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Garage-rock collective Barbarella’s Bang Bang are proud to release their brand new single, the aggressively addictive psychobilly stomp of ‘Cowboy Job’, released by their own label Barbarella Records.
Best known for their raucous live sets, the band fronted by the enigmatic Barbara Pugliese have become a staple of various festivals and club nights over the course of their career. With members originating from Italy, Latvia and London, it’s no surprise Barbarella’s Bang Bang have such a diverse and multicultural group of influences from South and East European Folk to classical punk rock. These bohemians play surf like Dick Dale founded The Meteors, but this time they’re fronted by The Slits’ Ari Up.
The ironically titled ‘Cowboy Job’ is an ode to a past relationship, but not in a way you might imagine. Like all things in the Barbarella world, it’s been twisted and contorted into something new; taking a story of heartbreak and reforming it into one of empowerment. Here the antagonist is portrayed as a spellbinding entertainer, a charmer with lustful, obsession-inducing powers – a spell broken by a clearer understanding of reality and belief in one’s self.
“This is the first time that I’ve written about something that gave me a lot of grief, with groove”, Barbara tells us, “And in regards to the satire within the lyrics, I must say, it’s been a very efficient healing method. With humour, the weight of something heavy gets lighter and we can get over things a bit easier. I’m actually grateful for having encountered this in my life; I was inspired a lot artistically. Let’s say that there’s sometimes a pearl to be found in the trash!”
There’s often a difficulty putting something so personal into words, let alone into a track alongside other musicians, but Barbarella’s Bang Bang are more than a band, they’re a group of unprecedentedly likeminded individuals who found each other from distant corners of the globe. With the help of bassist Oliver Joss Lee who also produced, each member understood and respected the subject matter, resulting in the recording of something truly special.
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Originally from Ipswich and the daughter of an artist, Hannah Scott draws much of the inspiration for her music from her affinity with Italy. A year living and working on an olive press in rural Tuscany provided the backdrop to her early work and she has found her musical home with creative partner Stefano Della Casa who she met in London but may well have met years earlier when regularly passing through the train station Stefano was working in!
When Hannah and Stefano began making music together, they realised that they had an incredible connection, despite coming from very different backgrounds. Stefano had a difficult upbringing and a troubled early adult life, while Hannah was lucky to have a supportive, happy childhood. Hannah has had her own difficulties following the recent diagnosis of a form of arthritis which causes severe joint pain and fatigue. Both artists firmly believe that their musical collaboration has provided an outlet to support each other through difficult times.
“Around the time of my diagnosis we had quite a lot of shows and Stefano literally had to help me on and off the stage! He still insists on carrying all our equipment when we’re on the road which makes us laugh because he ends up looking like a porter and people must think I’m some kind of superstar refusing to pull my weight!” – Hannah Scott
Stefano adds, “I was going through a pretty low patch while we were writing this record with no job and very little money and I’ll always remember Hannah turning up on my doorstep bringing groceries, even though she could hardly walk.” – Stefano
Their musical journey has also proved fruitful. Previous releases were supported by Bob Harris and Dermot O’Leary on BBC Radio 2. They’ve also been featured by MOJO, Songwriting Magazine and as ‘New Band of The Day’ in The Guardian. Hannah has opened for artists including Seth Lakeman and 10cc.
Stefano has recently signed to Ultra Music Publishing and the pair are now working between London and Italy. The result of their work is a new album, “Pieces Of The Night”, a collection of songs that expertly combines organic, live elements, with classy electronica and stunning production. Lyrically, they’re honest songs about the human condition and human connection in an increasingly hectic world. The album ranges from stunning instrumental performances such as ‘Boy In The Frame’, to crystalline electronica soundscapes in ‘Pieces of The Night’. The two artists have struck a perfect balance between Hannah’s traditional songwriting craft and Stefano’s exquisite synth-rich production style.
“These are songs celebrating family and friendship, songs in praise of the differences between us, songs encouraging hope and strength in the face of adversity. We hope that they will inspire people to believe that each and every one of us has something to give.”
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Lauren Housley was born and raised in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. Although she was a shy child, she always possessed a strong desire to perform on stage. By the age of 10, she was a National Dance Champion and began moving into theatre acting shortly afterward. Her passion to sing and write songs came unexpectedly at around the age of 14, her influences spanning the broad spectrum of guitar music, stemming from her Elvis fanatic dad who raised her on the sounds of the king. Spending a lot of her formative years between Rotherham, after moving to Manchester, Lauren developed a cultured appreciation of the Northern music scene, drawing inspiration from the thriving music culture in which she was cocooned. She has since teamed up with childhood friend, Steve Pycroft, where they began hosting a night at Matt and Phreds Jazz Club in the Northern Quarter called Soul Sessions.
“It came over me one day like an uncontrollable urge. I had ideas about the world and personal situations that I needed to get out of my body and mind. Like a flick of a switch I was writing songs without even realising that’s what they were.”
Lauren and her writing partner, now host a regular event with their country band, Chorlton Country Club on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at Carlton Club that offers a similar platform for Country, Roots, Blues and Americana bands, local and international.
Since arriving on the UK music scene in 2016, Lauren Housley has two albums behind her, earning critical acclaim from the likes of Q, The Telegraph, No Depression & the BBC Radio 2 Playlist. Bob Harris and Paul Sexton both selected her music for play on their specialist BBC shows and BBC Radio London Robert Elms made her track, “The Waiting Game”, one of his favourite tracks of the year. Lauren and her band have also been honoured to open for the likes of Van Morrison, Jack Savoretti, Vintage Trouble, JP Cooper and First Aid Kit as well as travel the UK playing sold-out headlining tours.
After taking a break to focus on writing and recording her upcoming EP (set for release in Autumn 2018), Lauren returns with her Nashville inspired anthem “My Sleeping Heart”. The track is a collaborative effort with fellow Rotherham musical director Thomas Dibb, a crucial part of the duo’s creative process on the new album. Having been influenced by the sounds of Blues, Rock and Soul in Nashville, past and present, Lauren and her band took the plunge and made the pilgrimage at the end of 2017 for the Americana Music Festival. A chance conversation with a broken-hearted man sat at the bar in Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge, sparked ideas for a new song.
“I understood where this man was coming from. He had been carrying the hurt from a past love for a long time and was finally making peace with it. As soon as I got back to the room, I picked up the guitar and started writing “My Sleeping Heart”.”
Performing live is a crucial element of Lauren’s appeal and so with the new single comes a list of her biggest shows to date. Known on the scene as “the band with no ego”, Lauren shares the stage with long term writing partner Thomas Dibb (Guitar, Vocals), co-producer Mark Lewis (Bass, Vocals), Xavier Winton (Drums) and Billy Bragg’s trusty sideman C.J. Hillman (Pedal Steel, Guitar).