Mad Staring Eyes – Talking to the Operator

Talking to the Operator

North London indie Americana folk outfit Mad Staring Eyes have a new album out a little later this year, the six-piece band have being around for 20 years and have gone through a few incarnations along the way. Back in 2006 they picked up a John Peel ‘Best New Band’ award and played the Peel Stage at Glastonbury, they’ve toured across North America and played by SXSW and NXNE, supporting along the way an eclectic set of acts including Supergrass, ABC, The Magic Numbers and Pete Doherty, they’ve collected a number of accolades over the last few years and recorded their second album Bored of Looking Cool at legend Ray Davies’ Konk Studio in North London – and somehow they’ve still managed to fly beneath my music radar, after listening to their soon to be released album Talking to the Operator it seems I have some serious homework to do as I love this album.

The current line up of Alex Simler (Lead Vocals/Acoustic Guitar), Dan Bloom (Bass), Oli Darley (Drums/Backing Vocals), Isabella Tulloch (Vocals), Henry Senior (Pedal Steel) and Pierpaolo Sicuro (Flute) have produced a gem of an album – what I particularly like about it is there’s no disguise of their nationality and they’ve managed to bring together a very British Americana sound blended with flute and pedal steel and pull it off perfectly, the albums features eleven original tracks that were all recorded ‘live’ to tape using vintage kit and will be released in May through Proper Music, I’ll post a link as soon as I get one as this album’s a must have for any discerning music lover with a hankering for British Americana, check out the tracks below and try and tune in tomorrow evening (April 17) to Bob’s Folk Show on Radio Wey where the band are ‘in-session’

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Reeling In Time by Mad Staring Eyes

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