Light Sussex Bantams in Blackpool

It starts, as I imagine it, in a bar in the southern ‘States which is heady with the smell of Marlboro’s and spilled Michelob and ends in the outside toilet, foetid with the obtuse odour of last nights curry and the remains of a pint of Timothy Taylors Landlord, in the rear of the “Dog & Ball Bearing” in Heckmondwike.

It was loosely given the appellation “Country ‘n’ Northern” by someone back in 1980, and sort of owed its germination to the coupling of a “teddy boy drummer”, a gang of lads from Wythenshawe, and  an ex-dock clerk from north Manchester a year earlier.  Although no doubt some bright spark out there will tell me someone else started it much earlier, or later, or never at all. It is, indeed, the odd marriage of rockabilly, mutant blues and anglo-punk and post-punk, which has scuttled through my musical world over the years,

There are many examples of it over the last nearly 35 years – whether it be the tangled off-kilter rhythms of “Fiery Jack” or “How I Wrote Elastic Man”,  the kitchen sink drama of Bogshed, the antipodean fervour of the ever excellent Moodists (sort of Country  ‘n’ Southern Hemisphere maybe?), or more recently Kill Pretty , Bolton’s  Total Victory or Liverpool’s Norweb

One of the more recent proponents of note are Huddersfield’s Lost Cassettes who grabbed my attention in 2012 with their bandcamp release “What Are We Doing After?” and have a new one out via Soundcloud called “Blackpool”.  It marries that distinctly “northern” punk sound which manages to flit back and forth across The Pennines, both brutal  and joyous at the same time, with that “‘billy” sound which echoes back to Tav Falco’s Panther Burns and no doubt hundreds. if  not thousands, of other bands from America.

I’ll never get tired of this sound, it remains one of the most singular and refreshing cultural amalgamations that music has delivered. The Lost Cassettes are on fine form with this latest set and I commend them to you.

Lost Cassettes

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New Stuff – mid-October 2012 or “I should never have had that flu jab” ……

A general round-up as I have not done one for a while…….mainly due to the fact I’ve been busy plus at the moment I have the time as I am confined to the domicile due to the post flu jab nastiness that always besets me at this time of year……anyway enough of my medical nonsense , this is what has come in through the ether lately…..

  • Chelsea Wolfe has released a set of Rudimentary Peni covers – “Prayer for the Unborn” –  as part of Southern Records “Latitudes” series……similarly Bardo Pond have released a set of three improvs as part of the samepromo packshot series…..both very entertaining but Chelsea just about wins the race in terms of content and delivery…..
  • At the same time Chelsea has released a set of acoustic songs called “Unknown  Rooms” which compliments the “Live at Roadburn” album and demonstrates the quieter and more reflective side of her work.
  • Factory Acts are releasing their second self-released single “Senseless” (nice bit of alliteration there) on October 25th and rather marvellous it is too. No one else hitherto has quite managed to mingle electronica with dance and a post-punk feel in such a unique and arresting style. Excellent live and worthy of your listening time I would suggest.
  • The new Godspeed You Black Emperor album “‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!” is immense – well worth the ten year wait ……
  • The new album from Leeds band Me and My Friends is called “Breath A Level Head” is an excellent cornucopia of styles and influences – breathtakingly quirky and highly entertaining.
  • We’ve all been getting extremely excited about Flies on You and their album “Nothing to write home about” which is best described as a “modern post punk primer” packed with ideas and variety and loveliness.
  • In a similar vein Lost Cassettes from Huddersfield have released, on Bandcamp, a remarkably listenable EP called “What We Doing After?”. It’s free so why no have a gander? Punky and full energy – toe tappingly good say I.
  • Lola Dutronic’s album “Everyone’s A Star” is as perfect a slice of electro-pop you will hear all year – and the single Everybody Loves You When You’re Dead has some of the best lyrics i’ve heard all year.
  • Streetswimmers are Lee Goulden, John Hamlin, and Jay Hughes and blend various musical styles together to create a marvellous fresh sound with nods towards folk, rock and indie – check them out on Bandcamp.
  • Skeleton Suite appear to have emerged from the ashes of Hans Island and have posted a couple of tracks to date on Facebook – very good indie sound.
  • Very impressed by Uncle Paul  from Blackpool who have a unique and rather compelling sound – their EP is rather good and takes its’ title from a Fall lyric so they obviously know what they are on about.
  • Kit B  continue to deliver excellent tunes – someone find them a drummer so we can catch them live – the latest two are up to the high standard we expect.

Aural Delights Radio Show – 10th October

The show can be listened to here

The tracks that I played were:

1 Lost Cassettes HD1 What We Doing After
2 Pharoahs From The Grave Machines Pharoahs From The Grave
3 Mercury 13 Searchlight Single
4 Me and My Friends A Penguin Samba Breath A Level Head
5 Destroy All Monsters Bored Bored
6 The Como Brothers Band Underneath It All The Speed Of Sound
7 The Fresh and Only’s 20 Days and 20 Nights Long Slow Dance
8 Mercury 13 Again Again Again Single
9 Journal-Keepers Stay Fools Demo
10 Moff Skellington Who’s that coming up the stairs today Gravy On A Plate of Food
12 Me and My Friends Level Head Breath A Level Head
12 Flies On You Dub Cities Nothing To Write Home About
13 Lost Cassettes Beat Motel What We Doing After
14 Electric Moon Gefährliche Planetengirls Lunatics