On June 12th Russ Teasdale is back in the studio with Paul Worthington to write the follow up album to Doomsday Bell that got good reviews. The album will be called See You Next Tuesday.
Review of Doomsday Bell
An evolving and changing line-up shouldn’t take anything away from the challenge Aqua Velvas set themselves with ‘Doomsday Bell’ as they ask themselves: How can we take the lounge-rock/ crooner/pop-art extra-ordinariness of second era Roxy Music whilst transforming the setting from St Tropez to the North East of England? How do we retain Roxy’s joie de vivre and make the North East feel like it’s the capital of the world whilst understanding that it’s not?
Orwell would have called the challenge, in part, ‘double-think’. Art critics might have called it macro post-modernism. Everyone else would have called it ‘bloody hard’.
Tinged by the sad passing of saxophonist John McGough during its making, ‘Doomsday Bell’ is an astonishing album which not only meets the challenge, it surpasses it.
Kicking off with ‘Snowshoes Thompson’, the least Roxy sounding track on the album, ‘Doomsday Bell’ is an album with a core message to ‘go man go’ and find ways to carry on when the chips are down. A mid-track solo by McGough provides the central hook on a powerful opening; a technique that’s carried on in ‘Teesside Boys’, a song which brings us fully into Roxy pomp with Russ Teasdale’s vocals providing the Ferry crooner impersonation and Andy Power using his guitar to deliver his take on Phil Manzanera circa ‘Love is the Drug’.
Perhaps the track of the album, ‘Teesside Boys’ takes Roxy’s style, substance and elegance and transports it into a narrative about Teesside. Infused by a strong pop architecture, and a knowing humour, this is a knockout.
‘Valentinos’ carries on with this winning style, adding Eno-styled electronic textures on top of references to ‘dancing the night away’, desirable girls and experimental music; a combination which is furthered on later standouts ‘The Killing Game’ and ‘Tea Drinking’, both of which maintain an energetic pop momentum, perfect multi-instrumental feel, and a knowing wink.
It contains 12 songs recorded at Broadwater Studios, Felling and produced and mixed by Paul Worthington.
The band have recruited female vocalist Fiona Eltawab and are currently finishing their forthcoming album Doomsday Bell
We are devastated to announce the passing of our beloved brother and
saxophonist John Mcgough on the 8 July 2018.
The band have recorded a new single The Teesside Boys which is written by Russ Teasdale and Paul Worthington. It features Russ on vocals with Jo and Fi Moody on backing vocals,Andy Power on lead guitar,Richard Weatherill on bass,Allison Hildreth on keyboards,Clive Lomas on drums and John Mcgough on Sax. The song mentions some of Teessides most famous sons !!
A video has been shot by Dan Charles and features a number of the people mentioned in the song.
*** Snowshoes Thompson in the first 3 weeks has sold a staggering 2,455 on itunes ***
The band have recruited female vocalist Fiona Eltawab and are currently finishing their forthcoming album Doomsday Bell along with the Xmas single Snow Shoes Thompson under the watchful eye of Mr Paul Worthington at Broadwater Studios.
Just to let our friends know 32 years to the day when we last played a gig at Norma Jeans in Middlesbrough the new version of Aqua Velvas are playing their first ever gig on 8th October 2017 at the Little Theatre in Middlesbrough we welcome John Mcgough back into the band whose first ever gig before going on to much greater avenues was that Norma Jean gig.
We are currently recording at Broadwater Studios our forthcoming Xmas single Snow Shoe Thompson.
The current line up for those who blinked and are appearing -:
Aqua Velvas have been extremely busy in recent months. They have recorded a new single Valentino's about the nightclub on Linthorpe Road,Middlesbrough.
They have also with the aid of some friends made a video for the last single Tea Drinking under the direction of long term collaborator Brian Allanson. They are currently working on their second album " Doomsday Bell" at Broadwater Studios.
We have released our new ep today called Tea Drinking EP the title song is about the trial of my friend and subsequent release of Andy Pickering. Arrested for conspiracy to supply cocaine when he was only having a cup of tea with his mates. The song was recorded at Broadwater Studios in Felling under the careful supervision of Paul Worthington. Our good friends George Williamson and Geoff M
ull helped out on vocals. There are two new versions of Terrorist Threat and David Camerons Government that also feature those two guest vocalists.
New Single Ghost Town released 11th May 2016 and can be purchased from Beaumont Accountancy 01642 489045. Three tracks,Ghost Town written by Russ Teasdale,Dave Noble and Richard Weatherill, Over in the Distance written by Russ Teasdale,Andy Dodds,Richard Weatherill and Allison Hildreth and finally Ghost Town (Redcar) the video soundtrack.
The band are back inBroadwater Studios with Paul Worthington recording Tea Drinking a song about Russ's friend Andy Pickerings recent court case. The single will be released around July 2016 it features guest appearances from George Williamson and Geoff Mull.
Russ has recovered from his heart failure and is back in Broadwater studio in December to put the finishing touches to the Old Men with Diseased Faces EP.
Also from 01642 489045 you can purchase a ten track greatest hits album called "Old Shite through a New Window" Happy Xmas and see you next year!!
Sara Brown from Torquay has now agreed to join the band on vocals.
May 15th we are releasing a five track EP all new mixes to celebrate our arch enemy the Eaton Prime Minister regaining office. David Cameron Election Special EP is available from iTunes and features two brand new songs not available on Itunes and three re mixes. Up to March the original David Cameron's Government had sold 1,223 copies and had over 1,000 hits on YouTube, now becoming our second video to achieve this Terrorist Threat been the other.
The band have recruited Neil Baldam from About a Plane Crash on guitar and Shaun Pattison has moved across to bass. The third single from the forthcoming album is now on sale at itunes "Easy" was written by Steve Graham and was originally a single for local group Moulin Rouge way back in the 80's. The b side is a new version of Heart of the City written by Russ Teasdale and Mike Peel and was the Aqua's first release back in 1982.
On April 3rd a fifth video "Burning Love" written by Russ and Dave Noble will be filmed.
The Killing Game EP is now on Itunes to download. The actual cd is available from Russ on 01642 489045. There are three tracks on the EP. All the songs are written by Russ Teasdale and his long time collaborator Dave Noble. The first track is The Killing Game. The second track is Adventure Stories for Boys and the final track is Through the Barrier. See you in the New Year !!!!
The album is now complete it will be called Old Men With Diseased Faces it is currently been mixed by Paul Worthington and the band. A new single The Killing Game will be released in October with two other tracks " Adventure Stories for Boys" and " Spoken in Anger". Click for more...