Retro Man Blog and Damaged Goods Records present the launch party for the debut single by The Senior Service at The Half Moon Putney on Saturday January 30th. The band will be making their first ever live appearance along with very special guests French Boutik and Of Arrowe Hill. Advance Tickets are only £11.00 and are available directly from The Half Moon here or £13.00 on the door. Our last two gigs with Graham Day sold out way in advance so we would recommend booking up quickly to avoid missing out on this exciting new chapter in Graham's musical career.
THE SENIOR SERVICE
The Senior Service are the latest band to burst forth from the little clutch of towns known collectively as the Medway. However, they are no newcomers (as their name may suggest), for they have been in some of the biggest bands to have come from that area including The Prisoners, The James Taylor Quartet, The Mighty Caesars, Billy Childish & The CTMF, The Masonics, The Buff Medways and The SolarFlares amongst others. The Senior Service line-up consists of Jon Barker on the Hammond organ, Graham Day on the guitar, Darryl Hartley on the bass guitar and Wolf Howard on drums and percussion, close friends throughout they have always been into film themes and instrumental music. Amongst their influences are John Barry, Barry Grey, Booker T and the MG’s, Ennio Morricone and The Small Faces. “We got together to play instrumental covers because I happened to have bought a Hammond organ” says Jon, “but we dropped that idea before we played a note and quickly moved onto our own stuff.”
With a new single "Depth Charge" to be released on Damaged Goods records in January and an album to follow soon after, the recordings have an organic feel to them that only close, like-minded friends can achieve, so it feels like the time is just right for a fresh batch of exciting tunes played on antique instruments by young-minded lovers of Sixties instrumentals!
With touches of classic Motown, Burt Bacharach and Serge Gainsbourg, and of course those great French Sixties Yé-yé records, the Paris based French Boutik blend all of these influences together perfectly with their own up-to-date Modernist Pop twist.
OF ARROWE HILL
Formed in London at the end of the 1990s by Singer Songwriter Adam Easterbrook, Of Arrowe Hill are an English Hauntological rock group with an eclectic musical output spanning psychedelia, acid folk, country blues and lo-fi. In the current line-up Adam is joined by the rhythm section of Ian O’Sullivan and Jason Hobart, both ex-members of The Aardvarks.
You can read an exclusive interview with Graham Day about The Senior Service in our Blog feature here. Don't forget our special edition Retrosonic Podcast with The Forefathers where Graham, Wolf and Allan Crockford talk about their illustrious musical careers from The Prisoners and The Daggermen to their involvement with such Medway luminaries as James Taylor Quartet, Billy Childish and many more.
Advance Tickets for the launch party can be ordered on-line from The Half Moon here. "Depth Charge" can be pre-ordered from Damaged Goods here. Don't forget to check out Damaged Goods store where you will find a great selection of releases from Graham Day and Billy Childish.