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Released today, 15 April 2022

Classy, old-school, rock’n’romantic psychedelia from magical Bournemouth band. Happening now says Ged Babey.

I got my head in the clouds
Oh how I wish it was summer…

The art of a great song, sometimes, is that it seems to be ‘effortless’ and ‘natural’.  Which is peculiar when you think about it.  A lot of effort goes into writing, performing, producing and crafting a song. And it is a ‘construct’: man-made, artifice, it doesn’t grow-in-the-wild….

When Lance Riley sings though, I always imagine that it is his only, rather than just one of his chosen means of communication. If, hypothetically, you call him on the telephone I always think he will answer in that immediately identifiable singing voice of his… and the words will rhyme and dance.

Maybe it’s just me…

Joe Musker I cannot imagine anywhere other than on a drum-stool, sticks in hand, playing, lost in music…

The brothers, guitarist and bass-player, Mark and Paul Arnold – a bond from birth – one creates melody on six strings, the other rhythm on four, as natural as breathing or a conversation punctuated with laughter.

When four musicians gather together there is communion… and magic happens.

Sometimes you need added input. Guests. Aiding and abetting. A female voice like Hannah Robinson adding responses to the calls of the chorus and a femininity to the echoes.  And a producer, like Steve Smith playing a beautiful-sounding vintage instrument, the Hammond organ.

Lances enunciation of señorita and Jeepers-creepers reminds me of the brilliant ‘Spanish Stroll by Mink Deville … a great flashback to a time long-ago when the sun always shone bright and magic really did happen.

I keep on writing about Dumb Poets (see below) and one day, the world will listen.  This is them at their most magical.

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Ged Babey is 56. from Southampton, has written since 1985 for Sound Info, Due South, various fanzines and websites, contributed to Record Collector magazine and was sole author of 'Punk Throwback' fanzine -the name of which was taken from an insult hurled at him by the singer with a young band he managed for a while. Ged believes that all good music and art has a connection with punk rock.


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