ALBUM REVIEW: Steelism – 615 To Fame | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: Monday 9th February

Names Records

More information on Steelism’s official website


This album doesn’t really have the right to be this much fun or this lovable. A set of kitsch, loungey instrumentals that betray a deep affection for spy and western movie themes and all manner of easy listening horrors; 615 To Fame is a hoot. The amazing musicianship helps (the core guitar/pedal steel duo formed whilst they were acting as Caitlin Rose’s backing band), as does their way with an infectious melody. There’s nothing here to really get your teeth into, but it’d make great music for those sophisticated Nashville-themed cocktail parties I’m sure you’re always throwing. Think Friends Of Dean Martinez, Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet and Los Straitjackets. Actually, stop thinking and start mixing those martinis.

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