Magazine article The Spectator

My Kind of Band

Magazine article The Spectator

My Kind of Band

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In the aftermath of an early-evening thunderstorm on a baked Easter weekend, Trembling Bells took the stage in a Lewi sham pub. They seemed like visitors from another time. It wasn't quite clear which, but the most evident contender is the early Seventies, and it's no surprise that Joe Boyd , the celebrated producer of Nick Drake and Fairport Convention, referred to them as 'my kind of band'.

The four steal their way through several traditions as they serve up songs from the three albums they've released over a very fertile 24 months. 'Adieu, England' nods to folk revivalist Shirley Collins, while 'Love Made an Outlaw of my Heart' adapts a Kris Kristofferson lyric.

The muscular keyboard-guitar-drum jam in 'Otley Rock Oracle' brings to mind The Doors or the second Genesis album. …

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