The Whereabouts

Came across this gem of a tune today. TheWhereabouts have only been together for around a year but are already delivering ballsy rhythm and blues that  puts you in mind of bands like The Yardbirds and The Bluesbreakers.  Definitely one to watch.

Paul "Smiler" Anderson - Mods The New Religion


There's little doubt that this will soon be gracing the more discerning coffee tables across the globe.  Mods - The New Religion, by Paul "Smiler" Anderson, promises to be one of the definitive accounts of the sixties incarnation of the cult that became Mod.  Packed with pictures, flyers and anecdotes from those who were there, the book has been painstakingly created by a writer who has been immersed in the music, the clothes and the all-nighters since the renewal in 1979.  From a glance at the first few pages on Amazon, it looks stunning, a perfect accompaniment to Richard Barnes' seminal classic, Mods.  An essential purchase in anyone's book.

The Spitfires - I'm Holdin' On

It starts with an infectious bassline, interspersed with the thud of a drum and accompanied by a tasselled loafer tapped in tune with the rhythm.  And then, faster than a ricocheting pinball, comes that guitar crashing in, and the band launch into a cocktail of adrenalin, anger and impassioned self-belief.

Recorded at Paul Weller's Black Barn studios, I'm Holdin' On delivers a heartfelt assault on mediocrity, smugness and the self-righteous.  It confirms The Spitfires as a band who are not afraid to take their influences and reinvent them for the twenty first century, angry young men who are speaking for their generation and producing authentic social commentary on life in modern Britain.  And don't forget the sharp, clean clobber.  As with all the important bands, it's an integral part of what they are about.

You can pre-order the single from their website.  The cd and download are released on 3 March, with the vinyl available later in the month.