Federal Charm – ‘Federal Charm’ : CD
‘Great riffs. Fantastic musicianship. Phenomenal vocals. Really good songs. Their big sound cannot be restrained’ – Amazon
The debut CD release from Manchester's Federal Charm draws on the blues but is never constrained by it and is full of melodic twists and turns with twin guitar riffs and stop-start rhythms. The vocal phrasing soars above some of the most intense material to be found on the current post-modern blues landscape. Oh yes!
Classic Rock describe them as 'investing in swaggering riffs, sleazy slide flourishes and cinder raw vocals with a confidence that is utterly winning'... and you can't beat that.
Tracklisting – Gotta Give It Up; I'm Not Gonna Beg; No Money Down; Somebody Help Me; Reaction; The Stray; There's A Light; Tell Your Friends; Reconsider; Come On Down; Any Other Day; Too Blind To See.
‘Probably the hottest nu-blues outfit to have come out of the UK in the last 20 years’ – BBC Radio 2
12 tracks right out of the very top drawer. IN STOCK NOW! OFFICIAL!
Satellite Sweetheart draws on Formula’s childhood in Whalley Range, Manchester.
The striking memory that inspired the collection is of Dave being taken to see Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, who, after becoming the first man in space in 1961, made an appearance at the Amalgamated Union of Foundry Workers in Brook’s Bar, in a show of proletarian solidarity.
“I got to shake his hand as he walked past”, says Dave.
The collaboration with Barry Adamson, ‘Bison Heard’, recalls Paul’s Record Shop,
which sold imported calypso and blue beat singles, on Alexandra Road, Moss Side.
“It seemed like the coolest place on earth when I was being dragged up and down
on a Saturday afternoon, doing the shopping with my folks”, says Dave.
Dave was introduced to Howard Devoto in Manchester towards the end of 1977
by legendary producer Martin Hannett. The two have worked together subsequently
in Magazine and Luxuria, and together they have composed one of the album’s centre pieces in ‘Via Sacra’, which in turn lit the spark to the current Magazine reformation.
“I persuaded Howard that it was time to be creative once more. A last chance to be venerable. An offer he couldn’t refuse”,