El Rancho is very happy to share the news of our next release! On Friday 13th September 2019 the world will be a better place with the release of ‘Hey Little Man’ the new single from North London’s The Roves. The 7″ single is backed with ‘Once A Prefect’ and it quite simply as Gerry Love (ex Teenage Fanclub) remarked “It’s perfect. An instant classic!”

The Roves are made up of brothers James & Tom Wing with the locomotive rhythm section of Luke Evans & Brendan Monahan. The band play guitar fuelled British rock and roll music with influences they say not from the music alone but from all art forms. Without drawing on comparisons and doing original songwriting an injustice we’ll just say if you are a fan of the likes of The Kinks, Squeeze, Teenage Fanclub or The La’s you find something to love about The Roves songs. I fell in love from the first listen of their S/T debut album last year and have been obsessed by ever since!

Recorded to tape at Ray Davies KONK studios in London, in May 2019 the vinyl cut made from the lacquer master for total quality of sound and reproduction. What you have here is a 45 with all the original trimmings of true studio sound. Both the A & B side appear on The Roves latest album ‘All Those Freaks’ as original lighter versions than the re recorded punchy numbers we have here – short, sharp and catchy as hell guitar music! 

I’m not sure where great songwriting sits in popular music today? The big hits are squished with high end production, endless vocal tweaking and studio wizardry and they dominate radio and pop culture in general. These are the times I guess, but you only need one listen to ‘Hey Little Man’ to feel the world is not racing ahead and out of control. You can still sing and dance and feel uplifted by spirited guitar solos and catchy melodies, and The Roves have these in abundance. Flip over and the B side ‘Once A Prefect’ for example, which tricked one discerning listener to thinking it was the lead track! El Rancho is honoured to have this little belter as part of it’s discography It’s an absolutely flawless single – in my world.

‘Hey Little Man’ is available to pre order from the El Rancho Records Bandcamp now! A pre order from El Rancho means you can download and stream the single ahead of it’s release date! You can also pre order from Rough Trade, Monorail Records and Norman Records. The official release date is 13/09/19 where you will be able stream from all the usual places. Best of all you can walk into your local record store and pick up a copy, chat to the friendly staff and save a few ponds on extra postage!

Look out for the video premier and radio plays this coming week! The A side has already been played around the world on Music For Listeners straight out of San Antonio, USA and John Cavangh’s Soundwave on Radio Six International.

Catch The Roves launching the single at FREAKENDER at The Old Hairdressers in Glasgow on Sun 15th September.


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