Recording wise one could judge “Rabbit & Turtle Take The City” as being some kind of failure – if there wasn’t purpose lurking to actually provoke this judgement. The song is bumping like a mindless Blues over a lo-fi guitar-sound, slowly moving. Like dragging Tom Waits through a distortion box. But it is John Andrews singing & playing, who has been playing guitar with New York’s independent band Botanica for several years.
Loudboy Andrews makes his way through a fucked-up sonic rock landscape, that is augmented by viola and violin and finds Nena, whom he is playing with on (“Hiding”) and ex-Bauhaus singer Peter Murphy (“Pretty Bleak”) on the guestlist. Loudboy shows himself rough and edged, soft and forgiving, straight and malancholic.
Where no herb is growing anymore even the strongest plants have difficulties to raise from their roots to build flowering landscapes. While “Pretty Bleak” could work as a metaphor for coolness it feels in reality of global end times moods as a negative sign. On “Pretty Bleak” Peter Murphy’s voice darkens the depressed attitude of this sluggish song. Andrews has been a studio and live guitarist für Murphy since 2009.
“Underhill” starts off as a soft songwriter ballad garnished by Anne de Wolff’s violin playing. Distorted guitar and voice in “God Love Money” counter checkered the happy sounding “Angelene”, which tells about little gifts by nice sonic plays taking back a little of the toughness of the entire album…..
Good Times magazine
Loudboy, this is John Andrews, long-time guitarist of New York’s
Indie-Rockers Botanica. He recorded his solo-debut with guests like Peter Murphy (Bauhaus) and Nena waggling through Pop, Rock, Folk, Blues and Psychedelia (all that in the right dose), likewise pleasant as a singer & songwriter. The album is retro-inspired but timeless at the same time and pretty damn sorted.
Klenkes, Aachen– CD of the month
John Andrews, guitarist of New York’s Botanica, recorded his debut partly in Aachen’s Pink Noise Studio, co-produced by Ulli Rattay, who released his debut “Loudboy” on his Aachen-based label rent a dog. This shall be enough of local connections and a special bonus isn’t given out anyway. Because Loudboy shines in its own right and is full of stylistic varieties and joy of playing, that one might get afraid to find Loudboy Andrews, who inherited this name from Helmet-Boss Page Hamilton, sitting in between all chairs.
“Rabbit & Turtle Take The City” is a heavy duty Bluesrock song, switching between Tom Waits and Cream. “I Gain A Gain” and “Wonderful” show similar melodic power and ear treat hooklines as the best songs of German band Blackmail. A slowmoving ballad like “Pretty Bleak” is waft around by darkness you expect to have for a duett with ex-Bauhaus singer Peter Murphy.
When the tempo is slowed down – like for ballads as “Underhill”, “Angelene” or “Mysterium” – you might think of the for ever underrated singer/songwriter Robyn Hitchcock (The Soft Boys) and his fusion of folk and psychedelic rock: John Andrews meets him here at eye-level.
Melodie & rhythmus
Usually it’s quite a way from Peter Murphy, the voice of Bauhaus, to Nena. Here it only takes 9 songs. But both of these guest-vocalists do not categorize the musical spectrum of Loudboy – neither Dark Wave nor too many ballons can be found on Botanica’s guitarist John Andrews debut. Instead you’ll get psychedelic distorted guitars, dreamy ballads, a happy return of the WahWah-pedal and a retro mood reminiscent of drug-take-in during the 60ties.
So the album is out, the shows happened and it is time for people to say their opinions:
Rolling Stone magazine, Germany
John Andrews guitarist in Botanica, Nena, and Peter Murphy, takes a plate with large-scale rock music between Wave and Beatles harmony. Dark ballads and vigorously pumping anthems, many guitars, but also good songs: A successful entry into solo work…..
The New Yorkers LOUDBOY started as the personal project of John Andrews who was joined by gifted musicians in order to release their self-titled, debut album. If it isn’t clear from the title of the opening song the LOUDBOY appear to have missed the Summer of Love of ’67 in San Francisco. They seem to have been influenced by the PROCOL HARUM, the 13 FLOOR ELEVATORS and the whole psychedelic rock scene of that era. That thing has some charm in its own right. The band moves with ease between the late 60’s and 70’s in order to make a time leap to a more modern Indie rock. In that course the song that stands out more is ‘Pretty Bleak’ featuring Peter Murphy from BAUHAUS. Unfortunately for the band this is the song that made me return on again and again. This doesn’t mean the rest of the CD is of questionable quality – actually it is a great voyage to some interesting styles – yet once you’ve been familiar with it, it doesn’t raise an eyebrow. And despite the fact that songs like ‘Underhill’ or ‘Mysterium’ need a relaxed mood to be appreciated as they should be. The “coolness” and the musicianship of the band and its members stand as a consignment for the future.
Skilfully between rock, pop, blues and psychedelic iridescent, the singer, songwriter and guitarist has to create 13-song gems that come up with profound lyrics.
He is accompanied by excellent musicians like the longtime keyboardist Derek Nena Von Krogh, (bass, keyboards) and Philip Palm (drums), the spouse of the wonder of Miss German New Wave.
As a guest singer alongside the German pop icon who knows how to refine the song “Hiding” by her singing, including former Bauhaus singer Peter Murphy of the party.
Sparkling gems like with blues influences attendant opener “Rabbit & Turtle Take The City”, the one abducting in dark and mysterious realm “Pretty Bleak”, the catchy indie rock of “I Gain A gain,” the oriental colored “Underhill” the bristling with energy only as “Wonderful” and the already mentioned song pearl “Hiding” decorate it a debut, which moves at a constant high level.
Remains to be stated that the Americans the listener on his retro-inspired self-titled debut album, which was created and directed by Juergen Mueller at Pink Noise Studio (Aachen), with 13 songs to charm white. Incidentally, John Andrews in the next few days, the support for the upcoming contest Peter Murphy tour.
Daniela Vordran, www.reflectionsofdarkness.com
In the given 35 minutes, John Andrews, aka LOUDBOY presented songs out of his debut album wearing the same name. The Power-Pop he offered was all in all pretty calm, even though there were of course some faster songs presented as well. I want especially point out ‘Pretty Bleak’, a song originally recorded together with PETER MURPHY. This one really hit me. This band is definitely worth checking out! Seems the people in the hall who did not know him before were also impressed, giving him quite a lot applause. He was obviously overwhelmed by the people’s reaction.
TODAY IS THE DAY! Enjoy the album!
It will be out in the U.S. and Europe on October 14th… For those who can’t wait, there is the 2 song pre-release available on iTunes and Amazon.com or you can pre-order the album on Amazon.de, Amazon.com or iTunes as well …..ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!