YELLOWBELLY – Blood Tainted Love (7″ Single)

Pink Box Records PINK007: 6th November 2006
1. Blood Tainted Love
“Don’t fool around with my religion, I’ve got a loaded gun and I ain’t kiddin’, I’m gonna put a stop to all this killin’, I’m gonna set the world on fire”
2. Guess Who’s Loving You?
“It’s three in the morning, your every word swims round my head, it should’ve signalled a warning, but I just saw green lights instead”

‘Blood Tainted Love’ is a haunting step inside the mind of the fanatics that range against each other in the war on terror. The lyrics are some of the best I’ve ever heard and Gaz Birtles’ voice is infused with graceful power. The words are frightening but the music is a soothing mix of Electro-Pop and Country. The whole thing shimmers with an epic beauty and no more so than on the slide Guitar parts. ‘Blood Tainted Love’ is probably going to be a contender for single of the year.

‘Guess Who’s Loving You’ is like a great-lost Housemartins track or one of David Byrne’s popier moments. The incredible backing vocals sound like Harmonicas and a Sax solo this unashamedly huge hasn’t been heard since George Michael or Hall & Oates.

I’m reading that this isn’t Gaz Birtles’ first release, he’s had numerous records out in the eighties under the name The Swinging Laurels. On the strength of this, I’m definitely going to have to check them out. I await whatever Yellowbelly do next with barely contained excitement.

If click here you can buy a 4-track download version of the single from Tune Tribe for a mere £3.30 (Recommended, the two bonus tracks are fantastic).

Yellowbelly MySpace Page / The Swinging Laurels MySpace Page / Pink Box Records

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6 Comments to “YELLOWBELLY – Blood Tainted Love (7″ Single)”

  1. Thank you very much for a stunning review of our single. Its been a long time since we let our music be put out and heard by people other than friends and family 😉
    This review confirms my belief that ‘we ain’t that bad’

    cheers
    Gaz Birtles

  2. Ain’t that bad? This is A GLORIOUS single.

  3. Re: Gaz. I’d love to hear more music from you. Are you planning a full album? Please tell me you are.

    Ryan.

  4. Thanks for the great review,
    PinkBox is only a small label and ‘Blood Tainted Love’ is only our 7th release, so it was a major honour for us to be allowed to release it. we have pressed up 500 Blue/red vinyl singles (available from our web-site and a small selection of indie shops)and 4 tracks are also available to download from the normal DownLoad sites.
    Having been lucky enough to hear over an albums worth of great tracks already finished and aware of other work in progress, our hope is that a larger label picks the band up and gives them the support they deserve, something more than PinkBox funds permit.
    Gaz is a Very modest man with a lot of talent, Yellowbelly should be on the Radio. / Major labels….this is the band you want……now what are you waiting for?

  5. I’d be curious to see what you thought of Pink Box’s other offering this year, ist’s “The Wreck of the Eddie Fitzpatrick/I am Jesus (And You’re Not) double-A side which is also available at Piccadilly…

  6. Yellowbelly are one of the UK’s greatest lost bands, having played with them live and seeing the magic first hand it’s impossible to see how they missed out. I don’t believe the best of Yellowbelly has been heard yet but we’ll just have to wait and see.

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