Here’s the brand new Honest John Plain And The Greenowskis‘ video for “Old Songs” single taken from “Acoustic Menopause” full lp out now on Action Recordz.
The video shot in Italy celebrates 7 european tours a live record during five years of happy artistic marriage between the English punk rock prime mover (The Boys, Ian Hunter, The Crybabys etc.) and the Italian combo.
Rock’n’Roll troubadour BRANDY ROW is back with 4 new urban bluesy songs in which you’ll hear some STONES (“Consolidated”), and SEEDS (“Martial Law”) influences all mixed with good taste and style.
These songs are full of cool arrangements such as horns, female vocals, etc., but when BRANDY decides to just keep the core of a song, then acoustic JOHNNY THUNDERS and DYLAN come to mind (“Hold No Shame.”)
“Walking On A Razor’s Edge” and its New Orleans feel displays more variety in BRANDY‘s songwriting, almost TOM WAITS in the atmosphere at times, and while listening to this song, you realize that it could have been sung by AMY WINEHOUSE. It’s interesting that the mood of this record is sometimes close to JOHNNY THUNDERS & PATTI PALLADIN‘s “Copy Cats”, although these songs are not covers.
This new EP is alvailable on 10″ vinyl (No Front Teeth records), and digital. A full album is coming our way soon, and we sure won’t complain about it!/Laurent C.
New single/video for Brandy Row on No Front Teeth Records. You might have heard of him through his 77 punk band The GAGGERS, and more recently through the excellent BRANDY ROW & THE TRUEBADOURS.
“Decline Of a Better Man” displays a quieter, but darker side (see video below) of Brandy’s music: Johnny Thunders kind of vocals, acoustic guitars, street folk vibe and mariachi trumpets.
The second song, “Crazy World” has a more STONES/Gospel feel, and manages to make you want to dance to the absurdity of the modern world we live in. I’m now looking forward to hearing a full album!/Laurent C.
Drummer in horror rock band CADAVER CLUB (Manchester, UK), Matty James is also a solo artist playing gutter-gypsy-troubadour rock’n’roll. This second EP opens with “A World Away”, a song that mixes the best of Izzy Stradlin’ with ELECTRIC ANGELS, quite a killer opener that won’t leave your mind after you’ve listened to it!
“Uncertain Times” slows things down in a Johnny Thunders way while “State Of Mind” and “Someday” could have been written and played by The DOGS D’AMOUR. The last song, “You’re Not The Only One” is an acoustic/piano rock’n’roll ballad that QUIREBOYS fans will enjoy with a good glass of wine!
It’s crazy to think that Matty is only 22 when you hear these 5 songs. I definitely look forward to what’s coming next!/Laurent C.
This is being marketed as the last Nikki Sudden disc, but I highly doubt it’s the Last Of The Last. The homemade sound is pretty great-he was pullin’ from all eras-eighties new wave, sixties girl groups, and of course, his beloved seventies glam rock. I’m only three songs in, and already moved to pick up pen to spread the good word on Brother Nikki’s swan song cd. This album rocks like a Spencer P. Jones, or Ian Hunter album. I always preferred his sidekick, Dave Kusworth’s bratty battle cry, and the alley cat harmonies of the Jacobites, and Bounty Hunters, to many of Sudden’s solo outings. He’d really started concentrating alot more on his lyrics in recent years, which really enriched his writing on these latter-day albums. Much of his early work suffered a bit from lazy, throwaway Hallmark declarations of love-like he was yellin’ for Rapunzel to let down her golden hair. You can tell he’d been listening to more Dylan, than Thunders, as he aged. I know he’d nearly completed an epic book on the Rolling Stones entitled, “Bring Back Ian McLagen” before he died, and I hope his estate finds a way to still hustle it into print.
There’s plenty of good music here, that’ll appeal to the core Nikki Sudden fanbase of old Faces/Mott fans, but some of it reminds me of other artists as well-“Hunky Dory”-era Bowie, Stephen Merritt from Magnetic Fields, and Steven “Tin Tin” Duffy-the original Duran Duran singer, who worked with Kusworth back in the old days. There’s a big hole where Nikki Sudden’s supposed to be, that ain’t likely to get filled—esp. not by any of the screaming dude-metal jock-kids with the dyed hair on the corporate labels. If you’re a fan of TYLA and have yet to be properly introduced to Mister Sudden, or if yer an old fan, debating if you should shell out your girlfriend’s hard-earned money on the new Snatches Of Pink, Chamber Strings, Dave Kusworth & The Tenderhooks, or for still another LP’s worth of Nikki Sudden’s Stonesy, soulful, self-mythologizing trash-folk, get this immediately. Who else but Nikki rhymes “manuscripts” with “fish ‘n’ chips”?? It’s a far-worthier investment than the new Ronnie Wood autobiography, and sincerely, the best over-all album I’ve heard since the NY DOLLS comeback album. If you can imagine Soho Roses, or Hollywood Brats, covering a vintage Rod Stewart song with a quality lyric, yer at the right hootenanny. Olde Saint Nick used to sign all his letters to me, “Stay Bruised”, and I’d always think, “No Worries, Man!” We miss you, Nikki! God Bless the Prince Of Rags!
It was perhaps wise to finaly retire the old Snatches Of Pink moniker, because so many unfortunates could never get past the porn ententre, and legions missed out on one of glam rock’s most brilliant pirate troubadours. Michael Rank’s an expensive wino from the ragged school.
His vocals remind one of Jacob Dylan from the Wallflowers. His guitarplaying is in league with Timo Kaltio and Dave Kusworth and Andy McCoy, and his songwriting reminds one of the Waterboys, Paul K. & The Weathermen, the Bounty Hunters, the Jacobites, and Rolling Stones. “On The Bleed” is the missing song that probably belonged on Mick Jagger’s otherwise exquisite solo lp, “Wandering Spirit”, instead of that dreadful duet he did with corporate hack, showbiz brat, Lenny Kravitz. Michael Rank’s always been the real deal. Loud, raw, heart on his sleeve, highly literate lyrics. Ever since he formed Snatches Of Pink way back in the eighties, he’s had the good fortune and good taste to always surround himself with talented musicians, which can be an art unto itself.
Remember when Rod Stewart wrote all those fabulously poignant love songs thirty five years ago? Michael writes in that bruised old vein, but with way more intimate heart and soul, than your usual lot of tiresome Diamond Dogs, or London Quireboys-at least since “Singin’ With The Alleycats” or “My Sweet Mary Ann”.
Michael Rank is a rather pained and weary, exceptionally gifted, poet badass, musically in league with the Blessings, Chamber Strings, Dogtown Balladeers, or Izzy Stradlin’s best stuff. One wishes Tyla and Paul Westerberg were still this good. “KIN” boasts song after brilliant song with a throwback Dylan ’65 feel, with it’s snotty, melodic emoting, and dark ruminations on the death of love, anguished soul-baring, and embittered, sometimes caustic and accusatory redressing of grievances of the heart.
This might make some wish those rumors about Mick Taylor rejoining the Stones were true. If you like stuff like “Sway”, “Lovin’ Cup”, and “Moonlight Mile”, you’ll love Michael Rank and the Stag. This is certainly how it’s fucking done. I was just complaining about not being able to relate to any of the contemporary, formulaic, baby Ramones bands with the emo haircuts and rich parents.This is the best music I’ve heard in years, aside from Leonard Cohen. Soul music for the damned. I URGE you to get this CD.
(-review by Anguish Young)http://www.michaelrankmusic.com/
First solo album for Italian acoustic songwriter/rock’n’roller Federico Bruno. The ghosts of Nikki Sudden, Johnny Thunders and the shadow of Tyla are wandering all around this album: Heartbreak songs and Stones guitars, wine and cigarette vocals… It’s all on here. When you think about it, there’s not that many people left doing this kind of music nowadays, so it’s always a good surprise to find some, and even a better one when it sounds that good!: Just listen to songs like “I Fought The Devil (But He Won)”, “Scars On My Heart” or “Broken Glass.”
While tunes like “Gentleman Loser”, “Ain’t It Right” or “Dancing In The Rain” clearly bend on the DOGS D’AMOUR side, “Burning Star” or “Troubles” remind me more of Freddy Lynxx in a not so obvious way though.
“A Gentleman Loser” is probably not the album you should play first at your next house party, but this is definitely the next one you should listen to./Laurent C.http://www.facebook.com/federicobruno8