Don’t Fall In Love With Some One Like Me - Screamin Stevie and the Hobby Rockers (self released)
This five-tracker snuck out digitally via Bandcamp six months ago and is now available as a physical CD. Somehow, having a tangible artefact available makes a release more “real”. It’s not on vinyl but it's still better than an MP3..
For those in the dark: Screamin Stevie makes garage-soul music that resonates in all the right places. A veteran of the ever-shifting outfit that was The Hekawis, he’s become something of an institution on the small but lively Brisbane underground scene. He's distinctive in an ever-present cape and camped behind a Vox organ with vocal stylings that are all his own. Stevie won’t win a spot in the church choir but that won’t matter to most of you. If he was based in Europe he'd be touring the cafe and provincial festival circuits all year-round.
“Let Fly” launches “Don’t Fall In Love…” in emphatic style, with Screamin’s atonal vocal locked into a eat duet. Not sure if it’s Brodie Ann Wright, bassist Lois Andrews or Ann Cleary on the other mic (both are credited as band members) but it sure works well. ”I Can’t Say No” is a companion piece, with drummer Craig Collins’ strident feel again the backbone.
“All Because” highlights Stevie’s swirling organ wash with co-vocalist Brodie Ann Wright carrying the vocal line. The title track (a downbeat break-up song) and “Take A Look Around” are a touch more ragged with guitarist Brian Mann’s nimble twang a stand-out. Mann’s production is exemplary with lots of room to hear what’s going on.
Bob Short will hate it but you can check it out here. It really is a charmer. Hit the contact button and ask them to put a price on the physical CD if they haven’t done so by now.