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Yvan Serrano-Fontova: Guitar
Hayley Red: Vocals
Eric Frajria or Bruce Brand: Drums
Dan Whaley or Devid Dell'Aiera: Bass
You have to be really good to get by in garage-rock’n’roll-soul these days, as there is minimal airplay and little media interest in independent bands, but hey, yes, The Dustaphonics are really good! They get airplay on BBC Radio, have been album of the day on Spanish national radio RTVE Radio 3, pack out London’s famous rock’n’roll and soul music venues such as the 100 club & Jazz Café, storm European and festival stages such as Latitude Festival, have opened for Wanda Jackson, James Hunter, Kid Congo, Jim Jones Revue, Barrence Whitfield, Lisa & The Lips, Gallon Drunk, Sanseverino, Sam Gopal, have been “on a mission from God” with legendary actor and Blues Brother Dan Aykroyd, who occasionally uses The Dustaphonics as the backing band for his private London shows.
Yes, The Dustaphonics are that good; they have been shaking up the London scene with an unique, excitingly energetic party groove sound that distills such wide-ranging influences as 50s R&B, 60s garage rock, vintage soul, blues, surf & 77 punk rock. They are far from simple imitators; they bring new energy and a positive vibe which makes their songs remarkably fresh and distinctly modern. With a production sense that carefully preserves the passionate rawness of the music, but combines it with a clean, solid, strong, deft and transparent approach, they offer the best possible sound to both purist vintage music fans and those who want something fresh with a young pretty face.
Since 2012 the previously fluid line-up has solidified around the Anglo-French nucleus of talented, fun, young, charismatic, energetic force of nature singer Hayley Red and founder-producer-guitarist Yvan Serrano–Fontova (a kind of rock’n’roll version of Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg), with tighter-than-tight rhythmic backing provided by powerhouse musicians such as Eric Frajria or Bruce Brand on drums and Dan Whaley or Devid Dell'Aiera on bass.
Yvan Serrano-Fontova is one of London’s key underground figures; guitar-man, DJ, song writer and entertainment promoter, has long been presenting exciting new talents & vintage revue style shows around London and Lille (Fr) with his “Raison D’être London Music Collective” and as DJ Healer Selecta was signed by Freestyle Records in England. He has DJed for London shows by Bo Diddley, The Sonics, Chuck Berry, Ike Turner, Eartha Kitt, Wanda Jackson, Dick Dale, Manu Chao, etc.). Yvan first came from his native France to London in the early 90s, when the legendary John Peel was playing the US & UK single on BBC Radio 1 by Yvan’s Guitar Surf Garage Orchestra “Showman & The Thunderous Staccatos”. In the late 90s he collaborated with Liam Watson (Toe Rag Studio’s legendary genius) and in 2008 started his new project; The Dustaphonics, when the cult B movie actress Tura Satana (Russ Mayer‘s Faster Pussycat Kill Kill) asked Yvan’s to create the sound track for her new project (she also co-wrote with him the Dustaphonics song “Burlesque Queen”). This led to the 2009 mini LP and single "Burlesque Queen" and the first full album "Party Girl" in 2011 and now “Big Smoke London Town”, with its fantastic sound and attitude in which nostalgic Americana clashes head-on with a heady London attitude to create one of this year’s most energetic and vital releases.
You have to be really good to get by in garage-rock’n’roll-soul these days, as there is minimal airplay and little media interest in independent bands, but hey, yes, The Dustaphonics are really good!
- Burlesque Queen (7"), Dirty Water Records (2010)
- Party Girl (LP, CD, Download), Dirty Water Records, King-A-Ling Records (2012)
- Big Smoke London Town (LP, CD, download), Dirty Water Records (2014)
"Bo Diddley is the official sponsor of The Dustaphonics."
A huge joyful celebration of an eclectic mix of 1950s Rock 'n' Roll, Garage Rock, Soul, Blues and instrumental Surf music.
After his award-winning debut album Party Girl, released in 2011 by the British label Dirty Water Records, it's time to hear the second material The Dustaphonics, one of the sets that surprised the world for its musical combination.
The launch party for Graham Day & The Forefathers new album “Good Things” at 229 The Venue in London on October 31st is shaping up to be one hell of a Halloween night as The Dustaphonics have now been added to the line-up along with The Fallen Leaves. The Dustaphonics actually have a new record of their own to promote too, the fabulous “Big Smoke London Town” has just been released on Dirty Water Records and is fast becoming one of Retro Man Blog’s favourite albums of the year so far.
There are plenty of sisters out there doing it in the name of rock and roll and you can add the marvellous Dustaphonics to that long list. From the confident opening number 'The Message' this rock and roll combo get your toes a-tapping via some intense old school rock and roll and as unoriginal as it is it's still engaging and downright entertaining.
From the first track, all I could think of was ‘hold on to your hats’!
Dustaphonics are about as incendiary as you can get when it comes to rockin’, rollin’ hard nosed blues. Hayley Red is that ‘perfect storm’ of '50s siren styling, inflecting the odd squeal for effect in her vocal performance and oozing sultry sex appeal. Dynamite stuff when applied to the driving, in-yer-face Dustaphonics sound.
Dustaphonics: Vintage for the ones with fine taste
They’re one of the hottest live bands in London, they’re the Dustaphonics. Not only can they count on the voice and stage presence of Hayley Red, vocalist with an overflowing sex appeal, but also on a musical drive that crosses over the best of music in the past sixty years: from rock’n’roll and R&B of the fifties to the Garage of the sixties, from soul to surf. All mixed with style: vintage music for the ones with fine taste.
After the success of Girl Party, two years, Yvan Serrano, London from the French DJ, famous Healer Selecta, with its combo 1960s, surfing punk rock. Flanked a new singer, sulphurous Hayley Red, it provides to their new effort Big Smoke London City.
My introduction to The Dustaphonics came a couple years ago, and I'll admit that I was instantly smitten. This is a band that combines 60s garage and soul in equal amounts for a sound that is irresistible. So when I received a new album from this band, I was excited to hear it.
In a brief space of time us LPs who will make the delights of the degustador of vibrant R&B, furious rock 'n roll and garage have arrived new from the publication by the London seal Dirty Water exciting the three Record of trotter. Three consecutively appeared launchings totally recommended in urgent May, June and July so that the track shakes of dance to the rate of dynamic rythmical bases, guitars and howls from the garage!
We have of return to sensational THE DUSTAPHONICS. After that one good debut of the 2011. With this second called work “Big smoke London town” (2014). They in my opinion surpass in many aspects his previous work.
A soundtrack is a film that must be absolutely still. The script inform 14 songs is already. Producer and Fädenzieher with that, before foaming on energy, phonograms are the British producers, soul, radio, reggae and Rock'n'Roll Multitalent Healer Selecta.
It’s like something from Kerouac’s On The Road - the dank smell of whiskey and stale cigarette smoke curls through the bar, thick and cancerous. It hangs in the witching hour gloom. A woman in stockings moans a tune from across the top of a battered grand piano. She’s sexy and dangerous and mostly every man sober enough to lift his head off the bar is swaying to her hypnotic spell. There are silhouettes of old negroes, sleazy looking men in shabby hats, sunken-eyed junkies - all clanking their bottles and stumbling around in the smog to the ramshackle clatter of the band.
Some bands just know how to do more interesting things than others. The Dustaphonics is a band that knows how to grab your attention even before you hear anything on the album Party Girl (Dirty Water Records, 2011). I don't know about you, but album covers like that are enough to get me to check out the band's music. Then you hear the music and you experience a melange of surf, R&B, soul, and garage. Yes, really.
These days every girl considers herself potential burlesque material. These days every half-wit with an axe thinks they can recapture the retro vibe through Bryl-creem and a swank two-tone ensemble. We are left in dire times. It's this whole old-new-old categorisation walloping it's guilded hand down and diverting us from straight-cut rock'n'roll party time values. Yet herein lie the middle grey, the space where the talented few, committed and bright, stick to their guns in an otherwise flooded market. I'm talking about The Dustaphonics and their new album Party Girl.
When a press release cites a band's influences as "Bo Diddley, Howlin Wolf, The Sonics and Louisiana Red", you generally know what to expect from the record before it's even got within spitting distance of a CD player. The Dustaphonics, however, are a little different. Firstly there's the cover; rather than skinny, sharply dressed throwbacks clutching vintage guitars, we're treated to a colourful drawing of a load of women dancing with far more vigour than is physically possible whilst in high heels (um, so I'm told). It doesn't quite add up until the play button is pressed and the volume cranked up.
First job over this explosive band of rock and roll led by the famous DJ, producer and guitarist , Healer Selecta, which began to walk this band almost as a laboratory product. But do not trabuquedes, as showed us their recent performances peninsular , this does not contradicts the fact that explosive led by singer Kay Elizabeth (Lisa Kekaula shakes!) Dustaphonics the live band are fused to a maximum , which conveys strength, feeling and equally fun.
International Deejay Yvan Serrano AKA Healer Selecta presents his new band here the Dustaphonics and takes us to another world of sleazy 50's jazz mixed with sublime surf guitar and sensual soulful singing from Kay Elisabeth.
Every so often, a record lands that knocks you sideways and leaves you wondering if anybody took down the registration number of the truck that just hit. The busy London borough of Hackney isn't known as Rock and Roll Central but The Dustaphonics sound like they're doing their level best to change that.
The Dustaphonics are not easily categorised, including elements of soul, garage rock, surf guitar, classic R&B, funk and with a touch of punk attitude, it's a melting pot boiled down to a dynamic groove that includes high energy party stompers, cultish downtempo bar sleaze, to smouldering surf-guitar instrumentals.
Tura Satana, the Japanese-born exotic dancer turned actress who died in 2011, may well have been famous for her performance as Varla in Russ Meyer's legendary 1965 movie Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! and her work with Ted V. Mikels, but her musical links may not be so well known.