Archive for January, 2008

New wild blues bands

by Modculture 29 January, 2008

It seems to us here that a few new bands are forming around Europe recently who are executing a wild take on 1960s rhythm and blues. From London we have King Salami & The Cumberland Three, who recently released their first single on Butterfly Records. In King Salami they have a fantastic showman (who passion and knowledge of r’n’b is exemplary) and a frantic backing band, all of whom have worked in several hot rockin’ London combos over the past few years – and know how to put on a show. And indeed you can catch their live act most weekends somewhere in the capital and often beyond too.

And following the recent coverage of The Branded, here is another dose of heavy r’n’b from Sweden in the shape of Stockholm’s The Vanjas. Mixing blues covers (e.g. ‘Shake’, ‘What I’d Say’) alongside their own material, they are ready to showcase their music all over Europe very soon. You wouldn’t want to miss them, for The Vanjas are sharply dressed, incendiary groovers.

Do keep us informed of other similarly styled bands forming out there; we maybe seeing the birth of a new scene!

See King Salami & The Cumberland Three on Myspace here

See The Vanjas Myspace page here

Glasgow mod scene anthologised online

by Modculture 29 January, 2008

For those north of the border this should be of great value; Glasgow Mods, a website dedicated to documenting the Glasgow mod scene from the late 1970s through to today.

The site is still in its infancy and is heavy on YouTube footage and photos that illustrate the development of the mod scene through the years, but we’re sure much more will be added in the upcoming weeks. On that note the Glasgow Mods  site encourages people to contribute, so do get in touch if you are or were once involved in that scene. There is a monthly newsletter to sign up to as well.

Perhaps other regional cities will take inspiration from this and set up a similar site dedicate to their particular stories…

See Glasgow Mods here

David Barrow Mod/Soul paintings

by Modculture 28 January, 2008


David Barrow
has exhibited his paintings at some of the country’s leading galleries, counts Paul Weller amongst his fans and designed the cover for Ocean Colour Scene’s Live At The Jam House album. He also has prints of his mod and soul-based work available on is website.

The two series probably of most interest are his Northern Soul and Mod paintings. The Northern Soul images are based around the Wigan Casino (Barrow was born in the town), with the Mod paintings being more generic ‘parkas and scooters’ images.

Many of the images of display are in private or museum hands, but you can purchase prints of the work on 300g card, signed by the artist in either A4 or A3 sizes. Prices range between £9.99 and £19.99. Or if you have the money to purchase an original, contact the artist.

Find out more at the David Barrow website

Make It 'n' Shake It! in London

by Modculture 28 January, 2008


Sunday 3rd February sees the launch of a new London club night called Make It ‘n’ Shake It!

Jean-Paul Séculaire from Right On! and Mistah Brown from Tighten Up promise to salvage what’s left of the weekend with a riotous mix of Stax stompers, Motown movers, heavy Hammond groovers, scorchin’ ska, Southern-fried soul, hip bumpin’ funk and good old rockin’ rhythm ‘n’ blues for all the hipsters, flipsters, finger-poppin’ mamas & jive-talkin’ daddies thinking about taking Monday off work.

The Old Queen’s Head on Essex Road is a popular venue in an increasingly hip area of London. It comes complete with a wooden dancefloor too and there’s a back garden for the smokers. And to top it all off, it won’t cost you a penny to get in!

Make It ‘n’ Shake It! @ The Old Queen’s Head (UPSTAIRS)
DATE: Sunday 3rd February
TIMES: 5pm – Midnight
ADDRESS: 44 Essex Road, London, N1 8LN
ADMISSION: FREE

Find out more at the London Dossier website

"Ready Teddy Go" mod-inspired figurine

by Modculture 28 January, 2008

Now he’s something you don’t see every day – a teddy bear riding a scooter!

Meet ‘Ready, Teddy, Go!’, a hand-made, hand-painted figurine brought to you by The Bradford Group. Wearing the traditional parka, suit and penny loafers, our hero is sat astride a heavily customised red scooter. This little piece of art would love great on the mantelpiece, and may spark debate as to whether a ‘Ted’ can also be a mod…perhaps one for the modabilly in all of us then.

Reddy Teddy Go retails at £19.95 and is available from The Bradford Groups website here.