In the past Purple Weekend held in December I was frankly shocked, almost knocked out for several concerts with bands in grace, from folk psychedelic rock of The Ripe through the garage of The Loons until the power pop Kurt Baker Combo, and of course the R & B black and amphetamine Les Grys-Grys, the first concert I could see the festival and made only those moments of delight that seemed to transport me to a club of R & London B in 1964/65 deserved worth the trip and disbursement.Read More
To welcome 2016, the British label Dirty Waters Records released its first launch of the year, which is the calling card of Harry Violet & The Sharks, a devilish quartet from the ever-rainy London.
Unlike other groups that tend to build on its sound to the guitar or drums, in the case of this combo it is the prime instrument saxophone in charge of directing the course of the two themes that make up the 7 ".Read More
A dark, sax-driven rock and roll band – this is how Harry Violet & the Sharks define themselves, and rightly so. It’s delightful to see such a big revival of the saxophone; it played a vital part back in the golden days and it’s astonishing to see what the new bands are doing with this grandiose sax appeal. It doesn’t stop here, however, these new bands of young musicians like our Harry Violet & the Sharks have a sincerely deep knowledge of the classic beats of the 20th century, from rhythm and blues to garage rock, rockabilly to surf, free jazz to 12-bar blues, even from hard rock to punk. Rock and roll stands for them all, it glorifies each and every genre in an eternal musical haven embrace. These are joyful days we are experiencing in this fresh new music scene!Read More
Thanks to Dirty Water Records, we can now reveal the Devil’s rock ‘n’ roll representatives in the UK; a band going under the name of Harry Violet and the Sharks with the sole intent of putting a hex on hips and mischief in the heart. Evidence comes courtesy of debut single Jungle Cavalcade, a two-track incitement of dark fifties/sixties bred rock ‘n’ roll from a band “crawling the streets of London, intent on mixing dive-bar jive and 12-bar rhythms with nightmarish grooves”.Read More
I was pretty excited when I first heard two songs from these guys, imagine when listening to the whole album. How old are they again?
Archie and the Bunkers, inspired by the funny Archie Bunker from All In The Family, is a couple of teenage brothers from Cleveland– Emmet on the drums and Cullen on the organ and lead vocals. No guitar, no bass, just a four-piece drum, an organ and two incredible mature souls with the energy of, well, teenagers.
So, you’re telling me that this band is from this very present. Like, from the now? Hmm… Let’s just say I believe you. *wink*
The Arrogants are five, allegedly from our lifetime, really cool French teenagers, who already supported such notables like The Pretty Things and Lenny Kravitz. Their album was produced by Healer Selecta (aka Yvan Serrano of The Dustaphonics), recorded at the studio of the National Belgian Corporation in just three days, and mastered by Pete Maher (The Killers, Rolling Stones, U2 and Jack White).Read More
Raw Fun, for me, embodies sixties rock ’n’ roll on speed. This depiction was my initial thought when I first heard them and I’m sticking to it. Now let me tell you, this sound makes me happy, very happy. Raw Fun is raw fun indeed.Read More
A debut 3 track E.P. from new London protopunk band RAW FUN. Featuring singer, guitarist and songwriter - Patrice Picard (80s garage-trash monsters The Cannibals), drums - Manu Santos (punk band Michael Jackson) and bass - Joaquin Gonzalez (Las Aspiradoras)Read More
Raw Fun is a modern day rock and roll success story. From origin to E.P., the chips fall with favor for these trashy rock scoundrels based in London, England. The group was set to play, and commenced with live performances just weeks after their first rehearsal. Raw Fun then posted a demo on their Facebook page that drew in producer Jim Diamond, who mixed the groups 8-track recordings in his Ghetto Recorders Studio located in Detroit. That’s impressive shit as Jim is hugely know for his tenure in The Dirtbombs and producing notables such as The Sonics as well as The White Stripes.Read More
Who else would put out a record by two reprobates on the run from '60s garage and fucked-up psychedelia other than Dirty Water? Well get ready for this post pre punk keyboard driven racket with its Moon the Loon drum style and fuzzed-up vocals.Read More
A group that consists of teenage brothers Emmett and Cullen O'Connor on drums and keyboards respectively, Archie and the Bunkers has quickly picked up a buzz since forming in 2013.Read More
This little beauty dropped in my letter box this week and blew me away, can't recommend it enough, Harry Violet & The Sharks debut 7"....'Jungle Cavalcade' is a brilliant Sax & Guitar driven tune in the spirit of The Wailers early material with more than a nod to early 60's Surf and a dash of Cramps to round it off nicely...I think you may recognise the guitar parts!Read More
This crew are from Montpelier in France and knock out a discordance that is alive and active with much youthful spunk and steaming perspiration. It should be a common commodity but is sometimes lacking in the music scene and that just gets my goat up and clashing its head against the walls of half-heartedness. The band started out with a set of covers but are slowly bubbling up with new self-made treats, two of which are found here. Another brew to review, this time with two sonic slugs needed to hopefully give hint at what is on offer - gob open, throat ready for accepting - watch yer step ya nasty minded gits.Read More
I would bet. And I won.
The brothers Emmett (seventeen) and Cullen (fourteen) O'Connor are from Ohio . That is the same land that gave birth to Pere Ubu, to Devo, Lux Interior, Electric Eels, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Rocket From the Tombs , the Human Switchboard , to Brainiac , the New Bomb Turks , the Greenhornes, the Pagans, the Dead Boys, the Rubber City Rebels, and the Alarm Clocks.
December is as good a time as any, maybe the best time with all the festive shenanigans, to get your teeth into something particularly tasty, and that is definitely what you get from Raw Fun. Their three track single Won’t Be Told gets its full release this month through Dirty Water Records/WTF, and fair to say it is a bracing and virulent slab of garage rock ‘n’ roll which strongly entices on the first bite, breeds intoxication with its second morsel, and tightens the grip on the taste buds with a third helping of contagion; it all living up to the band’s name.Read More
Here we have 5 (achingly) young handsome guys from France. Too cool for school, and with an attitude to match. With a name like The Arrogants, you really wouldn’t expect anything less than good old in-your-face, middle finger, garage rock.Read More
Time to check in on that hotbed of punk, northeast Ohio (shut your mouth). The latest rust belt roustabouts are a keyboard and drums-only trash act that Ohio’s underground punk lovers are spazzing about (though that could be the trucker speed)—ladies and gentlemen, Archie And The Bunkers!Read More
With this new 7'' disc, by British band The Sons of Bido Lito, Dirty Water Records shows us one more time how they know what they're doing.Read More
Harry Violet & the Sharks are an upbeat, sax-driven rock & roll 4-piece from London who’s 12-bar rhythms and hair-raising grooves have been taking London by storm. With a DIY approach to their music, the band are passionate about making a raw 50’/60’s rock & roll and garage sound; creating every element themselves right from the recording to the production and pressing, they devise all of their own music.Read More
Archie and the Bunkers are a duo comprised of teenaged brothers Emmet (14, drums/vocals) and Cullen (16, organ/vocals) O’Connell playing self-described Hi-Fi Organ Punk, no guitar or bass, just a four piece drum kit, an organ and the commingling of guttural, frenetic vocals that demonstrate maturity well beyond their years.Read More