Glen Strachan is a raging belljester, currently working on long-term project The Love Rivals, 36 character portraits celebrating the individual.
Solo project The Love Rival Collection is an ongoing story unfolding across various cities and timezones. It consists conceptually of 36 character portraits of people who, at first glance, appear to be 'wired differently' from the rest of us, and follows some of their stories as they interact or fade out from the consciousness of the writer & narrator.
The collection is being presented in 8 instalments, beginning with 8 Love Rivals released in 2009. The third album in the series, 6 Love Rivals, is scheduled for release on the 1st April 2018.
Ultimately the work is unfolding as a self-portrait, as told through a glimpse into the lives of myriad others.
Abstract, arty, and emotive in equal measure, 8 Love Rivals also manages to be melody-rich and lyrically intriguing at all times.
Steve Rudd, This Is Ull
Some of Leonard Cohen's poetic introspection and folksiness in the lyrics, a bit of wry darkness, enough catchy poppiness to be accessible - all is amalgamated into something quite new.
A Future In Noise
He can cut through the artistic fluff but he is also pure Art itself. In another life, on another island he would be a pictorial Dora Maar, a split personality that both weeps and dazzles through its intense colour.
Alban Low (artist)
Always striving for something new, the quirky semi-legend, either solo or with his ever revamping band Jeeps, has mastered the art of songwriting.
Get West London
Jeeps is a London-based indie band that formed in 2011 in Berlin. Jeeps' unique sound combines improbable songwriting with post-punk energy, adorned with polished, complex harmonies & ethereal dream pop elements burnt up in fuzz.
Jeeps put together ambitious and financially hopeless DIY tours in the UK and the rest of the world, playing everywhere from little mountain villages in northern Italy to punk basements in Berlin to Webster Hall in New York, rehearsing on trains and sleeping in cars.
Jeeps' debut album Muster Point was released on Straw Port Records in early 2016.
Eclectic London-based folk group with elements of post-punk sounds and complex compositions.
Avante-garde. Experimental. Whatever it is, Jeeps' take on Alt-Rock is ingenious.
They are the fence to scratch an irritated hide against and the branch that wears against its kin, perhaps the self harm of Nature itself..
Art of Jazz
They've taken traditional pop music back from the saccharine precipice of vacuous nonsense and reinstalled quirks, grime and reason into the program.
Hughie Dixon, Hayes FM
With roots in Berlin & Stockholm, Jeeps unique sound combines traditional folk song writing with post-punk energy, adorned with polished, complex harmonies & ethereal dream pop elements.
After the break up of The Bed, work immediately began on a new musical project titled England & The April, who played their first show at the Dublin Castle, Camden Town, in April 2005. The line-up was Glen Strachan (Vocals, Guitar), Jae Kerwood (Drums, Vocals) and Rachel Thomas (Bass, Vocals). Working with two classically trained musicians led the band to explore harmony-rich, textured, elaborate song structures and interest in the band grew slowly until Jae quit the band as a drummer in 2007. He stayed on as a keyboard player, adding his harmony vocals, and Omar from The Bed returned to fill in on drums. Three albums were released in the short time the band remained together, Safety In Cucumbers (2005), The Ghostcone Trilogy (2006) and Sticking Up For Pluto (2007).
England & The April take pop, punk, psychedelia and folk sounds, then compact them into dreamily haunting harmonies. Fused into the gems are elements of Velvet Underground, Fairport Convention and acoustic Stone Roses. Live performances are rare, as the band are obsessed with polishing each song until it sparkles.
From hard-cracked rock compulsion to jazzy romps and trickles, from breeziness to thunderstorms, from country and western playfulness to light tumbles with ringing high-hats. The bass wanders through the calm moments with warm purring sounds, and pumps big hooks through the rock and grunge episodes.
The Bed formed in 1999, with Chris Gordon playing bass, and a Sony Playstation running Music (software) as a drum machine. This line-up played a debut show at the Acoustic Cafe in Soho, hoisting a small television set onto the drummers stool from which to view operation of the drum tracks. Omar Mansur was in attendance, and after an impromptu band meeting in WHSmith the band decided to play the next show as a 3-piece, with Omar behind the kit. The Bed recorded a lot of independent demos which received a mixture of reviews in the underground media, before finally releasing debut single Soma Riot Wave Machine in 2003, confusing the industry and fans alike with its bare bones, stripped down punk production and stark songwriting. The single sold only a few hundred copies and the band broke up shortly afterwards, in the summer of 2004, having played shows with The Futureheads, Scouting For Girls, Special Needs, The Boxer Rebellion, Miss Black America, and many other successful acts of the time. Managed by Robert Pereno, (The Promoter), The Bed regularly appeared on TV station Where It's At, and toured extensively throughout the UK. Demo recordings by The Bed, released posthumously, met with higher regard than the ill-fated Soma Riot Wave Machine.
Raw energy collides with melodic, emotive songwriting.
The Bed wrap up warm with a dose of Morrissey and Nirvana and produce a fine grungey, rockin' sound.
Kings Head Promotions
Very worthy and all that, but not pretty-sounding.
They can be delicate, they can be angry, they can be thrilling, they can be messy, they're well worth your time.
Organart / Org Records
Honestly they have all the makings of a great cult band, and cult status doesn't mean commercial success, which means disposable at the moment..
Anonymous Industry Mogul