“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 long time pal of this publication, an in-real-life punk compadre, who is co-founder (along with Dan Finnemore of Low Cut Connie) and drummer of the ever-brilliant Swampmeat Family Band whose new album “Muck!” on Sweden’s PNKSLM label is rightfully gaining righteous reviews.
We’ve been avid supporters of Birmingham’s Swampmeat since we started hanging out with their pals from the ColdRice collective (Black Mekon, Copter etc) at Velvet Sheep club night events at the Whitechapel Gallery in the late noughties, and we were chuffed when they signed to PNKSLM a while back not least because that is run by another VS alumni Luke Reilly (The Lusts/Sex Beet). That feeling was surpassed again when we were privileged to get the world’s first play of the Swampmeat Family Band’s lead single from “Muck!” – “Baby’s Made Her Plans”.
T-Bird not only kick drums up a storm and fills like a K-Mart shelf-stacker he also co-runs the rug-cutting Takin’ Care of Business old skool soul club nights in the second city (although obviously and sadly not lately), he has a robot for a best friend, he’s played support to some awesome bands over the years including Jon Spencer, Thee Oh Sees and Reigning Sound, and he’s provided us with some spectacularly sparky mixtapes over the years since VS went digital.
He’s always got a home right here on VS, and to celebrate the release of “Muck!” (with its self-consciously worn/well loved record sleeve artwork which I absolutely love) welcome back to the fold, Thomas “T-Bird” Jones!
Check out the Mariachi spaghetti western vibes of “Mother’s Lies”…
T-Bird Jones pictured below with garage hero Greg Cartwright of Reigning Sound
“Muck” by Swampmeat Family Band starts with echoes of J Geils Band “Centerfold”, it gets Josh T Pearson on “If You Want Me To”, desert session meets go-go on “Over Your Head”, an update of “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” in “Monkey See, Monkey Do”, the Stones again with “All Down The Line” on “I Hope I’m Wrong” and fittingly enough given the sad passing of Ennio Morricone this week, “The Ballarat Ghost” has a prescient nod to the maestro that definitely is good, not bad or ugly. There are also chimes of The Yardbirds, Kris Kristofferson, Mariachi El Bronx and BJ Cole, not to mention the outlaw Willie Nelson in full doobie on the White House flow.
But what influence does T-Bird cite as his latest choice of tune on VS? Previously on these pages he’s gone for Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah “Lake Shore Drive” which I could not get out of my head for months, and I know to always expect the utmost tastes from his faultless DJ mix picks, so without further ado, here’s Thomas “T-Bird” Jones’s latest “song for ewe”…
“A few years ago we had the honour of playing with Eli ‘ Paperboy’ Reed and became friends with Eli and his band.
Attis, the drummer was fantastic and being a drummer we bonded and we’ve stayed in contact over time. He released this slice of fine funk a couple of years ago as his first solo single, and its always in my collection when I’m out DJ’n. Theres traces of Prince, Rick James, TV On The Radio, James Brown and all the good stuff!
Strap on your ear goggles and get down..”
THANKS SO MUCH TO THOMAS “T-BIRD” JONES AND FOR DANIEL FINNEMORE FOR THE ALBUM.
You can order “Muck!” which is out now, from this Bandcamp link below…
Also, here is the post that premiered “Baby’s Made Her Plans” from earlier in the year…