The Strypes @ The Birdcage (Bristol)


First things first, The Birdcage in Bristol is one venue that all of the British vintage connoisseurs should check out. Mod outfits, vintages clothes, named-drinks (my cider, for instance, was Frank the Fisherman): as my boyfriend called it: “sounds like a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party”. To give justice to such a place, what would be better than some 50s rock and roll, delivered straight from Ireland?

The Strypes

I talked about The Strypes before, and I really liked the vibe and the explosive punch of You can’t Judge a Book by the Cover. The idea of seeing them live for free seemed quite a good one, especially for a Saturday evening (after a mental week at work, hence my weird-update schedule, apologies). Joking about the mixed age of the crowd, my friend pointed at some really young fellas dressed in tuxedos, just to suggest that you could really find everything at the Birdcage. Guess our astonishment when these four really young fellas jumped on stage. To be honest, we were not the only ones rather skeptical and surprised, despite them being labeled NME’s “No.1 Band To Watch In 2013”.

Lead singer Ross Farrelly (re-named “young Miles Kane”) has a mature voice for his age, without sounding excessively fake, lead guitar and backing vocalist Josh McClorey (“young Pete Doherty”) was the chatty one. Bass guitarist Pete O’Hanlon has a real touch with harmonica despite his young age, whilst Evan Walsh kept bashing the drums in pure rockabilly style. The lyrics draw from the typical themes of the time (Route 66, wild and passionate love etc.), in a cheeky attitude which reflects perfectly the core of the spicy Mississippi blues (I Got Love if You Want it). From the Doobie Brothers to the second-Dylan era, passing through Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry and Elvis, The Strypes jump from the harmonica Delta blues-y ballads to dance-floor boogie riffs.

Clapping hands and shaking your hips in rhythm is inevitable. It may be the age, it may be the music (blues and rock & roll are powerful stuff, need to handle them with care), but The Strypes prove that age really doesn’t matter anymore. The revenge of the young fellas: Jake Bugg, you have been warned.

Singles Review: Weird Shapes, Tribes, Veronica Falls

Tribes – Nightdriving / Useless God

Tribes are four English guys, who have been once again christened ‘the future of (indie) rock’n’roll’ (doesn’t this remind us of the saviours of rock and roll, also known as the Strokes?). Don’t know whether they’re the heirs of such a genre, but I cannot deny they’ve got the genius for the indie music scene. They’ve been around for a bit, and you can also get their Live EP for freesubscribing to their website, and if you’re keen on indie rock, they may be your cup of tea. Continue reading

What’s tasty in Music: Nathan Salzburg, King’s Daughters and Sons

Nathan Salzburg – Affirmed

Nathan Salsburg is an archivist, producer, guitarist, radio host from Kentucky. Perhaps some of you will remember him as the host (and producer) of the music program of vernacular music ‘Root Hog Or Die’ on East Village Radio. As well as collaborator of the Twos & FEWS recording, Salsburg works with Chicago’s Drag City label, and Louisville Eccentric Observer, and online magazines such as Other After the release of ‘Avos’, in collaboration with guitarist James Elkington, Salsburg finally comes out with his solo album, ‘Affirmed’, for No Quarter.

Release: Nov, 15

King’s Daughters and Sons – If Then Not When

“If Then Not When,” the debut album of the quintet King’s Daughters & Sons is due to be released later this Autumn via Chemikal Underground. The full length is produced by Kevin Ratterman and composed of songs originally recorded between 2008 and 2009 at the Funeral Home. The King’s Daughters & Sons is a post-rock super-group  formed by  Michael Heineman (guitar, vocals), Rachel Grimes (vocals, piano), Todd Cook (bass), Kyle Crabtree (drums) and Joe Manning (guitar, vocals), members of bands like Rachel’s, Shannon Wright, The For Carnation, Shipping News.

Release: Nov, 21

Kamp David – Red Hotel

(Zube Records, 2011)

With sleaze pop and blues, mixed with some rock and synths, Red Hotel covers seven decades in ten tracks. Kamp David did a pretty nice job, creating an album that blends different genres, relying on a wide range of influences, which can be easily depicted in each song.

Kamp David started when a London guitarist (Greg Radcliffe) and an Australian singer (Murray Golding), decided to write songs together. The satisfaction gained from the process and the fun involved made them consider bringing to life something completely new, but at the same time connected to the rock and roll tradition. What they needed was a way to fill their line-up, so Kirsty Wone, Daniel Sakowski (bass) and Oskar Starski (drums) joined the team. After lot of rehearsing and playing around London, the band eventually released its first full length, called Red Hotel. 

Red Hotel mixes some rock and roll from the 50s (Elvis), the blues from the next decade, some glam/sleaze rock from the 80s (Mötley Crüe, Queen) and some synth (David Bowie, B52, Roxy Music). Starting with a shake of rock and roll, synth and glam (Limousine) we get back on track with some guitar solos and relentless drums in Get You Sue, in which it’s easy to get the George Thorogood influence. Some pure rock and roll is the spine of I Feel Good,Trash and the last track The City, which resemble Mötley Crüe and Thin Lizzy combined together. Nice try with the ballad Pain and the synth rock experimentation in I’m a Nice Girl, the single Big Red Hotel and Game Boy. Last but not least it’s worth mentioning Get Out of my Tree, in which we get some of Blondie’s post-punk led by the vocals of Kirsty Wone. Perfect for the rock nostalgics, Red Hotel is an album that is not afraid to look back by inserting a pinch of modernity. Keep calm and party on, people.

Rating: 3.5 /5

NewinTown: Jointpop

Jointpop is a project born from Gary Hector’s desire to blend some Caribbean tunes with rock and roll, enrolling musicians of Trinidad & Tobago underground scene to create an unusual sound, which reminds the listener of some old punk rock and garage rock. The band will be out this Autumn with the debut album, The Longest Kiss, in which you can hear some Ramones, The Clash and Iggy Pop blended with lo-fi garage vibe. The line up is Gary Hector (guitar and vocal) Damon Homer (guitar) Dion Camacho (drums) Phil Hill (keyboards) Jerome Girdharrie (bass).

Have a go with the video of Yoko Ono.