Every time I come back to Desperate Journalist, I find myself needing to go a selection of their catalogue as there is a hypnotic magnetism to their luscious sounds and Leave Home, the second of the five tracks on the Good Luck EP is no different.
Shagging Ponies the glam-rock quintet from the Netherlands are releasing their début LP – GREATEST tITS on the 6th of February.
Shagging Ponies – GREATEST tITS – artwork
In a world of political correctness gone wild, like a Fallopia japonica growing in the garden, it is good to stumble across musicians who are exactly what they say on the tin – and Shagging Ponies make no pretence they are in the music business to bring smiles to both the audience and themselves, which they achieve with boundless enthusiasm, humour and creative ability.
The opening track of the thirteen, Living On The Road, is one of the tamer tracks on the LP, which as a whole is probably not intended for the tender ears of the 20-somethings’ who are more used to plastic wrapping and find not being ‘on trend’ some sort of abomination and still wonder why Lady Chatterley’s Lover was ever allowed to be published but I have more faith that you, as a regular reader, appreciate the real world is one in which you are allowed to be outside the box rather than always being ‘on message’.
Flouncing out of the speakers like a prima donna seeking audience Living On The Road spins across the room to blousey guitars and frenetic percussion to which the falsetto scream adds only more pleasure before developing into a track that demonstrates the ability of the quintet to create good time rock’n’roll that will have you reaching for your own air-guitar whilst loosing foothold in a hiatus of carefree dance-steps.
The Girl Who Cried Wolf from Mechelen, in Belgium, is the melancholic-rock quintet of Heleen Destuyver (Vocals / Keys), Samir Boureghda (Guitar / Keys), Michael-John Joosen (Drums / Vocals / Keys), Sofie Sweygers (Cello / Keys) and Willem Meeus (Bass / Keys).
The Girl Who Cried Wolf
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome the Belgian journalist Sarah Gommers, who will be writing articles from time to time predominately focussed on the Belgian, Netherlands and French scene.
A band with a special name. A name that doesn’t just expose it’s secret, one that sounds mysterious. Does it have anything to do with wolves? Or a crying woman?
Without over-analysing, or trying to discover the why behind the name of their band, it’s easy to feel it fits in a somewhat dark atmosphere, one created to bring us a message.
‘The Girl’, as they call themselves in short, is not a group of friends that went on the play music together. They’re musicians that found each other in their passion for music, and because of that became friends. It’s quick to notice too. Five completely different personalities that somehow fit together perfectly. Even though all five of them are pretty down to earth about the possibilities of the band: growing organically, performing, improving and releasing some CD’s. They want to capture a place in the hearts of their fans.
Thanks Sarah, your contribution is more than welcome and I, along with the readers look forward to discovering more of your introductions.