New band: The Ladders

by Modculture 13 March, 2009

Danny Connors is the definitive changingman. The Ladders

The musical chameleon is a difficult man to keep pace with. Bought up in Newport and Northampton, he moved to Liverpool then London in search of musical fame and fortune, then made music in The On Offs and as a solo artist whilst back in Northampton. Now in 2009 he has a new outift that look set to make waves – The Ladders.

A travelling man who cites Ronnie Lane as a big influence on his life, his movement through scallydelica, 60s Kinks-ish pop, reggae-lite, punkish new wave and even rap make comparisons to Edgar Jones apt. 

But his new four-piece outfit The Ladders is perhaps his best move to date. Motown rhythms, melodies and arrangements that recall The Style Council and early solo Paul Weller and a commitment to the sounds and message of funky soul, personified by Curtis Mayfield, have brought much reward. Here are songs with melodies and great musicianship that all fans of music can enjoy. It certainly has been enough to bag the band a support at three of Weller's March shows (Wolverhampton, Swindon and Plymouth ) next week.

You can hear The Ladders on Myspace here.