Monday, July 21, 2014

Mary Joanna & The Southern Electrikk

I've got a great new single to share today, from a terrific UK band.

Mary Joanna & The Southern Electrikk are from Manchester, the group consists of Mary Joanna (vocals) and she is backed by Rikki Turner (Paris Angels) on keys, Steven Tatji (Paris Angels, Rude Club) on bass, Spencer Birtwhistle (Interstella, The Fall) on drums, Stephen Evans (Twisted Wheel) on guitar and newcomer Zack Davies also on guitar.

They are a unique blend of dark synths, biting guitars and gritty bass lines interlaced with Mary’s soft yet irresistibly sinister vocals.

Although the band have performed just a handful of gigs in their home city, they’ve already been invited to appear at venues across the UK, thanks to their effortlessly cool blend of Post Punk, Psychedelia, Electronica, Dream Pop and Krautrock.

Wasted, their debut single, will be available as a digital download from 22nd September, but you can hear it here right now. You won't be wasting your time listening to this, a great barrage of jangly guitars, some fuzz and the beautiful voice of Mary Joanna. Just sublime. Like dark chocolate.


Filmed, edited and directed by Stephen Evans.
Band shots filmed by Elspeth Moore.
A special thanks to Peri Scope.
Dedicated to Barri Jill Zahn. 

Here's another great track from them, this one's so new there isn't a video yet.
But we're here for the sounds right?
Another great vocal with a truly tight band behind her.

You Knew, You Knew

If you want to hear just how pure Mary Joanna's voice is check out this classic Skeeter Davis song. Mary Joanna Coogan and Stephen Evans performing a couple of months ago. Pure as a bell.

The End Of The World

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Sunday Reeds

Another treat for you all today, a great band from the land down under.

The Sunday Reeds skillfully combine the most exciting elements of rock ‘n’ roll to create lyrically rich, infectiously melodic songs with a sound distinctly their own.

The obvious comparisons are to Debbie Harry, Cher and Chrissie Hynde but Romana Ashton is her own woman with an amazing voice.

The Sunday Reeds are more like the Ramones with an awesome female vocalist.

The Sunday Reeds, named after Melbourne’s celebrated patron of the arts Sunday Reed, are Romana Ashton (vocals, bass) and Drew Jones (guitar). Though forming in 2009 as a duo, they soon started playing live as a three-piece and are regularly joined on stage by drummer Jeremy Russell.

Enough of the blather, let's get to the music. Get ready to rock.

First up their soon to be released single, the second from their upcoming EP 'Amour Tragique' is something to wrap your head around.
Sounding more like the The Pretenders than the Pretenders this is a truly epic tune.

Rock n Roll Fantasy

 Check out this all too brief "Amour Tragique" EP Promo, this is rock n roll at it's finest.


Live at the Melting Pot about a year ago.
A couple of songs to give a taste of the great night you could have catching them in concert.
Romana in great voice and giving a touch of the Jack Bruce on bass.
This is one truly tight band.

The Sunday Reeds - June 14, 2013 from hollowpress on Vimeo.

Here we go with a great throwback video and lots of reverb and feedback for a classic rockin' doom punk song.
This is from an earlier album "Drowning In History"

Handgun To My Heart

This is from the Album "Dark Rainbows", the video is a cool mix of 60's innocence and 21st century decadence. And of course a brilliant track.

Kiss Me Kill Me

We'll finish up today with another reverb and fuzz classic along with the ever present awesome vocals.

Shiver Up My Vein

Are you still here?
Want some more?
Of course you do, they are too good.
Well here's a little playlist I threw together of some of their great sounds

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


Oh boy, have we got a treat for you today.

Meet Gitla Yosub an unsigned Indie Folk / Dream Folk / singer / songwriter from Israel.

It's the "unsigned" bit that gets me.

Once you get to hear her songs and her voice you will want to hear more.
Be prepared to be blown away.

With a voice this good she has to be our artist of the month, and because of my vacation and lack of ambition this happens halfway through the month. There is no way that Gitla get's only half a month. So she will be artist of the month until the end of August.

When it comes down to it, she is just that good.

You will have to go a long way to hear as powerful and authentic voice as this young lady. 
A beautiful song by a beautiful young lady.

This is an original song by Gitla performed @ "Lagansky" in a live show in Israel March 5th 2014.


Another beautiful song this time live @ Acum House, Israel

Long lost sister
filmed by: Yaniv Graidi
All right reserve to Gitla Yosub

OK, this next song is a classic from the early sixties, originally an instrumental used in the film of the same name and a big hit for Acker Bilk. Then words were added.
It was recorded by many from The Beatles to Barbra Streisand, from Sarah Vaughan to Tom Jones and Vicky Leandros to The Kingston Trio.

Well forget all of them, this is the definitive version.
You will never hear this song sung any better.

A taste of honey

This is another cover, but what a beautiful cover.
This girls voice is just phenomenal.

Gitla summed this song up thus:
"The late, great Townes van Zandt wrote this aching song after spending a couple of days inside his closet/(office) where he wrote some of his best songs ever. I love him. Playing his music heals my soul."
Waitin' Around to Die

Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful.

Gonna finish up today with another beautiful song, a haunting piece that will stay with you.
Such an amazingly beautiful voice.

Teeth and Bones

Film Photographers: Aviv Meshulam and Tal Bruchiel
Video Edit by: Aviv Meshulam
Flute: Tal Bruchiel
Recorded live in Mrtf studio - Israel 2013

All rights reserve to Gitla Yosub music

Thanks to Mats for introducing me to Gitla.