PHIL WILSON of THE JUNE BRIDES – Song For Ewe

“SONG FOR EWE”
with PHIL WILSON of THE JUNE BRIDES

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

Today’s guest is the founder of a band first formed in South London 1983, but recently revived and most definitely resurgent – The June Brides. They’ve been involved in “Every Conversation” about indie pop ever since! (most likely). John Peel & fanzine favs, they may be jingle jangle but it’s the big guitar, viola, trumpet onslaught is more fuck me than twee.

Influenced themselves by Postcard Records, Josef K and the Buzzcocks, if it wasn’t for The June Brides there mightn’t have been Belle & Sebastian, and they have massive fans in Morrissey and the Manics who’ve recorded one of their songs “The Instrumental”. They were invited to be on C86 but thought it might pigeon hole them, Alan McGee nearly signed them for Creation but thought it might be too obvious. It didn’t matter as their album “There Are Eight Million Stories” was an indie chart number one and remains a cult classic. I’m glad they are back as the world’s a less sunny place without their sweet melodies.

Choosing a surprising song, it’s twitcher meets guitar twanger, and kitchen sink singer, Phil Wilson!

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As is customary, I asked Phil what he and the band are up to circa now:

“The June Brides are playing live and releasing records once again – just for the hell of it. We played the Primera Persona Festival in Barcelona on 7 May. Here’s our last single…”

As a big fan of The June Brides I was pleased to hear the following from Phil:

“Happy to join in. Here we go:

“Manfred Mann: Up the Junction.

I’d never really liked Manfred Mann – far too perky R&B and too much harmonica! But my friend and band-mate Nick Halliwell recently told me about the Manfred Mann that followed this earlier incarnation.

They had a new singer and songwriter Mike D’Abo, who took over a lot of the songwriting in the band.

This second phase had some brilliant songs in a much more baroque pop style (think of the Zombies with “Odessey and Oracle”). This song was on the soundtrack of the classic “Up the Junction” drama, and it’s a belter. This and the “Mighty Garvey” albums are highly recommended..”

THANKS TO PHIL, A JUNE BRIDE WITH A SONG FOR EWE IN JUNE. FITTINGLY. AND PLEASINGLY. 

Author: Nick Hutchings

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