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For those who find joy in the bubblegum, the psychedelic and the throwback, Fruits de Mer will be a household name, as might Sidewalk Society, an old-skool group with hints of Southern rock, Grateful Dead exuberance and a solid guitar-to-piano ratio. Their songs are semi-shambolic and super nostalgic for a time when the '60s was actually the furthest into existence earth had got. Strange Roads is for fans of chunky rock songs with crooning harmonies and a whole lotta respect for anything from Sgt. Peppers to CCR.

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Strange Roads by Sidewalk Society
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8/10 Clinton Staff review, 13 July 2017

Someone please alert Phil Collins  -  American psych rockers Sidewalk Society have covered his favourite group the Action’s ‘Rolled Gold’ in it’s entirety. ‘Rolled Gold’ was demo material recorded by the group in 1967 but only properly released in 1985. Now Sidewalk Society have recorded the album properly showcasing exactly what Collins has been on about all this time. 

The songs are strident and confident examples of 60s psych pop that sits somewhere between the whimsy of David Bowie and the raw rock power of the Who whilst tracks like ’Something To Say’ aren’t far away from the glam tinged stomp of early Big Star. The band expertly re-create these songs with a series of blistering performance highlighted by some seriously Keith Moon styled drumming. Although this is quite a rocky sound there are moments where you can see why George Martin was so enamoured with the band. ’Things You Cannot See’ almost pre-empts the ambitious post Beatles bluster of Wings and Badfinger with stacked harmonies galore and ‘Brain’ sounds like some kind of Paul McCartney rocker with some great jangling guitars to the fore. 

Sidewalk Society expertly recreate these stellar songs and inject new life into some of the less known moments of the late 60s psychedelic era.  


'Strange Roads' The Songs of 'Rolled Gold' - Sidewalk Society play The Action - YouTube



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