As an Oasis fan I always wondered why Bonehead left when he did. I still don’t know the answer to that one, was pleased to find Bonehead and his new(ish) collaboration Phoneys & The Freaks – featuring Alex Lipinski – supporting Modern Faces at a rather fantastic gig I attended in Dunfermline back in March. On the night I was suitably impressed with both the material and Alex’s voice, and whilst I did not know the tunes (other than the fantastic Oasis cover ‘Fade In/Out’) I enjoyed what I heard. Needless to say, I have been somewhat looking forward to this EP since and was delighted when it arrived through my mail-box.
Released on Cherry Red Records, opening track ‘Set The Night On Fire’ sets the tone for this 4-track EP with Lipinski’s vocal at times reminiscent of Richard Ashcroft. Lyrically the song connects instantly and within a couple of listens I was singing along. For me, ‘Set The Night On Fire’ starts out almost mystical and builds into a hypnotic chant that left me significantly pumped-up by the end. Thankfully, ‘Writing On The Wall’ calms me down a little as Alex appears to sing about a somewhat doomed relationship. Again, the song builds throughout and really kicks-in towards the end, with the guitar and vocals sounding immense.
Title track ‘Phoneys & The Freaks’ is such a great song title that this collaboration adopted it as their name, and this stripped back haunting version really showcases Lipinski at his best. The final track ‘All For You (Soon Come The Morning)’ highlights the range of Lipinski’s vocal and has a familiarity about it that I can not quite pin-point… As an EP, the four tracks do well to capture the attention of the listener and provide a potential insight of what may come with the release of an album in the future. With tracks like these, I believe we will be hearing a lot more of Phoneys & The Freaks, and look forward to catching them again live in the near future.
Phoneys & The Freaks EP is out now on Cherry Red Records.