SHADRACK & DUXBURYRecords
WHILE YOU STILL CAN
RELEASE DATE : Oct 28th2019
12” Vinyl [includes download code], Digi Pack CD & Download
Vote for Me
Pop Music For Ugly People
Diane Abbott Takes A Selfie
Ministry Of Fate
Art & Poverty
Man Out Of Time
Let Them Take Drugs
‘WHILE YOU STILL CAN’, the new Vinny Peculiaralbum [his thirteenth] is a noisy hard rock affair with big drums, wild guitar solos and trippy Floyd like excursions, it’s an intense unsentimental record by VP standards. Notable influences include Gang of Four, Talking Headsand early 70s hard/glam rock, lyrical themes include political vanity, news black outs, cultural betrayals and a song about class A drugs as a form of political oppression…
Atmospheric piano led album opener ‘Vote for Me’is an emotive plea for support for what we’re never quite sure. ‘Pop Music for Ugly People’[updated from the show business quote of old] is a frenzied exploration of political opportunism and personal greed. ‘Dianne Abbot Takes A Selfie’explores the vanity of public life, self-promotion and the lure of social media. Culture Vultureis a Led Zeppelininfluenced hard rock affair with a Screw Youchorus of disapproval.‘Question Time’s jangle guitars and semi spoken vocal tells the story of a missing female politician from the perspective of a suspect under interrogation. ‘Man Out of Time’ is in more familiar VP territory, recalling the glam rock days of Vinny’s youth with striking couplets ‘Richard Stilgoe, Donny & Marie, Bri-nylon sheets and a chain mail bikini,its anthemic pastiche starts in 1972 and ends in 1976…
WHILE YOU STILL CAN is an expansive hard rock record from a writer pushing the boundaries of influence, breaking away from expectation and always moving forward. Ex Parlour Flames rhythm section Che Beresford[drums] and Ollie Collins[bass] provide the glue that binds the vision alongside regulars Rob Steadman [keys] & Leah Walch [backing vocals] Production by Dave Draper[Return of the Native, tracks 1,2,3,4,5,6,10] & David Marsden[Silver Meadows tracks 7,8,9].
Assorted Press Quotes
‘Wry wit, incisive observations, touching humanity, and a 60s suburban English cultural sensibility (his label’s named from kitchen sink escapism drama Billy Liar), summoning comparisons to not only Ray Davies, but Babybird, Jarvis Cocker, and Morrissey’
‘If Tony Hancock had made pop records they’d have sounded like this’
– UNCUT MAGAZINE – Simon Goddard
‘A songwriter who deserves to be taken seriously’
Q Magazine – Jon Aizlewood
‘When you listen to a Vinny Peculiar album you cannot help but think that you have come across his diary and as you sit and read it you feel both uncomfortable and wonderful all at once. His music is littered with the complex and yet everyday emotions that the masses go through and it is reassuring to know that we are not alone in our ponderings and self-analytical behaviour.’
– SOUNDS XP
‘Songwriting’s Angel of the Odd, Vinny Peculiar is like a celestial observer of the small, unseen dramas of daily life, delicate and delightful’.
– MEN Reviews
‘Like Vic Chestnutt tooled up for an armed robbery’.
– Irish Times
‘Curiously elegant confessionals from one of the UK’s most criminally under-rated talents; make room in your heart for this peculiar, but highly likeable man’.
‘Nostalgia’s not what it used to be…
Imagine a surreal episode of My Two Dads where said fathers are Jarvis Cocker and David Bowie, who bully their child into liking them and everything they like, like glam stomp, kitchen sink vignettes, mordantly witty lyrics, nostalgia, dreams and a sneer, and you‘re ready for Vinny Peculiar, Manchester’s premier forward thinking backward looking song smith.’
‘“Confessions of a Sperm Donor” begins with the wonderful couplet “I used to be a feminist, I used to be a freak. Sold my sperm for bus fare I got £15 a week” – and indeed lyrically the album is devastatingly funny and moving almost right the way through’
– Big Issue