Sunday, March 26, 2006

Search "Engines"

Forgot to say that supporting the aforementioned Arkestra will be Edinburgh's own Fire Engines.

Davey Henderson at last seems to be getting the recoginition he so richly deserves, having seen action at pop's frontline with three different outfits, all fabulous in their own way. The Fire Engines famously said "no" to Postcard Records, opting instead for Bob Last's Pop:Aural label; Win produced punchy power pop in a mid-80s stylee, and also provided soundtracks for lager ads; Nectarine No. 9 continue to make sublime records. But it's with the reformed Fire Engines that Davey is getting most recognition at the moment, due in no small part to the patronage of Franz Ferdinand, who persuaded them to reform, recorded a split single with them and drop their name almost as often as that of Josef K.

In fact, when will Paul Haig be similarly recognised? Or will it continue to be a case of "Always the bridesmaid, never the bride"?

I think Paul Haig and Win will have posts of their own in the coming weeks (just as soon as I've dug out those vinyl copies of Crepuscule 12"s, and that copy of Freaky Trigger). In the meantime, listen to The Fire Engines "Untitled One" (deleted Feb 2007) from their new(-ish) album on Domino.

And then buy the Fire Engines CD.

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