Social Room – Take – Single Review

The English mod sextet Social Room revealed a new track just a few days ago.

Social Room - Take

Social Room

Introduced just a few months ago as electro-indie, which I did enjoy – hence asking you to give it consideration. Time has given them a new perspective and I have to say one I far prefer as the music punches through the room in skiffle beat that has the listener wondering what precisely did happen to the old parka and moped whilst imagining a ride out to the South Coast of England.

Feel the breeze in your hair as the sharp dips and cutting highs scissor through the room in Take as you stomp delightedly in elongated footstep – immediately reaching for the rest of the two-tone collection.

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The MANICS – My Marie David – Audio

The Swedish Mod trio The MANICS released the three track single My Marie David on the 31st of December.

The MANICS - My Marie David


As always – The MANICS in My Marie David deliver a solid punch of instrumentation and drumming which flies out of the speakers like a coiled spring being let-loose.

The day after the release The MANICS announced they are no longer playing as an entity.

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The Everglows

The Everglows from London in England is the mod-rock trio of Andy Smith (Guitar / Vocals), Ray Brodrick (Drums) and Steve Perkins (Bass).

The Everglows - Mod-rock from England

The Everglows

Rev up the Vespa and get on the ride with The Everglows and there is nothing to do other than let the wind flow through your hair as you head to the South Coast. Whilst inculcated with threads of times gone before, the trio have the ability to turn the clock forwards to the 2010’s.

Originally formed as a covers band The Everglows, whilst now playing original songs, are still making the transition from composers to translators and the early steps show considerable promise, this is a band to keep a eye on. The retrospective influences are steeped deeply, but through stepping amongst the catalogue of the new compositions one can find some glistening diamonds of sharp creativity which speak of the hear and now.

The Everglows is a band in transition with much to say and when they hit the peal are able to transliterate the currency from the roots to deliver some shatteringly smart tunes, which will have you seeking a foot-board for your motorcycle.

Do keep your ears out for these guys for the future.

As you know, I am not only a heavy drinker, but a smoker rarely without a cigarette alight, so it is of little surprise I would choose this song as my selection for you to get to know The Everglows.

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The Riots

The Riots a Mod band from Moscow in Russia is Sasha Bolotov (Vocals /Guitar), Alex Shanin (Vocals / Drums) and Kirill Usachev (Vocals /Bass).

The Riots - mod rock from Russia

The Riots

Referencing the UK ‘late ’70s The Riots have updated the mod derivative new wave to another angle as they reflect on an overbearing bureaucracy intent on dictating every moment of life. Whilst drawing considerable influence from The Jam and regular readers well know my disdain for that trio, they nonetheless pique more than a passing interest.

This is another agit outfit from Russia who are able to escape the full wrath of the Russian Bear and I am minded to posit that if you sing in English, in Russia, red-pens don’t quite know what to do with it. The visceral lyrics are explicitly targeted and fire finely honed darts of invective as The Riots explore the space in which they live.

Sonically the delightful rumblings of the sub-woofers bounce off the walls as the music bounds around the room like a feral cat seeking an escape route and the listener can’t help but to flail their body in vague syncopation.


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The Q

The Q is Tim Vanstone (Guitar / Lead Vocals), Mike Veale (Guitar / Vocals), Dean Gifford (Bass / Vocals) and Shane Blackshaw (Drums) a Mod quartet from Gloucester in England.

The Q - mod from England

The Q

The Q are more than capable musicians who bring the modernist back into mod with their new look at an old genre. Smart, sharp and loud, the quartet have the added benefit of a top notch vocalist who rounds out the sound with a powerful and clear vocal presence.

There are far more reasons why I should dislike The Q than reasons why I would like them, particularly given three of my nemesis bands The Sex Pistols, The Jam and The Beatles are rolled into one on one of the first tracks I heard, not to mention the genre, but as I have learnt over the years, always worth taking time away coming back to it and trying some other tracks and I found a band I enjoy despite myself as they lend some gumption to powerfully delivered rock music.

Established back in 2006 to their credit they have remained intrinsically tied to the concept of being an independent band. In the earlier days of their existence they focussed more on the past and have used 2013 as a springboard to finding their own feet with a series of singles that have been launched in the four months from 1st June to 1st September that have culminated in the EP Chemical Overload and they are mid-way through a follow up EP set for early 2014.

With a new found freedom and individualism The Q should now be free to make some significant strides going forwards. My only request to the guys – please stop combining Anarchy in The UK with Going Underground and Help! to come up with Communication Breakdown (which may well have been named with a sense of irony in which case this is my favourite song of the year so far) but other than that – definitely worth getting to know, every EP has to have one song that it the weakest.


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