LONDON GUITAR ACADEMY Great 2016 Albums You May Have Missed – PART 2
With 2016 coming to a close LGA reviewer, Paul Wood, casts his eyes (and ears) over his albums of 2016. These are albums which are probably not going to appear on the “popular” mainstream music journals’ list of albums of the year, but which we certainly think are worthy of your attention.
Second off the blocks is the debut album “Inner Voices” from the Leeds based garage/psych/powerpop band The See No Evils. Released early in 2016 on vinyl, CD and digital download, “Inner Voices” is a 12 song series of mini-assaults of snarling garage/psych/powerpop rock that comes across like the Barracudas in their garage era prime.
The band comprises:
Ian Burton – vocals
Paul Jackson – guitar
Owen Findlay – bass
David Pace – drums
All songs are set in the classic 2 – 3 minute format with only Ladi Dadi Do stretching out to 3 minutes 50.
Here’s a link to the Youtube video uploaded by the band for their opening classic “Secrets In Me”
Lead singer Ian Burton has the classic 60s garage snarl/whine, Owen Findlay and David Pace lay down the underlying simple but effective bass and drum patterns while guitarist Paul Jackson splatters his garage/psych guitar over the top.
It’s fair to say that any one of the album tracks could be slotted into the classic Lenny Kaye compiled “Nuggets” album and not feel out of place. If your tastes include garage (or the rougher edges of powerpop) then this album’s tailor made for you!
Here’s a link to the Youtube video uploaded by the band for another album track, “Hanging Around” which demonstrates the band’s approach in full flow:
It’s well worth catching the band live if you can. I saw them in September when they were brought to Birmingham for the “Mez Presents” live band nights at the Red Lion in Shirley. Bands booked under the “Mez Presents” (formerly Deep Joy) banner are always well worth attending and this was no exception – the band put on a great show.
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London Guitar Academy Great Albums You May Have Missed
It’s heading towards the end of the year and LGA reviewer, Paul Wood, casts his eyes (and ears) over his albums of 2016. These are albums which are probably not going to appear on the “popular” mainstream music journals’ list of albums of the year, but which we certainly think are worthy of your attention.
First up this year is the self titled debut album from U.S. band “The Phantoms”. Released on Rum Bar Records, the album is a classic mix of garage, crunchy power chords and typically loud rock’n’roll. Throw in some glam influences and a country boogie number and you’ll quickly realize these boys know how to get your attention!
Albums You May Have Missed 2016
The Phantoms hail from San Diego and comprise:
Xavie Anaya – Lead guitar
Victor Penalosa – Vocals/Rhythm Guitar
Ed Masi – Drums
Chris Iandolo – Bass guitar
Victor Penalosa is probably the only name that’s well known in the UK – he’s played with the Zeros (brother Hector was a founder member) and was last seen over here this year as the powerhouse drummer with the reincarnated Flamin’ Groovies. In the Phantoms, Penalosa steps out front with a set of songs that melds influences as diverse as the Stones, T.Rex , Mott the Hoople (and the Groovies) into one fine set of original songs.
Crunchy powerchords and a nifty rock riff lead into the album opener “Baby Loves Her Rock’n’Roll” and it’s a bona fide classic. Here’s a link to the video track posted on Youtube by Chris Iandolo:
“Chump change” starts with a spoken monologue diatribe and then bursts into life with more crunchy rills and a great opening line of “Starting the day with the look on your face, so tragic”
“One For The Road” is a country boogie and “Atomic Fireball” brings to mind a rocked-up T-Rex.
“Ditch Digger” is like an amped up Loney-era Groovies rocker with production from the team behind The Sweet’s glam rock stompers.
The album closes with another straight rocker “Stab My Broken Heart” and it’s the sort of closer that makes you to put the album on repeat. Here’s a link to the video track posted on Youtube by the Phantoms:
Any band that titles one of their songs after the bass player in Mott The Hoople (“The Ballad of Overend Watts”) deserves a listen – give them a try and you won’t be disappointed. The whole album is high energy rock’n’roll at its best!
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Here’s a link to a live video clip posted on Youtube of the band cranking through the Stonesy-rocker “Tears Me Up Inside”
Now all we want is for the band to announce some European dates!