Bowes & Morley
- Mo's Barbecue
Imported from Italy
Destined to be of the freshest new records this year, Bowes & Morley's
second album "Mo's Barbeque" ushers in an early taste of summer
when it arrived.
An 11 song collection of sublime, soulful hooks, pure-pop melodies and
the occasional outburst of classic 70's retro rock, "Mo's Barbeque"
could only have been created by a singer and guitarist that intuitively
understand each other's artistic strengths and appreciate all that's good
about popular music.
Incredibly, Danny Bowes and Luke Morley first met at Haberdashers' Askes
School in South London's New Cross in 1975 and they have worked together
ever since. Almost from the start it was plain that Bowes had a voice
to die for and Morley (as well as playing a mean guitar), was already
well-versed in the ways of songwriting. The gifts of both have flourished
over the past quarter of a century and "Mo's Barbeque" might
just be the best album they've made to date (with the possible exception
of their debut, 2002's "Moving Swiftly Along" of course). Without
a doubt, it's their most diverse and radio-friendly release ever.
The seeds of the Bowes & Morley project were sown in 2000, when their
other band Thunder decided to take a well earned rest after 10 years of
solid touring. Japanese labels approached Danny Bowes, suggesting that
it was time for him to make a solo album. Unbeknown to them, since 1996
Danny had been legally bound to make a record for the EMI UK. Fortunately
EMI UK agreed to free Danny and he mentioned this opportunity to Luke.
The result was that Morley (who'd already tested the post-Thunder waters
with his own solo album, 'El Gringo Loco') threw his own hat into the
ring, offering to write the songs and produce, but that felt wrong to
Danny, so rather than a solo album, Bowes & Morley was born...
Luke says: "When writing for Bowes & Morley, all restraints
and parameters fall away, I write without any preconceived ideas. For
my own album I was writing for a vocalist of limited talent, but with
the Bowes & Morley albums I'm able to incorporate all the soul influences
that we'd both grown up with, as well as the rock ones." "It's
very, very important for us to be able to wear our influences on our sleeves",
A touring line-up exists, comprising mostly of those who played on the
records, but has changed twice already, B&M say this keeps the band
flexible and fresh each time they tour. UK and Japanese shows for the
first album ("Moving Swiftly Along") were extremely successful
in 2002, and more beckon.
Price - $17.00