Swarf Sisters Single 'Sonic Boom'
12 August 2022
After some blood letting in the Ruclona Records 'Tea Rooms' a decision has been made and it was decided to let this one go...........a big thanks to new Swarf contributor Rufus for this and also Silverback, this is dedicated to all who have had traumas in their lives......it's been emotional!
x-blu Single 'Fear'
Think of Siouxsie and Nico on a bender, dancing to JD in a black-washed Punk club whilst waiting for the P Furs to come on stage ...... stumbling home, getting out another bottle of wine, a 5-string acoustic git, then trying to play Bo Diddley!...x-blu....... a perfect signing for the nutters at Ruclona!
Pussy Revolution Single 'New Rose'
First record punk record I heard on 'Peel' in 76...The Damned and New Rose....it was always begging for a no nonsense, balls to the wall cover version...but never really got it ( apart from the little known 'Bastard Squad' version of course)..... well, beg no more ....here it is....listen loud and listen proud....
Lady B Single 'A Letter To Ray"
At last....when I told everybody that Lady B had surpassed the eclectic genius that was "In Your Dreams".....they just laughed and said, "In Your Dreams".....but here's the proof people! "A Letter To Ray"...in stores 10th September.....have a listen and judge for yourself
Swarf Sisters Single 'Trouble is'
As you know the cult entity fondly known The Swarf Sisters made a brief but long awaited appearance on Ruclona featuring with Qweh on his first single release Coco Robicheaux. 'Coco' was recorded last winter during lockdown with Swarf and Qweh. Once summer came and restrictions lifted it was able to escape the testosterone filled nightmare and spend the Summer in a much more kinder and feminine place, with it's mum, Beverley Sister, auntie, Lady B and Uncle Silverback.....And when it wasn't frolicking through the green fields of Kent and Sussex, it was able to produce the next single 'Trouble Is' which is out in stores 1st October....a must for all Swarf fans young and old..............
It is back at uni now but promises to return to it's parents for the Xmas break...with ideas for the album....but with which parents will it be spending the festivities? who knows?....so the custody battle begins...AGAIN!
Bev Benfell Album 'Almost But Not Quite"
June 25th 2021
Almost,.....ready to talk about Bev's new album.....you're all familiar with the first track, Bluebell. Released as a single due to popular demand (mainly from the freaks and geeks!) and was the follow up to the QWEH/Tim Barton produced Comme Ci Comme Ca which appears third on this opus. The second track digs right back into Bev's major record company era ........Primitive Rose was a ditty penned by Peter C-Swash for The Voices which never really saw the light of day but always remained a glimmer in the back of Bev's consciousness. Bev's close artistic friend and collaborator Lady B, also recognised the brilliance of the song and features on BV's on this version.....Which brings us neatly on to Little Bill. A Bev/Lady B classic written during their Lunachic day and musically resurrected by the genius known as Silverback (Russ Pay). In Your Thoughts ...... imagine Kylie lying on her therapist's couch with The Sneaker Pimps and The Unloved blaring out of the tannoy system, and your pretty much there. The highlight of the album for me is Walking In Your Sleep. Written by Bev in the midst of recording the album, inspired by the passing of our dear friend and musician Kevin Pointing who suffered from MS for over 25 years. He actually said to Bev that he used to dream constantly that he could still walk during his many years of being wheelchair bound.......watch out for a charity single coming soon. Streets Are Empty is Bev's and QWEH's re-imagining of the the first Cars That Collide single....an object lesson in how to make a sparky pop song sound moody. Bev entered 'Cyprusvision 2019' with the song Girls from Katina and won! ....the panel were obviously unable to resist the catchy Latin pop vibe......Magpie - Banshees, Metallica or Provenzano...I'll let you the listener pull the threads out of of this eclectic master piece. Wrapping up the album, Bev treats us to a radical cover version of Feeling Groovy, a dub reggae wash, so far removed from the original that Bev and QWEH were nearly brave enough to ask the mighty Paul Simon for a writing credit...but not quite
Bev Benfell, In Your Thoughts
February 28th 2021
Following on from Waterfall, Comme Ci Comme Ca and Bluebell this is Bev’s fourth single release as a solo artist under her own name. In Your Thoughts is yet another departure from the styles set down on her previous singles and delves into the electronic dance world with a an Eilish/Kylie feel laced with a dark psychological edge. This is a song penned by Peter C-Swash, her old songwriting pal from 80’s band The Voices and produced as usual by QWEH. This will be her last Single release before her new album ‘Almost but Not Quite’ which she is working on as we speak. With a following wind , the album should be out by end March/April but hopefully this single will give you something to wiggle your bits to until then.
The Ten Pound Tourists featuring Twin Beat
Waking Hour 12" Single
12th February 2021
Woke (/ˈwoʊk/ WOHK) is a term that originated in the United States, and it refers to a perceived awareness of issues that concern social justice and racial justice. It derives from the African-American Vernacular English expression, stay woke, whose grammatical aspect refers to a continuing awareness of these issues.
Written over 30 years ago and sadly just as relevant now........Waking Hour is a tribute to the to the 'Woke' folk, since it's better to be awake, than to sleepwalk into a fascist dictatorship .........apologies for the hints of PWL creeping through the sound but as they say "You can take the boy out of the 80's but you can't take the 80's out of the boy......" and remember this was conceived and recorded when the Alabama 3 were still in short trousers!
The Ten Pound Tourists featuring BeeVa and Silverback, Space Rocket
December 11th 2020
In the history of popular music there is one genre that has outlived, outgrown and outsold all the others. It has been with us since and before the beginning of Rock 'n Roll itself! What is it? I hear you cry.
Well, throughout the years it's irresistible force has attracted all of us under many different guises. It has been known as Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Rhumba, Samba, Salsa, Merengue, Jive, Soul, Motown, Funk, Electro, Disco, Rap, Gangster Rap, Hip Hop, Trance etc.etc.
I call it Dance Music.
The most modest Mods, the rockiest Rock 'n Rollers, the punkiest Punks, the heaviest Metal heads, the hippest Hippies, the most gothic Goths, the skinniest Skinheads and the most beaten of Beatniks have all succumbed one way or another, to the hypnotic beat of dance record. Whether it was in a pub, club, disco or church hall: on holiday, at your daughter's wedding, stag or hen do, or a Xmas party - you are all guilty! ( alcohol by the way is no excuse).
Musicians of all shapes and sizes have also played their part in the growth of the "Dance Music Monster'. Many have hung up their precious guitar, amps and drum kits in favour of a sequencer and drum- machine in search of that (well it must be easy!) one-off dance hit........In the late 80's / early 90's ...............The Ten Pound Tourists were no exception.................
Kevin Pointing, Pick Up The Pieces Single
December 4th 2020
Kevin Pointing, a fine lead and rhythm guitarist who is greatly influenced by American AOR and Funk. This made him QWEH's first choice to play guitar on the late 80's dance/hip hop track 'Pick Up The Pieces'. Kevin has been waging a war with Multiple Sclerosis for the last 25 years and as he enters his final battle with the disease, this release is a fine tribute to Kevin and his musical talent. The term 'Life and Soul of the Party' is often overused when paying tribute, but in this case, it is a perfect description of Kevin and although this terrible disease has ravaged him physically, his 'Life and Soul' remains undiminished.
QWEH featuring Lady B
November 23rd 2020
This the first outing for an exciting new QWEH collaboration with Lady B. She and QWEH haven't worked together since the glory days of the Swarf Sisters have managed to create a perfect follow up for Ruclona's first release Coco Robicheaux which featured the poetic charms of Swarf. The track In Your Dreams went under the apt working title of 'Snarling Buds at Prey' since it features a set of Lady B lyrics which hold a magnifying glass to life growing up in the 'Garden of England'. As she adds her alternative twist to this idyllic setting QWEH underpins the story picking up on psychedelic atmosphere with a bit of Jarresque inspired background. If you got onboard with 'Coco' then here is your next challenge......Good luck!
QWEH featuring Silverback and Lady B, Yellow (12" Remastered)
November 16th 2020
This is the first release on Ruclonas's Vintage series. A fine way to start fulfilling it's goal of bringing overlooked and unreleased music to the unsuspecting masses. Also, this is the labels first foray into the scary world of dance. Unfortunately, we won't learn our lesson so expect more to come.....
Pin your ears back or forward....your choice!
9th November 2020
Here's a bit of background on Bev's next single due for release on the 9th November......as usual a self-penned song, but it is a departure from the 60’s pop chanson psychedelic pop inspiration for her first Ruclona single, "Comme Ci Comme Ca" which drew on QWEH's John Barry influences. "Bluebell" owes more to her love of indie girl alternatives and their part in atmospheric T.V. themes. The song is a creative reaction to COVID and allowed QWEH to add his usual filmic flavour to the sound, in this case dabbling with some Morricone ingredients.........Enjoy
QWEH featuring The Swarf Sisters
Coco Robicheaux EP
The first dabble back in Swarf Sisters world for QWEH since he took a sabbatical in 'Straightsland' shortly after the release of the much acclaimed 'Midwife Crisis' album all those years ago. Teaming up with Swarf himself for this one, it's everything you would expect from them...challenging verbage, an eclectic soundscape and even some signature vocal input from Beverley Sister herself.....sit back and enjoy, then book yourself into rehab in case they do something else....you never know
Comme Ci Comme Ca EP
Bev's first single release on Ruclona. Written by her whilst on vacation in La Belle France with QWEH and Tim Barton funnily enough. In fact Tim makes a mighty contribution with his Guitar and Bass playing and drum programming. QWEH completed the production by trying to capture the 60's film noir textures......Ecoutez!
QWEH featuring Cars That Collide
Never Break Single
QWEH's first interpretation of a Peter C-Swash song.....Lot's of Glam pretentions.....but what do you expect from a couple of Slade and Mud fans growing up in the early seventies and watching TOTP every Thursday
QWEH featuring Cars That Collide
Never Break (Self Isolation Mix)
Forget the glam version of this, throw away the platforms and glitter capes put yourself with the downbeats in a run down Alabama bar in the thirties and proceed on your journey to redemption.