European & British award nominees The Starlite Campbell Band has released a new single ‘Take Time To Grow Old’ to celebrate the worldwide release of their second album, The Language of Curiosity, that came last month on independent label Supertone Records, is and already receiving positive reviews.
The band is lead by husband-and-wife duo Suzy Starlite and Simon Campbell, who fell in love on stage and married following a whirlwind musical romance.
With a uniquely British rock & blues sound, the duo is similarly passionate about writing, playing, recording, engineering and producing their own music. As lovers of vinyl and all things analogue, producer Campbell’s production and recording techniques have a quality learned first-hand working in recording studios in the early ’70s; it’s not retro – it’s always been that way!
‘Take Time To Grow Old’ is a melodic song that’s more about attitude than age, featuring the sounds of a 12 string Mosrite double neck electric guitar with melting twin vocal harmonies from Starlite and Campbell. The full-length album version of the song also features a sublime six string fuzzed and weighted guitar solo from the male half of the partnership, and a poignant short piano outro from the lady of the house.
The video, filmed by Amanda Naughton, went viral with over 45,000 views on YouTube in a matter of days, and you can catch it right here at RAMzine.
The song also features Steve Gibson on drums, Jonny Henderson on Hammond organ and Gabriele Del Vecchio on Wurlitzer electric piano.
You can order/play ‘Take Time To Grow Old’ by clicking here.
Back in September, The Starlite Campbell Band released their previous single in the upbeat ‘Gaslight’. It was the third single taken from the new album, that had not then been released.
Written in response to fake news, gaslighting facts and the blurring of truth by people in power around the world, Starlite and Campbell created an upbeat rocking retort intended to vent the spleen, cleanse the soul and put a feel-good bounce back in your step by calling out the telling and selling of lies.
‘Gaslight’ is straight-up early ’70s British rock ‘n’ roll featuring a rich Motown-esque groove from Starlite on bass, good-time Wurlitzer electric piano from Del Vecchio and a foot-tapping four-on the floor groove from drummer Gibson.
Many have been struck by Campbell’s slide guitar playing style. Renowned for using his custom National ResoRocket steel guitar, as heard in the band’s debut album Blueberry Pie, he opted for a much grittier tone for this song bringing into service a vintage Gibson Flying V; his first-ever guitar given to him by his parents for his 18th birthday. Here he applies a series of cheeky melodic riffs with a solo that adds a sense of slightly drunken roots-punk to the overall feel of the song.
As with the current single, the video, that you can catch here at RAMzine, was conceived, directed and produced by Naughton, and filmed on location in Portugal.
Paul H Birch - senior writer, RAMzine