Brent Thorley - Vocals, Guitars, Organ
Ian Pakes - Tablas, Finger cymbals, Maracas, Triangle, Mellotron, Taishogoto, Backing Vocals, Tin Whistle
"The Lancashire Hustlers are a talented recording duo that release occasional records that fall on few ears, yet utterly blow away all who hear them. 'Mindcrawl is a gentle psychedelic ditty that comes across like a Graham Gouldman 10cc number cast in the dying embers of '60s Californian sunshine - an amalgam of south eastern Asian and Indian esoteric instrumentation, Harrison-esque slide guitar and a pleading stoned vocal. You could be easily suckered into thinking it's an obscure lost gem.
'The Song Of P Fernandez' projects the Stones' 'Sing This All Together' through a far more folky filter with the most pleasing use of a tin whistle you'll hear this year. Stupendous, as always."
Jon 'Mojo' Mills, Shindig! Magazine
"Only played it twice and I’m smitten to bits. Seriously, where do I begin with this? Just the right side of fried, we did at one point wonder whether we’d been sent a misspress, surely not the Lancashire Hustlers. Never ones for the obvious, Thorley and Pakes skewer the psychedelic parameters with this magical mischief making meditative mushroom, crooked and woozy, helped with a degree of playful ingenuity, the duo wilfully tear up the rule book and wander down the rabbit hole with their forthcoming ‘mindcrawl’ leading the parade. A slow burner, in fact strike that, instead read, an oddly wonky sore thumb smokily stoned amid a mystical musical mirage of Tablas, Mellotrons, finger cymbals and Taishogoto (a Japanese stringed harp replete with typewriter keys – don’t ask), all very trippy, out there and acutely off centred, its looping grooves and sense of not being quite on the same page as everyone else, somewhat forging a loose kinship with that recent Garcia Peoples current cut ‘one step behind’. But then, at the 49 second mark, as though someone has retuned the dials of an old transistor radio, something truly wonderful emerges and out of the haze the delicate dusting of a honeyed soulful early 70’s MOR pop pristine blossoms with an effervescent radiance swirling all in Harrison-esque riffs and a wonderful feel good woozy, even if it does impishly stray closely into the coda of Robertson’s ‘kool in the kaftan’. Over on the flip, a familiar Lancashire Hustlers footing can be found courtesy of ‘The Song of P. Fernandez’, an ode to Brent’s pet cat all lazily weaved and distractively charmed in an affectionate 60’s psych folk fashioning that in truth had us recalling the Zombies at their most mercurial."
I'd recommend getting the full set of singles by Mohawkestra. Every track is killer. Paint it black breathes new life into what we all know is one of the Stone's best. Outrageously funky playing, and super, super in the pocket.
I was curious about the name of group. Wondered whether it was from a shared love of Alan Hawkshaw and Sun Ra? Jesse Brown