What does it sound like?:
Steve Ellis looks pleased with himself on the cover of his latest LP and justifiably so. Boom! Bang! Twang! is a warm, gritty soulful album that gladdens the heart and pricks at the tear ducts.
Ellis had his moment in the sun fifty years ago. He was the lead singer in Love Affair whose sales of singles in 1968 was second only to The Beatles. Their number one was Everlasting Love. A year later, he set out on a solo career. He didn’t get far. He put together a couple of bands in the seventies, Ellis and Widowmaker, but by the late seventies, he’d retired from the music business and become a docker. A terrible accident at work resulted in him spending most of the eighties learning to walk again. By the turn of the century, he was touring in a mod-related sixties revival package. He even sang lead for Amen Corner. Tributes to his old sparring partner, Steve Marriott led to a connection to Paul Weller.
Boom! Bang! Twang! was recorded in Weller’s Blackbarn studio and uses mainly musicians associated with him. It is effectively a joint production between Ellis and Weller. » Continue Reading.