Don’t Mind If I Do
ALBUM – OUT NOW!
Deep in the bowels of mid-nineties Camden came the legendary and only slightly forgotten indie-Moog pop crossover of Big Slice who despite being saddled with a ludicrous moniker for a band attempted to bridge the gap between US alt-rock and UK indie-pop.
Brothers Andy & Dave Macleod had previously played in the Pointy Birds under the management of a pre-fame Ricky Gervais. They recorded some demos and shared the stage (or a flyer) with the likes of PJ Harvey, Verve, Tindersticks and Echobelly, but sadly the fickle finger of fame stubbornly refused to point in their direction.
Undeterred, the brothers hunkered down in Camden writing more songs and were joined by French drummer Guillaume Boisselet, guitarist Sean Phillips and Phil ‘Albino Priest’ on Moog keyboard. The intrepid five-piece then rocked the London live circuit during the height of Britpop until Sean and Phil’s side-project Lo-Fidelity Allstars took off with NME covers and US tours, leaving ‘the Slice’ no option but to call it a day before their time.
Now 25 years later, as part of a lockdown project, the Macleod brothers unearthed their old demoes and decided that some of them were quite good. And with the help of singer/songwriter/producer Chris Hornsby, the best recordings were edited, remastered and now to coincide with the 25th anniversary of Brit-pop, which they played a small part, these long lost classics are at last seeing the light of day with an album release on Label Fandango.
The 35 minute/12 song album Don’t Mind If I Do ranges from the bittersweet ‘Ropes’ and ‘The More You Do’ to the infectious melodies of ‘Something New’ to the faster Britpop sounds of ‘Sinking’, ‘Wooden Head’ and ‘You Seem Different’.
The release also coincides with the launch of Anoint My Head – How I Failed to Make it as a Britpop Indie-Rockstar, a memoir written by Big Slice singer/songwriter Andy Macleod.
Come for the tunes, stay for the lyrics, wonder what could have been; and tell your friends about the best-undiscovered band of the nineties.
Don’t mind if I do.