Sunday, January 27, 2013

Jay Gonzalez - Mess Of Happiness


Once again, the wonderful Interplanet Janet joins us for an album review, this time for the amazing debut album from Jay Gonzalez.

Jay Gonzalez
Mess of Happiness

You may or may not know Jay Gonzalez as the keyboard player from the band Drive-by Truckers. I would like to introduce you to his first album flying solo. But first, rewind to a couple months ago. I received the album not really sure what to expect since I hadn’t previously heard anything by the Drive-by Truckers. I was delighted because the songs were like the type my friends and I loved years ago. We would take refuge in them when our usual shoegaze, grunge and alt-rock got to be just too much. We would point out certain observant and amusing lyrics, laughing away our seemingly huge but-you-ain’t-seen-nothing-yet teenage troubles. Fun, clever, retro-pop, that back in the 70s and 80s might have been called “rock” because the songs contain a few guitar solos. I listened to Mess of Happiness carefully, smiled and thought Music used to be so fun. Why is my music collection so serious these days?  This question hung over me like Beijing smog.


Let’s examine the album in more detail. I’m not going to list all Jay Gonzalez’s influences, but if you are interested, you can find them posted on jaygonzalez.com— the pop greats Paul McCartney, Todd Rundgren and Joe Jackson feature. This is demonstrated in the quality of the songwriting with an added dose of humour and a dash of not-taking-oneself-too-seriously. Let me assure you though, that the unique and amusing nature of the album (which crosses over into the videos that are well worth a look) does not mean the listener has to sacrifice quality.


 These are fine, well-crafted pop songs; well-sung and packed with personality. The random samples of sound that appear throughout, a child’s voice for example, only add to it’s charm. Some of the further influences I picked up on are Glen Campbell, ABBA, Wings and even the early 90s power-pop  band, Jellyfish— but I’m not sure what Jay would say about that. It does go to show that this is a very eclectic bunch of songs and that a listen is essential.
It’s not easy to choose a few standout tracks because they all have something noteworthy about them, but I will start with the brilliantly-titled Turning Me On. Once upon a time, we made mixtapes. If after hearing this poptastic gem you do not have the immediate urge to put this on a mixtape for someone then there’s something wrong with you.
Also noteworthy is the punchy, peculiar and bass-heavy Skinny Little Fingers. It’s hard to place this song. Part of me feels it belongs nestled in an episode of Scooby-Do for it’s faux-scary murder mystery narrative. Also, if you are like me and enjoy compiling Halloween-themed mixtapes, this track would be perfect. I should add that Gonzalez gets a bumper pack of extra points from me for the insertion of “Teenage Fanclub” in the lyrics. If there is indeed such a thing as a Teenage Fanclub shiny mac, I want one and I want it now.


This is what I have decided. Mess of Happiness is an album that is needed in your record collection right now because it’s probably so unlike what is in your record collection right now. I admit I’ve been pretty big into deeply serious and tortured singer-songwriters who take you through their seemingly impossible quest for love and acceptance.  I honestly have no intention of ditching them but there needs to be a balance. You need to hang out with a funny friend for a while, not just the friend with all the drama permanently attached.  Interestingly, like the funny friend, you will find this album also has considerable depth under the surface. This is especially evident in it’s examination of relationships with friends and lovers. For example, in the tracks Short Leash, I Urge You and Louisa.


I’m pleased to have this album because it has forced me to realise the reason why my record collection has become so serious is because I have become so serious. The teenage me would regard this as a tragedy. All the more reason why, starting with Mess of Happiness, this should be the year for music to make you smile. Despite the mess.

Interplanet Janet

Contact, befriend, follow, like and love Jay Gonzalez here: Facebook

Visit Jay Gonzalez Official web site for more music and photos here: www.jaygonzalez.com

Buy "Mess of Happiness" at the following links:

iTunesAmazoneMusic  Bandcamp





Friday, January 25, 2013

Hot Nun - Hot Nun


Hot Nun is a band led by former Spinning Jennies and Well Wishers main man, Jeff Shilton, joined by Braden McGraw (Disastroid/Headslide) and together they take Power Pop to the rockier side with the volume turned to eleven.
This album is what I would term as a driving album, stick it on the car stereo, wind the windows down and drive out on the open road, head bobbing up and down and drumming on the steering wheel, then when it comes to an end, you start it all over again and drive a bit further!

This is not Jeff Shelton or Braden McGraw but a "hot nun!"

Fans of The Well Wishers or Spinning Jennies may be looking within to find the chiming guitars that are the trademark of those bands but will not be disappointed with this 8 track album, the melodies are there, the riffs, the harmonies, it is just that this one goes to eleven and the guitars drive proceedings along very nicely.



So, what are you waiting for, get the car polished up and ready to go, download the album and go for a drive!!!

Download the album here: Bandcamp
(CD's are currently being pressed and should be available sometime towards the end of February)

Contact, befriend, follow, like and love Hot Nun here: Facebook





Thursday, January 24, 2013

Men Of North Country - The North


It pays to have friends all over the world when it comes to hearing about good, no, great music, and I'd like to thank my friend Yael in Israel for turning me onto this fantastic soul outfit from Tel Aviv.


Amazingly the band was started by chance when DJ Yashiv Cohen was heard singing along to the records he was spinning at Tel Aviv Soul Club, this led to him teaming up with some musician friends and creating a soul band which stays true to the sound of 60's and Northern Soul, and as a person who is passionate about Soul, I have to say that this band is one of the very best I have heard in recent years.

Human Leagues "Mirror Man" given a tasty work over by MONC.

Working through this album, you can pick out the artists and the songs that drive this band from Al Wilson, Gloria Jones, Style Council and Dexys Midnight Runners, in fact "Ringtone (At The Caffs)" could have sat quite comfortably on Dexys "Searching For The Young Soul Rebels."  MONC very clearly and openly display their influences but also bring their own twist and freshness to Soul.

This is a fantastic debut album that will have you out of your seat and moving your feet, it has been made with passion by people who have soul in their hearts, it really comes as no surprise that MONC are being embraced all over Europes Soul and Mod scenes as well as in their home country, yes, they are that good!


Men Of North Country are:

Yashiv Cohen - Vocals
 Boaz Wolf - Drums, Percussion, Keys, Guitars
Doron Farhi - Guitars, Vocals
Jonathon Ydov - Bass, Vocals
Sefi Sizzling - Trumpet
Ongy Sizzling - Saxaphone
Ido Kretchmer - Trombone


Contact, befriend, follow, like and love MONC here: Facebook

Buy the album here: Acid Jazz Label

Download the album here: itunes

Needless to say..........


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Stanley Road embark on "Crowdfunding" project.


Spanish Mod band Stanley Road have just started a funding project to help them release the bands debut album.

In these times where record companies choose to invest in so few artists, other than those that come from some TV talent show like X-Factor or the like, it is refreshing to see artists adapt the DIY ethic to ensure their music gets out there and that we the listeners get a diversity of choice.

There are different levels of contribution that you can make and the rewards given at each level vary from records, concerts in your home, local bar and even traveling with the band on a small tour with VIP treatment.


Please take a look at the link and support the band as much as you can.


The feature is entirely in Spanish, I used Google Translate as a translation tool, however I am sure the band will happily answer any questions via their Facebook page here: Facebook


Friday, January 18, 2013

The Galileo 7 - Staring At The Sound


As a fan of the Medway scene I was really excited about this albums arrival, and with very good reason,  vocalist/guitarist of The Galileo 7, Allan Crockford, was the bass player with, in my opinion, the greatest Medway band of them all, The Prisoners. Allan was also a member of Solarflares, Prime Movers and many other Medway garage bands and he is now leading his own band and standing shoulder to shoulder with the greatest of Medway bands in his own right.



So, you would expect "Staring At The Sound" to have some form and you would not be wrong, this is an absolute stunner from start to finish.  Allan has had the reputation of being the reliable sideman to many great figures in his time as a musician, so it should of come as no surprise that he would develop and find a flair for writing his own songs, and, songs of quality too, which is exactly what he has done with The Galileo 7.



"Staring At The Sound" is everything you could possibly want from an album, tip top songs with psychadelic sounds, swirling organ, loads of harmonies, well written, meaningful lyrics and energy galore, as you would expect from a stalwart of the Medway sound.
It would be impossible to attempt to pick a stand out track on this album, all twelve tracks here hit the mark, each and every one of them could be released as a single.


This album will leave you wanting for more, I promise you, and the good news is, that there is more, The Galileo 7 released their debut album in 2010, "Are We Having Fun Yet?" which fortunately the band very kindly sent me along with "Staring At The Sound" and I can assure you that it is every bit as wonderful as the latest album.

"Running Through Our Hands" from the debut album "Are We Having Fun Yet?"

"Orangery Lane" from the debut album "Are We Having Fun Yet?"

"Staring At The Sound" (along The Solarflares and Prime Movers material), can be purchased at The Galileo 7 official website, both on the superior format of vinyl and CD here:  http://www.thegalileo7.fourfour.com/home
(Also check out the excellent single "Modern Love Affair" and "Can't Get Away From Myself")

The albums are also available for download at itunes and amazon.

The debut album can be purchased here: Misty Lane Shop

The latest album "Staring At The Sound" can also be purchased from the wonderful "State Records here: State Records
(Be sure to check out the other fine bands that this label puts out too.)

Contact, befriend, like and love (immensely) The Galileo 7 here: Facebook



Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Theme - Time For Change. OUT NOW


The Theme have landed, suited and booted and ready for world domination, with their debut album "Time For Change."

The echoes within the grooves here take you back to a time when music had a real immediacy to it, a time when the music gripped you and excited you, a time when music meant more. 


The band are the first to admit that they are not re-inventing the sound of the Mod revival and Britpop eras, they are merely the torch bearers for the next generation, saving our souls, and ears, from the mindless drivel that is rammed down the throat of the nation by daytime radio.
Fortunately they are not alone in their conquest, but lead the way with the likes of Len Price 3, The Past Tense, Stanley Road and The Electric Stars to name a few.


The album is chock full of tunes, attitude and style, also reflected in the bands very sharp dress sense, and will not only appeal to fans of the Mod revival of the late 70's and early 80's but will also sit very comfortably with those who had a passion for the Britpop sounds, the likes of Oasis and The Real People.  But, and maybe more importantly, this will bring a refreshing sound to the kids being starved of "real" music and hopefully revive something in the youth that makes them go out and check out the bands that don't get mainstream radio airplay, but, who like The Theme, have so much to offer. Time for a change?  I reckon so, and The Theme are making it.

Whilst I have not been lucky enough, yet, to see the band live, I am assured that they put on a fantastic live show, so if you see any gigs listed near you, go along and have some fun!


I often get asked if we are at the start of another Mod revival, well, if The Theme is what constitutes a Mod revival, I f*cking hope so!!!!!

Buy the album, Contact, befriend, follow, like and love The Theme here: Facebook


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A Fragile Tomorrow - Be Nice, Be Careful


I have been looking forward to hearing this album since I was sent the single "Kernersville" in the autumn last year, and I can, hand on heart, say it was well worth waiting for.
"Be Nice, Be Careful" is a choice cut of Power Pop, sometimes echoing the great power pop bands that have gone before them but without emulating them.
The song writing and music stand up to any scrutiny with well crafted songs and meaningful lyrics that never fail to engage the listener on every level.
A Fragile Tomorrow have released an album that will sit comfortably with a cross section of listeners, an album full of radio friendly tunes that will hopefully bring this music to the masses, who are currently being fed a diet of crap from TV talent shows, there is more to music.....and here they are!



A Fragile Tomorrow has become one of the most respected band of brothers on the road, largely thanks to their venerable work ethic, stellar musicianship, and fans in high places. The four-piece powerpop band is comprised of identical brothers Sean and Dominic Kelly, their younger brother Brendan, and Shaun Rhoades. In 2006, the band released its debut album, “Wishful Thinking.” Early 2008 brought the world "Beautiful Noise," the band's second record, which was produced by Grammy® award-winner Malcolm Burn, producer for such industry luminaries as Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, and Patti Smith.


Years of hard work and determination started to pay off in a big way in 2009. They went into the studio, with singer-songwriter Danielle Howle as producer, to make their third record “Tripping Over Nothing,” which features contributions from Amy Ray of Indigo Girls, singer-songwriter Susan Cowsill, and legendary musician Peter Holsapple. Sean and Dominic also made an appearance on Indigo Girls’ 2010 live album, “Staring Down the Brilliant Dream”, as well as Amy Ray’s 2012 solo release, “Lung of Love.”

Starting in 2010 and continuing through recent months, AFT joined Indigo Girls on tour in various cities, including a show in their home base of Charleston, SC in early 2011. As 2011 started to wind down, the band was invited to their West Coast debut as touring openers for The Bangles. Shows at well-respected clubs like House of Blues and legendary venues such as The Fillmore in San Francisco made the West Coast a successful new market for the band. More high-profile gigs followed throughout 2012, as the band shared the bill with Antigone Rising, Garrison Starr, Drivin’ and Cryin’, and Matthew Sweet respectively. While opening for Sweet on his celebrated “Girlfriend tour,” one Massachusetts critic proclaimed AFT as “everything that is right with music.” 

Along with their busy touring schedule, the band carved out time in January of 2012 to complete their fourth record, “Be Nice Be Careful,” with music legend Mitch Easter as producer and Ted Comerford as co-producer. Known for his work with bands like R.E.M. and Pavement, Easter brought his trademark jangle-pop sound to the band’s compositions. This latest batch of songs show A Fragile Tomorrow’s growth not only in their songwriting, but in their musicianship as a whole. 


Sean Kelly-Vocals, Guitars

Dominic Kelly-Drums, Vocals

Brendan Kelly-Guitars, Vocals

Shaun Rhoades-Bass, Vocals

A Fragile Tomorrow’s genre has never been easy to pinpoint, as the band uses the cities, musicians, and cultures that they come across while on the road as inspiration for their songwriting. Fans have compared their music to the likes of Teenage Fanclub, The Smithereens, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Big Star, The Jayhawks, The Lemonheads, The Posies, and more. Artists such as Indigo Girls, The Bangles, Matthew Sweet, Antigone Rising, Garrison Starr, Blues Traveler, Catie Curtis, Continental Drifters, Danielle Howle, The Cowsills, and Mark Bryan of Hootie and The Blowfish have invited AFT to tour and share the stage over the last few years. 

As the band readies its fourth album for release on January 8th, 2013, their goals include expanding their fan base, touring to new cities, working with more up-and-coming musicians as well as some more of their idols, making quality records for their fans, and bringing powerpop music back to the mainstream.

Contact, befriend, follow, like and love A Fragile Tomorrow: Facebook   

Find out more, buy the album and other merchandise at the bands official web site:

    

Monday, January 14, 2013

Goodman - What We Want


This turned up in the ICM mailbox last week and after a week of listening to it, it seemed that I was keeping a little secret to myself, well, I have kept it to myself for long enough and now is the time to share it, it isn't just "What We Want," it was what I want and what you want, just what you needed!



Michael Goodman, who records and releases albums only under his surname, makes pop music. He recalls the chord progressions of the radio hits of the ’50s and ’60s and long-forgotten power-pop bands of the late ’70s with ease, resting his achingly beautiful melodies over beds of I IV V’s and, even better, I vi IV V’s.

Michael Goodman is not, however, just a kid with a guitar, regurgitating the first chords he ever learned behind a wall of distortion. Also apparent in Goodman’s music is the meticulousness, the hours of deliberation, that characterize some of the greatest pop recordings of all times. The songs on “What We Want” are born of the same painstaking attention to detail that once resulted in “Be My Baby” and “Good Vibrations.” Every note is perfectly placed, every sound achieved with care. Goodman’s every syllable is sung with conviction, his soaring harmonies exactly matching the fastidiously wrought diction of his lead vocals. The end result is a certain soulfulness; the overwhelming beauty of a singular vision, correctly realized. 


In the context of the ever-growing standards of the Mama Coco’s canon, Goodman has just raised the bar one notch higher. 

Album opener “Night Person” kicks us off in a fitful burst of hooks, but hints at the meditative melancholy that permeates the record: “I’ve been pacing ’round the room / Trying to best my restless brain,” Goodman sings. As much as this album positively overflows with soaring melodies and hooks that permanently settle between your heartstrings after just one listen, it is also soundtrack for those long, deeply restless nights. The Wrecking Crew-esque groove of “Without You” drives a positively gorgeous tune home before giving way to the bounding “Waiting,” the excellent lead single (though, frankly, every tune on this album is a serious contender for the ‘lead single’ title). Mid-album highlight “Fever” chugs along like Ziggy-era Bowie and erupts into a cacophonous wall of synths and guitar leads in harmony. “Waking Hours” is some of Goodman’s finest songwriting to date, a strikingly subtle ballad; the instrumentation is perfectly understated, and the harmonies, doused in reverb, are almost painfully lovely. The late-album one-two punch of “Awakened” and the rowdy title track–the latter of which captures early-relationship jitters to a tee–are additional highlights. “Won’t,” which serves as the jangling but incredibly powerful album closer, ends an already-intimate record on an even more intimate note. 



Like those of some of the best young songwriters (I am reminded, for instance, of Bright Eyes’ “Fevers & Mirrors”), Goodman’s lyrics are peppered with recurring imagery: flowers and fever, sleeping (but mainly lack thereof) and waking, early mornings and late nights plagued by uncertainty. He captures the ends of relationships and the beginnings of others through the eyes of the sleepless nights that bookend them. 

This is pop music for nervous young people, tossing and turning because we don’t know just what we want.

Stream and buy the album here: Bandcamp

Contact, follow, befriend, like and love Goodman here: Facebook



John Larson - Songs About Music


If you have been missing the band, The Marlowes, fear not, former founder member John Larson has released a rather fine debut album, "Songs About Music" and will begin recording the follow up this year.  We think that this debut is a pretty fine affair and look forward to hearing more later this year.

The Marlowes with Little Anthony.

Songs About Music is the record that John Larson has been trying to make for a long time. From the infectious guitars that introduce the opening track, “Girl in the Band” to “Kiss and Yell” - the story of strangers who turn lovers after they meet at a convention devoted to the band KISS - it’s clear that listeners are in for some unconventional lyricism and irresistible melodies.
Songs About Music is Larson’s first solo effort after having fronted the Providence, Rhode Island-based power pop/rock band The Marlowes for eight years. The new release is full of the kind of down-to-earth songs with heartfelt vocals and engaging melodies that define his best work.
Songs About Music, is a collection of songs that were all written about musicians, the art of writing music or the lively characters who surround the music scene.
Lyrically, the stories and observations that Larson unfolds are among his best work. The track “Billy and Wiggy” retells a chance meeting with English folk rocker Billy Bragg’s brother at a Bragg show in Providence in the mid-eighties. Interspersed throughout the album are odes to Josephine Baker (“The Constant Caterwaul”), a lament on the lack of authentic country music in America (“They’re Not Writing Country (In This Country Anymore”), and the thoughts of an obsessed vinyl record collector (“Track You Down”), among the others.
“Although this is my first solo album, it was definitely a collaborative effort,” said Larson. “I called on a lot of my music friends, including a few of the Marlowes, and everybody contributed beyond my expectations.”
For this project, Larson enlisted long-time friend and bandmate Justin Capaldi as his co-producer to help him achieve the sound he was searching for. “Justin is someone I trust and feel a musical kinship with and he was great at capturing the sounds I was hearing in my head,” Larson explains.
Recording and mixing took place at Lunchtime Studios and Fat Trax in Rhode Island and Rich Sound in New York.
It only takes one listen of Songs About Music to realize that Larson has achieved the sound he was searching for – in spades. For perhaps the first time, the music Larson conjures up to support his songs is just as compelling as the stories they tell.

To listen to the debut album from John Larson and to find out more, go and visit John's very excellent homepage here: www.johnlarsonri.com

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Sir Psych - The Popsike World Of Sir Psych

If, like me, you like something a bit different sometimes how a bout a little trip into the gloriously trippy world of Sir Psyche and let him take you to some far off places and beyond.

One month after this album was released on April 24th, 2012, the album was out of print and vaulted. If you were one who didn't receive a copy of the 500 albums that were manufactured or didn't get to download a copy, now is your chance to get a copy, as well as 15 bonus tracks of alternate versions and outtakes from the sessions. 

Venture of into the psychedelic world of Sir Psych. You might not be the same afterwards!



Stream and buy the album here: Bandcamp

Contact, follow, befriend, like and love Sir Psyche at all the links below:






Friday, January 11, 2013

The Whims - The Whims


The Whims, after a very careful and methodical selection process, chose to send their self titled release to us to listen to and we are very glad they did!
The band say that they have siphoned their music styles through the best filters available and quote bands such as ICM faves like Teenage Fanclub, The Kinks, GBV, Cheap Trick etc. and it would appear that the filter system is functioning extremely well as this release features all the jangly guitars, chops, kicks and harmonies that you would expect from the the very best in Power Pop and beyond, but as always, don't take my word for it, take a listen for yourself and see if this New York City combo grab you in the same way they have grabbed us!


The Whims



The Whims are:
Dileepan Ganesan - Vox, Guitar
Fletcher Maumus - Vox, Lead Guitar
Michael McGivaren - Drums
Matt Stupp - Vox, Bass Guitar



The bands facebook page says that there will be some CDs of this album available very soon, but for now you can stream the album and download a copy here: Bandcamp

Contact, befriend, follow, like and love The Whims here: Facebook



The Newds - Ready EP - OUT NOW


The Newds have released their long awaited EP "Ready" which leads with the track, that we can probably all relate to, "Go Getter" which I fell in love with the very first time I heard it, and, as anticipated, the other 3 tracks that make up this wonderful EP also command equal amounts of love and respect.

The video for "Go Getter" filmed on a shoestring budget with copious amounts of humour!

The Newds were originally formed at Art college in 1999 by Paul Meagher & Dean Woods. With very much an art school band ethic.


Vox - Paul Meagher. Drums - Corporal Vinnie. Keys - DJ Tony. Guitar - Dean Woods.Bass - John Fallon


The Newds released their first album in 2009 and needless to say, it is well worth checking out if you are enjoying the tunes here and hopefully there is another in the pipeline, in the meantime, if you like to boogie woogie when you can, go get it (the EP and the album) here: itunes

Contact, befriend, follow, like and love The Newds here:  Facebook


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Bryan Estepa, teaser for the forthcoming album, "Heart Vs Mind."

One of the Ice Cream Mans favourites, Bryan Estepa, is putting the finishing touches to his forthcoming album, "Heart Vs Mind" due out 1st of March.


Behind the scenes during the recording of the album.

The new album is to be released on vinyl, the superior format in my humble opinion, so get ready to hear the warm, rich sounds of Bryan's music even warmer and even richer as that needle traces through the grooves!


"Seachange" the first single from the new album "Heart Vs Mind." Featuring Bree De Rome on vocals.

There will be a full feature of the album on the blog as soon as the album lands in the offices of the Ice Cream Man, in the meantime, go on over to Bryan Estepa's "Reverbnation" page to get a free download of the new single.


Listen to more songs and download the latest single free here: Reverbnation

Contact, befriend, keep up with the news, like and love Bryan Estepa here: Facebook

Monday, January 7, 2013

Ballard - Little Rockets LP


Ballard is a one man lo-fi Power Pop band that produces some tasty bites of Power Pop influenced by the 60's Mod scene bands like The Who, The Kinks and  The Move to name a few.  To date, Ballard, have released one album, one EP and one Free single.



I can hear several other influences or similarities but not enough to take anything away from the originality of the tunes of the songs themselves.  I was pretty gobsmacked to find out that this album had been written and recorded in just 10 days, which is testament to the talent on offer here, as each track has it's own distinctive qualities making this an amazing debut album with no fillers or fodder in sight.
Darren Riley, he is Ballard! (Photo by Ed Lake)


I am not sure if there are any left, but there is a limited edition cd of this album which will include a drawing of yourself by Darren on the cover if you send him a photo, so if you have ever had a desire to be a cover star, now you can be, you just send Darren (Ballard) your photo and hey presto, not only do you get a fantastic album, you can also wow your friends by being the cover star!


Stream and buy the album here: Bandcamp

Contact, befriend, like and love Ballard here: Facebook

Official band page: www.ballardpop.com

To check the availability of physical copies with a drawing of you, contact Darren here:

Follow Ballard on Twitter: https://twitter.com/panchoballard






Saturday, January 5, 2013

Phenomenal Cat - Wild Animals (Of The British Isles)


The 12th and final single of the "Single a Month" that has now completed the bands ambitious project, "Postcards From The British Empire."


Phenomenal Cat have now amassed an albums worth of songs, which was how this project was intended, the only difference is that they wrote and recorded a song each month to a deadline.  Of course, this could have amounted to little more than a couple of half decent singles and some fodder, but this, now 6 piece outfit, after the addition of a 2 piece brass section during the year, have an album of songs where each track is of single release quality.

Sam and Mik Guitars and vocals.


I was sold on this band from the bands first release "Letters Home From Nazi Occupied France" and eventually got in touch with them after the release of the second single "Ramshackle Heart" to find out some more.  At this time, singer Sam told me that there was a lot of pressure to write, record and produce a single each month and he wasn't sure that they would continue with the project.
Around this time, the band started to amass a following from all four corners of the globe and the bloggers started to blog about the band, radio stations in America, the UK and across Europe started to play their songs and halfway through the project the band were taken on by "Futureman Records" who released the first half of the album digitally, and thankfully the band continued with the recordings and completed the album.

Natalie, Bass.

I have a great admiration for the band for seeing the project through, I met them a couple of times in the year on my trips to the UK, they all have homes and jobs and some have young families and to produce 12 singles in a year is no mean feat, to produce 12 singles of this quality is amazing, and, if that wasn't enough, they have been gigging through the year too to promote themselves.
Also, another feather in this bands cap, every single that was released was pressed in a limited edition of 25 cds, they were then passed to a different charity shop each month who were told to sell the singles and keep all the profits for their charity.  Time for a massive applaud?  Not just yet, a friend of the band was commissioned to make a limited run of "Phenomenal Cat" keyrings for the band to sell at gigs with the all the money going to Guys and St Thomas' hospital charity in London, the first set of keyrings went at the first gig after they were made, another limited quantity were made and once again sold out at the next gig, raising even more money for Guys and St Thomas.  Now applaud, 12 great singles, and every penny they have made from the singles and bespoke keyrings going to charity.

Ben, Drums
So, what next for the "Cat?"  Well, a good rest and a break from the pressure of recording a single a month, a well deserved rest I would say, then the band are going to promote the 12 singles as an album and try to take the album to the next level and have it physically released during the year.   More new material?  Watch this space, but for now, enjoy the last single of the project and if you have not done so already, go and download the previous eleven singles for a name your price fee, this band is one of the best English bands out there right now, so go ahead and enjoy them!

Tim and Dan, Brass.

Download the latest single and all previous singles here: Bandcamp

Show the "Cat" some love, follow them, befriend them here: Facebook