Paul Clark in conversation with David Eastaugh https://www.thebolshoibrothers.com The original lineup consisted of singer/guitarist Trevor Tanner, drummer Jan Kalicki, and bassist Graham Cox. Tanner and Kalicki had previously played together in the short-lived punk band Moskow. Early gigs supported the likes of the Cult https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cult, the March Violets https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_March_Violets and the Lords of the New Church https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lords_of_the_New_Church. After eight gigs bass player Graham Cox was replaced by Nick Chown. In 1985, the band released their debut single, "Sob Story", followed by the mini-album, Giants, and their hit song "Happy Boy". Word of mouth was such that the Bolshoi were able to sell out many of their early headlining performances.
Martha Johnson & Mark Gane in conversation with David Eastaugh After another long layoff from being an active performing entity, Martha and the Muffins released a video and downloadable song in May 2020 called "Stay Home and Dance". A reworking of the 1984 M+M track "Come Out and Dance", the new song and video was released in response to the stay-at-home orders surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021 they released the compilation Marthology: In and Outtakes, collecting rarities and demo versions of past songs. At the same time they indicated that they were working on a new album, tentatively slated for release in 2022.
John Butler in conversation with David Eastaugh https://www.dieselparkwest.com/ The tenth Diesel Park West album, ‘Not Quite The American Dream’ was released on July 29, 2022. The album was recorded during the COVID lockdowns of 2020. It was preceded by a couple of singles, 'One Shot of Happiness' and 'Secondary Modern Man'. Both of which have charted on the British Heritage Chart. Rob Morris and Ian Michie have both left the band. A new band has been put together featuring John Butler, Rich Barton, Daryl Hopper (bass) and Dave Bryant (drums).
Pat Irwin in conversation with David Eastaugh https://patirwinmusic.com American composer and musician who was a founding member of two bands that grew out of New York City's No Wave scene in the late 1970s, the Raybeats and 8-Eyed Spy. He joined The B-52s from 1989 through 2008. He currently performs and records with SUSS who have released several records on the indie label Northern Spy.
Matthew Edwards in conversation with David Eastaugh https://matthewedwardsandtheunfortunates.bandcamp.com
Vernon Dewhurst in conversation with David Eastaugh https://www.snapgalleries.com/product-category/photographers/vernon-dewhurst/ Vernon Dewhurst created the op art influenced cover photograph for David Bowie’s second album, released in 1969 was originally titled David Bowie, It subsequently became known as Space Oddity, in deference to its best-known track. Dewhurst graduated from Regent Street Polytechnic School of Photography in 1966, and set up his studio in Dublin for a year. He then came back to London, working at the famous Studio Five in Mayfair shooting fashion and beauty. In London he shared house with David Bowie whom he shot several times. One of his pictures became the cover of the famous Space Oddity album in 1969. A few weeks after the shoot, Vernon moved to Paris where he worked for clients including Marie Claire, 20 Ans, Elle, Pierre Cardin, Yves Saint-Laurent, and photographed many French stars.
Hugh Birdsall in conversation with David Eastaugh The Reducers’ history is a powerful testament to rock ‘n’ roll’s power to transcend and inspire, for those who create it as well as for those who consume it. These four working-class underdogs—Detmold and fellow singer-guitarist-songwriter Hugh Birdsall, drummer Tom Trombley and bassist/vocalist Kaika—spent most of their adult lives building a potent body of recordings and a far-reaching reputation as a scrappy, riveting live act that affirmed rock ‘n’ roll’s vibrant promise on a regular basis.
Rebecca Pidgeon in conversation with David Eastaugh http://rebeccapidgeonmusic.com From 1986 to 1990, Pidgeon was the lead singer of the British folk/pop band Ruby Blue. She left the group shortly after they signed to a major record label. On her tenth full-length album of sensuous Art Pop, Parts of Speech Pieces of Sound, storyteller, singer, multi-instrumentalist, and actress Rebecca Pidgeon taps into the ongoing communication between body, mind and spirit through vibrations and energy. Recorded in Los Angeles with co-producer Fernando Perdomo, the ten tracks here illuminate the connection between her art and her explorations of the sacred science behind yoga practice. Parts of Speech Pieces of Sound is being released on (give formats) on (give label) on September 24.
Simon Charterton - The Higsons - in conversation with David Eastaugh Founded in 1980 at the University of East Anglia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_East_Anglia in Norwich https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norwich, Norfolk https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norfolk, England, The Higsons' first recording https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sound_recording_and_reproductionwas on the Norwich - A Fine City compilation album https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compilation_album. The Higsons' first single https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Single_(music), "I Don't Want to Live with Monkeys", was released in 1981. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Higsons#cite_note-Larkin80-1 The band signed to the 2 Tone Records https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2_Tone_Records label https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Record_label, along with bands such as The Specials https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Specials, The Beat https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_English_Beat and Madness https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madness_(band). The band's blend of high-energy funk and groove brought them some chart success: their most remembered track was "Conspiracy", released in 1982, with the refrain "Who stole my bongos?; Did you steal my bongos?". The band played their last gig in March 1986, disbanding by mutual consent.
Hugh Vivian - Omega Tribe - in conversation with David Eastaugh https://omegatribe.bandcamp.com Omega Tribe are an anarcho-punk band, in 1981. With the roles of Hugh Vivian on guitar and vocals, Daryl Hardcastle on bass, Pete Fender on guitar and Pete Shepherd on drums, their first EP, Angry Songs, was produced by Penny Rimbaud and Pete Fender for Crass Records in 1982. Their subsequent LP, No Love Lost, won the hearts of many hardened anarchos and secured their place in anarcho-punk history. A far more melodic style, encouraged by producer and new guitarist Pete Fender created a highly influential template that many other bands were to build on.
Peppy Castro - Blues Magoos - in conversation with David Eastaugh https://www.peppycastro.com/about.html The Blues Magoos are an American rock group from The Bronx, a borough of New York City, United States. They were at the forefront of the psychedelic music trend, beginning in 1966. They are best known for the hit song "(We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet". The band was formed in 1964 as The Trenchcoats. The original members were Emil "Peppy" Thielhelm a.k.a. "Peppy" Castro (vocals and guitar), Dennis LePore (lead guitar), Ralph Scala (organ and vocals), Ron Gilbert (bass) and Jon Finnegan (drums). The band made a name for itself in various clubs in Greenwich Village. The band changed its name first to the Bloos Magoos and by 1966 to the Blues Magoos. Mike Esposito joined as lead guitarist and Geoff Daking as drummer.
Jeff Drake - The Joneses - in conversation with David Eastaugh https://hozacrecords.com/product/guilty/ The Joneses were a punk band from Anaheim, Southern California https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_California. In 1981 guitarist and singer Jeff Drake and professional skateboarder, Steve Olson, formed its nucleus but over the years the Joneses included numerous players with Drake being the only constant member. The Joneses' first seven-inch, 45 rpm single was "Criminals in My Car" b/w "Jonestown". They next released a pair of songs, "Graveyard Rock" and "Pillbox", on the 1982 BYO https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Better_Youth_Organization Records compilation, Someone Got Their Head Kicked In. The EP, Criminals, was the Joneses next released recording. Hell Comes to Your House Volume 2 https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Hell_Comes_to_Your_House_Volume_2&action=edit&redlink=1, included the two Joneses tracks: "I'm Bad" and "She's So Filthy".
Paul Roessler in conversation with David Eastaugh https://paulroessler1.bandcamp.com American musician and record producer. Roessler was a prominent member of the L.A. punk scene https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punk_rock_in_California during the late 1970s and 1980s. He played keyboards in bands such as The Screamers https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Screamers, Twisted Roots, 45 Grave https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/45_Grave, Nervous Gender https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nervous_Gender, SAUPG, Geza X https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geza_X and the Mommymen, Mike Watt and the Secondmen https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Watt_and_the_Secondmen, Nina Hagen https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nina_Hagen and The Deadbeats. Roessler has also released solo recordings such as "Abominable," "Curator," "The Arc," "6/12" and a rock opera entitled "Burnt Church" with Jeff Parker. He currently works as a record producer at Kitten Robot Studios in Los Angeles, California.
Vashti Bunyan in conversation with David Eastaugh https://www.whiterabbitbooks.co.uk/titles/vashti-bunyan/wayward/9781474621939/ In 1968, Vashti Bunyan gave up everything and everybody she knew in London to take to the road with a horse, wagon, dog, guitar and her then partner. They made the long journey up to the Outer Hebrides in an odyssey of discovery and heartbreak, full of the joy of freedom and the trudge of everyday reality, sleeping in the woods, fighting freezing winters and homelessness. Along the way, Vashti wrote the songs that would lead to the recording of her 1970's album Just Another Diamond Day, the lilting lyrics and guitar conveying innocent wonder at the world around her, whilst disguising a deeper turmoil under the surface. From an unconventional childhood in post-war London, to a fledgling career in mid-sixties pop - recording a single written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards - to the despair and failure to make any headway with her own songs, she rejected the music world altogether and left it all behind. After retreating to a musical wilderness for thirty years, the rediscovery of her recordings in 2000 brought Vashti a second chance to write, record and perform once more. One of the great hippie myths of the 1960s, Wayward, Just Another Life to Live, rewrites the narrative of a barefoot girl on the road to describe a life lived at full tilt from the first, revealing what it means to change course and her emotional struggle, learning to take back control of her own life.
Trevor Tanner - The Bolshoi - in conversation with David Eastaugh https://www.thebolshoibrothers.com In 1985, the band released their debut single, "Sob Story", followed by the mini-album, Giants, and their hit song "Happy Boy". Word of mouth was such that the Bolshoi were able to sell out many of their early headlining performances. The band moved to London in 1985, and their line-up expanded to include Paul Clark on keyboards - In 1986, they released their first full-length album, Friends, and expanded their touring schedule to the U.S., South America and Poland. It was followed in 1987 by the album Lindy's Party, on which the sound was more pop-oriented. TC Wall, reviewing the album in Underground magazine, described Lindy's Party as "completely confident, commercial, professional, and dangerously catchy" and "a fine album that'll be caressed for generations."
Tara Milton - Five Thirty - in conversation with David Eastaugh Tara Milton and Nick Baker formed Five Thirty whilst still at school near Oxford in 1983. They met and recruited drummer Steve Beatty and played their first official gig in May 1984. This initial line-up played a number of gigs supporting bands like The Truth, Makin' Time and Direct Hits. Baker decided to leave the band in March 1985, and American replacement Shawn Gwin (formerly of the bands East Cambodia and The Numbers in New Orleans) was spotted advertising his services in the then popular weekly Phoenix List. They quickly recorded a demo of Gwin's songs "Weight of the World", "Catcher in the Rye", "Mood Suite" and "Suburban Town". After Gwin left to return to New Orleans (and before Paul Bassett took over the reins) Five Thirty released their demo on 12" vinyl "Catcher in the Rye", was also included on a compilation entitled The Cutting Edge, a mod revival vinyl record that also contained songs by Purple Hearts, The Blades and The Dansette. Paul Bassett took over on guitar and vocals after Gwin left. Eventually, the original drummer Steve Beatty was replaced by Keith McCubbin and finally Phil Hopper. This line-up (Milton/Bassett/Hopper) then signed to Atco/East West Records in 1990 and released four singles and one album, Bed
Ivan Julian in conversation with David Eastaugh Julian is now releasing Swing Your Lanterns, his latest solo offering. Ivan’s had a long and distinguished career as a provocative songwriter and one of New York City’s most distinctive guitar stylists. As a founder member of Richard Hell & The Voidoids, Julian was an essential part of the original Punk scene while sowing the seeds for Post-Punk with the pointedly lopsided rhythms structures and scorched, askew guitar lines that comprised the Voidoids’ oeuvre. Swing Your Lanterns is being released by Pravda Records as download, CD, 12” vinyl LP and on streaming platforms. I hope you'll consider covering him via an interview, feature, news item or album review. Let me know if you need a download or CD.
Brian Vincent & Heather Spore - Make Me Famous - Edward Brezinski - in conversation with David Eastaugh https://www.red-splat.com This documentary brings forward a popular era while unearthing many artists, photographers, and stories that you may not already know. The 1980s art scene is famous for break-out artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, but there were many other artists who made a powerful impact. Make Me Famous is the story of the Lower East Side art movement through an unknown artist, fully allowing the creativity itself to take centerstage. Set during arguably the last great art explosion in American history, Make Me Famous tells the story of unknown painter, Edward Brezinski in his quest for fame. Our film gives an intimate portrait of what it was like to be an artist in N.Y.C. in the 1980s. It delves into the spirit of the artists themselves, what drove their generation and what they were up against.
Michael Conroy - Modern English - in conversation with David Eastaugh https://modernenglish.me/ English band formed in 1979. They are best known for their songs "I Melt with You https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Melt_with_You", "Hands Across the Sea https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hands_Across_the_Sea_(song)", and "Ink and Paper". The group disbanded in 1987, only to re-form two years later and then disband after another two years (1991). They reunited again in 1995 and have continued in various lineups since that time.
Mark Reeder in conversation with David Eastaugh https://mfsberlin.com/mark-reeder/ https://markreeder.bandcamp.com Reeder has been living and working in Berlin since 1978. He is the founder and owner of the German electronic dance music labels MFS https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MFS_(label) and Flesh. In 1991, Reeder discovered the teenage Paul van Dyk https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_van_Dyk, guiding and paving his way to build up his now international DJ superstardom. Reeder's career has spanned more than four decades. He has been a participant and behind the scenes influence for many now-famous artists, spread over a wide cross-section of contemporary musical genres.
Daved Hild - The Girls, The Wooden Birds & The Pale Orchestra - in conversation with David Eastaugh Hild formed the experimental punk band The Girls with Robin Amos https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_Amos, George Condo https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Condo and Mark Dagley. Their first and only studio release was the seven-inch single "Jeffrey I Hear You"/"The Elephant Man", produced by David Thomas https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Thomas_(musician) of Pere Ubu https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pere_Ubu fame. Eventually Hild joined Thomas in his band The Wooden Birds and played on Monster Walks the Winter Lake https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monster_Walks_the_Winter_Lake, released in 1986. He released several albums on Shimmy Disc https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shimmy_Disc with Ralph Carney https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralph_Carney and Kramer https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kramer_(musician), serving as the primary lyricist, vocalist and drummer for the compositions. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daved_Hild#cite_note-trouserpress-2
Arturo Bassick - 999 & The Lurkers - in conversation with David Eastaugh https://www.nineninenine.net 999 are an English punk rock band, formed in December 1976. From the period of 1976 to 1985, the line-up of 999 consisted of Nick Cash (vocals, guitar), Guy Days (lead guitar), Jon Watson (bass guitar) and Pablo LaBritain (drums). LaBritain was temporarily replaced in 1980 by drummer Paul Edward aka 'Ed Case' while he recovered from a motor accident. Bassist Jon Watson left the band in 1985 and was replaced by Danny Palmer, who was succeeded by Arturo Bassick in 1991.
Penny Arcade in conversation with David Eastaugh Penny Arcade Aka Susana Ventura is an internationally respected performance artist, writer, poet and experimental theatre maker known for her magnetic stage presence, her take no prisoners wit and her content rich plays and one liners. She is the author of 16 scripted performance plays and hundreds of performance art pieces. Her work has always focused on the other and the outsider, giving voice to those marginalized by society. Her willingness to speak truth to power at the expense of career concerns has made her an international icon of artistic resistance. Her decades long focus on the creation of community and inclusion as the goals of performance and her efforts to use performance as a transformative act mark her as a true original in American theatre and performance. Since 1992 Penny has collaborated with Steve Zehentner , a former architect turned video producer. In 1999 Penny and Steve launched The Lower East Side Biography Project “Stemming The Tide Of Cultural Amnesia” an oral history video project that has broadcast and streamed weekly since its inception..introducing highly self individuated people to the general public
Nick Chown - The Bolshoi - in conversation with David Eastaugh The original lineup consisted of singer/guitarist Trevor Tanner https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trevor_Tanner, drummer Jan Kalicki, and bassist Graham Cox. After eight gigs bass player Graham Cox was replaced by Nick Chown. In 1985, the band released their debut single, "Sob Story", followed by the mini-album, Giants, and their hit song "Happy Boy". In 1986, they released their first full-length album, Friends, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bolshoi#cite_note-Larkinindie-1and expanded their touring schedule to the U.S., South America https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_America and Poland. It was followed in 1987 by the album Lindy's Party, on which the sound was more pop-oriented.
Marco Porsia - Rema Rema - in conversation with David Eastaugh https://www.docnrollfestival.com/films/what-you-could-not-visualise-rema-rema/ Marco Porsia is an award-winning director and editor - directed and cut music videos for a variety of bands, including The Wedding Present and most recently a live concert film for Swans. Rema-Rema rode the first wave of post-punk between 1978-1980. Members Mark Cox, Mick Allen, Gary Asquith, Marco Pirroni, and Dorothy ‘Max’ Prior played only 11 gigs around London in 1979, and split up before the release of their one and only record.
James Elliott - Filigree & Shadow - in conversation with David Eastaugh https://www.filigreeandshadow.co/ Founded in 2013, the name Filigree & Shadow emanates from a twice-borrowed reference to the song by Fever Tree https://youtu.be/FgWbOnRNBvA. The late Robert Hermann wrote, “His series of ethereal and complex fragrances established him as a first-class natural perfumer, proving small indie perfumers can more than hold their own when running with the big dogs.
Jon Caffery in conversation with David Eastaugh http://joncaffery.de British music producer and engineer, born 1960 in Dorset, England, UK. Began his career in London, but moved to Germany in 1983.
Simon Jones - And Also the Trees - in conversation with David Eastaugh https://www.andalsothetrees.co.uk The band made their live debut on 12 January 1980 at Grieg Memorial Hall in Alcester https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcester. A home demo tape was sent to The Cure https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cure, who were looking for support bands on their tour, leading to a friendship between the two bands. In 1981, And Also the Trees played several shows in support of The Cure'sUK tour. Their second demo tape, From Under the Hill (1982), was partly co-produced by Robert Smith https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Smith_(musician) and Mike Hedges https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Hedges. Graham Havas was replaced at this time by Steven Burrows https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Steven_Burrows&action=edit&redlink=1. In 1983, the band released their first single, "Shantell", which was produced by The Cure's Lol Tolhurst https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lol_Tolhurst. Their second single, "The Secret Sea", followed in 1984 and was also produced by Tolhurst. Tolhurst also produced their debut studio album, And Also the Trees https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And_Also_the_Trees_(album), which was released in February 1984. The band received the attention of BBC Radio 1 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBC_Radio_1 DJ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disc_jockey John Peel https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Peel, and were invited to do a session in April 1984, which was produced by Dale Griffin https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dale_Griffin for broadcast on 24 April.
Ken Scott - Wasted Youth - in conversation with David Eastaugh Wasted Youth have a tour starting in March 2023 and some festival appearances lined-up for summer. The newly formed WY Records are planning to have some vinyl and CD releases ready for March 2023. And that's something to look forward to. Wasted Youth were an English post-punk https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post-punk band from London https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London, England, active between 1979 and 1982, which blended post-punk/pre-Goth with dark acoustic strains of the sort associated with Nick Drake https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Drake and Syd Barrett https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syd_Barrett. The line-up of the band was Ken Scott (vocals and guitar), Rocco Barker (guitar), Nick Nicole (synth), Darren Murphy (bass) and Andy Scott https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Scott_(musician) (drums).
James Fry - Earl Brutus & World of Twist - in conversation with David Eastaugh New book - A Licence to Rock and Pop - Slimvolume https://www.jamesfryimage.com https://www.slimvolume.org https://boogalooradio.com/about/schedule/ Earl Brutus were a British https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom indie rock https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indie_rock band that emerged in the 1990s. They were formed in 1993 by Nick Sanderson https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Sanderson_(musician), Rob Marche (formerly of JoBoxers https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JoBoxers and If?), Jamie Fry (formerly of World of Twist https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_of_Twist) and Stuart Boreman. Boreman left after the release of their first single Life's Too Long and was replaced by Gordon King, who had been in World of Twist with Fry.