The Archie Bronson Outfit has a full-calorie sound, somewhat reminiscent of XTC in the Drums and Wires era, and they have not released an album since 2010’s Coconut. Coconut is a brilliant album; it’s an unfamiliar fusion of the late 70s/early 80s stirred in with good old San Francisco psychedelic music.
I came to British Sea Power in the most roundabout way possible in that I encountered an obscure documentary accidentally, the result of one of those curiosity clicks of the Internet age. I noticed a mention of a film, From the Sea to the Land Beyond, and I tried to load it; it wouldn’t for some reason. I scanned the info section, while the whirly circle continued to exclaim that the film was loading, and noted that the soundtrack was by British Sea Power. I assumed it was a crew put together purposely for the film. I searched up the soundtrack and loved it, after having given up on the whirly circle.
If you are familiar with early rock and roll, with that old 1950s’ exuberance, then you may be surprised to hear that same vintage sound is available in new tunes today. There’s quite a solid rockabilly presence today and one of the best is the Kat Men, a trio made up of Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats drummer), Darrell Higham (Imelda May guitarist), and Al Gare (Imelda May bassist) as the current lineup. The Kat Men Cometh is their 2013 release.
If you are looking for some great guitar blues—the kind with clear tone and bad attitude, in the tradition of Cream, Hendrix, Clapton, and Johnny Winter—then you have to hear Bryce Janey’s latest work, 2013’s Burning Flame.