Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Cuddly Shark - Cuddly Shark



I've said before that away from IDHAS, I don't just listen to Power Pop and Pop Rock. I have a real love of both Prog and Left Field Indie. I'm also old enough to blab on about how it's not as good as the old days and blab on and on about Stiff and Postcard.

Well firstly, a big round of applause for Glasgow's Armellodie Records Label because they are the Stiff or Postcard now. In over a decade, they continue to challenge the norm, supporting a wide range of artists, all different and all deserved of a listen.






Cuddly Shark are certainly left field, you wouldn't believe that the trio are from Glasgow. They have far more in common with the States. Think B52's, They Might Be Giants, Jonathan Richman with a Beck like ability to go off on a tangent.

There's also a real wit to the band, akin to the like of Colin's Godson and The Bordellos. Hobo Rock is hilarious as are Name Dropper and Cover Band. There seems to be hundreds of different ideas fighting to get out in these wonderfully lo-fi set of songs.






That's not to say that there isn't plenty of Pop here. There is, Once We Were Two and Not Yet Three stand equal with any Indie Pop that you wish to name. Wash Off The Mash Tun is a real sing along, a bit like a Pop Punk fronting a Folk Rock band.

The Rhythm is a great hypnotic opening song and across these 13 offerings, you are taken on quite a journey. You could spend a half hour watching Emmerdale or you could be entertained and educated by listening to Cuddly Shark.






You can listen to and buy the album here.



TGL - The Grand Leve




I have been a long time admirer of Ulf Holmberg, the man never seems to sleep. As I mentioned in the review of the Crime Scene album here, he's more noted as a Guitarist, but he keeps cropping up on great Pop Rock Records. Crime Scene's album was one example, but the Longplayer self titled album remains one of my favourites and now this.

TGL are a trio consisting of Holmberg with fellow Longplayer, Goran Hjertstedt and Europe drummer, Ian Haugland. The Grand Leve very much mine 70's Pop Rock territory. Jeff Lynne constantly springs to mind, particularly with the arrangements, but Jigsaw, John Miles, 10CC also compare.







Valhalla Feast Of Sacrifice is pure ELO, as is Ride The Wind, All In The City is pure 10CC. But Hic Medeiros is great Chanting Folk Rock and the closing Instrumental shows what an exceptional Guitarist, Ulf Holmberg is.

I get frustrated at the amount of great Pop albums that are around in Europe that get largely ignored. Sweden is one of the most exceptional music scenes still around and TGL are just one example. This album is a fun packed 36 minutes. Highly Recommended.







I don't do streaming, the internet connection here isn't great and I find it hard to keep track of stuff. My Bookmarks are like Hampton Court Maze, but you can find the album on Spotify here and then go out and buy it.


You can also listen on You Tube. The playlist is here .



Gretchen's Wheel - Black Box Theory



The quality continues with album Number Four from Lindsay Murray's Gretchen's Wheel. Followers here will know that I'm a great fan. You can read my reviews of Behind The Curtain here and Sad Scientist here. There was also the show stealing Power Pop on the Slan Tribute CD here.

Black Box Theory marks a slight departure for Gretchen's Wheel, all of it good. The songs seem a little darker, the guitar less at the forefront and it works beautifully for a number of reasons. Plus there is THAT Voice, it can melt a million hearts.





The songs seem a little sadder and the vocal more laid back. That lack of noise lets the songs breathe more to the point where this is probably Murray's best album yet. When a song like Tatyana rocks, it is gently, you listen to the lyrics more. Power Pop is often accused of being a one trick pony, total rubbish of course, but it is nice to hear arrangements that are different.

This is a fine collection of songs. I defy anyone to write a song better than Funny Thing, the songwriting standard here is incredibly high. The likes of Something's Coming and Untethered will become ear worms for a long time. The bar has been set incredibly high for Album Five.






You can listen to and buy the album here. It's also available as a wonderful Multi Splatter Vinyl and CD Set.



Roller Disco Combo - Things Under Control



If there are two scenes that I adored most, then it would be the Liverpool 80's and the Glasgow 90's. The first because I was there, the second because it reinvigorated my ears after the nonsense of Late 80's UK England when it became all about standing in a field or a warehouse.

Roller Disco Combo remind me of both, particular Teenage Fanclub and The Pale Fountains. The biggest surprise was that the five piece are from Barcelona. I know there is a vibrant Power Pop Scene in Spain and of course You Are The Cosmos, but I hadn't heard anything as jangly as this.






There's a real summer joy to Things Under Control. it's all so singalong, a great listen. There are hints of Psych Pop on When The Night Gets Dark, You Know is a bit early 90's Manchester, Those Days is a bit Brit Pop, but largely the emphasis is very much Jangle Pop and boy does the album Jingle.

You'll have heard When The Night Gets Dark on the IDHAS Radio Show and when I played that, I was battling with playing The Motor Of My Life. But all 34 minutes of the album are a listening pleasure. There are hints of Psych Pop and the closer, I'll Miss You hints at a future harder direction that they can do equally well.






Things Under Control is a cracking little listen, when it ends you want it on again. You can listen to and buy the album here.



The Foreign Films - The Record Collector



I was an early adopter of Bill Majoros and his magnificent Foreign Films adventures. So as I catch up on the pile of reviews that I'm behind with, it seems most fitting to start with the masterpiece that is The Record Collector.

It's been a long time in the making, previewed over that period by the excellent Record Collector Side releases and Majoros's superb additions to Steve Eggers's releases with The Nines. The culmination is this Triple album in all it's intended glory. It's Pop, but not as we necessarily know it, a journey into all things of that ilk.






This has certainly been worth the wait. The album veers off into all directions, but keeps everything melodic, inventive and so damn catchy. Just listening to Side 1 alone, Pop Rock, Prog and Orchestral Rock are taken in and the journey just gets better and better. Shadow In The Light could be Bolan, Junior Astronomer's Club could be Orgone Box and the beauty of the weeping She Reveals Her Heart cannot be over emphasised.

Kori Pop's vocals add a great deal to Side 2. Her joint vocals on Teardrop Town, which you can imagine Nick Cave writing and her lead vocal on Land Of A 1,000 Goodbyes which is all Lisa Mychols and benefits from Pop's Piano playing.  Broken Dreams is great 80's Power Pop, State of The Art is so Jon Auer Posies. Lucky is all jangly Psych Pop.

Side 3 is particularly Beatlesesque, notably Lennon. the exception being the haunting, A Foolish Symphony on which Kori Pop takes lead vocal duties on a wonderful arrangement. Side 4 is much slower, more moody and I'm reminded of great Singer Songwriters such as John Howard and Colin Blunstone.






On Side 5, the arrangements are varied, but very 60's Bacharach, Emily'd Dream is a cracking slab of Psych featuring Dialogue from Steve and Chantel Eggers. Summer Fades is a fine closer. Side 6 closes this extraordinary affair with the almost 13 minutes of Fall Of The Summer Heart.

Fall Of The Summer Heart is Psych Wonderment. Overall there is a lot of music here. It feels very much like one of those great Singer Songwriter albums of the 70's when Budget wasn't a problem. However, the variance never lets the album become boring. I must also mention the superb  Arrangements of Wim Oudijk, a man I miss greatly and who lit up my Psych Pop world with his chats and recommendations.






You can listen to and buy the album here. You can also buy the triple vinyl format from the same link. That's how I listened to it and if ever an album should be heard on Vinyl, it's this one. The album will also be released on CD by Ray at Kool Kat om Monday. You can order that here.

I've picked my favourite songs today here, but they change and this is an album that everyone will find a different favourite on.



Thursday, 12 July 2018

I Don't Hear A Single Radio Show Episode 51



Tomorrow night's Radio Show has been sent to KOR Radio and so now for the big Review Backlog. Another Ace Listen this week. One Oldie and 18 Spanking New Tunes. Look out for an article on Sparks' Whomp That Sucker album in upcoming Reviews.


I Don't Hear A Single Radio Excitement is broadcast on KOR Radio at 8pm UK Time on Fridays, repeated at the same time on Saturdays. Due to increased popularity, a Monday Night Repeat has been added at 8pm.

You can listen to it here.

Also, a reminder that the show is archived the following week on Mixcloud. You can listen to the other fifty shows and two Xmas Specials here.

Here's this week's playlist :

01 Sparks - Funny Face
02 Cuddly Shark - Hobo Rock
03 Asylums - Millennials
04 Weller - Boroughs
05 William Duke - Cue Up The Memories
06 Wilkerson - Let It Go Tonight
07 Downpilot - Historian
08 Ruler - Petrified
09 The Innocents - Strangers In The Park
10 Romantica - Dear Caroline
11 The Neon Brothers - Container
12 Sunshine Boys - Tripping Through Time
13 Young Scum - Sloth
14 Trust Fund - Carson McCullers
15 Templeton Universe - Never Seen
16 Weathers - I'm Not Ok
17 The Cheap Cassettes - Hieroglyphics In Lipstick
18 John Michael Hersey - How Do You See Me
19 We Are Muffy - Civil Service



Wednesday, 11 July 2018

The Return Of The Reviews



The first half of the year has been a really strange one. I Don't Hear A Single has branched off into so many directions. Although, the Radio Show thrives, it's felt like ages since I wrote reviews in any quantity and there is a lot to review.

Every time I've set the time aside that time has been taken away by another meeting, another phone call, another something. These Six months seem to have flown and it has all been productive, but behind the scenes. You'll hear about some of those things in coming weeks.

Two things have sprung to mind. A lot of the conversations I have had in 2018 Part 1 have involved showing people what I do. Sound wise, I was largely armed with the two Best Of 2017 Radio Shows which best demonstrated the type of music that I enjoy and what I want others to support.

Those two continuous mixes have gone down so well that it's given me hope that Indie Power Pop and Pop Rock will eventually be rewarded for what it brings to the musical table. I've listened to those two Best Of's a lot and they still sound great. It made me realise how good 2017 was as well as as how little I've wrote about in 2018.

You can listen to those two broadcasts on Mixcloud and each is worth devoting a whole hour of your time to wonder how people can say Guitar Music is dead. You can listen to Part 1 here and my original IDHAS Post is here.  Part 2 is on Mixcloud here and on IDHAS here.

I'm also aware that I based all those End Of Year Lists on what appeared on I Don't Hear A Single and that I need to get Reviews up in quantity to be able to do that again at the end of the year. I'm also aware that artists must wonder what has happened to their review and I must remedy that.

The non IDHAS Music stuff that I do has grown and grown and has mentioned earlier, you will see some of the fruits of that in coming months. But this outside stuff has kept me away from what I most enjoy which is reviewing new music and I hope you've missed me as much as I have missed you.

I Don't Hear A Single is about Reviews and Radio and New Music.

So for the next few days, I am locking myself away from Phones, Email, Social Media, Skype, Voice  Conferences etc and relying more on Pigeons and Whippets. The backlog of Reviews will start to be addressed. You'll only see me on Social Media to promote the completed reviews.

You'd better get your wallets ready, there is a lot of new music that you'll want to buy.



Thursday, 28 June 2018

I Don't Hear A Single Radio Show Episode 50




The IDHAS Extravaganza reaches Number 50 and it's been a devil to compile. The original long list was two and a half hours. It's now at it's usual hour long length and ready for tomorrow night. I hope you enjoy the results.

With it being Number 50, there's some special offerings and no Archive Stuff. The only older song is a cover, a bonus track from Omnivore's Dear 23 Deluxe Edition. It seems only right that The Posies appear on a celebratory show.

There will be a bonus Mixcloud Only Episode at the weekend. That will feature my favourite songs from all 50 shows.

I Don't Hear A Single Radio Excitement is broadcast on KOR Radio at 8pm UK Time on Fridays, repeated at the same time on Saturdays. Due to increased popularity, a Monday Night Repeat has been added at 8pm.

You can listen to it here.

Also, a reminder that the show is archived the following week on Mixcloud. You can listen to the other forty nine shows and two Xmas Specials here.

Here's this week's playlist :

01 Ian McNabb - I Don't Hear A Single Promo
02 Ian McNabb - Medicated Emma
03 The Molochs - To Kick In A Lover's Door
04 Nick Piunti - Deep Freeze
05 Stephen Bluhm - Why I Belong Here
06 Danny Goffey - Ancient Text
07 The Posies - I Am The Cosmos
08 Spygenius - I Don't Hear A Single Promo
09 Spygenius - And Her Snakes Were Decked With Smiles
10 Rob Bonfiglio - Hey Blue
11 Gretchen's Wheel - I Don't Hear A Single Promo
12 Gretchen's Wheel - Funny Thing
13 Mayday Parade - Never Sure
14 mylittlebrother - Cyanide
15 Phil Cooper - Shake It Up
16 Sobs - Astronomy
17 Don't Worry - Big House.mp3
18 The Armoires - I Don't Hear A Single Promo
19 The Armoires - Anemone
20 Burning House - Peach
21 Proud Parents - Proud Parents
22 Daisy House - Rolling That Stone



Thursday, 21 June 2018

I Don't Hear A Single Radio Show Episode 49




The IDHAS Extravaganza reaches Number 50 Next Week with Butterfly Cakes and Jelly planned. In the meantime, Number 49 is up, dressed and washed and ready for it's Friday Night debut. 17 Tracks all new and sparkling await your ears.

I Don't Hear A Single Radio Excitement is broadcast on KOR Radio at 8pm UK Time on Fridays, repeated at the same time on Saturdays. Due to increased popularity, a Monday Night Repeat has been added at 8pm.

You can listen to it here.

Also, a reminder that the show is archived the following week on Mixcloud. You can listen to the other forty eight shows and two Xmas Specials here.

Here's this week's playlist :


01 The Gold Needles - Daydreamer's Song
02 Seth Timbs - The Pay Off
03 The Speedways - Seen Better Days
04 Caper Clowns - Sacre Bleu
05 The Foreign Films - Summer Fades
06 Caddy - Contageous
07 Keaton Collective - Way To Be
08 The Connection - Wish You Success
09 Super 8 - Hey! Mr. Policeman
10 Luv Dot Gov - Exist Anymore
11 Tom Curless - Always Bloom Forever
12 JetBone - It's So Hard
13 Freedom Fry - For You
14 Sitcom Neighbour - Pimpmobile
15 Burning House - Peach
16 Gin Blossoms - Still Some Room In Heaven
17 The Amazing - Asleep



Thursday, 14 June 2018

I Don't Hear A Single Radio Show Episode 48




The IDHAS Radio Variety Performance reaches Number 48 tomorrow night. Two nearer the half century, which has a double helping to celebrate, one show of which is a Best Of on Mixcloud only. Just 15 Tracks this week, all new, so that I could get Even's closing number on, which is Essential Listening.

The I Don't Hear A Single Radio Excitement is broadcast on KOR Radio at 8pm UK Time on Fridays, repeated at the same time on Saturdays. Due to increased popularity, a Monday Night Repeat has been added at 8pm.

You can listen to it here.

Also, a reminder that the show is archived the following week on Mixcloud. You can listen to the other forty seven shows and two Xmas Specials here.

Here's this week's playlist :

01 Ocean Mind - Victim Of Gravity
02 Patrick Windsor & The Black Mail House - In The Wilderness
03 Jeremy Fetzer - Wisdom Of The Octopus
04 Team Picture - Strange Year
05 Phil Yates & The Affiliates - I Don't Hear A Single Promo
06 Phil Yates & The Affiliates - One Man's Trash (Sour Grapes)
07 Local Teen - How Many Times Do I Have To Tell You Dumb Motherfuckers
08 D.A. Stern - Am I Ever On Your Mind!
09 Salim Nourallah - Totally Lost
10 A Place In Time - Maps
11 Zuider Zee - Haunter Of The Darkness
12 Kidd - Looking For The Way Out
13 Checkpoint Charley - Mayday
14 Sunshine Boys - Schoolyard Bully
15 The Shimshaws - Ordinary Girl
16 Even - Return To Stardust



Sunday, 10 June 2018

Phil Yates And The Affiliates - Party Music!




I'm in far more familiar territory here as Phil Yates And The Affilliates's third album is released on the joyous Futureman Records label. Party Music! is pure Power Pop, leaning a little to the UK New Wave of the late 70's.

I make that reference because although the feel is very jangly and melodic, there are unusual choruses on the likes of Triple Fisting and Nothing Happened. It tends to be a UK thing at times, a slowed down chorus with more words than you'd expect and it works beautifully. The likes of Joe Jackson and Graham Parker do it really well, as does Phil Yates.







Tom Petty is another adept at this and there are plenty of similarities to Yates's vocal, Petty Wise, there's also a hint of Ian Broudie. The Lead Guitar work is exemplary and I'm constantly reminded of Brinsley Schwarz in Rumour mode.

All tnis matters not one jot, because Party Music! is excellent fayre, beautifully written songs with some bitter lyrics dressed up in a sugar coating. One Man's Trash is like a Sun Studio Version of Power Pop.





Drink Myself Blind is all Labelled With Love and Peter Francis Geraci is Clash like until the slowed down Costello like Chorus. It's a belter of a song ending up like a buzzed up Monkees. Bite Your Tongue is a lyrically excellent It's You And Me and It's A Quarter To Three Piano affair.

If you wanted to know what the band are really about though it's probably best with the opener, My Favourite Bag. It's a jangling riff happy wisp of a song, exactly what a great Power Pop song should be. Phil Yates And The Affiliates have offered up a crackerjack of an album. Well Done All!







You can listen to and buy the album here.



The Gold Needles - Pearls



I Don't Hear A Single is usually looked upon as my own little kingdom, but there as always been far more to it than that. There is still an Inner Circle extending from the Anything Should Happen Days. This Secret Society recommends artists and albums to one another and some of those gems you see here.

Nick Fletcher is a lynch pin, becoming something of a European Correspondent, but we also have Mick Dillingham, Ian Rushbury and Ray Gianchetti. The latter remains in charge of the last physical outpost of the music we love at Kool Kat Musik and it is with him that my Gold Needles fascination began.

It was during a weekly catch up with Ray that he suggested The Gold Needles warranted my attention. Within a flash, the band had sent me a CD and in the meantime Ray had released Pearls, the debut album on the Kool Kat label. I was hooked on the band, the eclectic nature of what they do just appealed and I've been playing Pearls ever since.






You can read my interview with Mark English here and I thought I'd elaborate more by reviewing the album a little more. Knowing a bit about the band's history, I thought Pearls would be psychy, trippy, less commercial Fruits De Mer enjoyment. Not a bit of it!

The nature of the album, a compilation of their non soundtrack and compilation recordings, allows that originality and versatility to thrive. However that can have a slight downside. 18 Tracks on an album can overawe first time listeners. Combine that with The Gold Needles output being particularly suited to vinyl and you can find a solution. The upcoming Vinyl release is a cut down 13 tracks and that works even better. More on that later.

I generally associate two things with Hull, both equally dear. They are Mick Ronson and The Housemartins, now I have a third, because The Gold Needles are that good. They encapsulate everything I want in Psych Pop, more emphasis on the Pop and less on the backward guitar and Sitar.






Simon Dowson's vocal lends itself beautifully to the laid back dreamscapes of the likes of Daydreamer's Song, City Jungle and Lookout Mountain, but my interest perks even more when the band venture into Pop.

The opener and title track, Pearls, is pure 80's New Wave, think Ric Ocasek. Ghost In The Airwaves is Psych Pop joy and Story Of My Life again conjures up visions of mid 80's Synth Pop Rock. Not Tonight Josephine could be Peter Noone.






Pressure could be Billy Fury fronting latter day Roxy Music, Not Tonight Josephine is like something from a 1960's UK Kitchen Sink Film. Dreamscape Time is immense, a near Seven minute that breaks into an epic Pink Floyd like close. It's awesome.

So finally, the band are taking pre-orders for the Vinyl Edition of Pearls. a 50p deposit secures a copy of this very Limited Edition. With the album, you will also get a free high quality download. You can find details of how to pre order here.







You can buy the CD Version at Kool Kat here. You can also listen to the album and if you don't want something wonderful to sit beautifully in your Album collection, purchase the download here.



Even - Satin Returns



They say that seven is most people's lucky number. If that's true then there can be no coincidence that this is Even's 7th album and that it's almost 7 years since 2012's excellent, In Another Time. Satin Returns just continues the consistent quality of the band's work.

The Melbourne Trio know what they are good at and the resultant albums never disappoint. This album is every bit as good as their outstanding 1996 debut, Less Is More and that's how you expect it to be. The Riff and Chorus count is high.






I'm admirer of Brit Pop in what it achieved at the edges. I do get frustrated at the generation after me's belief that Music began in 1994. Although, Even are very much from those Brit Pop Years, but there is a difference. The excellence and consistency of their output is beyond compare, certainly far more impressive than either Gallagher.

On Album Number Seven, there are plenty of nods to Brit Pop, you'd expect that, but there are even more comparisons to 60's and 70's Classic Rock. Out Of The Woods is all jangly Psych Pop, not much unlike The Church. Falling Down is all 60's UK Beat and this just goes to emphasise why Even excel at what they do. There is no hint of staidness.






Jet Black is like a popped up Rolling Stones, yet Indian Ocean is an aching Power Pop ballad. The opening track, suitably called The Opener, is a song that defines Even most, it could appear on any of their albums. The real gem though is Return To Stardust. I've been trying to get it on the Radio Show for the past couple of weeks, but 9 minutes plus is a big chunk out of an hour.

The closing track will close this week's show though. It's too good not too, a wonderful sprawling venture into Pink Floyd territory, it's mesmerising. An Even album is one to be listened to throughout, there's so much variation. If you don't you'll miss a gem.






You can listen to and buy the album here.






Thursday, 7 June 2018

I Don't Hear A Single Radio Show Episode 47



After all the excitement of Blogger Jail and crass Top 10 Worst Power Pop Artists, normality is reality with the 47th IDHAS Radio Stroll. Just one archive track this week, the magnificent Stealers Wheel and 16 newbies to delight your lugholes.

The I Don't Hear A Single Radio Excitement is broadcast on KOR Radio at 8pm UK Time on Fridays, repeated at the same time on Saturdays. Due to increased popularity, a Monday Night Repeat has been added at 8pm.

You can listen to it here.

Also, a reminder that the show is archived the following week on Mixcloud. You can listen to the other forty six shows and two Xmas Specials here.

Here's this week's playlist :

01 Stealers Wheel - Benediction
02 The Gold Needles - Pearls
03 The Red Button featuring Peter Noone - Ooh Girl
04 Nick Lowe - Tokyo Bay
05 The Yellbows - Bloody Cadillac
06 The Scrags - Never Looking Back
07 Lannie Flowers - About You
08 The Trend - Tune Me In
09 Steve Ellis - Black Sheep Boy
10 Three Hour Tour - Gray Waves
11 The Right Here - Buy Me a Round
12 Richard Turgeon - Look Away
13 The Capital - Only Human
14 Zurich - My Protocol
15 Melody's Echo Chamber - Breathe In Breathe Out
16 The Chocolate Watchband - Secret Rendezvous
17 Custard Flux - Helium



Friday, 1 June 2018

Kidd - Where Are The Strange People?




Stuart Kidd's time in the likes of BMX Bandits and The Wellgreen confirm his credentials as part of the Glasgow Music Mafia. There can be a tendency for Scottish bands to want to be Big Star or perhaps a cross between Teenage Fanclub and Nada Surf. There is none of that here.

Where Are The Strange People? is more in Wellgreen territory, but a much in a much more poppier space. Kidd puts the Pop into Psych Pop and these 11 songs form an enchanting laid back joy. I'm a little late to the review party, I've been meaning to review this for a while. This tardiness shouldn't fool people into thinking that the album isn't a priority, because it's a cracking piece of work.





I've seen the album described as lo-fi, I don't hear any of that, it sounds great blasting out here. It's a pastoral trippy affair that never loses sight of wanted to be melodic. There's a real charm here. It does hint heavily at Psych, but not in a far out man kinda way. The instrumental, Calisto, is a bit getting it together in the country with added tape hiss, but the rest of the album is a real sit back and enjoy affair.

Baby Bird could be a 1970's low calorie Bread TV Advert, Misty's Golden Years has a real wit and is almost Blue Mink. Mr Bumble Bee is mentioned in the opener, Little Flower and you can readily imagine those Bees. There's an almost Motown Back Beat to the Summer driven lyrics.





An Afternoon Is April is a great slab of Folk Pop, Independence Day reminds me of John Howard until the beat driven drum close, but it's Looking For The Way Out that I identify most with. That is a perfect example of how to write a Psych Pop song, it doesn't have to all be about backward guitars.

Where Are The Strange People? is beautifully put together, perfect for Summer Days. It's a splendid collection of songs. Turn On, Tune In, but don't Drop Out.





You can listen to and buy the album here.



Thursday, 31 May 2018

I Don't Hear A Single Radio Show Episode 46




The IDHAS Radio Excitement reaches Number 46 tomorrow night. This week's show has 16 songs, all new. In fact, there is so much good new stuff around, it was difficult choosing what to leave off. At least next week's is half ready.

Incidentally, quite a few have asked about the trial last week with a couple of Show Promo Bumpers. If any artists want to record their own, feel free, just email them to the Blog Email address.

The I Don't Hear A Single Radio Excitement is broadcast on KOR Radio at 8pm UK Time on Fridays, repeated at the same time on Saturdays. Due to increased popularity, a Monday Night Repeat has been added at 8pm.

You can listen to it here.

Also, a reminder that the show is archived the following week on Mixcloud. You can listen to the other forty five shows and two Xmas Specials here.

Here's this week's playlist :

01 Anchor & Bear - Hard To Say You're Sorry
02 Jeff Whalen - Jendy!
03 Ruler - Cars And Houses
04 TGL - All In The City
05 Starbelly - Jesus Freak
06 John Moore - Rabbit Hole
07 Half Man Half Biscuit - Knobheads On Quiz Shows
08 Even - Out Of The Woods
09 Columbus - Care At All
10 Kurt Baker Combo - No Fun at All
11 Roller Disco Combo - When The Night Gets Dark
12 Birth Of Joy - Witches Hammer
13 Michael Collins - Roses Again (featuring Ken Stringfellow)
14 Andy Ketch -  Wish That Morning Sun Was Rising
15 Hemmit - Friends
16 Colorway - Golden Age



Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Sean Macdonald - Parasites And Kings




The net connection here is partying like it's 1999, but there are reviews ready to flood at you. I'm currently listening to a new album that is magnificent and throughout it reminds me of Parasites And Kings. You'll see the reference when the review is finished. In the meantime I dug this article out from six years ago in the ASH days.

I'm often asked to list my Top 10 albums of all time, too often to be honest. I tend to prefer looking forward these days than looking back, it's a passing 50 thing I think. I avoided the recent ten album Facebook thing despite many nominations, sorry.

But whenever I have compiled such a nostalgia fest, those ten albums change, I'd be a dinosaur if they didn't, but two albums remain whatever, XTC's Oranges And Lemons and Sean Macdonald's masterpiece. If you spot Parasites And Kings anywhere buy it, you won't regret it. I don't know if availability has got better or worse in the time since this was written.






This is one of those great lost albums and one my favourite platters (yeah I know we don't call them that these days, but we should) of the past decade or so. I'd recommend it to all, it'll hook the majority.

It's so hard to define where it slots into, style wise, he can slur like a Dandy Warhol, yet get psychy trippy, grab a riff and sound EMO and then fashion up some great Power Pop.

At times the lyrics are almost stream of consciousness, but then he will just come up with something like the title track that is one of the most beautiful things imaginable.

Oh and there's a fair smidgeon of Mouth Organ too.

Canadian, Sean Macdonald has been ploughing the Indie trail for 15 years, releasing four albums. The most recent being 2010's Pink Noise. Not easy to find, but if you do, they'll be fairly cheap and hit the spot. Parasites And Kings is from 2000.



Friday, 25 May 2018

Chris Richards And The Subtractions - Peaks And Valleys



Chris Richards has always written great melodic songs. As one of the Michigan Pop mafia, his work with others as been as impressive as his long established career. However, it's his albums with The Subtractions that show him at his best and most versatile. Their last album, 2012's Get Your La La's remains one of my favourite albums of that year.

The trio have now expanded to a four piece and the addition of Andy Reed is a key addition. Away from Reed's Production on so many of fine albums over the past few years, his Reed Recording Company work remains highly sought, the main addition here are his Backing Vocals.






Richards and Reed are two thirds of The Legal Matters and so it's no surprise about the Backing Vocals, but as a foursome, the sound seems fleshed out and brings the best out of these ten fine songs. Richards alone is a mark of quality, the expansion into a quartet has brought a whole new depth to his songwriting.

The Quartet are completed by Todd Holmes and Larry Grodsky and lovers of the trio format need not fear as that Big Star / Teenage Fanclub vine is still present and correct. It's just that this is taken further, best explained as a jangle dallying with Psych Pop.






These ten songs provide his best collection yet. From the Psych Pop of opener, Half Asleep makes you realise that this is going to be a great trip and the melody doesn't let up. Riffs are plentiful, vocals awesome and Peaks And Valleys rarely slows down. On the odd occasion it does you get the likes of Thirteen and the exceptional, Weekend.


Local Hero, Nick Piunti adds Guitar to In A Sense and Call Me Out, adding to the quality. If you want an lazy description, then Peaks And Valley is the sort of album Crowded House or Neil Finn should be making. I can't rate Peaks And Valleys higher, it's an absolute stormer.






Finally a nod to fellow Legal Matter and head honcho of Futureman Records.  His service is to the music we all love, both new and old, is admirable and doesn't get nearly enough credit.

You can listen to and buy Peaks And Valleys here. When you visit, have a listen to Chris's Back Catalogue too, he never disappoints.




Anchor & Bear - Anchor & Bear


I spend a lot of time speaking to Californian artists and in my world it's a very Pop orientated environment, whatever is prefixed or added to that Pop title, Psych, Indie, Rock, it's all Pop. But California seems to excel at Sunshine Pop, so it's refreshing to hear a band who explore a bit more.

Ventura's Anchor & Bear were first mentioned to me as a Folk Rock band. I don't hear much of that on the front half of the album. Raincoats And Gold is a melodic joy, hooks ahoy. In fact there's almost half a dozen songs in one when toy listen to the superb opener, Hard To Say You're Sorry.





Having two vocalists certainly helps the variety and the pair's songwriting certainly guides them to who is singing what. Brian Bringelson's vocals lend themselves to the Pop Rock excellence, whilst Katy Pearson provides a different direction.

Her Voice Of An Angel vocals complement the moodier and perhaps Folk moments. Pearson also adds some great moments to the up tempo Pop. The album seems split in to two halves and so would lend itself beautifully to vinyl.







There is a real joyous feel to those first six tracks. Started To Leave is all Mod Pop but with a very 80's Feel, think Style Council or Deacon Blue. Green Shoe Girl as an almost Van Morrison feel in the verse with a killer dual vocal chorus.

Yet, Singer Out Of Work is all Jangle with a splendid Katy Pearson Vocal, it bubbles along beautifully. Mirage borders on Muscle Shoals. Walking Around is all Mod Pop, a cracking slice of UK Beat, a little bit Soul Review.







There is a marked shift in tempo after Walking Around. Words is almost Bluesbreaker territory and from there on, the songs slow down and get moodier. This is no bad thing as the band seem comfortable with whatever they are playing.

Gunfight is in early Eagles territory, Blueprints an acoustic joy and Hard Times is Country Folk at it's finest, it has a wonderful moody Pearson Vocal. The closer, Streetlight, is an absolute belter. It begins as a ballad, the split vocals work beautifully and it even ventures into Psych.






Raincoats And Gold is an exceptional album. It'll certainly be on my end of year list. Hard To Say You're Sorry will open next week's Radio Show. You can listen to and buy the album here.  You can also find out more about the band here.



Thursday, 24 May 2018

I Don't Hear A Single Radio Show Episode 45




IDHAS On The Airwaves reaches Number 45 tomorrow night. 45 is a number that is obviously endearing to we music fans. Maybe less so in the States when one can envisage something thin skinned and orange.

Incidentally, quite a few have asked about the trial last week with a couple of Show Promo Bumpers. If any artists want to record their own, feel free, just email them to the Blog Email address.

The I Don't Hear A Single Radio Excitement is broadcast on KOR Radio at 8pm UK Time on Fridays, repeated at the same time on Saturdays. Due to increased popularity, a Monday Night Repeat has been added at 8pm.

You can listen to it here.

Also, a reminder that the show is archived the following week on Mixcloud. You can listen to the other forty four shows and two Xmas Specials here.

Here's this week's playlist :


01 XTC - I'm The Man Who Murdered Love
02 Illuminati Hotties - Paying Off The Happiness
03 The Sidekicks - Win Affection
04 Anton Barbeau - Disambiguation
05 Linus Of Hollywood - Summer On Your Shoulders
06 The Ragamuffins - I Won't Weep
07 Caper Clowns - The Way I Dream
08 The Dowling Poole - Bricks From The Wall (Almost Finished Mix)
09 Ash - Silver Suit
10 Beaulieu Porch - The Narcissists
11 Vendetta Red - Til You Have Forgiven Me
12 Chris Price - Discount Love
13 Gretchen's Wheel - Plans
14 Lawn - Clank
15 City Mouth - Anywhere But Here
16 The Virtues - The Recycler
17 Versing - Nirvana.mp3
18 Black Light White Light - Illusions/Emotions



Friday, 18 May 2018

IPO Liverpool 2018 Preview : mylittlebrother



Back onto the IPO Liverpool Previews with the outstanding mylittlebrother. Here I talk to head honcho, Will Harris.


What made you start as a musician/band and who were your influences?


I've been playing music since I was very small, and have been in various bands since my teens. mylittlebrother began whilst I was on a break from touring (playing piano for Aaron Wright  My girlfriend asked me why I hadn't recorded my own stuff and I gave her feeble excuses until she persuaded me to try.

I recorded the first song ,"Nosedive", on my own in my bedroom and a local rehearsal room in Carlisle, and released it with no expectations. It got picked up by Tom Robinson's Fresh On The Net, which led to exposure and airplay on BBC Radio 6 Music and Radio 1. It got some unbelievably good reviews, so that gave me the confidence boost needed to get a band together and start playing live.

My influences are very varied. One of my earliest memories is making a mixtape from my Dad's old vinyl singles (I would have been 4 or 5). I remember particularly loving Telstar (The Tornadoes), Red River Rock (Johnny & The Hurricanes), everything by Simon & Garfunkel (particularly The Sound Of Silence), Good Vibrations. Also Return To Sender by Elvis (because I thought it was about a horse, ("she rode upon it").

Since then my tastes have broadened. I still adore 60s pop, but I also listen to a lot of Midlake, Grandaddy, Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev etc. Simply put, I just love good music and any good music that I hear influences my writing.







What are your thoughts on IPO and Liverpool?


We hadn't actually ever played in Liverpool until we were asked to play IPO 2016. We had a wonderful time playing, watching the other bands and exploring a fantastic city. Playing at the Cavern is obviously a huge honour for any musician.

To play in a venue with that kind of history is a really special opportunity and IPO brings so many like minded people together that it is even more special, so we're over the moon to be coming back.


What are your current and future plans?


We've pretty much finished our new single 'Cyanide' which will be out in June. The date hasn't been set yet, as we need to get the Promo ball rolling... This will be the lead single from our new album which will be out later in 2018.

The new material reflects our live sound more than our older stuff, so it's a bit heavier sounding, but still maintaining the melodic, harmony-laden nature of our music.







What appeals to you about Power Pop?

Melodies and harmonies. They are a constant in my favourite songs and I think that Power Pop is a genre that really celebrates and explores them. Also, a bit of crunchy or Jangly Guitar never goes amiss either!


What's the Cumbrian scene like at the moment and how do you and POwer Pop fit in?

The Cumbrian scene is booming. There are so many high quality musicians around, from singer songwriters like Melanie Baker and Christian Moss, to Penrith bands Kveis and Beachmaster There are a lot of great melody writers in the area. And of course Kontiki Suite are playing IPO on the same day as us and they are utterly wonderful!






You can listen to and buy the band's back catalogue here. mylittlebrother play The Cavern Club, both Front and Back Stages on Saturday 19 May.



Thursday, 17 May 2018

I Don't Hear A Single Radio Show Episode 44




The IPO Previews get a day's break and the Album Reviews are itching to follow. In the meantime, I Don't Hear A Single's Radio Jamboree reaches Number 44 tomorrow night. There's even a couple of Guest Bumpers to enjoy.

The I Don't Hear A Single Radio Excitement is broadcast on KOR Radio at 8pm UK Time on Fridays, repeated at the same time on Saturdays. Due to increased popularity, a Monday Night Repeat has been added at 8pm.

You can listen to it here.

Also, a reminder that the show is archived the following week on Mixcloud. You can listen to the other forty three shows and two Xmas Specials here.

Here's this week's playlist :


01 Tsar - I Don't Wanna Break-Up
02 A View Of Earth From The Moon - Don't Do It For The Payoff
03 Jackie Daytona - Uptown Baby
04 Preoccupied Pipers - Jackie Blue
05 The Cleaners From Venus - In A Provincial Town
06 Spygenius - I Don't Hear A Single Promo
07 The Stanleys - Everybody Dance
08 Tommy Lorente - Supernova
09 Smash Palace - Right As Rain
10 Luke Haines - I Sometimes Dream Of Glue
11 The Armoires - I Don't Hear A Single Promo
12 Bernard Butler - Not Alone
13 Rob Bonfiglio - Spread This Feeling
14 Richard Turgeon - Big Break
15 Diamond Hands - Caught Up In A Memory
16 Scot Sax - Where Do You Go To Cry
17 Lisa Mychols - Goodbye To All Carousels
18 Las Rosas - Tax Man
19 Cut Worms - How It Can Be



Tuesday, 15 May 2018

IPO Liverpool 2018 Preview : The Rogue State Circus



The Rogue State Circus are  from Northampton and specialise in a sort of Indie Folk Rock. Although built around a strong Acoustic background, the Power Pop Influence is plentiful. Here Jon Delaney talks about the band.


So tell me about Rogue State Circus.


"Rogue State Circus were originally formed in 2009 when Duncan and I met and first performed at IPO Liverpool in 2010. We released our first LP "Songs From The Sea of Serenity" in 2011. Tracks from that first LP such as "Everything Under The Sun",  "The Angels and The Astronauts" and "Dandelions" had extensive BBC and Independent Radio airplay. We've become a regular fixture at Regional Festival Main Stages.

I write the songs. The flexible line-up of the Band currently consists of  me on Lead Vocals and Guitar, Duncan Bisatt 0n Bass and Vocals, Karl Muddiman on Keyboards, Simon Barr on 12 String Guitars and Charles Hathaway on Drums or Rai Clews on Cajon/Percussion.

Additionally, the band are also often joined by Karen Angela on Vocals.  We enjoy playing stripped down acoustic sets as well as fully fledged electro-acoustic ones."






So who are your Influences?

"I'm influenced heavily by the Classic Power Pop of the 60's and 70's through New Wave and 80's Pop too. I like everything from the Fab Four to Prefab Sprout, Bacharach to Big Star, Kinks to Killers, Crowded House to Costello, Magazine to The Manics, Steely Dan to the Stranglers, We love a good Jangly tune with 12 strings and Acoustics, very much part of our eclectic sound.

Rogue State Circus is first and foremost all about the songs and the songwriting - we're known for being "truly, truly genre-warping" (Kevin Buxton - Kontra Roots) - I've always loved great songwriting and I'm still working on it.

I'm a great believer that if the song works on solo vocal and acoustic guitar or piano alone then it's probably fit for purpose to be "Power Popped up" arranged and built on by the whole band."






So what are are your current and future plans?


"We've just completed our 12 track second LP "Songs From The Sea of Storms" with Platinum Producer Gavin Monaghan (Editors, Nizlopi, Sherlocks, Twang, Scott Matthews, OCS, Blinders) for release this summer. and

As the title suggests, the songs have a slightly darker edge this time round.  We've also got another 11 tracks already partially recorded with Gavin for the third LP in our "Lunar Trilogy" prospectively called "Mare Imbrium" (Sea of Rainbows) and hopefully to be completed for release next year."


........And Your Ambitions?


"Relatively modest. We just want people to hear and enjoy our songs and play them to as many people as possible. We all totally adore playing live and now, thanks to the encouragement of the production wizard that is Gavin, are finally learning to love the Studio too.

We're looking to play more festival and gigs all over the place, garner more Blog coverage, reviews and Radio Play. We see our audience as being people who like premium strength, melodic Power Pop songwriting with well crafted lyrics and also appreciate a passionate, energetic live performance.

We're really looking to enjoy IPO once again as audience as well as performers. It's a first class festival full of real enthusiasm and joy, David and Rina providing the lead. We love Liverpool, for The Beatles, The people, The Graces and The Cathedrals  (and whisper it, three of us are LFC fans).

So if we manage to win a few hearts and minds for our own music while we're there, so much the better."







The Rogue State Circus are soon to release their new album, you can hear songs here. The first album can be listened to and bought here. The band play both The Cavern Club and The Cavern Pub on Monday 21 May.



IPO Liverpool 2018 : Deborah Henriksson



Deborah Henriksson grew up in Morristown, New Jersey listening to Pete Seeger, Buffy St. Marie, Leontyne Price, and Giuseppe Verdi. She moved to Sweden in 1978 and that is her home base now.  She trained her folk voice to classical music vocal ideals, before returning to a back to basics untrained Vocals in 2009.

She has released five albums, her most recent two with original songs in partnership with Producer, Mats Nyman.  Deborah's latest album, Near And Far was released in August 2017 and made it to the first round of the American Grammy's in the category Best Pop Vocal Album.





If you like Contemporary Folk with a Pop / Celtic / Americana edge then this will be right up your street.  Later in May a hour long show in the Netherlands will feature Near and Far, and Henriksson will talk about the making of the album and the writing of the songs.  Live performances follow in Sweden and new single releases are planned.






It is hoped that her IPO appearance will ensure that more people will support Deborah's excellent music adventure. You can listen to the Near And Far album here. You can find out more about Deborah here and support her here.

She plays The Cavern Club tonight and The Cavern Pub on Thursday 17 May.




IPO Liverpool 2018 Preview : Sleuth



Sleuth are the bookish indie popsters from Wolverhampton, home of England’s first automatic traffic lights. Radio broadcasts include BBC Introducing 6 Music and BBC Radio WM with live appearances including The Northern Sky Festival with Gaz Coombes and John Bramwell (I Am Kloot).

The Valentines Day release of the Coming Up For Air EP was the cover of Ryan’s Gig Guide for March 17, with a double spread article hailing the EP as ‘truly remarkable’ with ‘excellent songwriting’.




The band is Chris Taylor-Ashcroft (myself), Becky Pickin, Andy Miles & Carl Bayliss. Their influences are Elliott Smith, Bowie, The Beatles, Beach Boys and Bob Dylan. A new EP should be released in the next month or so.

New EP should be ready in the next month or so. Ypu can listen to and download the Coming Up For Air EP here. They play The Cavern Club, both Front and Back Stage on Friday 18 May.


IPO Liverpool 2018 Preview : The Seasongs



The Seasongs are a bright and breezy Spanish Trio. Spain isn't given the necessary kudos for it's contribution to Power Pop and Pop Rock. There's a burgeoning scene over there, as well as super Record Labels such as You Are The Cosmos.

You may have heard The Seasongs on the IDHAS Radio show. If not, then they are certainly worth investigating further. Here I talk to Carlos from the band.


Who were your influences?


"Our biggest musical influences come from bands like The Who, The Beatles, The Kinks, The Byrds, Big Star and David Bowie. Mainly classic bands from 60's/70's. We love riffs and vocal harmonies, so naturally we love Power Pop.

Most of our songs are created from a riff, so maybe The Who are our main influence, though we recognise The Beatles as the greatest band ever.  Pete Townsend is a real great influence in many ways.

We have been writing songs in English for a long time but for some time now we are writing in Spanish since this is our native language. But our essence remains the same, we love melody.


Why music?

"Music is Life and Life is Music. Sometimes happy, sometimes blue, sometimes happy and blue at the same time. There's a connection between ourselves and the Universe through music.. it's something magical.

We feel better when we are playing or writing songs. Music is a need, it's that simple. Our songs are a part of us so we love them."





Tell us a little about the history of the band?


"We've been playing as The Seasongs since 2003, though the origin of the band starts in 2000 with a garage band called Piso99 (99th Floor). We have released two albums, "Out Of The City" in 2012 and
"Buscando el sol" in 2015. We've also recorded five EP's from 2003 to date.

Our latest EP is titled "Días y noches" from last year. It' is released on Vinyl by the Spanish label Clifford Records as is the"Buscando el sol" LP. It's been recorded, mixed and produced by Pepe Bermejo (Bass player in Happy Losers, Mamá and Los Imposibles).

We have performed many gigs over the years, supporting both international and Spanish bands like The Jeremy Band, Stefan Johansson, Ugly Beats, Wiretree, Dropkick, Squire, Cooper, Happy Losers, Bang 74 and the José Estragos Band..

This year we'll be playing at IPO Liverpool for the seventh time. We also played at IPO Stockholm in 2016. Our albums are also available by Jam Recordings (USA), Kool Kat Musik (USA) and This Time Records (Japan).

A song from our first album titled “New Love " is included in the compilation CD International Pop Overthrow, volume 15. The band line up is Óscar Granero: vocals, guitars. Carlos L. Vigara: vocals , bass and Jaime Bará Viñas: drums, percussion.





What are your current and future plans?



"Well, our nearest concerts are at The Cavern Pub on Friday May 18th, 10pm and at The Cavern Club (backstage) on Saturday May 19th, 5:45pm.

Furthermore, we'll be supporting the Australian power-pop band The Stanleys in Madrid at Fotomatón on May 26 and the great Scottish band Dropkick in Madrid at Fun House on July 14.

We're planning to record a new album this Summer. We have enough songs to release a new LP."


What you think of IPO and Liverpool

"IPO is the best pop music festival in the world. We have been playing at IPO from 2010 to date.  We have lived great moments there, playing, listening to bands we look up to and discovering other bands we hadn't heard of before. We are grateful to David Bash for this.

We love The Beatles, so we love Liverpool: a magical city where the Beatles spirit remains on every street."




As previously mentioned, you can see The Seasongs in The Cavern Pub on Friday 18 May and at The Cavern Club on Saturday 19 May. You can listen to and buy the band's latest EP here.  You can also discover The Seasongs' Back Catalogue here.





Friday, 11 May 2018

IPO Liverpool 2018 Preview : The Stanleys




The Stanleys are dear to my heart for a number of reasons. I'd always looked upon the Power Pop strength to be in the US and Australia despite it's roots here in the UK. That strength seemed to have diminished in Oz until The Stanleys reminded us it hadn't gone away. Plus they are honourary members of the Big Stir crowd.

The single, Amy, featured in my Top 10 singles of 2017 as you can see here. The debut album set a IDHAS Radio record. The Stanleys became the only band to have the whole album played on the weekly show. The review of the debut self titled album is here.

So it has been nice to chew the fat with Mark Di Renzo about the band's history, the scene and that extraordinary debut album.







What made you start as a musician / band and who were your influences?


"I guess you could say music was in my blood and I grew up around music so it was unavoidable … but a very good unavoidable!  My grandfather, Giovanni (on my dad’s side), played bugle in the Italian army in the Second World War.

My dad, Charlie, built his first guitar when he was 16 and still plays a little guitar, but more keyboards now. He ran a music business for many years with music studios, his own brand of speaker enclosures (which I use – Di Renzo Custom Sound), road cases etc and at the age of 74 he still is active in some of the aforementioned activities.  My older brother John plays guitar and has been a member of The Stanleys live band since our first ever show.


I started on piano as a kid, but to this day, only really dabble in the playing of black and white keys.  I played and sang in school bands in primary school and graduated to the real stuff in senior school, but only took up bass guitar when I got to university.

Initially my influences were more of the perhaps classic rockier bands, growing up listening to the likes of Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, The Rolling Stones, Kiss and The Beatles. I probably discovered Power Pop more in my teens with bands like Cheap Trick, Hoodoo Gurus, The Posies, Fountains Of Wayne and Perth’s own DM3.  I still think all that music is great!"







What are your thoughts on IPO and Liverpool?


"IPO has a special place in The Stanleys' hearts since we played our first ever gig at IPO LA back in 2011, before playing anywhere else in the world.  We hadn't even played my home town Perth before.

My previous band Gigantic had spoken to David Bash about playing his International Pop Overthrow Festival, but despite touring the US three times we never quite made it.  David and Rina are wonderful people and the IPO community of bands is one that shows each other much love and support the world over.  We've made so many friends around the world through IPO.

As for Liverpool, ask me again after my first visit there to play IPO.  But all reports from others are good ones and to play a venue that has hosted The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Queen, The Who, Oasis and so many more is an absolute honour.

I also love traditional UK food – Fish And Chips, Shepherd's Pie, English Breakfast etc, so I want to try Liverpool's Scouse, which I hear can be quite a delicious stew.  I'm very excited for the visit!"


What are your current and future plans?


"We've been lucky enough to have had quite an overwhelmingly positive response to our debut album so we're still busy touring it.  We've had a recent visit to the US and Europe and we're back to Europe again for the "Everybody Dance Tour".

This time we're playing the UK, Sweden, Germany and Spain, where our European label is based.  We've even learnt a few songs from Gigantic (most particularly for the Spanish audiences), but I'm sure we'll bust out a couple for the UK and other shows also.

After that we'll take a breather.  Tomas is busy finishing off another Caddy album, which will be one to listen out for later this year and Jamie has had his second child so is taking time out for family commitments.

I've been the only lucky one from the studio band who has gotten to tour the album along with my brother on guitars and some other great musicians from Perth and Italy.  There will be a video coming out for Everybody Dance a little after the tour.

I imagine that I'll be ready for a break from gigging by then.  Amongst other things I'd like to improve my cooking skills.  I make a mean Lobster Pasta, but outside of that my food production repertoire is rather limited!"







What appeals to you about Power Pop?

"I think it is mostly about the melody for me.  Great melodies that you can sing along to, together with some crunchy guitars played with gusto and presto musical magic!  I feel the "Power" part of Power Pop is really important for me. The "Power" is the passionate part and a very essential ingredient."


What's The Oz scene like at present and how do you and Power Pop fit in?


"The Oz scene, like most scenes around the world, is pretty healthy as far as talent goes across many genres.  We have the same problem shared by other countries in that there are way more bands than venues and opportunities for exposure for those bands.

As far as Power Pop goes, it's been a dirty word down under for quite a few years now.  There are actually very few bands playing Power Pop down here.  That said I feel Aussie Power Pop had a great 2017 with fantastic albums from the likes of Wesley Fuller, The Naturals, The Wellingtons and The On And Ons. It's just a matter of time until Power Pop is cool again.

Our fan base is certainly bigger Overseas than it is in Australia. We've played way less shows here than we have in the US and Europe  That said, since we released our album, we've been asked to play more shows in Australia in the last few months than we have in our entire 7 or so years of existence and the gigs have been really fun.

We're kicking off the Everybody Dance Tour with two shows in our home town with a great Sydney based rock band called Front End Loader.  I'm sure it's going to be good times, followed by even more good times making new friends across Europe and catching up with some old ones too.  See you soon!"







You can listen to and buy the band's album here. The Stanleys play The Cavern Pub on Thursday 17 May and The Cavern Club on Friday 18 May.