COVENTRY Music Museum curator Pete Chambers BEM writes for the Observer.
Odd Sock Mary Courtney and Chris Sidwell
Here’s a thing. Fancy an EP that not only entertains but also provides some local history?
The Odd Socks is that very thing thanks to Mary Courtney and Chris Sidwell.
True Blue River’ tells of Spon End and the rivers of ‘True Coventry Blue’ featuring The Town Crier – the Deep Fact Fryer (Paul Curtis).
We learn of why the Spon End Rivers ran blue.
There’s a tale of the Odd Sock of Spon End, also a spooky song about The Hospital and the Black Swan public house.
It ends with ‘Moira’s Wet Fish Shop’, long gone, like so much in Coventry, but the final words on the CD come from the Town Crier when he says: “We have lost so much, but maybe, some of it can live on in your memories.”
It’s a nice quirky mini opera, and fans of Crokodile Tears should not be without it.
Warriors of the Dystotheque
Warriors of the Dystotheque return with the second track from the forthcoming new album Broken Minds.
Once again, it features the vocal talents of Lydia Kaye and like the last release it’s been produced on a remote island off the coast of France by the legendary musical nomad HOWIE B (Bjork, Massive Attack, Tricky, U2) and for extra lushness, harp was added by Joleen McLaughlin (Henry Girls Band).
As always, the production is state of the art, superbly transparent and clean, rising this up beyond just music, this is aural art.
So, I asked the experts the band themselves how they saw this single?
“Broken Minds sees more of the snazzy, jazzy grooved out beats, punchy upright bass and bleepy, drony electronics that have underpinned the WotD sound from the early days.”
Lydia Kaye, who returns with her distinctive ethereal voice as guest singer, said: “Broken Minds, was inspired by places that both Jonny and I have been to in our lives, feeling as though addiction, making wrong choices and becoming reliant on substances to numb the pain.
“The time comes when you know you have to make a change but you’re not sure how to start or where to turn, because at the time it feels more comfortable to stay where you are.
“With time and perspective, the way out presents itself but so does the endless desire for more time to make up for those heady days of chaos.”
Visit warriorsofthedystotheque.bandcamp.com for more information.
Goodbye Caitlin McCarthy
As I write the Coventry Music Museum’s artist of the month Caitlin McCarthy is at an amazing number 45 in the iTunes charts with the incredible song ‘Goodbye’.
No wonder Caitlin said ‘she had never been so proud of herself and the boys in her band’.
The song came in at 129 into the charts and has risen to 45 throughout the day – that is some going.
Please keep downloading and make some Coventry music history.
Coventry’s premier Cramps fan Ian Graham is organising a Cramps Record Hop at Fargo’s Just Dropped In record shop on Friday, November 26, from 6pm, so if you like to tear it up with the other human flies then this will be your new kind of kick.