Innocense by Suspects – pure post-grunge garage punk rock

Suspects - Thomas Prescott and James (Jaff) MaySuspects are Thomas Prescott and James (Jaff) May. They come from Southend, and are a part of the ever-growing, pulsating Cool Thing Records that could very well be at the centre of the universe.

Their debut single, Innocense, sees the the two-piece arrive on the garage punk rock ‘n’ roll platform with a bang!

Innocense is an epic slice of back-to-basics, gritty, driving post-grunge garage punk rock.  Pounding drums, heavy big muff-drive fuzz guitars and an abrasive yet controlled, aggressive vocal delivery.  All of which fixates the listener like a rabbit to headlights or Elvis to prescription drugs.  From the off, Innocence explodes into action. 0-50 faster than Valentino Rossi. Ending way too soon, it leaves an empty burning hum and a spellbinding charm, before I select repeat, again and again.

Innocense perfectly depicts a sound that cuts like a switchblade through the endless pile of shallow, empty candy-sweet, non-confrontational drivel that envelopes the sleepy, zombie-like state we find ourselves in. Suspects are here to wake us up from our slumber and to shout from the roof tops FUCK POLITICS – LET’S DANCE!

Pump up the volume and jump aboard the Suspects train departing from Southend-on-Sea, as it steams head on to Garage Punkville!  This train is bound for freedom with its first class passengers Jack White, Black Sabbath, Queens Of The Stone Age and Black Flag.

Innocence by Suspects is available on Cool Thing Records.

Cyanide Pills – Sliced and Diced – the spirit of 1978!

Cyanide PillsBy 1978 The Sex Pistols had imploded and with them, the original wave of punk rock had become moribund.  Media and politicians shockand horror was quickly replaced with acceptability and a new punk ‘uniform’ of brightly coloured mohicans and bondage trousers which helped manufacture the death of the DIY ethos.

Bridging a gap between New Wave and post-punk were a second wave of punk-influenced groups like The Lurkers, 999 and UK Subs alongside The Clash and Buzzcocks, and from the previous pub rock R n B scene the likes of Eddie & The Hotrods – all playing fast, angst-beating three-chord ‘back to basics’ rock n roll bands. No more shock value and publicity seeking pranks or Kings Road designer clothes.  1978 saw punk being taken over by the working class.

In 2017 Cyanide Pills pay homage to the spirit of 1978 with their new album, Sliced and Diced. These songs sound more akin to football chants and Saturday night boot-boy dancing than anything too political and serious. This is unashamed power chord rock n roll played through a punk filter from a band more interesting in having a good time, than worrying whether their Vivian Westwood designer shirts should be worn tucked in or hanging loose!

Alone Tonight‘ is a homage to The Ramones, while the first of 18 tracks,’I Don’t Remember‘ wouldn’t sound out of place on the very underrated and frequently overlooked second Clash album, Give ’em Enough Rope from 1978.  ‘Stop and Search’ lends its raw power from ‘Police Car‘ by the Cockney Rejects and ‘Cut Me Loose‘ is very reminiscent of Johnny Thunder & The Heartbreakers. While other tracks find kinship with Black Flag (‘Stop And Search’) and Toy Dolls (Under The Knife).

Cyanide Pills 3rd album Sliced and Diced is scheduled for release on 10th March on Damaged Goods Records as a limited edition pink vinyl LP and CD digipack with 20 page lyric booklet.  The album was recorded at The Billiard Room in Leeds by Wedding Present producer Carl Rosamond.

The Black Angels new album, Death Song

The Black Angels new album, ‘Death Song,The Black Angels – Austin’s psych rock masters – have confirmed details for their upcoming album, ‘Death Song,’ scheduled for release on April 21st. This will be the five-piece’s first full-length release in four years, and their debut for Partisan Records.

Written and recorded in large part during the recent election cycle, the music on ‘Death Song’ serves as part protest, part emotional catharsis in a climate dominated by division, anxiety and unease.
“Currency,” a strong contender for the heaviest song the band has ever put to wax, meditates on the governing role the monetary system plays in our lives, while slow-building psychedelic earworm “Half Believing” questions the nature and confusing realities of devotion.

The Black Angels – Austin’s psych rockers

Recorded between Seattle and Austin, ‘Death Song’ features production from Phil Ek (Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes, The Shins). The 11-track collection offers a sharply honed elaboration on their signature sound – menacing fuzz guitar and cutting wordplay, steeped in a murky hallucinatory dream.

The band will tour extensively behind ‘Death Song’, including a headline set at one of the first-ever shows at new NYC venue Brooklyn Steel on May 2nd. Full itinerary below for “The Death March Tour”, which begins in Nashville. The band will be supported by A Place to Bury Strangers.

Since forming in Austin in 2004, Black Angels have become standard-bearers for modern psych-rock, and the New York Times has said they “play psychedelic rock as if the 1960s never ended, and they are absolute masters of it”.

The Black Angels – Death Song tracklist:

1. Currency
2. I’d Kill For Her
3. Half Believing
4. Comanche Moon
5. Hunt Me Down
6. Grab As Much (As You Can)
7. Estimate
8. I Dreamt
9. Medicine
10. Death March
11. Life Song

The Black Angels will be playing the following European dates:

JUNE 01 2017 – Primavera Sound – Barcelona, Spain
JUNE 10 2017 – Primavera Sound – Porto, Portugal

The Black Angels new album, ‘Death Song,’ scheduled for release on 21st April on Partisan Records.

TheParade… your time is gonna come

TheParade ooze sexual chemistry. They play from the heart. They live and breathe like all the other wannabies hoping someday to ‘make it‘.  But they have great songs, a wrap full of energy and they gel with a liberating edginess that is so often missing in a world full of imitations.

Live, they can play like FUCK! And they can swing with the best on vinyl too. The Parade are the real deal.

Here is the video for their debut 7″ single released as part of the legendary Too Pure Singles Club.

Connector‘ by The Parade was recorded, mixed and produced by Tom Dalgety.


Kelley Stoltz to release new album, “Double Exposure”

Kelley Stoltz - Double Exposure

Three years since the release of his last album, the highly regarded To Dreamers, Kelley Stoltz is back with perhaps his best collection of songs so far on the soon to be released Double Exposure.

Not that it has taken Stoltz three years to write the album, he has during that time turned his garage into a recording studio where there is a collection of vintage synths, 17 guitars, tape echos, mellotrons, a 50’s jukebox, a Teardrop Explodes poster, a tape machine used by The Residents, an amp used by Stooge James Williamson, and a myriad other noise making devices which rear their heads on his new record. Not your semi suburban UK garage then!

Electric Duck studios as the garage is now known, has also recorded material for Kelley Stoltz’s friends Sonny & the Sunsets, The Mantles, Tim Cohen, Life Stinks, The Sandwitches and many others.

Stoltz has released a couple of singles and made an album of covers with his family as well as playing keyboards on tour with Rodriguez and signing up with Third Man Records. It is with them that Double Exposure will be released on October 7th.

As previously Stoltz confirms his undoubted ability to write a good tune, great chord changes and hooky choruses abound on this album. It is exactly what you would expect from Kelley Stoltz,  an eclectic collection of ten tracks that encompass ballad to rock and a lot inbetween.

Again the influence of bands like The Beatles, Byrds and Beach Boys is evident from the opening track ,Storms,  and throughout.

Stand out for me and i would suggest his best track ever is the strangely titled Kim Chee Taco Man, a song that I just imagine as soundtrack for some buddie road movie as they drive from county to county every time I hear it!

Kelley Stoltz – Kim Chee Taco Man


Kelley Stoltz live dates for the UK in 2014 are to be confirmed soon!

Double Exposure by Kelley Stoltz is released on Third Man Records on October 7th.