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Crawling Garage Gasoline
Full ‘Swamp Street Soul’ LP out now via Black Lagoon Records
9 November 2021
Manchester’s Inca Babies release ‘Crawling Garage Gasoline’, previewing first album in seven years. ‘Swamp Street Soul’ LP is out now
FOR FANS OF: Harry Stafford, The Stooges, Link Wray, The Membranes, The Gun Club, Birthday Party, The Cramps, Screaming Blue Messiahs. John Spencer Blues Explosion
Photos by Steve Nicholl
“One band which from their emergence in 1982 has sculpted a perpetual warped seduction is Inca Babies. Their almost serpentine invention and dark musical incitements have continued to inspire and invigorate… one of the leading lights and template setting protagonists of British rock ‘n’ roll” ~ Ringmaster Review
“30 years down the line, the Inca Babies’ recordings are not just a collection of outstanding songs from independent music’s golden age… they remain pretty much a life statement; a declaration of intent” ~ Isolation Records
“Beautifully wrought… the type of musical experience that grows on you each time you listen to it. The production integrity is particularly notable and the twangy baseline sits in your brain well after listening” ~ Big Takeover Magazine
“All the drive and spunk of an adrenaline-filled 30-something viper rocker” ~ Amplify Music Magazine
“A distinctive presence around Manchester and beyond in the 80s… the new songs are leaner, more direct, Stafford summoning up psychobilly demons on his guitar… It’s powerful and it’s punk” ~ The Brighton Source
Post-punk swamp-goth rockers Inca Babies have released their new single ‘Crawling Garage Gasoline,’ the title itself reflecting the imaginative gritty sound that the Manchester-based deathrock / postpunk outfit have become known for in the decades since forming in 1983. This single comes with b-side ‘Grunt Cadillac Hotel.’ The accompanying film was produced by Harry Stafford at NoiseBoy Studios in Salford.
Back clutching an array of new tunes, drawn from their fantastic imagination, the Incas have released their eighth studio album ‘Swamp Street Soul,’ having previewed lead track ‘Walk In The Park’ with a strutting blues beat, infectious guitar lick and bluesy post-punk musings.
Produced by Simon ‘Ding’ Archer (The Fall, PJ Harvey) at 6Db Studios, the clarity and fullness of sound on this 11-track offering surpasses that of any previous Inca release.
“This ‘Crawling Garage Gasoline’ is a re visiting of a 1980s inca’s classic, all bluster and ‘pedal to the metal’ speed punk. It’s a tale of the descent into the maelstrom, but don’t forget to get some gas along the way. The urge to re-record this came from its popularity as a live song at recent Inca gigs, now paired down and with more bite, it has certainly stood the test of time. It was originally released on the ‘Surfin’ in Locustland’ EP back in 1985 and was also recorded for the Incas’ third John Peel session in June that year,” says Harry Stafford.
Today, Inca Babies is a trio made up of Harry Stafford (guitar, keys, vocals), bassist Vince Hunt (A Witness, Blue Orchids) and Rob Haynes (The Membranes, Goldblade) on drums and percussion. It’s been seven years since the final release of their Death Blues Trilogy – ‘Death Message Blues’ (2010), ‘Deep Dark Blue’ (2012) and ‘The Stereo Plan’ (2014).
‘Swamp Street Soul’ takes us across a tightly euphoric path of differing moods and new arenas of guitar songwriting. This long-player continues the band’s explosive exploration of goth-punk and death-rock and trash blues with epic cautionary ballads. Frontman Harry Stafford has written a fulsome collection of tall tales of madness, fearfully larger-than-life characters and extravagant yarns, backed by a no-nonsense rhythm section locked into a pounding backbeat.
A vibrant part of Britain’s early postpunk / death rock scene, Inca Babies’ story began in 1983 in the now-legendary deck-access flats of Hulme (Manchester), which were intended as ‘cities in the sky’ for young executives but quickly became cockroach-infested slums mostly inhabited by students, artists and drug addicts. True to DIY ethos, they self-released their debut single ‘Interior’ in 1984.
With a further six singles and four albums over five years, all of which entered the UK Indie Charts, they also recorded four sessions for BBC’s John Peel show in 1984-1988 before calling it quits. Since reforming in 2007, they’ve released three albums and toured extensively around Europe, including Russia, as well as North America and India. Renewed interest in the Incas was propelled by Cherry Red Records ‘Best Of’ compilation release ‘Inca Babies 1983-87: Plutonium.’
‘Crawling Garage Gasoline’ is out now, available digitally everywhere, including Spotify, Apple Music and Bandcamp. The ‘Swamp Street Soul’ album was released on CD and digitally on November 23.
Harry Stafford – guitar, vocals
Vince Hunt – bass
Rob Haynes – drums
Kevin Davy – trumpet
Black Lagoon Records catalogue #BLRCD0058
Photography by Steve Nicholl
1. Swamp Street Soul
2. Walk in the Park
4. Dear English Journalists
5. Crawling Garage Gasoline
6. Bigger than all of us
7. I’m Grounded
8. Oh, the Angels how I bless them
9. Windshield Gnat
10. Mine of Bones
11. Swamp Soul Dub
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