Sunday, January 13, 2008
Kevin Hewick And The Sound- This Cover Keeps Reality Unreal
This is a strange post for sure, and you'll garner as much when you get a chance to hear the tracks listed below. The first thing here that makes things seem a tad odd, the flickering appearance of Kevin Hewick, once asked to record with the post Joy Division band known as New Order (perhaps as a replacement for the now dead Ian Curtis). Nothing really came from this recording session, and thankfully the hands of time resulted in New Order going on as they should have, and making some exceptional music. I guess at the time, it would have made sense for New Order to be seeking this eccentric label mate on Factory Records to replace the equally eccentric Ian Curtis. We now look at The Sound, who were just about the most unknown band to ever record five albums. They, unlike Joy Division and other bands in the 'post-punk' era, got little to no attention, and were designated to b-rate stature. The sad reality is... they weren't all that bad! We now take a quick look at this EP, which oddly enough features both artists (see a trend here?). Since we didn't see fruition from the New Order session, the next likely band to work with was The Sound. I guess at this time there weren't a host of bands banging on Kevin's door for an audition. Possibly the least likely combination I've heard, then again I have heard some strange stuff in my time (remind me to tell you about 'The Sturm Group' sometime). When I listen to this, I'm somewhat confused as to what the band are trying to be. One track sounds like the spine-scratching stuff that Modern English were doing on their first album, then the next it's a tad more like that of Echo & The Bunnymen. The EP is decent given that you give each track a separate listen, all in one go it's kind of a bit chaotic (then that's my opinion). I have heard The Sound previously, as I own several of their albums (you know the ones nobody else knows about). I have never had the pleasure, or displeasure, of hearing Kevin Hewick in any fashion prior, although I understand if I grab the Factory Quartet compilation, I will hear a fair deal of him. Considering this guy was on Factory Records, and opened for Joy Division, A Certain Ratio, The Durutti Column and Section 25, I have never heard his name before. I guess Kevin and I were never meant to be, and after listening to this ep, I'm not sure I have been missing much (although I'm still considering that). Give this a listen, and the let me know what you think of it. Some will probably like it, some will not, more still will be like me and be sitting on the fence.
Track 1, Plenty
Track 2, Neath Dancing Waves
Track 3, Amber
Track 4, Scapegoat In A Country Churchyard
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UK Cherry Red Records 1983, 12 CHERRY 76
Person rating 3/5
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