Saturday, 31 August 2013

REWIND: A - 'Old Folks'

The British rock five piece A were brilliant when they started, and debut album 'How Ace Are Buildings' was something I heard lots of glowing praise for in the late 90's. Their second album 'Monkey Kong' was released in 1999 and produced this rather fantastic single, which I bought on its release during the same year. About three years later and the band had returned, but with a sound that had more in common with commercial American metal than punk, and an album called 'Hi Fi Serious'. Some of you may be wondering if the album's title was derived from the name of the hi-fi electronics store where Alan Partridge buys a Bang And Olufsen stereo from in' I'm Alan Partridge'. Apparently so. Aptly, the accompanying tour was named 'Inner City Sumos', another Partridge reference...

They released their fourth album in 2005, which due to poor promotion from their label Warners only reached #95 in the UK charts. The band split shortly after being dropped by the label, and reformed in 2009. Singer Jason Perry has previously said that the band were working on a new album, which hasn't surfaced as yet. Perry is also a record producer, working with the likes of McFly (snigger), while bassist Daniel P Carter hosts Radio 1's Rock Show...



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