The Damned set off on tour to celebrate the 40th of the first UK punk single
Punk legends The Damned have announced a huge UK tour taking in more than twenty towns and cities across the UK, and have revealed they are currently working on a brand new album for 2017.
Celebrated as the most entertaining of the original punk bands, The Damned were the very first British band to release a punk single (their mighty debut ‘New Rose’, released on 22nd October 1976), the first to release an album (’77’s Damned Damned Damned) and also the first to tour America. From the very first moment they started playing live in tiny punk clubs in ’76, The Damned quickly gained a reputation as a band who would always deliver an accomplished live set.
To cap their incredible 40th Anniversary year, which has already seen the band play a memorable set at Coachella Festival, where The LA Times raved; “The Damned’s no-future UK punk thrash sounded gritty and immediate” and Rolling Stone claimed their set as “One Of The 20 Best Things We Saw”. The bandalso delivered a blistering three-hour show at a completely sold-out London Royal Albert Hall in the summer. The Damned will play across the UK this winter on dates listed below where they will be playing their legendary debut album ‘Damned Damned Damned’ in full, plus a career-spanning retrospective set.
Following a new film documentary on The Damned, ‘Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead’, directed by Wes Orshoski (Lemmy), released in 2015 to much acclaim, BMG Music will release a new 40th anniversary Art Of The Album’CD, digital and heavyweight vinyl LP special-edition of the band’s classic debut album, Damned Damned Damned, complete with extensive new sleeve notes, in February 2017.
Always unforgettable, The Damned continue to wave the flag for originality, stick two fingers up to mediocrity and celebrate a DIY punk ethos in the face of plastic entertainment and scripted reality. Original members David Vanian and Captain Sensible never expected to still be doing it 40 years later, but here they are in town for one night only, as their loyal following will attest, all simply because they are still an incredible live band who sound as fresh and exciting as they did way back in 1976.
Yep, time flies. Jon ‘Mojo’ Mills will be back in Soho Radio on Thurs 6th between 1200-1400 with guest Mike Murphy from The Wicked Whispers, and on Friday the “Broadcast” takes on its “club night” mantle in The Hanway Social with Jon, Paul Osborne and Grey Newell spinning an eclectic mix of psounds
We’re glad to have TEMPLES back. Do let us know what you think
Temples have announced details of ‘Certainty’, the first track to be taken from their forthcoming album, due out early 2017 on Heavenly Recordings.
Talking about the track, front man James Bagshaw, who produced the single, said: “When writing the melody for ‘Certainty’, I wanted to create something with almost an eerie, early Disney vibe, something playful and harmonious, but with a dark twist. Producing the song was as much about layering as it was about sparseness – the verses needed to reveal the thumping motion of the bass and the reflective lyrics, and the melody had to be paired with the right ambience. The chorus was approached in an opposite way, layer after layer, thickening the sound. There’s a blend between moog bass, and actual bass, and the song switches between synthetic and analogue sounds throughout. The guitar mirrors the synth, and visa versa.”
It’s once a year or less, that I (JON ‘MOJO’ MILLS, Editor-In-Chief) get really excited about a new band. We get so much stuff sent to us, and to be honest most of it goes in one ear and out the other, however good. Jacco Gardner… White Denim… Jonathan Wilson… Temples… Father John Misty… and Foxygen (more on them in a minute) have been bands I personally have championed… and now comes the incredibly intricate music of two teenage New York brothers THE LEMON TWIGS… who were discovered by Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado. We’ll feature the band properly very soon, but for now here’s their own biog and new video. Enjoy! I hope you love them as much as me. Talent this immense is rarely seen and heard
Once or twice everygeneration, Long Island introduces the world to artistsof such singular originality that they change the very nature of their art: Lou Reed; Jim Brown;Robert Mapplethorpe;Andy Kaufman.With their debut albumfor 4AD, Do Hollywood,The Lemon Twigs have earned themselves a spot on that list.
Fusing tightly constructed pop, sophisticated orchestration, and British invasion melodiesinto a 10–song masterpiece, the D’Addario brothers—Brian (19) and Michael(17)—are whipping fans and critics alike into an utter frenzy.
Born into a musical family, Brian and Michael grew upon TheBeach Boys and The Beatles, whose albums and filmsplayed constantlyin theirhouse. As toddlers, theywere already harmonising on ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’,and soonthey wereplaying drums and mastering whatever instrumentsthey could get their hands on. Askabout their childhood dreamsand they’ll tell you that they neveraspired to do anything but makemusic together. It shows.
“Brian and Michael aretwo of the best musicians I’ve ever met,” saysFoxygen’sJonathan Rado, who discovered the duo viaTwitter and produced the new album. “As teenagers, they worklike studio vets. Brian can play anything you hand him –he played all the strings and horns on the record –and Michael is the most captivating drummer I’ve ever seen. There’s nothing they can’t do.”
Rado provedto be the perfect foil for the wunderkinds, and the resulting album brings together everything from Brian Wilsonand David Bowie to Queen and The Association. Their musiccan soar like a carnival calliope and then swiftly drop down toits knees inthe hushedtones of a confessional booth. Their vocals move seamlessly from a cabaret croon to classic la–la–la harmonies. Theymine inspirationseemingly from everyera of rock, stitching it all together into a baroque–popquilt of many colours.
It’s an ambitiousapproach, to say the least, but the album lives up to the hype. They forthcoming album Do Hollywood opens, appropriately enough,with ‘I Wanna Prove To You’,which parades out of the gatelike a circus arriving into to town. “I wanna prove to you what I can do,”Brian sings as he and his brother proceed to do just that. Bouncingpiano and dense harmonies give way to shifting time signatures and mind–bending arrangements.It’s the perfect introduction toThe Lemon Twigs, and to Do Hollywood,which features the brothers alternatingwriting credits on each track and liberally swapping instruments,just as they do in their electrifying live performances(they tour with live membersMegan Zeankowski on bass and Danny Ayala on keyboards).
Lead single ‘These Words’builds from a delicate whisper to arock and roll roar, while ‘How Lucky Am I?’ tugs at the heartstrings, and ‘As Long As We’re Together’callsto mind the memorablemelodies of Big Star and T–Rex. Perhaps no song demonstrates their brotherly democracybetterthan ‘Hi+Lo’,the track unfoldingin movements like something off of Abbey Road’s Side B medleywithMichaelsinging and playing guitar, drums, and bass, and Brian addinghorns and stringsto flesh out the orchestral atmosphere.
“We werecraftingthese songs pretty intricately,” Brian says. “There’s a lot of care in the arrangements. They’re built to get at people who like nice pop songs. But they’re not empty. We put a lot of ourselves into itand the album has a lot of substance.” It was that substance that caught the attention of the iconic 4AD label and has already earned the banddates with other critical darlings like Foxygen and Car Seat Headrest. With high profile tours and their label debut on the horizon, it’s only a matter of time untilthe rest of the world discovers Long Island’s next great cultural contribution. Get ready to Do Hollywood.It’s time to meet The Lemon Twigs.
Together with friends Megan Zeankowski (bass) and Danny Ayala (keyboards), Brian and Michael will take The Lemon Twigs on the road, and they will play Shindig!‘s hometown London in a few weeks! We’ll be there.
September 22nd – LONDON, 4AD Revue @ ICA (w/ Methyl Ethel and Pixx
On Aug 11th, Thomas Patterson and Paul Osborne will be manning the decks at Soho Radio with guest Barrie Cadogan (LITTLE BARRIE, PRIMAL SCREAM), who’ll be talking about his latest project COBRA LAMPS. On Aug 26th, Jon ‘Mojo’ Mills will take the music and vibe of the show to The Earl Haig Hall in Crouch End again, with guests Mole and Al from The Embrooks for another “casual club” of eclectic and at times wild vinyl. Please tune in and come to our night…. all of this expands and expounds what we do with the mag
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