I am a man of simple tastes. Twangy guitars is one. Here is a twangy collection that would gladden Duane Eddy’s heart. I am hoping to catch up with some of the bands at SXSW, in particular Beach Fossils, TV Torso, The Twerps and (can’t wait…) The Wedding Present. I almost added some Associates, but that’s a different kind of twang. Instead we get St Christopher, a fellow Scottish band off a Sarah Records compilation.
(reads up on The Associates) Curious, I didn’t know that Robert Smith did backing vocals with MacKenzie on The Affectionate Punch.
Laneways was hot and crowded, a bad place to find a beer in a hurry. Girls, Yuck and the Horrors were worth the wait. A friend said that that the line-up was a bit indie wimpy and I agree. More thrash next time please. How about Royal Headache and Total Control from Australia, the Screaming Females, Milk Music and The Men from the USA, the UK’s Black Tambourines and Christchurch’s gift from the rock gods, the T54’s? If you need some alt wimpy, give us TV Girl.
PS, run do not walk to your PC and download this Black Tambourines EP. It’s free. I almost took out some other tracks to make way for more of their excellent thrash. It’s that good.
The picture is of course from UFO. I can’t work out which SHADOW operative this was, but she’s not the one that later married Michael Caine.
Meanwhile, back at Laneways, here are The Horrors…