SNFU at Call the Office, Wednesday Sept 7
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Paul Collins was part of the watershed power pop threesome, the Nerves that also included Peter Case and Jack Lee, who composed a little tune called Hanging on the Telephone that was part of their four-song EP. Lee would cash some big royalty cheques when that tune was covered by Blondie. Meanwhile Collins and Case would next form the Breakaways, who would become the Beat after Case left to form the Plimsouls. The Beat’s debut album sported one of the finest pieces of power pop under two minutes in the track Walking Out On Love, the perfect blend of punk and power pop. A second album The Kids are Not the Same was released this time under the name Paul Collins Beat so as not to confuse them with the English ska revival band of the same name. They continued to release albums to appreciative power poppers, with Paul Collins releasing his first solo LP in 1992.
The name might be new but the faces familiar as the band formerly known as the Hi-Tones, will be boppin’ and shakin’ under their new name “Twin Fin”. Also new is drummer Brad Lavard keeping the big beat for Paul Wickerson guitar, Steve Heightington bass, sax maniac Cole G. Benjamin and the beauty to all these beasts, vocalist Dana Hartman. Continue Reading
After serving musical time with both Attack in Black and City & Colour, Welland-born Daniel Romano left the world of alt rock to explore the world of alt country. With influences ranging from the classic country of the Louvin Brothers to more contemporary figures like Gram Parsons and Lee Hazlewood, his albums have received Juno nominations, and have been longlisted for the Polaris Music Prize in both 2011 (Sleep Beneath the Willow) and 2013 (Come Cry With Me).
The Oi movement started as a protest against the commercialization of punk rock and is often identified with the skinheads and dissatisfied working class youth in the UK. One of the first wave of Oi bands was Scotland’s The Strike who appeared on 1981′s classic Strength thru Oi compilation with two of their key tunes, Gang War and Skinhead. Strike vocalist Fergus Macleod would move to British Columbia and to bands Emergency and The Tranzmitors, before moving here to London and a conventional job, but there was still some rocking left in this punk, and Fergus decided that it was time for a second Strike. He grabbed another former Londoner Continue Reading
Inspired by other rockabilly one man bands like the legendary Hasil Adkins (Hasil’s inspiration was Hank Williams, who he heard on the radio and assumed was playing all the instruments), Bill Williams, aka Bloodshot Bill started performing in his hometown of Montreal in 1998, playing guitar and stomp board. He released his debut album Crazy Fever in 2003, beginning an onslaught of over 30 releases throughout the world including collaborations with Mark Sultan as the Ding Dongs and the Bollybilly outfit, The Tandoori Knights with King Khan.
Adding to his bad boy image but putting a dent in his rigorous touring schedule was a five year ban from entering the United States (2006-2011), over a minor thing like work visas, but when the ban was lifted he was welcomed with open arms to the fine roster of Norton Records with the release of his Thunder and Lightning album.
There are two soul singing Barry White’s, one the 70′s purveyor of sultry soul and one who changed his name to Barrence Whitfield and went the route of raw, raunchy R&B, in the mold of Don Covay or Rex Garvin and the Mighty Cravers, and luckily he’s the one that will be appearing in town on August 19th.
While attending Boston University, Barrence was heard singing at his part time record shop job by Peter Greenberg, guitarist for local garage revival legends DMZ and the Lyres. He and other ex-Lyres would form the Savages, backing Whitfield on a series of hot platters, starting with his self-titled debut in 1984 on the Mamou label. Besides a series of his own fine albums, Barrence refuses to be pigeon holed, recording a couple of albums with country singer song writer Tom Russell. Continue Reading
Scotland’s contribution to the burgeoning punk rock scene, the Rezillos were formed in Edinburgh in 1976. Instead of gob-covered nihilists, the band took a more lighthearted pop stance with roots in 1950′s rock n roll and 60′s British Beat, with a strong interestin sci-fi themes as well as a wardrobe that made them look like fugitives from the film Barbarella. Led by the vocal team of Eugene Reynolds and Fay Fife, the band released their debut Can’t Stand the Rezillos in 1978. Probably the most fun album of the punk era, with great originals like I Can’t Stand My Baby, Top of the Pops and Good Sculptures and rocking covers of the Dave Clark Five’s Glad All Over and Fleetwood Mac’s Somebody’s Going to Get their Head Kicked In. A second album was released, Mission Accomplished But the Beat Goes On the next year. In order to get out of their contract with Sire Records, the band was barred from using the Rezillos name, but soldiered on releasing two more albums under the somewhat similar sounding Continue Reading
The Melvins formed in 1983 in Montesano Washington, as a Black Flag influenced punk band, led by Sideshow Bob-haired guitarist Buzz Osborne and long-time drummer Dale Crover. They took their name from Osborne’s hated boss at the local Thriftway Store. Their slowed-down punk sound was a major influence on the Northwest rock grunge scene, especially on bands like Nirvana and Soundgarden. The Melvins are strongly linked to Nirvana, as Crover played drums on their early sessions (some of which ended up on their debut Bleach) and Osborne was instrumental in Dave Grohl’s taking over the drumming duties with the band. Continue Reading
I don’t get out much. But every few years or so, Scott Bentley will invite me to see one of his musical ventures as ‘Steven R. Stunning’ – front man for London’s resident punk emeritus ’63 Monroe.
And I’ll ask, “Are you going to play Battle of New Orleans? You know that’s my favorite Monroe song.” And he’ll always say, “Yeah, sure. Why else would I be calling?” And it never fails, that night of the gig, I’ll be standing at the bar before the show, chatting with bassist Pete Dekoker and thanking him for the long-awaited return of The Battle to the set-list. “Oh, really? We’ve been practicing all week and that’s news to me.”
I don’t know, maybe it’s just me. Or maybe it’s just because between them, Bentley and Dekoker have enough of a catalogue of good original songs to choose from so why bother with an old Johnny Horton cover off their first Lp Stinkin’ Out the Joint from about three decades ago?
Well, let me tell you why – because in my opinion, their cover of that tune is one of the finest works they’ve produced – and, I’m guessing, recorded in just one take. Two minutes and 45 seconds of raw magic. A whispered hush followed by blazing guitars as Bentley sings about that fateful final battle of the War of 1812 when they packed a little bacon and packed a little beans. At the halfway point, it sounds like the rest of the band has lit Bentley’s pants on fire as guitarist Markii Burnaway and drummer Jeff ‘Rooster’ Rooth kick her into gear. Continue Reading