In October 2017 The Love Family released their album, Tracks. Rather foolishly I didn’t review it at the time.
It’s May Bank Holiday Weekend. And for Rochester that means Sweeps Festival.
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.
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…
Joe Wise is from the bands Frau Pouch and Punching Swans. He also likes organising noisy gigs under the banner of Motherboy.
Here he is, in his tattoo studio talking about some of his favourite Medway records.
A week or so ago I popped round to Stuart Turner’s house to discuss his favourite Medway albums.
Wasn’t that a good idea?
Theatre Royal have a new album out. It’s their fourth by my reckoning. And it’s really quite good indeed. I’ve put a selection of words together on the subject right here.
Of course you would. You’d be an absolute fool if you didn’t.
As luck would have it, I’ve got just the thing for you. Read on…
You can blame a chap called Philip Kane for this. Back on 1 December, he posted on Facebook the social media version of the old chain letter thing that went as follows:
“So the idea is to fill facebook with music, breaking the monotony of nasty, divisive headlines and images on our news feeds.
If you ‘like’ this post, you will be assigned a letter for a musician, band, artist, song, track or dj to post to your time line with this text”.
I liked it. He came back to me with the letter R. I came up with Rodrigo y Gabriela & C.U.B.A.’s ‘Santa Domingo’ – as you do – and before you know it I’d committed myself to the idea of stealing the whole concept and coming up with some music of Medway origin (or, if you will, MOMO) for each letter of the alphabet.
26 blogs later and I can finally move on with my life.
It has actually been fun – not least because there’s been the opportunity to focus on individual songs in a way you might not otherwise. Being an alphabetical list, there’s been less need to focus on continuity and history.
One day we’ve had a song by Balance Lost (a current band), the next we’ve had a song that’s had two outings: once in the early 1990s and then just a couple of years ago. Then, the day after that, we’ve had a song from 2010 which expresses its boredom with Medway bands from the 1980s.
It’s meant there’s been a wide variety of styles and sounds which all goes to show what an amazing melting pot of ideas this small collection of towns in the north of Kent is.
If you missed any of the blogs, not to worry: here they all are listed for your convenience – in alphabetical order, obviously.
A – The Singing Loins – ‘Alien’
B – Funke and the Two Tone Baby – ‘Bella’s Kiss’
C – Stuart Turner and the Flat Earth Society – ‘Call Me Dave’
D – Brigadier Ambrose – ‘Decembered’
E – Thee Headcoats – ‘Every Bit of Me’
F – Wheels – ‘Forget It’
G – The Dentists – ‘Gas’
H – Bob Collins and the Full Nelson – ‘Holy Man’
I -Theatre Royal – ‘I Believe in Father Christmas (Don’t Get Me Socks)’
J – Wolf’s Head and Vixen Morris – ‘Jump at the Sun’
K – Frau Pouch – ‘Krakthulu’
L – The Claim – ‘Losers Corner’
M – Broken Banjo – ‘Might As Well Be Hell’
N – Hand of Stabs – ‘The Night Had No Terror For Us’
O – The Daggermen – ‘One More Letter’
P – The Prisoners – ‘Pop Star Party’
Q – Wild Billy Childish and the Musicians of the British Empire – ‘A Quick One – Pete Townsend’s Christmas’
R – The Ambience – ‘Rome’
S – Balance Lost – ‘Shield Against the World’
T – The Kravin’ “A”s/Suzi Chunk – ‘Tripwire’
U – The Love Family – ‘Up in the Air’
V – The Flowing – ‘The Voyage’
W – Lupen Crook – ‘World’s End’
X – CTMF – ‘X-Craft on Tirpitz’
Y – Bear vs. Manero – ‘YRANYRBYM’
Z – KILL RPNZL – ‘Zombie Midwife Afterbirth Squad’
Find out more about many of these bands and artists – and many, many more, in my book: Do it Yourself: a History of Music in Medway.