DAN FINNEMORE of LOW CUT CONNIE – Song For Ewe

“SONG FOR EWE”
with DAN FINNEMORE of
LOW CUT CONNIE

Dan Finnemore of Low Cut Connie, here playing with The Big Bang at a Velvet Sheep live night, Whitechapel Gallery, 2007. Photo by Julie Hutchings

Dan Finnemore of Low Cut Connie, here playing with The Big Bang at a Velvet Sheep live night, Whitechapel Gallery, 2007. Photo by Julie Hutchings

“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day.

Today’s guest is one of the coolest and nicest garage heads I know. An integral part of the Coldrice family of bands from Birmingham I met when Velvet Sheep was a clubnight at the Whitechapel Gallery, Dan Finnemore played there with one of his many groups The Big Bang. He’s also in Swampmeat with fellow Velvet Sheep writer & mixologist Thomas T-Bird Jones, plus Black Mekon and The Castillians. He left the second city to find his fortune in the States, joining friend Adam Weiner of Ladyfingers to form the maximum R&B explosion of Low Cut Connie. They are the toast of Spin & Rolling Stone magazine, and now the sweetbread of Velvet Sheep fanzine with Dan Finnemore’s “song for ewe”…

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Dan Finnemore at Velvet Sheep Night, 2007. Photo by Julie Hutchings

I’m expecting great stuff from Dan, as when it comes to modern garage and old soul, he is a true arbiter of cool and has a compelling turn of phrase that is part 50s scat cat, part phat MC.

Can’t say I’m not a bit jealous of his rock & roll pilgrimage round the States, which has recently included supporting The Shins at an in-store at Third Man Records, whose Ben Swank was featured here recently.

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Now on a third album, “Hi Honey” which is a ramshackle & sometimes retro ride and ultraglide through everything good in rock & roll, it can surely only be a matter of time before Low Cut Connie are cutting their own live at Third Man record.

But for a student of music as astute as Dan Finnemore what is the curio that gets him go-go-ing?

It’s over to music man Dan:

“Today I’ve listened to “Cruisin’ the Night” by Shockwave Riderz about a zillion times.

I stumbled upon these geniuses by chance at SXSW this year.

Turned out that two thirds of SR were in the best band of all time, Modey Lemon.

The Riderz are fronted by the immense Vashti Windish with Paul and Phil switching up their ML roles so that Phil smashes the skins and Paul hunches over his demon synths that ooze a dark gooey pulse.

Hypnotic, fierce and sexy as fuck. Shockwave Riderz 4 Eva!”

 

Author: Nick Hutchings

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