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‘Alterations EP’ – The Burnt Tapes May 28, 2017


Do you like your punk intelligent? Do you like your punk powerful? Do you like you punk with a little pop? Are you a fan of Blink 182, Sum 41, Green Day? Well if you have answered yes to any of those questions then I reckon you will love ‘Alterations’ the new EP from the Burnt Tapes. This London based, largely Greek band play punk that has the power to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. I really want to see them live now.

The Greek contingent left Athens to avoid their mandatory military call-up and frankly I don’t blame them. Title track ‘Alterations’ kicks the EP off and drags you in so hard you really won’t want to leave until all the tracks are done. The lyrical refrain “what the fuck can you change” is now firmly embedded in my brain. The five tracks on this review link are; “Alterations”, “Oh, Marie”, “Wayne Regretzky”, “Ghosts” and “Things Get Weird”. But looking online I believe there may be a further track entitled “The End Of Airlie Gardens”. My favourite tracks after playing the EP twice are Oh, Marie” and the magnificent opulent punk of “Things Get Weird”.

This is the third release from the Burnt Tapes and is due to be unleashed on the world on 2nd June on Lockjaw Records. The band consists of Phil Georgoulopoulos (Lead Vox and Guitar), Tone Apostolopoulos (Vox and Bass), Panos Tessaromatis (Guitar and Vox) and Jordan Hall(Drums). They should rightly be proud of this EP it oozes class and deserves to be heard. So don’t let them down go and take a listen. You will not be disappointed. They have four UK dates coming up which sadly I can’t get to, but if you’re nearby just be there or be square!

31st May – The Peacock, Peterborough
1st June – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
2nd June – Sanctuary, Basingstoke
3rd June – Urban Bar, London

 

“Riding The Space Potato” – Morpher May 27, 2017


Have you ever wanted to ride the Space Potato? You have? Well Morpher give you that opportunity with a fine slab of funky jazz entitled “Riding The Space Potato”. If you like your jazz funky, I do, then you will love this. For me there is also an undercurrent of Bowie‘s experimentation with Brian Eno on the second side of 1977’s ‘Low’ album. The sax soaked sound also seems to draw from PigBag and maybe even a little Madness. This track would not be out of place as an interlude on a Parliament/ Funkadelic album. Click here to check it out on BandCamp, take a listen even if you don’t think you like jazz, because this is a classy tune. There is a brief clip of the band playing it live below. I’m off to fire up the Space Potato to warp drive now……. bye!

 

 

“I’m So Wet” – Avalanche Party


Regular readers will have seen me write often about Avalanche Party. Well here’s a bit more while this talented band are strutting their stuff and pumping out their rocking tunes all across Europe at the moment. Very successfully too by all accounts! One song that they will be playing at a gig near you soon will be “I’m So Wet”. It is a mighty powerful slab of soft to loud noise with a total psych crescendo as it heads to it’s end. It has melody, it has great lyrics it has a band that know their stuff and it will grab you by the short and curlies until it is over. Jordan’s vocal is immaculate and Kane’s drumming evokes the spirit of John Bonham.

You will be physically and mentally drained by the time the song has finished, but in a really good way. Personally I reckon that it is their greatest song to date and it deserves your attention. Download it, stream it on Spotify (other streaming services are available), click here to check it out on Soundcloud, but whatever you do listen to it. I will be very, very disappointed if you don’t

 

Imelda May – Barbican, York – Tuesday 16th May 2017 May 22, 2017

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The last time I saw Imelda May play live was at the height of her ‘Rockabilly Queen’ years at this very venue, York‘s Barbican back in November 2011. She was a powerful presence and explosive performer back then and frankly she still is, only now she has extra added diva power and so much soul. Her new album ‘Life Love Flesh Blood’ showcases just how great a vocalist she truly is. The fifties style dresses and skirts of Imelda’s past are replaced by a more sophisticated black number and that trademark pulled back, white streaked hair is now a gorgeous black straight style with bangs.

She recently reached a significant age that I passed many, many years ago and on top of that she is coming out of the break up of an eighteen year relationship. Has this played a part in how she pours her heart and soul into her new songs? Very likely I think. She opens the set with a delicate and sparsely backed “Call Me”. That and every track from her new album got an airing tonight which proves that she is not one to rest on her laurels. She obviously didn’t disappoint the longer term fans and delved into her back catalogue for rousing versions of “Mayhem” and “Johnny Got A Boom Boom” towards the end of the show.

As for the new songs it would be really difficult to find a dud, so I won’t even try. “Levitate” was stunning in this live environment and “Black Tears” I am sure brought tears to many an eye in the Barbican. Other highlights from the new record were, for me “Love And Fear”, “The Longing”, “Should’ve Been Me” and “How Bad Can A Good Girl Be”. I love “Human” and it is one of my favourite tracks from the album, but live it transcends its recorded version by a mile, a stupendous song.

The encore featured a fragile and beautiful acoustic version of “Girl I Used To Be” followed by a magnificent cover of the Shangri-Las “Remember (Walking In The Sand)”. Just when we thought the night had ended on a high the band powered into another new song, “Game Changer” and pretty much everyone was up and bopping to that. I hope that I don’t have to wait more than five years for my next Imelda May gig, because this lady gets better and better.

Just a brief word about the talented support act Irish singer songwriter Jack Lukeman. It didn’t take him long to have pretty much the whole audience participating in some great singalongs, a very brave move for a support act, but one that paid off incredibly well. His cover of Jacques Brel’s “Amsterdam” is one of the best that I have ever heard of that classic song. And finally a brief shout out to the sound in the Barbican, sometimes I have felt let down by the sound quality at this venue, but tonight I would give it an eleven out of ten.

Public Service Announcement – all the pictures were found via Google searches and the videos are all on YouTube. I took no pictures or video myself, because why would I miss such a stunning gig by hiding behind my phone?
 

“I was defeated you won the war” May 14, 2017


OK I would love to say that I was really disappointed to miss the Eurovision Song Contest, but I would be lying. I was at a thoroughly enjoyable Murder Mystery Night at a friends house in aid of MacMillan Cancer Care. I can confirm that I was not the murderer. Anyway I hear that this years UK entrant Lucie Jones, a former X Factor contestant, did very well. Fifteenth place with 111 votes for a UK entry is truly exceptional. In fact it is the best points haul since Blue in 2011. Well done Lucie. Incidentally Portugal won the contest with a somewhat dirgy ballad called “Amar Pelos Dois” by Salvador Sadal.

Given that us Brits treat the whole Eurovision thing with a healthy dose of irony and sarcasm I thought that it was worth pointing out that we, well our nation’s voting panels, are not very smart. Back in 1974 when Abba won the contest in Brighton with perhaps one of Eurovision’s finest winners, “Waterloo” the UK jury at the time gave them nul points. Yes although we took the Swedish pop maestros to our hearts afterwards, we never voted for them at the time. So maybe we are not as smart as we think we are! What do you think?

 

“I could see no maze to unwind” May 4, 2017

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Procol Harum were allegedly named after their drug dealer’s Burmese cat. So where did the cat get it’s name from then? Well I understand that Procol is the breeder’s prefix. If you know more than that or different then feel free to comment!

 

 
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