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ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL Friday, November 3, 1989 C15 I British Group King Swamp Born in Louisiana Bayou Country By David Staton ESSE DI is, tions. There's no mystery," he said, in the sense that U2 is religious." explaining King Swamp's lyrics. He said the religious underpin- What they are doing, saidjyray, is nings of the band's music are a "putting the old magic bac;k into spiritual mix. "We're not religious new music." , KING SWAMP and SEE NO EVIL wiy perform in concert at Confetti, 9800 Montgomery NE in Albuquerque, Wednesday. Advance tickets, available at Ticketmaster outlets at Smith's, are $5 for the 9 p.m. show. JOURNAL CORRESPONDENT J London, England, is well-known for its musical scene and blue-blood J monarchy. New Orleans, La., is I home to, among other things, culin-l ary delights and bayou country. Both lay claim to King Swamp. rl-. ill: ti-Jv?. AD-VISOR 823-4444 some mystery. People are too cracked up on science and explana- King Swamp sounds more like the a? for some backwoods brew . name phi, v .. TCI tt I ,4 (V- n r - j 1.5 V lb rPYRACANTHA u 9W W .White flowers in Spring, loaded witftperries 7 il 1 ku : h l . . - - - &a - now, holds leaves all winter! Look for; these pistincUveff Better Varieties to name ajew:. Yukon Belled-hardy to 30 below zero . Lowboy- low and spreading 1 ROSES PETER ANDERSON Lalandei Monrovia- vigorous & upright Many are still in bloom! All varieties & sizes Bush Form: than for a highly-acclaimed musical l"' group. But this is fire water of a different sort, and the concoction's fermentation process was a strange one. The rock quintet's beginnings can be traced to the bayou country of Louisiana. In 1987 a couple of Londoners came to the banks of the Mississippi to visit some friends and spend some time away from touring on the rock circuit. Dave Allen co-founded the influential post-punk group Gang of Four, whose "Entertainment" - album was named the 63rd best of ,'the decade last week by Rolling Stone magazine. After the breakup of that band, Steve Halliwell joined Allen in the successful Shriekback. Halliwell and Allen had chosen the Deep South to drink some beer, feel the blues and get ideas for a band, recounted lead singer Walter Wray in a recent telephone interview. The band's music would stem from mystic, gothic traditions of the South, said the 24-year-old 5 gal. reg. $17.95 NOW S12J49 Upright Slaked: NOW 30 OFF Select group of mystery roses NOW $4.95 "Adopt-a-Plant" SALE! 1000's of plants drastically reduced in our "orphanage" area! 1 gal. & larger, reg. $5.25 & up. NOW STARTING AS LOW AS 99c (sorry, no guarantee at these prices) 1 gal. VA-T reg. $6.95 NOW $4.95 1 gal. 4' reg. $9.95 NOW $5.49 ' (not all varieties available in all sizes and forms) King Swamp Wray. "The band's sound reflects a fascination with all that sort of voodoo and mysticism ... but there's a lot of funk to it," he said. After hiring the Sheffield, England, resident to front King Swamp, the group padded out its lineup with another Shriekback member, drummer Martyn Barker and World Party guitarist Dominic Miller. The group's album contains the mystic nuances Wray speaks of, coupling those vibrations with literary allusions to complete the King Swamp mix. PAPERWHIT NARCISSUS Beautitul & fragrant! Easily xr7 TREES Shade & Flowering Buy balled & burlapped & SAVE on these varieties: Arizona Ash Honey Locust, Cottonless Cottonwood Silver Maple i6 Flowering Pear Sycamore., Fruitless Mulberry 8' to 1 8' tall, 1 yrW caliper, reg. $60 to $2081 NOW BUY i & GET 2ND PRICE (2nd tree must be equal or lesser value) " v or Buy just 1 and save 20! "J i i i : 'f iorcea tnio Dioom inaoors: reg. m ea. r NOW JUST 10JS4.49. See No Evil's Salmon Has Voice That Packs Wallop inn 49 ;ato o 1 , u,.. includes 6 mo. guarantee in the Albq. area! (not all varieties available in all sizes) ' PERENNIALS For beautiful color year after year! Many to choose from! Most varieties i "We're not following the American radio' thing or British trends," said Wray. "It's a marriage of funk and blues and heavy guitar and my sort of rock and blues sound." The band's sound, he added, is uncompromising. "Rather than being a retrogressive band, what we're trying to do is take the influence of the roots and present it in such a way that it's relevant to today's audience." The approach, though drawing comparisons to The Doors and Creedence Clearwater Revival, is double edged. An off-the-beaten-path sound is not likely to receive much radio air time, Wray admitted. He derides most of the current radio programming and categorized it as repressive. With the exception of the breakthrough of Los Angeles rockers Guns and Roses, it often inhibits new artists who don't prescribe to popular radio's rules, he said. However, King Swamp has been well-received in the states, particularly so in the West, in part because of some air play it is getting. That and a warm embrace from the press have resulted in a concert audience response that he jokingly termed "mayhem." "They (the concert audience) know the words better than we do," he said laughing, "even the oohs and aahs parts." Two songs, "Is This Love?" and "Blown Away" that are receiving radio play, embody the literary influences that pulse through many King Swamp tunes. Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness," the Bible and Russell Hoban's "Riddley Walker" are given a tip of the hat with a nod to William Faulkner and Walt Whitman. The lyrical phrasing and punctuating team with often allegorical rock-n-blues tunes enshrouded in veils of both apocalypse and hope. 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After playing in the bar and club scene in Boulder ' j-i' -- TV, y . . - m 3x m WINTER HOURS Mm. - Sat 8:30-Spm Sundav MONTANO mm 1 Mfc. -li M Mo fec'iofai Of NurW:iRfer' 320 Osuna 345-8448 at Edith in rtie North Valley p NMANI mmt itf0)t, ''MMnrwiM, i r null rji Miafcaiif mWfrTitwfeatai- K M and Denver, the trio moved to Austin, Texas, to continue their musical ventures. A year later, the two plus keyboard player Kol Marshall headed to New York City and a chance meeting with destiny. While members of the group were playing at the mecca of East Coast clubs, CBGB, Richard Robinson saw them. Robinson was instrumental in signing music biggies such as Lou Reed and the Flaming Groovies to record deals. At the time Robinson was also establishing his own music label. Soon thereaf- Robin Salmon ter the band was signed to Robinson Records, a division of CBS Records Inc. The group has been dubbed with a variety of monikers including "roughed-up art rock" and "modern rockers." 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