17th March 2014
1. Channel Swimmer / 2. Dostoyevsky / 3. Kicks / 4. Stalker / 5. Talent / 6. Steve / 7. Writeabout / 8. Dirty / 9. My Mate / 10. Ryder
Southend outfit Eight Rounds Rapid release their spiky debut album ĎLossLeaderí through Cadiz Music. Rooted in the famous Canvey Island RíníB tradition, the band channel the fervour of Dr Feelgood, Wire, Gang of Four and Public Image Limited with their gritty tales of the Essex underworld. The band gained a national audience last year when they supported Wilko Johnson on his UK Farewell Tour, winning over BBC DJs, Artrocker magazine and a clutch of bloggers with their polarising performances at Camdenís Koko theatre. Their songs have been spun on air by Mark Radcliffe, Gary Crowley, Gideon Coe and Steve Lamacq. The bandís songs are rooted in traditional blues, but guitar from Simon Johnson (Wilkoís son) and singer David Alexanderís acerbic delivery make the act sound like Captain Beefheart, John Cooper Clarke and Mark E Smith jamming in a Southend bus depot. This uncompromising style, subversive like a Charles Bukowski novel, never fails to divide audiences and win the band devoted fans.