Blood and Biscuits
Bop English, more commonly known as White Denim mastermind James Petralli, has been hard at work crafting a solo venture of, whilst certainly epic at moments, rather retrospective proportions. Peering through the psych-pop prowess that you’d expect from the man that wrote a song like ‘At Night In Dreams’, amidst the haze of riffs and effects, the singers roots come to light in a way that didn’t quite fit the White Denim mould.
‘Struck Matches’ flares up into an acoustic-guitar driven hark back to the glory days, with Petralli layering slap backed vocal delay’s over wah-wah’d licks a plenty. His warped horn section and Texan drawl almost conjuring memories of golden boys Petty, Harrison, Lynne & co. as he leads the way into an infectious Wilburys-indebted boogie that demands multiple replays.
Lyrically, Bop’s dealing with what sounds like a precarious balancing act between consciousness and mind-melt after being handed the pipe and not knowing exactly what lay within the bowl. He sees a walking disaster, but all that’s to be found here is a triumphant ode to blues-rock, teaming with hooks and Americana appeal.
‘Struck Matches’ is taken from Bop English’s Constant Bop LP, out now via Blood and Biscuits. Catch him live in the UK on the dates below.
29th Glasgow, Broadcast
30th Liverpool, District
31st Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
1st Bristol, Louisiana
2nd Brighton, Sticky Mikes
3rd London, Oslo
4th Manchester, Night and Day