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‘I’m Grounded’ from ‘Swamp Street Soul’
Black Lagoon Records
14 January 2022
Manchester’s Inca Babies reflects a hopeless state of geographic limbo on ‘I’m Grounded.’ ‘Swamp Street Soul,’ their first LP in 7 years, 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, except new photos taken by Harry Stafford
“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
“Coming in like a hurricane and tastefully blending rock, grunge, punk and blues, the Incas serve up unhinged sophistication and moody textures. Packing a big punch, their high octane sound is loaded with adrenaline and spunk” ~ The Spill Magazine
“Thirty 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… 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… it’s powerful and it’s punk. It’s great to see a forgotten band back on their own terms and thriving” ~ The Spill Magazine
Post-punk swamp-goth rockers Inca Babies present ‘I’m Grounded,’ the latest single from their eighth studio album ‘Swamp Street Soul.‘
Inca Babies is Harry Stafford (guitar, keys, vocals), bassist Vince Hunt (A Witness, Blue Orchids) and Rob Haynes (The Membranes, Goldblade) on drums and percussion. This collection of new tunes, drawn from their fantastic imagination, offers a hefty dose of the gritty sound that the Manchester-based deathrock / postpunk outfit have become known for over the decades since forming in 1983.
“This deal with the last few years as a reflection of geographical inactivity for someone who gets around and travels a lot the time of being; ‘square wheeled on the deck,’ was particularly arduous. But it’s not just a ‘lockdown’ song, it was actually written before all the pandemic’s constraints kicked in. It began as a muse on being in a particularly hopeless state of limbo – which of course exacerbated itself once we were stuck at home watching the clock and trying to be creative,” says Harry Stafford.
“‘I’m Grounded, I’m square wheeled on the deck, I’m grounded, my zeppelin’s a wreck’... The video spans the time at home as the seasons pass and our situation seems unlikely to improve… but appears to offer an understanding of who we are once we are placed outside of the impediments of work and have to face the habitual skirmish for survival as the calendar changes and the pages fall off.”
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 is the first album in seven years, when the final release of their Death Blues Trilogy ‘The Stereo Plan’ was released in 2014, following ‘Death Message Blues’(2010) and ‘Deep Dark Blue’ (2012).
‘Swamp Street Soul’ takes us across a tightly euphoric path of differing moods and new arenas of guitar songwriting. This LP 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.
Ahead of the album, the band also released the high octane overdrive single ‘Crawling Garage Gasoline’ (along with b-side ‘Grunt Cadillac Hotel’ and lead track ‘Walk In The Park’ with a strutting blues beat, infectious guitar lick and bluesy post-punk musings.
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.’
The ‘Swamp Street Soul’ album is out now, available digitally everywhere, including Spotify, Apple Music and Bandcamp, where it can be ordered directly from the band. It can also be obtained via the Louder Than War shop.
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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