Posts Tagged ‘rise above records’
Posted on Friday, June 6th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: Like a lot of “lost” groups the origins of Rog & Pip are winding and complicated. The duo of Roger Lomas and Philip “Pip” Whitcher trace their origins back to mid-’60s Coventry outfit The Sorrows, which found success not in the UK, but in Italy, and relocated to capitalize on a successful tour.
Lomas and Whitcher both wound up leaving The Sorrows and worked with each other in a number of iterations, including Rog & Pip, the bands Renegade and The Zips, before reuniting The Sorrows in the late ’70s. They had anticipated commercial success in working together initially, but no such luck, and their collaboration fizzled, their material faded, and more or less sat waiting for Rise Above Relics to step in and give it its due.
Whether or not Rise Above head Lee Dorrian has a personal connection to these songs, I don’t know, but the shared Coventry origin and the fact that Dorrian put together the layout for this new collection, Our Revolution, at least speaks to a general appreciation beyond it’s-heavy-’70s-and-hasn’t-been-reissued-yet novelty.
Rog & Pip are joined by various other players throughout the 12 songs / 39 minutes of the compilation / reissue, and the sound varies from raw heavy riffers like ‘Evil Hearted Woman’ to the deceptively memorable psychedelic bliss of ‘It’s a Lonely World’ and even some Thin Lizzy-style dual-guitar shenanigans on ‘Why Do You Treat Me Like That?’ and the glammy ‘My Revolution’ and ‘Why Won’t You Do What I Want?’ the latter of which opens the proceedings on a particularly catchy note.
‘Why Won’t You Do What I Want?’ is a suitable leadoff in that it captures what Rog & Pip really had to offer an audience at their best — quality songwriting and a sounds somewhere between glam’s swaggering showoffery and heavy ’70s swing. It’s an engaging blend, the one having evolved out of the other, and Rog & Pip put it to good use on the opener, offering early Alice Cooper Band-ish grit prior to ‘My Revolution’ ‘s guitar-led vocal layering.
‘Rock with Me’ sounds earlier and is more rock and roll at its core, but in the context of the A and B sides at the start, those roots are there, and while Our Revolution might seem front-loaded, there’s strong material front to back.
Continue reading: THE OBELISK – REVIEW: Rog & Pip, Our Revolution
(Courtesy of JJ Koczan / The Obelisk)
Tags: Album of the day, JJ Koczan, Our Revolution, Philip Whitcher, rise above records, Rise Above Relics, Rog & Pip, Roger Lomas, The Obelisk
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Posted on Saturday, May 24th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: The old adage “never judge a book by it’s cover” could just as easily apply to albums, and yet the artwork for Check ‘Em Before You Wreck ‘Em, Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell’s second full length effort, seems to perfectly belie its musical content. The […]
Posted on Tuesday, January 28th, 2014
Sweden’s Horisont will return to Roadburn after their highly acclaimed 2012 performance. This time, the band will be playing Cul de Sac, the friendly music cafe located across from the 013 venue, in Tilburg, The Netherlands on Saturday, April 12th. Since they were on tour with Scorpion Child, we eagerly […]
Posted on Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Horisont are yet another shining example of just how good the modern music scene is in Sweden. Presumably Richie Blackmore and KK Downing have being taking over music classes with a countless amount of great bands emerging from the same places that gave us […]
Posted on Monday, November 11th, 2013
Firmly rooted in both doom and epic heavy metal, UK’s Age of Taurus majestically voyage down the road also travelled by the likes of Manilla Road and Brocas Helm in their prime. Like their forebearers, Age of Taurus – led by Toby Wright (guitar / vocals) and flanked by Alastair […]
Posted on Monday, November 11th, 2013
Hailing from Berlin, Germany, The Oath is one of the most talked about bands in the underground right now, and for good reason: their mind-blowing debut 7″, Night Child / Black Rainbow, puts The Oath at the forefront of the current crop of 70s inspired hard rock bands and earned […]
Posted on Thursday, July 25th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: The words “hotly anticipated” do not even come close to summing up how I have been salivating to hear this album. I remember many moons ago, I ran into the right honourable Reverend Riddell outside a gig (Grand Magus and Electric Wizard, I think?) […]
Posted on Wednesday, June 26th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from Brandish: In case it has escaped your attention there is a bit of psych revival going on at the moment with thousands of bands from all across their world aping their 60s heroes in creating trippy, yet hook-filled soundscapes. A lot of those bands take the easy […]
Posted on Friday, June 14th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: In some ways, it makes sense to think of the new Church of Misery album, Thy Kingdom Scum (Rise Above / Metal Blade), as a sequel to Houses of the Unholy. Like that 2009 full-length, the title is a pun with a religious theme also […]
Posted on Sunday, June 9th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from Angry Metal Guy: So this is the end of the road for Lee Dorrian’s long-running psychedelic doom experiment. Looking back on Cathedral‘s career, they’ve certainly delivered some entertaining and diverse albums while helping make doom cool and interesting again. While I always favored their earlier, less trippy […]