Song of the day: Red Jacket Mine – "Bellar & Bawl"

June 11, 2012

Another solicited* song. Yay!

This time it’s from a chap called Lincoln (Hi, Lincoln!) who emailed me a few days ago with the intriguing words:

“I really appreciated your post about our “Listen Up” single a while back.”

I found those words intriguing because I didn’t remember anyone called Lincoln (sorry about that, Lincoln), the band he’s in (Red Jacket Mine), or even any song called “Listen Up”. At all.

I had to go back through the blog to see what this young man was talking about. I discovered that I’d posted the mysterious “Listen Up” in March this year. That’s only a couple of months ago. Why didn’t I remember it?

I know why. I have a dreadful memory.

(I must admit that, for people like me who like hearing new music, one advantage of having a dreadful memory is that you can re-discover songs you thought you hadn’t heard before, over and over again. Ah, the joy of discovery.)

Anyway, Lincoln (Note to self: he’s the chap from Red Jacket Mine) let me know about his band’s latest effort. It’s called “Bellar & Bawl”, and it’s slightly rootsy rock. I’m usually allergic to slightly rootsy rock but I liked it. (And I really like the guitar sounds.)

Red Jacket Mine – “Bellar & Bawl” (2012)

If you’re terribly, terribly old-fashioned you might be interested to know that the band have released that as a 7″ single. Yes, one of these:

I’ve just read the email again, and Lincoln says that the single will be on orange vinyl – so it’ll look more like this:

The flip-side of the single is “Grown Your Own”, which is more soul-y affair (and with a way-too-overdriven guitar sound in the solo):

Red Jacket Mine – “Grow Your Own” (2012)

The band have handily put both those songs on Soundcloud:

Red Jacket Mine“Bellar & Bawl” b/w “Grow Your Own” (2012)

Yep. I like both of those songs. (But not the sound of the guitar solo in “Grow Your Own”.)

Thanks, Lincoln, for reminding me of your band.

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(*See yesterday’s Song of the day for clarification.)

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Song of the day: Red Jacket Mine – "Listen Up (If The World Is Going To Hell)"

March 18, 2012

This relaxed phase I’m in at the moment (see the previous two Songs of the day) continues quite nicely with some decidedly non-power-pop from a band I’d never heard of before until a friendly American chappy by the name of Lincoln (Hi, Lincoln!) contacted me and asked if I wouldn’t mind playing his band’s music on this here blog.

(That sentence was way too long. Sorry about that.)

Lincoln’s band is called Red Jacket Mine, and the two songs he sent were, I must say, a bit of a surprise. They’re not power pop at all. In any way. (Well, a 12-string electric plays a bit of a riff in the first song, but that’s as close to power pop as it gets.) As I was listening, I started up an imaginary one-sided conversation with Lincoln (who was nowhere around to answer my imaginary questions). I asked not-there Lincoln: “Lincoln – why did you send me these songs? I’m enjoying them, but why? To my ears, they’re more soul than anything else. Why on Earth would you want to send me a couple of soul songs? This is a power pop blog. Now, don’t get me wrong – I’m glad you sent me those songs. If you didn’t, I wouldn’t have heard them, and I love hearing new music, but… er… um… power pop blog… soul music… Huh?”

If Lincoln reads this (I’d say there’s a fair chance he will, because I emailed him to let him know this post will appear on the blog today), I’d like to reassure him that he’s under no obligation to my respond to my puzzlement. I’ll just sit here, happily confused* as to why someone with a couple of soul songs would want me to air them on a power pop blog.

Red Jacket Mine – “Listen Up (If The World Is Going To Hell)” (2012)

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Red Jacket Mine – “Rosy Days” (2012)

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(*Trivia sidenote: My brother once wrote a song called “Happily Confused”. I wonder if he remembers it.)