Thursday, 16 August 2018
I always look forward to Alvin’s songs on Urban Dogs and UK Subs albums, and wonder when he'll release a solo album, well the time is almost now, as he's just putting the finishing touches to Your Disobedient Servant, but as a taster for it he's releasing a single, and pretty yummy it is to! Ghost Train and Clumsy Fingers are a couple of ballsy hard hitting righteous and riotous rockers; Thumping drums, pounding bass, flesh cutting guitars and a great vocal performance of pure power and passion, with some intelligent lyrics, a real foot tapping, fist thumping, brain thinking slab of pumpkin coloured 7”vinyl. Alvin's not alone on this venture, his 'backing band' The Disobedient Servants is made up of guest musicians Brian James (Lords of The New Church/The Damned) Leigh Heggarty (The Ruts) Steve Critall (The Godfathers) and Jamie Oliver (UK Subs) great performances from all of 'em. The Single, with a cover designed by Gaye Black (The Adverts) is out on Halloween (31st Oct) but be quick it's limited to 300 copies only. Available to pre-order now from the magnificent Time and Matter Records. You'll be in for a treat!
Monday, 13 August 2018
Quirky, strange and charming, and totally out there; The genre defying FS1E, a trio of hardened musicians from North Herts. have crafted and created a unique sound of their own, a blend of Reggae, Post Punk, Indie and, Prog Rock Words and Deeds, their not so difficult second album is a very British album, the sound and sentiments couldn't come from anywhere else. Twelve bitter sweet symphonies telling tales of everyday people and their lives, loves, losses and fears; the good, bad and the ugly. It's an emotional road trip of a listen that takes a journey over the bumps and potholes of life at a time of social and political upheaval in our not so great, green and pleasant lands. Sublime, slow burning and absorbing soulful stuff. Tempos change as tunes chug, chop, swing and sway long. Guitars scratch, strum and jangle, Vocal harmonies mix with Dark rhythms, Dub grooves and jaunty up tempo folk like jigs. These are catchy epic songs of jazzy prog psychedelic proportions, both laid back, lively and at times uneasy easy listening. Available now to stream on Spotify.