Black Bombers Limited edition 10" mini Lp
EARS138 Barcode 5060446072264 29th March 2019
- Day After day
- Animals ‘n’ Cages
- Hair of the dog
Birmingham rock’n’roll trio BLACK BOMBERS return with Vol 4, a 10-inch six-track mini-album in honour of the glory days of the mid-80s when such vinyl artefacts by the likes of The Cramps and The Gun Club could be regularly seen propping up the indie charts and spilling out of the racks of your local record store.
Vol 4 follows on from the band’s previous releases – the two 7” singles ‘Crazy’ and ‘Rush’ and their 2016 eponymous full-length album. Like its predecessors, the record contains proto-punk rock’n’roll laid down virtually live in the band’s lock-up, this time with renowned Birmingham engineer Simon Bishop at the controls of his Dragon Electric mobile set up.
Darren Birch was bassist in notorious Birmingham sleaze-rockers Gunfire Dance. Signed to Island and produced by The Damned’s Brian James and Rat Scabies, they remain highly regarded by connoisseurs of their genre. He also plays in The Godfathers.
A former member of seminal Brummie garage band TV Eye and Class of 77 punks The Prefects, drummer Dave Twist features on the latter’s classic ‘Going Through The Motions’ single for Rough Trade, as well as touring and recording several albums with The Tenderhooks alongside Dave Kusworth of The Jacobites.
Guitarist/vocalist Alan Byron, meanwhile, also fronts shadowy Western Noir band Horsefeathers, something that might’ve inspired the souped-up cover of Green On Red’s ‘Hair Of The Dog’ included here…
“Al and I are fans of Green on Red and thought that ‘Hair of the Dog’ would sound great with a heavier treatment,” explains Darren. “We imagined a cross between Crazy Horse and Blue Cheer...”
“We let Simon have control of the mix rather than our trying to backseat drive the faders,” continues Dave. “He had his own vision of where things should be placed and of a cleaner, drier vocal sound for Al. It’s a more singular vision, I guess, and very solid.”
“And it’s a shit-kicker!” adds Alan.
Black Bombers play The Hope & Anchor, Islington, London on 18 April 2019.
“Black Bombers know their rock’n’roll history, and share DNA with not only classic US garage rock, but also Sun Studios blues and rockabilly and 70s British proto-punk, stretching from Third World War, The Pink Fairies and Larry Wallis-era Motörhead through to the great breakthrough moment in ’76… proof that soul-deep rock’n’roll didn’t die with Johnny Thunders and Ron Asheton.” Gus Ironside, LOUDER THAN WAR
“Their raw, sometimes shambolic, power even recalls the Stooges' legendary 'Funhouse' - if the sessions had been gatecrashed by the Damned with the Pink Fairies in tow.” Kris Needs, CLASSIC ROCK
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