Soft Hearted Scientists – Uncanny Tales From The Everyday Undergrowth

Monday, 25 January 2016, 20:29 | Category : Reviews
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Review by Jason Barnard

A band as marvellous as The Soft Hearted Scientists should be indie superstars. Their low-fi lysergic acoustic approach came first to fruition with their superb début ‘Uncanny Tales From The Everyday Undergrowth’, now re-released after its 10 year anniversary.

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That album, a collection of EPs, gained universal praise on its release. Receiving a glowing NME review they were acclaimed with the maxim of ‘a new legal high is unleashed’.

Now re-released in a deluxe form with a bonus CD of demos, we can hear their kitchen sink psychedelia on a journey from Billy Ray Cyrus in Hell (Diving Bell) to the supernatural Wendigo.

‘Uncanny Tales’ set their template of their unique take on psych, a combination modern life, humour plus a cast of surreal characters and situations. ‘The Yongy Bongy Bo’ for example, reflects their wonderful madness, its melodic strengths and lyrical wit being typical traits of the Welshmen.

This new package is the perfect time to enter the world of Nathan Hall, Dylan Line and co. Just listen to the stunning ‘Isabella (Keep Riding The Road To The Sea)’ and you’ll know what I mean.

Go dive into the Soft Hearted Scientists:
softheartedscientists.com

The Electric Stars – The Only Lover Left Alive / Loaded With Regrets

Monday, 25 January 2016, 19:39 | Category : Reviews
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Review by Jason Barnard

The Electric Stars have been successfully ploughing a soul/psych rock vein since their superb debut album ‘Sonic Candy Soul’ a few years ago. Fresh from their hit single ‘Belfast Boy’ the Manchester lads are back with an limited two track CD single.

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‘The Only Lover Left Alive’ is a storming indie Stones/Faces rocker with a Teardrop Explodes ‘Reward’ wash. Best of all is the flip, the mournful ‘Loaded With Regrets’. Echoing the Glimmer Twins’ ‘Angie’, it does at the same time sound completely authentic.  This bodes extremely well for their next LP. Looking forward to it!

Out now on Detour Records

See also theelectricstars.com

The Tridents

Sunday, 17 January 2016, 18:23 | Category : Articles, Blues
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Chiswick band The Tridents were formed in 1961 and are best known for containing Jeff Beck in their ranks from late August 1964-early March 1965.

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The original formation was put together as an instrumental outfit, and played regularly at the Cavendish School Youth Club in Chiswick alongside The Detours with Roger Daltry on lead guitar and vocals.

Read Nick Warburton’s full history of the group with new interviews with the band:

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/the-tridents

David Bowie – A Podcast Tribute

Recorded before his passing, The Strange Brew pays tribute to David Bowie, one of the most influential and legendary artists of all time. RIP David x

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  1. David Bowie – Let Me Sleep Beside You (Bowie at the Beeb, EMI, 2000 rec 1969)
  2. Junior’s Eyes – Circus Days (Single B-side to Woman Love, Regal Zonophone, 1969)
  3. The Riot Squad – I Take It That We’re Through (Single A-side, Pye, 1966)
  4. The Slender Plenty –Silver Tree Top School For Boys (Single A-side, Polydor, 1967)
  5. Billy Fury – Silly Boy Blue (Single A-side, Parlophone, 1968)
  6. Peter Noone – Right On Mother (Single B-side to Walnut Whirl, RCA, 1971)
  7. Arnold Corns – Moonage Daydream (Single A-side, B&C, 1971)
  8. Dana Gillespie – Andy Warhol (Weren’t Born A Man, RCA, 1973)
  9. David Bowie – All The Young Dudes (RarestOneBowie, Golden Years, 1995 rec 1973)
  10. David Bowie – Footstompin’ (RarestOneBowie, Golden Years, 1995 rec 1974)
  11. Mick Ronson – White Light/White Heat (Play Don’t Worry, RCA, 1975)
  12. The Spiders From Mars – Prisoner (Spiders From Mars, Pye, 1976)
  13. Cuddly Toys – Madman (Single A-side, Parole, 1980)
  14. Tin Machine – You Belong in Rock n’ Roll (Single A-side, London, 1991)
  15. Guy Chadwick – Fall In Love With Me (Lazy, Soft & Slow, Setanta, 1998)
  16. Earl Slick – Isn’t It Evening (The Revolutionary) (Zig Zag, When, 2002) 

Ian Gomm – Brinsley Schwarz

Friday, 8 January 2016, 21:15 | Category : Articles
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Singer-songwriter Ian Gomm made his name as one of the guitarists/vocalists for pub rock legends Brinsley Schwarz. Known for their great live shows and unwillingness to bend to the vagaries of the pop scene, one of the band’s superb live sets was released last year.Moves transit

Ian regales Jason Barnard about his career with pit stops on The Who, Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney along the way:

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/ian-gomm-brinsley-schwarz

Al Stewart Podcast Part 1

Wednesday, 30 December 2015, 19:27 | Category : Podcasts
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In the first part of a career spanning podcast Al Stewart talks to Jason Barnard to mark the re-release of three of his classic albums on Esoteric.

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  1. Al Stewart – Post World War Two Blues (Past, Present and Future, CBS, 1973)
  2. Al Stewart – Soho Needless To Say (Past, Present and Future, CBS, 1973)
  3. Simon and Garfunkel – Homeward Bound (Single A-side, 1965)
  4. Al Stewart – The Elf (Single A-side, Decca, 1966)
  5. Al Stewart – Turn To Earth (Single A-side, Decca, 1966)
  6. Marc Almond – Bedsitter Images (Stardom Road, Sanctuary, 2008)
  7. Al Stewart ‎– Manuscript (Zero She Flies, CBS, 1970)
  8. Al Stewart ‎– Small Fruit Song (Zero She Flies, CBS, 1970)
  9. Al Stewart – The News From Spain (Orange, CBS, 1972)
  10. Al Stewart ‎– Roads To Moscow (Past, Present & Future, CBS, 1973)
  11. Al Stewart – Carol (Modern Times, CBS, 1975)
  12. Al Stewart – Year Of The Cat (Year Of The Cat, RCA, 1976)
  13. Al Stewart – On The Border (Year Of The Cat, RCA, 1976)

The first show takes us from the 60s folk scene to mid 70s superstardom. Watch out for next month’s podcast that takes us from ‘Time Passages’ to the present day.