The Senior Service debut album, The Girl In The Glass Case – album review

The Senior Service debut album, The Girl In The Glass Case is released on Damaged Goods Records.The debut album from The Senior Service is titled The Girl In The Glass Case and brings four chums together for the first time. Three of whom are stalwarts of the so-called ‘Medway Sound‘. While two of them recently achieved ‘Medway Legends‘ status, no less!

John Barker, Graham Day, Wolf Howard and Darryl Hartley began rehearsing in John’s studio with a shared love of TV themes and film scores, and the concept of producing original instrumentals based around Barker’s Hammond organ and the psychedelic rock guitar of Graham Day.

The result is a sweet honey-dripping musical journey through 1960s and ’70s TV and film score nostalgia.

Following the purchase of his first Hammond Organ a year ago, Johnny Barker began exploring the depth of sound, warmth and emotion that comes from this much loved instrument. Once bitten by its beauty, a plan was hatched to form a band and play classic Hammond tracks from the likes of Georgie Fame and Booker T & The MGs. But with a few rehearsals the four like-minded friends decided it would be more exciting to write original material with a strong nod to the likes of John Barry and Barry Gray.

The result of those self-produced sessions is the debut album, The Girl in the Glass Case – a title inspired by an original Wolf Howard poem.

The lead single, ‘Depth Charge‘ is one of the more upbeat songs on the album and sounds like a long lost Gerry Anderson theme, while ‘Hit The Lip‘ includes a great sounding guitar reminiscent of R Dean Taylor’s ‘There’s A Ghost In My House‘; and there’s a nod to the wonderful Vince Guaraldi themes of Charlie Brown and Snoopy on the final track, ‘Bees‘.

Bone Jacked‘ is one of my favourite tracks on the album. Hammond-led, the song gets funky with a Taxman / Start stabbing guitar rhythm. ‘Psyclone‘ is another that errs towards a more jazz funk courtesy of some Latin-flavoured percussion and Graham Day’s chugging rhythm guitar – grrovy maaaan!

The Girl In The Glass Case is a complete, well-written, polished yet self-produced debut album that will be warmly welcomed and critically-acclaimed among the ‘Medway Scene‘ and way beyond. The album is fresh and exciting with a nod to the 1960s of John Barry and TV theme tunes from yesteryear.

Comparisons with the original James Taylor Quartet are inescapable. Both come from Medway, perform instrumentals, and feature Hammond organ, guitar, bass and drums. Wolf Howard was also the original drummer for The James Taylor Quartet. But there are marked differences. Whereas with the original JTQ, James Taylor’s Hammond organ took centre-stage and was a showpiece for his expertise, including fiddly ‘have a banana‘ showy titbits and brother David Taylor’s guitar erred more towards the smooth 1960s sound of jazz pop fusion, The Senior Service perform self-composed, well-grounded, solid instrumentals with Graham Day’s more edgy sounding garage rock guitar and wah pedal drifting in and out of the album; and in doing so, giving the songs a little more oomph!

Hey kids! forget about the EU and Brexit, shoegazing and grime. This is happy music for happy people. You dig!?

The Senior Service debut album, The Girl In The Glass Case is released on Damaged Goods Records.

Eclipse (All Yours) new single from Metric, taken from Twilight soundtrack

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The new single from Metric will be Eclipse (All Yours), taken from The Twilight Saga:Eclipse Original Movie Soundtrack, it has been announced.

Eclipse (All Yours) will be released on August 16th, the second track to be released from the soundtrack album, following Neutron Star Collision (Love is Forever) by Muse which came out in June.

The track Eclipse (All Yours) is the first new material to be released by Metric since their critically acclaimed fourth album Fantasies and the track looks set to be a massive hit for the Canadian band as Twilight mania once again takes a grip on the UK.

Metric – Eclipse (All Yours)

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The Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack is the musical companion to the third smash installment of Summits film franchise.  The album entered the Soundtrack chart at number one and has already sold in excess of 75,000 copies in the UK.  The film is the largest midnight opener in history in the US, it was released in cinemas across the UK and Ireland by E1 Entertainment last weekend.

In addition to Metric and Muse “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” soundtrack features new songs from Florence + The Machine, The Dead Weather, Vampire Weekend, Cee Lo Green, The Bravery, Beck and Bat For Lashes, UNKLE featuring The Black Angels, Fanfarlo and more. Each recording featured is exclusive to the soundtrack, having never been released previously.

Be among the first to hear the excellent Twilight:Eclipse soundtrack in full

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The eagerly awaited latest installment of the Twilight series of films, Twilight: Eclipse opens in cinema’s across the UK on July 9th, with the soundtrack album scheduled for release a month earlier on June 7th.

As befits the Eclipse movies, the soundtrack album is packed with brilliant music highlighted by Muse’s brand new single Neutron Star Collision (Love is Forever) which was released last month.

In addition to Muse, the soundtrack features new songs from Florence + The Machine, The Dead Weather, Vampire Weekend, Cee Lo Green, The Bravery, Beck and Bat For Lashes, Metric, UNKLE featuring The Black Angels, Fanfarlo and more. Each recording featured is exclusive to the soundtrack, having never been released previously.

“THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE—ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK”
(SUMMIT/CHOP SHOP/ATLANTIC)
In Stores And Online June 7
Full tracklisting:
1. Metric—“Eclipse (All Yours)”
2. Muse—“Neutron Star Collision (Love is Forever)”
3. The Bravery—“Ours”
4. Florence + The Machine—“Heavy In Your Arms”
5. Sia—“My Love”
6. Fanfarlo—“Atlas”
7. The Black Keys—“Chop And Change”
8. The Dead Weather—“Rolling In On A Burning Tire”
9. Beck and Bat For Lashes—“Let’s Get Lost”
10. Vampire Weekend—“Jonathan Low”
11. UNKLE—“With You In My Head” (feat. The Black Angels)
12. Eastern Conference Champions—“A Million Miles An Hour”
13. Band of Horses—“Life On Earth”
14. Cee Lo Green—“What Part of Forever”
15. Howard Shore—“Jacob’s Theme”

You are invited to be among the first to hear this excellent compilation, in its entirety, streamed on the player below:

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The Twilight Saga: Eclipse – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, is now available to pre-order in the UK.

The Twilight Saga: New Moon – Original Soundtrack Out Now

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new moon soundtrack

One of the most eagerly awaited movie soundtracks for a long time, The Twilight Saga : New Moon, is now available through Atlantic Records featuring an all original track listing totally exclusive to the New Moon soundtrack.

The first single to be taken from the album is Death Cab for Cutie‘s excellent Meet Me On The Equinox which is released on October 26th but is already receiving plenty of radio air time having featured as Zane Lowe’s ‘Hottest Record In The World’ a week or two ago.

The movie The Twilight Saga: New Moon is released in the UK on November 20th. The Twilight soundtrack has so far sold in excess of 170,000 copies in the UK and over 3.5 million world wide.

Full track listing as follows:

1. Death Cab for Cutie – Meet Me On the Equinox
2. Band of Skulls – Friends
3. Thom Yorke – Hearing Damage
4. Lykke Li – Possibility
5. The Killers – A White Demon Love Song
6. Anya Marina – Satellite Heart
7. Muse- I Belong To You (New Moon Remix)
8. Bon Iver & St. Vincent- Rosyln
9. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Done All Wrong
10. Hurricane Bells – Monsters
11. Sea Wolf- The Violet Hour
12. OK GO – Shooting the Moon
13. Grizzly Bear – Slow Life
14. Editors – No Sound But the Wind
15. Alexandre Desplat – New Moon (The Meadow)