Thee Rum Coves - Debut Album
You know we normally only wind up the office gramophone toward the end of the week but as we've been working away, re-designing our magazine to make it better to look at, read and share, we've found the need to boost our tiring selves with a blast of musical energy. This energy we have found in the form of a recently released CD by Thee Rum Coves, the new sound of Maximum Rock n Soul.
What and what...we hear you say. To answer your first question first we can tell you that the Dictionary of Thieving Slang from 1737 defines a Rum-Cove as a dexterous or clever rogue. Founder and lead guitarist Jake Harding says the name appealed to the band because of the very British nature of it and the link to the Edwardian dandy. The dandy then connects with both the teddy boys with their long frock coats and the early 60s mods. Jake says it's important that the band has 'a style beyond jeans and t-shirts'.
He goes on to answer your second question about exactly what Maximum Rock n Soul means thusly. 'It's like British invasion played through a battered Vox AC30 in a dirty little club in Santiago by a bunch of punks. Born in the laboratory from the DNA of The Kinks, The Sonics, Dr Feelgood and The Buzzcocks, Thee Rum Coves come blasting into your lounge like a sputnik of joy'. Difficult to argue with that Mr Harding!
But what does it all mean? Well, there’s something here for the punks, a little something else for the soul boys n girls and a good helping of yet another something for the rockabilly types. We've listened and we like it though we don't recommend playing it at a sit down dinner with your mum and her elderly neighbours.
But if you are going to rev up that dinner party with this authentic garage rock, it'll be a short, sharp shock. The songs are brief and punchy with more hooks than a fisherman's gala. The simple arrangements are beautifully complemented by three vocalists riffing on love. lust, broken hearts and the government too. All in just 33 minutes.
The band is an international collective hailing from London, Auckland, Santiago and Papakura. They are Jake Harding, Tomas Marin, Jono Goss, Jimmy Christmas and Kendall Elise, whose collective experience covers such bands as The D4, Dion (Chile), Luger Boa, One Million Dollars and The Situations, not to mention a plethora of drunken covers bands, one night stands and other intriguing experiments.
And because we love giving you something we've enjoyed, we're going to enter your name in a draw to win a copy of the band's debut CD if you can tell us which member of the band hails from Papakura. And there isn't much bad about winning a new album full of energetic music. Unless, of course you live in a small house with your mother and her elderly neighbours.
Send your answers to email@example.com with the subject line Thee Rum Coves and we'll see what we can do for you.
And if you don't win, you can always visit our Emporium and purchase a copy for yourself. Or your mother's neighbours.
Thee Rum Coves - Debut Album
Just as we promised, it's Friday again and here we are delivering our second installment of top picks for the 2015 Auckland Arts Festival. As we've said before we're very much liking the vintage flavour of many of the acts and we strongly recommend you have a look at the following.
Lake Street Dive (United States): March 12- 14
Lake Street Dive are an irreverent all-American line-up who belt out their own unique mash up of classic soul, jazz, and British invasion pop on trumpet, upright bass, electric guitar and drums. Their music draws from '30s jazz, '50s rockabilly and doo-wop, as well as '60s blues and soul. LSD lead vocalist, Rachael Price, has a sultry gospel tinged voice and the femme fatale looks to match (the two gents in the band are also very dapper), their ebullient live shows –a combination of nostalgic joy, gutsy humour and virtuosic instrumentals – are not to be missed.
Electric Swing Circus (Britain): March 20
Time to dust off your dancing shoes, don a dapper suit and swing back in time with live six-piece electro swing bank, The Electric Swing Circus! Think Vaudeville-meets-electronica! The quirky sextet present a daring fusion of saucy old-school sounds and stomping dance beats, and explode onto stage with dual-vocals, electric double-bass, vintage samples, gypsy-jazz guitar, keys, live drums and dirty synths. Electro swing is huge in the UK and with the huge resurgence of swing dancing and vintage we're experiencing locally, it's probably not long until it takes off here too.
And then for something completely different...
Billy Apple: The artist has to live like everybody else. March 14, Auckland Art Gallery
During the 1960s, artist Billy Apple was at the vanguard of the pop art explosion on both sides of the Atlantic. A pioneer not only in the pop art world, he also was one of the first to use neon in art before moving to a more conceptual and process –orientated practice in the 1970s. The Auckland Art Gallery is mounting a major retrospective exhibition of the work of Billy Apple, The artist has to live like everybody else featuring everything from early pop and conceptual works to his latest investigations into branding and biomedicine.. For more information visit: www.aaf.co.nz
You can also buy Issue 6 here and read our profile of Mr Apple before you see his show.
Book tickets at http://ticketmaster.co.nz/
Glory Days has a double pass to see Lake Side Dive to give away to a lucky blog reader. Simply comment on this post why you'd like to go and we will select a winner at random. Competition closes Friday 6th February at midday.
Devilish Mary & The Holy Rollers - Debut Album
It's Friday and our thoughts naturally turn to entertainment as the weekend closes in. Music is an important part of the way we entertain ourselves and fortunately for us, the debut album of Lyttleton's own Devilish Mary & The Holy Rollers recently crossed our collective desks and we've thrown it on our electronic turntable as the sun shines and the clock ticks down to knock off. Boy are we glad we did.
We love strings and this album had us with the opening bars of Oh Darling, the first track. And then right on the heels of those strings, Devilish Mary started singing and they were going to have to work very hard to lose us after that.
We're told that Devilish Mary And The Holy Rollers started out trying to be a Western swing band. If you're familiar with that genre you'll certainly recognise that influence on their sound but there is a whole let else going on here besides. There's a bit of gypsy swing, a touch of jazz, a splash of country, which is no surprise given their provenance, and a little dash of exotica to keep you on your toes. And if you want to stay on your toes there's plenty here to keep you on the floor, in whatever style you dance.
Mary, or Anita Clark to call her by her real name, can really sing and covers the full range from fiery torch to wistful love songs across the 12 songs on this album. She is ably assisted by the Holy Rollers, one of whom generally sings with a warm croon but who can also deliver some serious growl when required. And though it would be hard to find a track we don't like, the tracks that are most assisting us in our Friday travails are the opener, Oh Darling along with Knife, Istanbul Not Constantinople, Pretty Girls and What Lies Beneath, one of our all time favourites, rendered beautifully here with some sultry brass accompaniment.
And so keen are we on Devilish Mary and her gang that we are now selling their album through our Emporium. Check it out and listen well.
Described as New Zealand's best female rock vocalist and famous for her incredible death growl and vocals as front woman of Devilskin; Jennie Skulander is also well known for her pinup styling and as the face of Straight Cut Clothing. Jennie is a avid fan of rockabilly and 50's culture often incorporating it into her daily look and she takes some time out from the current Devilskin tour to answer some quick fire beauty questions with Melanie of The Sweet Painted Lady.
Don't be afraid to give it a go. Experiment with it a bit! I believe everyone looks good as a pinup!
Probably MAC pro long wear foundation. and the MAC lip pencil in Cherry. Also loving Lime Crime!The Lime Crime Velvetines in Red Velvet are a must have!!
Either hair down with a flower on the side or a quiff :)
Check out more of Jennie's style on the Devilskin website and try and catch them live in a town near you.