Yet another great Bopflix Video ! This time performed by Croatian band Billie & The Kids. They are signed to the famous Rhythm Bomb Records in Germany. Its a real nice acoustic rendition and well worth checking out. We will be keeping an eye out for more by this band.
Hi everyone ! Its been two weeks since we launched the blog and we have been overwhelmed by the amount of great responses and support we have received. we have over 100 followers on WordPress and countless others checking in with us from all around the world.
We have some exiting new content coming your way including an interview with blog favourites Sharna-Mae and The Mayhems. We will also try to keep you up to date with Bopflix and other great videos that are posted online.
Aswell as Rockabilly we will also be looking to more of the Ameripolitan and Western Swing music as requested ( Jason James, Dale Watson,Quebe Sisters, Asleep At The Wheel).
Bopflix ( number one Rockabilly film maker :Chris Magee’s channel )has released two brand new Bopflix Sessions videos this month and we couldn’t help ourselves and had to share them with you.
Our favourite has to be Bob And the Bearcats – Hold On Tight, featuring Darrel Higham.
Hold on ! He just released another one by the one and only Pat Capocci ! :
Many of you may remember pop singer/songwriter Lew Phillips from his time on Rhythm Bomb Records and Wild but there have been many changes and developments in Lew’s career as we catch up with him in this interview.
So tell us a bit of the Lew Phillips story so far ?
I was born in a small town in the province of Quebec in Canada called Joliette. I started being interested in music around the age of 4 because of my great late grandpa. I grew up in this small town and been to high school, then I thought it was about time for me to move to a bigger city, so I moved to Montreal. In 2013 while I was still living at my parents house, I got signed by Wild Records in California and released a single called “Mister Colter”! Then I got signed by Rhythm Bomb Records in 2013 and released my first album “Self Titled” in 2014! I left Rhythm Bomb Records in 2015 when my contract with them expired because I had bigger ambitions, aspirations and dreams and was tired to play rock n roll. I wanted to explore Pop music and make my music much more complex.
How would you describe your Sound ? What influences do you have ?
I would say it’s kinda hard to explain. I am basically doing Pop music, but I get inspiration from many different things. I get inspired by music from the 40s like Frank Sinatra, the 50s Rock N Roll and Doo Wop Stuff, the 60s Pop music like the Beach Boys, Neil Sedaka, The Four Seasons, Jay and The Americans, The 60s Merseybeat stuff like The Beatles, Gerry and The Pacemakers, the Dave Clark 5,Peter and Gordon, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, 40s, 50s and 60s Latin music, 40s, 50s and 60s Cha Cha music, the 40s, 50s and 60s Mambo music, the 40s, 60s and 60s traditional Italian music, All the Phil Spector work as a producer in the 60s (the wall of sound area), the Motown of the 60s, soul music from the late 50s and early 60s, and nowadays artists like Leon Bridges, Raphael Saadiq, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Nightsweats, Whitney, Kevin Morby, Papooz and Sam Smith.
What are you working on right now ?
My second album which I’m actually recording. The album is going to be called “Orleans Avenue” because I’ve wrote all the songs on this street where I’m actually living right now. There will be 3 volumes Vol.1-2 and 3! But they will be separated volumes, it’s not a triple album, you can buy the volume 1 only if you want to for example.
There will be 13 new original and different songs on each volume. I’m pretty excited about it cause I’m producing the whole thing myself.
As an artist who writes original music, could you explain your songwriting process ?
Yes I can! It used to be and come out only when I wasn’t expecting it, but later on I’ve started applied a technique from the famous Brill Buildings in New York rich consisted of locking yourself up in a cubicle from 10h00AM to 5h00PM trying to write one good song each day. And let me tell you, it really works!
What will be the next step for your music ?
Easy! Get signed by a good label in the music industry in Canada or the USA. There’s good independent labels on the Pop circuit like Mom+Pop Music, Dine Alone Records, Arts &Crafts, Secretly Canadian and the list goes on and on.
How will your new album differ from your last ?
Like I said earlier there’s plenty of things which will differ from what I did earlier, but I guess the major thing is the switch from Rock N Roll aka underground music to Pop music aka commercial music (as seen by many underground music lovers).
What songs are you listening to at the moment ?
Puff! It’s pretty much hard to tell! I listen to do many stuff every day! I’m a sucker for Phil Spector’s genius and his famous Wall Of Sound! This guy is it! But I also listen to so many different stuff.
Well thanks so much Lew
We look forward to seeing your progress on: Orleans Avenue – Volume 1
An old video made during Lew’s time in the UK:
Yet another great young rockabilly band, Sharna-Mae and The Mayhems burst onto the rockabilly scene, releasing there debut album “Love Drunk” on the top record label, Western Star, to much praise (including famous radio presenter Bob Harris).
Twelve tracks of pure vintage styled music. If you like twangy guitars, powerful vocals, thumping bass and driving drums its well worth a listen. They may be young but they are certainly up to the standard and easily better than many older bands.
The name would suggest they are heavily inspired by Imelda May however from listening there is plenty more different influences in there. A powerful Rockabilly voice with a dash of classic Country.
Pretty cool video too if I do say so !! We also look forward watching them develop into the premier band on the scene !!
Don’t hesitate just buy the album !!!!
Recording Quality (out of ten): 9
Authenticity (out of ten): 8
Songwriting (out of ten): 7
Enjoyment (out of ten): 9
Overall Score (out of 40) : 33
Just thought we should share this video with you ! Its of the young rockin’ band the Runawayz that have become a favorite on the UK’s Rockabilly scene.
This Bopflix video shows The Runawayz doing what they do best. It may be a cover but the band have truly put there own authentic spin on the classic Fats Domino tune.
Frontman Joe Newbon reminds us of a young Darrel Higham, playing some great guitar licks.