to depict not the thing but the effect it produces…………………

Beat Vermilion

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Released : 31st March 2014

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Out of the ashes of the recently expired Whipcord comes Beat Vermilion. Retaining the same line-up of Duncan Purcell (bass), Gary Porter (drums) and Nick Barry (guitar and vocals) for this recording the band have moved to another phase in their musical career. Porter recently left the band.

It’s clear from the outset that this is going to be a seriously loud and uncompromising affair. The driving pulse of “Stolidly Built” kicks things off in a riot of joyous riffage and some serious guitar abuse from Mr Barry. The preceding combo always had the unique capacity to meld seriously heavy rock music in with great melodies and they haven’t lost that ability. Matters continue in the same vein with “Ephermerun” with vocals ranging between tortured scream and mellow (ish) melody on the chorus. It then gets seriously heavy with “Waiver Another” with it’s relentless riff and ear-worm chorus. Closer “Frozen Heart of Gold” comes across like “Lark Tongues In Aspic” period Crimson in bed with Motorhead, namechecks the band, and batters the listener into submission. Lyrically the four pieces offer an interesting impressionistic/symbolic approach – there is no direct narrative but more a series of abstract statements which adds to the overall intensity of the music.

I asked Duncan  why Whipcord had finished “Well, we decided to called it day with Whipcord because as much as we loved them and it, we got tired of playing the same songs and tired of the name, it was becoming a bit of a cabaret thing.  Although it was direct and suited the sound, it wasn’t as faceless or as mystical as Nick wanted it to be. Given the Zeppelin, King Crimson, Fugazi and Rudimentary Peni love in the band, he wanted the us to be that little more enigmatic, with only artwork and music being the face of the band. We are lifers so giving up wasn’t an option. Considering everything and our chequered history of being predictably unpredictable (and that will continue), I think it was something we needed to do and we took it as far as we could. Also during the hiatus our drummer decided to retire from music and started a new life in Liverpool (although on board with the idea at the time), pretty much cemented the brand new challenge even more. Luckily he managed to stick around long enough to record the EP.” 

The EP is self recorded, Purcell explained  “…….using primitive micing techniques. We only used 4 mics in total because drums don’t seem to sound as natural nowadays as they did on the records in the 60’s and 70’s so we did TRY to recreate that sound. We’re no experts so It was totally trial and error…..”

The band are currently writing new material and hope to be playing their first gigs in the summer.

I shall be featuring the EP in the Sonic Attack podcast over the next couple of weeks. Those of you who loved Whipcord will find something here to enjoy I think. The band, despite retaining the same line-up for this recording, seem darker and more intense which to my mind is a good thing. Highly recommended!

 

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Salford Music Scene – 28th August 2012

On this show I start a four week series of previews of the forthcoming Salford Music Festival…….i’ve also got the new Mr Heart album to play as well! Listen here….

1 Dirty Money Start All Over Demo
2 Mr Heart Amber The Unspeakable Mr Heart
3 Veladrome Boys 33 Demo
4 Dislocation Dance I Stop Breathing The Ruins of Manchester
5 The Distractions 100 times The End of the Pier
6 The June Brides Cloud Single
7 Factory Star Olympian New Sacral
8 West Coast Sick Line Blank Holiday Demo
9 Whipcord Dread Stop Bop Whipcord
10 Veladrome Die Neue Demo
11 Mr Heart Devolution The Unspeakable Mr Heart
12 Toska Wilde and Luis Drayton feat Moet Lullabye Glamoflage
13 Moral Panic Rubiks Demo
14 The Fall Life Just Bounces White Lightning EP

Salford Music Scene – 6th March 2012

Another slice of the increasingly exciting music scen (sic) around the Salford and the North West…….

Starting with another cut from the great new EP from Warrington’s “Kindest of Thieves” – as reviewed elsewhere on this blog – moving swiftly on to an excellent band from Manchester called The Centrals. Next up the ever glorious Mr Heart –  one of the three bands playing at SCRs gig at the Kings Arms on Thursday night…..then a nice taster from the soon to be released album from John Herring (listening party for the album on Friday Night at the Kings again!).

Then the second band playing on Thursday – Kill for Company – utterly chuffed that they are featured in the NME website with a vid filmed by fellow SCR DJ Tony Thornborough, and then the excellent new single from the stunning Ninetails – and very good it is. Then the bill toppers for Thursday – Whipcord – it’s their 150th gig!  You’ll be sorry if you missed this august point in the bands history. Moston madness from the gorgeous English Mutts is followed by surf reggae genius from the always inventive Kit B.

Another John Herring track is followed by some rock from a great Manchester band – Beyond Recognition – and then a quick trip west up the M62 for a great Liverpool band called White Cliff.

Matters conclude with a track from the very excellent new album from Easter – “Innocence Man” – a stunning debut! – and a bit of Fall magic from 1980.

Listen here ……

1 Kindest of Thieves Amelia Ever The Optimist
2 The Centrals Saturday Night Shenanigans Demo Track
3 Mr Heart Dynamo The Hide
4 John Herring It Starts Again It Starts Again
5 Kill for Company Tongue Tattoo Singles Collection
6 Ninetails Rawdon Fever Rawdon Fever
7 Whipcord Mistlead Whipcord
8 English Mutts Jimmi Greenteeth Demo Track
9 Kit B Hulmenoid Demo Track
10 John Herring Ghosts It Starts Again
11 Beyond Recognition Who is 67? The Illusion
12 White Cliff Last Time Demo Track
13 Easter Something American Innocence Man
14 The Fall City Hobgoblins Single

Music Diary #32 – 7th February 2012 and Salford Music Scene Radio Show

And since the last diary entry:

  1. The new Tim Berne album on ECM which is rather fine indeed – typical Berne performances however this time with a modicum of modal meandering which is perhaps more in keeping with his first leader role on the famous record lable.
  2. A couple of new tracks from the impressive Comet Sands  available here – tracks 1 and 2 are the new ones. And very fine they are as a well.
  3. The Christophers  are offering a free download of their new single “Wisdom” here – up to their usual standard I have to say. You can see them  live opening for Brooklyn based band The Static Jacks at `the Manchester Roadhouse on February 26th (sunday) from 7pm. For more info visit www.thechristophersmusic.co.uk
  4. Enjoying the Paper Tiger Illuminated EP on Mind on Fire – fascinating mix of styles.
  5. Impressed with the sound of Naked Veins from Swinton – just waiting for some tracks from the band.
  6. As reviewed elsewhere on the blog the new EP from The Kindest of Thieves is rather yummy.

Vis a vis this weeks Salford Music Scene show – the mix is as follows….and you can hear it here……

1 Mr Heart Boredoms Device The Hide
2 Kill for Company Black and White Demo
3 Whipcord Dread Stop Bop Whipcord
4 Solar Race Get Ahead Homespun
5 Kill Pretty Brown Eyes Live at Brixton Jamm
6 The Portlands Blue Sea Blues EP
7 Death to the Strange On the Clock Album Demos
8 Boomin Buckaroo Single
9 Kingdom Lost I Hope You See Demo
10 The Fiction Bragging Rights The Greatest Hits EP
11 Stolen Mushrooms Out of Zone Out of Zone
12 The Portlands Every Word I Sing EP
13 Kingdom Lost Better Than Life Demo
14 The Fall Deer Park Words of Expectation


Salford Music Scene – 27th December 2011 – Best of the Year Part 2/Mixcloud Overflow

Concluding a two part run through of the best of 2011. A very difficult show to put together as I had to leave a lot of fine music out of the mix, however due to the magic of  Mixcloud there is a way around that…..

As is usual at this time of year I have chosen my “best of” and these are:

  • My Band of the Year : The Blimp ;  runners up Factory Star
  • My Gig of the Year : The Hamsters final gig at the Crescent ; runners up Factory Star/The Blimp at FAC 251
  • My New Band of the the Year : Kill for Company ; runners up – Kill Pretty
  • My Session of the year : Kill Pretty on SDs Sonic Diary ; runners up – Bikini Test Failure on Aural Delights
  • My Event of the year : The Helmets for Men stage at Sounds from the Other City; runners up – Mayfest at Islington Mill
  • My Song of the year : Danny Short – Check For Response ; runners up – Factory Star – Angel Steps

I will be announcing my Album of the Year on tomorrow nights Aural Delights Show.

All in all a pretty spectacular year music wise and the following 15 songs I think demonstrate the strength and breadth of the local music scene (with an interloper from Margate who gets included because of his unstinting support and all round glamorous nature!)

  • The Suzukis – Are You Happy With Yourself – a stunning debut album from this band from Wigan
  • The Happy Fallen – The Wheel – Neal James continues to deliver great music from the depths of Crumpsall
  • Periscope –  Sleeping With Ghosts – Martin Swinney the most prolific man in Manchester – album soon I hope.
  • Toby Jughead and His Merry Drones – Media City Ditty – swathed in mystery, superglue and ceramic delight – the abiding question of 2011 is who is Toby J?  Limits Maid Found Corsets.
  • Salford Media City – The Life and Death of Peter Sellers – More please next year Mr Jackson.
  • Silver Sound Explosion – Sidekicks – an amazing trio delivering great tunes – featuring the omnipresent C Dutton esquire.
  • Whipcord – Dread Stop Bop – stunning album, great tune.
  • Fall Fan Dave and the Lap Top Dancers – Costa Del Fridge – from the second album – Yelling Boil – a true iconoclast.
  • Toska Wilde – I Am Your Temptation – Margate via Salford for the nail polish guru.
  • Danny Short – Check For Response – from the second of two great albums from the bard of Horwich.  The single most wonderful piece of music I have heard this year.
  • Electric Wood – A Tragic Satire – Kearsley’s finest….
  • Taser Puppets – Dim – the magnificent Puppets with a piece of pop class…
  • Kill Pretty – Babes in the Wood – from the Hamsters they came breathing fire – a phoenix rising – featuring two fifths of Dragnet, 2 Duttons and a Moey…..who could ask for anything more
  • The Blimp – Fake Tan – the best live band in the area at the moment – anchored by a memorable rhythm section and lead by a genuine certified genius, Word- Art!
  • The Fall – Fiery Jack – and to conclude, as I usually do, a bit of magic from the heart of post-punk

This selection of tunes proved to be best of the local material for the year and were broadcast on Salford City Radio.

However there were a number of bands I could not leave out so I put together a mix of my other favourites which was as follows:

  • Trojan Horse – Disciplining The Reserve Army
  • Irk The River – One Year Performance
  • Phil Davies the Ninja Smoke Bombs – Fixed Penalty Points
  • The Vanity Project – Structure of an Atom
  • The Mang Mang Mangs – Is it the Grouse?
  • The Black Lights – In the Dark
  • Emperor Zero – Mental Health Café
  • Kit B – Fear of Flying
  • Girl Peculiar – Destiny
  • Stalagmites – Supply and Demand
  • Death to the Strange – Shades of my mind
  • Positronik – When The Bitch Knows Your Name
  • The Hired Help – Perfect Society
  • Neuron No – Saving the World
  • Mi Amo Simmy – Up With This I Will Not Put
  • Mandrake – Last Orders
  • Well North of Watford – Make Sense of Loneliness
  • Twinkle & Co – Jock Tally
  • Syd Bozko – Come Get Me
  • Urchins – Cabin Fever
  • Wonderland Trip – Bring Back The Sunshine
  • Ha Ha Said The Car – Storm Petal Suzie
  • Open Party – Inertia
  • Warm Widow – Back the Class
  • TG Elias – Southbound Otley Highway
  • The Louche FC – Four Parts Bastard
  • Veladrome – Elvis
  • Early Mojo – Balloon Basket
  • Ghost Outfit – Boy
  • Belle Vue – Platform One
  • Skankadelia – Distinct Lack of Secrecy
This can be streamed from Mixcloud here.

Salford Music Scene – 13th December 2011

Due to other commitments I have not got the time to write copious notes on this weeks offering – however links to the bands are provided where available:

  • Factory Star – Away Dull Care – catch them for the last time this year at Gullivers on Oldham Street, Manchester this Thursday – supported by
  • Rapid Pig – Aristonean – who have Tim Lyons of Sandells on bass for the aforementioned gig. I’m not sure this is the correct title for this tune but it’s close
  • Inspiral Carpets – You’re Too Good For Me – new single and original singer back
  • Orange Room – Noise and Confusion – from Liverpool
  • Long Hat Pins – Tlcking Box – from Salford and more to come from this excellent solo artist who has sent me an album full of tunes
  • The Ninth Watch – The Optimist – the second tune from this Manchester band
  • Whipcord – Thistledown – from the new album, which is great
  • Bob Dean – Forest of Fear – a Manchester based rock band who have just released a debut album “Volcanic Music” on iTunes and are looking to promote it across the UK. Its taken us just over 2 years to complete and they say they are extremely proud to now show the world their music. The sound of the album is best described in the title. We are based in Manchester but are an international mix of 2 Icelandic’s, 2 guys from the UK and a Californian
  • Danny Short – A Question – from the new album which is excellent.
  • Younger Dryes – Dynamo –  based in Stockport and are currently working on new material. Will be playing more of them as they are very impressive….
  • Orange Room – Coffee and Tea
  • Bob Dean – Hide from the Pain
  • Long Hat Pins – Ayramba
  • The Fall – Blindness – from the last Peel Session

To listen click the link