The Butterflies of Love are a band from New Haven CT. USA, featuring divinity school graduate and justice of the peace Daniel Greene, his nomadic friend Jeffrey Greene, audio-visual electrician Scott Amore, Iron-On expert Peter Jackson Whitney, and art recycler Neil O'Brien. They write, record, and perform pop songs. This is their third single, plus they have a US released CD full length (which I have not heard. we have all three of the UK 7"s at WZBC. The first single "Rob A Bank" was released in the UK on Fortuna Pop! a year after it came out on the tiny US label CoffeeHouse Records. "Rob a Bank" was a massive hit for them on WZBC.
March 21, 2000
Most of us have enjoyed Thee Headcoats and Billy Childish's creation Thee Headcoatees. The Delmonas are a band from 1985 that were his creation while The Milkshakes were happening. Like Thee Headcaotees, The Delmonas are 3 women (Headcoatees were 4) backed by Billy Childish and his current band, which was The Milkshakes at the time. This 22 song CD compiles the full length they put out plus songs from 2 different Peel sessions. There are cover songs as well as Childish originals. I believe that one of the girls went on to be in Thee Headcoatees but I can't be sure (the girls are identified only as Hilary, Sarah, and Louise). The 5 songs I die for on this CD are Peter Gunn Locomotion, (The Doors cover) Hello I Love You, Comin' Home Baby, Take Me Home Honey (the only Childish original of these 5), and Kiss Me, Honey Honey, Kiss Me.
Debut single of young new band from Dublin Ireland that has been causing stirs. They are Mark Greaney (guitar, vocals), Hillary Woods (bass), and Feargal Matthews (drums). Hillary looks like a blond version of Gaye Advert, the sensational bass player of The Adverts back in 1977. That is to say, she has looks and attitude, as does the wiry, scruffy Mark Greaney. On this single there are 2 songs with vocals and an instrumental. The vocal songs have Undertones-ish vocal with more anthemic rock leanings than that band ever had. My fave is the instrumental "Fresh Water". In this song you can see the Joy Division comparisons I've read about JJ72 in the Peter hook styled bass part and general feel kind of like the band Elephant.
The third full length by this heads up band named after the first dog to go into space on a Soviet craft decades ago. Both sides of the recent 12" are here, though the version of BadTimes is different (vocals louder in this mix). Laika are confident and crafty in the use of thier technology and instruments. They are not finding their sound: they have found it, and they are aiming it into very specific places as vehicals for Margaret Fiedler's vocals, which tell stories.
Icy cool sound of electronics tempered by hushed voice, Rhodes keys, drums, and percussive devices from tribes and tech merchants. This 7" has the edit of 'Uneasy' from their full length, and the exclusive track 'Lie Low' which is worth the price of the single, if the laser etched sleeve didn't grab you first.
Tuesday Weld is Stephen Coates, a fellow who must have seen how far someone like BabyBird could go by himself with an imagination, taping technique, and time. What Tuesday Weld offer us that's unique (or at least rare) is a version of 50's jazz vocals plugged into a 'easy' mode that swings and sounds fresh. The song "Winchester Cathedral" comes to mind in the singing style of "Anything But Love", but it is more parallel evolution than camp in this usage. The subject matter keeps it firmly in the present too, with it's "I've change the way that I'm livin', give up the fags, fast food and the women; cut down on the dope and the drinking; I think I might even give up the thinking; 'cos I don't need much to make me feel good; no I don't need anything but love". The astounding sound on this is the first song "Am I In Love?", which sounds like Benny Goodman's orchestra backing BabyBird, with The Andrew's Sisters doing background vocals.
The first new material from The Wannadies in several years. The Wannadies are a Swedish band that paved the sound for (great) London band Spearmint. They played at Mama Kin's on Lansdowne Street a few years ago and had me thoroughly convinced, with guitarist/vocalist Per playing his Gibson Flying V, the keyboard playing/background singing girl, and a sound tight as a drum. Of the 3 new songs here, "Yeah" is the title song of thier just released new Ric Ocasek produced full length. what Ric Ocasek did is what he did for his band the Cars - made killer production! "Yeah" sounds like Ozzy singing Gary Numan's "Cars". It is quite a song! The other 2 songs sound flat by comparison, but are songs that will remain unique to this single.