Here She Comes Again

rimal Scream’s 1986 B-side Velocity Girl is a perfect piece of guitar pop- bright, spindly, quickly strummed guitars rushing all over the place and Bobby Gillespie’s tribute to the girl with ‘vodka in her veins’. The song is short, just eighty eight seconds long, but has had a huge influence. It was a cornerstone of C86 and on hearing it John Squire went away and rethought how he played guitar and wrote songs (Made Of Stone being one obvious result).

Primal Scream are about to release another best of compilation and unlike 2003’s Dirty Hits which took Loaded as the starting point the new singles album , called somewhat depressingly Maximum Rock & Roll, goes back to their roots with Velocity Girl, Gentle Tuesday, Imperial and Ivy Ivy Ivy all included this time around. Velocity Girl is to be put out as a 7″ single too so if you missed out first time around, time to get down the record shop and pick a copy up. Douglas Hart has made a video for Velocity Girl, combining footage of Edie Sedgwick with Bobby miming to camera in 2019 (I think I would have been happy with more Edie and less Bobby or at least Edie and a 1986 Bobby). Velocity Girl, it goes without saying, is a fucking fantastic song.

In July 1986 Primal Scream did a session for Janice Long and recorded this version of Velocity Girl, a version which has an extra verse that just about takes it to the two minute mark.

Velocity Girl (Janice Long Session)

Wait By The Gate

Earlier this year I posted an ep by Manchester based group Multiplier, three songs with widescreen guitars, songs somewhere in Elbow and Doves territory but also Manchester’s lost sons The Chameleons, with some shoegaze too. They’ve had some radio exposure on BBC 6 and local stations and played with iLIKETRAINS, Six By Seven, Blossoms and The Woodentops. They have a double A side single out in October, and have gone straight for the jugular with a pair of songs that sound like they’re ready to punch a hole in the speakers. Both tunes also sound like gig songs, dynamic and to be performed live in front of speaker stacks and under lights. Wait By The Gate is carried along by rolling drums and bass and a vocal that recalls Richard Ashcroft in his prime. Chasing Shadows sounds like it should playing over the closing titles of TV series, guitar heroics and all. The single will be on Bandcamp next month, in a pay what you want deal. There’s something going on here, give them a go.

I just checked what i wrote last time and noticed that the last time I wrote about Multiplier I put a picture of Edie Sedgwick alongside them so I’m following suit today. She had a strong look.

Multiplier

I end up ignoring a lot of the unsolicited music submissions that come into my inbox- I don’t have the time and it’s not really what this blog is about. I got one a few weeks back which I didn’t delete straight away and then a follow up email (which usually pisses me off but this time it did remind me to give them a listen). Multiplier are from Manchester, a four piece band, promoting their debut ep which contains three songs. This is the lead song, Choice.

They reference Doves, The Chameleons and shoegaze in their press release and that isn’t too wide of the mark, especially with the guitar playing. The drumming reminds me of The Bunnymen’s use of the tom toms and singer Andy Gardner has strong, deep voice. This widescreen British guitar music is pretty unfashionable at the moment- which makes it all the more appealing to me somehow. Multiplier seem a bit like a band who have pitched up at the wrong time and that’s not a bad thing at all. You can get the mp3s at Bandcamp (pay what you like). Second song Heart Of Gold is my favourite right now, those guitars and backing vocals really hit the spot. Smithsy. Last song Echoes is where the shoegaze shines through the early morning haze. Good stuff, a cut above and full of promise.

Run For Cover

I found a long forgotten folder on my hard drive, called Adam Music From Laptop- some songs transferred over from a work laptop back in about 2007. Tucked away in it was this song by The Matinee Orchestra. I think I downloaded it from their MySpace page (MySpace!). It’s got a bit of Penguin Cafe Orchestra about it, a bit Henri Mancini maybe, a little Belle And Sebastian. Acoustic guitar, skewed trumpets, a sweetly sung vocal. Ice cold lemonade on a sunny day. Sunday morning music.

Run For Cover (It’s Going To Rain)