The Senior Service (Hammond organ instrumentalists).
Perfect for melting away that grey icy sheen of winter. If dancing ain’t your business then nod, smile and tap your foot as you indulge your ears in the whip-crack Western styled rumble of ‘Slingshot’.
This Graham-penned tune rattles along at a fair old lick, grooving rhythmically on a spaghetti guitar riff before breaking into a wonderfully cathartic chorus of sunshine melody – Why not clap along!
No slacking on the B-side mind, as the old Prisoners favourite is reimagined with extra shakes, rattles, whistles and bells and even a few choral flourishes along the way, courtesy of the ‘Senior Service Choir’.
If you loved the original or even if you haven’t heard the original, chances are you’ll love this! It rides along on an infectious wave of grooviness and is destined to be a real floor-filler!
All-in-all, a great package and perfect primer for the band’s forthcoming album King Cobra released Spring 2018.
A bit of history…2016
The Senior Service are the latest band to burst forth from the little clutch of towns known collectively as Medway. However, they are no newcomers (as their name may suggest), for they have been in some of the biggest bands to have come from that area.
These bands include -
The Mighty Caesars
The James Taylor Quartet
The Masonics and
Billy Childish and The Buff Medways.
The band members -
Jon Barker – organ,
Graham Day – guitar,
Darryl Hartley – bass guitar
Wolf Howard – drums and percussion
have been close friends throughout and have always been into film themes and instrumental music.
Amongst their influences are John Barry, Barry Grey, Booker T and the MG’s, Ennio Morricone and The Small Faces.
“We got together to play instrumental covers because I happened to have bought a Hammond organ” says Jon, “but we dropped that idea before we played a note and quickly moved onto our own stuff.”
The recordings, done at Borstal Road Studios (Jon’s house) have an organic feel to them that only close, like-minded friends can achieve, and it feels like the time is just right for a fresh batch of exciting tunes played on antique instruments by young-minded lovers of Sixties instrumentals!
Their first single, a two track affair with ‘Depth Charge’ on the A-side and ‘Hall Of Mirrors’ on the flip was released in January 2016 and made it to number 8 in the official vinyl charts!
Their debut album The Girl In The Glass Case followed in the summer of 2016.