Songs To Learn And Sing – Jethro Fox, Frankie Rose, Toy and Creeping Ivies


Jethro Fox.

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It gladdens our bitter and blackened hearts to hear yet more talented musicians emerging from Liverpool, keen to explore  different musical avenues and happy to leave the jejune revivalists trapped in their own musical cul-de-sac, drowning in a stale piss filled well of dreary nostalgia.

Of course everybody is influenced by something but it’s what you do with those influences that really matters.  Jethro Fox take his own musical inspirations which he says range from 60s sunshine-pop bands such as The Hollies, to the darker elements of Grizzly Bear and melds them into a beautiful sound that is all his own. He also plays all the instruments on this track too. Clever bastard ! Wink


Frankie Rose.

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Another track from Frankie’s forthcoming album ‘Interstellar” and one thats sure to “go blog” as they say these days. And rightly so, as yet again she delivers another slice of fabulous pop that serves to whet the appetite for her the album, due out on April 19th via Memphis Industries



Toy are  an analog semi-poly synth/string machine led five piece formed in 2010. It consists of Tom Dougall (Vox/Guitars), Dominic O’Dair (Guitars), Maxim Barron (Bass/Vox), Alejandra Diez (Synthesizers/Modulation) and Charlie Salvidge (Drums/Vox). Tom’s also the brother of our old (sorry young) mate Rose Dougall. So now you know.  You can preorder their debut 12″  here – ‘Left Myself Behind’ / ‘Clock Chime’ 12″ pre order

You can catch their Residency at The Shacklewell Arms in 2012: on the following dates

Jan 25th
Feb 1st
Feb 10th.

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Creeping Ivies.

By Michael Lambert.

 Creeping Ivies are Becca Bomb – Vox/guitar and Duncan Destruction – Drums, formed in 2010 in Scotland. Their influences and love of sleazy, dangerous Rock N Roll is apparent and  it might come as no surprise that they list The Cramps, Bo Diddley, Link Wray, Johnny Thunders, The Clash, The Ramones, The Sonics, Velvet Underground amongst their favourite artists.

It’s rather nice to hear there are still purveyors of deep down and dirty visceral rock n roll and we have not quite completely been over (or should that be “under”) whelmed  by “Generation Mumford” – there is still hope Wink

Andy Von Pip

ANDY VON PIP - Founder, editor, writer, reviewer, photographer and all-round good guy at the House photographer for The Academy Music Group, Zuma Press, Event Magazine and Rex Features worldwide. You can check out his photography at Andy Von Pip Photography Has been new music tipster on BBC6 Music, Amazing Radio, and DJ on Strangeways Radio (USA.) Can currently be heard on IWFM Radio. His radio work has been described as sounding like Ian McCulloch on ketamine fused with Ringo Starr. New music tipster on Amazing Radio, moderator for BBC 6 Music DJ Tom Robinson's Fresh on the Net, former member of "BBC's Sound Of" panel. Written and photographic work has appeared in The Quietus, Music Week, Record Of The Day, The Guardian, GIITV, The Sabotage Times, Bido Lito, The Skinny, Louder Than War. Media partner and curator for Liverpool Sound City.


  1. I love the rough guitar sound of Toy – and I fear that Rose Dougall’s music might suffer from the absence (and rock-gaze guitar sensibility) of brother Tom.

    Please say it ain’t so! The recent 3 song EP Rose just lreleased (with Tom on guitar) is marvelous.

    As is Toy.

    Croms Up on this one!

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