“SONG FOR EWE”
with GEOFF FARINA of
KARATE

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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 a singer/guitarist who I interviewed via e-mail when that seemed like a new thing! Back in the days of the original paper version of Velvet Sheep (but one of the last issues I xeroxed up), I loved a record called “Karate” by a great band called Karate on Southern Records (a label who at the time was a hallmark of quality), so it was cool and at the time somewhat cloak and dagger to conduct a new fangled “e-mail” interview. The autonomy kind of suited the hushed tones and off-kilter dynamics of a band that lay in the slightly indefinable cracks occupied by the likes of Slint, Rodan, June of 44, Rachel’s and Hoover. These days autonomy is everywhere even at the automated checkout of the local mini-mart, but that’s ok because our precise punk is grown up and now a personable lecturer at a University and also an avid collector of some very tangible vintage guitars. And with solo records, and collaborations with the likes of Come’s Chris Brokaw, plus a new one by his latest band Exit Verse he still moves in his own way and defies categorisation. Categorically. Welcome, Geoff Farina!

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Exit Verse are more rock than post rock, but still have angles in all the right places, which pleases a Karate fan like myself. Their new one “Grant No Glory” is available here:

https://exitverse.bandcamp.com/

Here’s one from the old days that I absolutely love. A lost classic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_mxOYhMcGI

Anyway, enough blah, without further ado, what’s Geoff’s “song for ewe”? (Ps. kept in the American spelling of “favourite”)

“Paul Brady does my favorite version of Arthur McBride, a great British folk tune about two cousins who kick the asses of soldiers who attempt to conscribe them. For more of Brady’s amazing picking, find the album “Andy Irvine & Paul Brady” from 1976.”

CHEERS GEOFF!

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