ALEX GAVAGHAN – BINMAN OF LOVE (Halfpenny Records) Out 9th June 2014
Recorded with long time studio collaborator Keith Thompson, Binman of Love is The Cubical lead guitarist Alex Gavaghan’s debut solo effort. In contrast to the telecaster blues mayhem of aforementioned, the songs held herein are on the whole gentler in essence and hark back to the dreamy balladry of Dion, Shannon, Hyland and co. That said, the album gets off to a flyer with the tongue in cheek country assault of Ice Cream Man and the Merseybeat harmony infused twang of The Miller, and is bookended with the fuzzed up garage pop of Hi-Vis Kid. Although admittedly featuring “the odd song about fit birds”, a lyrical eccentricity cuts through the record; there can’t be too many albums around with songs about drug dealing ice cream men, hi-vis jacket wearing kids, Dirk Kuyt, dams, and, erm, the self-pluralisation of fish species. With only one track significantly passing the 3 minute mark (the glorious Velvets-esque Gone With The Morning Sun), brevity is the order of the day with the whole lot coming in at just over half an hour. If you dig the well-crafted pop of the 50s and 60s and like your tunes with a healthy dose of reverb, there ain’t much to dislike here.
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released June 9, 2014
Produced by Keith Thompson
Album photo by Mathilde Veyrunes (www.mathildeveyrunes.fr
Cover by Wesley Storey (www.wesleystorey.com
Drums on Ice Cream Man, The Miller, Binman of Love & Hi-Vis Kid - Mark Percy
Everything else - Alex Gavaghan