The band has a refreshing sound. “Another Country” is a masterpiece—both song and video. Some of the visuals are striking. The band likely will appeal to anyone who liked Squeeze and the Brit rockers of that era. It’s from the album “Black Eye Diaries.” The newer album is “When Can You Start?” which is the reviews say is the story of a week in the office. It features “The Perils of Midweek Drinking.” Click here or on the image for the Amazon and click here for iTunes.
In December, The Daily Music Break posted the first video from the band Wartoad. Subsequently, Quite Great Communications, its PR representatives, sent information about Heavyball, another of its clients.
Heavyball is fun, as any band must be that releases a song entitled “The Perils of Midweek Drinking” (above). The main lyrics, sung with increasing urgency and subtle loss of control and helplessness: “Oh my god that beer tastes good…I want another…and another.” That’s repeated with cigarettes and finally whiskey.
Heavyball was formed in Nottingham, England, by brothers Habs and Bigface Salisbury. Those, hopefully, are not their given first names. Tom “Stone Cold” Frost is the lead guitarist and Johnny Iball is on bass. Here is the band’s website.
The stories of the great bands and musicians are fascinating. Musicians as a group are brilliant, but often troubled. The combination of creativity and drama makes for great reading.
Here are some books to check out.
Duke Ellington brought class, sophistication and style to jazz which, until that point, was proudly unpolished and raucous. His story is profound. The author, Terry Teachout, also wrote "Pops," the acclaimed bio of Louis Armstrong. Click here or on the image.
What else is there to say? Here is the story behind every song written by The Beatles. Click here or on the image.
The Grateful Dead don't get enough credit for the profound nature of its lyrics. Many of the band's songs are driven by a deep and literate Americana ("I'm Uncle Sam/That's who I am/Been hidin' out/In a rock and roll band" and "Majordomo Billy Bojangles/Sit down and have a drink with me/What's this about Alabama/Keeps comin' back to me?").
David Dodd's exhaustive study tells the story, song by song. Click here or on the image.