Tuesday, 30 April 2019

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Monday, 29 April 2019

DAYGLO The Poly Styrene story by Celeste Bell and Zoe Howe

'DAYGLO The Poly Styrene story by Celeste Bell and Zoe Howe' 

Published 28th March

Omnibus Press



'DAYGLO The Poly Styrene story' is a beautiful book about a beautiful person. Poly Styrene AKA Marianne Joan Elliott Said was an extraordinary woman. A unique individual who made a huge contribution to the punk movement in the 1970s and a brave woman who faced up to the rough punk crowds with real attitude and pluck at a time when women were not always seen to do that. Before reading the book I was already a fan of Poly Styrene with her unmistakable style and music but this book allows the reader to delve into the deeper side of Poly's persona. It allows you to view her artwork and ideas in greater detail. The book also reveals the spiritual side of Poly which is how she wanted to be remembered. This is the story of a not always recognized punk icon who was understated in her own lifetime and Poly is finally given the credit she truly deserves. Poly's life was blighted by bipolar depression which at times affected her creative output but 'DAYGLO' proves that her creativity as a whole through her life was very significant. 'DAYGLO' is narrated by Poly herself from a series of her own diary entries and interviews with further narration from her daughter Celeste Bell and music journalist Zoe Howe whose contributions allow the story to flow with a clear narrative. This book is crammed with Poly Styrene's doodles, drawings, lyrics, and artworks and it creates a gateway into the character of Poly Styrene's mind. Her daughter Celeste gives an unbiased and moving account of her mother, from terrifying rages to warm and witty company. These were the symptoms of Poly's bipolar disorder. There are quirky sweet moments too such as Poly's drawings of a young John Lydon with 'I love you' written next to them. There are insightful and witty accounts of Poly from those friends and fans who knew her from such famous names as Glen Matlock Vivienne Westwood, Don Letts, and Jonathan Ross. 'DAYGLO is a great reference for any Poly Styrene fan and even die-hard fans will find some surprises in this beautiful biography. 

Thursday, 25 April 2019

The Serpent Motors Interview

1. How would you describe the sound of The Serpent Motors? We play old punk rock with a hint of rock in
there, so we probably fit the sub-genre of Punk n Roll

2. Who are your major musical influences? I'd say the Ramones are a big influence on our sound and bands of that era including the Sex Pistols and The Clash and then Green Day and Nirvana. I like the rockier side of things as well so bands like Motorhead, Quo, and ACDC were an early influence from my older siblings.

3. What is the future for Punk? I think it looks very healthy especially the pop-punk side of things with bands like Neck Deep and As it Is and Slaves.  I think there should always be a place for that DIY garage ethic in music otherwise it becomes elitist .. so long live Punk Rock

4. What is the music scene like in The Peak District? It's a beautiful place but not known for a Punk scene!  Yes, it is very quiet, we play mainly in local towns like Chesterfield, Sheffield, and Matlock. Matlock is virtually in the Peak and has a thriving music scene.  Our mates Before they are Hanged are another Peak band that are doing well and also, of course, Drenge from Castleton who have had a top 20 album and are really a force to be reckoned with now.  We can make a racket in these hills !!

5. How did your career in music begin?  I started the band five years ago with a couple of guys who I used to go camping with and we'd get the guitars out around the fire and strum a bit of Nirvana or whatever.  One of the guys had played in a band called Ten Benson who had done a couple of John Peel sessions and he knew the music business and gave us lots of encouragement before he moved to Newcastle oop north !. Then we bet ourselves that we could do a gig, so we did what was supposed to be our one and only gig in Matlock but 5 years on and the band rolls on. Tony our new rhythm guitarist once played on the bill with the UK Subs and has been a great addition to the band alongside James Shelton on bass who is quite the multi-talented musician.

6. What advice would you give to a new musician starting out?  Don't be afraid to jump in and start gigging as soon as you can, there is no substitute for it, you can practice all you want in your garage but you'll learn far more by your mistakes on stage.  An don't be afraid to promote yourself any way you can.

7. Why is the band called The Serpent Motors?  There was a van company that we hired a van from before our first gig and we added the “The” to the name. We thought it kind of sounded like a 70s punk band that might have toured with the Ramones, the other suggestions at the time were Augustus Egg or Mam Tor ! after a local hill in the Peak. We stuck with The Serpent Motors thinking we'd change it but everyone seemed to like it and it stuck.

8. I have been to The Dublin Castle many times what is it like to play a gig there?  Yes, that was a brilliant experience playing on a stage that Madness, Blur and Muse amongst many others have played on.  You feel the sense of rock n roll history in the place and the thought that we started round a campfire and now we're playing this iconic venue.  Camden is a buzzing place as well, music and clothes shops everywhere.  We're hoping to play there again later this year.

9. Last year you released an album called Rock n Roll Radio What are your favourite tracks on the album and why?  I think the tracks that have translated well from live into the studio are Shout (Rock n Roll Radio) a really feel good up-tempo Ramones meets Green Day track. Also Sweet is the Girl and On Your Bike which are a lot of fun and even got played over in America on stations in Las Vegas and Texas which was a bit surreal.  Our old drummer Mike shouted “oi get out of it” at the end of On Your Bike and we left it in, the crowd pick up on that song one and sing along and also Sweet is the Girl which has a sing-along “na na na” thing running through it.   There's also a track on there called Make You Bleed which is a bit of rocker which worked really well and you can get stuck into playing live.

10. Who put together your artwork for your latest album cover and does the symbolism on there mean anything? The artwork was done by a talented young amateur artist called Lucy Howroyd from Chesterfield.  The idea of the serpent coming out of the mouth kind of suggests the music has got inside your head.  Just a great image too.

11. Is there any sort of music that you really don't like and would never play/listen to? Oh wow, that's a tough one.  I'm open-minded with music and say live and let live.  I really find it bizarre when people talk about hating bands or hating a music style. Hate's a big word you music snobs out there. What was the question? Oh yes erm, probably electronic stuff that has been made with a push of a button on a computer. Keep it, real man!

12. What is the thinking behind the track 'Roller Coaster'?  Roller-coaster was simply the idea that being in a DIY punk band you have to do it all yourself.  Publicity, getting gigs, hours of practice, paying a small fortune to record an album, pushing for radio play and then you are playing gigs and on the radio and it's your turn to ride the Roller-coaster.  Deep ..maybe not!

13. How would you like your music to make people feel?
Happy and want to tap their feet and sing along and jump about.  There's no mystical message its basically rock n roll, yes the songs have a meaning individually but I wouldn't expect anyone to analyze it too much.  The track I really loved writing was one called Refugee off an EP we did called “Oil on the Fire” after I saw all those terrible images of people trying to cross the Med from Africa, the world is in such a sad state and music can be an outlet.  

14. And Finally, what do The Serpent Motors have planned for the rest of this year?  We have got festivals lined up in Matlock, Buxton, and Sheffield.  We are playing at a great venue called The Mullberry Tavern on June 8th to celebrate the Queens birthday in a true punk rock style.  We are also playing a fantastic festival called The Matlock Bath Music Festival that we play every year in July, with 70 bands on throughout the town all day from midday to midnight, the buzz is just brilliant for that one. Then we're hoping to record an album this autumn probably at Toolmakers Studios in Sheffield again, so many ideas coming out of our current line-up it feels a good time for the band.

The Dirty Clergy

How did 'The Dirty Clergy' begin as a band?
We began as a folk duo, believe it or not. I think some of those videos may be floating around on YouTube still. We put out an album called 'Truth Wars'. It was mostly an album filled with protest songs. I really don't advise anyone to listen to it. I think every band has those first recordings where everything isn't up to par. The songs are good of course, but everything else is shaky.

Why did you call the band 'The Dirty Clergy?'
Basically, this man named, and this is the first time I've ever called his name in an interview, Mark Gallups. He was/is supposedly a 'very Christian' person. A very Christian person that was run out of one church and proceeded to tell lies about some people pushing to end prohibition in a small town – in Alabama. He sent out an e-mail to his 'people'. Little did he know that a lot of his people were friends with this other person and they sent the e-mail to one of the band members. It didn't end well for Mr. Gallups and, I guess, we thank him for giving inspiration to the band name.

Who are your major musical influences?
Well, we have a few that span over the decades. The '60s had a lot of them. Tommy James, Velvet Underground, the whole sunshine pop, psych movement. Our music isn't directly descended from that, but that is where the roots lie. Moving to a little more modern acts; The Raveonettes, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Kills. Off the top of my head, I think that about sums up the influences.

Which track is your favorite that you have written and what does that track mean to you?
That's a good question. I like them all obviously. Something about each of them is special or they wouldn't have made it to the albums. However, I think I will go with 'Summer Days'. It's a little misleading. It has the feel-good beat, fast, but the lyrics are quite the opposite. It's about happiness and the lack thereof. It's about ephemeral happiness all while knowing something is not going to last. I suppose that is life for some people.

How do you want people to feel after listening to your music?
Not alone.

Your music is 'Alice Cooper approved' how did you get to know him and what can you tell me about your friendship with him?
Unfortunately, we haven't met him or talked to him. We were on his radio show, Nights with Alice Cooper, he did a little promo for one of our songs called 'Strange Love'. It's a pretty rocking song from our previous album. They liked it well enough to give it some love and attention. So that is good enough for me. Always been an Alice Cooper fan, so when I got the tags on social media it was totally out of the blue and I thought it was a joke a first, but it wasn't – thankfully!

What was the public response to your album 'Rattlesnake'
It was great. We had some good reviews from magazines, blogs, sold a good bit of albums. It did really well on the college radio stations and broke through to some mainstream stations across the U.S. and Canada. People enjoyed it. The only real criticism we had was that it was 'too long'. I guess that just depends on who you ask though.

Does being from Alabama have an effect on your music? in what way?
Not really. There are some good rock bands from Alabama. I think people tend to think of either country music or cover bands when you think of musicians from Alabama. Which is understandable. But bands like Alabama Shakes, Waxahatchee, St. Paul & the Broken Bones have all kind of stood out among people from Alabama that aren't country or cover bands. But, overall, no it doesn't really have an effect on it. I remember when we first started and were booking our first few shows we were asked, 'well what do you play?'. I replied with, 'well it's rock stuff, in a way'. Then they went into naming artists and asking particular songs. When we told them we do our own stuff they just looked a little confused. As if people aren't supposed to write and play their own music. We're not a jukebox.

What can you tell me about your new album?
It's different than 'Rattlesnake'. On this album, we do take more from the influences listed above. We recorded it in the same studio, Ol Elegante, with the same producer, Lester Nuby III. He does some pretty fantastic work. We have been working on it for a year and a half, so I'm definitely ready to get it out. It's a trip for sure. There won't be as many songs as on the last album, but it's probably equally as long. We did it with fewer hands involved, so in a way that makes it mean a little more to me.

What is the track 'Jesus times' about?
This is from 'Truth Wars'. This particular song is about doing right and wrong when the 'end of times' arrives. Most of these songs were co-written by Tyler Evans and myself. I think we mainly wrote just to perform locally, just to have something to do. Tyler left the band and I took it in a different direction.

What is the track 'Ballad of Johnny Magnum' about?
This was also from the very first album. It was about a guy that was drafted into war back in the 1940s. We really went all out on these songs. It's kinda campy. But it's alright.

What is next for 'The Dirty Clergy' this year?
Finishing this album, working on some videos, and doing whatever we can to get the record out there for people to hear.

Beauty In Chaos Interview

1. How was 'Beauty in Chaos' first created? 
It was really just born out of the desire to do something that I was 100% in control off, outside the scope of Human Drama and GLJ.  Something that was my vision, and to not only please myself … but to prove to myself I could do this.

2. What is the main concept of 'Beauty in Chaos?'

To create an evolving musical entity outside the scope of a typical .band’ format.  Also to put together great artists that probably would never be on the same album, much less the same song.  I simply love putting artists in a situation outside of their standard comfort zone too 

3. How do you want your music to make people feel?

That is such an individual thing … as long as the listener ‘feels’ something, I think as an artist you have succeeded .

4. What was it like to work with 'Ice T?'

Of all of the artists on ‘finding beauty in chaos’, he was the one that I did not really have a relationship with.  I am friends with Ernie and Vince (from Body Count) and they sent the track to Ice.  Since then, I have met him and we hit it off well.  He took the time to not only write and record his part, but to also be part of the video, all which I am very grateful for.

5. What was it like to work with Rolan Bolan?

T. Rex is such a big influence on me, and his dad certainly started the glam-rock movement in my opinion.  He influenced so many, and probably doesn’t get the credit he deserves. Rolan is very down to earth and was a pleasure to work with.  I think people, even die-hard T.Rex purists are going to really be surprised at what we created.

6. What is your ultimate favourite Goth track and why?

Even though Robert probably wound not approve of the ‘goth’ label, I will go on a limb here and say ‘Prayers For Rain’ … actually it could be anything on ‘Disintegration’.  I think that record has such a feel and vibe … even cold in temperature if that makes since.

7.Why did you choose Ashton Nye as your lead singer?

Well there is no one ‘lead singer’ of BEAUTY IN CHAOS.  Ashton sings and co-wrote three amazing tracks on the album.  It was such an easy process to create with him, that I do look forward to working more with him in the future.  Meeting him through this album started a great friendship too, which is a blessing in its own right.  His solo work and also as The Awakening are wonderful for anyone that has not heard.

8. is there an LA Goth movement? is it different to other types of Goth music? How?

I honestly don’t get out to clubs much now … being a parent and a musician are full time jobs.  When I was younger, Scream and Helter Skelter where two ‘goth’ clubs I frequented and performed at.  Bar Sinister is still going strong in Hollywood, but even that seems to have turned away from ‘goth’ .. spinning stuff like Rob Zombie.

9. What is your favourite track on the album and why?

It honestly changes over time.  My wife and I had a long road trip, returning from bringing our daughter to school and I actually listened to ‘FBIC’ in full and in order.  It had been a while, as I have been dealing with all of the remixes for ‘beauty re-envisioned’.  I can say I still really enjoy the record.  ‘Look Up’ and ‘Beauty Lies Within’ stuck out to me on this listen particularly.

10. What makes the track 'Bloodless and Fragile' so cinematic?

I think Ashton and I set out for the to be the closing track for the album, and we both felt this has to be the climax of the 70 minute journey prior.  I love the way the track builds from beauty to chaos.  I like to think the entire record has a cinematic quality.. at least that was my goal.

11.What made you fall in love with Evi Vine's voice?

What’s not to love!  It’s both melodic and sensual.  She’s like a crazy step sister!!  We have the wackiest text chats too.  I do look forward to working more with her as BIC evolves…. Just wish I could talk her into doing a video for ‘I Will Follow You’ , which is always one of my favourite tracks.  Her new record is brilliant also.

13. What can you tell me about 'Beauty Envisioned?'
This is a ‘remix’ album per say.  I handed the keys of the car over to some great producers, DJs and artists to do deconstruct and reconstruct many of the songs from FBIC as they hear them.  There are also a few totally rerecorded versions that I really love.  In the end, its 24 tracks … so I think there should be something for everyone!  It will be released on June 21st and pre-order is available now on our website (www.beautyinchaosmusic.com)   

14.What is the track Un-natural Disaster about?

I think the video portrays the idea of the track perfectly (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsEFx-yniEQ )  Being from New Orleans, the devastation from Hurricane Katrina hits hard.

15. What else do you have lined up for 'Beauty in Chaos' this year?

Getting ‘beauty re-envisioned’ released is almost complete.  Now convincing people to buy a physical copy as opposed to streaming!  Michael Rozen and I have started working on some new BIC material.  He is also working with Al Jourgensen on the next MINISTRY record, so I am going to have some time to develop some new material.  It’s exciting to take off the constraints I placed on FBIC off, and this time around utilising synths and some other guitarists.  I do hope that whatever critical accolades FBIC has got, that it helps open the door for some additional artists to join the BIC family.   I do have a wish list!!

Monday, 22 April 2019

Soul Desire

Artist: Soul Desire

EP: 'Ignite'

Release date: July 2018


There are a lot of women in the public eye who deliberately dumb themselves down in order to be considered more acceptable to the male gaze even in these enlightened times. So it is heartening and refreshing to see a strong young frontwoman leading the band 'Soul Desire' and even more so in the macho world of heavy rock. There have been many strong female voices in rock from Joan Jett to Suzi Quatro and back again, so it's great to see that this attitude is continuing in a new generation. Becky sings like a real person telling you her real-life story and the 'Ignite' EP covers such subjects as body image and relationships but does it all in a strong female voice that engages you to listen to it. 'Soul Desire' is a collective, however, comprising of band members Becky Jade, Rob Leach, and Chris Smith. The band formed from the history of 'One Last Run' and the men in the band are an appropriate and strong backing for Becky's voice and you get the impression from their music that this is very much about a group ideology, a group vision of how they wish the band to look and sound. The debut EP from this young band contains track highlights, 'Falling Apart' and 'From The Flames' which for me is the stand out track on the EP.

Also more importantly when Becky Jade sings I actually believe her. I trust she means what she is singing about, and in an age of throwaway music that is churned out without imagination, this is in many ways a rare thing. In the video for 'Ignite' for example, we see a real person confronting her dying relationship in a room alone and the solitude does not matter in the execution of the piece as Becky puts so much expression and truth into her performance the story of this track is played out in its entirety for us using only one person's voice.

'Soul Desire' is a new band worth watching with a good natural attitude to their music.



Saturday, 20 April 2019

Noctorum Marty Willson-Piper


Marty Willson-Piper

Album Title: 'The Afterlife'

Label: 'Schoolkids Records'

Release date: February 2019


'Noctorum' is the latest offering from the very experienced band hopping talent that is Marty Willson-Piper and his writing partner and longtime friend Dare. 

'The Moon Drips' is a gentle caress of Hammer Horror without the vampires. This track is a baroscopic tune with trumpet breaks that conjures up an atmosphere of unspecified fear and is the best track on the album. 

 'Piccadilly Circus in the Rain' is my second personal favourite track from this collection as it is a song about the dream-crushing nature of surviving and working in London, and is a stunningly accurate account of most people's true experience of London living, which eventually becomes more about survival than enjoyment both financially and mentally. This particular track portrays a great depiction of the tug of war inside the human spirit and tells the unspoken truth that 'London brings you to your knees' and is a far cry from the individual's original hazy dream of creativity or as Marty Willson-Piper puts it:

 'You are so focused on the job of survival that your aspirations, your dreams, are swept aside, pushed out of reach as all your waking hours are spent treading water, your imagination drowning, your ideas lost in the rush hour'

'High tide low tide' is a track about Bipolar disorder inspired by Dare's work in therapy which depicts a disorder which now has a great deal of coverage in the media. However, this track doesn't jump on the mental health 'trend' bandwagon but instead is a thoughtful and sensitive take on a much-covered subject. 

The band is named after the village Noctorum which was located near to the childhood homes on The Wirral (near Liverpool) which the creators of this album Dare and Marty grew up in.

There are some daring themes in this album... subjects range from terrorism to mental health and 'Noctorum' has a fresh sound that defies the extensive experience of Marty Willson-Piper. At my last count, he had been involved with ten different bands including  Australian psychedelic rock band 'The Church', Swedish progressive rock band 'Anekdoten' and most famously the guitarist for 'All About Eve'

This album has a natural and direct style that pulls the listener into a down to earth narrative on complex issues


Thursday, 18 April 2019

The Spangles

The Spangles

Album: #Sweet FA

Label: Raaa! Records

Release date: 2nd February 2019                                           


This Jangly Spangly breath of fresh air from Indie band 'The Spangles' is essential for anyone who wants a blast of 70's inspired Punk Pop and this is music to blast out on a carefree sunny day. The band combines aggression with optimism. and they have a refreshing contradiction in their album. There are waves of anger mixed with youthful optimism in these sounds although The Spangles are not young exactly, experiences both sour and sweet have not dampened their enthusiasm for their craft. The track 'Dirty Pictures' has an almost 'Banana Splits' 70's feel but was actually a track written to warn off a sleazy guy with no boundaries or respect for women, and yes, it's a breath of fresh air to hear this message from a band of men. Just because it's 'Sex drugs and rock and roll' It doesn't automatically mean that anything goes when it comes to how women are treated. The track 'The Ramones' calls back to a fast amphetamine fulled style of punk and taps into direct inspiration from 'The Ramones' Which is nearly every punk's favourite inspiration. Except perhaps for John Lydon.

The stand out track on this album is 'Back on the Meds Again' a breezy sounding track with 'Lemmy from Motorhead' style guitar breaks. The track details the misery of medication for depression but wraps it up in a glorious bubblegum pop bubble.

There is a strangely sexy breathless feel to the track 'The Only One' and there is a feeling about the whole album that takes me back to my seventies childhood in a way that I can't explain. The band's name 'The Spangles' is a perfect name as it gently nudges you towards that seventies vibe and gives you a sweet feeling of nostalgia while at the same time presenting you with an album that has a vibrant new take on a tried and tested formula. This is punk but not as I know it.

There is a great energy in this album and a feeling of immediacy with the listener. #Sweet FA has a live gig feel, that is often hard to capture on a recording, but 'The Spangles manage it.

The Spangles have a 'full-on' punk attitude sure but there is is a thoughtful social intelligence underneath the attitude that gives this album its own unique charm.



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