Delusions of Grandeur is the debut long-player from Barnsley’s finest The Salient Braves whose music I’ve championed a few times before on this blog, so now, as I hoped for at the end of 2016 I’m pleased to be sitting here typing a few more words of support for the band, whose creative output deserves a wider audience, with the album serenading me in all of its analogue glory – the vinyl release features ten tracks to maintain the integrity of the 180g release the remaining three songs accompany the album digitally when you order from Broken Down Records Bandcamp.
Songwriter Matt’s lyrics provide the centrepiece for the album, insightful, frequently acerbic and witty, his societal observations in song scratch away the cracked veneer that may, to some, suggest everything’s alright in 2017, vignettes on the everyday, on life, vices, domestic abuse, mental health – the subject matter may be tempered by a catchy chorus or with clever melodic phrasing but that doesn’t diminish the message, it’s punk, it’s indie in its truest sense and it’s a damn fine record too, my favourite of 2017 (so far) and you should go and get yourself a copy too, in keeping with the indie ethic the vinyl is only £12,
London trio Flowers return with a new single via Fortuna POP!, the last to be released on the label, singer Rachel Kenedy’s ethereal vocals and Sam Ayres textured guitar are, as always, backed by the powerful, metronomic beat of drummer Jordan Hockley. Rachel told us a little bit about the genesis of the recordings:
“Sean from Fortuna POP! is sadly moving on to greener pastures in Japan and ending the label, but he asked us to do one last single for him, as we owed one for his Jukebox 45s Singles Club. We don’t know where we’ll end up next after Fortuna POP!, so rather than looking forwards for this single we decided to be nostalgic and do something that, for us at least, is classic. For the three of us in the band, “Flowers” has always meant our live performances and our home demos, of which Sam and I have produced hundreds and hundreds (we write them every day), and most of which will probably never be heard by anyone except us, our dog and our long-suffering neighbours. “Say 123” is one of these home recordings. The best bit is at the end.
The b-side, “Rhodes”, was recorded at Big Jelly Studios, where we’d gone to record an EP. We realised after recording the songs we’d brought with us that we’d made a mistake, as the songs weren’t quite right or ready yet. But while we were there, we fell in love with the sound of the Fender Rhodes in the corner of the studio. With about half an hour left before the van arrived to take us back to London, Sam quickly played me some chords on guitar and hummed a melody for a verse. I got out a pencil and paper and somehow by the time all our gear was loaded into the van we’d written and recorded this song (we did it live and used one take).
In keeping with the old-school Flowers theme for this single, we decided to hand-stamp the artwork onto each sleeve and vinyl label. We used to hand-make all of our artwork, making paper sleeves for CDs we burned on our laptop with random selections of home-demos on.
The debut single by Brighton based Jetstream Pony is set for release the 4th of September on 7″ vinyl by Kleine Untergrund Schallplatten of Augsburg in Germany (cat. no. KUS010).
If you’d like to get your hands on a copy get in touch with Ronny – who can also sort you out if you’re after a copy of the forthcoming Luxembourg Signal album Blue Field in Europe (or Shelflife in the US)
Jetstream Pony are born out of a common love for power-pop, post punk and indie-pop. The band feature Beth Arzy (Trembling Blue Stars/The Luxembourg Signal/Lightning in a Twilight Hour) on vocals, Shaun Charman (The Wedding Present/The Popguns/The Fireworks) on guitar and backing vocals, Kerry Boettcher on bass and Sara Boyle on drums.
6th October – London Dalston Victoria (with The Electric Pop Group)
28th October – Hamburg Astrastube (with The Soda Stream)