Archive for December 13th, 2006

December 13, 2006

BRAKES – Hold Me In The River (7″ Single)

Rough Trade RTRADS384: 4th December 2006
1. Hold Me In The River
“I woke up late and found my liberty lost, it had been written down in law as a security cost, twenty-eight days, I’m presumed guilty, I’m sure as evolution, I was not born guilty”

‘Hold Me In The River’ is the first single to be taken from Brakes brilliant new ‘The Beatific Visions’ album.  It’s an unstoppable anthem raging against the slow erosion of Britain’s libertarian laws and rights to free speech, including “Extraordinary-Rendition”, I.D cards, and most specifically the 28 days/90 days detention debate.  The serious and yet blackly comic lyrics are welded to an irresistible chugging rhythm, thudding Drums and visceral Guitar stabs that assault the ears.  This is yet another contender for single of the year.

Click here to watch the ‘Hold Me In The River’ video on MySpace.

Click here to watch Brakes tear through a live rendition of ‘Hold Me In The River’ on YouTube.

Click here to buy ‘The Beatific Visions’ from HMV for only £8.99 (And while you’re at it get their incredible debut album ‘Give Blood’ too).

Brakes Website / Brakes MySpace Page

December 13, 2006

BAXTER DURY – Love In The Garden / Cocaine Man (7″ Single)

1965 Records OLIVE012: 4th December 2006
1. Love In The Garden
“Coughed up from the lungs of loneliness, came happiness, hope and smiles”
2. Cocaine Man
“We ware friendly smiles, all night, get blooded on Lucifer’s grain, pray it never stop”

At last, a new release from Baxter Dury (Son of the late great Ian) to follow up on 2005’s brilliant ‘Floorshow’ LP. I can’t quite explain how he manages to evoke the spirit of his father’s music while, sounding totally like his own man (It’s a trick that Jeff Buckley managed to pull off too).

‘Love In The Garden’ is a suitably brilliant comeback single, since it’s the best thing he’s recorded so far. It’s built around a propulsive but modest Guitar riff while Baxter half talks/half sings over the top in his distinctive voice. Conveniently for the uninitiated, this 7″ has his previous best song, ‘Cocaine Man’ on the other side. It was one of my ‘Top 100 Tracks Of 2005’ and ‘Love In The Garden’ is destined to be in my 2006 list.

Click here to buy any of Baxter Dury’s records from HMV (I heartily recommend ‘Floorshow’).

Click here to watch the video for ‘Francesca’s Party’ on YouTube.

Baxter Dury MySpace Page / 1965 Records Website