Following the release of his sixth solo album ‘Songbox’, Pete Astor (The Loft/Weather Prophets) was recently interviewed by Lawrence from Felt and this has been made into two short films by director Paul Kelly. You can watch the interview below.
The new Pete Astor album marks a change in direction from his more experimental, post-Creation work in groups such as Ellis Island Sound and the Wisdom of Harry. Backed by the woodwinds of Keiron Phelan (State River Widening, Phelan-Sheppard) and Jenny Brand (Kluster Ensemble), together with layers of guitars, drums and keyboards from David Sheppard (State River Widening, Ellis Island Sound) and supported by the harmony vocals of Angèle David-Guillou (Piano Magic, Klima), the eleven essays on Songbox offer an abundance of lushly arranged, timeless chamber-rock, brimming with wry lyrical insight and haunting melodic hooks. Continue reading →
Second mix featuring the singles in order of catalogue number, this chapter takes us from 1987 to 1990. This is where we first see the label dip its toes into the mainstream, firstly the House of Love and My Bloody Valentine grace the cover of the music papers in 1988 and then in 1990 Ride and Primal Scream give the label their first chart hits in the UK following the ‘Madchester’ explosion. Continue reading →
“The Painted Word takes POP! classics and twists them into something new and groovy. I love it”- Phil Wilson (The June Brides)
“Arash Torabi – a positive force of nature unto himself. He’s creating a brand new scene all over again”- Ed Ball (Creation Records, The Times, Television Personalities)
The Painted Word is album by Arash Torabi which includes his interpretations of songs by Television Personalities, The Times, The Revolving Paint Dream, The Weather Prophets and Felt. Some of The Painted Word’s cover versions take the essence of the original song, adding new arrangements. ‘Godevil’ is one of three songs covered, which were originally recorded by The Times on Creation Records. The Painted Word version takes the basic structure of the original and adds drum & bass drum loops, a female singer and reworked lyrics. The Times’ main-man, Ed Ball (also worked for Creation Records and was a member of Television Personalities) has continued to encourage Arash from the start, expressing his approval of The Painted Word’s versions of his songs. Creation Records’ Alan McGee (who also performed with The Times and Biff Bang Pow!) also told Arash that he liked his version of ‘Godevil’.
Following a one-off live performance at Peel Fest in Düsseldorf, Germany in October 2009, on the same bill as David Gedge (The Wedding Present) and Darren Hayman (Hefner) The Painted Word has recently been released on Berlin’s Vollwert Records.
Every couple of decades fashion seems to come round again and with 80s fashion currently in full swing amongst the youngsters, some of the acts who made their name in that decade discuss the era with the Saatchi Gallery website.
Featured in the interview is Pete Astor (The Loft/Weather Prophets), Lawrence (Felt), Phil Wilson (June Brides) and Phil King (Lush/Felt/Jesus & Mary Chain).
Back in the late 80’s there was briefly a magazine called ‘Underground’ in the UK and never a month went by when Creation weren’t featured. Below is an interview with Alan McGee from early 1988, the text of which i’ve featured on the site before but this time I decided to make a playlist up of tracks featured in the interview. Continue reading →