Thursday, October 14, 2010



"Sowberry Hagan" out soon. Mastered by James Plotkin, apparently.


Title track of what's probably my favourite Groundhogs' LP. The guitar really kicks off around 4:25-ish, but I like the whole piece, the fact it's sectioned off into discrete parts. The second part sounds curiously Proto-New Wave / Post Punk in its starkness. Tony McPhee is such a hugely underrated guitarist; tragically neglected, almost a lost figure in UK music.

I've mentioned on this blog before about Groundhogs' influence on The Fall - as well as the couple covers they've done, there are all sorts of sidereal linkages and lyrical / musical steals goin' on...

Was talking to Matt Woebot about Groundhogs a few weeks ago - he digs this LP too. The CD reissue comes with some bonus early 70's live tracks. I'm not a fan of CDs - especially extended ones which distort the shape of classic LPs, but there's so little in the way early-70's Live Groundhogs performances around - and they were such a ferocious (and inventive) band during that period - that I can forgive it in this instance. Can't beat the vinyl, though.

McPhee was due to play in Yeovil about a year or so ago and I was v. excited by the prospect of seeing him play live, but he cancelled due to illnesss in the end.