When creativity meets originality you have some damn good music. But that is a rare occurrence. So it is particularly pleasing to see it incarnate. And that is in the form of U.K. duo San Eco. Formed by the merging of Morris Cowan and Tom Edney, San Eco is the end result of two unique minds verging on musical brilliance.
And today we talk to one-half of that melting pot with Tom. And we get the origin story and creative process explained as well as a glimpse into the future of all that is San Eco.
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Bettie Serveert is a four-piece comprised of Carol van Dyk (vocals and guitar), Peter Visser (guitar), Herman Bunskoeke (bass guitar) and Joppe Molenaar (drums). The first three members are all from the original band lineup.
Since starting everything with their classic ‘Palomine’ LP, the band is celebrating their 25th Anniversary this year with the vinyl release of this album.
‘Damaged Good’ is one of ‘The Betties’ most diverse albums so far, including 11 tracks ranging from 60 seconds to an 8 min epos and everything in between. This album experience is intense, raw and tender, but it is also passionate and fierce.
It was recorded and mixed with Jesse Beuker, with whom Canadian-born vocalist Carol van Dyk and lead guitarist Peter Visser have worked before on their Australian project ‘Me & Stupid’, and mastered by Darius van Helfteren. This collection of 11 tracks also includes the rock duet ‘Love Sick’ with Peter te Bos, vocalist from the famous Dutch band Claw Boys Claw.
Apart from being Record Store Day, April 22 is also significant for two other reasons: this is the birthday of Betties’ vocalist Carol Van Dyk, and Bettie Serveert wrap up their touring season that evening with a final show at the Paradiso Club in Amsterdam. Schoolkids Records will also be presenting one other Record Store Day release this year – the ‘Symmetry/ Slow Drag’ 7″ from North Carolina-NYC shoegaze pioneers The Veldt.
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Described by Malcolm Young, co-founder of AC/DC, as “the real deal”, Phil Rudd, the band’s long-term drummer, played in several Melbourne bands such as Buster Brown and The Coloured Balls before joining up with the rock giants in 1975.
Rudd powered the band to superstardom with his dogged consistency and an unshakeable backbeat on classics like ‘It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Want To Rock ’N’ Roll)’ ‘TNT” and ‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap’, becoming an indelible part of AC/DC history.
To the untrained ear, Phil Rudd’s drumming may seem rudimentary, but his style and groove have earned him the adoration of generations of his peers. Rammstein’s Christoph Schneider said in the October 2010’s Modern Drummer, “AC/DC were my absolute heroes because they are simple and easy to copy, though soon you find they are not so easy to copy.” The magazine’s May 2010 issue also honored the rocker with the feature ’50 Reasons To Love Phil Rudd’.
Rudd has appeared on all but three of AC/DC’s 18 studio albums, which have sold more than 200 million copies worldwide. When the blockbusting album ‘Highway to Hell’ went multi-platinum worldwide, Rudd said he ‘‘went straight down the road to buy my first Ferrari’’ sparking a lifelong love of luxury cars. Rudd showcased eleven of his luxury cars in Christchurch, New Zealand as part of an earthquake appeal fundraiser, his current collection includes a rare 1991 Ferrari F40, a brand new Ferrari 599, two Lamborghinis, a 2010 Rolls Royce Ghost, 2011 Bentley Mulsanne and Bentley super sport, Audi R8 V10, a 2011 Aston Martin DBS and 2010 Mercedes SLS AMG. The cars have a combined worth of approximately $3m. Rudd’s airport hangar is also home to his MD 520N helicopter.
With the lavish rock star lifestyle firmly in place, Phil Rudd recorded and released his first debut album ‘Head Job’ with Kiwi musicians Allan Badger and Geoffrey Martin in 2014. The album was released via Universal Music Group in Australia & New Zealand but further promotional plans were scuppered by well publicised legal problems in New Zealand.
Rudd served an eight-month home detention sentence which thwarted the 2014 release of ‘Head Job’ but 2016 sees him determined to leave his problems in the past. He has embraced a more positive lifestyle and says his “hell-raising days are over… I see a psychiatrist once a week and I’m closer than ever to my children. I still have all my flash cars but now I want to grow chillies”.Phil Rudd has turned a corner, completely dedicating his life to the most important things in his life; family, friends, and music. He will be visiting the UK and Europe at the end of September to promote the re-release of ‘Head Job’.
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To listen to the latest single from The Plea, “Wild One” is to listen to a pair of songwriters that really know how to take their life experiences and transcribe them into lush, meaningful musical memories. Just check out our review HERE to find out. And now we get to talk to one of those musical minds and get a glimpse of the story behind the artists, Denny Doherty. Denny, along with his brother Dermot, Paul Toland on Bass, and Gerry Strawbridge on drums, creates a solid formation of a band that is in tune with their surroundings, both sonically and emotionally.
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