Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Merrymouth - I Am The Resurrection

Ocean Colour Scene's offshoot folk group have covered the Stone Roses and the results are rather good!

OCS dudes Simon Fowler and Dan Sealey have a nice sideline. Along with keyboard player Adam Barry they have a three piece folk outfit called Merrymouth. The band's second album Wenlock Hill is out on May 5th and contains a brave cover of the Stone Roses "I Am The Resurrection". You can have a listen via the widget at the bottom of the post. Here's what the band have to say about it -

“It was really interesting to strip this tune down to a piano, strings and three part harmony,” Adam described. “We have always felt that although Ian Brown is never associated with folk, there is an influence in his vocal and melodies. Since songs are kept alive by different singers interpreting them, we wanted to add our own touches to this tune.” For a similar reason, their inspired reworking of The Stranglers’ track Duchess was because “it too had a great melody and could almost be a Ray Davies song,” he added.

Guest appearances include the legendary Chas Hodges on Salt Breeze, and award winning violinist John McCusker assisted on several further tracks, both artists having been of great influence on Merrymouth.  Also guesting were Catherine Harper (cello), Andy Derrick (trombone), Hugh Thomas (clarinet), Anthony Jones (muted trumpet) and Nick Lyndon (double bass).

Merrymouth will embark on a UK tour to support the release of Wenlock Hill, expect additional dates to be added:

Thurs. 8th May  The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
Fri. 9th May  Rothes Hall, Glenrothes
Sat. 10th May  Tolbooth, Stirling
Fri. 16th May   The Met, Bury
Sat. 17th May  The Mac, Birmingham
Sun. 18th May   The Glee Club, Nottingham
Sun. 1st June  The Glee Club, Cardiff
Mon. 2nd June  Kings Place, London