster of an L.P. I think of Paul […]

Jacco Gardner – Cabinet of Curiosities

Sunday, 17 February 2013, 20:09 | Category : Reviews
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Review by Jason Barnard Dutch native Jacco Gardner has clearly soaked up every Left Banke, Zombies and Nirvana (UK) trick in his wondrous album “Cabinet Of Curiosities” out now on Trouble in Mind Records. In a psychedelic harmony landscape his new album acts as an amazing showcase to an incredible songwriting, musicianship and production talents. Opener “Clear […]

Mordecai Smyth – Sticky Tape & Rust

Friday, 15 February 2013, 19:15 | Category : News, Reviews
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On Mega Dodo Review by Jason Barnard Mordecai Smyth cite an impeccable list of 60s influences that the Strange Brew would approve of. From The Kinks (of course), Syd Barrett, to July and The Eyes. Their authentic jaunty sound of English rock from 66-67 has gained praise from legendary producer Mark Wirtz and Strawbs/Fire singer […]

Maston – Shadows

Tuesday, 12 February 2013, 20:57 | Category : News, Reviews
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Out on Trouble In Mind Records Review By Jason Barnard Hailing from California, Maston have brewed up a stunning new album blending Brian Wilson sounds with dark undertones. It really does stand proudly alongside the finest work of Sagittarius with haunting vocals, fairground organ, woodwind and brass scoring a set of tremendous songs. There isn’t a […]

Jo Jo Gunne updated

Sunday, 10 February 2013, 11:32 | Category : Articles
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By Nick Warburton Readers will be familiar with the American early 1970s rock band Jo Jo Gunne, helmed by former Spirit members Jay Ferguson and Mark Andes. However, the first band to use the name Jo Jo Gunne was in fact a little known British R&B outfit, formed at Debrome school in Feltham, Middlesex in […]

Paul Roland – Bates Motel

Monday, 4 February 2013, 20:34 | Category : Reviews
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Paul Roland, one of England’s great cult songwriters, has released one of his most intriguing albums with “Bates Motel”. Strange Brew editor Jason Barnard highlights the interesting tale behind the record’s release and gives the long player a spin. Last year Paul explained on his Strange Brew session that he was placing the finishing touches […]