Title - 'Nowhere' (Riverside)
Artist - Chicken Legs Weaver
To the best of my knowledge - as this wonderful CD was indeed just sent to us from the UK - Chicken Legs Weaver's album Nowhere was actually released mid-way through 2003. Although, as everything about the CD we have here is stamped as 2006, me thinks that it has had a rebirth of sorts, perhaps. Recorded in New York and produced by outsider hero Johnny Dowd, Nowhere is (according to a friend of mine from said country) a rather fine under-the-radar piece of work. Simply put, the band are raw, searing and ear-friendly. They are reminiscent of a time when their music was hard to sell, when getting known was painstaking, when charisma and dignity meant nothing in the business. I suppose - if you had to define it as one thing or the other - this would be labeled as the blues. But, that said, it still comes attached with riffs and shreds from both the rock and alternative punk eras also. Vocalist Andy Weaver rasps out his pained lyrics of troubles times and troubles minds with fair abandon; coupled with the fiercely strummed bass of Jane Howden (bass), and the pounding drums of Mik Glaisher (ex-Comsat Angels, drums). Chicken Legs Weaver play music for the disenchanted, for the lost and lonely, for the everyday working Joe searching for a light at the end of the tunnel. Oh yeah, and don't forget to stay focused at the end of the 12th track as soon thereafter you'll find yourself in the land of the hidden wonderment!