Back in the 70’s, when there was no MTV, real music fans went ‘underground’ digging for gold, and found bands like String Driven Thing. Fronted by Glaswegians Chris & Pauline Adams, they were part of the famed Charisma stable, alongside Genesis, Lindisfarne & Van Der Graaf Generator and by the time they split in ‘74, they’d released three cult albums, the last of which, ‘The Machine That Cried’ was hailed at the time as a “staggering achievement” by the Guardian’s rock critic, Martin Walker.
The 90’s saw occasional String Driven reunions, one of which was recorded for posterity [‘$uicide Live in Berlin’]. while Chris’ rare German solo album [‘The Damage’] also surfaced on the esoteric Ozit label. But behind the scenes, his sons were growing up, infected by the same old music bug, and gradually he was drawn back into performing. Now comes the Thing’s first studio album in 30 years. Entitled ‘Moments of Truth’, it features ex Zydeco Ceilidh Band rhythm section Andy Allan and Dick Drake, guitars from sons Robin and Mervyn and banjo mandolin and bottleneck from George Tucker of the Berlin lineup. During the pre-launch period, they did a series of warm up gigs, featuring material old and new. Anyone lucky enough to catch them soon realised that acoustic folk this is definitely not.
Edited by Plong42 on 29 Jul 2011, 14:24
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