ALBUM REVIEW: Blue Orchids – Speed The Day | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 25.06.21






Fall original Martin Bramah has carved out a real cult classic. His revamped post-punk vehicle has never sounded better since The Greatest Hit soared nearly forty years ago. Archetypal Blue Orchids, featuring big Hammond-type keyboards, doodling guitar salvos and near deadpan vocals are augmented by added psychedelia from electric ukulele.

The songs have drama and rage gloriously. Speed The Day races out of the traps with the dark and furious Deeper Than Sin, Bramah twists Chicago’s 25 Or 6 To 4 into sinister waters spilling over into a tortured lament Streets of Flowers, while Meet The Maker holds a mirror to Blue Orchids’ role as one time backing band to Nico. All in all, and a century on, Martin Bramah is still very much alive at the Witch Trials.



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