The Butchers have just released their second album, a compelling album with a broad range of musical influences. The Butchers is a great album with tunes ranging from quiet ballads to punchy punk tunes. We’re very pleased to feature some of their music and get an insight into their music. Check out their website and this great album. We look forward to the reworking of their first release, Train to Freedom.
First of all, great musicianship here. Tell us about the band members and their musical experience.
Nick Harper is one of the most accomplished acoustic guitarists in the world but he doesn’t always get the credit he deserves. This may be partially the result of being Roy Harper’s son and partially because the likes of Gilmour, Cooder, Page, and Moon—among many others—liked to visit his childhood home. Albums such as 2013’s Riven and 2014’s NIX prove Nick Harper is deserving of a separate reckoning, however, especially in terms of what he can do in a couple of weeks before a microphone with a guitar. The free playing on NIX may be the result of Tchad Blake's advice when he told Nick to "just play" on the amazing Riven.
The first song I heard from The Mobbs was one minute and forty-eight seconds long, emphatic little thing called "Jolly Good" from 2011. And it was jolly good. There's a little of The Undertones to them—and much from 1977 as well—for a refreshingly real sound in 2014. It would be great to hear what those who followed The Undertones and The Clash back in 1977 think of these guys in today's landscape, given the prevelance of auto-tune and digital masetering and their choice to record live on analogue tape in 2014.
Characterized as “sax-fuelled, finger lickin’ rock n’ roll,” MFC Chicken is a high energy rock and roll band with a chicken theme, based in London. Spencer Evoy (son of Larry Evoy of the Canadian band Edward Bear) fronts the group, sax in hand, and Alberto Zioli is on guitar, Fernando Terror on bass, Reverand Parsley on organ, and Ravi on drums. The band members add to the vocals and to the authentic 50s sound. It’s an attitude of rock and roll, one we may have mistaken for psychobilly.