February 24, 2018 - March 2, 2018
Fletcher (left) welcomes members of rock band Syteria to Jameson’s Irish Pub
Syteria are the stroppy offspring of
British heavy metal rock band Girlschool, with talented lead guitarist
Jackie Chambers leading the pack. Jackie has been with Girlschool since
2000 and helped form Syteria in 2015.
That is where the similarity between
the two bands ends though. For those of you lucky enough to see Syteria’s
far too quick tour of South East Asia, these girls and boys rock, but in a
different more urgent way than Girlschool, they are far more Runaways/Joan
Jett solo than Iron Maiden or Saxon.
Jackie ‘Jax’ Chambers guitar work is
exemplary throughout the entire twelve songs on this album, shredding her
axe at will when required. But the choice of other players in the band is
also inspired. Firstly and most notably is Julia (all the band members
punkishly go by their first names only). Julia is of Argentinean descent,
moving to the United Kingdom after playing in a succession of bands in her
home country. This girl has got what it takes, a great ‘devil may care’
attitude, the image to carry it off, and a voice born to sing punk/pop with
The only male in the band is Pablo,
Julia’s brother a hard hitting drummer who gives Syteria their ground work
sound. (His good looking South American visage may also gain the attention
of many of the female crowds at Syteria gigs.)
Completing the line-up and the rhythm
section is Kiera, who lays down some really groove laden bass lines that
make you want to shake, and she completes the very good looking line up of
The album itself starts off with the
athematic “Revolution” and after saying that there really is not much more
to say. The track sounds exactly as the title suggests - music to start an
uprising to. The band immediately gel as one with Julia’s voice out front
and demanding we do as she says. Jackie lays down the riffs whilst the
other two pump out a rhythm to dance to. Jackie also unleashes a guitar
hero axe solo.
Next up is the band’s first single, the
provocatively titled “When I Get Out Of High School”. This has the most
catchy back beat and will leave you exhausted on the dance floor in under 3
Other songs on the album stick to the
pop/punk format, but there is still plenty of room for variety, with various
members pushing their way to the front on different songs. Many of the
tracks make you yearn for the early days of the mid-Seventies when The Sweet
and Suzi Quatro were the lords and ladies of the pop single.
“I’m All Woman” could easily become a
classic of its time and if you only have time to listen to one song on this
album, this is it: The band in perfect harmony, the rhythm locked down
tight, Jackie’s axe breaking through, and Julia’s voice pleading with you to
listen to her. The chorus on this song becomes an ear worm, living with you
Good luck to Syteria, especially with
this new album which is self-financed and has great album cover work. All
the more reason to get yourself a copy! I hope Girlschool and Syteria can
live together in unity, but I hope even more they can both achieve the
success they deserve.
When I Get out Of High School
I’m All Woman
Get A Life
New World Order
Jackie - lead guitar and backing vocals
Julia - lead throat
Kiera - bass guitar and vocals
Pablo - drums and vocals
Note: Written by Mott The Dog
and Hells Bells, who can often be found at Jameson’s The Irish Pub, Soi AR,
February 17, 2018 - February 23, 2018
Pink Fairies: ‘Naked Radio’
You just cannot keep a good band down.
The original Pink Fairies starting gigging in 1969 and were one of the
original freak/biker bands, playing for free at many festivals and
gatherings. The line-up has been through multiple changes over the years,
but does that matter as long as they still produce good shows and albums?
Butler of the Pink Fairies – R.I.P.
The line-up on this album has at least
got two original members in it: Duncan Sanderson on sonic bass guitar and
Russell Hunter on heavy drums. Alan Colquhoun has been around the Pinks for
years and recorded with them on their last comeback album, 1987’s “Kill ‘Em
and Eat ‘Em” and completing the double drummer combination is George Butler
who appeared on the Larry Wallis solo album “Death in the Guitarafternoon”
(correct spelling.) in 2001. Jaki Windmill is also a welcome addition to
the band, although there have been some rumblings from the band’s fan base
that a girl in the ranks is just not the done thing. Well I think she fits
in perfectly. Larry Wallis and Paul Rudolph are the two people that the
fans would probably most like to see back in the Pink Fairies’ fold.
The music is the by now standard Pink
Fairies blooze/booze rock with thunderous drums, stabbing bass and churning
guitars giving out a Bo Diddley/Chuck Berry rehash. The songs’ subjects
range from anger (“Midnight Crisis”) to dealing with authorities (“Stopped
at The Borders”). The Pink Fairies still protest even though the years go
Although this album does not at times
perhaps live up to the very high standards of say “Kings of Oblivion” or
“What a Bunch of Sweeties” (if you have not heard these albums then you
should treat yourself), the musicianship all the way through is faultless,
and was recorded in less than six weeks, the way rock & roll is supposed to
The Pink Fairies have been born twice
after splitting with singer Mick Farren; the first time when they fired him
after a disastrous tour of America in 1969, and the second time when members
of this band were backing Farren as part of The Deviants at the Borderline
in London in 2013 and Mick tragically died right there on stage with his
winkle picker boots on. Mick Farren’s genius will long be remembered, he
was a singer, songwriter, author and journalist among his many talents.
Both times the members of the band
picked themselves up and carried on under the banner of the Pink Fairies.
Farren wrote three of the songs on this album: “Skeleton Army”, “When the
Movies All Thru”, and the title track, all of which were destined for the
next Deviants’ album. Alan Colquhoun also has included here his moving
tribute to his fallen comrade Mick. Most of the other tracks are written by
Colquhoun and although there are some serious songs on this album, they are
all played in an upbeat manner and the final track “Deal Deal” leaves you
dancing in the isles with joy. There’s some wonderful cover art on the
album too! – 4 stars.
Note: Sadly since this article
was written, drummer George Butler has passed away.
The Pink Fairies:
Alan Colquhoun - guitar and vocals
Jaki Windmill – percussion, keyboards
Russell Hunter – drums
George Butler - drums
Duncan Sanderson – bass guitar
The Hills are a Burnin’
Runnin’ Outa Road
When the Movies All Through
I Walk Away
You Lied To Me
Stopped at the Border
Down To The Wire
Written By Mott The Dog who can often
be found looking for Pink Fairies at the bottom of the bar at Jameson’s The
Irish Pub, Soi AR North Pattaya.
February 10, 2018 - February 16, 2018
Hawkwind: ‘Into The Woods’
Hawkwind’s album “Into The Woods” (2017) is a partial follow up to 2016’s
“The Machine Stops”, which was based on an E.M. Forster novel. Both albums
play delightfully back to back, but on continuous listening, “Into The
Woods” has to get the plaudits. How typical of the men from Hawkwind to
come out with one of their best albums nearly fifty years since forming in
The album opens with
the title track, leading you into a false sense of security as a piano
tinkles out a light riff, and then after fourteen seconds the band come
thundering in with a typical Hawkwind heavy space-rock barrage. Richard
Chadwick has lost none of his power and new boy (only 24) Haz Wheaton, a
young Lemmy lookalike both in appearance and playing style, spurs his rhythm
section drumming partner onto greater heights.
Dave Brock, the captain
of Hawkwind, is on fine form and his guitar has never sounded more vibrant.
The various keyboards, synthesizers etc. are now handled by four members of
the band including Brock, Wheaton, Mr. Dibs, and main keyboard man, Magnus
Martin. Mr. Dibs is an ominous figure in the Hawkwind line-up, singing some
of the vocals, playing with the sound and dabbling in the odd sonic moment.
But who knows with Hawkwind, it may be a completely different line up by the
time I finish writing this.
Back to the album and
the band charge on through two more passages of music (with some gratis
sounds of a woodpecker) before they get to the nearly seven minutes of “Have
You Seen Them”, which is to this scribe one of the highlights of this set
with its driving beat, hypnotic vocals and wonderful descending choruses.
There’s plenty of room for Dikmiktisms (if that not a word then it should
be) laced through the music, giving it that Hawkwind unmistakable space-rock
sound. (Sadly Dik Mik passed away in 2017).
There are no filler
tracks on this album, only gems, good enough to please the Hawkwind faithful
as well as intrigue a new audience. “Space Ship Blues” launches with some
jet propelled guitars and spaced out lyrics. Then “The Wind” brings the
Hawkwind spaceship back to earth with a spoken passage, very much in the
vein of Michael Moorcock.
“Vegan Lunch” is a
wonderfully funny rock and roller, but with a heartfelt message that we
should be kinder to all the members of the animal kingdom. For “Magic
Scenes” the band get back into the space groove, using plenty of studio
trickery to make your journey a pleasant one, even with the rhythm section
laying down a heavy back bite.
“Darkland” brings out
the softer side of Hawkwind with acoustic guitar and a string arrangement
that’s very soothing after the previous 40 minute assault to your senses.
“Wood Nymph” is a melodic Hawkwind song that could only be from this band
while “Deep Cavern”, as the penultimate song, takes us back to the wonderful
days of Huw Lloyd Langton and the Pulsing Cavern.
Then as a fitting
climax to “Into the Woods” we get almost ten minutes of “Magic Mushroom”.
It’s a classic out and out rocker from outer space as only Hawkwind can do
and something to shake your head to. This is a song to round off any
Hawkwind album or Live set list in style.
Hawkwind will be one of
the headline acts at the New Day Festival in Kent, England in August 2018.
Expect Mott the Dog and his pack to be there.
Dave Brock- guitar,
keyboards and vocals
Mr Dibs - vocals,
camera, keyboards, and vocals
Richard Chadwick -
drums and vocals
Haz Wheaton – bass
guitar, keyboards and vocals
Magnus Martin -
keyboards and vocals
Into The Woods
Cottage In The Woods
Have You Seen Them
Written by Mott The Dog, who can often be found in outer-space at Jameson’s
The Irish Pub in Soi AR, North Pattaya.
Update Saturday, February 3, 2018 - February 9, 2018
Jim Rodford: (1941-2018) R.I.P.
Jim Rodford. (Photo courtesy Klaus Hilscher)
Rock guitarist Jim
Rodford died after a fall on his stairs at home on 20 January 2018, at age
76, just a few days after returning from a tour of America. Probably not
many of you have heard of Rodford, but you will have certainly heard his
bass guitar playing in many classic songs.
We can trace his roots
back to 1958 when he helped a group of young musicians to form a band called
The Zombies in St Albans, England. Although Rodford never played with The
Zombies in their first incarnation the band had a critically acclaimed
career, but sadly at the time little commercial success. On their demise in
1969 the keyboard player Rod Argent formed his own band, which suitably
enough was named Argent, and immediately got in his cousin Jim Rodford to
hold down the bass guitar duties and backing vocals.
Rodford’s fluid bass
lines mark out Argent’s smash hit single “Hold Your Head Up” (1972), which
went to number five in the British and American charts and sold over a
million copies. More hits followed including “God Gave Rock & Roll to You”,
a hit for Argent but also a great single for American rock band Kiss, who
turned it into their anthem.
After seven studio
albums and one wonderful live double album in 1974, the members of Argent
all went their own way. Rodford then made the surprising decision of
joining the Davies brothers in the Kinks (1978), who although they wrote
wonderful songs were a disaster playing live. With Rodford joining however,
it all came together and then when Mick Avory left the band in 1985 after
years of infighting with the Davies duo, Bob Hennit took over the drum stool
to reunite the Argent rhythm section.
The Kinks were banned
in the mid Sixties by the American Musician Union for being naughty boys
whilst on tour. It was not until the early Seventies that the ban was
lifted and they could try once again in the States, and their second coming
was much bigger than the first.
Rodford’s effect upon
the Kinks was immediate. The first album to feature his bass playing
talents was “Low Budget” (1979), the band’s eighteenth studio album but the
first one that was a real rocker, and which better suited the stadium arenas
The Kinks were now playing. It was the band’s best selling album in the
USA, reaching number eleven in the charts and receiving great critical
acclaim. The following years were heady days for The Kinks indeed and
1978-1986 was considered one of the pinnacles of their success - smash hit
records and sold out arena tours.
Sadly all good things
have to come to an end and from 1986 until 1996 the Kinks carried on
recording and touring to an ever dwindling audience, finally calling it a
day in 1996. After this, Rodford gigged firstly with the reformed Animals
before finally becoming a Zombie in 2004 when the band got back together,
and that’s where he stayed until his death in 2018. (Note: this period also
included a brief tour with the original members of Argent in 2010.)
Jim Rodford was a
marvelous musician and one of Rock’s real gentlemen. He will be greatly
missed. To get an idea of his musical genius please listen to 1974’s
“Encore: Live In Concert” by Argent.
Written by Mott The Dog.