Properly the best guitar band I’ve come across in a long time. Tom Moody & The All New Greatest Hits Band restore the notion that everyone should pick up a guitar in their lives. Perfectly Executed, the new album also comes in a good old CD format with a strictly limited edition containing a ransom note, download code in blood splattered wrapped bandage..lovely.
One of the beautiful things about being involved in Irregular Patterns is watching bands/artists grow both in confidence and creatively. If you like a bit of REM you should enjoy this one. Paper Fishes wearing their influences on their sleeve with pride. The 2nd single from their forthcoming LP Instant Happiness, All Your Lives Are Dreams Played Inside My Head.
When helping to set up the label Irregular Patterns, along with exploring the more challenging aspects of music genres, I (for my part) wanted to find a home for the classic rock song. Those carefully crafted songs from bands such as early R.E.M, dare I say early Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, as well as Tom Waits, etc.
Songs, which are not over not produced, still rough around the edges and don’t layer guitars over guitars for no good reason. An artist prepared to explore the fragility of human life, along with its beauty and absurdity. The journey led me to Andre Levy and his band Paper Fishes.
Borrowed Time is taken from the forthcoming album, Instant Happiness, which is neither instant nor happy. The album, which I have been lucky to hear prior to release welds together tales of humanity and family tensions, set in a Damien Jurado-like love of Americana, lo-fi rock, folk and barroom ballads.
The death of Levy’s father and their strained relationship casts a long shadow over the album. The tracks ebb and flow across musical genres with little attempt to hide the scars and resentments between father and son, or the regrets and disillusionment of Levy and his brothers. This is all brutally exposed on their ironically titled debut LP. The album pulls no punches from the opening track Vanishing Point to the finale Borrowed Time.
One of those artists that are hard to define. One moment it’s a ballad to a lost friend, next it’s an ethereal sound painting. Felix Jupiter effortlessly combines non linearity alongside classic folk structure to produce an ad hoc fluid blend of psychedelic soundscapes. His music carries you through a web of sounds sometimes separate, but never far away, drawing you into his world and before you know where you are you’re captured.