HOLY MOLY & THE CRACKERS – Lucky 7
LUCKY 7 is the feature where we ask artists to name their 6 favourite songs by others, and a lucky 7th song of their own…
Today, Holy Moly & The Crackers are a new band from Newcastle that combine the soulful sass of Sharon Jones & The Daptones with the confident riffs of the White Stripes. They’ve been working hard on the road honing their craft, with the dual/duelling vocals of Ruth Patterson and Conan Bird to the fore.
They met as teenagers in 2008 when Ruth was adapting to a life with chronic arthritis which had curtailed her early hopes of an orchestral career as an accomplished violin player. Egged on by their shared interest in music, Ruth’s re-ignited passion led to re-learning to play again and battle through her new physical limitations to find a new way to musical emancipation.
And this is the sound of a band full of plucky fighters, who also include in their ranks, costume designer and accordion player double threat folk rocker Rosie Bristow, the jazz/funk trained Jamie Shields on bass, the sharp but primal drum basher Tommy Evans and finally the classically trained punk rock loving Nick Tyler on guitar. They are all top notch musicians, equally adept at picking up any instrument and making an almighty yet tuneful rootsy racket, and there’s a real depth to their sound, aided and abetted on their debut album “Salem” by production from Matt Terry at the VADA studio and engineer Dan Austin (Pixies).
With two singles in the off-ing, a salvo of festival bookings and a full UK tour in November, they’ve certainly got the chops. But do they have a good choice of ‘choons…? Read on, they’ve all weighed in…and there’s defo some crackers in there…
1. Jack White – ‘I’m Shakin” (Lazeretto 2014)
“Doesn’t get cooler than JW, the man himself, covering Little Willie John’s ‘I’m Shakin” – I absolutely love the way he drags the folk/blues tradition screaming and howling into the 21 Century. It was a big influence on our new single, ‘Gravel Rag'” – Conrad, Singer/Guitar
2. Skinny Lister – ‘Thing Like That’ (Thing Like That 2018)
“A potent song about Brexit and a lot of people’s dissatisfaction , including my own. Love the nod to the old school London punk vibe (The Clash, Jam etc). Its a really cool video, with its super quirky, clashy cinematography. We’ve supported these guys a couple of times. Love them to bits. Great people, great music!” – Ruth, Singer/Violin
3. Gogol Bordello – ‘American Wedding’ (Super Taranta 2007)
“REVOLUTIONARY PARTY MUSIC! Its what I’m all about! Plus, any song that rhymes ‘wedding’ with ‘marinated herring’ is fine by me” – Rosie, Accordion
4. Jimi Hendrix – ‘All Along The Watchtower’ (Electric Ladyland 1968)
“I’ve really been getting back into guitar music recently and have been listening to a lot of Hendrix. This cover of Dylan’s masterpiece is pretty visionary” – Nick, Guitar
5. Bruce Springsteen – ‘Oh Mary Don’t You Weep’ (We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions)
“The boss being a legend! I’m really into swing and blues dance and this album and song is a favourite of mine! What a banger!” – Jamie, Bass
6. Joe Cocker – ‘Marjorine’ (With A Little Help From My Friends 1969)
“I love this. It doesn’t really sound like anything else. The chorus is bizarre. I first came across JC when I watched ‘Woodstock’ the film. I was completely in awe of his INSANE performance and stage character. And that voice … ” Tommy Evans, Drums
The Lucky 7th: 7. Holy Moly & The Crackers – ‘Gravel Rag’ (Gravel Rag 2018)
OUR NEW SINGLE! Out, April 6 2018
CHEERS TO HM&TC and JOHN ESPLEN of WIPE OUT PUBLISHING
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