THE SAW DOCTORS
The Saw Doctors are an Irish rock band from the early 90s, they are big in their home country with a string of hit songs. Even three number ones ("About You Now", "Hay Wrap", and "I Useta Lover").
Their latest release is called The Further Adventures of The Saw Doctors, which saw a release date in September of 2010, but as of this writing, there doesn't look like there will be a US release date. I am assuming the album will be release sometime in August, when they set to tour the US briefly.
I did download a review copy of the album, it's rock-pop, not too heavy on the Irish accents as I was expecting, but singer and guitarist Leo Mora does have a weird way of saying 'star' to rhyme with 'are' from "Someone Loves You".
Their upcoming single, "Be Yourself" (out July 8th, just in time for Oxegen Festival) isn't one of my favorite tracks, because I thought the chorus sounds cliche ("You've got to be yourself, you can't be anyone else"). Instead, I suggest you check out their "back to rock and roll" song "Hazard" or, my personal favorite, "Goodbye Again". The latter is a surprisingly strong beefy track that ends the album, it's good to close out the album on a strong note like this, leaving us wanting more. I hope they close out their live shows with this song.
Trivia: I found this amusing, but in 1993, their accordion player, Tony Lambert, won about a million dollars from the Irish National Lottery. He, not surprisingly, left the band and retired in County Galway.
Who could forget Spin Doctors, best known for their big hit, "Two Princes" (some people may even call this the worst song in the world). Still, before you can put them in that "one-hit wonder" club, they came back with another hit, "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong". Both of these songs are from their 1991 debut album, Pocket Full of Kryptonite. And guess what? The album is getting a full deluxe treatment with a double-disc, 20th Anniversary this coming August 30th, courtesy of Legacy Recordings.
With over five million sold, chances are, you probably own the original album, but with the album digitally remastered with extra bonus tracks/rarities/b-sides/demos at a very attractive price ($12), you'll probably buy it again. Relive the funky feel-good 90s, just go ahead, now.
Pocket Full Of Kryptonite: 20th Anniversary Edition will be out at the end of August, in the meantime, they are doing a promotional tour*.
07/29/11 - Paso Robles, CA | California MId-State Fair
07/30/11 - Salem, OR | The Bite and Brew of Salem
08/05/11 - Sheboygan, WI | Sheboygan Brat Days
08/13/11 - Kailua-Kona, HI | Royal Kona Resort
08/20/11 - Laahaina, HI | Royal Lahaina Resort
08/23/11 - Mashantucket, CT | Foxwoods Resort & Casino
08/25/11 - Orlando, Florida | Hard Rock Hotel
* New dates are always being announced, so check with spindoctors.com for the latest updates. Cover artwork shown is not finalized cover.
To help you keep on the up and up, in case you were wondering what the band members have been up to:
Singer Chris Barron last last released Songs From The Summer Of Sangria in 2010. He was in Iraq recently.
Guitarist Eric Schenkman is in another band called Open Hearts Society, and they released Love In Time, last March 2011.
Drummer Aaron Comess just released Beautiful Mistake, out last week, June 30th, 2011.
Don't have any information on bassist Mark White. He released some demos from 2000, available on his iDisk.
Bush Doctors are two producers, Jem Panufnik and Rennie Pilgrem. Their sound is described as 70s funk, "and beyond". It's obvious that they love 50s Sci-Fi and pulp comic from their cheesy posters.
Their new single, "There's a Ghost in My House", was released over Independence Day, July 4th. You can download "Pimpsouls'" (Get Scarey With Me Edit) mix for free at soundcloud.com.
Full track listing:
2 – Bush Doctors’ “Bump in the Night” Mix
3 – Bush Doctors’ “Bump in the Dub” Mix
4 – Pimpsoul – Get Scary With Me Edit
Also, just quickly, but electro-pop duo, La Chansons, previews their song, "Dr and Nurse" from their new album, At The Chateau, via Soundcloud.com
The note I got lists that this is their second album on Atlanta's Stickfigure Records, and that you can stream the entire album at stickfigurerecordings.com. You can also grab a bonus song, "Jerrica" there, as well as more details about the new album: