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Guernsey Gigs presents Thee Jenerators, Joe Young and The Bandits and Silas The Assyrian Assassin – The Fermain Tavern – 06/05/17

Thee Jenerators

Thee Jenerators

With a bank holiday last weekend and another coming up next week with Liberation Day, it was hard to escape the feeling of this being something of a limbo weekend, but, thanks to Guernsey Gigs, there was the hope of rock ‘n’ roll salvation at The Fermain Tavern.

The night started off in slightly more sedate fashion than that though with the acoustic punk stylings of Silas The Assyrian Assassin. Silas combined aspects of his past work fronting some the islands most notable punk bands of the last decade with hints of the ranting poetry style of Attila the Stockbroker but all in package that looked constantly on the verge of collapse.

Following a full play of The A-Team theme tune, his performance tonight seemed a little lacking in the energy and spirit of his best ones. That said it was still entertaining enough with the usual grace notes like fumbling with a folded up set list still working well.

Silas The Assyrian Assassin

Silas The Assyrian Assassin

Musically it was as you’d expect with highlights coming with Trust Fund Anarchist, Interesting Facts and God Bless The Daily Mail and, while we didn’t get the full song, Boozing’s My Religion started out as a nice play on the REM classic.

By the end of the set, an improbable cover of Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up with Stace Blondel providing backing vocals from the audience, it had picked up a little and it remained entertaining but I couldn’t help but think Silas really needs a more intimate space and engaged audience to really be properly effective.

Styles couldn’t have shifted much more next as Jersey four-piece Joe Young & The Bandits launched us through a time warp into the 1970s for a set of hard rocking power blues.

While I found it hard to engage with their performance there was no denying how well they evoked the sounds and styles of the likes of Hendrix, Cream, Zeppelin, et al, but through a set of convincingly created original songs.

Frontman Martin o’Neill (there is no actual Joe Young) was nicely energetic (when he wasn’t stood frustratingly with his back to the audience) though there were moments that felt a little too much like Tenacious D, but in the throwback context they worked ok.

Joe Young & The Bandits

Joe Young & The Bandits

Bass player Eddie Laffoley meanwhile was the most naturally energetic on stage and even put in some nice vocal performances in a few tracks. Of course a band like this wins or loses with its guitarist and Greg Alliban more than lived up to expectations with his playing, but again I found it hard to find a connection with the performance.

Joe Young & The Bandits may be a barrage of cliché but it’s hard to ignore the head nodding groove they invoked, even if it was nothing I hadn’t heard a hundred times before.

After a short break Thee Jenerators took to the stage for the first time in a good while and, to start with, it looked like the good but not great feel of the night was going to continue as the band ran through a few of their newer songs.

Mark Le Gallez of Thee Jenerators

Mark Le Gallez of Thee Jenerators

As soon as they launched into Fight The Power from their Jenerator X debut though things seemed to kick up several gears and never let up as we experienced possibly the most powerful garage punk assault this version of the band have produced to date.

While there were moments throughout the set where each band member seemed to lose their thread a little they didn’t let that slow them down as they powered through a selection of songs spanning their whole time together from Mystery Man to  French Disco to Yellow Fruit Pastille to Daddy Bones and got most of the small audience onto the dance floor.

With three encores culminating with a version of Bela Lugosi that verged on completely falling apart, Thee Jenerators put in a set that ended up showing them as the cathartic force of nature they are at their best and, as frontman Mark Le Gallez pointed out, there may not be many bands like this left around these days but we’re glad of those that there are, and I’m very glad there’s Thee Jenerators.

You can see a full gallery of my photos from the show on the BBC Introducing Guernsey Facebook page

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BBC Introducing Guernsey: March 2017 – Gregory Harrison in Session and Vinyl Vaughan’s

Gregory Harrison and Nathan Arnaud in the BBC Introducing Guernsey studio

Greg and Nathan in the studio

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BBC Introducing Guernsey returned to the airwaves on Saturday 26th March 2017 with another two hours of music from around the Bailiwick of Guernsey.

This month I was joined in the studio by Gregory Harrison, one of the people behind a pair of recent shows organised under the Guernsey Gigs banner.

As well as telling me about the shows he spoke about joining The Recks last year, being part of The Rectory Hill Skillet Lickers and of course his own music, and he played an acoustic session for us with Nathan Arnaud accompanying him on the bass.

I also took a look at Guernsey’s new independent record store that has grown out of the charity record fairs that take place around the island, Vinyl Vaughan’s.

You can listen to the show for 30 days after the broadcast date by clicking here.

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BBC Introducing Guernsey: March 2016 – Ramblin’ Nick Mann, Robyn Sherwell and Mt. Wolf

Robyn Sherwell, Ramblin' Nick Mann and Mt. WolfClick here to listen to the show

On this month’s BBC Introducing Guernsey radio show I had three guests spanning a range of the music being made by Guernsey artists.

The session this month came from Ramblin’ Nick Mann who recently put out his debut album, One Eye In The Past, and he played six of his lo-fi, homemade, blues for us on one of his cigar box guitars (we didn’t use the beer can mic for this one).

I also spoke to Robyn Sherwell who has just completed a UK tour and released her self-titled debut album following on from a huge year in 2015 where she played Glastonbury, was featured by Jo Wiley on BBC Radio 2 amongst many other things.

And I heard from Stevie McMinn of Mt. Wolf who played this month’s SXSW music festival in Austin Texas.

You can hear all of this and more on the BBC iPlayer for the next 30 days by clicking here.

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Pussycat and the Dirty Johnsons, Thee Jenerators and The Phantom Cosmonaut – The Fermain Tavern – 27/02/16

Puss Johnson

Puss Johnson

After their annual Unplugged night kicked off the year the Vale Earth Fair Collective continued their 40th anniversary year with the return of one of the bands who highlighted their 2015 festival, Pussycat & The Dirty Johnsons.

As well as the dirty rock ‘n’ roll three-piece the night featured Guernsey’s own garage godfathers, Thee Jenerators, with something a return to form set, while The Phantom Cosmonaut opened the show playing his first set since last summer’s Chaos weekend.

My review of the Pussycat & The Dirty Johnsons and Thee Jenerators was published in The Guernsey Press on Saturday 5th March 2016 (and there was also a review of The Phantom Cosmonaut by Claire Menzies which you can see further down the page).

Pussycat and The Dirty Johnsons and Thee Jenerators review scan - 05:03:16

and here’s that review of my alter-ego:

The Phantom Cosmonaut review scan - 05:03:16

And finally a taste of Pussycat and the Dirty Johnsons in their latest video:

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BBC Introducing Guernsey: February 2016 – Wondergeist, Twice Dead Records and Jonah Beats

Wondergeist in session on BBC Introducing Guernsey

Wondergeist in session

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Following hot on the heels of the BBC Introducing Guernsey takeover spots on BBC Radio 1, I was back in more usual surroundings of BBC Radio Guernsey on Saturday 27th February 2016.

For this month’s live session I was joined in the studio by acoustic two-piece Wondergeist, along with their sometime djembe player Stu, and they treated us to live versions of four tracks from their self-titled debut album.

I also spoke to Chris and Soraya from Jersey’s Twice Dead Records who have been inviting Guernsey bands over to ‘the other island’ to play for the last couple of years, including recent gigs featuring Lifejacket and Byzanthian Neckbeard.

As well as that I looked at a few of the acts playing the Jonah Beats charity all-dayer taking place on March 5th at Vale Castle, click here to find out more and buy tickets.

You can listen to the show for the next month on the BBC iPlayer by clicking here (or you can download it or listen with the BBC iPlayer Radio App).

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Music in Guernsey – Review of the Year 2015

2015 has felt like something of a divided year in music coming from the Bailiwick of Guernsey with a lot happening on the island while a few musicians and bands starting to make their mark and get some recognition in the wider world.

Two names that immediately spring to mind in that regard are Mura Masa and Robyn Sherwell.

Mura Masa

Mura Masa

Mura Masa, aka Alex Crossan, rounded off 2014 with the release of vinyl ‘mixtape’ project Soundtrack To A Death through Jakarta Records but has since gone on to receive airplay and support from Huw Stephens and Mary Anne Hobbs on BBC National Radio as well as starting his own label with distribution through Polydor.

The ‘on air’ features included a live session on Huw’s prime time new music show on BBC Radio 1, as well as being heard around the world on Apple’s new Beats Music platform with tracks from his debut EP proper Someday Somewhere.

This all culminated with being selected by Beats Music as one of their artists to watch in the new year and being named on the BBC Music Sound of 2016 long list (at time of writing the short list has yet to be announced).

You can read my interview with Mura Masa from last January here

Robyn Sherwell also saw a big expansion in recognition over the course of 2015. Early in the year her EP, Islander, surfaced with its title track dedicated to her home island.

Robyn Sherwell at Glastonbury

Robyn Sherwell at Glastonbury

This soon saw her featured by Jo Wiley on BBC Radio 2 (who would follow her closely throughout the year) and helped lead to her securing a spot on the BBC Introducing Stage at the Glastonbury Festival, becoming the first BBC Introducing Guernsey artist to earn that accolade.

With more recordings appearing, the second half of 2015 saw Robyn’s music featured on the trailer to the movie Suffragette starring Meryl Streep and Carey Mulligan.

You can read my feature on Robyn’s appearance at Glastonbury here

A few other Guernsey artists also began to make their own strides into the wider world this year.

Following the release of their debut EP, Stranger Sensations, late last year, Of Empires signed a publishing deal with Metropolis Music and spent much of the first half of 2015 working on new material.

Of Empires

Of Empires

This saw them score a support slot on tour with Adam Ant as well as various other shows around London and Brighton and very well received Guernsey shows at the Vale Earth Fair in August and the festival’s Christmas event at The Fermain Tavern.

Robert J. Hunter and his band also made great in roads into the UK releasing two albums over the course of the year, Songs For The Weary in February followed by Before The Dawn in November, as well as completing their first tour of the UK and gigging relentlessly both as a band and solo around London and a few shows in Berlin.

Buffalo Huddleston also received the accolade of being voted Best of British’s Unsigned Band of the Year following a Facebook poll, but more about them later, while The Recks, Static Alice and Flexagon also made appearances off island.

The John Wesley Stone

The John Wesley Stone

Back on home turf most of January was a bit on the quiet side but the Vale Earth Fair’s annual unplugged night started to ramp things up featuring a show stealing, truly unplugged, set from The John Wesley Stone who took their instruments off stage and played up close and personal with the audience.

This was followed by The Get Down doing what they do best and putting on one of the highlight nights of the year in February as they welcomed hip hop legends Blackalicious to The Fermain Tavern and proceeded to not only sell the place out but slay the crowd with beats and rhymes like you couldn’t believe.

February also saw one of Guernsey’s musical prodigal sons, former Jenerator Steven Lynch, return with his new band The Electric Shakes to get The Fermain Tavern rocking and rolling alongside Lifejacket and To The Woods. February at The Fermain Tavern was rounded off by the return to our shores of Rumpus who more than surpassed the nostalgic memories of their Vale Earth Fair appearances.

The Doomsday Project

The Doomsday Project

Having been playing around the island for a few years February marked the launch of the debut album from young pop-punks The Doomsday Project with a special show at The Vault that showed how the four teens had gone from shy youngsters playing their favourite covers at the Rock of Ages nights to a fully fledged band in their own right.

If things weren’t already varied enough only two months in, March was highlighted by a pair of very different shows. First was a visit from Jersey duo Semu Ca, with support from Tantale and Citizen-X, who played excerpts from their new soundtrack for Swedish silent film Haxan at The Fermain Tavern.

Meanwhile live music returned to The Bowl as pop-rockers Static Alice along with Last of the Light Brigade and Chloe Le Page organised the first gig there in many years in hopes of resurrecting it as a venue for all ages.

Honest Crooks

Honest Crooks

Live music in the month then rounded off with the debut of Honest Crooks opening a show at The Fermain Tavern and instantly making a mark that would see them go on to garner quite a following as the year went on.

Guernsey music also took a step into the national limelight in March as BBC Introducing Guernsey took up residency on BBC Radio 1 for a week giving a selection of musicians the chance of getting heard by a much wider audience and letting the outside world have a view into our unique scene.

April got going with an Easter Sunday special at The Fermain Tavern with Last of the Light Brigade, Lifejacket, To The Woods and Isabelle Sheil. The following weekend saw legendary, genre-defying, band The Blockheads follow in their comrade Wilko Johnson’s footsteps by playing a storming set at a packed Tav to help Space Pirate Chris Denton celebrate his birthday – that’s quite a way to have a birthday party!

Lord Vapour at The Vault

Lord Vapour

Having released an EP at the very end of 2014, stoner hard rock band Lord Vapour made their live debut with a mid-week ‘showcase’ show at The Vault and proceeded to not only start off a series of gigs that spanned venues and islands across the rest of the year, but also show how surprisingly good the small St. Peter Port venue can be for seriously heavy music.

Liberation Day in May has become renowned for its live music events and 2015 was no different with it all being highlighted by the JT Rocks stage in St Peter Port.

As well as featuring great sets from Static Alice, Asylum Seekas, Fade2Grey and King Rat & The Soul Cats it marked the return to the stage of Sark based outfit The Recks (with new drummer Mox) and the beginning of what was to be something of a special run for Buffalo Huddleston.

The Recks on Liberation Day 2015

The Recks

And of course it really marked the beginning of the Bailiwick’s big outdoor, summer music events.

Back indoors and a personal highlight was the visit to the island of Eureka Machines, a band I’ve been following for a number of years, who played a great set to a disappointingly small audience but seemed to have a great time doing so regardless.

May came to a close with a double-header of Fermain Tavern gigs spanning everything from folky murder ballads to rock ‘n’ roll to doom metal as Brunt, Tantale, Lord Vapour and Gregory Harrison kicked off the weekend while The Recks, Ray & The Guns, Blue Mountains and Citizen-X closed it.

The outdoor shows continued in June with the first BBC Introducing Guernsey live stage at Arts Sunday featuring Rentoclean, Blue Mountains, Buffalo Huddleston and Chloe Le Page while the month was rounded off by the annual Chaos Festival.

Robert J Hunter

Robert J. Hunter

Now into its second decade this year’s event had many stand out moments from the return of a much more confident and assured Robert J. Hunter headlining the first night to Buffalo Huddleston stealing the show in The Peace Tent in a way that became their calling card wherever they went for the rest of the year.

Other highlights of the festival were To The Woods and The Electric Shakes on the Friday night, Lord Vapour on Saturday afternoon and The Recks and Jersey’s Flashmob closing the weekend out in fine style on the Sunday.

The following weekend many of Guernsey’s musicians and fans decamped to Sark, along with many visitors, for the Sark Folk Festival which, once again, was a special event in the way only it can be.

For me this was the year the locals really stole the show from the bigger visiting names with Robert J. Hunter again putting in a special performance, The Recks mixing things up with a host of new songs (and an epic Led Zeppelin cover) and The Space Pirates of Rocquaine closing the show with one of the best performances I’ve ever seen from them.

Jull-Z and Mike of Buffalo Huddleston

Jull-Z and Mike of Buffalo Huddleston

The weekend though belonged (once again) to Buffalo Huddleston who packed the Vermerette Stage tent and had seemingly everyone singing (and dancing) along, so much so the side of the tent had to be opened to allow more people to get in on the show.

Away from the festivals July continued with the release of the debut EP from Blakalaska, Machine, accompanied by a launch gig at The Fermain Tavern with support from Jersey’s Falenizza Horsepower who put in a genuinely unique performance. This was followed by a disappointing visit to the island by a version of 60s band The Animals (though missing pretty much every crucial member of the band).

With the festivals being an opportune time for it a few more bands put out albums and EPs in July with Ukuladeez releasing their Cosmic Tea Party EP and Blue Mountains’ debut LP dropping around the time of the folk festival as the month was rounded off by the Vale Earth Fair’s annual jaunt to the Rocquaine Regatta.

The Recks

The Recks

Over the first weekend of August The Recks undertook a tour of the Channel Islands taking in Sark, Guernsey and Jersey with visiting support act Markuz. While slated as an album release tour the record failed to materialise but that didn’t stop the band and their various support acts putting on some great shows.

This came alongside performances at The Isle of Wight Festival, Boomtown, Jersey’s Folklore Festival, Guernsey’s North Show and even a set in Herm across the summer before, somewhat surprisingly, the Sark based quintet announced their split in December.

While a smaller event on paper, the return of Gay Army to the stage always had the potential to be something special and, along with Ray & The Guns at The Vault it was just that with many hailing it as one of the gigs of the year and I’d be hard pressed to argue that it wasn’t up there with them.

Pussycat and the Dirty Johnson

Pussycat and the Dirty Johnsons

A very busy August continued with the release of Stone Em All’s Villains EP with probably their best live outing to date at The Vault while the month culminated with the island’s longest running festival the Vale Earth Fair on the bank holiday weekend.

With the main stage highlights for me coming from Thee Jenerators and Of Empires it was The Stage Against The Machine’s line up that stole the show this year, particularly closing triumvirate of Lifejacket, visitors Pussycat & The Dirty Johnsons and To The Woods, but many others as well.

Lifejacket continued their run of great shows supporting the release of physical editions of their debut album at a special charity show at The Vault in September alongside Paper Saints, To The Woods and Ollie Goddard. The Guernsey Literary Festival once again presented a night mixing spoken word and music as they welcomed Neil Innes to The Fermain Tavern with Ushti Baba and Buffalo Huddleston while my September was rounded off with a visit to London to see The Wildhearts (not a Guernsey gig but a highlight for me).

The Electric Shakes

The Electric Shakes

October started out with the third visit of the year from The Electric Shakes, this time playing alongside Gay Army and Ray & The Guns at The Fermain Tavern and it continued with To The Wood unleashing not only their debut album, but its follow-up EP as well and what was, by all accounts, a standout night of live music on Halloween, though I missed this through attending gigs from Ghost and Tiger Army somewhat further afield.

Following hot on the heels of To The Woods, November saw more records being released with Static Alice launching their new EP with a show at The Vault, while Thee Jenerators dropped their latest, The Devil’s Chords, in a special vinyl edition and Tantale’s second album, Just Add Vice, emerged alongside a series of showcase gigs, including supporting Grant Sharkey.

The Graveltones

The Graveltones

London hard-blues duo The Graveltones also hit the island with support from SugarSlam, Chloe Le Page and Jersey’s Tadhg Daly, while a new series of gigs specifically for under-18s launched under the name Sound Guernsey at The Venue with Honest Crooks and Buffalo Huddleston.

December was all about Christmas party shows with the Vale Earth Fair staging a double-header at The Fermain Tavern featuring Rentoclean, Tantale and To The Woods on the first night and Honest Crooks, Of Empires and The Space Pirates of Rocquaine on the second with Of Empires stealing the show to cap off an excellent year for them.

Asylum Seekas

Asylum Seekas

Meanwhile Sound Guernsey’s second event was their Christmas special introducing youngsters to Toby Falla, Rentoclean and Asylum Seekas. A couple of albums also surfaced as the year came to a close with the debut from Flexagon gaining quite a following online and newcomers Wondergeist releasing their first record, somewhat out of the blue, too.

Undeniably 2015 has been a packed one for music from the islands but, as it draws to a close, it would hard not to admit that there is a feeling that what gets refered to as Guernsey’s music ‘scene’ is in something of a state of flux. Where it all goes from here is anyone’s guess but with the quality of music being produced I hope more can connect with the wider audience it deserves. Buffalo Huddleston have proved they can connect with a crossover audience and it will just take a few of that crowd to explore a little deeper and things could really take off…

I don’t normally do these but thought I would this year, based on what I’ve seen and experienced, here are a few highlights by category…

Band of the YearBuffalo Huddleston
Festival Stage/Event of the YearThe Peace Tent/Stage Against The Machine
Newcomers of the YearHonest Crooks
Set of the YearBuffalo Huddleston at Sark Folk Festival
Record of the YearLifejacket – Let’s Get This Out Of Our System And Move On
Visiting Band of the YearPussycat & The Dirty Johnsons

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BBC Introducing Guernsey: December 2015 – Buff Hudd and Thee Jenerators

Buff Hudd in the BBC Introducing Guernsey studio

Buff Hudd in the BBC Introducing Guernsey studio

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For the final BBC Introducing Guernsey radio show of 2015 I took a look back at the last 12 months of music around the islands including tracks from Of Empires, The Recks, mura masa, Robyn Sherwell, Robert J. Hunter and more.

As well as that I was joined in the studio by Buff Hudd (aka Buffalo Huddleston frontman Mike Meinke) for a live session and an interview about what has been a huge year for the band.

I also spoke to Thee Jenerators about the release of their new ablum, The Devil’s Chords, which is out now on both digital and vinyl.

You can listen to show on the BBC iPlayer by clicking here or download it using the BBC iPlayer Radio App on smartphones.

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BBC Introducing Guernsey: November 2015 – To The Woods, Tantale and Sound Guernsey

To The Woods

To The Woods

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For the November 2015 edition of the BBC Introducing Guernsey radio show I took a look at two newly released albums and a new series of events bringing live music to the island’s under 18-year-olds.

To The Woods launched their debut album at the end of October and they joined me for a suitably ‘lairy’ semi-acoustic session and interview talking about how the band came together and how they’ve gained the formidable reputation they have over the last couple of years.

Tantale

Tantale

Tantale welcomed me to their rehearsal bunker in Torteval and told me how finding this base of operations reinvigorated the band leading to new album Just Add Vice and about how they feel they fit in with the rest of Guernsey’s music scene.

And Jon Bisson from Sound Guernsey and James Radford from HONEST CROOKS spoke to me about the new series of events that started last weekend aimed at bringing live music to 11 to 18 year olds in the island.

You can listen to the show until 26th December on the BBC iPlayer or by clicking here.

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Thee Jenerators – The Devil’s Chords

Thee Jenerators - The Devils ChordsAfter a long wait and a couple of line up changes Guernsey’s garage-rock godfathers, Thee Jenerators, are back on record with new full-length album The Devil’s Chords.

In typically contrary style the record was released digitally with little fanfare in the summer, ahead of their appearance at the Vale Earth Fair, before a fully fledged vinyl edition emerged in November.

My review was published on the Gallery magazine website on Friday 20th November 2015 but unfortunately, since the Guernsey edition of the magazine folded at the end of 2015 its no longer available there.

So here is the review in full

The Devil’s Chords

15 years into a career with roots stretching back far further, Thee Jenerators are back with their fifth album The Devil’s Chords. Being the first to feature this line up of the band; founding members Mark Le Gallez (lead vocals) and Ozzy Austin (drums) are joined by longtime saxophone and organ man Garrick Jones and newcomers Jo Reeve (bass) and Andy Sauvage (guitar), making for a slightly different Jenerators, but still a band firmly based in retro, garage, rock ‘n’ roll.

Jo and Mark of Thee Jenerators

Jo and Mark of Thee Jenerators

With each of their previous albums the band seem to have taken on slightly different themes, from the punky leaning of Jenerator X through mod and ska, rock ‘n’ roll and leading to Rejeneration’s strongly 1960s garage influenced tones. Here they take a bit of each of these to create a varied album that is all unmistakably Thee Jenerators.

Mixed in with this, the newer members bring something of their own to proceedings with Reeve’s basslines retaining the sense of Le Gallez’s from Rejeneration but with a greater fluidity and power, helping bring the rhythm section to life even more than previously, while Sauvage’s indie-rock influences are evident giving the whole thing a slightly new feel with hints reminiscent of 1990s British guitar bands.

The Devil’s Chords kicks off with rocker City At Night that has proved a potent live show opener and sets the scene well. Lead single Daddy Bones follows this and is one of the more garagey highlights of the record alongside the Theremin drenched Bela Lugosi which continues the sound of Rejeneration but with added overtones of psychobilly and horror movie fandom.

Le Gallez’s mod-ish tendencies reappear on Where’s Polly Gone and a revisited Who The Hell Is Frank Wilson (originally featured on second full length The Kids Are… Not Alright) while album closer Keep On Knocking takes us back to the birth of rock ‘n’ roll.

Recorded analogue and almost all live makes for a genuinely vital sounding record with all the performers’ power coming across and Le Gallez in particular sounding as strong a frontman as he ever has.

Mark Le Gallez of Thee Jenerators

Mark Le Gallez of Thee Jenerators

The fact that it sounds like there are a few missed notes here and there adds to the live feeling, but bolstered by extra studio work, including guitar overdubs and backing vocals, really succeeds in capturing the sound that has built Thee Jenerators’ reputation while adding that extra something that can only be captured on record.

As well as a digital release, a physical version is available on vinyl with detailed artwork by Mikal Dyas that completes a full package of a record in a vein akin to the many influences shown by the band and maintaining their defiantly ‘retro’ yet vital manner.

This final touch completes a record that brings Thee Jenerators full circle in some ways while helping to define and clarify a sound that, while drawing on much of rock ‘n’ roll history, is certainly their own and continues to prove the old adage, “The Devil has the best tunes” (or in this case chords, I guess).

Thee Jenerators - The Devils Chords - November 2015

Here’s a little preview of what to expect from The Devil’s Chords:

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BBC Introducing Guernsey: October 2015 – Static Alice and Without

Static Alice on BBC Introducing Guernsey

Static Alice

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On the October 2015 episode of BBC Introducing Guernsey I was joined in the studio by pop-rockers Static Alice and electronic pop duo Without.

Static Alice played an acoustic session featuring tracks from their debut album, The Ghost of Common Sense, along with new songs from their upcoming Beautiful Mystery EP.

Without released their debut EP Cheap Touch less than two months ago and have already received airplay on BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra as well as on Apple Music’s Beats 1 station. They told me how they got to where they are today and what its like getting international recognition for their music.

I also had first plays of new music from To The Woods, Robert J. Hunter, James Dumbelton and more – you can see a full tracklist below.

You can listen to the show on the BBC iPlayer by clicking here or download it with the BBC iPlayer Radio App.

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