The 45s - Devil Of A Woman

This is the other side of the brand new 45s single on Heavy Soul. It is a perfect companion to It Ain't Over and confirms their status as one of the hottest young bands on the planet right now. Once again, the advice is to play it as loud as you can get away with.




The 45s

It arrived on Friday. I'd been checking the post every day for the last week, to see if it was here. And on Friday it came. And it went straight on my turntable and its dulcet tones blasted round the house, with volume cranked up high, a little bit like a brand new Small Faces single in 1965. This record, it's that good.

The 45s are from Carlisle and are blasting out those rhythm and blues like there's no tomorrow. The band's label is an apt description of the quality and approach - Heavy Soul - with an emphasis on both elements. James Green (vocals), Tom Hamilton (guitar), Joe Wyatt (bass) and Bailey Claringbold (drums) are delivering hard hitting, dirty blues, with a passion that emanates from every chord and every syllable.

Influences? As well as the aforementioned Small Faces, they cite the likes of Wilko Johnson (with whom they recently shared a stage) Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Booker T, Jimi Hendrix and a whole lot more. And they've got style as well, those boys. Just check the video of It Ain't Over to see how they can walk the walk, just as well as they talk the talk. Turn it up.

Kill Your Darlings

This film looks promising. Kill Your Darlings focuses on the early days of Allen Ginsberg and beat generation muse Lucien Carr. From everything I've seen so far, including the reviews, it seems to cover the period admirably, including the pair's meeting with Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs, and the formation of the legendary group of writers and poets. There is passion here, youthful exuberance and the story of one of the most notorious incidents of the group, one that has become the stuff of beat mythology, and which formed the basis for Kerouac and Burroughs' novel And The Hippos Were Boiled In Their Tanks.

The performances by Daniel Radcliffe (Ginsberg) and Dane DeHaan (Carr) have drawn positive reviews to date. There is also Facebook page devoted to the film.

And this is a taster

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Quadrophenia - A Fan's View

I have to say that I found this short video rather inspirational. Quadrophenia - initially the album and then the film - has been a passion of mine for a very long time. It was enlightening to see two fellow fans - freelance sound mixer Kieran McAleer and writer Simon Wells - discussing the subject with knowledge and insight. The film is  put together by Emma-Rosa Das for Afro-Mic Productions, who made the recent documentary Faces In The Crowd. There are opinions, background and a genuine passion for the film that comes through loud and clear, all against a backdrop of the wonderful setting of Alredo's cafe.  For anyone with an interest in Quadrophenia, this is well worth watching.

Favourite line?  "I've got a great black and white version dubbed into French". Priceless.