That's Enough Old Jokes about Drummers, Thanks; Also Playing: Hyde & Beast

Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England), January 27, 2012 | Go to article overview

That's Enough Old Jokes about Drummers, Thanks; Also Playing: Hyde & Beast


WHAT do you call a guy who hangs out with musicians? You won't give the answer "drummer" to this old joke after seeing HYDE & BEAST.

They are two drummers from top North-east bands, Dave Hyde (Hyde) from The Futureheads and Neil Bassett (Beast) formerly of The Golden Virgins.

Together they have made a magnificent record by accident - Slow Down - with Hyde on vocals and both Hyde & Beast writing, recording, producing and mixing the album themselves, resulting in a very special project born out of a labour of love and a wonderful detour from the pair's usual musical output. 1

The two recorded at Bassett's Sunderland studio at the rate of one song a day, with Field Music's David Brewis and solo artist Lucas Renney also providing some bass and guitar on the tracks Lord, Send For Me and You Will Be Lonely.

A sprawling, gentle psychedelic meander, Slow Down harks back to a more experimental approach to song-writing, with some of the songs seemingly writing themselves as they recorded live in the studio.

Inspired by the music Hyde & Beast love listening to, it recalls a golden age of mainstream pop meeting the sonic adventurism and kaleidoscopic music from the late 60s and early 70s, with more than a nod to the greats of that era: Captain Beefheart, Velvet Underground and T-Rex. …

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