Saturday, 19 August 2017

Single: Joey Gavin - Rolf Harris Is A Paedophile

Joey Gavin - Run Rolf Single

Joey Gavin - Rolf Harris Is A Paedophile

Info: "Run/Rolf" is the latest single from Irish experimental rock artist Joey Gavin, a two track 7" which sees a release on Irish DIY label Little L Records. Joey Gavin's established himself as a local favourite in the Dublin scene, as a member of noise-pop band THUMPER and also as a solo artist, playing with home-town staples such as Otherkin, Cathy Davey and Paddy Hanna.

"Rolf Harris Is A Paedophile" is a cutting diatribe, musing on Rolf Harris' murky actions and the disillusionment which comes with an influential figure's fall from grace. Musically, Gavin blends influences everywhere from King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard to Nick Drake - creating an acid-drenched psych-pop number to lose faith in society to. The music video paper mache critique of the man himself, appearing in marionette form. 

With it's Strokesian intro, Joey Gavin's new single 'Rolf Harris Is A Paedophile' quickly settles into a bedrock of mid to late 1960's psychedelic rock, we're thinking The Electric Prunes' I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night) and Love's Forever Changes. One thing you find with Gavin's vocal is that it seems like a morphology of so many different artists from the past, he has a dexterity that can be enjoyed with ease, best experienced in a live setting.

Thematically the track questions why did it take until recently for accusations to emerge, with the video satirising the celebration of an individual who moved in the highest circles, and ultimately, has gone on to continue life with minimal repercussions as we see in the video's closing sequence. Gavin also draws parallels between the individual and the many, and closer to home; "800 baby skeletons in a septic cell, the Magdelene Sisters, got nothing on that Hell, who's thinking of the children, who could they have been?" It's a wonderful single in every sense, and comes from an artist you sense can impulsively switch between contemplative subject matter and more forthright musings, darkness and light, and back again, without a second thought.

'Rolf Harris' is released as part of a double A-Side with 'Run', which you can buy here with a limited edition run on vinyl via Little L Records

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