THE THANES – Downbeat And Folked Up [2003]

The THANES have be around since 1987 and certainly belong to the very few really important bands of todays garage and beat scene. Hailing from Edinburgh, they have released tons of records on the coolest labels around, such as SUNDAZED, CORDUROY, MISTY LANE, LARSEN and DISTORTIONS to name but a few. The THANES of this ultra-modern age conjure up ever more new and always interesting twists and turns from their basic garage band vision. They are extending their collective antennae, reaching but further, sometimes bringing a new reaffirmation of a deeper folk-rock stance with evocative vocal harmonies and a jangling 12-string: to wit, there are covers by Bob Dylan, and The Beau Brummels, played out with true heart and soul. A few choice examples of the group..s mega-fixation with groups that existed in Holland thirty-odd years ago have also been selected for inclusion. One of the best is their interpretation of “I..m A Fool” originally performed by The Sandy Coast. Stomping and gyrating is also encouraged with original beat-style creations such as “It Can Never Be”, “The Next One”, and the furious buzz of the LP opener “That..s The Story Of Your Life”. No other current band is able to combine all these musical elements of the sixties in such a perfect way. “Downbeat & folked up” is masterpiece of modern beat music and will not just take the hearts of all the sixties-devotees by storm. One hell of an album! [psychedeliccentral]

Edinburgh, Scotland 80’s garage/beat legends 21st century BRILLIANT comeback slab. If you dig the fuzz, 60’s folk-punk beat of The Squires, Byrds and stuff you shouldn’t miss it. Great covers of Beau Brummels “Don’t Talk To Strangers” and The Plymouth Rockers fuzz monster “Don’t Say Why”. One of those REAL COOL Garage Revival lps you must hear. You gotta get all Folked Up! Dig!!!

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