It’s not often an ex-House Martin buys you Hot Chocolate and Cookies.
Tonight is the night Ted Key and the Kingstons release their debut album ‘Raconteur Rock’. A swaggering record of mashes of reggae, punk, folk and raucous anthemic rock.
Joined by renowned Golborne Road drummer Nick Harrison and Producer/Promoter and Writer Paul Greendale on Bass the trio bring their own brand of thoughtful toe-tapping hip wiggling pop gems.
It’s plain to see the influences and origins of the sound, the social commentary and story style narrative of the first House Martins record shines through including catchy choruses and sincere honest lyrics. Later in the set, we even get a short but sweet solo rendition of “Happy Hour” met with rapturous applause.
He’s a fan of The Clash – as any real music fan should be – it’s obvious but if you’re not sure “Me copy O’London Calling” should cover the basics. The Strummer-esq reggae-infused clean guitar extends further sprinkled throughout tracks like “Len’s Lion” and “As Drunk as a Drunk Man Can Be”.
“(You treat me like I’m) Dead Bod” struts in with a bluesy Stones style stomp with hooky lead guitar and punchy percussion. “Oh Cruella” drives with driving bass sounding like a 50’s American rockabilly blazer – a harking to Ted’s tenure in The Gargoyles – pure brilliance.
And then there’s the brilliant “Anarchy in Argos”.
It’s an intimate, relaxed and easy going affair – made all the more so by how welcoming the band are, and who can say they’ve been to an album launch where you get free Hot Chocolate and Cookies in the intermission?
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“Raconteur Rock” is available now through streaming services and physically via Amazon
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