7-Inches from the Boot

I think I may have discovered the root of the Italian financial crisis. Apparently the Italian government has been investing heavily in indie rock. By now I thought everyone knew that there’s no money to be made in indie rock (except on Ebay). Apparently that news hasn’t been received by the bureaucrats in Rome. Good for us, potentially bad for Italy’s bond rating.

Vermillion Sands from Treviso, Italy have been bopping around from label to label for a few years now. They’ve put out stuff on Sacred Bones, Hell Yes, Trouble In Mind and Alien Snatch among others and now have a single due next month on Shit Music for Shit People. The A-side Summer Melody is warbly and rambunctious that is sorta like a honky-tonk version of the Fall. This could be my favorite Vermillion Sands song yet.
stream: Vermillion Sands – Summer Melody (from Shit Music For Shit People 7-inch)

One band that seemed to always be disparaged for being Echo and the Bunnymen knock-offs was the Mighty Lemon Drops. Sure, they weren’t as dynamic as the Bunnymen, but they had an equally bad name and some great songs. Because of the Lemon Drops footnote status in rock history I’m guessing that Pesaro, Italy’s Brothers In Law don’t claim them as influence, but if you are of a certain age, you will find the similarities undeniable. The Brother’s In Law first single is out next month as a joint release from CF-Records and We Were Never Being Boring.

stream: Brothers In Law – Holy Weekend (from the CF-Records/WWNBB 7-inch)


  1. Andy · January 17, 2012

    Love that Brothers in Law song, you’re right on about that Mighty Lemon Drops comparison. Way underrated band, imho.

  2. Heather · January 18, 2012

    Have you heard any of the David Newton & Thee Mighty Angels tracks?

    • Toby · January 20, 2012

      Heather, I had not. I just listened to Paint the Town. I didn’t know that Dave sang.

  3. david newton · January 23, 2012

    Hi: Dave (Newton) here ! I didn’t know that I sang either ha ha !! Seriously, I fancied having a bash again, having spent many years making/producing records for other (fine) people. & anyway Paul (Marsh) isn’t interested in doing anything. I have got a great response to the Paint The Town EP & plan a full album this year ! Check out http://www.theemightyangels.com, youtube search me or even buy it here http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/paint-the-town-ep/id484264482 dave xx

    • Toby · January 23, 2012

      Hi Dave. It’s good to have you back writing songs. Saw the Might Lemon Drops quite a few times back in the late 80’s/early 90’s. I vividly remember Peabody’s Down Under in Cleveland (you guys played with the Rave-ups) and then at the Pittsburgh Metropol with John Wesley Harding.

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