Suedehead, The Question, The Inciters
200 W. Second St
Pomona, CA, 91766
This event is all ages
"When the Jam moved up from punk upstarts to mod statesmen in 1979, the British kids turned to other mod outfits to satisfy their craving for everything well-dressed and retro. While the Chords followed in the Jam's footsteps, the three other main contenders for the mod followed different musical paths: Secret Affair were a magical blend of punk, soul and pop with a mild dose of prog; the Lambrettas were straightforward power pop; and Squire were a mix of all of the above and more. In fact, if the mod scene hadn't existed, Squire would have still made brilliant, timeless records, no matter what was going on around them." -Stephen SPAZ Schnee. All Music Guide
Fronted by Anthony Meynell, Squire were arguably the best Mod act around when The Jam brought attention to this burgeoning scene in the late '70s. With an impressive canon on timeless pop songs, as danceable as they are melodic, Squire sounded like no other band at the time and from their debut single onwards, Squire stood head and shoulders above anyone else. Squire were at the forefront of the ‘Mod Revival’, releasing the first single of the genre - Get Ready To Go, and kicking off the legendary Mods Mayday concert & live album. They released two fantastic singles for Arista - Walking Down The Kings Road, with anthemic Its A Mod Mod World on flip side, and Face Of Youth Today, and a fourth My Mind Goes Round In Circles featured Kirsty MacColl on vocals.
Squire went on to record five albums and ten singles, including the sunshine pop album Get Smart in 1983, and the groundbreaking September Gurls album in 1984, the title track a cover of Big Star’s then undiscovered classic. Relocating to California in 1985, their sound became the perfect marriage of British mod beat and Californian paisley pop.
They reappeared in 1999 to headline the 20th Anniversary Mods Mayday concert at the Forum, London, recorded and released on Detour Records, and were recently honoured by the release of the tribute album ‘The Young Idea’ on Twist Records featuring sixteen bands from UK, Italy, Canada, Australia and USA, the only Mod Revival band to be so acclaimed.
Squire continue to play live all over the world, their show, described by Dave Thompson, All Music Guide as:
"… if you can imagine the first Beatles Album slammed through the sound of classic Flamin' Groovies, with all the wide-eyed enthusiasm and tunefulness that that implies, you'll be close to capturing the sheer joy of Squire. The concert sequence hits so many peaks that it's difficult to re-play favorites… nonstop mod mayhem!"
“I ain’t got time for negativity, it will get you nowhere.” For prolific Birmingham (UK) musician Davey Warsop these words aren’t only his aphorism but also the very essence of his music. With his newly formed soul pop group Suedehead, positivity runs deep within the rhythm and grooves.
Warsop, known to most as the vocalist/guitarist for UK pop-punk band Beat Union, found his second calling with Suedehead while working as an engineer at Hurley Studios in Costa Mesa, CA. What began as a loose side project quickly became serious when rock n roll icon Mike Ness asked the band to open up for Social Distortion after he heard the group’s rough demos.
“I was engineering some demos for Social Distortion, when Mike asked to hear some of my own music I had been working on,” says Warsop. “A few months later, Mike asked if my band was ready to play some shows with him. I said yes, obviously, and rallied the band together in a matter of weeks. After those few shows we had so much fun that we decided we had to keep playing. So if it weren’t for Nessy, we may not have even become a real band.”
Comprised of an all-star lineup that includes Warsop, Greg Kuehn (TSOL, Berlin), Korey Kingston (The Aggrolites, Hepcat), Chris Bradley (The Distraction) and Mike Bisch. The Orange County based mod squad call on an eclectic background of influences including UK pub rock legend Elvis Costello, mod punks The Jam, new wave pioneer Joe Jackson as well as the UK’s Northern Soul movement and the classic sounds of Motown, but most importantly and even more obscurely an early 90’s Irish comedy-drama film!
“When I was eleven years old I became completely obsessed with an Irish film called “The Commitments” about a working class soul band,” says Warsop. “I would watch it every day after school on a shitty VHS tape. I fucking loved it. It gave me my first real insight into soul music, band politics and how to swear. Ever since then, I always liked the idea of playing in a soul influenced band. It sounds funny, but I would say that in the long run, that film influenced me more than anything else to do Suedehead.”
In their short history as a band, Suedehead have already released two phenomenal EPs, In Motion and (So) Frantic with a third EP The Constant on the way this fall. All released on their own International Soul Rebel Society.
“International Soul Rebel Society is our record label. It’s our band. It’s our fanclub. Everyone’s invited... It’s about uniting people worldwide through our music. It’s about being positive and pro active in what you do and what you believe in. If you live your life in your own way, with passion and not follow the rules blindly, you’re a soul rebel.”
Warsop’s positive ideology, derived of the spirit of Motown and punk rock, can be found throughout their buoyant music. And while Beat Union played more to the punk scene of Warped Tour, Suedehead is made entirely for the dance floor.
“I like punk rock but it can become pretty limiting,” Warsop explains. “I wanted to do something musically, that had a bit more class I suppose. I would rather Suedehead get people dancing than moshing. Our music is positive, our message is positive. That’s not to say my lyrics are always happy. I try and write about real shit in my life and my surroundings.”
That positivity led to the creation of the band’s upbeat debut EP In Motion, a fantastically charismatic mash of Motown and pub rock that features the catchy old soul of “Can’t Stop,” the swinging jam “Small Town Hero” and the sing-along rock tune “Young & In Love,” that will have fans of similar soulful acts like Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Amy Winehouse and Lilly Allen rushing for the dance floor.
Like In Motion, Suedehead’s spring 2011 follow-up, (So) Frantic was recorded at Hurley Studios with Warsop helming production; though this time around the tracks offered more musical variety and progression. Featuring “Long Hot Summer” and “Trevor,” (So) Frantic picks up with In Motion left off…and runs with it!
With another EP, The Constant, already scheduled for release this fall, 2011 looks to be a busy year for one of soul pop’s most promising new bands.
“We wanna stay busy,” says Warsop. “Making this music is what we love doing. Chris and myself in particular are somewhat workaholics. We would rather be creative and productive doing what we love with our spare time, rather than to be out getting fucked up. So we’re gonna keep releasing vinyl. We’re gonna make more music videos. And we’re gonna play more shows. Who knows where it will take us. We don’t have our sights set on selling a million copies or touring the world. Our only real goal is to be productive and try and play good music. That’s what gets us off. That’s what matters.
The Question was the first, and arguably the most significant mod band ever to emerge from Los Angeles. Since the early-80s the trio built a steady following based on their legendary live shows (lauded for their unpredictability) and the songwriting of Tony Rugolo, whose tunes featured strong melodies and jazz-influenced chord changes (Rugolo's late father, Pete, was an award-winning jazz composer and arranger). And despite their dedication to the scene from which they sprang, The Question's music – propelled by Rugolo's vocals, David White's powerful drumming, and Phil Cusimano's mastery of the 60s-influenced Rickenbacker sound – often transcended labels, drawing the admiration of non-Mods as well. Notable music journalist Jack Rabid stated recently “It's one of the great mysteries why this power pop band wasn't a household name. The Question is one of the best bands ever to come out of Los Angeles.”
The members of the band are working on putting out a long-overdue retrospective of everything they ever recorded – much of which was never released.
One of the West Coast's finest Northern Soul bands – THE INCITERS! An overpowering 11-piece dance floor soul band that has brought the house down from LA to Chicago and all across Europe, releasing 3 albums to date on Grover/Elmo Records in Germany and “ DOING FINE” which was recorded in Chicago and released by JUMP UP in 2000. The band’s newest album, “Soul Clap” on JUMP UP was released February 2012.
THE INCITERS play Northern Soul music, a genre that originated in the north of England in the 1960s, taking inspiration from America’s Stax and Motown greats like the Temptations, Stevie Wonder and the Supremes.
Northern Soul takes the Motown/Stax ethic but adds a stronger back-beat with more adventurous production, and THE INCITERS continue this tradition in grand style on their new 11 track album SOUL CLAP. With 11 members wielding drums, bass, guitars, a full horn section, and three strong female vocalists, THE INCITERS have no problem filling a room with the powerful sound of soul. The four vocalists — Betsy Jane Kniffin, Andrea Button, Aimee Gruber, and Jessica White Cloud — lead the band through finely crafted original songs as well as traditional soul music that will get you out of your seat and start to dance. Their choreography has an improvisational character to it as each of the singers cues off the moves of the others. THE INCITERS first formed back in 1995 and had a successful 10-year run before breaking up in 2005 – leaving behind a massive following in Europe that demanded their return year after year. In 2009, they got their wish as original member / bandleader Rick Kendrick went to work putting the band back together. THE INCITERS re-formed with some new, younger faces and picked up right where they left off. Right after the group reformed, they embarked on another successful European tour, released a teaser 7” single on Scorcha in Germany, and then got to work to record their comeback album for 2012 – SOUL CLAP!