Signed to Acid Jazz Records and led by trumpeter Nick Etwell (Tom Jones/Jill Scott/David Axelrod), the band recorded this second album almost completely live in the studio. On this stylish mixture of originals and a few well chosen covers, the front line is dominated by Brendan Reilly's soulful vocals and Etwell’s crisp solos, Mark Brown’s masterly saxophone, Pete Whitaker’s bluesy organ and Nigel Price’s nimble guitar work. The rhythm section of Dan Drury and newcomer Simon Lea provide the flexible support and rhythmic dexterity that this sort of music demands.
‘The Rum Diary’, a cooking slice of Latin soul, is a tribute to the Hunter S Thompson novel. The covers are, by coincidence, both Michael Jackson-related. ‘Girlfriend’ from ‘Off The Wall' gets a funky revamp while the Jackson 5 track ‘Never Can Say Goodbye’ is given a stunning instrumental makeover with Price taking the lead as if paying tribute to the great balladeering style of Boogaloo Joe Jones.
The band tour the UK in April, here are the full dates:
Tue 17th April - London, The Social **ALBUM LAUNCH**
Thur 19th April - Cardiff, Cafe Jazz
Fri 20th April - Bristol, Mr Wolfs (+ Thee Ones)
Sat 21st April - Exeter, Cellar Door
Thur 26th April - Limerick, Nancy Blakes
Fri 27th April - Belfast, Hudson Bar (Communion Night)
Sat 28th April - Dundalk, Spirit Store (+ The Trampz)
Sun 29th April - Dublin, Academy 2 (Communion Night)
Mon 30th April – Galway, Roisin Dubh (Communion Night)