The Smoking Trees’ ‘Victoria’s Garden’ video premiere

LA duo The Smoking Trees to release a new single and video from their summer 2015 album TST.

“‘Victoria’s Garden’ was the last song that was recorded for the TST album,” Trees man Martin Nunez tells Shindig! “It is a two verse story of a dying garden with one flower that is some how able to survive. Although it is only two verses, we were able to set a scenery of a flourishing garden that demises due to neglect.”Canadian film-maker Jaan Silmberg from Pistoltrixx beautifully illustrates the scene, cleverly leaving room for the listener to cleverly grow their own ideas around the lyrics.”

“Recorded in sing along fashion, the echoing chorus was designed to stick in your mind. All it takes is one listen, and you’ll be humming it throughout your day,” Nunez continues.  “That isn’t a flute in the chorus. It is one of a three songs that included the mellotron. It is also the first song that we included the vibraphone.” And we love it!

Vitoria's Garden Single cover

Track listing: ‘Victoria’s Garden’ / ‘Through your Reflection’

Catalogue number: AMPLA112DD

Release date: 4th Dec 2015


Giuda New Album And Single!

Everyone’s favourite Italian retro glam/bovver combo Giuda unleash their third album, Speaks Evil, through Burning Heart Records on 4th December.

12049105_993243584059051_2752083021007169877_nThe 10-tracker finds the boys galvanising the poppier elements of their previous two outings whilst maintaining that all-important stomping twin-guitar attack.

A limited edition seven-inch edition of ‘Roll The Balls’ is already out (and probably gone) and the boys visit the UK for a one-off gig at The Lexington in London on Saturday 5th December. Get yer tickets quick!

In the meantime, here’s the video for ‘Roll The Balls’.



Cropped Hair, Bovver Boots, Flat Caps & Glitter

In this accompanying piece to the cover story of  his Shindig! issue #51 SLADE story GREG HEALEY continues to ponder on the band’s growth and change from faux skinheads to million selling owners of teethy grins and platforms.



By shaving the heads of Slade and dressing them in the bovver boy clothes of the skinhead Chas Chandler and Keith Allen unwittingly unleashed an image that the more gentile sensibilities of the the home counties and the BBC were not ready for. It was too edgy, too aggressive and too redolent of no go slums and the rougher parts of the nation.

When Noddy, Don, Dave and Jim stepped out of Harry’s Hair in Soho they were joining a subculture that, from it beginnings in the London of the mid-60s, was resolutely working class and unflinchingly disruptive and violent. Originally associated with West Indian culture, and in particular the rude boys that sprang from Jamaican, Kingston, the British skinhead was originally, and at time Slade adopted the look, an apolitical movement for discontented youth. Whether it was the disruption of gigs through fighting or simply making their intimidatory presence felt on the high street, the Skinhead represented something no Government welcomed: disorder.

The Britain of chaotic slums was being swept away in the clearances as successive Governments pursued a vision of neat modernisation. Back to backs with outside toilets and washing lines that hung from window to window across the street were being replaced by open grassy vistas and sweeping crescents of high-rise concrete. In this land of order and restrained and carefully delineated plenty the worker was supposed to be happy, content and pliant. The skinhead movement was a vivid reminder that, beyond the planning committees of central and regional government, was a mass of people whose decisions and choices were not always entirely rational. Read more Cropped Hair, Bovver Boots, Flat Caps & Glitter