Thursday, 7 November 2013

REWIND: McDermott's 2 Hours - 'World Turned Upside Down'

Active for over 25 years now, McDermott's 2 Hours remain one of British music's best kept secrets, a lack of commercial success being the result of never fitting in with any trends and always refusing to compromise. Besides, the mainstream and the music industry don't deserve them anyway. Frontman and songwriter Nick Burbridge doesn't play the game, instead he gets more satisfaction from bringing his ideas to life in an unmistakably raw, expressive way. He also prefers to use his talents for various artistic outlets rather than for any sort of commercial purposes, writing novels, poems and theatre plays as well as continuing to make some fine records. 'Anticlockwise' is a 14 track compilation that brings together some of the best moments from the six previous MD2H albums, along with two awesome new tracks. Those tired of the increasingly conservative, industry-approved coffee table folk that has become popular in recent years will find these songs a refreshing and encouraging antidote. They rage with the spirit of the underdog, a voice that acts as an outlet for pain, fury and dogged defiance. 

The medieval-sounding 'World Turned Upside Down' is a truly remarkable piece of songwriting topped with Gregorian flavours, tangled acoustic guitars and some utterly superb vocal arrangements. It was recorded in collaboration with the Levellers(well, two of them anyway). Read my full album review of 'Anticlockwise' HERE...



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