Round 2 is (unsurprisingly) our second album, delivering more deliciously funky grooves and the usual jazzy overtones, but this time with a hint more 'pop' dare we say.
This time we've recorded 11 songs 9 of which are original (again all by Phil) with two covers: Time Is Running Out by Muse and the Aerosmith classic, Dream On, both of which we've given a funky makeover.
The originals cover a wide range of topics yet again, casting a sharp and sardonic eye on the plight, romantic and otherwise, of 21st century man, observing the humorous side of heartbreak, humiliation and misanthropy (we genuinely hope these make you smile!!).
The songs were again all recorded at our favourite studio, Univibe in Birmingham, engineered by Joel Spencer and with our producer, Bert Smorenburg at the helm. Bert then mixed all the tracks at Smoor Studios in Rotterdam, and they were mastered at Wisselord Studios.
Straight On Red
Our debut album, eponymously titled, is an eclectic mix of 8 original songs (along with one cover of 'Nature Boy by Eden Ahbez), with musical styles ranging from Funk to Soul to Rock to Jazz to Latin and back again. This makes us either startlingly diverse or just indecisive. We've tried to make the album sound very much like how we are when we play live - a big, 8-strong sound with a lot of energy. We therefore recorded each of the tracks playing live in the studio, adding a few extra layers of guitars, keys, vocals and percussion.
Lyrically, the songs sardonically address the plight of the modern, urban male in his supposedly mature state, the themes ranging from possessiveness (All Of You), internet dating (The More You Look...), near-marriage escapes (On File), universal lust (Except Valerie), brutal dumping (Just Won't Do), envy (Nietzsche Tonight) to mature self-delusion (Lemon Leather Interior). All done with a tongue firmly embedded in a cheek (metaphorically speaking.....it wouldn't help Tim's singing).
The songs were all recorded at our favourite studios, Univibe in Birmingham, engineered by Joel Spencer and with our producer, Bert Smorenburg at the helm. Bert then mixed all the tracks at Smoor Studios in Rotterdam, and they were mastered at Amsterdam Mastering.
We can't wait to start playing these songs live, and will be announcing gigs here on the site as well as on our Facebook page and on Twitter as soon as those gigs are booked!