The Chemistry Set – Lovely Cuppa Tea

Saturday, 16 September 2017, 20:15 | Category : Articles, Interview
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The Chemistry Set are one of the best British psychedelic bands of the modern era. Taking the 60s sound as a starting point, this duo’s range of influences ensures that their feet are firmly planted in the now.  As they release another superb vinyl offering, Jason Barnard talks to the band – Dave McLean and […]

The Dials Interview – That Was The Future

Sunday, 3 September 2017, 12:30 | Category : Articles
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By Jason Barnard There’s much to delight fans of anglophile psych and early prog in The Dials new album ‘That was the Future’. Strong hooks, Hammond and Vox organs, modular synths and swirling guitar abound, however their inventiveness clearly show they are not retro revivalists.  The Dials – photo by Pat Pope If you’re not familiar with […]

Toby Twirl

Saturday, 19 August 2017, 8:11 | Category : Articles, Beat, Unreleased
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It seems incredible that it’s taken 50 years for pop-psych band Toby Twirl to release their first long player. Originally formed in 1968 in Newcastle, they recorded three now highly revered singles for Decca in the late 1960s. Jason Barnard speaks to John Reed, with contributions from band mates Barry Sewell, Nick Thorburn and Dave […]

Barry Ryan Interview

Sunday, 11 June 2017, 12:28 | Category : Articles, Leeds
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Barry Ryan alongside his songwriting brother Paul produced some of the lushest most inventive music of the 1960s and 70s, including European chart topper ‘Eloise’.  In a rare interview transcribed from his extensive podcast interview with Jason Barnard, Barry talks about the tracks that shaped his career: thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/barry-ryan-interview

The Krew – Part 2

Monday, 6 March 2017, 20:04 | Category : Articles
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By Nick Warburton In late August 1967, The Krew split with French singer Sylvie Vartan and landed a two-week residency at the Byblos Hotel in St. Tropez, which ran from 1-15 September. The Krew, Geneva, late 1967. Back row, left to right: Eddie Sparrow, Howie Casey, a South African organ player standing in, Archie Legget. Middle […]

DJ Ashba – Sixx:A.M. – The Magic Behind The Songs

Sunday, 11 December 2016, 12:27 | Category : Articles, Interview
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DJ Ashba, lead guitarist in Sixx:A.M. talks to Jason Barnard about the magic behind Sixx:A.M.’s songs. Read an extensive interview with DJ covering new album Prayers for the Blessed: DJ Ashba of Sixx:A.M. – The Magic Behind The Songs.