Groovy Uncle album number seven is here. There are more singers, more instruments and more songwriters. But it’s not all about size; deep down, this album is as introspective in theme as it is bold and brassy in sound.
Oh, and there’s a swipe at one D. Trump Esq. as well.
Twitter hours. You get them for all kinds of things these days. Craft Hours, Deven Hours, Giant African Land Snail Racing Hours (probably).
How about an hour of Twitter-time devoted solely to the theme of Medway music?
There’s enough of it about.
Between 8 and 9pm on Monday 16 July 2018 Twitter will be alive with the sounds of Medway Music.
If you’re an artist or in a band and have some news you want to share (gig dates, album, EP or single releases, the long awaited introduction of a hornucopian dronepipe to your line-up), be sure to let Twitter know using the hashtag “#60MedwayMinutes”.
And if you’ve got no news to share, why not share some memories, photos or videos about Medway musical exploits of yore.
Even a couple of retweets here and there would be hugely welcome.
The aim is to get the hashtag trending; to celebrate all the good stuff we’ve got going on in this part of the world – and to introduce people to a whole load of music they may not have heard before.
So get tweeting (and remember the hashtag!).
Where The Love Family explored dissonance between the past and present in last year’s Tracks, The Science Department (Gary Robertson’s other band) have run and run…and run with the theme for their debut.
Find out more here.
A couple of weeks back, after seeing the deluge of reviews I wrote for various Medway bands in the space of a single week, Allan Crockford from The Galileo 7 asked me if I’d cast my ears over the band’s latest outing, Tear Your Minds Wide Open.
It would, quite frankly have been rude – not to mention incredibly foolish – to refuse. And so, here it is – somewhat delayed (sorry Allan!). Have a read of the following and then tear your wallet wide open to procure your copy.
In October 2017 The Love Family released their album, Tracks. Rather foolishly I didn’t review it at the time.
Here I seek to put that right.
It’s May Bank Holiday Weekend. And for Rochester that means Sweeps Festival.
Read on to find out what was on offer on Day Two of this annual shindig.
A couple of months back, Medway’s legendary sound engineer Jim Riley got up from his mixing desk and stood at the microphone to record a few songs with The Claim.
And it’s just as well he did…
Yeah. I thought that picture might get your attention.
If you are not suitably freaked out by it, maybe you need to listen to the accompanying music from UpCDownC. I describe it in appropriately graphic detail on this link.
Another Medway album review? So soon?
A stark contrast with yesterday’s bleak descent into misery, despair and general despondency comes something a little lighter but no less magnificent.
The Senior Service are back with another album – their second. It’s rather good. You should give it a listen. I did…
To be honest, it came out quite a while back. Just before Christmas if memory serves.
But (the big light) still deserves some attention. It’s the sole album from a now defunct band called Lost Film Foundation, released post-split.
Matt Kilda (once known as Lupen Crook) fronted the band with Jemimah Dean sharing vocal duties. The sound switches from the simplest of melodies to glorious, discordant racket while the lyrics paint portraits of inner turmoils at their most chaotic.
Read on for more…