Interlocutor play the Steely Dan song “Doctor Wu” and their own song “Roles Reversed” (this has touches of ESP chords-wise – starts approx 5 mins) Please share…
The Slaughtered Lamb, London, 11th February 2010 by palefoxrecords
Songs are: Jerusalem Thorn, The Last Blast, The Runaround. Alex plays keyboards + percussion.
Keith Boadwee (album sleeve artist) blogs about the 6 Music session: “Everyone knows that I WORSHIP Tom White of Electric Soft Parade and Brakes. He’s a lovely, lovely man with a very keen intellect and more talent than can normally be housed in one body. I’m honored that he has used one of my photos for the cover of his second solo album, THE MAXIMALIST, released on COOKING VINYL, I think, March 15. I’m hooked on it! Oh, Tom gave me an incredibly generous shout out on BBC SIX today. Tom discusses me/the cover in detail. He also plays some tracks from the album so please have a listen. Thomas White, I have to say the sound of you singing makes my heart flutter. Sublime, my friend”
Marc Riley Brakes were on 3 times throughout the show performing songs from their live album Rock Is Dodelijk (i.e. Rock is deadly or lethal) One of the session tracks – What’s In It For Me – is the crazy rock out version from the live album.
Comma Comma Comma Fullstop + Porcupine Or Pineapple: Part One here
Don’t Take Me To Space (Man) + What’s In It For Me: Part Two here
Leaving England (TW on backing + spine-chilling guitar) Part Three here
Marc put a fans question to the White Brothers, resulting in Alex mentioning his love of the band Chicago – “everyone I know has a story about, that was the last time I saw you, you were just banging on all night about Chicago” – and TW’s reply that “we don’t really believe in ‘guilty pleasures’ – if you like something sincerely, that’s fine, it doesn’t matter what it is”
He also asked Tom about his other projects; Restlesslist, Clowns and his solo album got a mention. TW: “I got a record coming out in March. Infact I was a bit cheeky; when we were recording the last Brakes record and these 3 guys were mixing it in the control room, I snuck into the live room and started recording and then ended up with an album – and I’ve just signed to Cooking Vinyl – so as we’re writing the new (Brakes) record I’ll be promoting that”
Marc then plays a few seconds of Restlesslist (Tom says the album’s coming) Marc: “And you’re in another band called Clowns. Bit greedy isn’t he?” TW: “I don’t like days off”. Marc asks Marc from Brakes what he’s doing and he says “me and Alex, I think we’re going to join our friend Matt Eaton, he’s got a new album coming out and we’re going to be his rhythm section”
After ‘Leaving England’, Marc Riley exposes his inner TW fan: “that was staggeringly good, that, not that I think you’re rubbish normally, but that was just something else. And that guitar playing…”
Alex said they’re staying with Official Secrets Act… there’s footage of him playing keyboards with them on youtube – before that he was their stand in drummer.
Screenshots from the 6 Music webcam… aka Thomas models his latest suit.
Here’s to a Brakes Session Album one day (it will sound much better than my fan recordings at least) And after all this can you even imagine what the next ESP record will be like… they’ll return one day, with melancholy Music and Lyrics and it will be Out Of This World. Til then watch this space 🙂
Levellers/ESP single 4 November
The Levellers (myspace) release Burn America Burn limited 7″ single on November 4th in two different sleeves. The b-side, 15 Years, originally from the classic album Levelling The Land, features The Electric Soft Parade taken from sessions in The Levellers own Metway studios. Released for US Election Day, the single will be deleted the same day. Juno.co.uk has a b-side clip and also large pic of the back sleeve with Barack Obama.
New Thomas White Album
New Album ‘The Maximalist’ out early 2009: 8 tracks of pumping electro-disco and psychedelic sound collage, featuring 3 collaborations with avant-garde cabaret legend Stuart Flynn.
The Pipettes remix CD + videos
The Shoe That Fits – 20 Track Remix CD now available including the Thomas White remix.
Here’s some videos from The Pipettes current tour with Alex on drums:
2 No 1: “Ska-tinged homage to hair colouring” watch here
Captain Rhythm watch here
Pipettes Interview at pitchforkmedia.com
Is it true that you guys have a remix EP that you’re bringing on the tour with you?
Gwenno: Yeahhhh. It’s brilliant, because it was just an a cappella thing, and we were like, “What should we do with this song?” “Oh, I don’t know, we’ll just get someone,” because we were thinking of things that we could have on tour with us. So we’ve got a Restlesslist remix an actual fan’s remix, a Tom White remix, and a Kat Heath remix. It’s quite nice to hear incredibly modern sounds with our music, I think. And I always felt [our music] is bridging that gap.
Watch the Dirty Cakes Documentary featuring Thomas and Alex on guitar and drums…