Twinkie trio Seize The Day

The Art Club
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There’s nothing like a fortnight off work to re-invigorate the senses and regain some focus.

Music wise, while I was away, I secured tickets for the Orbital show at 53 Degrees in Preston on December 7, marvelled at how unusually successful Rolf Harris’ Two Little Boys was at his exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, and had a little rock out to Scarred ID who played in the outdoor marquee at the Halton Happening.

I also immensely enjoyed the score to the new Prometheus film, which I finally managed to see at Lancaster Vue cinema on Saturday.

Just stunning, both film and music, although the sound of deep space would have been more appropriate in parts.

On my return to the office two packages were waiting for me, one was the (relatively) new Heartbreaks album Funtimes, and the other was the new album Radio Silence by Lancaster “twisted folk” trio Hiroshima Twinkie.

Hiroshima Twinkie is Chris, Dave and Trev, three Lancaster musicians who seem to have their dextrous fingers in plenty of local musical pies (The Manta Rays, Mostly Hums, Rockit 88, Clevor Trevor, HowdenJones to name but a few).

And it shows, Radio Silence enters with a fast-paced track full of neat guitar picking and cymbal crashes.

The song invites the listener to “come into my duck house and be free”.

You could most certainly do a jig around the duck house, or if not, the living room, to this.

The voiceover in Seize The Day is nice too, as are the bongos and acoustic guitar solo in Float Away, which has a great floaty feel to it.

These three can also harmonise really well, although there are a few off key “hooo woooos” here and there.

My Summer Lawn is a tongue-in-cheek look at getting on a bit – “we bought real nice houses on the edge of town”.

The last track Jiggy Witchu is a shuffling, endearing homage to sexual relations in a family household: “Baby, baby, baby, I wanna get jiggy witchu.”

It sums up the plight of many long term couples beautifully.

There’s so much music out there these days, and so much to get through.

But I’d definitely listen to this again, because it’s got a lot of good stuff to say.

Don’t believe me? Check out Hiroshima Twinkie at their album launch party at The Gregson Centre on Saturday June 16, with support coming from Daisy B.

The album is available from Atticus Recordings and The Music Spot in Lancaster, and via the band’s website, www.hiroshimatwinkie.co.uk.

At the other end of life’s spectrum is The Heartbreaks, but I’m going to reserve judgement on Funtimes until next week.

In the meantime, why not head down to The Dukes on Monday night, where Darren Conway’s recent 10 minute film on the Heartbreaks, filmed in Morecambe and shown on Channel 4 last week, will feature as part of Wired In @ The Dukes.

Further film and photography will accompany music from Bleach, and accordion player Rat Bit Kit and Babbcha. Entry is free, from 7pm.

For more information go to www.totallywired.org.uk

Kendal Calling (July 27 - 30) has announced more acts to its Glow Dance tent line-up, including drum n bass heavyweight DJ Zinc, Manchester’s quirky instrumental hip-hop band Fingathing, Barrow-in-Furness electronic hip-hop band AIM, and Trojan Records’ reggae and big beat pioneers Earl Gateshead and Superfour.

I wasn’t immediately enamoured with the Kendal Calling line-up, which at first seemed to hark back to a not exactly golden age (for me) of bands during the 1990s, but on further inspection, there is a depth and uniqueness to the list that really would give most of the big ones a run for their money.

Highlights for me include James, Scroobius Pip with full live band, Vintage Trouble, DJ Yoda and the Transiberian March Band, Little Roy, Beans on Toast, Dreadzone, The Correspondents, Slamboree and Yes Sir Boss, and I expect to discover a whole raft of new stuff too.

Tickets sold out this week for the seventh year running. Website {http:// www.kendalcalling.com|www.kendalcalling.com} now includes Friday, Saturday and Sunday listings.

Next Saturday, The Lovely Eggs play a rare show in their home town, with support from Bleach and The Art Club.

Both support bands are from More Music in Morecambe stock, The Art Club fronted by former Liar Liar singer and guitarist David Murdoch.

The Yorkshire House is the venue, and advance tickets are £4 from www.wegottickets.com or £5 on the door.

Those that remember the band Cornershop will no doubt recognise the name of its frontman Tjinder Singh.

Singh has just released a remix of The Lovely Eggs’ new single Food, prompting a call from yours truly for him to release a Cornershop/Lovely Eggs mash up called Brimful of Food. If you’re reading this Tjinder, there’s a challenge right there...