No reason ……. just because!
This is the new, official video for the track ‘Spinning’ which in turn is lifted from the band’s excellent ‘Stay Wild‘ album.
Go get it!
THE PLIMPTONS are (or were, if you’re reading this after 10:15pm on the evening of Saturday 30th March 2013) a punk band of sorts from Glasgow … well, Motherwell more precisely. I say ‘of sorts’ because although ostensibly that’s what they are / were, they incorporate(d) so much more into their music and performance.
(I need say no more other than to highlight this with a few videos from the band.)
Formed in 1999, THE PLIMPTONS are very possibly the most featured band on LOUD HORIZON throughout its six-year existence in various guises. But all good things must come to an end, and after thirteen years, they have decided to call it a day. Several of the six members play in other bands / offshoots and with changes in personal circumstances it was becoming increasingly difficult to get everyone together for rehearsal / shows.
As I write this, they will be at Stereo, Glasgow, preparing to go on stage for the last time as a band at 9:15pm tonight. But they leave us with a career spanning ‘retrospective’ album, ‘The Life and Death of Colonel Plimp‘ which will be available through all the usual digital outlets from Monday 1st April.
There is also a FREE download of of the four-track ‘The Plimptons are Dead‘ EP from their Bandcamp page.
I know there will be many from around these parts and indeed further afield, who will miss THE PLIMPTONS, and join me in wishing them all well in their future ventures. As the esteemed author Douglas Adams once almost said:
‘SO LONG AND THANKS FOR ALL THE PISH.‘
(It may be too late … but you can have that one one me, lads!)
It’s now some thirteen years since the band last released any new material, so there’s a fair bit of excitement brewing in anticipation of new album, ‘13‘ which is due for release on 27th May. Unbelievably, this new long-player heralds the thirtieth anniversary of the band!
‘Cyco Style,’ is lifted from this new album and it shows the band and Mike Muir in particular, have lost none of their edge and energy over the years!
WE ARE THE PHYSICS celebrate the announcement of some ‘live’ dates that take in both Aberdare, Wales and Moscow, Russia (!!) with the video of another track taken from their second album, ‘Your Friend, The Atom,’ which was released last year.
‘Go Go Nucleo – > For Science‘ was directed by Joe and Lloyd Stas of Holomax.
“With the band being based 283.2 miles away from us it wasn’t that easy to get together and do a video so we succumbed to the ultimate power of Cyberman and sent some files back and forth over the internet. Then we cut it all together with some ace mid century educational videos about the power of the atom and how you have to rinse your eyes out with water if you get nuclear radiation in them. It took us about five months to finish it off as we couldn’t persuade anyone to get brainwashed as we wanted pure authenticity. Luckily our friend Tom was in a period of depression so we convinced him that being brainwashed would help him. He’s dead now.”
This is where you can see the band play in the coming weeks:
29th March Kaluga, Russia
30th March Moscow, Russia
13th April Glasgow Old Hairdresser’s
16th May London Brixton Windmill
17th May Aberdare Elliot’s Bar
18th May Brighton Fools Paradise & Bad Math Alternative Escape
19th May Newcastle Head of Steam
You know how sometimes bands have a sort of intangible ‘feel,’ to them; a certain ‘something’ about their whole being, the way they are presented and the general atmosphere they create – even for those who like me in this case haven’t seen that band play?
Good. So if I say that for me FAT WHITE FAMILY have the same sort of ‘feel’ to them as fellow Londoners Flowered Up did back in the early Nineties, then you’ll know what I mean. I don’t mean that there is any specific similarity on the music front (though there are little flashes) but …… ah well, I know what I mean! (It’s a compliment, by the way!)
The band have been around a year or so, tearing up the stages of their home city as they have built up a bit (a pretty damned big bit) of a cult following for their stage antics which apparently, planned or otherwise, involve various incidents of chaos, blood, nudity and general weirdness! It all adds to the FAT WHITES’ (as they are also known) notoriety of course. And ‘notoriety’ in turns leads to hype; and ‘hype’ in turns leads to big expectations.
And in this case, these ‘big expectations’ are most certainly fulfilled! This is one helluva debut album!
(I’m not too sure if my downloaded promo copy ended up in the correct track order, so don’t hang me if there are any discrepancies!)
Opener ‘Auto Neutron,’ is I suppose the closest musically to anything done by the afore-mentioned Flowered Up. Not that it’s so much ‘baggy,’ but it’s certainly got a trippy, psychedelic feel to it. The vocals are quietly sung and harmonised, but in an almost disinterested manner while the guitar provides a downbeat sharpness.
‘Raining In Your Mouth,’ is an amalgam of several sounds. The vocals are like a manic Johnny Cash morphing into more of a Johnny Thunders as the song progresses , while the backing has a Velvet Underground feel mixed with the Christmassy chimes of tubular bells.
‘Without Consent,’ features a thumping bassline running through the fast-flowing track that at points slightly echoes The Stone Roses with the shuffling drum rhythm and reverb on the vocals. ‘Special Ape,’ goes a little bluesy, in a FAT WHITE manner with a stomping beat and a bit of a background cacophony that lasts less than a minute and a half in total.
Next (in my order) is the current single (released on 18th March.) The video for the excellent ‘Cream Of The Young,‘ follows.
‘Wild American Prairie,’ has a kind of psycho-country ring to it. I can’t describe it any other way. It stomps and pounds its way through its three and a half minute duration with a twanging guitar riff and low-sounding gang vocals.
‘Borderline,’ continues with a sort of country theme. It’s more acoustic sounding and reminds me very much Canned Heat back in the Seventies – it has a sort of ‘jug band,’ basis to it.
‘Heaven On Earth,’ rips right into flow, the guitar riff raging incessantly with muffled sounding vocals being uttered like some mad, drunken jakey on a Saturday night. It’s all a bit of a distorted mess … but yet absolutely engrossing.
My favourite track is ‘Bomb Disneyland,’ so rather than try to describe it, I’ll share it here. Brilliant!
‘Garden Of The Numb,’ closes (my) album. It really just does as it says on the tin …. really bored and tired sounding vocals draped over a floor-tom beat and cabaret-blues-type picked guitar. (If Eeyore from Winnie The Pooh was to release a record, this’d be it!)
I love this album – and hopefully FAT WHITE FAMILY will be allowed out of London some time soon so that they can unleash their madness on the rest of UK. I for one will be waiting!
(Released on April 1st 2013 through Trashmouth Records)
London punk’n'rollers LIMOZINE must be one of the most prolific recording bands around! There never seems too much time passes between their releases and by my calculation, ‘Johnny Got Shot By A UFO,‘ is their ninth single in just over three years. (This is in addition to the three albums – if you count this May’s forthcoming ‘You’ve Been Limozined’ – of the past three years and an initial album release back in 2007!) Not for them, this taking themselves off to some remote Caribbean island for eight months to write and record their latest masterpiece!
Throughout this period of heightened output, LIMOZINE have remained true to their roots. There is no compromise to fads and trends and absolutely no pretensions about their music. What they do will not exactly win them an Ivor Novello Award, but it WILL kick-start any party.
Building on the foundations of good old fashioned rock ‘n’roll and fusing it with a punk aesthetic, this single adds a rumbling rockabilly beat with psychobilly undertones. The song, as always with LIMOZINE is catchy as f*** and remains short and snappy, ending after less than two and a half minutes.
I like LIMOZINE. They keep it short and simple … maybe that’s why I find it so easy to identify with them!
(‘Johnny Got Shot By A UFO’ is released on march 11th through Beat Atlas Records.)
(8.5 / 10)
Preston’s NEXT STOP ATLANTA appear to me to be one of those kind of bands who keep your local venue alive. And I don’t just mean in a financial sense. They look and sound like a band that will appear (probably) to a younger audience, one that will be out for a party and a good old ruck down the front!
The band have just released anew EP entitled ‘The Things You Do,’ from which the following track is lifted as the new single. They are also set to hit the road with friends Everybody Looks Famous and you see the two play at the following venues:
29th – Skintfest 2013 – Chesterfield
LOUD HORIZON featured Cumbrian punks COLT 45 towards the end of last year when they released their second EP ‘Inside The Triangle‘ and since then (obviously not as a direct result of appearing on this blog!) things have just kept on getting better and better for the lads.
In a few days, they will embark upon a nationwide tour under the billing of Big Cheese Presents (they will be joined by Electric River and The Hostiles ) and in celebration they are making their latest single ‘Happiness Is A Dying Art’ available as a free download – see the Soundcloud link below.
“We’re really psyched for the upcoming Big Cheese tour in Feb” says drummer Adam Lewis “The guys at the magazine always give upcoming artists great opportunities to get out and progress, and that’s what this tour is all about – getting in some new people’s faces and hopefully setting the bar for the rest of our 2013. Having Electric River and The Hostiles on board as well guarantees a great line up and a real treat for everyone attending, we can’t wait!”
The video for the new single adopts the same kind of formula as the last – one of showing ‘behind the scenes’ as the band make their way to / from and at various gigs. (The opening shots on this one look very familiar to me!!)
We also need more beer-swilling, melodic punk – hardcore punk, even – bands to criss-cross the country! (Just saying!)
You can see COLT 45 play the following venues:
February 21st - Glasgow – Pivo Pivo
February 22nd – Edinburgh – Wee Red Bar
February 23rd – Carlisle – Brickyard
February 24th – Manchester – Gullivers (Punk Rock All Dayer)
February 26th – Leeds – Santiago Bar
February 28th – Leicester – Soundhouse
March 2nd - London (Angel) – The Rattlesnake
March 3rd – Canterbury – Beercart Arms
At the time of writing the post back in late November that announced the arrival of Glasgow’s GARDEN OF ELKS, it was not known exactly what song would be the second ‘A’ of the the band’s debut release, the ‘double-A-sided’ ‘This Morning We Are Astronauts‘ single. Well, somewhere along the way (probably ’cause of Christmas and my fortnight’s holiday straight after) it completely eluded me that the honour went to the following track, ‘Rowan’s Magical Bucket,’ which has now been set to animation.
But I’m right on the case this time! GARDEN OF ELKS’ next single goes by the name of ‘Floaty,’ and will be released as a digital download in March, with a limited batch of tapes on sale for one night only – the 7th of March in Nice ‘N’ Sleazy (Glasgow), where they will be supporting Scottish unsigned music veterans, Campfires In Winter.
THE THERMALS, just in case you didn’t know, are a three-piece indie punk band from Portland, Oregon. They’ve been doing their thing for over ten years now, but Time certainly hasn’t dulled their ability to write raucous, punk-edged songs of substance .
A new album, ‘Desperate Ground’ is scheduled for release through the amazing Saddle Creek label on 15th April. I’ve not heard it yet, but believe it to be brilliantly sick and twisted – dark and yet fun! Full of energy, lyrically, it’s a brash and irresponsible ode to human violence, a black celebration of the inevitability of war and death.
From the album comes the following track, ‘Born To Kill,‘ an unapologetic ode to a nation of killers.
I don’t think I need say any more!
(… and just in case you couldn’t make out the lyrics ……)
But ARCHERS AND ARROWS are doing their level best to bring some musical credibility to the city with their latest release, ‘Self-Made Man.‘ Taken from their latest album, ‘Alone Together,’ it reflects the honesty and exuberance the likes of Hot Water Music and others of that ilk. It’s catchy and boisterous and as is their ‘norm,’ very anthemic in its delivery.
Having supported bands like The Bouncing Souls, Gaslight Anthem and Roger Miret & The Disasters, they have the experience of playing before big crowds and maybe now is the time for them to break away from their picturesque roots.
(Of course, LOUD HORIZON featured ARCHERS AND ARROWS some time ago, and here are a couple of tracks lifted from the band’s eponymous release of 2010)
Yup – about thirteen years after being (some would ‘rashly’) allowed the freedom of Glasgow’s music venues, THE PLIMPTONS, Glasgow / Motherwell punk mentalists, are calling it a day.
But you wouldn’t expect them to go quietly would you?
So, in their own inimitable style they have arranged an ‘all-dayer’ at Glasgow’s Stereo Bar where they will be joined by a host of other established punk / alternative bands from the locale – see poster below.
“The only real reason is that it’s really hard to get the 6 of us together. We’re all in other bands, and quite a few of them with each other…but I don’t think we’d want to call it The Plimptons unless everyone was involved…and it’s always better to go out with a big party with your mates than let it become a chore or that kind of thing,” explains guitarist / vocalist Martin Smith.
The band are also releasing a nineteen-track retrospective called “The Life and Death of Colonel Plimp” the following Monday (1st April) and right now they’re giving away an all new EP called “The Plimptons are Dead” from :http://theplimptons.bandcamp.com/
(I know this post is a little self-indulgent and that most readers won’t be able to go along to the show – but the Glasgow ‘scene’ owes a lot to these guys, and as personal favourites I think it only right and proper to give them decent send-off. Here’s a little of what can be expected on the night. Each of the following tracks can be found on the retrospective collection, ‘The Life and death of Colonel Plimp.‘)
The Plimptons are dead … long live The Plimptons!
This is quite brilliant! In both an audio and visual sense!
The music’s weird, in a great way, and you wonder just where it’s going. It’s fresh and completely innovative, but to call it ‘quirky’ would be like suggesting Caligula enjoyed the occasional evening-in with a few friends.
THE FAT WHITE FAMILY are from Peckham and Brixton in London, and are determined to confront the ‘yuppie’ takeover of their towns with havoc and, well … something ‘real.’ And it seems to be working, as they are right now becoming one of most sought after bands in the metropolis.
Judge for yourself – I reckon there’s a lot more to THE FAT WHITE FAMILY than simply their ‘shock & awe’ tactics of their first year together, when they seemed to attract attention as much for various incidents of chaos, blood, nudity and weirdness as their music.
You know how sometimes, just sometimes, you KNOW that you’re going to enjoy a record within the first few seconds of its opening? Well, here’s one that had me bouncing around before the reverb from the first guitar riff had faded!
THE THESPIANS are a Liverpool four-piece, who on the evidence of this, their latest single are going to be the new darlings of Radio 6Music and Festival fodder for the forseeable future. Without knowing too much about them, I sense an air of ‘coolness’ and ‘rebellion’ in equal doses, just from this video – maybe out the same garage-rock school as the likes of The Strokes or The Vaccines, but who cares?
(Ok – their earlier video for ‘Reason To Reason’ is also added below)
(‘Under Siege’ is released on 7” vinyl (limited edition 250 pressing) Monday 4th February 2013 on Eighties Vinyl Records)
LAZY TALK are a five-piece coming f that old London town, fusing reggae, ska, indie and punk. They have already been picked up by Radio 1Xtra and will play support to the likes of Faithless and The Happy Mondays later in the year. Their debut EP is set for release on February 25th and the lead track is posted below by way of a teaser / taster.
I can’t find an awful lot more on the band at the moment, but feel sure that more will emerge as the year progresses and LAZY TALK get the airing that this track, at least, merits.
(You can see from the number of hits the video has had that LOUD HORIZON is a little late to the party, but hey …. ‘Luzaville,’ takes me back to my youth, so it’s definitely worth an airing here. Love it!)
‘You Owe Me Nothing But Love,’ runs to twelve tracks over a thirty-eight minute time-span and while it’s not shy of jumping out and smacking you right in the face, I found it to be missing something. Just what that ‘something’ is, I’m not quite sure. I think possibly that with a couple of exceptions I found the sound quite familiar and unrelenting.
Singer Keex delivers the vocals with a child-like intonation …… but a ‘child’ as portrayed in a psycho-movie. You know, if you were to put a maniacal voice to that porcelain-faced, innocent-looking doll that suddenly appears out of the room’s gloom at the end of your bed in the middle of the night, then that’s how I hear her!
On the whole, it works really well, fighting to stay on top of the incessant fuzzed guitar, throbbing basslines and crashing drums and cymbals. In parts it all reminds me a little of Japanese Voyeurs – or maybe that should be the other way around? Who’s the ‘chicken’ and who’s the ‘egg,’ here?
The sort of ‘machine-noise’ ’Prologue’ and ‘Epilogue,’ and tracks six and seven dare to be different and stand out for me. (‘Prologue‘ lasts just twenty-nine seconds, ‘Epilogue,’ just over a minute with neither seeming to bear any relation to the rest of the album. They are interesting however but could possibly have been better utilised in a ‘concept’ or ‘theme’ based context.)
‘Patsy‘ is an eight-minute epic. It’s completely manic with Keex sounding like the pissed-off inmate of a mental asylum while the backing just beats the crap out of your ears and brain with it’s sheer intensity. Then, a surprisingly refreshing drop in pace and volume with ‘Into The Air,’ as the drums take on a military-styled snare rhythm and Keex pares back on the shouting and screaming, opting for a hushed singing voice that is bolstered with some light harmonies that dance over the top of the dark guitar drone.
For me, the variation shown in the middle of the album is what ironically and ultimately left me feeling just ever so slightly disappointed. By that I mean I like the overall noise and energy, but (and I hate to seem critical here) it all feels just a little too one-dimensional for me. It could excite me more.
That said, it’s an album I will return to out of choice …… but I’m left with the impression (and confidence) that COMANECHI have much more to offer.
(Released through Tigertrap Records on 14th February 2013)
(7.5 / 10)
The original video for this track had amassed shit-loads of hits on You Tube I believe, before someone somewhere took offence at bass player Jamie’s bare backside and it had to be replaced (the video, not his arse) by this more sanitised version.
The young trio from Rutland have built a bit of a reputation based on their energetic music and stage performances up and down the country, and I’d say ‘In Your Mind‘ pretty much reflects this. I can see these guys building a large and loyal fanbase, with their personalities and brand of melodic pop-punk going down so well with (probably) younger and (possibly) predominately female audiences.
Tell me I’m wrong …..
Recent years have witnessed the evolvement of ‘punk’ music into garage-punk; gypsy-punk, and even pirate-punk, damn you! So I guess it was only a matter of time before we got ‘cajun-punk’ thrown our way. However, as a staunch defender of the true ‘punk’ description, I for one would prefer to steer clear of the ‘p’ word when talking about this latest album from Switzerland’s MAMA ROSIN.
No – ‘Bye Bye Bayou’ delivers something a good deal more complicated than the term ‘punk’ can convey. These thirteen tracks certainly lean heavily towards what would generally be considered as ‘cajun’ or ‘creole,’ styled music, but with Jon Spencer (yeah, he of ‘Blues Explosion’ notoriety) at the helm on production duties, they marry in more with a Blues sentimentality.
It’s a fast, frantic and frenetic thirty-six minutes that are served up, with the distinctive sound of the zydeko featuring heavily. On many of the tracks, the vocals are slightly distorted as if they’re uttered via a megaphone and this contributes to the overall ‘rough’ sound of the recording. What I mean is that the album feels authentic and even ‘imperfect’ in a ‘perfect’ way, if that makes sense.
What I really like about ‘Bye Bye Bayou’ is how the sound is so cluttered; there’s so much going on that you pick up on something new with each listen, and with the exception of the slower ‘Mama Don’t’ (which is the pick of the more atmospheric and bluesy tracks) no songs overstay their welcome, all concluding around the two or three minute mark.
Yeah – if it’s ‘different’ you’re after, hen this one’s well worth checking out.
(Released through Moi J’Connais Records and available now – December 2012)
COLIN’S GODSON have returned from their adventures in Space and Time just ahead of Christmas (their Festive offering is also now available through the band’s Bandcamp page) and from the artwork that accompanies the gold disc (!) it looks as though they had planned a journey into The Deep.
Maybe their submarine has been impounded, or maybe they just decided they didn’t fancy going to sea to see what they could see, see, see – but there’s nothing remotely nautical about this release. Instead, we are presented with five tracks, the longest of which only just breaches the two-minute mark, that deal with matters such as Weatherspoon’s staff burning toast and radio presenter / champion of Scottish indie music Jim Gellatly having designs on a career in television.
As with all their earlier recordings, ‘Ahoy,’ is sort of punk based and wrapped in a big, big smile! There’s not much point in me trying to talk you through the tracks when you can listen to them below – or even better, BUY this CD / download for the bargain price advertised so that maybe the lads will be able to fund their next exciting adventure to wherever.
Tell you what: bassist and vocalist Michael M is always good for a quote – let’s get him to do the talking.
“I was reading this thing that I might’ve just imagined about scientists constructing sperm from human bone marrow that would, ultimately, render the male genitalia completely useless as a reproductive organ. I think it might’ve been in an issue of TV Quick. So we wrote the song about how redundant the male would become, unable to compete with artificial counterparts, reducing the flesh penis to a cozy piece of old world technology like a Nokia from the 90s, but veiny. It’s not so much a warning as an undermining of patriarchal ideas, and also we released it on 7″ and that’s a wee laugh.”
That’s all you need to know!
(Oh! And you can buy a copy of the 7″ here.)
(At least it’s not a floppy disc – that’s my wee laugh!)