Enter into this candy-coated trip about modern food science via the life of a donut rodent who loves gettin’ massive air on his board and rippin’ radical solos on his axe.
Pretty American is an EP that brings back the simplicity of rock and roll. Guitar solos are plenty, but highly refined and well thought out. This is a record that reminds you of drinking with your buddies, hitting on girls, puking up mistakes, and moving forward. Always moving forward.
I have been in the Houston art scene for about twelve years now, shooting everything and everyone, working with major mags like Dazed and Confused and Bloodwars. The Life Of The Exotic is a ongoing project where I explore the lives of the night hawk and the wild child. Its a bit surreal but fun to exploit the habits of the modern misfit.
For a person with the musical history of ex-The Clash and Big Audio Dynamite frontman, Mick Jones, he is a very unassuming man. I meet him on a humid afternoon in West London as he and a team of helpers are madly trying to finish putting together the Mick Jones Rock n Roll Public Library — an exhibition of some 10,000 pieces of musical and pop culture memorabilia that Jones has been collecting since childhood. While I wait for my time to speak with the man, as he poses for a photo shoot with a London paper and finishes putting pieces of jewellery into a glass case in a room titled American Artefacts, his press officer relays to him: ‘Southampton University want to offer you an honorary doctorate.’ Jones’ response is: ‘Why would I want to do that? I haven’t done anything.’ But that’s far from the truth.
New Zealand-born, globe-trotting, communal-living, psych rockers, The Datsuns, have a new album, a relatively-new drummer and a new living set-up, so expect something fresh from the Anitpodean ex-pats. ‘The new record has a lot of different styles and influences’, says The Datsuns guitarist and vocalist, Christian. ‘When we were doing this record a great thing was that we could try different things that we hadn’t done in the past’, he says, thanks to the addition of new drummer, Ben, offering as an example: ‘The last track on the record is an eight minute psychedelic song; it was a pop song but we turned it psychedelic. We said to Ben ‘play psychedelic drums’ and he did. It was completely improvised. He enabled us to do anything we wanted to do’.