Scott Janovitz will be familiar to some retro-pop aficionados as the mastermind behind The Russians – the mysterious indie/power pop band who left us a sole full length album ‘Crashing The Party’ in 2011. Although a rather melancholy listen in some places, it’s collection of songs were very well crafted, with sounds borrowing from the sixties, eighties and nineties in almost equal measure. The years passed, but nothing more materialised from either Janovitz or The Russians, leading some listeners to wonder what could have been…
Following their third release ‘Happy Ender’ in 2011, US roots rockers seemed set to call time on their career, with frontman Denny Smith moving on to other projects. Luckily, they had a change of heart and following a shift of line up, 2013’s ‘4’ was arguably the best of their career to date.
In 2014, the original run of six Blondie albums was re-released as an expensive box set.
There’s good news for those who just couldn’t afford that £80+ price tag. The six releases are to be made available separately in May. The albums from ‘Blondie’ (1976) to overlooked swansong ‘The Hunter’ (1982) will be re-released by vinyl specialists Back To Black in the UK on May 4th.
In support of their 2014 release ‘Galactic Hunt’, Evil Scarecrow have a few live shows just over the horizon. The aptly named ‘Road To Download’ tour begins in Manchester, second week in April and culminates at the Download Festival in the Summer.
Read a review of ‘Galactic Hunt’ here.
Less Than Jake and Reel Big Fish have announced a full-scale co-headline tour of the US. The stalwart bands of ska’s third wave will be joined by Hellcat signings The Interrupters, Pacific & Ballyhoo at all shows.
LTJ’s only confirmed UK shows are summer festivals at this time.