“SONG FOR EWE”
with KEIRON MELLING of
“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day.
Today is the turn of one of the men behind the drums on one of my favourite albums of last year “Sub-Lingual Tablet” and a key player in Velvet Sheep’s favourite song of 2015, the motorik “Auto Chip 2014-2016” and co-writer of another, the frantic “Venice With The Girls”. He’s part of the longest serving line-ups in a band which historically has seen a high turn-over. It’s the metronomic powerhouse and right good lad, Keiron Melling of The Fall.
Keiron has been with The Fall since standing in for Orpheo McCord at The Village in Dublin in October 2006. He played one show after that with Orpheo as second drummer, but has been the incumbent ever since, first on record on 2008’s “Imperial Wax Solvent” and going onto the Domino Records minor classic “Your Future Our Clutter” (2010), “Ersatz GB” (2011), “Re-Mit” (2013) and 2015’s high water mark “Sub-Lingual Tablet” where he pops up with three writing credits including “Junger Cloth” and “Quit iPhone”. He was joined by top geezer and Velvet Sheep fav ex Nightingale Daren Garratt on second drum (a regular Fall trope) since “The Remainderer” EP post “Re-Mit”, but the core line up of players Melling, Dave Spurr, Pete Greenway and Elena Poulu are going strong, an ever-tight line-up despite boss man and The Fall incarnate Mark E Smith’s lament on English musicians on the aforementioned classic M62 crossed mit Autobahn “Auto Chip 2014-2016”.
There’s so much to love about The Fall and even more to love about Keiron Melling’s undulating drum constrictions, like a tightening garotte around a bottleneck on the gyratory. For my money we’ll look back at this line-up of the band as a classic in the third phase in it’s ever unfolding story (with more twists that Stephen Moffat’s Sherlock). And to top it all, Keiron’s been ace enough to respond to our call for a “song for ewe”. Love that band, love that man. And he’s chosen a corker. Natch.
IN TIME HONOURED FASHION, IT’S OVER TO KEIRON:
“I’ve chosen “The Talking Horse” from the Melvins album “A Senile Animal”. The way they’ve managed to cram two drum kits into the mix just sounds massive, and was a great reference point when I was mixing the vinyl cut of “Pledge” by The Fall earlier this year with Mat at our studio. Its just a combination of huge filthy sounds that really works. They’ve really captured a sense of energy and momentum on the record too, I really like how Dale Crover and Coady Willis stay completely locked together whilst dragging the beat around all over the place, its amazing.”
THANKS VERY MUCH TO KEIRON. YOU’RE THE MAN.
And if you like Keiron dig the Melvins, Dale Crover chose a “song for ewe” right here…
And if like me, you’re a big fan of The Fall, you can read the choices by Keiron’s current colleague Daren Garratt
or founder member & Blue Orchids own Martin Bramah‘s…
Or some time member and White Fence man Tim Presley…