The Hummingbirds

Thursday, 18 February 2016, 21:00 | Category : News, Reviews
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Review by Jason Barnard

Following in the rich vein of the Liverpool forefathers, The Hummingbirds are gently kicking up a storm with their Mersey enthused Americana. With new single ‘Knocking On My Door’ being pushed by Q Magazine everything bodes well for the forthcoming album ‘Pieces of You’.

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Bristling with pop hooks, ‘Knocking On My Door’ rattles around your head as the harmonies wash through your soul.

Already drawing packed crowds in their home town The Hummingbirds are definitely a band to watch for:

wearethehummingbirds.com

The Loose Ends

Monday, 8 February 2016, 19:33 | Category : Articles
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By Nick Warburton

Formed in Bexley Heath, Kent in late 1963, The Loose Ends were fronted by Lahore-born singer Alan Marshall and his bass playing cousin Rick Marshall. The group released the superb freakbeat version of George Harrison’s “Taxman” plus rare cover of Moody Blues’ track “Send The People Away”.

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The Loose Ends, 1966, left to right: Roy Davies, Rick Marshall, Alan Marshall, Peter Kirtley and Alan Whitehead (photo from Alan Whitehead)

Band members included members of The Attack, The Carl Douglas Set, Brainticket, The In Crowd (pre-Tomorrow) and Uriah Heep.

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/the-loose-ends

Jeff Beck Exclusive – Tiger In Your Tank recorded with The Tridents

Sunday, 31 January 2016, 12:50 | Category : Blues, Interview, News
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Nick Warburton’s full history of the Jeff Beck’s pre-Yardbirds group The Tridents has been updated to exclusively include the track ‘Tiger in your Tank’.

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It was performed and recorded by the BBC at Eel Pie Island in 1964. The Tridents line up at the time was Jeff Beck lead guitar, Paul Lucas vocals and bass guitar, John Lucas on rhythm guitar and Ray Cook on drums. It is the first time that we have released any of this material.

To listen go to:

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

Al Stewart Podcast Part 2

Monday, 25 January 2016, 20:39 | Category : Podcasts
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In the second 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 – Lord Grenville (Year Of The Cat, RCA, 1976)
  2. Al Stewart – Life In Dark Water (Time Passages, RCA, 1978)
  3. Taxi Mauve – Merlin’s Time (Far Off Fields, Keltia Musique, 1992)
  4. Al Stewart – Nostradamus/World Goes To Riyadh (Live/Indian Summer, RCA, 1981)
  5. Al Stewart – Last Days of the Century / Constantinople / Last Days (Uncorked, Wallaby Trails, 2009)
  6. Al Stewart – Leave It (Rhymes In Rooms, EMI, 1992)
  7. Al Stewart – Trains (Famous Last Words, EMI, 1993)
  8. Al Stewart – Charlotte Corday (Famous Last Words, EMI, 1993)
  9. Al Stewart – Katherine of Oregon (A Beach Full of Shells, EMI, 1995)
  10. Patchy – Loneliest Place On The Map (Unreleased, Soundcloud, 2012)
  11. Dave Nachmanoff featuring Al Stewart ‎– Sheila Won’t Be Coming Home (Step Up, Troubador, 2011)
  12. Al Stewart with Dave Nachmanoff – Coldest Winter (Uncorked, Wallaby Trails, 2009)
  13. Al Stewart – The Dark and Rolling Sea (Modern Times, CBS, 1975)

This final show takes us from mid 70s superstardom to the present day. Fantastic music from and written by Al is played throughout. If you missed it do check out the first part of the Al Stewart Podcast. For more information do also visit alstewart.com

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