Earlier this year, we introduced you to the music of Liverpool’s The Room in the Wood – 2018 is proving to be quite the prolific year for the duo, having first released the debut ‘Magical Thinking’ EP and then their debut LP ‘The Room in the Wood’. Now they are back and ready to drop their ‘The Mars EP’ on November 23 digitally and on limited-edition CD via A Turntable Friend Records.
Today we have the pleasure of premiering the lead track ‘Mars (Won’t Save Us)’, a riff-based psyche rocker focused on the foolishness of Elon Musk’s ideas about colonising the Red Planet. A catchy bass riff, charming vocals, a convincing delivery, solid production and harmony between the different elements making up the music here – what’s not to like here?
The video for this track is psychedelic and spacey. Produced by ex-Send No Flowers and Moongoose collaborator Mark Jordan, it summons flashbacks to Arnold Schwarzenegger in the movie Total Recall.
Many years since their post-punk band The Room split (back in 1985), band members Paul Cavanagh and Dave Jackson are once again working together under the moniker The Room in the Wood.
“We went in the studio to record some tracks and came up with ‘Mars (Won’t Save Us)’, which was a riffy departure from most of our debut album. Lyrically it’s a flat statement that Mars is not a viable option for emigration,” says Dave Jackson.
Featuring contributions by drummer Colin George Lamont (Mark Lanegan, Dave Gahan), this album was recorded by Steve Powell (Michael Head & the Red Elastic Band) at his Liverpool-based Ark Studio and mastered by Pete Maher (Barry Adamson, The Alarm).
Dave Jackson has been writing and recording since his teens – with The Room, 051, Benny Profane, Dust, Dead Cowboys, as Dave Jackson & The Cathedral Mountaineers, and also with former Shack guitarist John Head. He has recorded and released 10 albums with these various incarnations, notched up 7 John Peel sessions with The Room and Benny Profane, and has also appeared on the Whistle Test, Janice Long and Saturday Live.
Jackson has also toured the UK, Europe and the USA extensively with The Fall, The Violent Femmes, Aztec Camera, The Lemonheads and The Wedding Present. He currently teaches creative writing at Liverpool John Moores University and has developed his novel ‘Violet City’ as a low-budget fantasy feature film.
Apart from The Room, Paul Cavanagh has performed as a solo instrumentalist as Cabin in the Woods and as one of Mike Badger’s Shady Trio. He worked with The Room drummer Alan Wills at Deltasonic Records with The Coral and The Zutons. Paul has also recorded 4 John Peel sessions and released albums with Top, It’s Immaterial, Moongoose, as well as critically acclaimed singles with Gloss. He also played guitar for Chinese Religion, The Balcony and Ludus.
A Turntable Friend Records is an independent record label. currently in its second life. Based in Germany with distribution through SRD (Southern Record Distributors) and Rough Trade, their mission is to keep vinyl alive while casting light on sonic gems of yesteryear and today. 1990s peers of Sarah Records and Slumberland Records, ATF Records has always had a roster as diverse as Secret Shine, The Wolfhounds, Boyracer (with Even As We Speak), The Claim, The Ropers, the Hellfire Sermons, Lorelei, Bradford, Easy and Dose.
1. Mars (Won’t Save Us)
2. Time Machine
3. Every Lie
4. Get Clear
Written and performed by Dave Jackson and Paul Cavanagh
Recorded at Ark Studio Liverpool
Steve Powell – recording, mixing and engineering
Pete Maher – mastering
Dave Jackson – lyrics and vocals
Paul Cavanagh – guitar and bass
Colin George Lamont – drums
Mark Jordan video and cover images, using band footage by Yvonne Marsden
Catalogue number: TURN60D
Photo by Sara Ryan
Also check out their two most videos from their debut album, released earlier this year:
All words via Paul Scott-Bates. More of Paul’s writing on Louder Than War can be found at his author’s archive. Paul’s website is hiapop Blog and you can follow him on Twitter here, and on Facebook here.