Jim Diamond probably needs no introduction; the wizard proprietor of Detroit’s legendary (and now sadly defunct) Ghetto Recorders has put his magic touch on an impressive collection of some of the world’s best records from the garage and real rock-n-roll scene since 1996. Having played bass in The Dirtbombs and responsible for curating the raw primal sound of the first two White Stripes albums, Jim was instrumental in capturing another glorious chapter in Detroit’s historic music scene. After amassing an esteemed list of clientele, his signature trademark can be heard on some of rock’s most celebrated artists ever to be burned to wax: The Sonics, Andre Williams, The Fleshtones, The Hentchmen, New Bomb Turks, The John Spencer Blues Explosion and countless others.Read More
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Third album from Holloway-based poultry-obsessed rock ‘n’ rollers MFC Chicken, and it’s pretty much a straight continuation of their debut, 2011’s Music For Chicken, and 2013’s Solid Gravy! There’s a bit of ‘50s style greaser rock and a bit of ‘60s garage rock in there liberally sprinkled with some honking sax, and it’s all good fun.Read More
A right bunch of cheeky fuckers here with an album to completely break down any critical codswallop and to bring forth a fervent fever of gushing praise from even the most hard boiled reviewer. Make no mistake about it, these squawking sonic shits are good, darn good indeed and really excite with their innuendoed sax fuelled rock that has an obsession with the thrills of fast food chomping. Hailing from London these dudes really do need to spread their wings and drop some sonic shit on the heads of the unaware, here is my small attempt at provocating some flapping motions.Read More
Sometimes you get a record to review and it just has you scratching your head wondering what the fuck have I just listened to. Well, lo and behold MFC Chicken has just done that as a chicken based album has just driven me cluckin' mad.
So with a retro swinging beat (well it is on Dirty Water Records after all) the music is delivered with aplomb and some of the sax playing is superb, but what's with the chicken based tunes, really?
Honestly who else is gonna put out this crazy band? Nobody that’s who. Dirty Water Records love their freak beats though and MFC Chicken certainly know how to serve them up.Read More
Lake Bears! is just as compelling and thrilling an encounter. Its first track is Lakebears Theme and in some ways has an even more anarchic and Lake Bears Cover Spread.inddvoraciously devilish manner to its presence and sound than on the other release. Imagine Little Richard even more over excited than normal whilst Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and Jerry Lee Lewis bring their own distinct slightly salacious invention, then you are close to the two minutes of rock ‘n’ roll rampage going on.Read More
After two ridiculously infectious and excitable slabs of rock ‘n’ roll devilry posing as albums, London based MFC Chicken in their own words “figured it was time that we gave the DJs out there something to spin when out in the wilds. A full length album is great for playing at house parties but in a sleazy cellar bar with some frantic dance floor action the DJ’s gonna want a proper vinyl 45.” So that is what the band came up with, not one but two slices of MFC Chicken revelry to ignite the dance-floor, a pair of incitements which simply throw feet and emotions into a blissful frenzy.Read More
Multinational London-based band MFC Chicken aptly describe their music as the stuff “the Sonics listened to”, and if you’re remotely interested in sax-flavoured ‘50s greaser grooves you’ll take this 45 like a rocker to a free vat of hair gel.Read More
If you believe the schtick about expat-Canadian vocalist-saxophonist Spencer Evoy meeting bassist Bret Bolton on a pilgrimage to Joe Meek’s former flat and recording studio, you’ll swallow the line that the band was named after a takeaway shop Bolton was living above. And that the pair met when Evoy was busking outside. Every band needs a back story. and it beats Mick and Keef telling record collection stories to each other on a train platform.Read More
Gary Schwind, music reviewer for the Orange County Music Examiner, has named MFC Chicken's 'Solid Gravy!' as one of his top 12 albums of 2014. Gary wrote:Read More
If you're one of those old-skool garage fans who are waiting for King Salami and the Cumberland Three to put out their next album then I think I may have just found a quick temporty fix for you while we wait. Also on the Dirty Water label, there's more than a passing resemblence between MFC Chicken and the aforementioned King Salami and co. Except instead of being fixated on sausages, these guys, as their name suggests (they're named after a takeaway over in Holloway), have a bit of an obessession with chicken. Seriously, if someone hasn't tried to link the two bands up on a 'sausages 'n' chicken' tour already then the matter relly needs to be rectified asap.Read More
The second delivery from these Londoners drive. by a singer and explosive saxophonist. They finally adopted a slogan-like self-awarded title: "Making the music the Sonics were listening to." It is a playground marked by Johnny & the Hurricanes and Little Richard wholesale, with a detour via a frantically plucked "Chicken Shack" by Amos Molburn.Read More
Trying to explain the phenomenon that is MFC Chicken to the uninitiated is tantamount to arguing for the need to wear to tie with a man who doesn't own a shirt. I would assert, however, that there is a great need for MFC Chicken in this world than there is for the neck tie - although I'm sure the band would disagree as they are far snappier dressers than this humble blogger. This second Long Player from the London based, multi-national group is not a far stretch from their first but then again, if ain't broke why the hell fix it?Read More
Rock and Roll Bloodnok style! North London’s finest poultry obessed combo have released their second platter of inspired lunacy, and my what a greasy splattered platter it is. Recorded in beautifully mono and featuring sax so oily it should be scooped up, whacked on yer barnet and fashioned into a DA this is the first record that I’ve heard this year that does strange things to my internal organs.Read More
What do you get if you combine the talents of a Canadian, a Brazilian, a Mancunian, a Czech Jewish Indian Londoner, all playing real unfettered rock and roll and add a Reverend on keyboards? the answer my friend isn’t blowin’ in the wind, it sits right here on my turntable and it makes me dance like nothing else on earth, it is MFC Chicken Music For Chicken.Read More
Okay boys and girls, I’m done with playing nice here. I have previously extolled the virtues of MFC Chicken Music For Chicken to you, the 1537 Album of the Year for 2012* and it has come to my attention that some of you have not rushed out and bought it yet, even though it has a track on it called ‘Love (Is Gonna Fuck You Up)’.Read More
HEY! A new MFC Chicken album! You will take back some poultry frat rock?
The least we can say listening to this Solid Gravy is that the group has not lost the panache that made great Music For Chicken.
If there is a genre that is difficult no longer be original, but just cool, that's the Rock and Roll raised in the manner of the golden 50's: The impasse of rockabilly and riffs and structures a thousand times sobados have forced separate the wheat from the chaff, ie empty style exercise groups, while not known for their originality, they do by his charm and expertise.Read More
MFC Chicken, on the other hand, have titled SOLID GRAVY! to its record proposal, a already essential disc for fans and collectors of the Northwest sound and the original garage since MFC Chicken are sent to all wick in fourteen pieces of garage decorated with saxophone (as the first bands of garage) and with much influence of the scene of the North American coast the northwest.Read More
Solid Gravy!, MFC Chicken’s second album, continues the odd but compelling amalgam of great old-style rock and roll with chicken-themed songs that they started with 2012’s Music For Chicken. Solid Gravy! is definitely old school rock and roll with only “Dirty Little Bitch” and “Well Now” escaping the orbit of the three minute mark so that songs like “Voodoo Chicken” jump into the room, whirl around wildly with sax in front, and jump back out again at the 1:45 mark, leaving listeners gap-mouthed and staring.Read More