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New Wave Connection – Martin Stephenson and John Perry

December 2, 2022

New Wave Connection

Martin Stephenson and John Perry

Limited Edition Eco CD via http://www.daintees.bandcamp.com

In which Martin Stephenson takes a fresh look at his back-catalogue and revisits ten songs, chosen from both the Daintees albums and his more recent solo work. Martin’s vocals and guitar are ably supported by the father and son rhythm section of Davy Cowan (bass) and Sam Cowan (drums). Adding lead guitar is John Perry, formerly of the Only Ones whose playing impressed a 17 year old Martin back in 1976. From the opening track Rock & Roll Jamboree you can hear how well they work together, the neo-rockabilly arrangement providing the perfect setting for John to run through some vintage leads and phrases.  Wholly Humble Heart benefits from a spare, slinky sound where Martin’s vocals are echoed by those of Anna Lavigne and Susanna Wolfe and John gets in a couple of his trademark solos, economical but expressive. Running Water is a real toe tapper, with a rousing country feel – think the Byrds playing You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere – which makes for a great end to a thoroughly enjoyable release. Throughout Martin’s production is clear, his arrangements serve the songs and nothing overstays its welcome.  Highly recommended to fans of Martin Stephenson, John Perry and classy rock’n’roll.

Review written for Record Collector magazine

Photos by Sam Cowan (upper) and Anna Lavigne (lower)

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