“SONG FOR EWE”
with SEAN NEWSHAM of
“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 someone I consider a good friend, who I’ve known since back in the original days of the fanzine, through to my MTV life where as a publicist he always gave me the best videos, through to now where he still services some outstanding bands/acts including Tim Presley, Ty Segall, Cory Hanson from WAND, The Howling Hex and tons more. We also played five a side together in Camden a couple of times alongside Paul Cox of Too Pure Records. But it was as bassist in Quickspace Supersport and later Quickspace that I first heard of the top bloke that is Sean Newsham!
I remember picking up their 7″ “Quickspace Happy Song #1″ from Rough Trade in the mid 90s, intrigued by the homespun Kitty Kitty Corporation artwork and the stencilled band name – plus I’d heard that it was Tom Cullinan from Th’ Faith Healers new band. I loved the exuberance drone pop therein, and I also got the Elefant 7 and “Superplus”.
While he was plugging me at MTV (he never had to plug hard, it was always good quality stuff), Sean arranged an interview with the Chin era line-up for “Precious Falling” which we did at the Hope & Anchor for one of the later incarnations of the original printed zines, so it’s great to have Sean and Quickspace make another appearance on the reincarnated VS zine nearly 20 years later…and he’s chosen a real humdinger, so without further ado, it’s over to my man Sean…
“The Howling Hex ‘Wilson Semi Conductors’ EP – …. ‘Reception’ but you should listen the whole EP and as many of their records as you possibly can.
They are all obscure – they are all genius – funky, spiky and unique. Neil Hagerty (ex Pussy Galore, ex Royal Trux) has always had a way with a wasted rock n roll riff and guitar solo, hooks, grooves and rhythm… having said that I wouldn’t have a clue how to dance to any of it .. i’ve tried… but can’t begin to tell you how happy I am that he continues to knock them out on a regular basis without changing the face of rock n roll or bothering the BBC 6Music playlist.
At the same time it does actually bug me how completely far underground he has remained for all these years – now if only they’d let me be their publicist :-)…
I remember trying getting Royal Trux ‘Twin Infinities’ on Radio 1’s The Evening Session… I couldn’t understand why not. That was my approach… listen, open your ears, tell me why not.. you could be the first to tell your friends, tell the world or whoever’s listening…. isn’t this great??”
CHEERS SEAN!!!! GREAT CHOICE…