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Rossella Scarlet

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Rossella Scarlet & the Cold Cold Hearts – The Day Will Come

Rossella Scarlet

El Toro Records ET-15.128 [2019]
You Were So Blind – A Painting On the Wall – The Day Will Come – Wondering

Rossella Scarlet comes from Italy and is now living in London. She just released her debut ep on El Toro backed by the Cold Cold Hearts (I suspect the young lady to be a Hank Williams fan.) This terrific musical aggregation consists of Graham Murphy (Jump Cat Jump, Frantix) on guitar, Phil Morgan (Lynette Morgan & The Blackwater Valley Boys, Doel Brothers) on steel guitar, and Emma Goss (Sara Vista, Something Shocking) on double bass.
If you like classic country music straight from the late 40s/ early ’50s look no further, this ep is for you. Three songs are from the pen of Miss Scarlett, and Frankie Riedel wrote the fourth one (Wondering). So not only we have a pretty good singer with a vibrant voice but also a solid songwriter.
“You Were so Blind” is a superb hillbilly that has nothing to envy to Wayne Hancock. “A Painting on the Wall” is a soulful ballad with a haunting steel guitar. Though good, it could easily be one minute shorter to be more efficient.
B-side kicks off with “The Day Will Come,” another tune strongly-led by the double bass. Supported by a delicate guitar picking, “Wondering,” a duet with Phil Morgan, closes the set in beauty.



Something Shocking

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Something Shocking
Something Shocking

Something Shocking

Something Shocking were a psychobilly band with a strong pop edge formed in the late 80’s. They first started with Doug Sheperd on guitar, Vannessa Pipe on bass and vocals and a drummer named Pete going under the names of Biffa & the Bacons and Mission Impossible, before they were joined by Emma Goss who was a far better bassist than Vannessa.
Then after one year, Doug left, officially to join the Rattlers (where he was playing before) but also due to personnal reasons. His replacement was Mike Pannell who previously played with Demented Are Go.
The band supported many psychobilly bands like Guana Batz, Klingonz, Restless and also played the Big Rumble twice They finally recorded an album for Dell Richardson’s Fury records (made in two days) that reflects the various influences of the bands (from psychobilly to pop stuff like Deacon Blue and 60’s girl bands). They parted ways three months after the release of the album. They could have had a higher degree of success: the song were good and they were different and originals compared to many other bands.
Goss remained very active and played with the Griswald and she can be found playing with The Unknowns, Razzle Dazzle (Bill Haley tribute band), Oo-Bop-Sh-Bam, Johnny Gunner…

Discography

Album
1991 – Pink LP (Fury) /CD (Vampirette)
Compilations
1989 or 1990 – Something To Remember (Fury)

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