Hells bells! Set fire to your Brompton bike and skip home in the rain -- this one's a heavyweight. Folk-psych hero Simon Finn reunites with David Toop for the first time in 46 years. Joined by frequent collaborators Joolie Wood and Ian Hothersall, Finn's ecstatic / apocalyptic tapestry of hedonism, hypocrisy and shadows asleep on benches will mess up your lunch break until you howl along the lyrics for some much needed catharsis.
Simon Finn / vocals, guitar
David Toop / steel guitar
Joolie Wood / violin, clarinet, vocals
Ian Hothersall / percussion
Set 1 - (33:08)
Eros / Polar Veil / Pass The Distance / Through Stones / White Elephant / What a Day
Set 2 - (50:14)
The Chauffeur / The Lighter Side of Love / Accidental Life / Courtyard / Golden Golden / Wanted You / Rich Girl With No Trousers / Big White Car / Magic Moments / Cinders Prayer / Jerusalem
Recorded at Cafe OTO by Shaun Crook on Monday 14th March 2016. Mixed by James Dunn. Mastered by James Dunn. Photo by Dawid Laskowski.
Available as a 320k MP3 or 24bit FLAC download.
Simon Finn has been given another crack at the troubled profession of singer/songwriter, his story the stuff of legend: A lone wolf troubadour from the mid-’60s U.K. scene, he rubbed shoulders with the likes of Bert Jansch. The powerful Pass the Distance, released to critical acclaim, seemingly lost for- ever... Since, a new record has surfaced – capturing the past and the present, a seamless transition despite the quarter century Simon Finn has won over fans worldwide – including Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and ex-Blur gui- tarist Graham Coxon – with his passion, his wit and his soul-shaking music.
Aside from his solo shows Simon also plays guitar in a band called Current 93, which were the cover story of the July Wire. In 2006 his original album, Pass the Distance, was made in 1969, with David Toop (author of The Rap Attack and Oceans of Sound) and Paul Burwell. It was produced by Vic Keary who ran Mushroom records at the time.
His 2007 release, Accidental Life, has also been recorded and mastered by Vic Keary. Playing on it are: Joolie Woods, David Toop, Karl Blake (Lemon Kittens) Keith Godman, with backing vocals from Danielle Dax and Rose McDowall (Strawberry Switchblade).