Monday, 14 October 2019

Patrick T Davies (feat Gore Tech) - Never Mind That, Isn't He Charming?


Oldham spoken word artist Patrick T. Davies has teamed up with renowned breakcore producer Gore Tech to release a new single that represents a visceral 6-minute assault on Boris Johnson and the post-Brexit UK establishment.
The track’s lyrical content takes on everything from the current PM’s cultural ignorance, his slights on those involved in the Hillsborough disaster and his suggestion that war-torn Libya should be the next new tourism hotspot. Wayne AF Carey checks out another slice of spoken word hip hop.
Anyone who is a fan of LTW favourites The Blinders will remember Patrick as the voice behind the album promos before Columbia was released. He earlier released his debut 5 track EP Terrible Twenties which went under my radar (I still have a rough demo he gave  me!), however this has got me excited. Great production going on, a big fuck off to this government, grainy Northern video, top techno hip hop beat, what’s not to like?
Will the people listen though? ARGH KiD has released the incendiary R10T and everyone’s too fuckin scared to play it on air! Patrick does his own take with a swipe at the countries state, but rants on even more. Highly unlikely then we will hear this on the radio… so lets make it go viral -word-of-mouth style.
Live Dates:
November 3rd – The Salty Dog, Northwich
November 8th – The White Hotel, Salford
‘Never Mind That, Isn’t He Charming?’ is available to stream and download from all digital platforms now via Bare Minimum Scum Ltd.
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Words by Wayne Carey who writes for Louder Than War. His author profile is here

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Kerosene: Circadian - Interview / Album Review

Album Review
Kerosene
Circadian
Dakota Records
Release Date: Monday 30th September
After the great comeback album Broken early this year the 90’s post grunge boys turned men are not resting their laurels and are back with another album full of futuristic sounding anthems. Wayne AF Carey delves into guitarist James Mountford’s mind and gets him to dissect the songs track by track, whilst giving his own verdict.
Lazarus Is Dead
“This is probably as close to where we left off 24 years ago in terms of our signature Kerosene sound. The songs gives a nod to the darker side of the pulp-sci-fi literary scene from the 60’s & 70’s, with the likes of J G Ballard and Ray Bradbury; there is something sinister lurking in those predictions of a dystopian future which is now becoming all too true, and that remains a theme through the album. And then there’s our own 24 year coma as a band, and our resurrection both as individuals and as a musical collective – so this songs puts to bed our breezy 90’s thing and faces up to the dark times we now live in.”
LTW: A great start to the album. Cracker of an opening riff, distorted vocals and a cruncher of a chorus. A nice one to kick in with.
Hope Dies Last
“A song that couldn’t be more globally relevant! We have clearly set this planet on a course of extinction, and it is taking today’s youth to stand up and protest at our lack of foresight. Greta Thunberg has become an icon for this movement and her words feature within this track (approved by the Thunberg family!). The time is passed for hope, now is the time for action. You have to wonder though whether it is all too late and we will not be able to reverse the course of events – man’s extinction could well be the best thing for the planet! Musically we wear our influences very clearly on our sleeves throughout this record, and you’ll likely get a sense of our hometown ancestors Joy Division here.”
LTW: Another grunge number piling in with Paul’s vocals giving the song a dark theme and again this crashes in with loads of top noise reminiscent of early Pixies. Belter.
Automaton
“This song evolved from the last guitar riff I wrote 24 years ago as the band split, but if we finished it back then it would not have sounded anything like this! Dripping in irony this song came together because of the tech we have at our fingertips. As a band we live in different parts of Europe, so as we write and record in our own home studio set-ups, this music becomes nothing but 0s & 1s sent via cloud servers, with virtually every aspect of the process digitally adjusted. Mr Hancox wrote a bass line that I didn’t see coming a mile off and that turned this tune on its head, Chris gave us a cool disco beat and then I added that heavy slab Tubeway Army style synth over the top giving us something very dynamic. Paul’s lyrics address the rise of artificial intelligence, our reliance on robotics and technology – again a dark future where lines are blurred between organic and mechanic – who knows where this will end – maybe a future where AI is in control and us humans live in routine, repetitive circadian rhythms?”
LTW: Futuristic as fuck, doom laden, another great bassline and a huge chorus once again. Like James says the synth gives it that Numan feel throughout. The closest they’ll get to an upbeat Goth tune.
Songbirds
“Well we don’t cheer things up just yet! There are always literary, film and musical references in our work, and here we take some of Sebastian Faulks’ novel Birdsong on board – a story love and loss through the First World War, the horrors of watching your friends, simultaneously brave and scared facing brutal massacre day after day – the astounding ability to show resilience in the face of death because we always hold on to one thing – hope. It will hit you like a train when you need it – for when you search for a new dawn. Very much our version of a power ballad I guess!”
LTW: They get a bit mellow on this one and it’s a beauty, haunting and dark it’s a cross between Nick Cave and The National but in their own rights. A tight knit song that gets you every listen.
Soda Queen
“Ok, so we needed to brighten things up now! This is a solid slice of our take on Americana-Alt-Rock-Pop, a bright and breezy trip from coast-to-coast, roof-top down, sun in our hair with the girl of our dreams, the soda queen from the local diner. Very much the pop song of the album following previous tunes like Worthless, So Plain and Spacegirl.”
LTW: Very much what James says here. Alt rock sprinkled with pop and a nod back to what Kerosene were up to back in the nineties. A step out of the darkness for a few minutes of light.
The Body Politik
“This started as a very chilled Floyd-esque tune on a family holiday in the Isle of Skye, but changed into a different beast all together once we developed it. We pretty much threw our Kerosene songwriting manual out the window for good here, and took this on a different path altogether – the structure got sliced and diced, guitars became more avant-garde and the whole thing organically became something reminiscent of the early PiL days! Once again another literary reference in here, this time influenced by a bizarre short story from Clive Barker where hands have their own consciousness! (Charlie’s right hand declares himself a Messiah and chops of the left hand – a rebellion ensues!!)”
LTW: I’d describe this as a more early sonic Spiritualized / Spacemen 3 type tune. It’s got that drone but is more upbeat due to the funky bassline and upbeat drums from Chris. Nice.
Recoil
“Well we take a lot of crap in modern life and we have to deal with it. Slapped hard in the face, we suffer proverbial whiplash, but we have to dust ourselves down and get back up. This is a real dark horse of a song for me, and comes together musically and production-wise beautifully. Thinking back to recording our first album we recorded and re-recorded, and engineered and mastered and remixed time and time again until we had a very clean (sanitized?) sound. Not on this album – what’s been great here is that some of the parts are not totally perfect, some of them are from first demos, some of them have crackles and pops and fretboard noise – but it’s all genuine and carries the essence of the music within it. Go with the flow of this one, close your eyes and think of Johnny Cash’s performing at San Quentin!”
LTW: One of the stand out tracks to me. Paul Taylor comes across all Richard Hawley on this. Dark as fuck with a proper bluesy surf rock feel. The dynamics on this are fuckin’ ace and they show their experience throughout. A lot of bands nowadays would kill to write a tune like this.
Good Cop, Bad Cop
“We all have two sides to our personality – often at conflict – and I’m sure we all reflect on ourselves from time to time and regret some of our words, our actions and our pasts. The first cinema date I had with my (now) wife was Bad Lieutenant starring Harvey Keitel (how she didn’t see the writing on the wall I have no idea!), so if you want to know how bad a bad cop can be check that film out – maybe redemption will come to us all. I had fun adding guitar lines in here, and for some reason I kept thinking back to the groovy 60’s style sounds from Hammer Horror movies and even the original Randall & Hopkirk TV series!”
LTW: Kicks off all psychedelic just to blag you, then Paul shows off his Manc drawl without the whine of Liam and a soul sister backing. Another lovely song with a gothic dark feel, all echoes and haunting vibes going on here. They are the masters of the chorus. This will be fuckin’ top live, believe me.
Evil In My Eye
“This is what happens when you let Mr Hancox out of tagesklinik! Or maybe it was because he went intotagesklinik!? This is a rollicking blend of 1980’s “hair metal” and our post-punk heroes Fugazi, galloping along with a bag full of rock cliches! It would’ve been fun to make a video for this (not going to happen) with a truckload of spandex and pyrotechnics. Paul’s lyrics once again take on the oppression we face within our modern lives, as we unwittingly succumb to the slavemasters of the ‘Establishment’.”
LTW: When I first heard this I thought of Muse. And you will to until the bassline kicks in and Paul does his attempt at rapping. It fuckin’ works. Hair Metal? Fuck off James. The only bit that comes close is the small cock rock guitar solo. Loads going on here. Could have stretched 3 songs out of this one, Great songwriting. Its even got a 70’s funk thing going on! Another stand out for me.
They Shoot Horses
“Yep, we read a lot of books and we watch a lot of films! From Horace McCoy back in 1935, this is a great story of insane depression-era dance marathons that people subscribed to, in a hope of scraping out of the gutter (check out the 1969 film too). Musically we had some fun here, a real nod to some of our 1980’s goth influences, this could’ve easily been an early Sisters Of Mercy tune. Check out the attention to detail on the drum sounds we used in here, we may have to credit Dr Avalanche for that snare!”
LTW: Another tune that recalls early Pixies. Dark as fuck, loud, distorted lo-fi lyrics and a great riff throughout. The drumming that kicks off the bridge is stunning.
Social Butterfly
“There are two important sides to this song – firstly its two fingers up to the political establishment in the UK – and the monumental mess surrounding the whole ‘Brexit’ saga. It’s not pro-leave and it’s not pro-remain – that is a destructive devisive tactic used to create political unrest that can be capitalised on by our unscrupulous ‘leaders’. And secondly this is the first wholly ‘new’ Kerosene song written after 24 years of dormancy – none of us expected that we’d talk to each other again, let alone write and record music, so this has a special place in our hearts in our resurrection. Cautiously released earlier in the year (as per the original Brexit date) under the guise of Def Robot vs Kerosene this song underpins a musical freedom we now feel without the shackles of a record label.”
LTW: To be truthful I dismissed this song when I heard the rough demos. I fuckin’ apologise. John Robb will love that bassline. Shit hot stuff. The closest they’ll get to The Damned but with a bit of a Rocky Horror shit going on. Something you’d expect to hear from LTW favourites Cabbage. Great stuff.
Rock Bottom
“Well we thought we’d end the album on a bitter-sweet note. We’ve all suffered loss, pain, heartache, despair and severe lows in our lives – so let’s face it full on and raise a glass to that reality – but keep an eye on the light at the end of the tunnel – the person (or people) who give us hope, who give us love, who share our dreams, who let us cry on their shoulder, who allow us to share the most personal of intimacies. There is only one way to go when we hit rock bottom!
LTW: A cracking end to the album. Heartfelt as fuck, beautiful, touching, a torch song to people who get through bad times and find a way out of that hole we have all fell in at one point in our lives.
All in all a brilliant album by a band who were promising in a scene I was involved in yet never hit it big like they should due to the arrival of lad rock and Britpop exploding at the time. I’ve already mentioned the scene in Manchester in the early Nineties, a la Solar Race and my own small band, on the scene but under a cloud of music heads wanting something to replace Madchester and turning into a lad rock indie monster. Not a bad thing, however in my opinion bands like Kerosene and the underground stuff which was happening at the time should never have been ignored….
They are back in a new climate now where music heads want something different and challenging. Kerosene are a breath of fresh air. Def Robot are experimenting like fuck and their work ethic is amazing. And it’s all DIY. Who the fuck wants safe?? No one I know anyway….

Words by Wayne Carey who writes for Louder Than War. His author profile is here

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

ARGH KiD: R10T - Single review

Single / Track Review
ARGH KiD
RIOT
DL from Bandcamp
After the fantastic blend of hip hop punk moves ARGH KiD came up with on recently released EP Derelict Dreams, Dave Scott is back with a bang. He aired this live at his Salty Dog gig earlier this month and my jaw dropped. On record it’s just as powerful. Believe me.
This tune couldn’t come at a more precise moment with the shitty state of our fucked up country under chief clown Boris. It’s a massive, dirty bass driven hip hop monster from the stable of Public Enemy and Rage Against The Machine. I claimed on Louder Than War not long ago that Reunion is the best song of the year. I’m wrong. This ups the stakes on my coolometer times 10. You know when you hear something that gets the hairs standing on your neck and the familiar shivers? This is it. Mixing music with politics can be a tricky business and many bands try it and fail miserably. ARGH KiD just fuckin’ nails it with his clever lyrics regarding wrong uns running riot. It’s not a call to arms as such, “Take a look around we’re back in the eighties, We’re being ransacked by right wingers and racists” It’s more about pointing out that the scarily growing minority of British people have moved back years when it comes to racism, right wing extremism and the divide between classes is deepening again. And what better way to put your point across with a powerful punk hip hop tune like this. A thundering bassline, harsh as fuck drumming, that familiar Kill Bill sample added to the mix. “Don’t don’t don’t believe their shite” And that chorus just fuckin’ hits you in the face.
Stand up. Our lives should be fought for….
Fuck…..
Tour dates:
AUG 25 SUN  RivFest 2019, Warrington
OCT 4 FRI Mercury Climbing Festival, Stockport
OCT 5 SAT  Jimmy’s, Liverpool
OCT 11 FRI  Barrow Underground Music Society, Barrow In Furness
NOV 15 FRI  Nice n’ Sleazy’s, Glasgow
NOV 22 FRI   Night & Day Cafe, Manchester
Words by Wayne Carey who writes for Louder Than War. 

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Stephen Lynn: The Other Side Of Art - Book Launch Review

Stephen Lynn: Dionysus Art Book Launch.
FAC251 Building, Manchester.
Friday 6th September.
I actually got an invite to this by accident after chatting to Georgina Robinson (ex Factory Records employee and Manc PR dudester) about something totally different and the conversation got to Stephen Lynn. I didn’t realise this was the guy behind the amazing Old Nags Head mural on Bootle Street. (above)
For those who don’t know Stephen Lynn let me put you in the picture (you get me…). He’s an artist from Warrington who now resides in Manchester and his art just blows you away. After getting the nod from Rowetta of Happy Mondays fame he was commissioned by The Old Nags Head to create the massive mural on the rooftop beer garden which everyone talks about around here. It took him months to stencil out all the pictures (as above) and then they were burned into the brickwork to create an iconic scene of familiar Manc faces from all different generations, which includes the famous Tony Wilson quote, Emmeline Pankhurst, Alan Turing, fuckin’ Hilda Ogden and a plethora of music greats, too many to name.
This exhibition at the old Factory records headquarters is a celebration of some of his latest drawings, including some ordinary people he just liked to portray and a few familiar faces from the Manc scene and more.
It’s all about his new book Dionysis art which is a tidy little thing that looks like a notebook but contains some great images and quotes to match the artwork. And to top it all off we get a classic old skool DJ set from Hacienda legend John Da Silva and a short set of Twisted Wheel hits from Jonny Brown to celebrate this release.
Jonny does a short set of Twisted Wheel classics and has the crowd singing along to every tune he airs. He’s still got that magic and it’s great to see in back on form with some great stuff. Strife is just fuckin’ brilliance and the lucky people here are chanting every word back to him. He still has that indie rock star look and belts out his stuff with a confident air like he’s never been away. A wonderful You Stole The Sun lifts the mood and you know they’re gonna blow up The Ritz when they return later this year. The picture of Jonny in Stephen’s book is a play on The Matrix and looks great with Stephen’s signature style.
I won’t give too much away as this is a book you should own if you love his work. They all have a photographic look to them which make them stand out with style. The fact that he’s included some unfamiliar faces along with some outright legends shows he’s a man with a heart for his art and keeps his feet firmly planted in his working class roots with no pretence. A big thanks must go out to Georgina Robinson for getting involved and securing the old Factory offices for this great display of artwork. I could picture Tony sitting at that legendary table in the centre of the room swearing like a trooper at Shaun Ryder and all the other nutjob musicians who graced this place. Sends a shiver up me spine….
Photo credits: Karen Mcbride. Use of these images in any form without permission is illegal.

Exhibition artwork credits: Portraits of John Robb, Jonny Brown, Karen Mcbride and Sean Brett are all works by Karen McBride.
Words by Wayne Carey who writes for Louder Than War. His author profile is here.

Monday, 2 September 2019

The Rising: The Salty Dog, Northwich, Saturday 21st September gig preview.



The Rising.

Sometimes LTW are accused of sticking to Manchester bands. Well fuck the accusers! The Rising released an important album by anyones standards last year. Hailing from Southampton they have a Manc swagger yet have the psychedelic mod sound and an album that made our Top 20 albums of the year according to me and Ged Babey (another LTW writer). They're working class, working hard and sometimes make it oop North. You seriously need to check them out at one of the best Northern venues around, The Salty Dog.

What fucks me off big time today is how Liam and Noel are fighting to make music on their own terms. Liam's stuck to the tried and tested Oasis formula which is no bad thing if that's your bag. Noel is trying in vain to be different yet churning out 80's pop shit whilst trying to be psychedelic which doesn't wash with me. The Rising have their comparisons but have no illusions about melding the two. Tommy Overington and co have produced a cracking album. No pretense, Tommy states his influences with honesty and the tunes say it all. Oasis, The Who, Tame Impala, The Kinks, Small Faces, proper Mod meets Manc with a heart on the sleeve. Just talented Southern musicians with a love for Mod and Mancunia who need this stuff heard by his Northern counterparts. They need to be heard. Fuckin' end of....

Here's the review from last year by my mate Ged Babey.

The Rising – Are You Ready To Fly? (Detour)
 CD /  DL 
9/10
Released  9 Nov 2018
The Rising return with their much anticipated second studio album on Detour.  Big production, psychedelic anthems and some thoroughly Modern Mod pop.  A contender for mainstream success… if they can get national media coverage.  Ged Babey gets on the blower to 6-Music.
The world is yours to claim.  Seize this moment!
Local Boys Make Good.  Against all the Odds.
Remember when teachers would say; “You’ll never amount to anything boy!  Your head’s in the clouds. You’re a dreamer”.  Well, this is the moment when Jimmy, Liam, Barrie, Tommy, Matt, Ryan and Emily are vindicated.  Listen to this!  We have made a bloody great album, full of memorable tunes, catchy songs and uplifting lyrics.  A proper, well-produced,  2018 album!
The Rising are ready.  Ready to go up a level from self-managed, self-funded, popular local band and best-sellers on Mod/Scooterist label Detour, to proper contemporary 2018 pop group; they should be on the radio, on TV and touring nationally – were their any justice…  But you need a lot of luck, money or friends in the right places to do that nowadays….
Some of the loyal followers of Detour Records output will absolutely love it whilst others will baulk at the retro-80’s synthesizers and stratospheric psychedelia on half the tracks.  But if this gets the exposure there are a legion of former Lad Rock fans who would lap it up.  There is even a track your mum or nan will like  – (Talk To Me) a ballad which Gary Barlow could’ve written if he was going through a Lennon phase.
Basically, ‘Are You Ready To Fly?’ is the album Oasis and Stone Roses fans have been waiting for (whether they knew it or not!).  A ‘new band’ but with the same kind of attitude and equally good tunes. A similar self-belief and work ethic. working, playing and partying equally as hard and making as many people dance and smile and singalong as they can.  This is instantly accessible music.  This is music for real people.  The ones who only buy one or two albums a year – and those tend to be ‘greatest hits’ sadly – because they don’t have money to waste on arty, navel-gazing shite….  (This aint hipster/trendy/flavour of the month stuff…)
I say that, but there is a lot of serious/emotional content in these songs about aspirations, the power of love, escape, pride, freedom  … and age-old decisions like  ‘toot or blow’ and  ‘whether to get off your tits or on some-one else’s’….
The title track, the opening number is the best.  It’s the one which should be the ‘hit single’. It’s an anthem full of positive energy and self-motivation. Ambition fuelled by love or drugs or both or neither, just a determination, a need.   It builds from an ascending bass line and floor-tom and Emily Blackledge’s soulful voice before the momentum takes it and Tommy Overington rides the waves of choppy guitar with his words.  When the chorus kicks in, it’s a perfect storm.
So Find…Yourself…. By loosing all your inhibitions 
Life itself …. doesn’t need to have restrictions
Take the leap, don’t look down, the end is far from nigh. 
Are you Ready To Fly?
A great pop-song with a stinging guitar motif which appears thirteen seconds in and is then saved for the outro.   It’s the Risings defining moment.  Their ‘Fools Gold’ or their equivalent to the Teardrop Explodes ‘Reward’….talking of which, the album was engineered by an old mate of Julian Cope, Tim Lewis or Thighpaulsandra as he is better known.
Frontman Tommy says of him;
HE TAUGHT US LOADS. HE DIDN’T PRODUCE IT BUT HE DID GO BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY AS AN ENGINEER. HE WOULDN’T DO OUR WORK FOR US BUT HE WOULD LEAD US INTO THE LIGHT SO TO SPEAK. I’M THANKFUL TO HIM FOR THAT BECAUSE HE MADE US THINK AND WORK IT OUT FOR OURSELVES. WITHOUT HIM, THE ALBUM WOULDN’T BE WHAT IT IS.
If you have read the Working Class Heroes interview the frontman gave you’ll know that The Rising do wear their hearts on their sleeve as far as inspirations go.  There is a heavy Lennon and a lighter Liam influence throughout the album.
Lord, Please Show Me The Way To Go takes Lennon onto the Northern Soul dancefloor, whilst the epic Feels Like I’m Dreaming But It’s Real takes Double Fantasy era vocals on a trip with some amazing Back-to-the-Future keyboards from Liam Dixon ( former Neville Staples keyboard-player no less.)
Talking about the album and the influences Tommy draws a line from Mod to  Psych – Small Faces , the Chocolate Watchband and The 13th Floor Elevators thru to  Revolver and Sgt Pepper to modern psych pop bands like Tame Impala and Temples. And add to that movie music…
I’VE NOTICED RECENTLY THERE’S BEEN BIT OF AN 80’S REVIVAL GOING ON IN TERMS OF FILM AND MUSIC WITH STEPHEN KING’S “IT” AND THE SERIES “STRANGER THINGS” BEING SET IN THAT ERA. THE LATTER HAD A REALLY STRONG 80’S SYNTH SOUNDING THEME SONG AND TAME IMPALA’S LAST ALBUM “CURRENTS” SOUNDED VERY SIMILAR TO THAT ALSO. WE’VE TRIED TO INCORPORATE ALL OF THESE NEW INFLUENCES INTO OUR MUSIC AND MAKE SOMETHING A BIT DIFFERENT.
For a so-called ‘Mod band’, musically, there are a real variety of influences which come over; from Guns’n Roses type balladry, Harold Faltermeyer synth,  to Motown, techno, sitar, Fifties type twang and Girl group harmonies, which counter-balance the frontmans Lennon fixation nicely.
I could tell you in great detail how every song on this album is a work of some kind of genius… but I know you don’t have the attention span.  (The only weakness is some cliched lyricism on Kaleidoscope Eyes in particular). But just listen.  Soak it up.  The Rising sound familiar, but they are brand new. They sound ‘old-fashioned’, but they are modern, they are Now!  They are the blokes down the pub with a thousand stories and jokes but against all the odds they have produced a classic album of British working class pop music. Thoroughly modern modernist pop.
(** I’m biased? I’m a mate? …. nope.  I’m an old punk who likes arty, noisy weird shit generally speaking – but I mean every word –  I write about as many local bands as I can but I have learned to love this group and I want them to succeed because they are ordinary, yet extraordinary geezers (and a bird) who have realised their ambition and exceeded even their own expectations thru sheer willpower and hard work -and produced a work of, dare I say it, pop art. )
**Message to (South Coast) cynics and followers of my reviews.  xx





ARGH KiD: Derelict Dreams EP - Review

ARGH KiD


Derelict Dreams EP.
AWAL Records.
DL all available platforms.
Release Date: 9th September.
Straight from the the streets of Manchester, ARGH KiD comes back with some tunes that are putting homegrown hip hop back on the map. Dave Scott takes on the mantle as our new Manc hip hop street poet hero with a band to back him that fucks up any tag you can lump him with… Wayne AF Carey gets fucked up by the best sounds of the year going.
I’ve listened to some tunes this year. Honest. You should know me by now. I listen to anyone I give a fuck about. Seriously. The Pagans S.O.H. have proved themselves, the man Chris Bridgett has made an impact with his Swimmers, Stepford Wives are on the scene, Adventures Of Salvador are bringing back the Fall feeling. Get my vibe??? Dave Scott is genius. Don’t argue with me. The brilliant Frank was a tale of a working scally who blows his wages getting wrecked every week. Neighbours was a tale of gentrification, dickheads growing beards and taking over our working class areas munching on falafel trying to be trendy looking like twats. Derelict Dreams takes on a totally different slant with a serious theme going on.
Tearaways is just astonishing in vision. A personal tale of growing up in Longsight / Levenshulme that I can totally relate to. Just kids going in the different directions that life takes you. I’m a witness to what he’s describing. It’s all laid down with a soundtrack from a Spike Lee film or all the Blaxploitation movies you watched over the years. Sublime. Laid back as fuck, beautiful harmonies and stunning. The artwork on the cover just lays it all out. What I did in the early eighties in Collyhurst!
Reunion just fucks me up big time. Forget your ordinary hip hop here mate. A thundering bass line, punk as fuck and a stark tale of an estranged son meeting up with his dodgy father. I don’t need to explain. Just listen to his lyrics. “Was it the left or the right when you kicked her goodnight?” Similarities to the famous lines “He hit me and it felt like a kiss?” Fuckin bang on! The best thing I’ve heard this year without a doubt.
B Boy is a rework of his early muse Beige Boy. All about indentification and race issues, Dave tells a real story that should wake these bigots up. you know the score. Haunting stuff which is proper avante garde ambience, similar to the Kate Tempest vibe.
I interviewed Dave not long ago and know exactly where he’s coming from. The streets. He wants us to listen to a soundtrack to what’s going on in his head with no bollocks. Just the honest truth of his life, observations  and the people living around him. Like he says, Movies For The Ears…. I’m not arguing. The best EP I’ve heard in ages and probably my release of the year. Stunned.
Tour dates:
AUG 25 SUN
Goose Green Festival 2019
SEP 5 THU
SEP 28 SAT
OCT 4 FRI
Mercury Climbing Festival
OCT 5 SAT
OCT 11 FRI
Barrow Underground Music Society
NOV 15 FRI
Nice n’ Sleazy’s
NOV 22 FRI
Night & Day Cafe
Words by Wayne Carey who writes for Louder Than War. His author profile is here.