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Charlie & the Captain E.P. - ANOTHER GREAT REVIEW!
The superb Uber Rock website has today published a review of the 'Too Much Reality' E.P. by Dom Daley:
"Charlie and Captain have really knocked out an excellent EP with ‘Too Much Reality’, a recording that should be in great demand... Go hunt this down before they are all gone but remember you'll have to be quick."
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Charlie Harper & Captain Sensible - ‘Too Much Reality’ EP
(Time & Matter Recordings)
Written by Dom Daley
Monday, 29 July 2013 03:40
"Who saw this one coming then? Four songs written by Harper but performed by these two legends of English punk with the drums being beaten by Dean Van Jones.
If you’re expecting some high energy punk rock though then you might want to look away now because this single is on the psychedelic side, if I might be so bold. The lead track 'Too Much Reality' is a decent mid paced rock and roll number with a bit of a space rock edge especially to the vocal department but the song is decent and definitely grows. There is a good punch to the chorus and Charlie holds down a solid bass line as well as a wicked rhythm guitar.
Sure we all know that Captain loves his psychedelic rock but remember these are Charlie Harper written songs!
'Space Virgins' is a trippy headfuck of a tune that is out there with effects galore and is a real departure from the day jobs. I must admit to reading the blurb through my fingers when I read “psychedelic space rock” but fear not troops all is OK. Sure the tracks are longer and there are some pretty trippy effects but it’s another side to Charlie that doesn't get heard that often as the guitars pick their way through some synth swirls, but it's the lyrics that hand themselves to the space rock tag and on this track Charlie really goes for it.
'Human Traffic' meanwhile has a slow groove with a ‘Peter Gunn' kinda guitar lick as Harper's treated vocal line has an air of being underwater about it, but Charlie holds his own on the throbbing bass line whilst Sensible sol's the living daylights out of his fuzzed up guitar. This is possibly the strongest tune on the EP and has a real air of confidence about it sounding like the guys are having a blast.
Finally 'Kamera' brings this very interesting and limited EP to a close and whist the Sensible backing vocals make sense, the vocals are a product of late sixties and early 70's experimentation. Syd would have been proud to have heard this work, as the hypnotic backing music gets inside your head and gets things really swinging. I'm actually glad it's such a departure from what people are used to and is a bold step into the unknown thus illustrating that a great songwriter can turn one’s hand to any style. I await the pop EP or the jazz EP in the near future.
Charlie and Captain have really knocked out an excellent EP with ‘Too Much Reality’, a recording that should be in great demand (via the link below). I await the full album and swinging ‘60s videos or at the very least a spot on the next Austin Powers soundtrack "oh behave!" Go hunt this down before they are all gone but remember you'll have to be quick.
CHEERS DOM! ;-)