THE FLAMING STARS
Ginmill Perfume - The Story So Far 1995-2000
CD - $6.00 (
Just when y'all thought you can peg AT for putting out punky, noisy
rock oddities and intellectually pregnant spoken word, here we go
again throwing you for a loop!
The FLAMING STARS have remained an
elusive band stateside despite their 5-year career in England. And
what do they sound like? Imagine cavernous Phil Spectorish
production, reverb'd guitars, and velvety baritone vocals over
vaguely tropical rhythms and lazy rockabilly beats: suave,
sophisticated, seductive...oh, yes! If you dig MICK HARVEY's (of the
BADSEEDS) solo output of SERGE GAINSBOURG covers, the FLAMING STARS
will be the perfect drug for you.
Since the FLAMING STARS first EP in1995, the U.K. band have released six albums, ten singles, gigged extensively in the UK and Germany, and played shows in France, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Greece and Japan.
The FLAMING STARS have a caustic sophistication at a constant tug-of-war with the deep-down sleaze 'n' roll straight from the bar room floor. Unlike typical garage acts immortalizing vintage juvenilia, the FLAMING STARS carve out a sultry, mysterious world with their sound. Their sound combines early punk, Ennio Morricone soundtracks, Slade, outlaw country and Tom Waits. Melody Maker called them "a fistfight between the Voidoids and Jerry Lee Lewis". The German press called them : "Nick Cave meets Elvis in a whiskey bar".
The band is fronted by singer and keyboard player Max Décharné, former drummer with Gallon Drunk, who is also the author of four books and a regular contributor to Mojo and Bizarre magazines.
In November, they will tour the U.S to support this album and their new single "One Lonely Night / Days Like This" (virus 267 September 10th) as well as promoting Max's latest book Straight from the Fridge Dad, a book on 1920s-1960s hipster slang, to be published in November via Random House.
GINMILL PERFUME culls some of their hits from : SONGS FROM THE BAR ROOM FLOOR (1996), BRING ME THE REST OF ALFREDO GARCIA (1996) , SELL YOUR SOUL (1997), PATHWAY (1999),and A WALK ON THE WIRED SIDE (2000). It also includes 1 song that is out of print.
Max Decharné will appear on 'Hardboiled Hollywood' on Thursday, September 27th, 2001. He is a published writer with a new book on 20s-60s slang,Straight from the Fridge Dad (Random House) out in November, 2001 and a regular contributor to Mojo and Bizarre. He will be doing readings and signings in various major US cities.
ROLLING STONE (Germany)"Eine Greatest Thrills Compilation fuer das Amerikanische Hinterland eigentlich, nun aber als Einstiegstontraeger all jener dringendst empfohlen, die dem Pulp-Fiction-Inspirierten (die Literaturgattung, nicht der Film, Dummy!) halsbrecherischen brenzligen und nicht selten sinistren Rock n Roll des Quintetts aus Camden Town noch nicht verfallen sind. Die delizioese Cover allein die paar Dollar wert."(four stars)
MELODY MAKER : "a fistfight between the Voidoids and Jerry Lee Lewis".
ISAAC HAYES comments on an early single : "The singer gives the impression of being drunk".
The Flaming Stars, Ginmill Perfume: The Story So Far, 1995-2000
With music journalist and hipster-slang lexicographer Max Decharne leading The
Flaming Stars, it's no wonder that the group's music has a smugly retro feel.
Released Stateside almost concurrently with Straight from the Fridge, Dad,
Decharne's dictionary of 1920s-1960 slang, his band's newest album is a
pleasantly affected jumble of well-worn techniques, styles, and lyrics,
self-consciously underscored by lo-fi production.
Ginmill Perfume encompasses
five years of the band's career, and nearly as many decades of rock 'n' roll,
from the piercing guitar of Mickey Baker to the fiery sounds of Dick Dale, from
the gentle melodies of the La's to the sometimes-ominous sounds of Nick Cave
and The Tindersticks. Raucous piano, gloomy organ, tinny drums - all fill out the
stylized sounds of the five older and ten newer songs that oscillate on the
genre spectrum between Britpop and music noir. Decharne's lyrical ironies
occasionally become clumsy ("everyone loves the way you smile/'till the car you
drive goes out of style"), but this small flaw only humanizes the music, making
it easier to embrace as the extravagantly dramatic, charmingly guilty pleasure
Sarah Sternau for Amazon.com