Review: Dodson And Fogg – Dodson And Fogg
Published on October 31st, 2012 | Jonny Abrams
Chris Wade has released an audiobook narrated by Rik Mayall, another with Charlie Chuck, has written a book for former Stranglers front man Hugh Cornwell, is currently writing one about Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention, runs the online magazine Hound Dawg, and is still only in his twenties.
We lifted that opening paragraph word-for-word from our recent interview with him, but it bears repeating. Wade’s latest project is a psychedelic folk album featuring Nik Turner of Hawkwind, Celia Humprhis of Trees (who also talked to us about the project) and Judy Dyble of Fairport Convention; furthermore – and get this – it is also very good, a spellbinding collection of ornately decorated acoustic strums with airy harmonies twixt Wade and Huphris, and alluringly White Album-y chord progressions.
“Here comes the man with his own pair of hands / And a watch given to him by his old man” kicks the album off lyrically on opener “All Day Long”, and wittingly or otherwise it makes for a pretty nifty analogy for the way in which Wade plies his own bang-up songwriting with the respective talents of those aforementioned luminaries. Basically, if someone told you this was a long-lost yet highly influential record from the early ’70s a la those of the likes of Trees, Mark Fry and Bill Fay, you’d believe it and eulogise it.
There are plenty of highlights – the proggy, flute-assisted post-chorus of the mystical “Just You and Me” (Wade plays the flute on this one himself), the unexpected electric soloing all over “Nothing At All”, the blissfully dissonant accordion and moondrop acoustic lead of “The Slime”, Wade’s lovely, controlled vocals on every track – but we’ll let you discover the lion’s share of them for yourself.
Tune in next year, when Chris Wade tries his hand at professional bobsleighing and absolutely nails it.
Rocksucker says: Four Quails out of Five!
Dodson And Fogg’s eponymous debut album will be released on 1st November. For more information, please visit wisdomtwinsbooks.weebly.com/dodson-and-fogg.html , www.facebook.com/pages/Dodson-And-Fogg/282552805161916 and twitter.com/dodsonandfogg