“SONG FOR EWE”
with SPIRAL STAIRS aka SCOTT KANNBERG of
PAVEMENT & PRESTON SCHOOL OF INDUSTRY
“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 was a founder of the band Pavement (one of the reasons that Velvet Sheep fanzine even came into being back in the 90s), he’s also the leader of the band Preston School of Industry and is now about to release a third solo album as his long time alter ego Spiral Stairs which is called “We Wanna Be Hyp-No-Tized” (out on 22nd March via Nine Mile Records).
A distinctively brilliant guitarist and arresting vocalist (he sang on many of Pavement’s most direct & spiky numbers including “Hit The Plane Down” on high watermark “Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain”), it’s a real honour to welcome to these no longer photocopied but digital pages, Spiral Stairs aka Scott Kannberg!
On “We Wanna Be Hyp-No-Tized”, Kannberg has gone fun and accessible, and he’s digged in the crates for musical inspiration by bands he felt too cool for in his 20s in the heart of the post grunge, early slacker gen X storm. Blurb around the album has mentioned an awakening to/reappraisal of Van Morrison but also Jim Ford, “a weird country-soul singer” via the first two Nick Lowe records, and it’s on the Nick Lowe tip that we find Scott’s “song for ewe”…so without further ado…
“‘Truth Drug’ by Nick Lowe was a b side to a Dutch only 7” that’s pretty rare. came out in 76′.
I have no idea who plays on the song, but maybe Rockpile?
It’s such a great garage rock song. I found the 7″ about 20 years ago and it’s still one of my prized possessions. I play it every time I DJ, which is rare in itself, since I live in Mexico at the moment and all my records are in storage. Ha.”
THANKS TO SCOTT & TO RACHEL SILVER OF SILVER PR
“We Wanna Be Hyp-No-Tized” is out on 22 March, here’s a taster of single “The Fool”…
and here’s all the requisite socials and links
Bob Nastanovich of Pavement chose one of the first ever “song for ewe”‘s on Velvet Sheep fanzine when we came back as a blog in 2015 and you can find that here…choosing a tune by Walter Wanderley…