“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 justified, but he ain’t ancient. Ian White is long-time drummer for one of this fanzine’s fav ever garage rock combos: the noir bar-room bluesniks Gallon Drunk. He’s also played with Lydia Lunch (and old GD band mates James Johnston and Terry Edwards) as a founder of Big Sexy Noise, not to mention stints with former Bad Seeds/Magazine’s Barry Adamson and played on the excellent James Johnston solo album “The Starless Room”.
Ian’s got a brand new bag though, and it’s called BLYTH. And like the Captain of the same name it’s mutinous in its menace, while also being gelatinous in its shape shifting, tub thumping, largely instrumental and often monumental album “Confessions of a Justified Sinner” (out now on Clouds Hill Records). It’s like all those Gallon Drunk tales of Walker’s Court or The Pogues visit to the NYC drunk tank, but just by sheer weight of shifting tectonic drum led noise. Sometimes electronically distorted and enhanced, but mostly just locked-in grooves or tribal hypnosis. And I don’t say that blithely. Think Can (obvs) on opener “Tongue Tied”, but also with the likes of lead single, the album namesake, think the flangey Madame JoJo showiness of Adamson’s “The Big Bamboozle” (or GD’s “I Just Can’t Help But Stare”) followed swiftly by the all-ends-up grimey, shiny, streetsy “Manors”. All co-opting former team/band mates the aforementioned James Johnston and Jeremy Cottingham.
Don’t take my word for it, have a listen below, if not a cheeky purchase and let the drummer get some.
Welcome to VS, the sonically expansive, reassuringly expensive Ian White!
Enough of me blathering about BLYTH, without further ado, here’s Ian’s “song for ewe”…
“I listen to this album a lot. The Obeah Man by Exuma.
The song Mama Loi, Papa Loi. I just love the pounding drums and the beautiful female vocals.
Such a sense of abandon, like attending a voodoo ritual!! And he’s clearly unhinged!!”
MANY THANKS IAN AND TO JAMES JOHNSTON.
“Confessions of a Justified Sinner” out now on Clouds Hill – get it via Bandcamp…