November 26, 2022

HCTF on Mastodon

HCTF is also on Mastodon as of now. As Twitter is heading for the abyss this spot will also serve as an outlet for regular updates about my long running music blog.


Arthur Brown: on tour in Germany & Italy

photo: Harvey Waller

English musician Arthur Brown will forever be associtated wiht the classic Fire as the frontman of The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, but he still raging and making racous music. He announced a short tour in on tour in Germany & Italy to promote his latest album Long Long Road: "[It]" has all the trappings of his past, mixing the blues and psychedelic rock with plenty of references to misfortune, seduction, femmes fatales and mind expanding tidbits. His voice not quite reaching the banshee heights of yesteryear, but the power is still there. The title track is both a summation of his career and a window to his future. The self-proclaimed God of Hell Fire stills burns bright, especially in two parts of the bittersweet Once I Had Illusions. He will keep creating until his dying breath, but ailments are slowing him down, which both worries him and pisses him off. Fingers crossed that this not his last hurrah, but if it is, it sure is a damn fine one."

Live dates:
  • 12/01 Jena, Germany @ KuBa
  • 12/03 Rüsselsheim, Germany @ Das Rind
  • 12/04 München, Germany @ Rote Sonne
  • 12/07 Bologna, Italy @ Freakout Club
  • 12/08 Roma, Italy @ Init
  • 12/09 Torino, Italy @ tbc


HCTF review of Long Long Road.

The Primitives: vintage "Really Stupid" video

English indie pop band The Primitives have dug out the first ever video they made: a promo clip for their Really Stupid single in 1986.

An expanded EP version of their Don't Know Where to Start single will be released on on January 20th via Happy Happy Birthday to Me Records (limited pink vinyl in a silkscreen cover, black vinyl, digital). The band hits the road in May 2023 to celebrate the 35th anniversary of their debut album Lovely by performing it in full in May next year.

Cover Me: Swan Lake

Watch English ska band Madness perform Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake in Paris in 1979. The studio version can be found on their One Step Beyond... album.


November 25, 2022

Melotone: Entre Ondas

English psych-jazz quartet Melotone are in a melancholic mood on their new single, Entre Ondas. With '60s Tropicalia as a source of inspiration they bring the sound of Brazil to Bristol by way of the Black Country, where the band was founded. It all makes sense when you have Alec Madeley, a singer whose mother tongue is Portuguese. A bit of bossa nova found its way into the percussion as well, but it is the guitar tone of Pete Carey that makes it special.