5 bands you probably never heard of
1 Mean red spiders. A great blues band from Ipswich. In the early nineties these guys were the business. Their memorably titled album ‘nude guitarist in red lettuce frenzy’ is great.
Last time I saw them they had morphed from a great blues band into a fairly average pub rock outfit. Sad…
2 The Boze brothers
Down-home blues and roots duo. Followed them quite a bit back in the day and they produced two memorable tapes (yes tapes) of tunes and trad songs.
Guitarist Ashley Dow continues to stomp his stuff in the excellent Rag Mama Rag.
3 Sydney’s Unmentionable Mermaids
A scratch band formed and recorded during the tudor recreation at Kentwell hall in 1553 (1992) The soundtrack to a great year. The C45 tapes with hand-coloured covers providing some great tunes and better memories.
4 Bass instincts
Found this album in a charity shop, recognised some of the band as regulars on the local ceilidh scene. It’s a jolly little thing, but the Purcell recorder piece really stands out.
They appear to have reformed and are back in action find them on myspace
This short lived super-group emerged out of the UEA halls of residence in 1992. Over two booze-fuelled recording sessions they cut their only album ‘ bold as concrete’
The following morning, having shaken off the rum and shrub hangover, promptly split citing musical indifferences.
Apologies for the appalling sound quality, actually just apologies