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Homeground

by Mr Love & Justice

The Swindon-ness of XTC, the folky-ness of the folky bits of The White Album. The vocal harmonies of the Beach Boys (if they'd tried surfing at Weston-Super-Mare). English, small town, acoustic folk guitars, pop sensibilities. Choose to chew.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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1. Welcome To Our Garden
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2. Ideal Meal
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3. Wheatsheaf
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4. Wish-Hound
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5. Ten Bottles
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6. The Road
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7. Homeground
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8. The Answer
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9. Tumbleweed
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10. Window Shopping
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11. Watching Water
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12. Hide & Seek
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
They say you should never go shopping when you're hungry - you'll make impulse buys you wouldn't have made on a full stomach...Russian peasant bread with a houmous and pak choy garlic dip anyone? "Hmmm...think I'll try some", and how about some of those cranberry and balsamic vinegar flavoured vegetable chips? "er...maybe next time". Mistake. OK, you may be full to the gills or you may be as hungry as a horse but why deny yourself the illicit pleasure of being the first to discover something new, something billboard, TV, cinema, newspapers, magazines, the music industry didn't market and package for the masses like so many TV dinners for the lost and lonely. Be an individual. Take a risk. Don't follow the wind or swim with the blue tide. Take a bite of something more random, more wholesome, and who knows it may be to your taste. Hear at Vanity Records we use only the freshest, organic ingredients sourced locally. You're hungry for intelligent pop? We've got a banquet for you to feast on. We call it MR LOVE & JUSTICE. We call it HOMEGROUND. 12 original compositions, the album is a predominantly acoustic set of melodic and multi-layered songs mainly from the pen of guitarist and lead vocalist Steve Cox. The style has elements of folk but sits firmly in the classic English pop/rock tradition of crafted 60s style song writing. You'll hear influences from The Beatles, Beach Boys, Paul Weller, Billy Bragg, Elvis Costello and fellow Swindonians XTC. Thoughtful lyrics, political, personal and passionate. Crisp and clean guitars, vocal harmonies and some memorable melodies combine to deliver a pop gem. If you like intelligent lyrics that engage with the here, the now, all our yesterdays and days to come you need this album. If your thing is mature, crafted songwriting, beautiful melodies, the natural and honest sound of acoustic guitars backing heartfelt singing, vocal harmonies and honest passion make these songs a part of your life - a part of your homeground.

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Pete Goldsworthy

Wonderful acoustic pop mixing XTC and The Beatles with some folky touches.
A superb offering from Swindon's best band since XTC. The album reflects their surroundings: gritty urban lyricism surrounded by rolling pastoral tunes.
The opening tracks, Welcome To Our Garden and Ideal Meal, sum up the overall feel of the album; great pop tunes with lyrics drifting between disillusionment and hope. Wheatsheaf introduces the folky feel to the procedings and is followed by Wish Hound, a track that wouldn't be out of place on XTC's English Settlement. Towards the end of the album, Tumbleweed is a drifting, rambling instrumental that relaxes the listener before Window Shopping brings you back down to Earth with a bump.
If you're wondering about this album, buy it now, your curiosity will be well rewarded.
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Grant Meaby

Essentially English, West Country acoustic brilliance
Homeground is just about the finest example of English acoustic rock available anywhere today.
12 brilliantly crafted quirky, lyrical, haunting harmonies that reflect the bands own Homeground, Swindon. Comparisons to Swindons other finest, XTC are inevitable but don't be mislead, other influences abound, Beatles, Pink Floyd, Bragg, a real eclectic mix resulting in something unique and refreshing and often moving.
Welcome to our Garden and Wheatsheaf set the scene early on while Watching Water and Hide & Seek made the hair on the back of my neck tingle and induced tremendous feelings of nostalgia for the old West Country from which I myself hail.
If you thought acoustic guitars can't rock then think again.
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Pete Johnson

It's not Billy, but its the next best thing. Recommended
If Acoustic Guitars are your thing, you’re fed up with the Crows failure to release anything new and now that Billy Pilgrim's 'In the Time Machine' is permanently out of stock, you could do a lot worse than invest $10 and 45 minutes listening to Homeground.

Homeground presents 12 competently arranged tunes, all with their own appeal and all finding that fine middle ground between the raw acoustic and the over-orchestrated.

From the upbeat complexity of Ideal Meal through the wonderfully rambling Tumbleweed, to the simplicity of Wheatsheaf and my personal favourite, Watching Water, Homeground is mature, educated and enjoyable.

With a raw edge that reminds of the Finn Brothers before they sold out, Homeground has that ‘hand made in the country’ feel that brings the best out of the acoustic sound.

It's not Billy, but its the next best thing. Recommended.
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