Galileo 7 are:
Allan Crockford—vocals, guitar
Viv Bonsels—organ, vocals,
Paul Moss—bass, vocals
As a member of such legendary acts as the Prisoners, The Solarflares, James Taylor Quartet and Thee Headcoats, Allan Crockford has played an important part in establishing the Medway area’s reputation as a hotbed for spirited, uncompromising garage rock with a strong DIY ethic. Playing with such Medway notables as Graham Day, Billy Childish and James Taylor, his reputation was as the reliable sideman for more flamboyant figures. After finally realising that songwriting wasn’t one of the dark arts, he recruited some of Medway’s least annoying musicians and formed The Galileo 7 to play some of the songs he had been storing up for a few years.
The Galileo 7’s sound leans in a more pop-psych direction than some of Allan’s previous rougher-hewn combos. While they still have the trademark gritty guitar, saturated organ, drive and energy of those unashamedly garage-rocking outfits, the new album tips the balance further towards crafted songs and harmonies. If you want a convenient (albeit misleading) label, maybe ‘garage-pop’ will suffice.
If you demand unhelpful and inaccurate reference points before you listen to new music, think late-period Soft Boys, Dukes of Stratosphear, The Nazz and any number of bands who went a bit psych and wobbly in ‘67 then got back to making pop songs when the stuff had worn off a bit. Chuck in a bit of late 1970’s new wave and a ‘Children of Nuggets’ boxset and you’ll be halfway to getting the wrong end of the stick. This new collection covers such subjects as misanthropic tetchiness, the evils of empty consumerism, anthropomorphised mood disorders and long—dead childhood pets – all in the form of the uplifting 3 minute pop song!
Recorded on 8-track analogue tape at Sandgate Sound Studios and without a digital processor in sight, the album will be available on glorious high quality vinyl for those who really want to stare at the sound. The front cover alone will be enough to twist your eyes out of their sockets.
The Galileo 7 “Staring At The Sound” is also available on tacky CD and ‘who gives a shit’ download.
Buy the vinyl—your eyes and ears will love you for it!
‘Staring At The Sound‘ by The Galileo 7 will be released on 10th September 2012 on State Records (State Records THSLP-004).
The album will be released as a limited edition of 500 copies on 180gram vinyl, packaged in authentic front-laminated ‘flipback’ sleeve.
Still available:— ‘Are We Having Fun Yet?‘ CD (Teensound 016)