Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

These Folks Are Still Down to Earth ; Gig

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

These Folks Are Still Down to Earth ; Gig

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Folks Ruby Lounge, TONIGHT SOMETIMES, life turns into a self- fulfilling prophecy.

It's something Michael Beasley, guitarist with Manchester-born band Folks (right), discovered to his cost 18 months ago when, six months after writing a song called Venom and shooting a video full of wasps that he'd caught while recording the band's debut album in Los Angeles, he was stung by one of the self-same garden insects with near fatal effects.

It's an experience he's reluctant to relive for obvious reasons, and one he's also determined to move on from (despite having another two years of treatment ahead) as his band prepare to release their debut album, I See Cathedrals.

The album catches Folks' founder members Michael and singer Scott Anderson in eclectic mood, turning corners into psyche rock and indie, jumping through candy-coloured pop hoops and racing down cinematic roads on four-part harmony adventures.

Its diversity is in part a result of working with producer, Luther Russell - best known for his work with Ethan Johns but who also comes from a line of Hollywood creatives that includes Bob Russell, writer of the Hollies hit He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother. Luther encouraged them off their ProTools addiction and into an analogue studio: first, Liam Watson's Londonbased Toe Rag Studio and then a pal's studio in LA when the money ran out.

But Michael's not altogether sure he agrees with Luther's summary of their sound.

"Luther says we sound like English rain," he says. "I don't know if we sound like that, but I think lyrically is it a very English record and there are the sounds of British artists like Graham Nash, The Beatles and Led Zeppelin.

But there's also some psychedelic elements to the record, some songs that sound like love songs but aren't; there's a bit of everything for everybody, as John Lennon might say.

"I know it's a cliche, but you're going on a bit of a journey in the minds of the Folks. …

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