REVIEWS JULY 2017
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FEELING DANGEROUS & SOUNDING SAFE
ALEX LOPEZ "SLOWDOWN" (MAREMIL RECORDS)
RELEASED?
Out now.
SOUNDS LIKE? I don't doubt that Alex Lopez is
sincere, but I can hear that he's made a very
cliched and dull album. It's clunkier than
furniture removal by blind men. Of course, the
old chug, chug Berry riffery is deployed and
that will raise a twitch in a corpse, but
"Slowdown" is pretty much a concept album from
a bloke who used to take drugs, a bloke who got
clean enough to make an album about it, but we
all, including Alex Lopez, know that the album
he makes when off his tits will be better than
"Slowdown". It's the old McCartney equation; no
drugs gets you "Ebony & Ivory" and McCartney on
smack gets you "Helter Skelter".
IS IT ANY GOOD? No, it's not offensive in the Ed
Sheeran way, but like my collection of used tea
bags it is lightweight and pointless and means
nothing to me, oh Vienna.
WHERE IS IT? cdbaby.com/cd/alexlopez24
SON OF PLASTIQUE IS THE NEW GOEBBELS
ANTON BARBEAU "HEAVEN IS IN YOUR MIND" EP (FRUITS DE MER RECORDS)
RELEASED?
24th July.
SOUNDS LIKE? Despite covering Traffic, Bowie and Big Star, Anton Barbeau always sounds like Anton Barbeau. We love him, we believe him to be the clever, but completely bastard son of Plastique Bertrand, but we believe lots of odd things, so let's just spin this shit, okay? The title track is the Traffic cover and much improved by the hesitant drum stack and reverb-to-death live feel. To paraphrase Goebbels, mixing a little old with the new makes the new much stronger and that's what he does with a flute and some feedback. Bowie also gets some treatment with a winter






















sharp, guitar in a dustbin riot of a take of "Scary Monsters" and the Big Star cover, "September Gurls" is returned, unsafely, to the late sixties with a muddy mix and a cut n pasted solo from instruments so fucked over that you couldn't tell guitar from toy clarinet, well I can't and I'm pissed. Never mind, the Barbeau original, "Secretion Of The Water" is something that Dr Phibes would write for a German scat movie soundtrack, all synth-jazzed drawls, cymbal splashes and lost dialogue from some rogue robot flick, outstanding.
IS IT ANY GOOD? Anton Barbeau is a special artist. Massively underrated, but still hellishly good at peverting, subverting and creating pop-rock. Dip in and wig out, tune up, turn in and freak on, you know the drill...
WHERE IS IT? www.antonbarbeau.com
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Drugs are bad, m'kay?
RIGHT MAN IN THE HAMMERSMITH PALAIS
ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE "LEAGUE STYLE" (CLEOPATRA RECORDS)
RELEASED?
Out now.
SOUNDS LIKE? Pretty much like your favourite antiheroes, The Anti-Nowhere League. Come back, it's a little different these days. With age, maturity and maybe wisdom, The Anti-Nowhere League have become the very thing that The Clash declared themselves to be. White people who can tackle the work of black songwriters with respect rather than pretensions. This means that "League Style!" is indeed in the punkoid style, but the material can take it, especially when ANL look up 'subtle' and show every sign of understanding it by setting fire to it.











We went straight to "Love Of The Common People" to hear which way the wind would blow and it blows hard, with chopped up, fuzzed up chording, taken on the run, everything tuned to loose and fat and no attempt to do anything other than pay respect to the song and play to their own strengths, cool.  Some these tracks you will know, some of them you'll recognise, some of them you'll like and all of them you will respect.
IS IT ANY GOOD? Yes, very surprised, but hell yeah. Top tracks, top job, salute.
WHERE IS IT? wwwCleopatraRecords.com
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WHY YOU WILL NEVER GO TO HELL
JAKE TAVILL "TWISTED IDEOLOGY" (SOUNDCLOUD)
RELEASED?
Out now.
SOUNDS LIKE? I remember when Sade was touting herself as 'soulful' and millions of people have bought Simply Red albums, hell, some have even played them, that is why you will never go to hell, hell is full already. This is why people touting themselves as 'soulful' and 'funky' are treated like visitors with Ebola symptoms at this end. However, Jake Tavill can come in without a swab test, not because of any funk nonsense, but because he writes and arranges with style and precision and plays with passion, not 'soul', for fucks sake, he's a milksop honky, but "Why We Run" is one of the best songs ever written, period. Up there with "Can't Live" or "Nothing Compares" for sheer emotive force, lyrical brevity and power. This is a theme that continues with "Truth" and by now, the clever thinking at this end, such as it isn't, is that Jake Tavill should be the writer and arranger for his own band, a band that deploys a singer or singers who can do real justice to his material and his material echoes Cohen as it does Paul Simon and Harry Chapin and he claims Bill Withers and Marvin Gaye as inspiration. I know, it's a weird world and it's all subjective.
IS IT ANY GOOD? Very, lend an ear, all of the above could be wrong and... right.
WHERE IS IT? www.soundcloud.com/jaketavill
Yes, I know that I look like some kind of precocious, middle class indulgence swamp, but this is an old photo, used with casual cruelty.

I might write
a song about
it, or
I
might
not.

That'll show
'em.

AN UPBEAT, POSITIVE AND FORGIVING BASTARD
TONY NATALE "THE CAMDEN PROMISE" (PEACEPIPE RECORDS)
RELEASED?
Out now.
SOUNDS LIKE? Outstanding playing and players and a real good job on the engineering of this slab and that makes it a lot easier on the ear than it has any right to be. That's because it's firmly rooted in the nether-space between the sixties and the seventies and, astoundingly, it's hard to pick out distinct influences or references because it's such a generic set of sounds, but Tony Natale is such an upbeat, positive and forgiving bastard that even a love gone wrong track like "Nobody" has him refusing to slag the slag.










He is annoyingly likeable and the more of this record that spins, the more I get the idea that it's something that's probably best experienced live and surrounded by friends rather than in headphones and surrounded by piles of accusingly unlistened to cds.
IS IT ANY GOOD? Maybe, probably, he's relentlessly nice and the record sounds nice, but I'm sticking with the go live or go for something else line. now, where's the gig listing?
WHERE IS IT? www.tonynatale.com
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WANTING A PIECE OF THE ACTION?
SIDEWALK SOCIETY "STRANGE ROADS" (FRUITS
DE MER RECORDS)
RELEASED?
24th July.
SOUNDS LIKE? A band from America called
Sidewalk Society have re-made an album
written and originally released by a
British band called The Action, as if you
didn't know that already, eh? I have no
idea what the original release sounded
like, but the Sidewalk Society version is
perfectly produced, introducing just the
right amount of modern muscle to
compliment the treble-ish lightness of ye
olde sixties pop-rock. In fact, this is
all quite swoonsome and some interesting
combinations come to light; "Something To Say" could be very early Quo handling an outtake from "Abbey Road" and "Brain" is a relaxed Humble Pie with Keith Emerson sneaking in on keyboards. Even so, we have a soft spot for Deep Purple and so do Sidewalk Society and that's why "Follow Me" is our favourite.
IS IT ANY GOOD? Obviously, we'd all prefer bands to create new material, but we've never heard of The Action, so no harm done and this a cool slab in it's own right. Click and do your own thunking.
WHERE IS IT? www.facebook.com/sidewalksocietymusic/
SNIDEY SYNTHS AND GYPSY THINGS
FUCHSIA "SONG" (FRUITS DE MER RECORDS)
RELEASED?
24th July
SOUNDS LIKE? I don't know any of these people,
but it seems that Tony Durant was, or is Fuchsia
and the original album of this stuff was let out
in 1971 and now Tony has done more stuff and
re-worked old stuff and that's why we have this
double 7" single called "Song" exciting the
neighbours on this sunny afternoon. It's pretty
cool, pretty early Pink Floyd spine stiffened
with a decent dollop of early Who and it's good.
The seven tracks here pick and nick influences
from... The Move, Small Faces, Pink Floyd,
Beatles, Stackridge, Neil Innes and more and the
best example of all this cross pollination is the
one called "The Band". Right now, we have the
"Piper At The Gates Of Time" doing some kind of
menacing Al Stewart thing with snidey snyths
doing vaguely gypsy things and we're liking that, a lot.
IS IT ANY GOOD? If the string theorists are correct there are zillions of universes where Fuchsia are a more of a species constant than The Beatles and, even better, in all of those universes, John Lennon is a retired school caretaker. Listen to Fuchsia at the link below, now.
WHERE IS IT? www.fruitsdemerrecords.com/song
DON'T MAKE ME PAY FOR HOOKERS
CHARLES BOYD "B-SIDES" OR "I FUCK CORPSES" (CHARLESBOYD.ORG)
RELEASED?
Out now.
SOUNDS LIKE? Toronto resident, schizophreniac and adult musical humourist, Charles Boyd is a man of many, uh, facets and he has produced a fun, funny and worrying album. Take the throbbing little thing called "Thank You For Being A Slut", it's like Darren Hayman with tourettes. Or you might prefer "Picnic In A Gravyard", a chorus of the mentally challenged limp-a-long a handclapped beat while  a quietly insane piano wanders around and through a genuinely insane set of lyrics. Of course, we have "Fucked In The Head" as a firm favourite because it's the best love/hate song in the world, or the best love/hate song on this album, who knows?















There is a lot of this dualism on "I Fuck Corpses", or maybe Charles Boyd is just a man who is in touch with his inner cunt, or maybe he really is schizophenic, I don't care, I'm just enjoying a lot of this record.
IS IT ANY GOOD? Yes, frightening people with gentle music and violently honest lyrics is a very worthwhile project, especially as it's all pitched in the spaces where everyday lo-fi indie is too scared to crawl. Or, in amazon-speak; For fans of insanity, profanity and bedsit brutality.
WHERE IS IT? www.charlesboyd.org / cdbaby.com/cd/charlesboyd8
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GETTING BURIED UNDER A MELTING GLACIER?
LOD "FOLDER" EP (TOUGH LOVE RECORDS)
RELEASED?
Out now.
SOUNDS LIKE? If you're going to do 'epic' you have to do it with high camp bombast, like Queen with "Bohemian Rhapsody", or go  totally tonto like Marc Bolan on "Elemental Child". Lod have found a new way... "Folder" , chimes, fuzzes and backbeats, the vocals are drenched in reverb, but it's not strictly pop. Others have invoked New Order as a sound-a-likey. I know better and so will you when you play "Folder" before or after Pil's "Public Image". See? We're just too clever, you and I.
Clever enough to love the feedback buzzsawing on "Sa Bla" and flag up the Lucid Dream, clever enough to spot "Faelled" for the clattering, scrawling, queasy rock mess of an indulgence that it is and clever enough to know that "Traeder Ind Bukker Bukker" is a nursery crime of a chime on a decaying loop that ends up smashed by black synth chording, it's funeral music for people being buried under a melting glacier and it's nearly as lovely as it's imposing.
IS IT ANY GOOD? Oh yes, Lod are very good and combine raw aggression with a bit of pop nous and a lot of attention to a lot of details that make this "Folder" EP a classy and compelling bit prog-pop.
WHERE IS IT? www.facebook.com/loedkbh/
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GUILTY LOVE GIVEN HORNS
STRANGE CAGES "THE CRACKS" (VALLANCE RECORDS)
RELEASED?
Out now.
SOUNDS LIKE? Guilt, guilt, guilty. I love them, but here they are tottering stacks of cliche, but who isn't? It's all very well done and, as you can see from the video, the 'official' video, the, not at all influenced by Nick Cage, singer has the decency to look a little embarrassed when he's given the horns.
















Still, you want to know what Strange Cages sound like and I think that they sound a little like The Fall, not that Marke E Smith can yelp as well as them, but Strange Cages are decent enough to give Arctic (whatever happened to them?) Monkeys a wide berth and bung some yawing n swooning guitar wrangling in, so they sound like a fun support band.
IS IT ANY GOOD? Harmless fun and nothing to get excited or cross about, unlike "Leader Of A Cult", that's fucking brilliant.
WHERE IS IT? www.facebook.com/strangecages/
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