Watch and listen:
Big Smoke London Town
June 30th 2014
DWC1073, Dirty Water Records
LP, CD, Download
Originally started down a Hackney back alley as the backing band for B-movie goddess, Faster Pussycat Kill Kill star, Tura Satana’s latest film, The Dustaphonics have now cemented themselves as fixtures on London’s live music scene. Following on from the single ‘Burlesque Queen’ (which featured lyrics penned by Satana herself prior to her untimely death), their first album (Party Girl – Dirty Water Records CD/KingAling Records LP) saw former T-Rex manager Jeff Dexter calling them ‘one of the best bands I’ve seen in England in years’, whilst Happening magazine said that ‘in a market saturated by trash, The Dustaphonics occupy the space where the talented few, committed and bright, stick to their guns’.
Some groups are capable of doing things more intensely than others. The Dustaphonics is a group that knows how to grab your attention and get people dancing. The music is a fantastic mash-up that details their musical influences, from booze-soaked 1950s rhythm and blues, vintage stomping ‘buttshaker’ soul, ’60s garage rock and british beat/r&b, Vegas lounge, sleazy grind instrumentals and surf guitar. And the whole deal is sealed and delivered with the spirit of ’70s punk.
The Dustaphonics take you to another world: the best of vintage music styles with the rocking yet soulful vocals from a sensual and gorgeous fiery-haired vocalist – but performed and produced in a way that can suit modern ears. This has the best of both worlds, enough to satisfy both the vintage music purists and those who want something new on their plate with an up to date feel.
Although the influences are vintage, there is something remarkably and distinctively fresh and progressive about their songs that takes the music beyond simple imitation and infuses it with tremendous energy and passion. The Dustaphonics features: Hayley Red on vocals; guitarist and producer of the project, the acclaimed disc jockey Yvan Serrano (aka Healer Selecta); on drums the near-legendary Bruce Brand or Eric Frajiria; and Dan Whaley on 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!
- The Message
- When You Gonna Learn
- Big Smoke London Town
- Grand Prix
- Ride on Louisiana Red
- Rockin Boogaloo
- Don’t Let the Devil Drive
- Your Car
- Back to Mono
- Fire Dance
- Mojo Yar Bones
- Flesh & Blood
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.