Category Archives: Features

Piroshka “Love Drips & Gathers”

Bella Union are thrilled to announce the release of Piroshka’s stunning second album, Love Drips And Gathers, out 23rd July and available to pre-order here. The album builds on the acclaim of the band’s 2018 debut LP “Brickbat” and the reputations of the former members of Lush, Moose, Elastica and Modern English. To celebrate the release Piroshka have shared a video for lead track “Scratching At The Lid” directed by Connor Kinsey / Home Picture Films and announced a number of Autumn UK live dates.

For more details about PIROSHKA Tour dates & Merchandise please follow this link PIROSHKA BELLA UNION

WAR Recording Sessions

Ok were back and what a way to return with something I feel is very original and insight into how an album is put together. Featuring Mike Peters inc memebers of The Alarm and Production Team.

Thought it was time to share this with you all The Alarm or should I say Mike Peters had a Idea to write record produce and release an Album before his Birthday Feb 25th 2021. These are the first couple of weeks recording sessions production Zoom calls and more.

There are an ever growing number videos in this first post, In the top right of the youtube video there are three bars which shows number of Videos enabling you to select any, its starts with the most latest video so once you have watched the short intro video to follow the full story so far use this option to select the first video ENJOY.

The Album is now available for pre order via http://thealarm.com/ or https://thealarm.myshopify.com/index.htm

Release date 26th Feb 2021

Family

Todays little feature is a possibly not so well know leicester Band from the 60`s & 70`s who played their final concert at the Hawthorn Building of Leicester Polytecnic on 13 October 1973 I was there.

Family, active from late 1966 to October 1973, and again since 2013 for a series of live shows. Their style has been characterised as progressive rock, as their sound often explored other genres, incorporating elements of styles such as folk, psychedelia, acid rock, jazz fusion, and rock and roll.

The distinctive vocals of Roger Chapman, described as a “bleating vibrato”,were considered unique, although Chapman was trying to emulate the voices of Little Richard and Ray Charles,some reviewers noting that Chapman’s voice could be grating and irritating occasionally.John “Charlie” Whitney was an accomplished and innovative guitarist. The band had many multi-instrumentalists like Ric Grech, Jim King in the band and had access to keyboards such as the Hammond organ, the new Mellotron, violin, flute and vibraphone.

Here are three of their better known tunes.

Hammond B3 Demos

Something very different today 4 Videos of a very good friend of mine and my brothers a fellow Yorkshireman Malc Deakin, who once upon a time rehearsed in Sheffield with the legendary Joe Cocker.

I first meet Malc while working with my brother doing keyboard music festivals mainly to older generation but at night when they were all safely away in bed, the musicians came out to play.

Malc also had the honor of interviewing a great B3 player Jon Lord of Deep Purple.

The following videos are of Malc and other session musicians demonstrating the new Hammond B3 organ the drummer some may recognised as Paul Weller’s drummer at some live gigs. Hope you enjoy I have also included short video of Malc with Jon Lord.