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Shindig! No.32

BROADCAST * GIALLO MOVIES * JOKERS WILD * SWEET * CHILDREN'S FILM FOUNDATION * EMERALD WEB * MIKE HERON 


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Contents
Editorial
Have your say
Shindig! interview:Patrick Lundborg
Video:Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Gigs: The Beatpack
Gigs: The Masonics
Gigs: Electric Moon
Live review: Wolf People
Live review: The Cosmic Dead
Live review: The Shook-ups
Live review: The Edwin Starr Band
Jon 'Mojo' Mills
Dear Shindiggers,
   
I'm so happy about all the emails and Facebook comments coming in about #32, which I hope you too now have. Putting Broadcast on the cover was never a risk as such as we knew, due to their magnificent music, taste and key influences,  Broadcast would undoubtedly register with Shindiggers. So far the comments have come from those already acquainted with their music, or more like obsessed by it, but hearing from newcomers who have investigated them on the back of the feature would be pure joy. (There's a MixCloud link in this newsletter that I direct you to posthaste if unaware of their delights.) 

   

Thomas Patterson handled the tragedy of Trish's passing very tenderly with screenplay finesse and it's bloody marvelous having the inner sanctum (Ghost Box's Julian and Jim) saying what a major success the piece was. Many thanks to James Cargill for opening up so much. It's appreciated.

 

Now that Shindig! have MixCloud accounts we will be putting together mixes around each issue. Andy has contributed one from music across the board and I have compiled Broadcast uber fan Dan Abbott's interesting cross career selection. Who knows we may even throw in personal selections from time to time. It's a great vehicle that should also help the labels shift much needed product either physically or digitally. Do please buy the music if you are taken by it.


Here's proof of Broadcast's Trish Keenan's totally cool and eclectic music taste.
 
https://soundcloud.com/abandapart/sets/trishs-mind-bending-motorway-mix
 
Right, See ya next week. Keep the comments coming.

 

Regards,

Jon 'Mojo' Mills

Editor-In-Chief

 

 

 
Andy, Ian O'Sulivan and Jon 'Mojo' Mills happy days toytown at Le Beat Bespoke. All of these issues are available from www.shindig-magazine.com 
 
 
Have your say

From Michael White

 

Hi Jon,

You're preaching to the converted here about Broadcast - I remember reviewing Warp's tenth anniversary releases and picking up on them and Plaid at the time. Trish Keenan's vocals were the immediate stand out feature closely followed by the atmospheric nuances of their records. They suggested a timeline back to The United States of America, The Glass Family and Fifty Foot Hose for a number of obvious and other less specific reasons. The cinema element was also key to my interest. I was completely smitten when I realised that I shared a love of the Czech New Wave films and in particular Valerie And Her week Of Wonders with them - one of the themes from what is a beautiful original soundtrack - was sampled by them as well effectively sealing the deal. Glad to see you expanding like this...

Michael White

 

From Trevor King 

 

Jon,

You're so right about knowing your readership. I'm 53 and I've been buying Shindig! for years now, since I found a copy in the Edinburgh Fopp, and love the psych stuff but I am also a massive Broadcast fan since the first CD Work & Non Work, a compilation of their first three vinyl releases. I got to see them twice in Brighton and have every CD release including the rare 'tour only' discs. I still get upset that Trish is no longer with us, a voice I will listen to for the rest of my life. Really looking forward to seeing the new issue this week. Thanks for a continually good mag.

Trevor King

 

Jon says:

I've had emails from Shindig! subscribers too. Way more than I anticipated. So once again it really does seem like we have gone and done the right thing in running Broadcast on the cover. I guess the band's influences are so us that we couldn't go wrong. Besides, Thomas Patterson has done such an amazing job.

From Mordecai  

Hi Jon

I have just read your Shindig! happening e-mail. I have no problem with having Broadcast on the cover. They have been around a long time (in music business terms) and I think Shindig! is the right place for them to be. The album you recommended is one of my favourites and I know it will draw comparisons with The United States of America - which is a good thing. I think there is quite a "Scene" at the moment and I think Shindig! could help make it that bit bigger, by focusing on current artists (I know you have with Jacco and Wicked Whispers etc). Why not feature more "Happening" artists - I think there are plenty of artists/groups out there that people want to read about and go and see live. I know we all have a mutual love and interest in the music from the '60s, but I think it would be good if Shindig! was at the helm of a current scene too - maybe one that people will talk about 50 years from now.... As a shameless plug, have you heard my new EP yet?! Best wishes to you and well done for spreading the music of Broadcast - it is wonderful :0)

Cheers,

Mordecai

 

Jon says:

Mordecai, I'm yet to play your new EP, but will. I totally agree with you about the new music and we will cover more. Doing so at  any other time in music's recent history would have definitely indicated that we were selling out yet what with the colossal wealth of new young bands like The Black Angels, Jacco Gardner, The Merrylees, The See See, The Wicked Whispers, Ulysses and so many more all putting their own seal on psychedelic influences whilst being no one other than themselves it would be prudish to miss out on such an opportunity. Psychedelia in all of its many wonderous forms hasn't been so good in years.

From Jake Gladman

Hi Jon & co. 

Can't wait to get hold of my new subscription copy of Shindig!  Can I also ask if you have already featured The Eyes? One of the best 45s ever - 'When the Night Falls' b/w 'I'm Rowed Out', and a shame they never achieved more at the time (also a shame they released their Pupils album!) I've been subscribing to Shindig! for a few years now but have never seen anything on them in your fab magazine. I also dig Rameses & Selket's sole 45  -' Crazy One' b/w 'In My Mind's Eye'. I have read somewhere that he was a carpet salesman before trying his hand at music but would love to know more. If in future you get a chance to feature either if these great acts I would love to hear the stories behind these great records!

Cheers, 

Jake Gladman

 

The Eyes - I'm Rowed Out
The Eyes - I'm Rowed Out

 

 

Jon says:

Andy Morten interviewed Eyes founder member Barry Allchin over 20 years ago as a teenage freakbeat fanatic. The interview was supposed to run in a small mod fanzine but never did and it has been something we have always batted around about running. Maybe we will. They were a great band and you're right nothing has been written about them in ages. During the '80s and '90s mod and garage scenes they were a name on everyone's tongues, but as nothing has ran in years it seems likely that there is now a whole new crowd that could be introduced to their troglodyte charms.Regarding Rameses & Selket their short story is quite well known - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramases. Both albums have been reissued by the ever dependable Esoteric Records and if you like the single you should certainly check them out. Great liners too.

 

 
Interviews

 
Patrick Lundborg
Patrick Lundborg, author of Lysergia (2012)

Shindig!
online special
An interview with Patrick Lundborg 
 
We reviewed Patrick Lundborgs's excellent analysis of psychedelia in issue 31 (February 2013), praising it and Lundborg for "brilliantly drawing together every possible strand of the story (of psychedelia) in one thick volume" and comparing it favourably to Sir James George Frazer's groundbreaking work on magic and religion, The Golden Bough. So it seemed natural for us get the whole story behind this fascinating head trip. Jeff Penczak conducted an extensive interview with Patrick, wherein he elaborates on many of the issues he discusses in his book, which Jeff calls "the New Psychedelic Bible". Read the full interview here.

News 

Black REbel Motorcycle Club
Let The Day Begin (video)

 

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club   

   

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club have just released the first official video from their new album Specter At The Feast. The video - a cover of The Call's 'Let The Day Begin' pays tribute to the late Michael Been of The Call; father of BRMC  guitarist Robert Levon Been.

The band are undertaking an extensive tour of the US and Canada before heading for Europe in July for the Super Bock Super Rock Festival, Portugal and the Benicassim Festival, Spain. Details at blackrebelmotorcycleclub.com.  
 
The Beatpack
The Beatpack London gig
 
London's legendary raving R&B/garage band The Beatpack will be playing at The Alley Cat, London on Friday 19 April. This will be their last gig on home turf for a while. The night also features The Aardvarks, Ealing's very own mod / pop art legends. Tickets are �4.50 in advance at ents24.com.  
 

 

The Masonics
Masonics go to Hipsville

UK garage legends The Masonics are confirmed for Hipsville. The band will be playing a Sunday afternoon slot at this greatly anticipated '60s  garage weekender running from 10 - 12 May.

Loads more information including, line-up, videos and booking at Hipsville.co.uk.
Electric Moon
Electric Moon Europe dates
 
Psychedelic space rock band Electric Moon are this week embarking on a mutlidate European tour. The band is playing  Krefield, Germany this Friday 19  April and will be hitting the UK in June. For the full list of tour dates visit electricmoon.de.

 

Live reviews

Wolf People.

Wolf People

The Sanctuary, Basingstoke

9 April 

 

On arriving, I'm fully aware that this is the hottest ticket in town - or at least in the Bethnal Green area. The show, for many the first chance to hear songs from Wolf People's sophomore LP, Fain, has been sold out for an age and the sense of expectation is palpable.

 

Starting off with new single 'All Returns' it becomes immediately clear that Wolf People haven't strayed from the bucolic beats of first album Steeple - in fact they are considerably further down the track. Backing vocals provided by Stick in the Wheel's Rachel Davies highlight the lush, folk melodies, which lend a narrative feel to songs even when the words themselves are occasionally lost in the neck snapping grooves provided by Tom Watt and Daniel Davies or the twin guitar assault of Jack Sharp and Joe Hollick. They follow up with Silbury Sands which, despite the fact that it's only a couple of years old, already has the feel of a classic and the cheer that accompanies the first few notes suggests that I'm not the only one who thinks so. As the gig progresses, it becomes less easy to take notes - mental or otherwise - and the music takes over completely. Among the highlights, pretty much every song in truth, new cut 'Vessels' sticks out, perhaps because its lighter tone and feel cuts through with laser like clarity.

 

At one point, someone shouts, 'We love prog!' and it's true that there are hints of that in Wolf People's music, but it's a slimline, fat-free prog - still full of flavour but unlikely to leave you bloated. And this is the key. You can hear it in familiar favourites 'Castle Keep' and 'Morning Born' and honed further on the disciplined riffs and irresistible grooves of new tracks like 'Athol' and 'Hesperus' - Wolf People owe as much to music from the last twenty years as they do to the folk rock bands of yore. Their music is as informed by hip-hop, crate digging and breaks culture as it is by border ballads, giving rise to a rhythm section that sounds like John Bonham and John Paul Jones might have done had they spent their teenage years listening to Street Sounds compilations.  

In case you were wondering, this is a very good thing.

 

The gig ends, we step out into the rain, still smiling, ears ringing, certain things became clear: Fain is a must-have record; there will be few chances to see this band in a venue this small again; and Wolf People are not like the folk rock legends they're so often compared to: they are, well, better...

 

Barney Harsent  

 

 
The Cosmic Dead The Cosmic Dead

The Sanctuary, Basingstoke

9 April 

 

Those conscious of the power of set and setting to create the mood and atmosphere required to expand consciousness, would be horrified by the idea of a transcendental spacerock group playing on a damp Tuesday night in Basingstoke. But The Cosmic Dead are more than able to jettison such ephemeral concerns and deliver a set of galvanistic greatness.
 
Read the full review by Austin Matthews here

  

The Shook-Ups + MFC Chicken
The Cabin Club, Liverpool 
6 April
   
As a new guy in town, having only been in Liverpool for five months I have been scoping things out and trying to find the best place to experience the best nights out. I think that I have found a cracker with the bi-monthly night 'The Go-Go Cage!' The whole evening is based around good music and good times, and I certainly found those good times with
The Shook -Ups! and MFC Chicken.

Read the full review by Paul Hickman here   


The Edwin Starr Band The Edwin Starr Band

The Jazz Caf�, London

2 April 


This collection of musicians, calling themselves 'The Team', were introduced to the decent but by no means sold out crowd by Jools Holland and promoter David Gest. The latter informed us that the departed Edwin played his wedding and regaled us with a story that Michael Jackson called Starr the "most underrated performer in the music industry". He may have a point there... 

 

Anyway we're all here to pay tribute to one of the most forceful, deep and unmistakable soul singers of the '60s and '70s on the tenth anniversary of his death.

Read the full review by Smart Phil here