FALLEN LEAVES: If you can imagine a cross between The Who and The Ramones you might get somewhere close to the sound of The Fallen Leaves.
There's been a real buzz of positivity around The Fallen Leaves for some time now, what with their sessions with Marc Riley on BBC 6 Music and on Resonance FM and a glowing review in the Sunday Times by comedian Stewart Lee for their album "If Only We'd Known". Front-man, Rob Green, is a proper singer, and with his vintage microphone he’s a crooner in the grand old tradition which contrasts perfectly with the visceral attack of guitarist Rob Symmons (original Subway Sect member) instinctive, primal playing style. Rob often seems to be intent on wreaking as much damage to his guitar as possible without actually smashing it on the stage. Banging it and shaking it to get optimum power, he twists the strings to breaking point, spilling out classic Garage Rock riffs to songs such as "Passing By" and "Trouble". Joined by ex-Chords drummer, Brett Buddy Ascott and the throbbing bass of Matthew Karas, The Fallen Leaves may well be one of the best live acts you have never seen.
"Three albums into their career as standard bearers for a particularly British brand of guitar music - at that fine spot where The Pretty Things meet Pretty Vacant, over a decent cup of tea - The Fallen Leaves have taken 12 songs from those CDs for this vinyl LP collection of their self-styled 'Minimum R&B'. Vocalist Rob Green and long-time compadre Rob Symmons, superb original guitarist with the Subway Sect, formed the band in 2004, and have co-written all the material. These finely-crafted songs are sharp and direct with a minimum of overdubs, yet the band also know the value of well-placed backing vocals. After all this staccato activity, each side closes with a longer track (Shining and Trouble, respectively) in which they stretch out to great effect, mirroring the force of their live shows. An excellent showcase of the band at their best" Max Décharné, Mojo Magazine
The Kite Collectors, a three-piece based in Bristol, were formed in 2013. The band takes their inspiration from new wave, early psychedelia and garage rock. Regularly featured on independent Internet radio stations in the UK, Europe and USA, the band has an impressive output - in just three years they have released two albums, a mini-album and a CD single. They are currently recording their third album.
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