Insecure Men – the band led by the fiercely talented songwriter and musician Saul Adamczewski and his schoolmate and stabilising influence, Ben Romans-Hopcraft – present ‘Subaru Nights’, their first ‘official’ track since signing to Fat Possum Records.
Subaru Nights, was written by Saul at The Queens Head pub, Stockwell, the Fat White Family’s notorious South London ‘practice space’, subsequently recorded onto an ancient Tascam at Sean Lennon’s studio in upstate New York while Saul was visiting the Moonlandingz and finally produced by Sean Lennon and mixed by Marta Salogni.
Insecure Men, who blend together exotica, easy listening, lounge and timeless pop music, ‘formed’ in 2015, when Saul began to write quieter more reflective songs – “What I did in Insecure Men couldn’t really be expressed via Fat White Family”, explained Saul.
The band has already had a relatively hectic history as Cole, Zumi and Oakley from US garage rock outfit Black Lips played on some of the early sessions but they have settled down into a stable (but large) line-up centred round Saul on vocals and guitar, Ben with the bass. Original lapsteel player Sean Lennon has been replaced by Marley Mackey of Dirty Harrys who is the son of Steve Mackey of Pulp. “Huge John Shuttleworth fan” Victor Jakeman (Claw Marks) plays the organ; Joe Isherwood (We Smoke Fags) plays keyboards and saxophonist Alex White is on loan from Fat White Family. Arguably, the lynch pin is a mysterious South London music teacher known only as Steely Dan, who plays vibraphone and steel drums. And Saul’s old pal, Jack Everett (Fat White Family, Warmduscher) anchors it all on drums.
After a handful of appearances in and around South London, the band venture further afield later in the autumn with a couple of shows in Holland, a Bristol gig and a headline show at the Scala in London.
Track of the Day:
21 – Bristol, The Sportsman Club
27 – Amsterdam, Paradiso
08 – London, Scala
12 – Utrecht, Le Guess Who? Festival