blue orchids

Just what the good doctor ordered, shortly to embark on a few rare live appearances with mates the Nightingales, the Blue Orchids return to fray following hard on the acclaim that last year’s ‘the once and future thing’ brought. An absolute dogs danders of a limited 4 track 10 inch is heading out shortly via tiny global communications with copies coming pressed up randomly on black / blue wax. Still blessed with an insidious knack for cutting ear hugging angular shapes like no one else, in ‘disney boys’ and ‘work’ the band were responsible for two of the finest tracks to crawl out of the bleak grasp of ’81. Two re-workings, a cover and a new thang appear wedged on to the grooves of this formidable set, an utterly blow you away 7-minute revisit to ‘hanging man’ is given a muscular walls closing in and wiring psychosis drilled tuning whose scabbing swing and stare you out intensity ought to have the Fatima Mansions brethren among you swooning in the aisles. Indeed ‘work before the moon falls’ – intended for the Fall’s ‘dragnet’ before Bramah was given the boot, might on any other day have us purring opting it as the stand out track here without question, if that is, it hadn’t been for their re-shoot of Atomic Rooster’s ‘the devil’s answer’ which not content to stamp their personality all over and make it their own, is fitted with a dead eyed cool swaggering and strutting throb replete with a drop dead killer snaking riff and a clean cut Mod beat chic. That said opener ‘skull jam’ is no slouch, a skewed head ricocheting rally cry that sounds as though its surfaced from some lost early 70’s Beefheart tape. Ridiculously essential. 

Tour dates…..

April –

28th Liverpool – Magnet,

30th Middlesborough – Westgarth Social Club

May –

1st Preston – Continental,

5th Glasgow – Stereo,

6th Dundee – Beat Generator

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