Friday, 24 September 2010
Making up for the abortive show in April Barracuda JEREMY GLUCK and MARC JEFFREY of the Band Of Outsiders liven up the London autumn. Also on the bill are AMANDA RAY and ROSELANDS.
TRENT MILLER plays a late set
...JEREMY GLUCK served his apprenticeship as a an artist with seven years in renowned band The Barracudas, whose music is more beloved and popular now than ever, which latter claim backed up recently with the reissue of major UK indie Cherry Red of six of the band's albums. Their debut (EMI, 1981) "Drop Out" is considered a seminal, classic second wave garage release and was lately reissued by EMI in a deluxe 25th Anniversary Edition. Having split in 1984, the band reformed in 1989 and 2005, the last reformation seeing the release of perhaps their best album, an eponymous integration of all their styles and energies.
Upon leaving The Barracudas Jeremy Gluck was involved with working with French labels and artists (The Barracudas were and remain very popular across Europe). Then arrived a great opportunity that was the beginning of a now flourishing solo career. For a long time Jeremy had been friends with Nikki Sudden (ex-Swell Maps) and they had long discussed collaboration. In late 1986 Nikki called to say that he and what constituted a cult all-star line-up ( ) were finishing some recording and would Jeremy like to add some days to make an album with Nikki's cohort.
The resulting album, "I Knew Buffalo Bill", released in 1987 and featuring Jeremy, Nikki and Epic Soundtracks (Swell Maps, Crime & The City Solution, These Immortal Souls), Rowland S. Howard (Birthday Party, These Immortal Souls) & Jeffrey Lee Pierce (Gun Club), has been lauded ever since, cited by many European musicians as a key influence, been reissued on CD three times and is now the subject of Spanish deluxe double vinyl reissue by Munster Records.
"Burning Skulls Rise, an EP in similar styles to the more quirky and intense "Buffalo Bill" was out in '88; its title track has since been covered by Lydia Lunch, and used in a film soundtrack.
At this point a young family and other factors intruded and Jeremy took time out. Barracudas reissues came and went, there were some compilation tracks and obscure singles, but largely Jeremy focused on his other passion, writing, finding some success as a novelist and working as a journalist for some of the UK's foremost titles, such as The Guardian.
With the purchase of his first computer Jeremy embarked on an adventure in underground sound, adopting the name "Datawhore" to make a large body of guerilla electronic music, the gradual sophistication of which has led to numerous digital releases and some high-rpofile collaborations, for example with Bad Seed Mick Harvey, and Metal urban founder Eric Debris.
In late 2008, through Facebook, Jeremy came into contact with Marty Thau, whose Red Star Records stewarded Suicide to the world, a band revolutionary as their label's Maoist icon. This meeting eventuated a collaboration that has changed Jeremy's fortunes. and made possible the meaningful transition he sought from legacy cult artist to current creative maverick.
For ten years and more Jeremy has waited to be able to make the music he can now, and its excellence, in part due to his collaborators' gifts, is obvious. The Carbon Manual, based in Bristol, is some of the best recorded work he has done.
The "Whisper" EP, brings together some amazing mixes of one amazing song. Brendon Moeller, Dub Gabriel, Lola Dutronic and Amurgit - not to mention Marty Thau and Martin Rev - are all featured on mixes that go from future punk to retro pop.
And further work with Dave Fuglewicz, The Strone, Brendon Moeller and Dub Gabriel is the new future Jeremy Gluck is writing. At his greatest creative power to date, Jeremy Gluck is younger than yesterday.
MARC JEFFREY is perhaps best known for being a founding member of BAND OF OUTSIDERS, formed in New York City's East Village in 1980.
Band of Outsiders were formed in New York City’s East Village in October 1980. While playing the downtown club circuit (Max’s Kansas City, CBGB, A7 etc), the band recorded and released its debut single “Done Away” b/w “Tote Bag Ladies” in 1981. Not long after, a set at the Mudd Club caught the attention of Ivan Kral. The former Patti Smith guitarist produced studio recordings of the band during 1982-84. During this time the band played larger NYC venues (Irving Plaza, Danceteria, Peppermint Lounge, etc), and began performing regularly out of town throughout the DC-Boston corridor.
In late 1983, ZigZag magazine editor Kris Needs came to NYC as press agent with Specimen, the house band for the London club, the Batcave. As part of the Specimen’s US launch, a Batcave night was held in NYC at Irving Plaza, featuring Band of Outsiders (who Needs had been a fan of since the first single), and another NYC band, Certain General. Soon after, the two groups put out an album that featured both bands live and in the studio, followed by a joint tour. The album, titled Far Away in America, was released in April 1984 on the groups’ own newly-constituted Sourmash Records label. Needs’ liner notes evangelized the music and outlined the rest of the plan: following a string of gigs in the Northeast, the bands traveled to the UK for a series of London-area shows. Kral-produced sessions from June 1984 were released in the UK on an ep titled Up The River, and in France, along with some 1983 Kral sessions, on an LP titled Everything Takes Forever. Both releases were well received, and as a result the Outsiders would spend much of 1985 touring the UK and Europe and recording in France. April 1985, self-produced sessions in Paris yielded the ep Longer than Always. In October in NYC and November in Paris the group recorded tracks for its album Act of Faith. Throughout 1985 the group was generating rave reviews for its releases and performances in the UK and Europe. And Act of Faith, eventually released over a year after being completed, was hailed in UK fanzines like Bucketfull of Brains and Sounds as a masterpiece.
In mid-1987, the band self-released an expanded American version (including tracks from Longer than Always), titled Acts of Faith. Thereafter they left for what would be their final European tour, at the end of which they went separate ways. Back in the US, Acts of Faith continued to garner rave reviews in fanzines. On November 11, 1988 the group played a farewell show at CBGB. It was recorded and released as Armistice Day by Nocturnal Records in the US and Conviction Records in the UK. The set included a guest appearance by Nikki Sudden, and the album featured liner notes by the Barracudas’ Jeremy Gluck. In April 1999, the band re-grouped for one show, celebrating the 25th anniversary of CBGBs, on a bill with Certain General and the Fleshtones.
In October 2008, the group reformed to play a special benefit show, to help raise money for a liver transplant for Bush Tetras' original bassist, Laura Kennedy. This time they have continued playing, and writing/recording new music.
Read more: http://www.myspace.com/bandofoutsiders1#ixzz10Qr49DtD
Italian by birth but now residing in London, TRENT MILLER has been described as the Pete Doherty of the Americana movement. However, with his wistful acid-bite lyrics, mournful, chilling melodies and outlaw, renegade posture, a more suitable comparison might be to that of Gene Clark or Jeffrey Lee Pierce (The Gun Club).
His original mix of gothic and avant-country have seen the singer-songwriter gain a growing cult following in the underground folk scene since he first brought his music to London in late 2006.
Trent Miller’s debut album CERBERUS is released on his own Hangman Records label and contains fourteen self composed songs performed by Trent alone, just guitar, harmonica and voice and is already gaining wide acclaim for his brand of gothic inspired country.
The record is a one way journey on a railroad heading straight to Hell, an opiate-induced nightmare populated with junkies, hopeless losers and demons that has been described as ‘music for dancing on a grave’.
Trent and his band are currently working on a new album, WELCOME TO INFERNO VALLEY.
The extraordinary debut album by English singer/songwriter AMANDA RAY has already garnered favourable comparisons with the likes of Joni Mitchell and Janis Ian, not to mention Ray's own muse, the late Elliot Smith. Drenched in melody and melancholy, and stirringly produced by Jude Rawlins, this eponymous release has "instant classic" written all over it.
Dark, mysterious, fragile, existential... Amanda Ray's haunting songs are imbued with a deep lyrical imagery and a passionate heart. They are delivered by Ray with a raw beauty that lands somewhere between Karen Dalton and Sandy Denny, although she is also capable of edging into the sheer emotional firepower of Janis Joplin or Stevie Nicks. The performances are gift-wrapped in Ray's own spectacularly delicate southpaw guitar picking, ensuring that these songs are literally possessed by pagan folk wisdom and heartbreaking confession.
ROSELANDS are a soulful acoustic band formed by Glasgow singer-songwriter Mark McLaughlin, guitarist/vocalist James Byron and double-bass player Pete Rawlings. Recently joined by Simon Hulme on guitar and harmonies, the four piece are already earning plaudits on the live circuit. Soulful vocals, sweet three part harmonies, warm intricate guitars and double bass combine with accordion, mandolin, piano, cello and fiddle to produce crafted narrative songs which evoke thoughts of classic and contemporary acoustica - Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, John Martyn and Patty Griffin. 'Faded Postmark', Roselands' debut album, was released this year, packed with songs of faded postmarks and Lowell George postcards. Of dreams of Kerouac and Brautigan and old John Muir. Of light falling on a girl like the sun shone just for her... These are songs which take you from rain dirty Glasgow streets through California, Iona, the islands and London's hand-painted skies
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