Salford based singer songwriter Vinny Peculiar (aka Alan Wilkes) releases an album of out takes & remixes entitled ‘The Root Mull Affect; the fifteen track collection cherry picks across a decade and a half of recordings. Its the perfect way to make his acquaintance and will be his 10th album release and the first to include remixes and re recordings of older songs.
Vinny has worked with Bill Drummond (SOUP ART) Tom Robinson (Video Art) and Luke Haines (Outsider Art) and his various bands have included former members of The Smiths, Oasis, Aztec Camera and The Fall. He’s played all kinds of stages in poetry and song and is a former MC on the Glastonbury Acoustic Stage. He’s a respected writer of dour yet playful lyrical songs that run deeper than first impressions might suggest.
‘Confessions of a Sperm Donor’ is a tragi-comic masterpiece with its money for old rope chorus of un-be known possibilities. ‘A Vision’ recounts an hallucinogenic day in the life when John Cooper Clarke joined The Beatles. There’s a live studio acoustic recording of ‘Sometimes I Feel Like King’, and a live band version of ‘Everlasting Teenage Bedroom’ (with Smiths rhythm section Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce) and a new mix of the old favourite ‘Jesus Stole My Girlfriend’. Comparisons to Ray Davies, Neil Hannon and Jarvis Cocker are regularly cited in dispatches. ‘The Root Mull Affect’ is an engaging intriguing and accessible collection from one England’s finest outsider independents. If you enjoy rich melodic art-pop songs that are just a bit different with great lyrics that tell stories and paint pictures you wont be disappointed. Vinny writes songs that make you laugh and cry at the same time and then he makes you think some more. Investigation is highly recommended.
Assorted Press quotes
‘Wry wit, incisive observations, touching humanity, and a 60s suburban English cultural sensibility (his label’s named from kitchen sink escapism drama Billy Liar), summoning comparisons to not only Ray Davies, but Babybird, Jarvis Cocker, and Morrissey’ Mike Davies
‘If Tony Hancock had made pop records they’d have sounded like this’ UNCUT MAGAZINE – Simon Goddard
‘A songwriter who deserves to be taken seriously’ Q Magazine –
‘When you listen to a Vinny Peculiar album you cannot help but think that you have come across his diary and as you sit and read it you feel both uncomfortable and wonderful all at once. His music is littered with the complex and yet everyday emotions that the masses go through and it is reassuring to know that we are not alone in our ponderings and self-analytical behaviour. SOUNDS XP
‘Songwriting’s Angel of the Odd, Vinny Peculiar is like a celestial observer of the small, unseen dramas of daily life, delicate and delightful’. MEN Reviews
‘Like Vic Chestnutt tooled up for an armed robbery’. Irish Times
‘Curiously elegant confessionals from one of the UK’s most criminally under-rated talents; make room in your heart for this peculiar, but highly likeable man’. W&H
Nostalgia’s not what it used to be…
Imagine a surreal episode of My Two Dads where said fathers are Jarvis Cocker and David Bowie, who bully their child into liking them and everything they like, like glam stomp, kitchen sink vignettes, mordantly witty lyrics, nostalgia, dreams and a sneer, and you‘re ready for Vinny Peculiar, Manchester’s premier forward thinking backward looking song smith. AMERICANA-UK
“Confessions of a Sperm Donor” begins with the wonderful couplet “I used to be a feminist, I used to be a freak. Sold my sperm for bus fare I got £15 a week” – and indeed lyrically the album is devastatingly funny and moving almost right the way through’
Saturday 8th March South City Music, Cheshire (3pm in store performance)
Friday 28th March Slaughtered Lamb, Clerkenwell, London
Saturday 29th March The Mulberry, Conwy, (Conwy Beer Festival)
Thursday 3rd April Gullivers, Manchester (Album Launch) – full band show
Friday 25th April The Cellar Bar,Southampton
Thursday 1st May Ethical Glass, North John Street, Liverpool
Saturday May 3rd Cinnamon Club, Bowden, Cheshire
Wednesday May 14th The Hope, Brighton
Saturday May 31st Oakwood Glossop