Sensible Gray Cells: Postcard From Britain Ltd Edition Coloured Vinyl
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HE SENSIBLE GRAY CELLS - BIOGRAPHY / PRESS RELEASE
One of Damned afficionados fave pursuits is debating which of the various lineups was the best. Certainly the one that produced the 'Black Album' and 'Strawberries' has got to be a prime contender. So with this in mind bassist extraordinaire Paul Gray and the best guitarist in Croydon (apart from Ralph McTell) Captain Sensible got together somewhere in the Welsh countryside with the aim of writing a bunch of new tunes about subjects dear to their hearts - in between visits to the local pub, of course.
Suitably fortified by foaming pints of Timothy Taylor Landlord, the music and lyrics quickly took shape. Building upon Captain's unique guitar style and Paul's trademark Rickenbacker basslines, the pair utilised an eclectic bunch of instruments including 12 string guitars, hammond organs, harpsichords, sitars, and bouzouki's, giving a nice psychedelic eastern feel to many of the tracks. Keeping it real with a tasteful drummer chum of Paul's by the name of Ant Thickett, a recording studio was eschewed in favour of a real garage, 5 mics, a bass drum kept in place by a Doc Marten boot, a bunch of duvets for sound proofing, and a laptop, with sustenance being provided in the form of tea and cakes provided by the lovely Kate, who also happens to contribute some piano to one of the tracks. Oh yes, and former Hawkwind legend Nik Turner also provides some exceedingly tasteful sax, too…
With a lovely natural drum sound to work with (all recorded in one day) the vocals and overdubs were mostly done in Paul's kitchen. Listen carefully and you may be able to hear the hens clucking contentedly in the background…and with mixing and mastering duties undertaken by Steve "Goldenears" Davies, the band name "The Sensible Gray Cells' was decided upon, with the results about to be available to one and all.
Entitled 'A Postcard From Britain' the album takes as its theme all aspects of life (good and bad) in the strange but wonderful country in which the band live. But do they name names? Indeed they do….
So, why not take a trip to www.thesensiblegraycells.co.uk and check out our album trailer complete with song introductions from Captain, and watch this space for info on availability - we think you're going to like it!