Let’s start with who Sergeants Mess are:
Johnny Barker (guitar, bass, vocals) – The Daggermen, Dodson’s Dogs, The Buff Medways, Goodchilde, Graham Day & the Gaolers, The Kravin A’s, Micky & the Salty Sea Dogs, Johnny Barker’s Bandits and currently The Senior Service.
Chris Hearsey (bass, guitar, vocals) – Somersault, The Vandebilts
Darryl Hartley (guitar) – The Vandebilts, Alvin Purple, Groovy Uncle, Phaze, The Senior Service.
Wolf Howard (drums, percussion) – The Daggermen, The Buff Medways, Dodson’s Dogs, Micky & the Salty Sea Dogs, The Spartan Dreggs, The Stuckists, The Vermin Poets, Wild Billy Childish & The Musicians Of The British Empire, CTMF, The Senior Service (to name a few).
Does that have your attention?
Formed in Medway a while back, this is only their second release (it was recorded in 2013) and their first since Billy Childish produced their first 4-track EP release way back in 2002. But as you can see as musicians, they certainly are not idle.
The two tracks are what you’d expect from a band with this type of pedigree. Barker’s “Couldn’t I Be Yours” begins with an absolutely out-of-this-world riff and this song is like a PhD thesis in garage rock. Hearsey’s “Back In The Bag” is a Frankenstein monster – combining the rock funk of The Heavy with a Moody Blues mellotron sound and a jaunty Kinks breakdown.
Both of these tracks will be instantly stuck in your head.
The limited 7” vinyl release of 300 is out on the newly formed Spinout Nuggets label available via SPINOUT PRODUCTIONS and fine record stores.