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The Spitfires at The Salutation, Durham on 10th April 2015

Posted on March 23, 2015
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The Spitfires

The music industry can be a fickle business, people with relatively little talent, good looks, financial backing and TV exposure become overnight sensations. Yet on the other side there are many bands and artists that work incredibly hard, tour on a shoestring budget, have no professional management, agent, record label, promo company etc. behind them yet still manage to rise above all the flotsam and jetsam because if you’re good enough and put the work in, sooner or later people start to take notice.

One such band is The Spitfires from Watford. If ever there was a band who had a ‘have van, will travel’ attitude it’s them. Whilst most bands are happy playing established cities and venues on the rock ‘n’ roll circuit, this band will play anywhere and despite having been together for a little more than two years and based at the other end of the country have already played: Blyth, Byker, Darlington, Middlesbrough and Stockton. And they’ve yet to release an album!

Their look is mod(ish), their music reminiscent of the great power-pop and mod bands of the late 70s and early 80s such as The Jam, The Chords, The Vapors, The Jags as well as some of the more contemporary bands like The Ordinary Boys and Hard-Fi. Their live show is chock-full of energy. They’ve released four singles, the latest of which ‘Stand Down’ features new keyboardist Chris Chanell who brings a new dimension to their sound.

This tenacity and dedication was always bound to get them noticed and last year the band were asked to play with The Specials at The Roundhouse in London and earlier this month support Paul Weller.

Next month The Spitfires come to Durham and play The Salutation in Framwellgate Moor in Durham, opposite New College. Yes, that was a new one on me as well, not known a live music venue the new landlord wants to develop the pub as a regular music venue and let’s hope he makes a success of it.  So let’s support a new band and a new venue, you know it makes sense!

Stand Down video

Paranoid Visions ‘Two Black Eyes’ 7″

Posted on March 15, 2015
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Paranoid Visions 'Two Black Eyes' 7"

PARANOID VISIONS
‘Two Black Eyes’
2 track 7” only – Overground Records - OVER 143
Release Date: 9th March 2015

It's been a surprising 2 years since Paranoid Visions last released a record of their own. Since 2012's Escape from the Austerity Complex, they've peppered us with a single and album featuring Crass legend Steve Ignorant to both critical and commercial acclaim, and along the way changed the line-up.

The rebooted Paranoid Visions buried themselves away, writing and recording material and Two Black Eyes represents the first of three individual releases the band will have in 2015. Coming as a physical release in 7" format only, the two track single (also on download with bonus tracks) shows the already eclectic band exploring yet more musical territories.

Tough Love, a poppy track inspired by a desire to wrap up the horrible subject of spousal abuse in music that's as uplifting as the subject matter is disturbing and an aim to record a song that was as much Punk as it was Motown as it was alt country. Already described by a radio presenter as being "f'kin 'ell... I didn't see that one coming... What a tune!!!".

The other A side (It's A) Bloody Road To Freedom finds the band in punchy and aggressive but measured form, owing as much to UK Decay as it does to UK Subs and as much to New Model Army as it does to Exploited Barmy Army, it's a brooding tune and as scathing as anything the band has recorded. Again the lyrics make uncomfortable reading, tackling the subject of Northern Ireland and how generations on both sides of the fence and borders can't let go of history.

The bands forthcoming LP, Cryptic Cross Words will be equally as diverse and is regarded by the band as being the album "we have tried to make for 32 years, and got so close so often, but always had the smallest of elements out of place."

Track Listing:
Tough Love / (It’s A) Bloody Road To Freedom

www.overgroundrecords.co.uk

Website update 8th March

Posted on March 8, 2015
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Website update Sunday 8th March with 402 new items listed

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