You may be aware that not only has Avalanche Records in Edinburgh avoided closing, but that they are putting on gigs. A couple of weeks ago I went there to see Randolph’s Leap and Admiral Fallow, and very good it was too.
On Friday night, Olympic Swimmers and Admiral Fallow played. I wasn’t there – I was at Fat Goth’s album launch, review to come -but friends were, and I was directed to this from the gig. It’s the bands covering ‘Lovesong’ by The Cure, originally on Disintegration, their best album, and my favourite album of the last twenty-five years.
Admiral Fallow used to be known as the Brother Louis Collective. Whether or not they changed their name because they reminded people of dodgy 80s German rock band Modern Talking, we may never know. In fact it’s prabably far more likely to do with the fact that they are gathered around the songwriting genius of Louis Abbott.
The band also features Kevin Brolly (Clarinet, Piano, Drum), Philip Hague (Drums), Sarah Hayes (Piano, Flute, Singing), Joseph Rattray (Upright Bass), and Tom Stearn (Guitars, Singing).
I have to confess I’d been familiar with the name, but not so much the music until I heard this track on Vic Galloway’s show the other day, taken from their album Boots Met My Face