Indie God Luke Haines latest offering has been dubbed a micro-opera. Adventures In Dementia finds the former Auteurs, Baader Meinhof and Black Box Recorder frontman, together with artist, Scott King spin such bonkers tales as a Mark E. Smith impersonator's caravan holiday being spoiled by Ian Stuart, frontman of the nasty neo-nazi punk band Skrewdriver.
Available on 10” gatefold vinyl, limited to 500 copies worldwide and CD.
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Here he is. Self-made English “eccentric” Luke Haines is back with another EP of comedy pop. There’s something so knowing about this brand of eccentricity - from calling a song “I’m A Friendly Lion Called Parsley” to the madcap coughing fit at the end of “Caravan Man”. He wouldn’t get away with it if the tunes didn’t show such laconic charm. This is part of a micro-opera called “Adventures in Dementia” about a Mark E Smith impersonator having a run in with the singer from Skrewdriver. Certainly this could explain the Fall-ish Opener “Caravan Man” - a smart lo-fi rockabilly romp contrasting with “Lion” an altogether far too brief piece of sweetly melodic 70’s TV Theme tune fun....and on it goes...overleaf there’s a version of “Jerusalem” played partly on kazoo.
Madcap stuff throughout that ensures Haines remains in his locked-in kidult stasis.. Can’t hear any audible Skrewdriver influence though.
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