Trolley – Things That Shine And Glow

Saturday, 26 July 2014, 13:55 | Category : Reviews
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Review by Jason Barnard

Hailing from Milwaukee USA, Trolley have a long history however they have surely produced their masterpiece in the album ‘Things That Shine And Glow’. I can hear strains of classic powerpop tied with The Zombies, Kinks, Beatles put through the transatlantic filter. However whilst many more illustrious acts have incorporated influences into their music, they rarely do so in a way that is more than the sum of its parts.

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Trolley are the exception, they really know their way around a fantastic hook. In fact their sound also has a modern indie edge in places indicated by ‘Summer Long’, if only Jarvis Cocker could belt out a track like that now. ‘In The End’ is a little Matthew Sweetish too. But ultimately with tracks so strong as ‘Til I’m Gone’, ‘Vanity’s Song’ and ‘That Made Me Wanting You’ who cares. Comparisons are irrelevant especially with the title track, just listen and enjoy!

TROLLEY - "LOVE THE WAY YOU LOOK" from the album "THINGS THAT SHINE AND GLOW"
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A special mention goes to country-esque ballad closer ‘Love The Way You Look’, beautiful harmonies and a band at their peak. Deserves to be massive.

Out now extremely limited vinyl on Sugarbush Records:

http://www.sugarbushrecords.com/p/sugarbush-records-label.html

Roger Deering – SMASH Fashion

Saturday, 26 July 2014, 12:51 | Category : Interview
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Interview by Jason Barnard

SMASH Fashion are a crack unit of LA based musicians who produce big bold guitar music uniting fans from all quarters of the rock scene. Classic Rock declare them as “fizzy pop and psyche-tinged glam-punk [with an] injection of macho 70s arena-rock swagger… It’s sorta like if Peter Frampton hired Turbonegro as his back-up band to score some early ’70s episodes of Scooby Doo. And who wouldn’t want a piece of that?” Who indeed.

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 SMASH Fashion (Roger Deering far right)

With a new album ‘Big Cat Love’ making waves; ladies and gentlemen, please meet SMASH Fashion’s honest, humorous and inspiring frontman, Roger Deering:

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/roger-deering-smash-fashion

Nick Piunti Sounds Good

Sunday, 20 July 2014, 14:13 | Category : News
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The Strange Brew is proudly posting Mark Waters’ recent Sounds Good shows starting with Mark’s interview with Power Pop hero Nick Piunti.

NickPiuntiHear Sounds Good’s Mark Waters talking to Nick Piunti. Nick has featured in many best of 2013 album polls with his record ‘In My Head’.

‘In My Head’ has great songs, classic guitars and strong melodies with big hooks. Nick  featured on MOJO magazine’s cover mounted CD in November 2013 and his album is now also available on vinyl on Sugarbush Records.

Listen to Sound’s Good with Nick Piunti: http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/SoundsGoodNickPiunti.mp3

More info also available at: http://www.nickpiunti.com/home

Mark Alan Lofgren – The Past Perfect

Saturday, 12 July 2014, 15:56 | Category : Articles, Interview
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Mark Lofgren, co-founder of psych-rock stars The Luck of Eden Hall has helped produce a sensational string of releases for over 20 years. With co-founder Greg Curvey taking the lead for much of the band’s output Mark has finally stepped to the front with his first solo project, The Past Perfect.

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It has been gaining plaudits from across the globe so Jason Barnard speaks to Mark about his career and The Past Perfect:

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/mark-alan-lofgren-the-past-perfect

Carl Douglas – Stampeding the Mod Scene

Friday, 11 July 2014, 19:40 | Category : Articles
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Forty years ago this summer, Pye Records issued Carl Douglas’s disco anthem “Kung Fu Fighting” to an unsuspecting public. Shipped just as the chopsocky film craze was taking hold, the Jamaican singer’s best known recording initially struggled for airplay. However, by the tail end of 1974, the single had stormed to the top of the UK and US charts, eventually selling over 11 million copies worldwide. 

To mark the 40th anniversary of his global chart topper, Carl Douglas is preparing a new CD, for release this September, his first collection of new material since 2008’s Return of the Fighter, which includes a re-recording of “Kung Fu Fighting”. 

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The long awaited release follows hot on the heels of a superb new compilation LP from revered collectors’ label Acid Jazz, issued on 30 June. Pulling together much of Carl Douglas’s recorded work during the mid-late 1960s, including a number of previously unreleased tracks, the album finally throws a light on the singer’s little known, formative years. 

Nick Warburton concludes the story of Carl Douglas’s rise to fame:

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/carl-douglas-stampeding-the-mod-scene-part-3

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/carl-douglas-stampeding-the-mod-scene-part-4

Jack Ellister In Session

Psych wizard Jack Ellister joins host Jason Barnard in the studio to present the second Strange Brew Session with exclusive material and tracks that shaped his career.

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1. Jack Ellister – Awake (Strange Brew Exclusive, 2014)
2. Tomorrow – My White Bicycle (Single A-side, Parlophone, 1967)
3. The Hollies – Bus Stop (Single A-side, Parlophone, 1966)
4. Jimi Hendrix – 3rd Stone From The Sun (Are You Experienced, Track 1967)
5. Pink Floyd – Astronomy Domine (Piper At The Gates of Dawn, EMI Columbia, 1967)
6. Yordan Orchestra – Kapt’n Flug HansIG (Psych Introduxeon: Bringing Ingredients Together, Megatier Productions, 2009)
7. The Beatles – Flying (Magical Mystery Tour EP, Parlophone, 1967)
8. Jack Ellister – The Man With The Biochopper (Single A-side, Fruits de Mer, 2012)
9. Leonard Cohen – Winter Lady (Songs of Leonard Cohen, Columbia, 1967)
10. The Monkees – Porpoise Song (Theme from Head) (Single A-side, Colgems (US), 1968)
11. Jack Ellister – Gifting (by Prince Rama) (Strange Brew Exclusive, live at Fitzherberts, Brighton, 24 April 2014)
12. Can – Paperhouse (Tago Mago, United Artists, 1971)
13. David Bowie – Five Years (The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, RCA, 1972)
14. The Rolling Stones – Star Star (Goats Head Soup, Rolling Stones, 1973)
15. Frank Zappa – Catholic Girls (Joe’s Garage Act I, Zappa Records, 1979)
16. Jack Ellister – Hey Cowboy (unreleased – Strange Brew Exclusive, 2014)

With Jack’s Fruits De Mer releases catching the attention of Shindig!, NME, BBC6 Music’s Stuart Maconie and BBC Radio 2’s Mark Radcliffe be sure to listen in for vibrant and diverse music mix.