Genre: Folk Country, Dirty Psychedelic, Blues, Garage Rock, Experimental

Interview With Lias from Fat White Family Having released their debut album in April 2013, the Fat White Family are no strangers to the music scene and have taken every stage they inhabit by storm.

Labelled as downright seedy and depraved they deliver songs luridly, not only pushing boundaries but obliterating them completely. Pounding life into the heart of a dying genre they have revived the music industry with their chaos and are not afraid to offer themselves mind, body and soul in the process.

The communism-obsessed 6-piece, based in South London came together in 2011 and comprise of Saul Adamczewski, (Guitar, Backing Vocals) who was originally from The Metros and signed to a major label, brothers Lias (Vocals) and Nathan Saoudi (organ) both from former band The Saudis, Adam J Harmer (Guitar, Backing Vocals), Dan Lyons (drums) and Joe Pancucci (bass)

Driven to fill a void and rife with a desire to make waves in rock’s stagnant pool, The Fat White Family claim to be “satirising rock ‘n’ roll cliches”. Experiences from the past with major labels has seemingly bred this monster, disillusionment and disappointments feeding its growth

Likened to bands such as  The Velvet Underground, The Fall and the Bad Seeds it is evident to see why.  Musically they are a kaleidoscope of psychedelic garage rock with jingling guitars and a post-punk, dirty, grungy sound that instantly appeals.  Raw and unpolished, their music is slinky, kinky, an aphrodisiac of sorts fed to us and absorbed through the ears

Released from their debut album, “Champagne Holocaust” in March 2013, the single ‘Cream Of The Young’ is nothing short of a masterpiece. Its content, blatant and taboo, is catchy and once it gets into your head its gentle rhythm mesmerises. The bass line takes you by the hand, leads, and you follow without question. You are led into a sweet melodic meadow, the promise of sweetness and light radiates from the first few bars and you sway.  Enticed and curious you are intoxicated by this heady indulgence and by the time you realise what the lyrics are about, its too late.

As ‘Cream Of The Young’ unfolds it becomes evident that there is a sinister undercurrent developing as we hear of “the desire for your 15 year old tongue”. This track tackles content that we neither wish to address or hear about let alone be humming to! Music in the guise of a sheep, the wolf stalking beneath.  Songs that can be disturbing lyrically, wrapped up in catchy, grungy melodies, they slice up the nonchalance.

It’s interesting to investigate the fringes,” says Lias. “Better than self-indulgent love songs about some girl you’ve met. And to make it sexy, to make people slow dance to this song about a nonce and his terrible passions, it’s a good trick.”

To say that this band explores the realms of deviance would be an understatement, they have slithered far beyond its gates and have not looked back! Why is it, however, you are still here, their songs on repeat in your head?.. Once they enter, its hard to look back

What captivates, motivates us to listen to more? ‘Garden of the Numb’, child-like in its playful lyrical rhyming , but a song of loathing. Its hard not to flinch with lines like “You would sell your mothers cunt to open doors” even if its justification lies within what its protesting against – how things work in music these days.  ‘Lost in the garden of the numb’, this last line conveying their frustrations, reflecting on what has become of Indie and current music in general, seemingly sterile and unchallenging

Is this the point where we get what they are about? Is this where we look beyond the vulgar, and realise that, for all their blatant, twisted, perverse and shocking content, they are far from bland! Far from predictable, conforming, self indulgent and two-dimensional?  They do not pretend to be Rock ‘n’ Roll, they are!..for want of a better description. They are real and not afraid to offend because if you really understand what they are about, you will look beyond all of that.

“We are being antagonistic and trying to wind people up a bit but at the same time the lyrics are not entirely serious” says the band.

They are real and are here to test the boundaries, their music provokes. They create distaste but not just for the sake of it. Encouraging us to question, dispute, discuss and engage. For better or worse and for that, this is art! It gets you thinking, your blood boiling and your mind working. Musically its refreshing, stimulating and unpredictable.

A great line from a recent  Jack White interview in Mojo seems apt in this instance,“When you see a band in a bar you want them to be wild, to inhabit a world of their own.  The moment they try to ingratiate themselves with you, you lose interest”

Everything about The Fat White Family suggests that they are not in any hurry to ingratiate themselves with the industry and that is not about to change

If you made it through “Champagne Holocaust, your eyes will have well and truly been opened. Now you can brace yourself for anything because, lets face it, anything is possible with The Fat White Family.

True to form and with the release of “Touch The Leather” in March this year, this is the band that just keeps giving! Served up with a heavy helping of witty sleaze, the accompanying video offers our eyes the chance to feast upon a naked ‘toosh’ as it skates past in the background, bare and cheeky, what else would you expect!

Avid fans of The Fall, its not surprising that they have named a song ‘Mark E Smith’. Released earlier this year, this live session was performed exclusively for MUZE.TV Sessions in association with The Guardian

http://www.muzu.tv/fat-white-family/i-am-mark-e-smith-live-music-video/2212022/

This summer sees the launch of their own label ‘Without Consent’. Inspired by the desire to retain their independence, the label was named after a track on their debut album and will be releasing their own material alongside that of other artists and old blues classics too

In the meantime delve deep, get to know this band if you haven’t already and you will not be sorry for it is a truly liberating experience…

 

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Benjamin Booker

Genre: Blues, Boogie, Soul

Benjamin Booker’s avatarWith great power, gusto and a voice laden with more soul than one would believe could emerge from a 22 year old, Benjamin Booker delivers his music like a steam train!

Fresh out of New Orleans, this singer-songwriter has just released the single “Violent Shiver”…and shiver violently you will!

Opening with a bluesy guitar riff and the nostalgic sound of Chuck Berry’s ‘Johnny B Goode’ echoing through the intro, the driving beat of the bass and snare kicks in and you won’t look back…

Here’s a taste of what Booker and drummer Max Norton are like live:

Booker’s voice is gruff and vivacious. Reminiscent, perhaps, to that of Paolo Nutini but with a roughness beyond his years.  He hits you and there’s no hiding.

The Debut album, released via Rough Trade, is out this August with the 7″ of ‘Violent Shiver’, backed with ‘Spoon Out My Eyeballs’, out now.

Benjamin Booker will make you boogie and if he doesn’t then nothing ever will..

 

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James Brute

Genre: Rockabilly, Folk, Rhythm & Blues Emoji   Emoji

Image The first time I saw James Brute was in a small church in Norwich when he supported Martha Wainwright.  I was instantly captivated by this performance, one man, one guitar and a sheet load of stories told only by this voice of sincere clarity.

Its not often you hear something and just know that this is it, this is as good as you want it to get and at that very moment, that very performance was perfect.  Raw and unleashed, bear and stripped down with nothing but a guitar and emotion to fill the stage and yet, fill the stage he did.

James Brute is the stage name of a James Steel, the front man of recently disbanded four piece, The Brute Chorus – (see: http://thelisteningpostblog.wordpress.com/featured-bands/brute-chorus/).  Going it alone, the distinct rockabilly, folk-based, blues sound has followed him, an intent shadow casting its mark all over his new material.

With a distinct sound and the streets of Whitechapel embedded in his voice he sings of myths and the woes of a damaged heart, every detailed line telling a story, the rise and fall of his words heavy with passion and feeling.

There is something unique about this Brute, maybe its the ability he has to swallow the sound of the past and then spit back it out in a mouthful of modern day tuneful tales? Maybe its the way his songs transport us into his heart and mind making us feel what he feels?… Whatever it is it only fuels the fondness and appreciation that The Listening Post Blog has for this musical narrator

The Listening Post Blog, curious to find out a bit more about this musical character, had a few questions to ask and this is what was said:

1. Where are you from, where are your roots? What did you grow up listening to?

I moved around a lot as a kid. My family live in Somerset so maybe that’s ‘home’. My dad was a solider then a priest so we moved a lot with his job. I’ve made London my home and lived all over it. Been in Whitechapel for seven years now and this is definitely where my heart is.

My dad used to sing folk songs to me and my brothers. Matty Groves and The Massacre of Glencoe are two that I remember especially. Songs of infidelity and murder! Pretty light stuff to fill a child’s ears with! We’d team up and perform one called The Rogues of Lynn at the village fetes. All unaccompanied.

2. Was the choice to split from the other band members made so that you could pursue your solo career or had you just come to the end of the road with that? Why have you gone it alone?

I never wanted The Brute Chorus to end. We were brothers but our lives outside the band were changing and it was getting harder and harder to get us all together to write and rehearse. It was dwindling so we decided to end it and go out with a bang. The last show was insane. I miss it. I’m going it alone now because I don’t want to ever stop making music. At the moment I don’t want another band but I’m not saying never. We’ve stayed friends and still hang out.

3. Whats next on the horizon, a new album perhaps?

Perhaps! I’m just writing and recording when I have time. Seeing where it takes me! Nick from the Brutes works with me making the recordings. It’s kind of a continuation. I want to see how stripped down I can get. Reduce the themes and ideas I have as a songwriter to their bare essentials.

4. What inspires you?..What myths/books /subject matter gets you writing? Does the music precede the lyrics or does it vary?

My own love life has been the continual wellspring of inspiration all my life from neurotic teenager to battle-hardened manhood. I’m trying to write more honestly about myself and my experiences than before and to hide less behind characters and allegory. The songs are darker and sexier now but I couldn’t’ve written them when I was twenty-five.
Lyrics always come first for me. Even in the Brutes I would go in with a song with no chords written down or even decided. I’d assemble the lyrics to a tune in my head then sing it at the band and get them to figure out what the music had to be. Now I have to have more discipline and actually sit down with a guitar at some point in order to bring a song to fruition but I’m a reluctant guitar player now. Some of my set these days is sung without accompaniment like when I was a kid singing with my dad. It’s about as stripped down and uncompromising as you can get. Especially when singing about such personal stuff.

 

5. …so, picture this, Earth is being invaded by evil martians, we are all forced to flee to another planet.
What music would you have to take no matter what! What would you take with you to listen to?

I have a recording I made of my Dad singing all the songs I remember from being a kid. So that would come. Tom Waits or Dr John too. I’m a voracious listener and record collector. I’d say maybe just take my entire library on a hard disk but I’d still get bored quite quickly and need more. Besides, I’d have to leave my record collection and that’s more precious to me than even my guitar!

6. Finally…You have invented a time machine!!..What artist/band would you like to go and see or even
play alongside?..Maybe it wont be past, maybe it will be present? Who would you go and see?

I’d love to go see Dr John in 1968 at the time he recorded Gris Gris. Just to sit in the studio and watch him conjure up all that voodoo.

 

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Her Name Is Calla

Genre: Post Rock, Ambient, Alternative, Folk indie, Experimental – See also Weikie

Having already released two studio albums which received widespread critical acclaim, Her Name Is Calla has graced us once more with their unique and experimental genius! Presented to us in the form of a rather calmer sounding third album and released only yesterday,  the limited edition CD already sold out!

Incorporating characteristics from a variety of musical genres this post-rock band of multi instrumentalists have created a story within . A story “of dreams that fail and do not materialise as youth slips away. It is the story of leaving one life behind and heading into the unknown of another. It is a story of losing love, life, faith and identity, and the great depression that brings. More importantly, It is about finding the way back home again.”

It is an album that been described by many as a product of maturity, the coming together of a group of people that have worked together since 2004. Venturing into new realms and driving forward with the relentless force of creative pursuit.

There is not a track on this album that will disappoint and it is fair to assume that repeated listening will only enhance its appeal, allowing one to appreciate its tuneful, wonderfully constructed, melodic content of awakening and the returning to a home of sorts…

A delight to discover, a band to relish and spend hours getting to know. Exploration and travel with an unveiling sense of their inner story.. Elegant and addictive, Her Name Is Calla are an evolving product of years of collaboration and experimentation

‘Ragman Roll’ is the first single to be released from this album. Tom Morris’ voice, reminiscent to that of Morten Harket, drips with tender intensity. The song begins with his vocals hauntingly sang over the driving piano.  As the tension builds the crescendo of a crash cymbal gives way to the melodic string section as the warm undercurrent of the rhythmic bass begins weave up and down through the gathering layers of this haunted melody..

The more you listen, the more you like, the more you like, the more you listen..and so it goes on..

To promote their newly released album HNIC are currently touring and if you are remotely near any of these venues, they are more than worth a visit:

Upcoming tour dates:

2nd May – Handmade Festival, Leicester UK
5th May – ALBUM RELEASE
6th May – Soup Kitchen, Manchester UK
7th May – Stereo, Glasgow UK
8th May – Blue Room, Blackpool UK
10th May – All Saints Church, Cambridge UK

Further Listening: Both Tom Morris https://soundcloud.com/temorris and Adam Weikert https://soundcloud.com/weikie have their own solo projects going which are equally recommended by The Listening Post Blog.

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Weikie

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Genre: Folk, Acoustic singer/songwriter, banjo, folk guitar

Image Taking a break from the band, ‘Her Name is Calla, Adam Weikert is now pursuing his solo career as ‘Weikie’ -a nickname acquired from childhood.

Earthy and heartfelt, Weikie’s music sings of nature, warbles stories deriving from myths, legends and day to day life. With a touch of angst, the music, still in its infancy, is raw and untouched, bagging all signs for a positive future…

His debut album came out in May 2012 and was self released on the anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania. Receiving acclaimed reviews, ”Raise Our Sunken Ship, is a multi-layered instrumental inspiration. Playing the Guitar, Banjo, Percussion, Double Bass, Mandolin, Recorder, Piano and a musical saw. Weikie is nothing short of a musical wonder!

April 2013 saw the release of ‘Vixen’, a single that carries with it hints of Karen Dalton’s ‘Katie Cruel’, the past reinstated in a new wave of folk.  Raw and honest its pace picks up and takes you away with it, jigging along, carried by the banjo fuelled, lyrically longing, heart felt rhythm.

 

‘The Sapling From The Ash’, is a four track EP  due be released at the end of May this year and, as Weikie writes of this:

‘Four songs written and recorded within four hours each. I often swamp my songs in production, so I wanted to set myself limits so as not to sully the raw intent that wanes after the conception of a song.

Taken from this new EP, ‘The Wasting’ is a haunting single, warbling and full of longing, ever affirming the promise of many more good things to come..

The Listening Post Blog caught up with Weikie and was able to ask him a few questions…

1. What are you about, where have you come from and where are you going?

Quite the question! I’m from a small town in Oxfordshire called Wallingford – it has ducks and a river and everything costs way too much, so I live in Leicester now. I release solo stuff as Weikie and write/play in a band called ‘Her name is Calla’. What I’m about? Generally I’m about playing as many instruments as I can as much as I can and penning my ponderings. I find music to be the last bastion of epiphany, one of the few things that can really surprise me and make me happy to be in the world, so I cling to it like a lost child. With the music I release it tends to be things I think people will like, as opposed to the other stuff I just write for myself. A lot of the songs descend into allegory and greek myths as I feel astoundingly vain and indulgent when just singing about myself, though I do inevitably fall prey to these vanities sometimes. I’ve just released an EP of songs that are just that – though I’ve obscured it as much as I can! Where I’m going is a tough one. Much as I love music I’m at a bit of a crossroads in life at the moment, and what happens next scares me. I’m not in a great place. I need to sort my life out, though the motivation wilts under mere modicums of adversity. I am trying mind! Currently working on a couple of albums though, and a soundtrack for short film, so those’ll surface at some point. I’ve also had a new album finished for ages that should come out towards the end of the year called ‘Murder came before the Word’. With a title the pretentious how could I not write an album?

2. Are you signed, have you any gigs on the horizon?

 I’m not signed as such, but there is a label interested in my next album. People don’t generally ‘sign’ that much anymore, more just have email conversations and agreements over pints until a CD gets pressed. I’ll hopefully be touring the album when it comes out though- and funny you should mention the John Peel centre! They were messaging me a while back about booking but it kinda petered out – will chase them up again soon! I’m terrible at chasing people up over stuff- just want to write music!

3. What inspires you and what is Weike all about as a name?

A lot of my music is inspired by interpreting annoyingly persistent feelings of desolation and depression through various myths, characters, and reference points from whatever I’m reading about at the time. I tend to use it as a place to put things I feel can’t really be expressed in my day to day dalliances. This mixes with the musical context in which these are felt to. For example learning clawhammer banjo at the same time as briefly reading about and working for a big corporation, so ‘Big Fish in the Little Sea’, a clawhammer banjo song about just that was born. It’s a vent for the introversion I oft don’t express.

‘Weikie’ was a nickname from when I was a kid. My last name is ‘Weikert’, and my first is Adam, but there was already another Adam so I guess it was just easier. Don’t know what the parents were watching in 1985 that made them all name their kids Adam but there sure are a hell of a lot of us from that year. Maybe they just read the bible until they found a name they liked. At least they got as far in as Adam and didn’t end up calling me ‘Beginning’ or something.

 Be sure to find, follow and remember Weikie, he is definately one to watch out for!!!….

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School of Language

Genre: Indie Rock, Experimental  Emoji  Emoji

School of Language is a pseudonym of Field Music’s David Brewis.  Old Fears is Brewis’s second solo album, released in April 2014 and follows up his 2008 album Sea From Shore. Brimming with promise and imagination this album contains nothing but wall to wall listening pleasure, no track disappoints.  Uplifting, with an original and experimental sound, Old Fears is an musical avenue to explore and enjoy.  Both School of Language albums were self-produced at Field Music’s studios.

Between the Suburbs was released on the 7th April 2014 on Memphis Industries…nothing but joy to the ears!

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Mike Marlin

Genre: Indie, Singer Songwriter, Alternative Rock

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Mike Malins third album, titled Grand Reveal.. And grand it is! Sprouting up from the spring of 2013, this is an album worth taking the time to listen to. With vocals compared to that of David Bowie and distinctive tones of Leonard Cohen and the Psychedelic Furs echoing out from this heart felt album, Mike Malin graces us with his own unique take on a combination of all these influences..

With Marlin, the Listening Post Blog believes that its a case of either getting him or not… The Listening Post read a review and chose to quote from that review as it summed up their thoughts exactly:

“On an initial listen Grand Reveal comes across as a competent affair musically and in lyrical terms borders on cliche. Even at this point though, the listener retains some sense that there’s something there and with repeated listens the album opens up and becomes a much more rewarding experience. After the first couple of tracks the album really begins to take hold. From ‘War to Begin’’s urgency, ‘Amazing’’s expansive refrain or ‘Giving It All Away’’s infectious vocal the album transforms into one of real quality and depth.Read more: http://music.thedigitalfix.com/content/18726/mike-marlin-review.html#ixzz2wDz5q1My”

Released on AMP Music Productions, Malins own label, Grand Reveal will make you want to go and discover his previous recordings, 2009 album Nearly Man and 2012 Man on the Ground. That is just what The Listening Post Blog intends to do!

The Listening Post Blog has treated you to, not one, but three great songs from Grand Reveal.. The rest is for you to go and discover!

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