I’ve just done a couple of shows opening for the wonderful Wedding Present, at The Mars Bar here in Worcester and at Waterloo Music Bar in Blackpool, I’m pleased to say that both shows went well. To be truthful I was only a fleeting WP fan, I have a copy of George Best on Vinyl but that was a far as I went. Seeing them perform now has been a mini revelation, such an infectious frenzied energy, I love the walls of guitar noise, and the strummy attack of David Gedges playing, and the songs have proper chorus’s n hooks to die for. Too Much Apple Pie indeed. Its a process of discovery I am relishing…sometimes all you need is a nudge and before you know it you’re right back in there, sort of. I’m opening for them again on Sat August 17th a solo show at The Devils Arse Cave in Castleton, Derbyshire, a perfectly splendid and unique venue, which I’m looking forward to, perhaps catch some of you there. Finally here’s a really well put together review by Malcolm Wyatt from the Blackpool show, link and exert below…
A rough and ready venue with good, honest punk rock sawdust appeal – one where Camper Van Beethoven could happily retire for a pint after taking the skinheads bowling at the ‘Wembley of crown green bowls’ venue next door – certainly suited opening act Vinny Peculiar, invited along by Gedge after previous TWP supports, making new friends on this occasion too.
Try and imagine a singer-songwriter with vocal dashes of Ian Hunter and Steve Harley, offering hints of the songcraft of Ray Davies and Neil Hannon, wrapped up with something of the look of John Otway, John Shuttleworth and Robyn Hitchcock rolled into one, and you’re on your way towards a picture of an artist The Irish Times dubbed ‘the missing link between Jarvis Cocker and Roger McGough’
He’s certainly personable, full of biographical tales and vignettes of life in the Malverns, with liberal lashings of Worcestershire sauce and past North West adventures between ad during selections from his Down the Bright Stream, Silver Meadows, The Root Mull Effect, and Return of the Native LPs, with a new record about to land.
He’s Bromsgrove’s answer to whatever the question was in the first place, his lyrical matter often somewhere between whimsy and introspection, his voice and guitar competently complemented by bandmate Rob Steadman on keyboards and added vocals.
Highlights included a Kinks-esque ‘English Village’, pensive Clifford T. Ward tribute ‘The Singing Schoolteacher’, a Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band-like ‘Anthony Gormley’, The Go-Betweens-ish ‘Everyone Has Something To Say’, a reflective ‘Pop Music, Football & Girls’ (recorded with his previous band Parlour Flames), and singalong finale ‘Sometimes I Feel Like a King‘. One to seek out live and on record, I’d say.
While You Still Can15/07/2019
Pleased to announce the new Vinny Peculiar album ‘While You Still Can’ gets a heavy duty Vinyl release in October after some last minute procrastination its ready and in waiting to be heard. It comes with a download card so you won’t need to wear your stylus out! I’m really pleased with it, ten new songs, big noisy guitars, fatter drums and a harder rockier edge. Its an in part political in other parts scatological collection, song subject matter includes the vanity of politicians, art and cronyism, and a glam rock stomper that starts in 1972 and ends in 1976 called ‘Man Out Of Time’. The record was mostly made with Pershore rock guru Dave Draper with Silver Meadows producer David Marsden producing three of the ten tracks. I’m indebted to both for their extreme diligence and attention to detail. New videos are taking shape, much more information to come.
On a sad note The Twisted Village festival I was due to play on 18th August has been cancelled. Next up we have shows with the Wedding Present in Worcester & Blackpool details here, hope to see some of you there VPx
Meanwhile the current album Return of the Native continues to shine, listen stream or buy via Bandcamp
I’m very pleased to announce that Rob and I will be playing a couple of support slots with The Wedding Present on Thursday July 25th at The Mars Bar in Worcester and on Sat July 27th at Waterloo Music Bar in Blackpool. Its lovely to be asked, I played David Gedge’s Edge of the Sea Festival in Brighton last year and can honestly say that WP fans are some of the nicest most engaging people I have had the pleasure of performing for. I’m also playing the freakishly friendly Twisted Village Festival in Winchester on Sat 17th August. If you go to just one festival this year then I suggest this be the one, its ethos is second to none, have a look see do , heres the link. Details of these gigs and others see the gig pages link here
The new Vinny Peculiar album is almost ready. I’m working on some additional tracks with Silver Meadows producer David Marsden after finishing sessions here with Pershore Rock guru Dave Draper. All should be done and dusted by the end of the month. I know its taken awhile as it always does. The album features some colossal drums from Che Beresford [Parlour Flames, Black Grape, Badly Drawn Boy, Cherry Ghost] and a multitude of harder edged over driven guitars. We are looking at doing some band gigs to support the release dates and details to follow.