Dotty View: The Shtooks: “Papa Ganoosh” EP.

What the world needs is more bands who aren’t afraid to try something a bit different, and who are brave enough to see it through with passion and confidence.

Well, ladies and gents, I believe that Bedford based blues-rock, soul influenced band The Shtooks meet those criteria. Old friends Andrew (singer-songwriter) and Lawrence (guitarist) decided to form the band in 2013, and they soon recruited bassist Carlo (brother to Lawrence), drummer Leon and Jonny on the keyboards.

The ShtooksThey wasted no time in honing their unique sound and were quickly ready to release their debut EP, “Papa Ganoosh”, which they did in style before a home crowd in July.

The Shtooks have also landed a brilliant gig, supporting The Sunshine Underground at Esquires in Bedford on 17th October – a gig not to be missed, I reckon! Tickets are available here.

Soon afterwards, new music can be anticipated prior to plans to tour extensively in 2015.

These guys have humility, a grounded attitude and a sense of humour that is infectious. With a tagline like “Don’t Think, Just Shtook”, I feel that they’re projecting a great, fun outlook and that is very attractive to many music fans! At the same time, they produce seriously good music, which of course is what we’re interested in here!

The “Papa Ganoosh” EP kicks off with “Impossible”; a song comprised of grungy guitars, eloquent, conversational vocals and simultaneously understated yet high energy drums. It’s a fantastic EP opener.

Track two, “All I Do” is a tad more relaxed, with a bit of a ska feel to it in places. It’s pretty bluesy at the same time – I love the saxophone interlude! It’s also very, very catchy – I sense a single release for this one.

It’s a change in pace again now with “Trouble Girl” – a collaboration with popular Bedford rapper Dotz, this shows the band’s adventurous side and their desire to be anything but a one trick pony. The raw, stripped back style is appealing and the two genres melded together works really well on this track. It’s not for everyone, but I like a band that is prepared to experiment.

Next up is “Here Comes Half Pint”. This song is another that is a nod towards grunge, but is also mixed with a more modern indie type style – a great guitar riff and strong vocals are a classic combination that is hard to resist, and why would you want to?!

“The Voyeur” is about someone who is seemingly feeling bitter that their ex partner has moved on – “Do you love him like you used to love me?” is a lyric I think everyone can identify with at some time in their life! One thing I like about this EP is the mix of genres and themes, lyrically and emotionally as well as musically.

One of my favourites (and the last track) on the EP is “Jimmy the Responsible” – it’s energetic and loud, and I can imagine this going down a storm at their gigs!

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Overall, I conclude that this band is one to keep on your radar – I suggest you go and see The Shtooks while they are still accessible, as I predict it won’t be long before they are outgrowing those small venues we all adore!

As the band themselves say – “The more Shtookers, the merrier”!

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Dots Jukebox: Scotland 19th September 2014

Scotland

SONG OF THE WEEK:

Artist Song Suggested by
Flower of Scotland @jillpsparrow
Idlewild Take Me Back to the Islands @heliumdelirium @clbutler76
The Haggis Horns Way of the Haggis @chasethegroove
Fyfe Dangerfield She Needs Me @richard0x4a
Aztec Camera Killermont Street @maffrj @realpaulmurray
The Proclaimers I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) @lindy_lou2 @gavisconal
Spearmint Scottish Pop @weloveallthat
Ben Folds Five Song For the Dumped @grantsales
Frightened Rabbit The Oil Slick @riverboatcapt
The Skids Into the Valley @speedofsounduk @louanrobertson
The Fall Edinburgh Man @tomsw1 @brianwrose
Franz Ferdinand You Could Have it So Much Better @flintsghost
Human Don’t Be Angry Jaded @sean_hornby74
Ballboy I Hate Scotland @rorsdm @recrwplay @hodge_nufc
Steeleye Span Cam Ye O’er Frae France @ageingraver
Paul McCartney Mull of Kintyre @choosiesooze05
The Delgados If This is a Plan @indieover40 mention for @danthompson78
Whiteout Jackie’s Racing @northernnelly
Mogwai Scotland’s Shame @lsherrington1
The Spook School I’ll Be Honest @substandardnerd
The Rezillos My Baby Does Good Sculptures @contra_flow
Blue Nile Tinseltown in the Rain @paininthebrum @antmeals @skylarkingmatt
Bis Kandy Pop @tinyeibar
Jesus & Mary Chain Happy When it Rains @southallio
Teenage Fanclub Sparky’s Dream @mattowlbeak mention for @durutti74 @jason_dobson
Peatbog Faeries Room 215 @annatheforager
The Magnetic Fields Wi’ Nae Wee Baim Ye’ll Me Beget @thealbumwall
Chvrches The Mother we Share @musicvstheworld
Hue and Cry Mother Glasgow @laurasalts5
Ruth Notman Caledonia @gryfffez
Gerry Rafferty Royal Mile @boxofpeppers
Orange Juice Rip it Up @vicaviber
Del Amitri Kiss This Thing Goodbye @philmonkey
Belle & Sebastian If You’re Feeling Sinister @rud1973 mention for @daveorv41
Garbage Milk @sparkes74

Dots Jukebox: Photography 14th September 2014

Camera

SONG OF THE WEEK:

Artist Song Suggested by
Snap! Rhythm is a Dancer @big_g_aroo
Bucks Fizz My Camera Never Lies @matthewmoloney @vicaviber
Aztec Camera Somewhere in My Heart @bobmcduck @lennybun @sparkes74
Blondie Picture This My daughter, @gavisconal @dronhilltweets @westburtonlad
Boomtown Rats Having My Picture Taken @cavedweller71
Stereophonics Local Boy in the Photograph @jamesoldham @instantkarma80
Depeche Mode Photographic @jcrowther9
Echo and The Bunnymen Pictures on My Wall @mixless
Doll and The Kicks Pictures @musicvstheworld
Editors Camera @rich_w27
Status Quo Pictures of Matchstick Men @p_burnett
The Kinks People Take Pictures of Each Other @laurasalts5 @skylarkingmatt @brianjoebrain @midgetgems26
Def Leppard Photograph @chops_top_fives
The Cure Pictures of You @mattowlbeak @topsmartjo @antmeals @choosiesooze05 @aisfornala @sberrells @jason_dobson @kjmoost
Placebo This Picture @stamfordcowboy
Teardrop Explodes Camera Camera @contra_flow
Kitchens of Distinction Photographing Rain @riverboatcapt
R.E.M. With Natalie Merchant Photograph @lsherrington1 @cjcole01
Elliott Smith Pictures of Me @richard0x4a
Wilco Kamera @pauldn1
Natural-Ites Picture on My Wall @hodge_nufc
Duran Duran A View to a Kill @grantsales
James Dean Bradfield Kodachrome Ghosts @clairhorne
Connie Francis Among My Souvenirs @fireflyphil
Camera Obscura Your Picture @flintsghost
Saint Etienne The Bad Photographer @stiggy_78 @slowthrills
Everything Everything Photoshop Handsome @tangerinebean
Trembling Blue Stars Old Photographs @durutti74
Allo Darlin’ The Polaroid Song @substandardnerd
The Frames Your Face @musicvstheworld