MFC Chicken is back in action with Colonel Spencer back from spending another well-dressed summer hidden deep within the Canadian Wilderness. The Chickens are ready to take Europe by storm with a new album and extended tour of Spain and the UK.
After debuting an expanded all-star DELUXE line up at Spring 2016's Hipsville Festival to great acclaim and significant excitement, MFC Chicken have taken this new and improved recipe into the studio for their latest and greatest album to date, GOIN' CHICKEN CRAZY. It keeps that same raw Chicken energy, humour and party vibe that you fans have all come to know and love while adding extra punch and power with a load of special guest talent.
In addition to the core line up of Spencer Evoy (Tenor Sax and Lead Vocals), Alberto Zioli (Lead guitar and vocals) Zig Criscuolo (Bass) and Ravi-Low Beer (Drums), the Deluxe line up includes Chuchi Malapersona (Oh! Gunquit) on baritone sax, Dan Criscuolo (The Fuzillis) on baritone guitar, Tim Harrison (The Caezars) on piano, as well as veteran Chickens The Reverend Parsley on guest keys and Fernando Terror sharing double lead vocals with Spencer on one of the albums' most lyrically inappropriate tunes.
The Deluxe Chicken line up will feature at the October 20th Dirty Water Club album launch party at Nambucca, and at several of the Spanish dates on MFC extensive Iberian tour taking place late October/November 2016.
In addition to their new album set for official release, MFC have more exciting poultry products in the pipe line. They've been in the studio with Sister Cookie, recording two more exciting tunes for their second collaborative single and, after an unforgettable performance backing up the legendary GARY US BONDS at the Surforama Festival in Spain, they're in the process of collaborating with the R&B legend for a brand new single.
Goin' Chicken Crazy is out November 4 on Dirty Water Records
Mighty vibrations emanate from the get-go on the Telescopes side of this slab. Naturally, you'd expect nothing less. That pounding sound is the relentless dig into the Earth's inner crust: the static hiss of the machinery and deep intonation from Lawrie in search of an inner space, somewhere down there. Dig and ye shall find. Queasy stomachs perhaps best sit this one out, as the divide and conquer routine plays out in full glory.
Flip it over for some majestic yang. The atmosphere is still as claustrophobic, but this drone has had a touch of jazz in its flask. The soundtrack to late night suburban drives to nowhere; a stoned requiem to the Universe of No Fucks Given. It does briefly give light to a crescendo of neon possibilities, before a sharp volte face; climbing aboard a majestic motorcycle for some final Ballardian trip to the set of Drive.
'The Living Things' / 'von Trier Flakes' is out September 27th on mpls ltd. Listen below.
Fourth album in six years, chaps? You can't knock their effort. Especially, as this album attests, the accolade they usually receive amounts to "not a sausage".
It this album doesn't give them the trio the kudos that's so far eluded them then it's not fault of their own: they still have the chops to make zesty, energetic, funny, socio-political songs utilising the noble weapons of guitar, bass and drums.
The production here is more polished/less tinny than on previous efforts and it certainly crystallises focus on their inherent qualities, of which there are many: the guitar solos, the witty one-liners, the simple-yet-complex song structures that keep the listener returning for more.
Like all great rebels that hum their own tune, not a lot changes in their world: the template is still Medway style garage-punk with some Buzzcocks-style new wave pop nous. Featuring their best collection of songs yet, the rhythmic bounce of the last album 'Garage Punk For Boys' is still present, and as live entertainers it arguably puts them in the same sort of league as King Salami & The Cumberland 3 (though no doubt losing on penalties - after all, who is better than the finalists of 'Britain's Best Part-Time Band'?)
You could psycho-analyse the words in here all day long. Let's have a closer look at those on the Kinksian rattler title track:
Rock'n'roll is dead/we've all lost our cred/you stand there all dead-eyed/while we scream out what's inside
We released another song to the dead-end local kind of pointless waster tosser wanking off their lives
This is useless/this is drivel/endless endless endless endless piffle
Dubstep is all you children taste/bling wigs flashing gold until you've sold out
Punk rock means FA/it certainly does not pay/why don't we give it up/Needless hopeless empty words
This is useless/this is drivel/endless endless endless endless piffle
Self-hatred, frustrated artistic endeavour; impatient with small minds, and small town ennui: it's all there and more, pouring forth like soapbox bile from the sharply-dressed Joe B.Humbled. Yet, on the other hand, they make their own beer. So they are cultured pleasant chaps, it's just that they hate you.
'Mojo Degradation' kicks proceedings off in some style, The Bishop on bass working his best chops to smash it royally up in competition with his compadre Cheadle on drums. 'Taste The Truth' displays nimble movements between verse and chorus; funky and agitated in equal measure. 'No Sympathy' could be The Specials' if you squint hard enough. The furious rage of 'I'm Estranged' would get festival crowds going (well, perhaps not; see above lyrics). 'Matador' is the album's fabulous mid-point instrumental turn; a sea of churning riffs with the Flamenco flavour the title suggests. 'Little Miss Hard Of Hearing' has the Bo Diddley beat down pat, but it seems strangely lightweight sat next to the other material. 'Not A Sausage' is the sort of grumpy old man complaint rock that Sir Billy Of Chatham would not doubt heartily approve of - it does raise a knowing smile as well as set a foot tapping.
It's all over rather quickly, just as all good rock'n'roll should be.
Stop reading, watch the video, go buy [for the title is ironic].
"Union of Mind and Soul" is the second single to be released from GOAT’s forthcoming third album Requiem – following the June release of the single “I Sing in Silence”. "Union of Mind and Soul" sees GOAT continue the catchy but stripped down, unplugged approach that was heard on “I Sing in Silence”. At the core of "Union of Mind and Soul" is a driving acoustic guitar and a ridiculously catchy recorder riff that will have you humming for hours well after the track is over.
Three quarters of the way through, the song is punctuated with a propulsive fuzz guitar solo in true GOAT fashion. The end result of "Union of Mind and Soul" is something like what Black Sabbath would of sounded like if they came from the Wickers Man’s Summerisle.
"Union of Mind and Soul" doesn’t actually feature on the new album Requiem – this is in an alternative version to the track "Union of Sun and Moon" which the album opens with. The main difference between the tracks is the vocal approach as "Union of Mind and Soul" sees the energetic vocalists singing the lyrics in a vivacious manner, where the album’s version "Union of Sun and Moon" has the lyrics spoken in a slightly more direct and slightly eerie way.
Requiem finds Swedish psych explorers Goat focusing more on their subdued, bucolic ritualism than psilocybin freakouts. A pronounced folk-rock influence pervades the album, with stand-out tracks “Alarms,” “Try My Robe,” and “Union of Sun and Moon.” But Goat hasn’t foregone their fiery charms - tracks like “All-Seeing Eye” and “Goatfuzz” conjure the sultry pulsations that ensnared us on 2012’s World Music and 2014’s Commune.
Requiem is released on 7 October 2016 on Rocket Recordings and the band are celebrating it’s release with a tour of Europe:
Autumn tour dates (Supported by Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation):
07 Oct / Malmö, SE - Babel.
08 Oct / Copenhagen, DK - Den grå hal
10 Oct / Cologne, DE - Stadtgarten.
11 Oct / Munich, DE - Ampere.
12 Oct / Berlin, DE - Berghain.
13 Oct / Heidelberg, DE - Karlstorbahnhof Enjoy Jazz.
14 Oct / Paris, FR - Cabaret Sauvage
16 Oct / Desertfest / Antwerp / Belgium
17 Oct / All Saints Church / Brighton / UK.
18 Oct / Coronet / London / UK.
19 Oct / SWX / Bristol / UK
20 Oct / Riverside / Newcastle / UK
21 Oct / 02 ABC / Glasgow / UK.
22 Oct / Albert Hall / Manchester / UK (w/ Hookworms, Jane Weaver, Mugstar).
11-12 Nov / Oslo Psych Fest / Norway
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