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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Now recording

Today The Distractions entered the studio to begin recording their first album for 31 years.  The legendary (legendarily difficult to find, more like) Nobody's Perfect on Island Records underperformed commercially despite almost unanimous critical acclaim.  I've a hunch that making up for the lack of sales first time around isn't the major motivation for the reformation the axis of The Distractions, Steve Perrin and Mike Finney.  More a chance to simply make the music that they want, whilst at the same time giving those lucky Distractions fans who remember a reminder of the wonders of Finney vocals and Perrin songs.  Plus, of course, input from newer Distractions; Nick Halliwell of The Granite Shore, who penned the wonderful Oil Painting from 2010's Come Home EP, and the newest recruit...


Mike Kellie, Alan Mair, Alice Cooper, Bob Harris. (c) BobHarris


Mike Kellie is best known as drummer with The Only Ones (famed for their classic Another Girl, Another Planet single), but also played with Spooky Tooth, Peter Frampton and Chris Wood.  Mike joins The Distractions in the studio in Exeter for the album sessions and becomes, as Steve wryly added, "...the most famous person in the band."  Initial acoustic run-throughs of the new material are under the belt and you can keep track of the progress of the recording sessions at The Distractions Facebook page and via Twitter.


The Only Ones, Mojo Honours List Awards, 2007. Alan Mair, Peter Perrett, Mike Kellie. (c) zimbio.


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