Buff Medways Steady The Buffs

Though he’s been around for 25 years, Billy Childish (painter, poet, musician) has never quite surpassed his status as a cult hero amongst his devoted following. Former leader of Thee Headcoates and the Milkshakes, Childish has formed what may become his most successful band to date. The Buff Medways, which also features Johnny Barker and Wolf Howard, is a trio that shines with sloppy and muffled sounding garage rock. However, this isn’t your ordinary White Stripes sounding garage outfit. Steady The Buffs (Childish’s 100th official recording) is pure Britannia, shuddering with choppy fuzzed-up riffs and oozing with rhythm and blues. Recorded at the soon-to-be legendary Toe Rag Studios, Steady is the finest example of what the big rock revival is based on. "Troubled Mind” has a melodramatic wail with a pause in the chorus that would kill the impatient, and the catchy Ray Davies-penned "Misty Water” sounds like it was recorded underwater, with moments that are barely audible. Steady is the perfect starting point to discover the legend that Jack White keeps calling his hero. (Transcopic)