Tag: Simon Jay Price

This Is The Kit Are Engagingly Enigmatic At Shepherd’s Bush Empire

There aren’t enough songs with whistling. Maybe that’s because most end up sounding either cloying (Bobby McFerrin’s Don’t Worry Be Happy) or downright irritating (The Scorpions’ Winds Of Change). So when somebody does get it right, the effect is spellbinding. Like when This Is The Kit’s Kate Stables, plucking out the chords of Two Wooden Spoons alone, whistles the vocal melody. Together, the stark instrumentation and the haunting sound from her lips easily create a feeling of intimacy and vulnerability in a venue as vast as Shepherd’s Bush Empire. And this is even before she’s begun to sing or...

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Feature: Israel Nash, On the Lower East Side, There Was A Bar.

When I met Israel Nash he had just finished building his own recording studio on his ranch near Austin, Texas with his great friend and musical confidante Eric Swanson.  After a meeting of minds discussing his new album Israel Nash’s Silver Season we took a stroll down from the Loose Music offices, past Ladbroke Grove to one of London’s oldest and most enigmatic markets Portobello Road. Israel Nash has been making music for a while now. His large following in Europe, particularly in Holland and Belgium, where some of his largest concerts and early record sale successes have been, helps...

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Live: Kongos @ Islington Academy, London.

American rhythm specialists Kongos brought their mighty and fascinating sound to London. On the day after the US presidential election in which Donald J Trump was chosen as the 45th President of the USA, they rocked into town in a shocked state. They are all brothers and share the family name, Kongos. In their stage shows the band are happy to include their many influences whether it be kwaito dance from South Africa or qawwali from Pakistan and their music does take in a lot of global styles and beats. It is easy to make comparisons with others who have done...

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Interview: Shuggie Otis, This Charming Man.

Shuggie Otis Interview Once there was a man who, while really no more than a boy, took the world of blues and soul by storm. That was in late 1960s and early 1970s. He made three great albums with some of the hottest musicians around and then disappeared from view. Shuggie Otis Portrait (Simon Jay Price) I met him at an art deco hotel, just off the Euston Road and over a glass of water our conversation started. He is in a good mood because the night before at Koko, a venue in London, Shuggie Otis and the band...

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Live: Edgar Winter Band @ Koko, London.

Edgar Winter Live at Koko in London. In the early 1970s there were several bands and musicians from North America that were bought to the attention of British music lovers by Radio Luxembourg and a television show called The Old Grey Whistle Test. Along with artists like Todd Rundgren, Joe Walsh and Frank Zappa there stood out an album, initially for its striking cover but later for its content, called They Only Come Out At Night by The Edgar Winter Group. I don’t think you were considered cool if you did not have this or one of the preceding...

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Rock Media: From The Deep. Nick Marsh & Katherine Blake.

From The Deep will release their haunting self-titled debut album through Bellissima Records on 30th October 2015. The album was written and recorded over several years by musical and life partners Katharine Blake (Miranda Sex Garden, Mediaeval Baebes) and Nick Marsh (Flesh for Lulu, The Urban Voodoo Machine) and produced by Katharine. It features performances from several artists who will be well known to fans of Katharine’s and Nick’s previous work and spans a variety of musical styles. The album journeys through the sparse, esoteric landscape of The Lovers through the lush and sensual Siren Song, the filthy arabesque...

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Interview: Nils Lofgren. Powerful, Intimate & Emotional.

Nils Lofgren Interview. Passionate, Intimate & Emotional. Nils Lofgren has flipped in front of 100,000 people supporting The Who, ran joint headline tours with Tom Petty, at eighteen years old he played piano with Neil Young and has been guitar sideman for thirty years as part of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. With a new UK tour coming up throughout October and November 2015 and memories of forty-seven years on the road there was a lot to get through. I asked about 6 questions in a forty minute interview. Nils is just so alert and his recall tack sharp...

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Live: Mavis Staples @ Clapham Grand

If ever there was a singer who could take a rock song and make it her own it has to be Mavis Staples. With her tight as tight band she put her distinctive mark on a few songs that you would not usually associate with cover versions. Of course the opening song had to be one of  the famous Staples Singers numbers, If You’re Ready (Come Go With Me). The spiritual and soulful opening grabbed everyone in the Clapham Grand Threatre in South London immediately and you could feel that gospel vibe, I mean it really bit you. The...

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Live: Fields Of The Nephilim @ The Empire.

Fields Of Nephilim celebrated 30 years of goth darkness with two sold-out shows at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire at the end of December 2014. Not at all what I expected. In fact they delivered one of the shows of that year. Carl McCoy has developed a Hollywood interpretation of his band, with characters appearing out of the murky mist as post apocalyptic drifters, where the image and brand of FOTN is just as important as the music. Carl McCoy, embraced the look totally with shades, hat, long-dust-drawn coat and warrior boots and looked like he had arrived from the...

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Nils Lofgren @ Tunbridge Wells Assembly.

It seems the good people of Tunbridge Wells are well informed. Nils Lofgren played to a packed hall at the Assembly Theatre. I had seen a version of this show a few years ago and it was good then. Tonight Nils blows the socks off that. The sound, electronics and most of all his playing is superb. Is there anyone out there who can make a guitar sing like Nils Lofgren. The set list on this tour changes from night to night, selected from about 40 base songs and then chosen on the tour bus before they hit the...

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Interview: Pauline Murray. Invisible Girl.

Pauline Murray is someone I have always wanted to meet and more-so after the release of her post Penetration break up album Pauline Murray & The Invisible Girls. That album disapeared from view for a long long time and now almost 35 years later it gets a full digital remastered re-release. Disque du Crepuscule have added extra tracks, live sessions, photo’s and various limited edition sets…I got to talk to Pauline about the album recording sessions and what happened after. Why is the album Pauline Murray & The Invisible Girls perceived as a great lost new wave album. It...

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Live Review: Guilfest 2014.

It was great to see Guilfest back in 2014, the crowd and performers seemed to be so ready for it, I had never attended but had heard how much fun the Festival was so I was looking forward to be there. As soon as I arrived I felt welcomed and everything was running smoothly and organised. I got my photo pass and knew it would be a special three days running around with my camera photographing great bands. The weather was like we were in Greece or Spain…blue skies and the sun kept shining for almost the whole weekend...

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Live Review: Dum Dum Girls @ Scala

One thing is sure, Dee Dee Penny of Dum Dum Girls has an attitude. She is going to sing and play her songs her way, dress how she pleases and you had better like it or else. Opening with Mine Tonight from the End of Daze it is easy to spot some of her many influences on the band. The sauntering low light back to the audience style of Jesus and Mary Chain, the brash arrogance of Siouxsie Sioux and the pure selfless pop of Blondie. The set lasted for around 75 minutes, most of their songs are 3...

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Live Review: Sick Puppies @ The Garage.

The LA based Australian band Sick Puppies are used to playing in large arena’s and venues such as the House of Blues, in the USA. So coming along to The Garage at Islington, London might be a little surprise. Not so much for the venue but for the noticeable lack of a crowd especially on the last night of their UK tour. They are an energetic and melodic rock trio who are driving for a harder sound and they achieve this to a certain extent on the new album Connect. It is the songs from this album that dominate...

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Review: Los Lobos. Disconnected In New York City

I saw Los Lobos at Glastonbury in 1987. This stuck in my mind because the Friday and most of Saturday had been wet but when then came on stage the sun shone from behind the corners of the pyramid and sent a warm glow over the fields. When there were only two main stages and an acoustic tent they were clearly the big draw and the whole muddy ensemble listened and rocked to How Will The Wolf Survive and La Bamba. At this time La Bamba was an international hit for the band because they had recorded the music...

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Live Review: Al Stewart @ Fairfield Halls.

It is always nice to photograph your heroes and Al Stewart is one of mine. The people at Fairfield Halls in Croydon made it all possible with their bend over backwards care, thought and great customer service. Al has been around since the mid 1960’s when he got his first break appearing on a BBC TV folk music show, back in the day when the UK had only one TV channel. His early records made him more than a folk icon and he found himself cast as a historical balladeer. This style set him apart from his contemporaries, Cat...

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Live: Redfest 2013

Redfest 2013 was a hotter than hot affair. A little festival set in a hidden valley, accessed down country roads and starring some of the biggest rising talent on the British music scene. One of the successes of Redfest in the past has been that they have a good identifier of talent way in advance of them breaking big. Ed Sheeran, Twin Atlanic, Enter Shikari and Skrillex have all played or headlined here and this year Matt Nichols and his team got Bastille to stick to the contract along with Bury Tomorrow, Lucy Rose and Dry The River. Redfest...

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Live: Todd Rundgren @ Shepherds Bush Empire London.

The electronic pioneer returns. With help from guitar maestro, journalist and educator Jesse Gresse and The Tubes drummer Prairie Prince, Todd Rundgren blew our minds with a perfectly choreographed live DJ performance. Synchronising his Reason 7, iPad and Rack Extensions to create an exciting visual and sound show with the most vivid and over-powering light-show I have seen for some time. Wearing  his State ski goggles and a diamond patterned shirt which picked up the luminance of ultra violet rays and made him look thinner and younger he opened the set with Imagination. This eight  minute song gave Todd...

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Live Review: Rush @ O2 Arena

The trio is known to be iconic and extravagant in everything they do, and the “Clockwork Angels” tour couldn’t be anything different. The first set started late because of a wild fox that was loose in the arena. The song choice was moody and enigmatic and the lighting and set design went along with it. The second act of the show was introduced with a film presented on a large cinema screen with a story about “The Watchmaker” starring Rush as three 3 comical dwarves. Cue the music and “Caravan” and some stunning visual effects for the “Clockwork Angels”...

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