The Strypes - Blue Collar Jane

New single from The Strypes. This is their first self-penned release and, if this is the sort of material they're writing, the future looks very bright indeed. They performed the tune on last Friday's Late Late Show. This is Blue Collar Jane.

Charlie Is My Darling

There's another Stones film around that looks as if it's well worth watching.  Charlie Is My Darling was filmed by Peter Whitehead on the band's tour of Ireland in 1965 and, by all accounts, presents a unique insight into the band both on and offstage, capturing their world view perfectly for posterity.  It is said to include the oldest archive material that still exists and, like Crossfire Hurricane - with which there appears to be some overlap - this footage seems remarkable for its authenticity.  I've not seen it all yet, just the trailer and some clips. But, from what is available online, it appears well worth keeping a look out for.


The Sons - Collage For Companions

Another cracking tune from The Sons. This one is an instrumental, with definite art rock overtones and a seriously funky edge that will get you dancing round the kitchen. I love it when the horn section kicks in, evoking memories of bands like 23 Skidoo, Stimulin and A Certain Ratio at their finest.  A tune to turn  up loud.

Crossfire Hurricane

It was premièred last month and the first part was screened on BBC2 at the weekend (the second part is this Saturday).

Crossfire Hurricane was directed by Brett Morgan and tells the story of The Rolling Stones from their incarnation to the present day. There is commentary from the surviving members of the band, along with Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor, as well as archive fly on the wall footage that is informative, amusing and intimate. The clips from the Brian Jones era are particularly impressive.

It may be fifty years since they emerged to capture the imagination of a generation but, as this documentary reminds you, that fact doesn't matter in the slightest. The attitude, demeanour and swagger demonstrated here is timeless. As is the music, of course. And the release of the new compilation Grrr! is turning the new breed onto the band's prowess.

Essential viewing for anyone with the slightest interest in The Rolling Stones.

The Sons

I'm liking what I'm hearing of these boys at the moment. They're called The Sons and they're from London. This little gem, from earlier this year, is available on I-tunes and Spotify. This is their Tumblr page. This is their Facebook page. And this is Down By The U-V Lights.

The Spitfires - Spark To Start video

More from The Spitfires. The video for the new single Spark To Start is now available to view. It was shot by Paolo Sedazzari on the roof of the old Cannon Street police station and features a great view over the capital. The clobber is also pretty spot on.

The band's website is worth checking, along with their page at the Fred Perry Subculture website.

Spark To Start/Sirens is the most exciting pair of tunes I've heard from a new band for some time. And the video more than does it justice. Here it is.




The Spitfires - new video

I reviewed The Spitfires' new single Spark To Start/Sirens a few days ago.  They've since posted a video, featuring footage of the band and lead singer/guitarist Billy Sullivan talking about the two tunes.  It's well worth a look to get an insight into the clued up "Sound Of Young Watford".  There's a genuine buzz growing around this band.  Definitely worth keeping an eye on.