Maker hail from Medway – home to the likes of The James Taylor Quartet, The Prisoners and Billy Childish. But though their music has an undeniable 1960s and early 1970s taste, it is a much more rich, diverse and complex than the back-to-basic 1960s garage more akin to the aforementioned local heroes, and commonly referred to as the ‘Medway Sound‘.
This week Maker release their second EP. The title track, ‘Girl Quit Your Crying’ is full of a hazy blues, after hours lock-in complete with feathered haircuts, Double Diamond pint jugs and a Rod & The Faces swagger. Alessandro Marinelli’s gravel-throated bluesy voice underlines only one of many influences present on this solid 5-track EP. But the Maker sound is much more versatile, complex and multi-layered than a shallow retro posture. Somewhere between then and now, Maker sound unique in these days of shortlived fashions, reality tv and throwaway pop. They appear to take influence from an array of solid sounds, styles and grooves and run, run, run with it. They are not simply retro and not exactly contemporary.
Similar to the previous single, ‘Move Your Feet’, there is a strong element of early 1970s soul, R ‘n’ B and rock ‘n’ roll running throughout the whole EP. ‘So Serene’ and ‘Are You Watching Me?’ are full to the brim of a white-faced soulful funky groove. Think Sly & The Family Stone fused with a steam-charged rhythm n blues of Mick Taylor era Rolling Stones, a good helping of The Faces and etched in the post house music influenced rhythms of Primal Scream and The Stone Roses. Great stuff!
Maker look good and sound great. They are Alessandro Marinelli (Vocals), Andrew Donaldson (Guitar), Gavin Donaldson (Drums) & John Austin (Bass). The ‘Girl Quit Your Crying’ EP succinctly captures their authentic rock n roll, psychedelic, bluesy soul sound.
‘Girl Quit Your Crying’, ‘So Serene’ and ‘are You Watching Me?’ were recorded at the famous Rockfield Studio & Leeders Farm. The EP also includes two demos, ‘Lose It On The Second Turn’ and Stop My Heart Dead’, recorded at Ranscombe Studios in Rochester.
Girl Quit Your Crying EP by Maker is available via Kidda Records.