The Higher State with Marty and Paul Messis have a new album, called Volume 27, out soon. Here’s a video for “The Worst of Their Treason”, the first song released to the public. The video looks like it’s shot in San Francisco a long time ago. Any know who the band in the film are?
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I recorded one of the band’s songs when they played the Psychedelic Ballroom in LA, organized by The Blindspot Project. The Acid Test SF and Tony the Tyger were among the guest DJs. This band is amazing and have two imminent single releases – one on Market Square and one on local label Lolipop. I also stopped by their shop, where you could hear someone recording some guitar in their next-door studio.
Two bands who have mastered the art of making faithful cover renditions, but without losing the power of the original tunes. Miriam Linna released her first album in 2014, and Nobody’s Baby turned out to be one of the best records of that year. These were some of the best versions of 60s underground classics to come out since Fabienne Delsol was in The Bristols with Liam Watson of Toerag Studios. Then last year, a single called “The Hand Don’t Fit the Glove” appeared along with a tongue-in-cheek karaoke video. That song was originally done by Terry Reid, and is now included on a second LP with songs by as widely differing artists as The Beau Brummels and David Bowie. It actually came out in October last year, but I didn’t see a copy until this January.
Now, we all know Bowie passed away, but “You’ve Got a Habit of Leaving” was recorded before that. What more fitting tribute to David Bowie could there be on Record Turnover than a cover of one of his very best compositions, originally released in August 1965 under the pseudonym Davy Jones. Unfortunately he did make a habit out of leaving – the faked death of Ziggy Stardust wasn’t enough.
Another band I’ve been missing out on is French garage masters The Missing Souls, whom I seem to have discovered last year but then forgotten about. Their 2015 release was a 45 featuring covers of “You Just Gotta Know My Mind” by Karen Verros/Dana Gillespie and “Bad Way to Go” by The Bruthers. That came out on a label called Dangerhouse Skylab, who will be putting out their debut LP sometime soon. On the strength of that single, they were picked up by Hidden Volume for a second 45. This one has got covers of the legendary Oscar & the Majestics, as well as The Uniques. It came out last month but this amazing video from two years ago really captures the energy of the song.
Pick up the 45 here, and keep an eye out for the LP which will features both of their previous a-sides.
Here’s a video for The Turns’ new, stripped-down single “Believe Me”. It’s coming out on Lolipop soon and is the first thing they’ve released since their debut 7″ EP last year. Wonderful video and and a brilliant guitar solo.
Massenger are back with their second album, and it’s my favorite release of the year so far! I was in Burger Record’s Fullerton store a few weeks ago and picked up a copy of the tape. They didn’t think they had them yet, but after a look in the backroom I came up trumps. I would also highly recommend the Banshee EP they released last autumn, which is only available on tape from Burger. Here’s a video for “Runnoft” from the Peeling Out LP. Dig it.
Stockholm punks Viagra Boys have finally released their first record. It’s a monster of an EP and everything I could have hoped for after seeing them live in Malmö last summer. “Can’t Get It Up” is a modern classic and right up there with the best of Black Time. It’s the Swedish label Push My Buttons who are behind this excellent release, which is a welcome return to form after that amazing Outer Minds release. Check out the video for “Research Chemicals” below, recorded at a bar in Södermalm. The band will be back in Malmö next weekend for a gig organized by Rundgång Records.
Check out my article for HYMN on Viagra Boys.
Simply love the new Widowspeak album – are Captured Tracks back on track? Check out this intimate session video, and the one for the lead single track “Girls”. Got to love the album cover too – this is the best the group (duo) has ever been.
The debut LP from Hierophants, called Parallax Error, ought to be out this month on Aarght and Goner.
Did I tell you about my favourite album and single of the year yet? The album I’m talking about is the longawaited debut from the sensational Thee Tsunamis, on the Magnetic Sound label. It’s called Saturday Night Sweetheart, and the 12 tracks it unleashed upon the public back in May are solid hits all the way through. Check out the video for “Trash Talk – these punks mean business. Equal parts surf, punk and garage, this is a winner you should pick up right now.
The other group that has been keeping my turntables, and many other’s, busy this summer is the second 45 from the sensational Sheer Mag. Cool enough to stay of Facebook, they’re records are selling out and Europe can’t wait for them to arrive in November. EP II, is shock-full of no-frills punk/rock and if possible even better than the first. Here’s the video for the overdriven opening track “Fan the Flames”, and it doesn’t stop there. Wilsuns RC/Katorga Works released this beast in April, into it’s 2nd pressing already.
Keep your eyes open for the next Record Turnover podcast, which will be a round-up of more favourites from 2015 so far.