Dotty View: Turrentine Jones

Turrentine Jones

Formed in 2010 by Aussie Julian Neville, who found fellow band members Thomas Scotson and Rich Watts after scouring Manchester clubs, Turrentine Jones have worked hard to build a following and are now receiving the recognition they deserve.

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Their style is, for me, heavily comparable to bands such as The Doors and The Rolling Stones. It’s great to hear proper rock and roll blues, complete with the inimitable sound of the Hammond Organ, in an age where modern music appears to be about moving away from traditional styles.

One of the things that attracts me to Turrentine Jones is their desire to just play their music to people. It’s as raw and simple as that. There is just no stopping them, and I can’t imagine anyone wanting to.

Their first release, the two track single Le Début, from 2012, is indicative of what Turrentine Jones are about. On Slam The Door, Neville’s distinctive vocals with that bluesy guitar (repetetive, but not lazy by any means) are just perfect. Candy Snake is lively, head-nodding blues at its best, in my opinion. This was an incredible start to the band’s releasing career.

Moving on to 2013, they have now signed a publishing deal with Rough Trade, released the video for new song Della May, and have an upcoming gig at much loved The Water Rats Theatre in London. A very promising start to the year, and I’m certain we’ve not heard the last of them!

They’re going to be huge. Mark my words! Get in on the action while they’re still relatively accessible, is my advice (although they don’t seem like the kind of people to let this go to their heads…!).

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Dotty View: The Phantom Light

The Phantom Light

Named after a murder mystery film where a phantom light repeatedly appears at the scene of the crime, I wonder if the intention is that people feel compelled to keep coming back to listen to their music…! Well, if you’re into shoegaze indie, that’s exactly what you’ll do!

This upcoming band hailing from Swansea and Bristol have been working their way around areas local to them and their name is on the verge of filtering into the wider market. They’ve gigged with Cut Ribbons, Ellen & The Escapades and Toploader, to name but three, and have had radio play from the likes of Tom Robinson, aswell as inclusion in Dandelion Radio’s “Festive Fifty”.

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The Phantom Light have now released their debut EP, Sky Lanterns – it’s available here as either a download or CD (which is limited to 150 copies).

The title track is a dreamy, melodic delight of a song, which builds in layers as it goes on. “You know what you’re after, you know what you like”. For me, it ends too soon – that’s my only criticism!

The Greater Picture and Lighthouse On Fire both remind me a little of U2 musically, with its varied beats and distinctive guitar sound, but lyrically these are definite indie tunes that I can imagine get the crowd involved at their gigs.

Next up is A Rose In The Avalanche, which brings a change in pace and a more ambient, in places almost classical, feel. Beautiful, and anthemic.

The EP ends with D&D, an indie/electronica fusion with ethereal vocals and futuristic sounding music, ending with what would make a great old fashioned drum solo if done live!

A great band with a lot of potential!

The band have a gig on 6th June 2013 at Sherman Theatre, Cardiff (with The Keys), followed by a UK Tour from 11th to 15th September 2013.

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Dotty Mixtures: Party Songs 27 April 2013

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Artist Song
Indeep Last Night A DJ Saved My Life
Deee-Lite Groove Is In The Heart
Candi Station You’ve Got The Love
Kool & The Gang Jungle Boogie
B-52’s Party Out Of Bounds
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts I Love Rock n Roll
Drugstore Solitary Party Groover
Reef Place Your Hands
Russ Abbott Atmosphere
Roxy Music Dance Away
The Chemical Brothers Hey Boy, Hey Girl
The Music The Dance
LCD Soundsystem Disco Infiltrator
Deer Tick Let’s All Go To The Bar
The Monkees Last Train To Clarksville
The Divine Comedy National Express
Cast Fine Time
Saint Etienne He’s On The Phone
Supergrass Pumping On Your Stereo
Pulp Party Hard
Suede Saturday Night
The Half Light Friday Night
Ash Kung Fu
Andrew W.K. Party Till You Puke
Kings Of Leon Sex On Fire
The Ramones Do You Remember Rock n Roll Radio?
Led Zeppelin Whole Lotta Love
Queen We Will Rock You
U2 Party Girl
Bon Jovi Keep The Faith
Mumford & Sons Dustbowl Dance
Dropkick Murphys Spicy McHaggis Jig
Captain Dangerous Everything Beautiful Reminds Me Of You
Donna Summer I Feel Love
Noisettes Don’t Upset The Rhythm
Sam Cooke Twistin’ The Night Away
The Swinging Blue Jeans Hippy Hippy Shake
The Foundations Build Me Up Buttercup
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Into My Arms
Beatles Something

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Dotty View: Day One – Ordinary Man

Day One – Ordinary Man (courtesy of @driver_8_ace on Twitter through the @1palbumclub )

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It’s not often I listen to an album three times in a row, especially one by a band I’ve never heard of until the first listen!

Vocals verging on rap (but – thankfully, for my tastes – not quite making it), with an eclectic mix of genres covering all eleven songs, this is a really chilled, enjoyable album.

Think PM Dawn, Galliano, and Massive Attack with many quirky twists lyrically, and you’re pretty much there.

Every song is a witty, sometimes self-deprecating, very real, story, backed by trip-hop, folky, electronic, bassy sounds.

In Your Life has to be my favourite track from the album. “Give me a smile, things aren’t that bad, are they?” A positive, supportive, uplifting song. This moves away from the more trip-hop of the songs on the album, and much closer to modern folk. It’s gorgeous, and worthy of a dedication to “that special someone”, if you have such a person In Your Life.

Overall, this album is mellow, clever, poetic, hypnotic in places, fascinating, and definitely not for everyone, but I’ve fallen in love with it!

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Dotty Mixtures: Money Songs 26 April 2013

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Artist Song
ABBA Money Money Money
Shirley Bassey Big Spender
Steve Miller Band Take The Money And Run
Blur The Debt Collector
Turbo Fruits Harley Dollar Bill$
Space Money
Suede Money
Pink Floyd Money
The Black Keys Money Maker
AC/DC What Do You Do For Money Honey
Killing Joke Money Is Not Our God
Crass Securicor
Whale Pay For Me
The Skids Working For The Yankee Dollar
Art Brut Slap Dash For No Cash
The Wonder Stuff It’s Yer Money I’m After Baby
The Smiths Money Changes Everything
The Flying Lizards Money
Hollywood Beyond What’s The Colour Of Money?
Prince Money Don’t Matter 2 Night
Pet Shop Boys Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots Of Money)
The Adventures Of Stevie V Dirty Cash
The Automatic Gold Digger
The Pretenders Brass In Pocket
Townes Van Zandt Dollar Bill Blues
REM Strange Currencies
Catatonia She’s A Millionaire
Carina Round Take The Money
The Upsetters Dollar In The Teeth
Billie Holliday Pennies From Heaven

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Dotty Mixtures: Dream Songs 19 April 2013

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Artist Song
Hans Zimmer Dream Is Collapsing
Joe Satriani Dream Song
Fleetwood Mac Dreams
Eurythmics Sweet Dreams
Tangerine Dream The Dream Is Always The Same
David Sylvian When Poets Dreamed Of Angels
Suicide Dream Baby Dream
Phil Oakey & Giorgio Moroder Together In Electric Dreams
New Order Dream Attack
Simple Minds New Gold Dream
Frazier Chorus Dream Kitchen
The Smiths Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me
My Bloody Valentine (When You Wake) You’re Still In A Dream
Menswear Daydreamer
Teenage Fanclub Sparky’s Dream
Radiohead Nice Dream
Belle & Sebastian Judy & The Dream Of Horses
Allo Darlin’ Dreaming
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti Only In My Dreams
The Electric Prunes I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)
Procol Harum The Dead Man’s Dream
John Lennon #9 Dream
Jeff Buckley Dream Brother
Roy Orbison In Dreams
The Everly Brothers All I Have To Do Is Dream
The Mamas And The Papas Dream A Little Dream
Louis Armstrong A Kiss To Build A Dream On
Otis Redding I’ve Got Dreams To Remember
Patsy Cline Sweet Dreams
The Chordettes Mr Sandman

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Dotty View: Richey Estcourt – Rotating World

Richey Estcourt – Rotating World

What bands do the words ambient, electronica, melodic, contemporary, and synthpop make you think of? If your reply is Boards Of Canada, Moby, Kraftwerk, or even Grandaddy, then I would suggest you would fall for Richey Estcourt’s 2006 debut album, the largely instrumental Rotating World.

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Having listened to this album, I feel like I’ve been on an amazing journey, starting in Japan with the uplifting and carefree “Terabyte”, which was featured on the BBC’s Collective website when it was still active.

Moving on, I’m in an African jungle listening to “How Strange”, an engaging tune which features a vibraphone and gentle tribal style percussion.

Helium is beautiful, cool and cosmic – close your eyes and feel the clouds drift past, then slowly wake, come back down to Earth and enjoy the layered beats and melodies. I absolutely love it.

The title track, Rotating World, reminds me of Jean Michel Jarre’s Rendevous and its ambient jazz feel coupled with synthpop. The lilting melody and energetic beat are a superb mix.

Parentheses is my least favourite from this album. It doesn’t really do it for me – there’s almost too much going on. The first 35 seconds and the last 15 seconds are the best parts of the tune – slow, Massive Attack-esque beats always grab me, so it’s worth a listen just for that!

Wintertheme is divine. A rich, classical set of notes with a gradual synth undercurrent. Simply beautiful. This is my favourite tune from the album.

Square Pegs incorporates clever jazz beats with a dual melody and intruiging vocals “She could be in Paris now, or on the border line.” This is a definite “on repeat” tune.

Lastly, we come to A Nightingale Sang In Warrior Square. Commencing with what sounds like an air raid siren followed by an alarm and ethnic beats, it moves into a gorgeous, light tune and adds faster percussion before coming to what is possibly the gentlest version of an abrupt end I’ve heard. This works so well, and is a delightful finish to an extremely listenable album.

So, if you’re looking for a smooth, warm, engaging, atmospheric album, then I recommend you give this a try!

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You can buy Rotating World here – enjoy the journey!

Dotty Mixtures: Ghost & Spirit Songs 12 April 2013

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Artist Song
The Shadows Ghost Riders In The Sky
Gun Club Ghost On The Highway
Rage Against The Machine The Ghost Of Tom Joad
The Cult Spiritwalker
Roky Erickson & The Aliens If You Have Ghosts
The Bible Walking The Ghost Back Home
The Police Spirits In The Material World
Psychedelic Furs Ghost In You
Japan Ghosts
Eels Friendly Ghost
New Order Spooky
John Grant Pale Green Ghosts
The Music Ghost Hands
The Smiths A Rush And A Push And The Land Is Ours
The Specials Ghost Town
The Jam Ghosts
Radiohead Give Up The Ghost
Gene Haunted By You
Stone Sour Say You’ll Haunt Me
Live Ghost
The Decemberists The Hazards Of Love3 (Revenge!)
The White Stripes Little Ghost
The Morning Benders Chasing A Ghost
Richard Thompson The Ghost Of You Walks
Kristin Hersh feat. Michael Stipe Your Ghost
Carina Round Girl And The Ghost
Mary Elizabeth McGlynn One More Soul To The Call
Judee Sill The Phantom Cowboy
Laura Veirs Phantom Mountain
Radiohead Street Spirit (Fade Out)

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Dotty View: Deadbeat Echoes

Deadbeat Echoes

This is a band who had an astoundingly positive 2012 – they released their debut single on the Louder Than War record label, and went on to support both The Inspiral Carpets and The Charlatans on tour, aswell as headlining their own tour.

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Last year’s debut single, “Surge Of Youth” is the first song I listened to from Deadbeat Echoes. I can see why Robb would have been interested in this band. They set out their style immediately and resolutely, and they make you want to hear more.

“Invisible Enemy”, has a winning formula – Fearon’s unmistakable tones, lyrically clever – “you feel good when you look into the eyes of a pessimist”, a beat that gets the head nodding instantly… I can imagine this goes down a storm when played live.

“Forces” is immense. It’s loud, fast, and finishes quickly. No messing from the lads with this one! It’s my favourite song I’ve heard so far from them.

With a start like this band experienced last year, and songs in their repertoire such as the anthemic “No Bones” (their new single, released in March, and available on iTunes), I’m struggling to see what could go wrong for these guys… there are relentless drum beats, there are strong, catchy guitar riffs, and there is a definite passion behind everything which draws you in.

I also found a song called “Get Your Blues On”, which is absolutely superb – a cross between The Hold Steady and Ash, in my opinion, and it works.

This band have me hooked – I can’t wait to hear more from them.

If you like what you hear on Soundcloud, then you can buy “No Bones” here, or both singles on CD here. Enjoy!

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Dotty View: Welcome Pariah

Welcome Pariah

Hailing from Southampton, alternative rock band Welcome Pariah have only been together for 18 months. They’ve already had support slots for Steve Cradock, The Moons, Mark Morriss, Chris Helme and The Dexters, and are due to support Catfish And The Bottlemen in May aswell as many other gigs, including festival slots.

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They’ve also been interviewed by The Huffington Post and The Guardian, and this has sparked an immense amount of interest from bloggers.

Listening to the songs, there are definite strong influences to the band – The Who, Paul Weller, The Verve… couple this with John Waghorn’s distinctive vocals and Josh Butcher’s melodic and punchy guitar, I believe that this band has the formula to become very popular very quickly, and the edginess and motivation to stay up there.

Welcome Pariah’s debut single, “Neither Here Nor There”, will be released on April 26th. Their single and video launch is to be held the same day at the massively popular club night “This Feeling” at The Macbeth, Shoreditch, London.

Starting with a nod towards the style of The Stone Roses, “Neither Here Nor There” also shows a folky edge to this essentially rock and roll band – a bit like a heavier Cosmic Rough Riders.

You can contact the band on Twitter and Facebook.

Upcoming Gigs:

25th April – RMA Tavern, Portsmouth

26th April – This Feeling, The Macbeth, London – single and video launch

27th April – The Essex Arms, Brentwood

10th May – This Feeling, Cellar, Southampton

11th May – Pulse Festival, Sunnyfields Farm, Hampshire

24th May – Coburgs, Ryde, Isle Of Wight

25th May – The Tap, Sandown, Isle Of Wight

8th June – The Adam And Eve – Scooterists For Heroes, Birmingham

14th & 15th June – March Of The Mods Festival, Santa Pod, Wellingborough

21st June – The Fiddlers Elbow, Cool Britannia, Camden, London

29th June – The Good Ship, Kilburn, London

19th, 20th & 21st July – Tonefest, Dorset

26th July – Gabefest 5, Hampshire

2nd August – Frolic Fest, Kent

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