John Murray on a new album with plenty of echoes of the past ...
From the opening percussive groove on the new album Something Wicked This Way Comes (Hydrophonics), immediately good reminders of past hits spring to mind.
Bits of New Order and some Joy Division and on closer inspection the link is here with featured bass player Peter Hook.
His influence is unmistakable on tracks like On the Run or the dance mix of I Can’t Explain.
This new release is from DeStijl made up of Fred Vernay on vocals, Pat Roberts on guitars, Eric Manchon on drums, John Cleary on bass and Pascal DeStijl on synths.
Julie Gordon (Happy Mondays) adds backing vocals too on Eating Me Alive and Sex Invader adding atmosphere with discretion.
Recorded in Manchester (where else?) with I Am Kloot guitarist Yves Altana as producer they seem to have more dance rhythms in mind with many tracks ripe for a remix. Recorded on their 2009 tour Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker & John Doyle have a new live album for Vertical Records and a full UK tour now underway.
Mike (flutes) has toured with Bob Dylan and has just completed a tour with Mark Knopfler while still being a member of Capercaillie.
John McCusker (fiddles) was on those tours too and adds Paolo Nutini and Paul Weller to his collaborators while still being a member of the Battlefield Band and soon to publish his own compositions.
Guitarist and vocalist John Doyle is now resident in the US where he has been MD for Joan Baez.
As a trio they came to notice in the BBC Transatlantic Sessions and together they are unmatched for musical proficiency on this album and on stage.
The reels such as Kitty Come Down To Limerick or Under One Sky/Tom Rose/Johnny’s Jig really swing with Heidi Talbot adding vocals to False Lady.
The boys play Stirling Tolbooth on February 26 and Edinburgh Queens Hall on March 12.