It’s very simple and its charms sneak up on you.
Pleasing and agreeable in nature.
It’s incredibly reminiscent of mid sixties garage, albeit a cleaned up garage (with all dad’s tools put neatly in place).
Everything is sharp, every lick and riff are honed and every musical diversion has a suitably satisfying conclusion.
TFC have always traded on soul-searching lyrics, which despite their honesty, usually have a very recuperative effect on this listener.
Kirchin, who lived in Hull for much of his life, was writing about the decline of the industrial north. He was observing ways of life that were vanishing.
1966 And All That
Basil Kirchin – Abstractions of the Industrial North
Henry Flynt and the Insurrections – I Don’t Wanna
We don’t use much drugs and when we drink too much we just get sleepy. It’s sad, I know.
That’s not to say there weren’t the odd thing to catch your eye occasionally – one of George Harrison’s guitars costing £70,000, a Sex Pistol’s drum kit raising £15,000
Herbert recreated the meal that Nigella Lawson cooked for George W Bush when he came over to Britain to meet with Blair. The meal was laid out in a field and then he drove a chieftan mk 10 battle tank over it.
He is also one who has generally stayed below the critical radar. I guess that’s where he is happiest – either that or he has some of the worst pr and marketing people in history.