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THEE ONES – BACKYARD BOOGALOO

Thee Ones come from the five valley delta of Stroud. Raised on a diet of Dr John, The Meters and Captain Beefheart they’re all about the groove. With clever story telling lyrics their sound is infectious and will move your mind and body in equal measures. They can be dangerously wild live, whipping a crowd into a frothing frenzy, then soothe them with a delicate Latin-tinged vibe. If you catch them out-and-about we highly recommend you take your dancing shoes and a voodoo charm. Their new album, ‘Backyard Boogaloo’ is coming out in November 2016.

01 Tell us about Thee Ones in a short potted history?

Myself and Greame started the band around 2010. Writing material that crossed our interests in early rhythm & blues and 60’s latin music. But it’s not easy to blend Howin’ Wolf and Willie Bobo while not trying to make a pastiche of either, so we ended up just sounding a bit like Thee Ones.

02 How do you create or write new pieces, what’s your process?

I tend to walk about muttering to myself a lot. I tend not to write anything down as I hope that if I can remember it I can class it as ‘rememberable’. So a lot goes by the wayside. Most of the time I feel like a lazy collector of mumbo jumbo, or trapper of daydreams, hoping they make some kind of sense. But generally, I guess a lot is the mix of nostalgia and foreboding. Paint pictures of what was great to warn of what we are losing. And alway a bit of Rock n Roll nonsense stuff as I can’t be glum for long.

03 What are some of the influences that form your own sound?

With this last lot of songs, I sat with a cheap Spanish guitar playing along to lots of cheesy latin. And I guess it rubbed off with things like ‘The Moon’ and ‘77a’. There’s also a lot of Ska and Rock Steady going on. We have alway listened to a lot of Jamaican Music but not used it so much as an influence before.

04 What is your local music scene like?

Everyone around us, here in Stroud seems to be an Artist or a Musician and this corner of Gloucestershire seems to punch above its weight in terms of alternative culture. The likes of Low Chimes (who were Hotfeet unto a month ago), Pete Roe and Emily Barker have been shining brightly for a while now of the new Folk scene and there is some great Latin/Ska/Calypso stuff coming from Dave Andrews new band Solomento. We have also been loving some of our festival stablemates that we’ve been brushing shoulders with, especially Bristol band, Mama Jerk and The Lady Fingers. Not sure what they are but it’s good stuff.

05 Tell us about your latest LP?

With the first album, we recorded the whole lot with the most basic methods we could. This the help of Eve Studios fantastic knowledge and vintage kit. We did the lot all in one and no over-dubs, like something from the early fifties. But this time we planned to work a bit more conventionally and record in a modern studio and make the songs as luscious as we could, without losing our rough edges. Although ‘Dirty Stopout’ is the demo/live room version and was sneeked onto the final cut.

06 What were the ups and downs of this Studio visit?

I alway have a bit of trepidation before recording. I guess no-one likes looking in the mirror too long. But it was great. We had been playing the new songs out a lot and so were very gig fit, so getting everything down was pretty painless. Though I had a belter of a blocked nose to contend with.

07 What other current bands do you all dig?

We listen to a lot of Mod-Jazz and African music in the van on our way to gigs these days. Current ‘van hit’ is, Fela Kuti – ‘Coffin Head of State’.

08 What can folks expect from your live shows?

We alway give our all. Sweat, blood and full power ahead. And now with added Organ! (And maybe Baritone Sax in the near future, but keep it under your hat).

09 What types of themes run through your songs?

Well a lot of my songs are memories of growing up in London. ‘77a’ tells of the bus journey from Lavender Hill to Clapham Common and all the things that are no longer there. I don’t think the bus route even runs anymore.

10 What pieces of kit do you hold dear?

My Black Epiphone Sheraton from the easy 80’s. I got it re-fretted the other day so it has a bit of a chance of getting near tuned but I love it. It changed the way I played more than any other guitar. It was a right bitch.

11 What can we expect in the future?

We are still hoping of getting to Texas. Maybe next year.

12 Can you tell us a joke please?

Us playing Texas!

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Thee Ones – Eve Sessions

On the back of the bands recent vinyl 45 release of ‘County Farm’ Thee Ones come back with their debut LP ‘Eve Session’.

The album captures a long and sleepless weekend at Eve Studios, Manchester. The combination of Producer, Martin King’s old school recording techniques and Thee Ones back to basics sound resulted in a collection of recordings that echo back to the roots of Rock n Roll.

Ingenium Records, added: “The band has been working so hard for the last few years, it’s good to see all the hard work coming together. The band will be performing at various venues throughout the summer, promoting the single and album!” The band also recently supported Glen Tilbrook and Nine Below Zero on their recent tour.

About the band:
Thee Ones is made of up Nick Buckle on Guitar and Vox, Greame Owen playing Double Bass, Rufus Fry on Harmonica and vocals and Chipeye on the Drums. Cooking up a retro raucous RnB sound inspired by their love of vintage records spanning the 50’s and 60’s. They draw influences from the genres of blues, rockabilly, soul and Latin, to serve up a driving swamp boogaloosis set. Guaranteed to get people’s feet moving. Nick is an avid collector of vintage 45’s, and DJ’s at the popular Mockers nights which provides much inspiration for the band and their sound.

Eve Sessions LP – GENI RECORDS (INGENIUM RECORDS) – Released Oct 2012

BLUES SIDE

DONE WAITING – A nice punchy start to proceedings from Thee Ones debut LP with Chipeye setting up a pure gumbo beat that merges into swamp boogaloosis. A blend of hypnotic bluesy hues with a gritty warm overtone!

RICH WOMAN – One of 4 covers on this collection this being (to my ears) by far the most successful! A really nice treatment of a cool true Blue Boogaloo track originally from ‘Lil Millet & His Creoles’. A timeless classic that glides effortlessy along and finds space to really flex the groove yet keep the sharp shape! Nice! Really loving this one! Could be spun on any decent Modernist dancefloor!

COFFE & HONEY – Another band original with some cutting Harp Licks from Rufus Fry that pin onto Nick Buckles guitar phrases and lock nicely into the tight rhythm of Graham Owens double bass command!

PASS THE HATCHET – Roger and The Gypsys supply the second cover here with Chipeye and Graham Owens doing this one proud with a nice loose/tight feel to do this New Orleans classic some serious justice, the band can indeed pull off these obscure covers and slot them nicely into their own framework which is never that easy.

LIKE IT OR NOT – A stabby tune that again is bluesy to the core with a slight 60’s Doors/Hendrix/Beefheart howl here and there that manages to ride along, weaving lines of notes and stabby licks in and out of the backbeat. Maybe a few backing harmonies or counter melody would snuggle in nicely on this one! Get that Sitar out Nick!

SIGNED DC – Pulling off a cover of this classic by Love tune is never gonna be a breeze – sadly this is not my own favourite attempt. Thee Ones do however manage to find an almost Bolan/Velevets dynamic in amongst this spacey sad refrain that is always haunting and stays with the listener for quite some time. An uneasy end to the Blues Side maybe?

RHYTHM SIDE

COUNTY FARM – This is the recent single from this LP (available here folks) and picks up the pace again with a jaunty, jumpy rolling blues journey where the band get to show their true heart and soul.

DADDY ROLLIN’ STONE – An Otis Blackwell blueprint original with a slight stoner-blues type of feel produced here, also covered by many diverse Artists such as Derek Martin, Johnny Thunders, The Who. A nice ‘in-the-know’ sussed choice of source inspiration. Thee Ones manage to meander their way to a new place with this one! It could maybe due with condensing slightly, that’s my only crib!

GREEN OIL – This along with ‘Rich Woman’ get my own personal vote on this Session Collection! A really nice stroll, thats emerges from a chain-gang train huff n puff, with a nice element of twangy guitar, excellent tight drum sound, sublime walking bass and a clever use of the Harmonica to stagger and link. An instrumental that feels nicely balanced and timed! Super stuff!

SLACKJAW – A jazzy, bluesy, jump ‘n’ swing with great bass runs and snap-shut drumming with the odd hint of White Stripes type vocals that give way to a doubled-up military style rolling beat, nice production values keep the warmth and sonics in exactly the right place!

SOUP – A dancey start with a groove to die for, great harp work again and some nice guitar chords and progressions that show that Thee Ones can build on taking the traditional swamp blues mode into the West Country and beyond! I have no idea why big promoters of the growingly xerox festivals that book countless feckless young indie clones do not reach out, break the mould and book bands like Thee Ones who can easily deliver their groove live in an entertaining and educational way. The blues via Thee Ones is like a good Picasso, ‘there is no best before date on this one’.

So there you have it, a track by track rundown of what is a hugely successful and noble first effort from Thee Ones, its great to hear classic sounds giving such respect and also a breath of life! If these chaps from Stroud can keep it together and rolling along then there will always be a well earned space for a decent Rhythm ‘n’ Blues band to evolve, experiment and thrive – even in the 21st Century. A new generation of kids could do with a dose of Eve Sessions! This LP was ‘captured’ in One Weekend, in One Room, in One Go with No Overdubs and definately no bullshit! That in itself should be a wake up call to those that spend zillions and get no-where near the super production warmth on this disc! Now go buy it! 

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June 16, 2015 By : Category : Blues Eyeplugs Front page Music Reviews Tags:, , ,
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DozenQ – Thee Ones

This entry is part 3 of 20 in the series DozenQ

Thee Ones are:

Nick Buckle – Guitar + Vox
Graeme Owen – Double Bass
Rufus Fry – Harmonica
Chipeye – Drums

Thee Ones have been delivering fire-branded rhythm & soul to the west countries bohemia set for a far few years now. And a far more to come!

01 How did the band get together?

The core of Thee Ones came together with Nick And Greame joined forces as a song writing team and resulting in explosive performances at the now notorious Hub Club. Various different faces come and gone as drummers and organist but in 2009, with the joining of Rufus on Harp, the cast was set.

02 Where did your name come from?

We were named by our first drummer, Stevie Carnage, who said “Don’t be a no-one be A ONE!”.

03 Who are your major influences and inspirations and who do you despise?

There is too many creators of inspiration out there to list them all but  – Steve Marriott –  Captain Beefheart – Howlin Wolf – Willie Bobo – Little Walter – Terry Reid – and so much more. As ‘who we despise?’ Well we generally love all. But Graeme says he despises JLS and Chris Moyles.

04 What drives you to make music together?

The Love of it.

05 What can someone who has never seen you live before expect from your live show?

Sweat and charisma.

06 Who writes your songs? What types of themes and subjects do you deal with?

Nick Buckle writes all the lyrics which paint the normal world with a twisted brush.  Tall tales of scarecrows and towerblocks. Temptresses and mothmen. Peacock dandys and back street playboys. Love found with the help hooky Voodoo.

07 How has your music evolved since you first began playing together?

We are more stripped down and hard edged than when we started out. We have moved through fazes of hammond psych, latin soul and power pop and now find ourselves dishing up driving hard R&B.

08 What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Were you been able to overcome this? If so, how?

Keeping consistency through periods of changing band members. We’re gone through 5 drummers (+ the odd stand in for gigs here and there) and 2 organists. But  lucky we always attract more willing and able.

09 Do you play covers? If you could pick any song, which would you like to cover most and why?

We sometimes do:
‘Pass the hatchet’ Rodger & the Gypsys
‘Baby likes to boogaloo’ Don Gardner
‘Teanage Beat’ Little Walter
‘Daddy Rollin Stone’ Otis Blackwell (slow and sleazy)

10 Where do you envisage the band being in five years time?

Sleeping off 5 more years of debauched mayhem.

11 Who would you most like to record with?

JLS

12 What should we be expecting from the band in the near future?

Keep an eye out for our new EP ‘Swamp Boogaloosis’ (Ingenium Records). Summer festivals – Nailstock in April and headline slot at Pussyfoot Stage at Sunrise in June. August set for London Gigs then we are planning to go to France and Spain.

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