Thursday, 27 April 2017


She’s like the girlfren’ of Jonathan Richman, the sister of the Stanley Brothers and the daughter of Jack White”

London-based country/rockabilly songwriter Lou Psyche alias Lil’ Lost Lou here presents her debut solo album. Not one to do things by halves, she travelled alone to Nashville to work with revered producer, songwriter and musician Billy Livsey, a man with the likes of Ronnie Lane, Kenny Rogers, Tanya Tucker and George Strait on his CV.

Setting up in the analogue Welcome To 1979 Studios (housed in a former Motown, Chess and RCA pressing plant), Livsey corralled the cream of Music City sessioneers, including bassist Dave Roe (Johnny Cash, Chet Atkins, Sturgill Simpson); pedal-steel player Russ Pahl (Glen Campbell, Patty Loveless, Kacey Musgraves); guitarist Stuart Mathis (Chris Isaak, Lucinda Williams), and drummer Justin Amaral (Junior Brown, Tommy Womack).

Let’s let Lou tell the story.... “This Nashville LP was about finishing a journey. It’s a bit more slick than my London skiffle punk/country band, but It’s still pretty raw and I think it has a great cross-cultural sound going on . I’m still so excited that these amazing guys wanted to collaborate on it.

The last song on the album, ‘Song for Bob Dylan’, I wrote 20 years ago in New York just before my dad died. I’d heard a poem by Dylan called ‘Last Thoughts On Woody Guthrie’, which said, ‘If it’s hope that you’re seeking …you’ll find it at the Grand Canyon at sundown”. Last year I finally flew back out to the USA to see the Grand Canyon. I watched the sun go down, then caught a train across America. 32 hours later I arrived in Nashville, Tennessee where I recorded that same song about the Grand Canyon that I wrote 20 years beforehand. In 12 hours we had recorded a whole album.”

Once Lou was back in the UK, finishing touches were applied to the album with the help of producer Sean Kenny at his Ten21 Studio in Maidstone.

Born and raised in Camden Town, Lou has shared stages with the likes of Wanda Jackson, Billy Childish, Pete Doherty, Wilko Johnson, The Urban Voodoo Machine and Fat White Family and sang ‘Don’t Bogart That Joint’ over the closing credits of the 2010 film Mr Nice. She plays an Epiphone Casino guitar.

"Lou attacks each song here like a train coming down the track, full-pelt!" Country Music

One of those rare finds, like finding a £20 note behind the back of your old sofa. You don't expect anything but by the end there's a big old smile on yer face!” FATEA

Of all the women haunting the secret smog filled outsider art scene in London, Lou is by far the sassiest and dirtiest of them all. A princess of a weird dark country/punk night life.”

Sunday, 26 February 2017


Friday 10 March 2017 sees the release of Sheffield songwriter Neil McSweeney’s fourth album, A Coat Worth Wearing. Produced by award-winning folk producer Andy Bell and the second release for new imprint Hudson Records, the album builds on the success of its predecessor, Cargo, displaying a marked development in Neil’s sound and approach. Its nine songs were conceived as a piece and subsequently recorded together, largely in full-band live-takes, over seven days in the beautiful Welsh countryside.

Neil McSweeney emerged from the flowering of Sheffield music that gave the world Richard Hawley and Slow Club and has since established himself as ‘a songwriter of rare ability’(R2). Setting lyrics that deal with the contrasts and contradictions of life to romantic melodies as hopeful as they are melancholy, McSweeney’s finely-crafted songs have been championed by his peers as well as across national radio and mainstream and specialist press. Since the release of Cargo in 2013, McSweeney has made increasingly big waves on the English folk scene picking up main stage festival appearances and collaborating with the likes of Jon Boden and Fay Hield. 

McSweeney has toured extensively throughout the UK and mainland Europe on his own and as support for the likes of Richard Hawley and Bellowhead. He will continue to tour around the release of A Coat Worth Wearing, then throughout 2017 and beyond.

Tour dates...

8 March Biddulph Arms, Stoke on Trent
10 March Queen’s Social Club, Sheffield.
13 March Green Note, London 
17 March Labour Club, Retford
18 March Indiependant Cafe, Scunthorpe
23 March The Musician, Leicester
25 March LV21, Gillingham
31 March Herman Chapel, Oswestry
1 April Garmon View House Concert, Conwy

Praise for Cargo....
Deeply felt, brooding songs rich in imagery” The Guardian
A songwriter of rare ability” R2 Magazine
Songs so subtle and well-crafted that you can’t help but be drawn in” Drowned In Sound
Steelier than your average troubadour” Q Magazine
McSweeney is the genuine article. Highly recommended” Express

Wednesday, 4 January 2017


Rejuvenated psych-explorers THE BRAINIAC 5 return with Journey To X, their second full-length outing since their 2012 reunification. Buoyed by the success of 2015’s Exploding Universe, and an appearance on Cherry Red's acclaimed Another Splash Of Colour psych box set, the band have made a quick return to Alchemy Studios in North London and with the help of producer and engineer Kenny Jones and the arrival of new drummer Joe Malone, have stripped back to the two guitars, bass and drums format of past glories, yet continue to move forward with renewed energy and fresh ideas.

Say the band, “After experimenting with sax and flute for our last album, we thought that this time we would revert to our core four-piece psych/punk guitar orientated template. With the introduction of the powerhouse drumming of Joe Malone, we’ve certainly come up with some blistering music in this vein. However, somewhere along the journey we seem to have also wandered off on some other new paths. A touch of the smoky jazz cellar and African influences, a slight nod to country-blues and beyond. With lyrics inspired and influenced by Elizabeth Jennings, Robert Graves and The Golden Bough, we think this makes for a heady and intriguing mix, yet still all somehow manages to sound like The Brainiac 5. The journey has been exciting and fulfilling and has resulted in what we feel is our most complete and accomplished work to date.”

Emerging in the mid-70s out of the UK’s isolated yet thriving South-Western scene, the Brainiac 5 relocated to London, where their Mushy Doubt EP had already caused a stir. Sharing stages with the likes of The Soft Boys and The Barracudas and finding fans in John Peel and Alex Chilton, they split before their debut album World Inside was released through celebrated psych label Reckless (Bevis Frond, Black Sun Ensemble, Mu).

With frontman Charlie Taylor returning from years in the US, the Brainiacs reconvened, resulting in 2013’s Sun Ra-inspired Space Is The Place EP which garnered effusive reviews from the likes of The Wire and Shindig! The following year’s When Silence Was Sound anthology and the all-new Exploding Universe also received praise from Mojo, Record Collector, R2 and Vive Le Rock magazines, as well as from psych and outsider websites around the world. Journey To X will be simultaneously issued on CD, download and deluxe 180g gatefold vinyl.

Release date 20 January 2017

Album launch at The Gunners, Blackstock Road, London N5 on Saturday 21 January from 4pm, with special guests Morton Valence, Mark & The Clouds, The Green Ray, Proudfoot and more.... FREE admission!

The group’s music has a freshness and verve that makes their recent reformation seem entirely justified. Prog
It’s like finding something you never knew you’d lost. The Wire
The West Country’s answer to Television. Shindig!
Punk energy harnessed to a serious Ladbroke Grove attitude, the result a wonderful cornucopia of sound. Terrascope
This is acid punk at its best. **** R2