Federal Charm – ‘Across The Divide’ : CD
‘Federal Charm invest swaggering riffs, sleazy flourishes and cinder-raw vocals with a confidence that is utterly winning’ – Classic Rock
Drawing from a deep well, spanning the classic rock curve from the Allman Brothers to Zeppelin, stopping off on the way to put a call into Thin Lizzy. That, and with the indie blues of The Black Keys and the contemporary bluster of Rival Sons, Federal Charm are full of melodic twin-guitar twists and stop-start rhythms. Their fresh direction has turned many an industry head, describing the band as having the most cutting-edge sound in recent years. FACT!
‘Probably the hottest nu-blues outfit to have come out of the UK in the last 20 years’ – BBC Radio 2
11 self-penned tracks right out of the very top drawer. At large come 2 October 2015. Order your copy here. 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”,