10th March 2017
Side A: 1. Bully Boy / 2. Practical / 3. Working Man / 4. Johnnie Ray / 5. Ratton / 6. Blacksoul. Side B: 1. Lucky 7 / 2. String Theory / 3. Drink / 4. Pillars / 5. Reverse / 6. Like It / 7. Mystery
Southend outfit Eight Rounds Rapid proudly present their second album ĎObjet DíArtí. Rooted in the infamous Canvey Island RíníB tradition, Eight Rounds Rapid channel the fervour of Dr Feelgood, Wire, Gang of Four and Public Image Limited with their gritty tales of the Essex underworld. The bandís songs are rooted in trad blues, but impulsive guitar from Simon Johnson (Wilkoís son) and acerbic delivery from singer David Alexander make the act sound like Captain Beefheart, John Cooper Clarke and Mark E Smith fighting in a Southend bus depot. The line-up also features Jules Cooper [bass] and Lee Watkins [drums]. Everett True said, "This is great. Art Brut meets ATV, with a touch of the old Wilkos. With a smattering of all those (rather scary) old ruffians: The Inmates, Nine Below Zero, Dr Feelgood. All that crowd." But for Eight Rounds Rapid, itís only ever been about music and storytelling. "We are from this place. We make music of this place", says singer David Alexander. ĎObjet DíArtí is the sound of a band long on confidence and short on ego. The album cover boasts an exclusive image painted for the band by renowned fine artist Simon Monk [SimonMonk.com] and the band will soon make available the video for their track 'I Like It', written and directed by Tony Burke and starring Ewen Mackintosh, who famously played Big Keith in 'The Office'. The bandís debut album, 'Loss Leader,' gained excellent reviews from the likes of Uncut, who said, 'Edgy, drugged-up thug punk. ĎLoss Leaderí is Thames Estuary crude given a vital contemporary twist. Invest now'. Mojo gave the band a 4-star review and Classic Rock summed the band up: 'Thrashing the moody cut-and-shut Mk1 Capri of Essex geezer rock like they stole it. A welcome blast of no-frills, bullshit-free excitement that can only be deadly live.' Eight Rounds Rapid supported Wilko Johnson on two major UK Tours, and have had airplay from Mark Radcliffe, Gary Crowley, Gideon Coe and Steve Lamacq.