The Wicked Whispers debut album & launch party, Red Sands farewell show, The Levons debut EP & single, Springtime Anchorage preview, local round-up & much more…

CP  by Chris Parkes (@rocknrollparksy)

Welcome back

It’s been a while since our last instalment, but at the same time, Electone Records have been going into overdrive!

On the live show front, The Wicked Whispers kicked off their UK tour dates with a great gig at Edinburgh’s Sneaky Pete’s, and then appearing at our very own Showcase night in Glasgow (which for the first time featured Electone’s entire current roster, The Wicked Whispers, Red Sands and The Levons) and a show at Birmingham’s Hare and Hounds.

The Electone Showcase night in Glasgow was an emotional one for fans of Red Sands (we will return to that shortly) and having these 3 current Electone acts share a stage was justification of the level of talent that currently sits under the labels umbrella.

The Wicked Whispers debut album has gone live for pre-order, as has The Levons’ debut EP both available on iTunes with everything brewing towards The Wicked Whispers debut album release date and the very special launch show at Liverpool’s Kazimier.

Alongside all this, our monthly club night Liverpool residency at The Baltic Social has been going strength to strength with acts such as Viola Beach, Beatnik Hurricane (who could forget Barry Sutton’s table top adventures!?), myself (Chris Parkes), a guest spot from Natasha Murphy and even The Wicked Whispers making a surprise full band appearance.

With BBC Introducing’s Dave Monks now giving a pick of the month, it has been nothing short of special and we can’t wait for more (watch this space!)

The Wicked Whispers

So first things first, The Wicked Whispers are now in full velocity heading towards the release of their debut album ‘Maps of the Mystic’ released Saturday 22nd September 2014 on 12” LP, CD and Digital Download. You can Pre-Order NOW from here :

http://www.electonerecords.co.uk/

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In the meantime you can download The Wicked Whispers new single and album opener ‘Chronological Astronaut; taken from the forthcoming album here:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/chronological…single/id885425082

For those who haven’t yet seen the amazing video go here :

On a more downbeat note, Whispers drummer Nathan Sayer unfortunately suffered a back injury earlier this month and The Wicked Whispers full band shows saw Mike Murphy leading the way with a special acoustic set with Andy Smith and Ste Penn in tow, appearing at District Liverpool, Broadcast, Glasgow and Hare and Hounds, Birmingham.

But don’t fret as Nathan Sayer will be back in action for the ‘Maps of the Mystic’ album launch Saturday 13th September at The Kazimier. It’s surely going to be a great night with once again an all-round impressive outing, with Steve Powell’s supergroup project ‘Ark’ and label mates The Levons heading up support, we are in for a treat.

Tickets are flying out and are just £6 advance and can be purchased from See Tickets here:

http://www.seetickets.com/event/the-wicked-whispers/the-kazimier-liverpool/755928

So far, The Wicked Whispers are scheduled to play the following UK shows with more to be announced :

The Kazimier, LIVERPOOL (SEPT 13) *ALBUM LAUNCH PARTY*

Night and Day, MANCHESTER (SEPT 23) **

Crossfire @ Venue 2, LONDON (OCT 11) *ALBUM LAUNCH PARTY*

The Ruby Lounge, MANCHESTER (OCT 31)

100 Club, LONDON (NOV 1)

Georgian Theatre, STOCKTON ON TEES (NOV 6)

Think Tank, NEWCASTLE (NOV 7)

 

Red Sands

Last week we sadly bid farewell to our very own Red Sands as they provided a sell out crowd at the Electone Showcase event at Broadcast with one final swan song performance.

From the beginning, Red Sands had a dedicated and cult following recruiting straight from their previous popular incarnation ‘Figure 5’, whom exploded on the 2004-2005 Glaswegian music scene and beyond touring with likes of ‘Chelsea Dagger’ rockers The Fratellis and The Enemy. Having met at the mod culture inspired hangout ‘Friday Street’ the band including Neil Donaldson, Martin Keith, Brian Calderwood, Graham Gordon and Gerard Espie, eventually went on to work with LA producer Tony Hoffer on their debut EP and prepped an album.

For a band who did everything right and had all the elements to succeed and with a rumoured (and well earned) record deal that never followed, Figure 5 understandably became interested in change.

Red Sands became the new project. A project that would just be about the music and not following the industry trial of breadcrumbs. After a lengthy recording process taking their time crafting the sound and a small handful of shows Red Sands had an album ready with no definitive plans at that point on how they wanted it released.

It was when Red Sands opened for The Wicked Whispers at Glasgow’s Nice n’ Sleazy during their 2012 UK tour of ‘Dandelion Eyes’ , frontman Mike Murphy watched in wonder.

‘They were one of the best live bands I’d ever seen’ Murphy notes.

‘They were full of passion and belief yet vulnerable with such amazing heartfelt songs that sum up their heritage and environment.’

When the Red Sands and Wicked Whispers frontmen Neil and Mike both got chatting it all seemed all so clear Electone Records could, and eventually would be, the answer.

A few months later Red Sands album was done and Electone Records released their self titled LP. For Electone Records it become a an essential passion for the band to receive the recognition and immortalisation they deserved by releasing this very special album.

The collective of Red Sands are all now looking to move onto pastures new, hopefully satisfied that something special has been accomplished. From the early Figure 5 release to the self titles timeless album, ‘Red Sands’, Electone Records are proud to have been a part of what we believe are some of the most genuine and talented musicians Glasgow has produced.

The Red Sands debut LP will always be a part of the Glasgow musical heritage and an important release for this label and even though we are sad to see Red Sands call it a day, we wish them all the best for their ventures new!

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The Levons

Electone’s newest act, Liverpool rockers The Levons revealed plans of their debut self titled EP this week which we are incredibly excited about.

With the band turning heads at every performance they give, will see the band surely shake up the scene with their fresh and energetic sound. Despite their young age, the band are already Liverpool music scene veterans with duel frontmen Danny Murphy and Nathaniel Cummings bringing Merseybeat and Americana together with sensational poptones and harmonies to die for, fans of The Band, The Beatles and The Beach Boys won’t be disappointed!

The Levons also recently did a live session for LFC TV with a wonderful acoustic performance of live favourite ‘The Beauty Of It All’ so keep an eye out, whether red or blue!

You can hear the first offering from The Levons below, with their debut video from Jonathan Gregory for the wonderful EP opener ‘The Other Guy’ with talk of amphetamines that taste like strawberries, get a taste for The Levons while you can!

The Levons debut EP can be pre-ordered now from iTunes

http://www.electonerecords.co.uk/product/the-levons-the-levons-ep

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The Levons will be supporting The Wicked Whispers at their album launch party on Saturday 13th September at the Kazimier and will then be headlining their EP launch show at District on Saturday 4th October 2014 with a special Electone Records and Milk Presents collaboration. Hopefully the first of many!

The Springtime Anchorage

Another local band of late, The Springtime Anchorage who are no strangers to the Liverpool music scene for the past decade, have set sail with their folk rock debut album, ‘Labour Of Patience’. The solid four piece, consisting of drummer Nick Walker, lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Marc Hannon and bass guitarist Stu Irwin, who all share a perfect harmony. Heres a little review of what we thought of it.

 A lively opening of ‘Farewell to Adrianna’ the band’s country influences of Neil Young and Crosby Stills and Nash shine on through, setting a tone for the lively album. Once again, the album produced by Electone favourite, producer Steve Powell at the legendary Track Studios in Liverpool, having previously worked with the likes of Mick Head and Edgar Jones.

 An immediate follow up track, opening with strong harmonies ‘I Don’t Know’ is another familiar tune and a personal favourite, sounds incredible upon hearing, with the lyrical hook and harmony of ‘you may have a heart of stone, but it can break like skin, like bone..’  will have you whistling and singing along in no time at all.

Live set highlight and the band’s calling card and epic soundtrack-esque ‘Bird Of Prey’ a shining gem in the band’s songwriting crown, is perfectly emotive in all the right places, and the chorus is absolutely effortlessly uplifting and brilliant, be sure to check this tune out at least!

The band kick it up a gear for tracks like ‘When We’re Apart’ with some fantastic vocals and guitar work, ‘Wedding Day’ and ‘I’ll Be Following You’ but they know when to mellow their sound out with tracks like ‘Nightingale’ and ‘Don’t Let It Pull You Under’ and another live favourite, the fast paced ‘A Face Like Her’s’ is another popular tune of the much loved Liverpool music scene veterans.

The record is a delightful collection of well written and performed songs, sure to take you from one place to another.

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Closing with the delightful acoustic laden solo ballad ‘Love Has Changed’, rounds off the album as a perfect bookend.  Delightful harmonies, bouncing bass lines, intricate guitar work and catchy melodies are The Springtime Anchorage’s blueprints throughout the runtime of just under forty five minutes and will have you singing along and toe tapping from start to finish.

With the band having played music together for over ten years, they’ve the chemistry of the Brazil 1970 World Cup squad and the thirteen track record flies by, begging for a second listen as the songs all sound so familiar, even on a first listen and truly is a labour of patience, but it’s a wait worth waiting.

You can hear the record first hand at their now sold out album launch gig at The Casa Pub on Hope Street, with support from Liverpool veterans and cult heroes Rain on Saturday 18th August, so I hope you got your tickets early or find a crack in the wall!

Tickets are/were available here:

http://www.seetickets.com/event/-labour-of-patience-album-launch/the-casa/798616

‘Labour Of Patience’ is released on 18th August and is available here: http://www.springtimeanchorage.co.uk/shop/

 

Local round up and beyond

Former Coral guitarist and ‘Wild Swans’ singer songwriter Bill Ryder Jones recently announced a co-headline tour alongside the wonderful Saint Saviour. The two have collaborated on a number of tracks the last few months, bringing a whole new dimension to the music.

The tour opens early December in Cambridge, taking in Glasgow, Manchester, London along the way, before concluding at Liverpool’s Kazimier on December 13th.

On the back of a stand out headline performance at Astral Coast, Ryder Jones has gone from strength to strength as a frontman, with a unique performance and vocal style makes him one of the most interesting performers on the scene of late.

Ryder-Jones will also perform a very special one off performance of ‘If..’ the orchestral instrumental soundtrack to Italo Calvino’s novel ‘If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller..’ at Manchester Cathedral on October 9th, tickets priced at £15. Surely to be a must see in the surroundings and collaboration with Camereta providing strings.

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Rogue Gallery Promotions returned this month with at The Pilgrim Pub with stunning line up that featured Sophie Anderson, Juveniles, Chris Parkes & Raw City, the latter who have recently released ‘Heavy’ with a video filmed in and around the city and featuring The Lomax’s very own chaos commander Frank Hedges.

The last few weeks has also provided some great shows. Lucky London dwellers caught psych folk western rockers The Merrylees at The Camden Barfly on 7th August for a free lock out show after the Scottish rockers have gained many followers supporting the likes of Babyshambles and Paul Weller at his forest concerts over the past few months. Be sure to check out Farewell Dry Land and Turn For The Strange. Wonderful songs!

Happy Monday’s member Bez, headed to Liverpool’s Lomax venue to promote his Anti Fracking Rally. Recently the cause has grown in support with members of The Zutons’ Paul Molloy and The Sundowners’ Niamh Rowe and Fiona Skelly.

The Viper Kings recently supported Hollywood action hero Steven Seagal’s Blues Band at Liverpool’s 02 Academy, the solid four piece supergroup consisting of Coral drummer Ian Skelly who was most impressive on the skins, Zutons’ Paul Molloy’s most lively guitar, Tramp Attack’s James Redmond’s pounding bass and Neville Skelly’s rough and raw vocals were the perfect energy injection for the night.

The Glimmerman himself on guitar and vocals, and a solid ensemble kept the Liverpool crowd going for a few hours, with many quotes being thrown around from the crowd simply shocked to be a few feet away from Seagal.

You can catch The Viper Kings at East Village Arts Club on Seel Street on Friday 15th August, with The Anfield Wrap party, also featuring KOF and The City Walls’ Paul Crowe with a stripped back performance. Tickets are £3 advance, which is a bargain for a night of this calibre.

Also making waves on the scene, and tipped from the start is Scarlet. After a well-received support slot with Bob Geldof’s Boomtown Rats and a storming headline set at Liverpool’s Chavasse Park, the band, headed up by Jessie Robinson formerly of The Thespians, who is enjoying the spoils of the spotlight with Scarlet now announcing they will be supporting Pulled Apart By Horses alongside God Damn on Wednesday the 20th August at East Village Arts Club (EVAC) and the band surely soon to be hitting even bigger heights once a release is on the horizon!

Tickets are £7 and available via See Tickets: http://www.seetickets.com/event/pulled-apart-by-horses/east-village-arts-club/804185 

Choice Cuts

Our selected choice of cuts this week involve Emilio Pinchi’s Lament (For Now) with a unique sound and outstanding lyrics, and a few EP’s under his belt, this Elliot Smith influenced singer/songwriter is one to watch after catching him perform around the city, and more recently at Tate Liverpool, which surely must have been an honour!

This month’s flashback record is Townes Van Zandt’s eponymous 1969 album, featuring some undiscovered gems such as Fare Thee Well, Miss Carousel; Lungs; Waitin’ Around To Die and Colorado Girl.

The third release from the country singer/songwriter, recorded in Nashville, blends together the harsher side of country folk music, with gritty vocals and emotional acoustic riffs, make this album a standout for its time, it’s more Woody Guthrie than Bob Dylan, and we love it.

That’s all from us this month at Electone, we will be back leading up to The Wicked Whispers debut album launch party and release!

Stay tuned! CP.

The Wicked Whispers announce new single, The Levons debut EP, Dave Monks Pick of the Month, LIMF Line-Up, Anti-Fracking Gig, New Releases and more…

CP  by Chris Parkes (@rocknrollparksy)

Welcome to the next instalment of the Electone Records blog, as ever we’ll be doing a roundup of what’s going on within the music scene, both locally and from a far.

First and foremost, the time has finally come to make our most exciting announcements for label figureheads The Wicked Whispers! Yes, their long awaited debut album is finished and the brand new single ‘Chronological Astronaut’ is now available to pre-order from iTunes worldwide (released Monday 14th July).

‘Chronological Astronaut’ is taken from the upcoming debut album ‘Maps of the Mystic‘, (released Monday 22nd September on Electone Records). More exciting details coming soon…

The album maybe done but it’s no rest for The Wicked as the band are back in the rehearsal room ahead of their planned summer shows including the announcement of their debut album launch show in Liverpool.

These shows are also Electone Records co- promoted events working with some great people across the UK.

The Wicked Whispers will play:

Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh (June 28)
The Independent, Sunderland (July 5)
Broadcast, Glasgow (Aug 2) *ELECTONE SHOWCASE SPECIAL*
The Kazimier, Liverpool (Sept 13) *ALBUM LAUNCH PARTY*

All tickets are now on sale via See Tickets at the following link:
http://www.seetickets.com/artist/the-wicked-whispers/906054

We have some spectacular acts playing with The Wicked Whispers for these shows including some huge favourites of Electone Records including The Sons Of Bido Lito and Kobadelta supporting in Sunderland and The Liberty Takers and The Green Tambourine Band supporting in Edinburgh.

We are excited to also have announced an Electone Records Showcase taking place in Glasgow on Saturday 2nd August 2014. All three of Electone Records acts will be performing including The Wicked Whispers, The Levons and a very special hometown performance from Red Sands. We have some great local DJ acts to announce also to polish off a truly special event.

First up, we’d like to welcome to our roster, The Levons. The retro rockers were on our radar from the very start, and have subsequently featured in our blogs a number of times and appeared at our Electone Records Club Nights.

We will shortly be releasing their debut EP on the label, which was recorded at Steve Powell’s Track Studios. One track we were treated to for a short while via their Soundcloud page was ‘Trainwreck’, a storming rocker of a track I’m sure you’ll all come to love.

Beginning on our June resident Electone Records club night, will are thrilled to be introducing a new element – ‘Dave Monks’ Pick of the Month’. BBC Introducing / Merseysides Dave Monks will be nominating a new act each month to appear on the night and making an occasional appearance to introduce the act and spin some tracks.

Tune into Dave Monks weekly Saturday show on BBC Radio Merseyside here each week live or listen again on-line here : http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p001d7td

All of us at the label were sad to hear of the passing of Deltasonic Records’ Alan Wills, after a tragic accident. Alan inspired and influenced a whole city for a decade or more, releasing records from The Coral, The Zutons, Candie Payne and The Sand Band to name a few. Alan will be sorely missed by us all, with some wonderful tributes from everyone who knew him. We would again like to pass on our condolences to his family and all who knew him.

Merseyside Police are still appealing for information. More information at the following link:
http://www.merseyside.police.uk/news/appeals/2014/05/09/cyclist-injured-east-prescot-road.aspx

The annual Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF) announcements were made last week, featuring a handful of outstanding local acts such as Cast/La’s frontman John Power, The Farm and fresh from their storming sold out show at the Philharmonic Hall Liverpool, The Lightning Seeds will also be headlining the bill.

Some of our picks would be Matt Barton & The Carers, Emilio Pinchi, Nick Ellis, She Drew The Gun, The Tea Street Band , By The Sea and Mike Badger & The Shady Trio.

Also on the bill is Only Child, who released their debut album recently at The Zanzibar Club, entitled ‘From Muddy Water To High Ground’ with the debut single ‘Higher Ground’ recorded at Liverpool’s own Crosstown Records. More information and album availability here: http://onlychildmusicuk.wordpress.com/

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Last month was Zutons guitarist Paul Molloy and The Sundowners’ Anti Fracking and Awareness gig at District. With a message of support from Yoko Ono, and an outstanding sold out gig featuring the likes of The Viper Kings, The Coral’s Ian Skelly, Paul Duffy and James Skelly, Edgar Summertyme Jones and Zutons man Dave McCabe to name a few. With another show in the pipeline, be sure to get behind this worthy cause.

Another outstanding gig this month was Rouge Gallery Promotions’ double header at The Pilgrim, featuring fantastic sets from a crop of Liverpool’s finest acts such as Sophie Anderson, Stray Wolf Club, Rowan Reid & The Vigilantes, The Sneaky Nixons (keep an eye out for their Maybes inspired graffiti around town!) and the return of The Wasters.

Selected cuts this month includes Ray La Montagne’s new album, Supernova. Produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, who also guests on a number of tracks, the album sees Ray take on a more rocking psych approach, leaving past acoustic based albums of his own like ‘Trouble’ in the dust in comparison.

Another cut is the long lost Johnny Cash album Out Among The Stars. Recorded in the 80’s and shelved by Cash’s label, the recordings were found in 2012 by Cash’s son and prepped the album for release, an outstanding single was released, ‘She Used To Love Me A Lot’, right up there with Cash’s very best ballads.

We here at the label were most glad to hear of Liverpool venue The Magnet re-opening, with the best funk and disco tunes and the return of live acts over the bank holiday weekend and we wish the venue all the best!

That’s all from us for now, so check out some of the acts, buy a record or simply tune in! thanks for reading!

Interview with Mike Murphy (The Wicked Whispers), Live reviews, gig previews, latest releases and more…

CP  by Chris Parkes (@rocknrollparksy)

Welcome to the Electone Records blog. For those who are new to the blog I have been asked by Electone to do a round up of exciting gigs, new releases and a look at new talent around Merseyside and beyond along with some label picks and features.

Kicking things off we have something different this time around as I sat down with Electone Records label dwellers, The Wicked Whispers and had a brief chat with frontman Mike Murphy about him producing the bands debut album which is promising to be one of the most exciting Liverpool debut albums in some time.

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The Baltic Social, 1st Electone Club Night of 2014, The Wicked Whispers anounce Kazimier show, New Releases, Reviews and more…

CP  by Chris Parkes (@rocknrollparksy)

Welcome to the first instalment of the Electone Records blogs for 2014. Hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas and New Year! Without further a do, lets look at what’s been cooking these past few weeks and what exciting musical ventures are on the horizon.

A band previously mentioned to keep an eye out for was The Levons. They recently played an absolute stormer of a set at The Baltic Social, proving they are heads and shoulders above most bands on the scene already.  From the first Zeppelin-esque distorted riff of ‘Stop These Games’ through to some soon to be toe tapping classics, before finishing with the infectious ‘Ain’t Enough Days’ leaving the audience hanging on every note with Lightning Seeds leader Ian Broudie taking in the acts, with a number of other prominent Liverpool musicians in the audience.

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The Wicked Whispers Camp & Furnace show, Red Sands debut album, Electone Club Nights are here, Sankofa EP launch and much more…

Welcome to the third instalment of the Electone Records blog. As always we’ll be taking a look at new releases (and old releases that may have passed you by…) , some new musical discoveries and what gigs we recommend. Last but not least the complete low down on the forthcoming Electone Records Club Nights with a full on preview of the double launches in Glasgow and Liverpool this December!

Last time round we were finally creeping up on The Wicked Whispers headline Winter show at The Camp & Furnace wrapping up their 2013 UK tour. The night was extraordinary, with the band pulling out at all stops with a lighting show from Glasgow’s ‘The Minds Eye’ and some great support acts in name of Sankofa and Jimmy and The Revolvers.  The Wicked Whispers were also joined onstage for a few selected tracks from the forthcoming LP by Laura McKinlay , Martin Smith and Ray Wooding providing string and brass sections.

On the night, the band showcased some new material (intended for their debut record  which is in the pipeline for next year) and brought some interesting changes to the songs fans of the band know well. As a finishing touch, a very emotional cover of The Velvet Undergorund’s ‘Who loves  the Sun?’ brought the evenings proceedings to a close for the encore. What a night and what a hangover!

The band would like to thank everyone who turned up and supported the night. There will be some exciting news before Christmas from Electone Records and The Wicked Whispers regards  their next Liverpool show as part of the immanent album news on its way! Stay tuned! Regards to the long-awaited Wicked Whispers  debut album, Mike Murphy and Steve Powell began mixing last week and its taking incredible shape.

With the end of the year coming to a close, it doesn’t mean we’ve shut shop for the Winter here at Electone Records, instead we’ve got the fantastic Electone Records Club  Nights on the horizon, bringing you the absolute best in live local music alongside local vinyl spinners to keep your toes tapping throughout the night.

The club nights make their debut in Glasgow on 15th December, with a very special matinée show kicking off at 1pm, making our home at Broadcast with Red Sands celebrating the release of their debut record, with The Wicked Whispers who will be performing a very special acoustic set. Also on the bill are Scotland’s own The Little Illusions and The Desert Willows, with The Freakbeats Club and Waterpistol spinning some selected 45’s.

Tickets are £5 each advance. Available here via TicketWeb here

After the Glasgow leg of the club nights, Red Sands will then make their way to Merseyside, for the first Liverpool leg of the Electone Records Club Nights, with support on the night in the form of a host of local talent with classic 50s esque rockers The Romleys, the highly anticipated debut show from new local prospects The Grim Fandango, as well as the Merseybeat homage of  Thomas McConnell.

Special guest DJs on the night come in the form of The Wicked Whispers. Get your tickets here

Selected limited edition stock from the Electone Records vinyl catalogue will also be available on the nights, and will make perfect stocking fillers!

Other recently announced gigs include Ian Broudie and The Lightning Seeds performing with the Liverpool Royal Philharmonic Orchestra featuring special guests for one night only in April of next year.

Broudie and his band will be performing hits from The Lightning Seeds as well as his 2004 solo effort and songs from Broudie’s extensive producer portfolio, which could see Broudie and co. perform songs by the likes of The Coral, The Zutons, Echo & The Bunnymen and The Pale Fountains. Special guests rumoured for the night so far include the likes of The Coral’s Bill Ryder-Jones and Miles Kane. This one off show looks to be an absolute must see.

Off the back of their recent support slot with Electone Records’ The Wicked Whispers, local cosmic rockers Sankofa are to release the highly anticipated follow up to their sold out 7″ Vinyl ‘Siren Song Part 1 & 2’ which was released by Eighties Vinyl Records.

The Zanzibar Club on Seel Street will play host to the release of their 4 track 10″ EP on Saturday 21st December, with a sleeve designed by famous 60s psychedelic poster and album artist John Van Hamersveld, who is best known for providing cover art for the likes of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Grateful Dead and Blondie, amongst others.

Support comes in the form of Manchester rockers Rook &The Ravens  on the back of their US Tour, alongside local five piece psych rockers Mohebbi.

If Sankofa’s well-received performance at the Camp & Furnace is anything to go by, this will be a must see in one of the city’s best venues, which will be perfectly tailored to their garage psych sound.

Tickets are £5, and are available from here

The 2nd support act for The Wicked Whispers’ gig at the Camp & Furnace was of course Jimmy & The Revolvers. The four piece release their Sunday Morning EP on New Years Day at The Lomax. Limited tickets available on the door, and support comes in the form of Lomax veteran Alistair Said, Gaffney and Raw City.

This week was a huge week for Red Sands who released their debut self titled album right here on Electone Records. The album has been a long journey for the band going back several years with the band slowly chipping away crafting this emotional body of work. Strangely intentional or otherwise, the LP perfectly sums up the feelings and atmosphere of the journey with subject matter verging on some very home truths, family sentiments and life in general amongst the working class of Glasgow. With almost med evil sounding folk and a tinge of 70’s pych rock the album is a haunting testament to Glasgow’s musical heritage. We will get a few words with frontman Neil Donaldson in the next blog issue.

Other selected listenings this week come in the form of Ray LaMontagne, with his fantastic 2004 debut effort ‘Trouble’ firmly on the playlist this week. The Ethan Johns produced record was very well received, with ‘Jolene’ a firm gem in Ray’s songwriting crown.

The latest cut from Findlay makes the list this week, with the release of her new EP entitled ‘Greasy Love’, the title track as ferocious as ever from the Manchester born, London dwelling front woman, who is one of the best live acts I’ve seen in some time. The four track EP also features the incredible collaboration ‘Black Cloud, Silver Lining’ with former Coral guitarist turned singer/songwriter Bill Ryder-Jones, showcasing the range of both their talents.

You can catch Findlay on their UK tour now.

As featured last week was the sad passing of Lou Reed at the age of 71, but previously unheard track ‘I’m Not A Young Man Anymore’ set to be released on the upcoming Velvet Underground 45th anniversary re-issue of White Light/White Heat. The 30 track collection features outtakes, rarities, new mixes and bonus material. Guitarist John Cale and Reed had worked on the re-issue together before the latter’s death last month.

With the winter closing in, we all know about summer records, but now for some winter ones. Don’t look much further than the classics such as Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ or Bob Dylan’s 1963 breakthrough album ‘Freewheelin’, perhaps recreate the album cover with a partner?

If you’re sick of the classics and love a good Scouse singer/songwriter, pick up Jimmy Campbell’s incredible 1969 record ‘Son Of Anastasia’, with tracks such as ‘Lyanna’ and ‘Another Springtime’s Passed Me By’ make it a solid Liverpool album. There’s a few copies on eBay and it’s of course on iTunes, with Christmas round the corner, it’ll be the perfect stocking filler.

After a few doubts and delays, fans who had invested in the Michael Head and The Red Elastic Band project got their reward, with the EP vinyl arriving in the past week or two, depending on your luck. The limited vinyl copies are brilliant, the trumpets on ‘Newby Street’ are delightful and the song plays out just as you’d like and it’s hard not putting the needle down for another listen.

With the vinyl it’s clear this is the way it was intended to be heard which is how we like it here at Electone Records. You can discover a whole new sound when listening to the black lacquer version. We can confirm Mick Head intended ‘Artorious Revisited’ for vinyl offering CD and download to those who are yet to turn to turntable.

Another album with a similar feel is my personal album of the year which I’ve mentioned a few times, Bill Ryder-Jones’ A Bad Wind Blows In My Heart, the delicateness of the songs really come out when the needle hits the groove. It’s beautiful packaged as well, stunning artwork and the album was recently named in the top 10 of Q Magazine’s albums of the year.

Another new release comes in the form of a new film, entitled ‘Good Ol’ Freda’, a new documentary about Freda Kelly, described as a shy Liverpudllian teenager who became the secretary to The Beatles at the height of their fame, and her involvement with the fan club led to postal vans of fan mail being delivered to her home daily and Freda was in their inner circle so much, that it was once reported she had married Paul McCartney.

For the first time in fifty years, Freda tells her story to the cameras, and the documentary looks to be a fascinating insight into the band’s early days and her role in their rise to fame.

You can pre-order the DVD here

After finally picking up a copy of Shane Meadows’ Made Of Stone’, the documentary following The Stone Roses around after their reformation, and however much of a fan you are, you’ll love it. You’re right there with them, nervous before they go on, ready to cut the tension with a knife and you’re overjoyed for them once they flawlessly pull of gigs and even rehearsals.

The interviews with fans are a highlight too, there’s a wavelength and they’re all on it, a stand out was the bloke willing to trade his house and his car for a wristband to their comeback free fan only gig at Warrington Parr Street Hall, to be fair I’d do nearly anything to hear those first few bass noted of ‘I Wanna Be Adored’ and the last cymbal crash of ‘I Am The Resurrection’.

Shout out goes to Bold Street’s Café Tabac Twitter account for this recent tweet: “Scouting For Girls play Liverpool tonight. Come into Tabac and show us your gig ticket for a permanent ban. We’re that nice. #NoTimeForThat”

Thanks for reading and be sure to get down to one (or both!) of the club nights support some local music, or check out some of the releases mentioned or take a look at some of the past posts. Tune in next time!

To round up we would like to quickly shoot over our picks of the new releases available in independent records stores nationwide to get in those Christmas Stockings including Rough Trade, Piccadilly Records, LoveMusic and Probe Records.

Pyschemagik finally release the vinyl sampler version of the superb compilation ‘Psychemagik Diabolical Synthetic Fantasia’ which has already had a huge influence on their early CD release.

The Oh See’s released another wonderful single collection ‘Singles Collection Volume 3’ this week on Castle Face Records.

Pre-Orders have gone live following Heavenly Records announcement last week that Jimi Goodwin’s debut album Odludek’ is to be released March 24th 2014. Alongside this heavenly also announced their 100th release will be the long-awaited debut album ‘Sun Structures’ by Electone and Wicked Whispers favourites by Temples released 10th February 2014.

Last but not least and not to sound bias but our album of the month and album of 2013 has to be Red Sands self titled 12” debut released last Monday 9th December right here on Electone Records. With only 300 12” pressed for the 1st Edition, downloadable codes (for those who like to listen on the move or without a turntable) and already receiving praise from the likes of Shout4Music, hailing the album ‘a promising debut’, it stand as one of the most haunting and honest folk/rock albums you’ll here in recent times. In addition we cant wait to have them perform live at the coming live Electone Club Nights with a good sing along!

Electone Club Nights in Glasgow & Liverpool, the legacy of Lou Reed, new releases from Edgar Summertyme, Lee & Molly, Tess Parks, City Walls & many more…

Welcome to the second instalment of the Electone Records Blog. This week we’re having a look at more new acts we’ve come across, paying our respects and sharing what’s been turning our ears on record wise.

To start, we were truly excited to unveil our first club nights earlier this month kicking off in Glasgow and Liverpool in December both launching the Red Sands self-titled debut album due out December 9th on Electone Records. Electone have hand-picked some great new talent for both events kicking off our club nights showcasing the best of what both Liverpool and Glasgow have to offer and what to keep an eye out for in 2014. More on the club nights shortly…

Since the last blog, a lot of us here at Electone Records were sad to hear of the passing of Lou Reed at the age of 71. From his time with The Velvet Underground and a successful solo career to boot, a perfect summary of the man’s songwriting influence was ‘although The Velvet Underground never sold many albums, everyone who heard those records started bands…’

With the sad passing of Reed, hopefully his legacy can live on, as more delve into his rich back catalogue, I for one have had the Velvet’s debut ‘…& Nico’ on repeat for the last few weeks before his passing but now songs like ‘Heroin’, ‘Who Loves The Sun’ and ‘Pale Blue Eyes’ becoming all the more sorrowful.

At the time of writing, two of Reed’s songs, ‘Perfect Day’ and ‘Walk On The Wild Side’ were set to re-enter the charts. Arctic Monkeys covered the latter at their recent headline gig at the Liverpool Echo Arena with guest guitarist and ex-Coral man Bill Ryder-Jones (see below). I’ll always now associate ‘Perfect Day’ with the day Margaret Thatcher died and the celebrations that took place in Sound, Food & Drink. What a day that was for the Liverpool people!

New acts and cuts to keep an eye out for is The Coral guitarist Lee Southall and vocalist Molly Tilston’s Northern Sky. With album sessions taking place at Real World Studios, they’ve been previewing snippets of tracks from their upcoming debut album, with ‘Painted Lady’ sounding majestic, leaving us wanting more, with an ensemble featuring Steve Tilston and Maggie Boyle, amongst others.

In other Coral member news, keys man Nick Power turns writer, releasing ‘Small Town Chase’, with visual collaborations with artist Low Coney, forms a collection of Power’s lyrics and poems, all about life on the outskirts of the city. Expect teenage boredom, drugs, love, and of course – inter-dimensional cement mixers. Click here to visit Nick’s Facebook page. 

Another Electone Records favourite Edgar Summertyme, the former Stairs frontman and all round Scouse cosmic legend releases his follow up to last year’s fantastic ‘Sense Of Harmony’ album as well as The Big Kids & Isrites unreleased sessions compilation, with a return to his Stairs roots with ‘Morphic Fields’ released on The Viper Label last week. Click here for the details. 

Another album to keep an eye out for is ‘The Optical Sound of The Hypnotic Eye’ by The Hypnotic Eye, who Electone first stumbled upon during their support slot on The Wicked Whispers tour last year, as well as supporting The Strypes in Amsterdam, with their 60s fuzzed guitar led single ‘Satisfaction’, with a storming set led by mesmerizing front woman Annie Bea.

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Another cut is via Alan McGee’s 359 Label, with Canadian-born, London-dwelling Tess Parks’ limited 7’ single release ‘Somedays’ sounding like an intoxicated Velvet Underground & Nico track, and with an album ‘Blood Hot’ pencilled in for a November 25th release date, Tess seems to be the hottest act at the moment for the label. Expect dark smoke rings and loud guitars. Tess plays District in Liverpool on December 6th, at McGee’s own club night.

Another new favourite comes from Pete Wilkinson’s Aviator. After catching an intimate show at Filthy McNasty’s in London last year, I’ve kept and eye and an ear out, and after a well-received support slot with The Tea Street Band at their recent sold out Zanzibar show, the Cast/Shack/Red Elastic Band bassist releases the 7” ‘Desolation Peaks’, released on Eighties Vinyl Records, with artwork supplied by former La’s and Onset front man and artist Mike Badger.

Other selected tracks this week come from The City Walls, on the back of their solid performance in support of their fantastic latest EP release ‘Homefires’ at Bold Street’s Leaf Tea shop, swirling guitars and fantastic harmonies with fantastic support in the form of The Hummingbirds, cosmo rockers Sugarmen and Red Sails.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Op36HH6ePI0

Other tracks on our playlist this week are Southern, featuring siblings Thom & Lucy Southern, hailing from Belfast, having recently made the switch to Scouse soil, hooking up with re-known Scouse producer and Lightning Seeds singer/songwriter, Ian Broudie, whose work with Liverpool bands like Echo & The Bunnymen, The Pale Fountains, as well as more recent works with The Coral and The Zutons, needs no introduction.

Southern have recently released their eponymous 4 track EP to rave reviews and featuring as The Guardian newspaper’s new band of the day. ‘World Don’t Shine’ is a stunning introduction. Keep an ear out.

Other bands that have caught our ear of late are The Levons. Two stunning demos were recently uploaded, with ‘Ain’t Enough Days’ on repeat for the past few days. The band featuring Danny and Phil Murphy, fresh from stints with The Sand Band as well as featuring in James and Ian Skelly’s backing bands for their recent tours. Surely this is a band that will make waves on the Liverpool music scene.

Keep up to date here: https://www.facebook.com/thelevonsuk
https://soundcloud.com/thelevons

It’s been a busy few weeks here at the label with The Wicked Whispers finishing up their debut album, and I was lucky enough to get a look in on a session with Mike Murphy (who is also producing the record) and Steve Powell at Track Studios last week to hear some of the tunes. The band are currently putting the final pieces together on the album tracks, many of which have evolved, with a few tracks on the highly anticipated debut album that will surprise the fans, featuring a number of live favourites and past releases re-worked. All of this as well as preparing for their Liverpool headline show at the Camp & Furnace on Friday 23rd November with support from Sankofa and Jimmy & The Revolvers.

Ahead of their hometown show at Camp and Furnace, Mike, Ste & Nathan dropped by and recorded an exclusive session with Dave Monks for his BBC introducing show.

You can hear an exclusive interview revealing more about the forthcoming debut album, the current tour dates and will playing a new acoustic track. Dave will also be playing live highlights from their fan only sold out Cavern show back in August. Listen again here.

Also coming up is the stunning line up for the first instalments of our Electone Records Club Nights, where we will be celebrating the release of the long awaited debut self-titled album from RED SANDS with a headline matinee performance from them at Broadcast in Glasgow, on the 15th December, with their album out on Monday 9th December on Electone Records.

Fellow Electone Records label mates THE WICKED WHISPERS will be doing a special stripped back acoustic set following another successful low key UK tour and taking a break from recording their debut album. The gig sees the band return to Glasgow for the second time this year after headlining Double Sight.

Also appearing will be local new talents THE DESERT WILLOWS and THE LITTLE ILLUSIONS, the line-up also includes DJs JAMO KIDD (Freak-Beats Club) and GARY O’PRAY / NICKY WRIGHT (Waterpistol)

Get your tickets here for jut £5 here.

The next instalment of our Electone Records Club Nights will be in Liverpool, on Friday 20th December at The Blade Factory, at 67 Greenland Street L1 0BY. The venue a branch of the Camp & Furnace. The line-up sees a Christmas special in the form of Red Sands, who celebrate their album release on Merseyside, with support in the form of a host of local talent, the three piece rootsy 50s rockers The Romleys, the cosmic underground rock sounding The Grim Fandango, as well as Thomas McConnell, on the back of a tour supporting The Vinyls and former Icicle Works frontman Ian McNabb. DJs on the night will be in the form of Electone’s own The Wicked Whispers. 

Tickets are £5 advance and a limited number of £6 tickets will be available on the door.

Advance tickets are available here:

Just to end our picks of the best new vinyl releases, we are excited to see The Wytches new 7”  ‘Robe for Juda’ on Hate Hate Hate Records released, due out December 2nd showing more promise for the band in 2014. Electone favourites Toy finally drop their brand new LP ‘Join the Dots’ on Heavenly Records December 9th and its sounding very special indeed. Beachwood Sparkes previously unreleased debut album ‘Desert Skies’ is also released in December bringing their modern LA psych sound to the masses it’s a shame this was missed so widely the first time around! Finally weve been excited for this for some time but now The Amorphous Adrodgynous finally release The Cartel volumes 1 and 2 in the latest of their Monstrous Bubble series of nostalgic remix and production exploration style records. Here we see the wizards of parallels mix the genesis of psychedelia with the explosion of the blacksploitation culture of the 70s with the likes of Curtis Mayfield. Expect great things.

The Wicked Whispers debut album, Mick Head at The Kazimier, Electone Records Club Nights, Red Sands debut LP and more…

Welcome

CP  by Chris Parkes (@rocknrollparksy)

Welcome to the first of the Electone Records Blogs, where I’ll be doing regular round-ups of what’s been happening, what’s coming up and what’s been turning us on here at the label and beyond.

Firstly, it’s been a busy year for The Wicked Whispers who have been recording their debut album here in Liverpool. Being produced by frontman Mike Murphy along with Steve Powell at his Track Studios (The man behind Mick Head’s fantastic new EP, more on that coming up!), and the album is sounding radically evolved from ‘The Dark Delights of..’ EP (Electone’s first sell out release) and the 2 limited edition singles, ‘Dandelion Eyes’ and ‘Voodoo Moon’.

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I’ll be popping in next week to see how it’s coming along and I hear it’s almost finished, with some very special guests on the album. The band have recently played a number of UK shows to warm up the LP and to introduce new drummer Nathan Sayer, and so far getting some incredible reviews (including Shindig! Magazine, who caught their headline show at Glasgow’s Double Sight Festival).

Now all eyes are turning to their huge Liverpool event at the amazing Camp & Furnace on Saturday 23rd November with the awesome SANKOFA and JIMMY & THE REVOLVERS in support.           

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The Wicked Whispers’ Mike, Ste and Nathan were in session with Dave Monks for BBC Radio Merseyside this week promoting the gig and airing an exclusive new track and introducing a track from their live fan only show at The Cavern last month.

  

It’s been an exciting time for Electone’s newest signings RED SANDS who announced their latest single and debut album details last month. Hailing from Glasgow and already getting play from BBC Radio 2, 6Music and finding fans in Paul Weller, the band will release their debut album on Electone Records available on 12” vinyl with downloadable codes on Monday 9th December 2013.

You can pre-order the LP here

Watch debut single and claim Free Download here

This ties us up nicely to the exciting news of the Electone Records Club Nights which will start in December, and soon appearing across the UK which will start with a Red Sands LP launch special. More details coming soon!

Lately on the Liverpool music scene, one of most highly anticipated gigs of the year took place last week, and although I’ve only been a fan of Mick Head for the past few years now though like even his most veteran long term fans, I’ve seen him at his worst, and at his best.

After a bad end to 2011 for Mick, fast forward a year to Leaf Tea Shop, Mick Head was reincarnated yet again, with a performance of biblical proportions. Almost a year on again, and his upcoming EP, Artorious Revisited is on the tongues of Liverpool music lovers and tickets for the Red Elastic Band gig were regarded as gold dust.

Heading over to the venue with half of The Wicked Whispers in tow who have been recording their album with Mick’s producer Steve Powell at his Track Studios, who would also be performing on the night, while swapping Shack stories and experiences on the way to The Kazimier, not even the pouring rain is putting anyone down.

Ark, are the opening act for the night, with Alex Evans on vocals flanked by producer extraordinaire Steve Powell and The Springtime Anchorage’s Philip Ryan-Melville on guitars and backing vocals. The three piece provide a big sound, with Alex’s vocals at the forefront. Definitely someone to keep an eye out for.

In between acts, I overhear a punter at the bar cradling his Pale Fountains vinyl under his arm, who summed up everyone’s mood and feelings on the night, ‘he could blow us all away or leave in an ambulance, either way, I fucking love him!’

After a few chants, Mick steps out with his Red Elastic Band in tow. A quick hello and a thanks to the gathered crowd, before launching into an over an hour’s worth of classic song writing.

After a few thumbs up and nods from the band around him, they kick off with the majestic ‘Santa Fe’ set the bar for the night, the first taste of the new EP came in the form of ‘Cadiz’, sounding like a thunderbolt and a breath of fresh through a once concerned Kazimier crowd, and the delightful ‘Newby Street’ is one of the most well received songs of the night, as is ‘Lucinda Byre’ and an audience joining in with the inspired lyric of ‘you’re gonna need better wood to crucify me..’

The highlight of the gig comes as Mick thanks people for ‘answering his phone calls at 3am..’ as his daughter raises her hand as the main call receiver before a quick laugh from Mick he dedicates an incredible version of ‘The Prize’ from his 1998 album ‘Introducing The Strands’.

Mick turns to his onstage rock for the night, Cast/Shack bassist Pete Wilkinson for the final time and one whisper later the ensemble are breaking into ‘Meant To Be’ for the 2nd time of the night, as Mick thanks everyone once again for coming out and for the support, as he gazes out at the near 500 people crammed into the venue, thumbs up and arms raised all round, as the audience shout along and bounce to the trumpets, before the gig comes to a glorious end, the band departs to rapturous applause, a job well done.

Once again Michael Head has been re-incarnated, and The Red Elastic Band are with him and Mick has taken the crown for the gig of the year once again.

Another happening on the scene and another band to keep an keen eye out for is MOTIVES. Described as “a combination of 60s garage laced with subtle hints of psychedelia…” with a demo of an instant guitar classic ‘Not Your Lover’ uploaded to YouTube, things were bound to happen, and the band have recently supported The Jim Jones Revue at the East Village Arts Club as well as The Dirty Rivers at District, and are starting to turn heads. Catch them support another upcoming act Findlay, who has been touring with Jake Bugg and The Courteeners at the recently re-opened Korova on November 18th.

Keep up with Motives on Facebook and Twitter

Some nice new 7” 45s out also over the last couple of weeks with some Electone Picks here from the label. Electone and The Wicked Whispers favourites THE SEE SEE release ‘Featherman’ (The Great Pop Supplement), the mighty VERONICA FALLS release the anticipated single  ‘Broken Toy’ (Bella Union), growing cult heros WAVE PICTURES release ‘Lisbon’ (Moshi Moshi) and JOHN LENNON MCCLULAGH’S  ‘North South Divide’ arrives on Alan McGee’s 359 Records.

All our picks are available from Electone’s Stockists including Probe Records, Love Music, Piccadilly Records and Rough Trade, Records London.

Coming up, look out for THE CITY WALLS new EP Launch in Liverpool at Leaf, Bold Street on Friday 1st November with HUMMINGBIRDS, SUGARMEN and RED SAILS in support. It’s going to be a great night. We will have news on Electone’s next signings, club nights and all artist updates via the usual channels as it happens.