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Mamas Gun

London, England, United Kingdom | INDIE

London, England, United Kingdom | INDIE
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"MAMAS GUN Reviewed"

"The whole thing sounds wonderfully vintage and yet brand spanking new as frontman Andy platt's rich vocals glide over the funky yet fresh arrangements" - OK Magazine


"NEW BAND SPOTLIGHT"

"a kaleidoscope of a record that travels through genres” - BILLBOARD Magazine


"KINGS ACROSS THE WATER"

“Rather wonderful music that combines classic soul influences with a distinctly modern production approach to create a sound that is closely related to nu-soul artists such as Angie Stone and Raphael Saadiq, hints at 1990s acid jazz and is not all that far away from the retro pastiches of Amy Winehouse, yet seems to inhabit a world all of its own. On Routes To Riches, the melodic funk and glorious soaring chorus of You Are The Music brings to mind Stevie Wonder’s early 1970s sound; elsewhere, you’ll hear snatches of Marvin Gaye, Shuggie Otis, Sly Stone, and George Clinton, as well as a smattering of blue-eyed soul influences, including Hall & Oates on Chasing Down Shadows and Wishing, and pop-soul period Todd Rundgren on Pots of Gold. Throughout, Andy Platt’s remarkable voice plants its own identity over these myriad sources.” - THE SUNDAY TIMES


"GUARDIAN FM Playlist"

"georgeous, melting soft rock” and “redolent of Young Disciples' long-lost 90s Brit-soul classic Apparently Nothin'" - THE GUARDIAN newspaper


"MAMAS GUN 'ROUTES TO RICHES' Album review"

"A masterclass in blue-eyed bubblegum soul, as heart-warmingly catchy as anything from Stevie Wonder's '70s purple patch" 4 stars ****

- UNCUT MAGAZINE


"The Lockout album review"

Mamas Gun offer up some incredibly endearing & commercial songs as toe-tapping as the recent work of Mark Ronson - Drowned in Sound


"Myspace super bands"

Mamas Gun are causing quite a stir in the new music world. with tracks like the soulfully endearing "Wishing" and deeply theatrical "Get A High" belonging in an art gallery rather than on a piece of laser embedded plastic.

One listen to Mamas Gun and you'll feel like real great soul music has finally found its way home." - Blues & Soul magazine


"NEW SCHOOL COOL OF MAMAS GUN"

.......'BBC Radio one recently made comparisons to artists such as Prince, Maroon 5, and Lenny Kravitz, while critics have hailed the band as fresh, innovative and accessible. Blending old school vibe with new school cool, Mamas Gun are ready to blow you away.' - Reading Evening post


Discography

ROUTES TO RICHES (Album) - MAMAS GUN
Released 2009/10 in:

UK - Candelion
JAPAN - Avex records
BENELUX - Go Entertainment!
GERMANY (GSA) - Rough Trade
HONG KONG/MALAYSIA - Love Da Records
TAIWAN - HI Note

SINGLES: (ALL below achieved playlisting at radio in UK or elsewhere)
You are the Music - Mamas Gun
House on a Hill - Mamas Gun
Lets Find a Way - Mamas Gun
Pots of Gold - Mamas Gun
Finger On It - Mamas Gun
Wishing - Mamas Gun

Streaming available on www.myspace.com/mamasgun

Album 2 is currently in production, being recorded by Martin Terefe & Andreas Ollson @ Kensal Town Studios, London

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THE SUNDAY TIMES - “Rather wonderful music that combines classic soul influences with a distinctly modern production approach to create a sound that is closely related to nu-soul artists such as Angie Stone and Raphael Saadiq, hints at 1990s acid jazz and is not all that far away from the retro pastiches of Amy Winehouse, yet seems to inhabit a world all of its own. On Routes To Riches, the melodic funk and glorious soaring chorus of You Are The Music brings to mind Stevie Wonder’s early 1970s sound; elsewhere, you’ll hear snatches of Marvin Gaye, Shuggie Otis, Sly Stone, and George Clinton, as well as a smattering of blue-eyed soul influences, including Hall & Oates on Chasing Down Shadows and Wishing, and pop-soul period Todd Rundgren on Pots of Gold. Throughout, Andy Platt’s remarkable voice plants its own identity over these myriad sources.”

UNCUT - "A masterclass in blue-eyed bubblegum soul, as heart-warmingly catchy as anything from Stevie Wonder's '70s purple patch" ****

THE GUARDIAN - "georgeous, melting soft rock” and “redolent of Young Disciples' long-lost 90s Brit-soul classic Apparently Nothin'"

BILLBOARD - "a kaleidoscope of a record that travels through genres”

Mamas Gun are a five-piece fronted by the charismatic nay striking singer/composer/producer/designer Andy Platts but they are by no means a one man operation. Bassist ‘Professor’ Rex Horan, another focal point of the band’s feisty stage show, was born in the Western Australian desert and is equally adept on violin and piano and in classical music. Keyboard player Dave ‘Eighties’ Oliver’s musical education, originally in Hertfordshire, embraced everything from barbershop singing to French horn and now includes jazz, soul and Cuban playing. Guitarist Terry ‘Spiller’ Lewis studied music in Essex, got his diploma and taught guitar, going on to tour with Jools Holland as part of brother Christopher Holland’s band. And ‘Union’ Jack Pollitt notably played drums on ‘Green Light’ for Beyoncé’s ‘B-Day’ album, with producer Pharrell Williams.

Having said all that, one should take a deep breath before contemplating main-man Platt’s cultural and musical heritage. Born in a military hospital in Kowloon, Hong Kong, to a nomadic father who’d landed in the Far East as a police recruit in their battles with underground triad organisations, Platts soaked up the musical ether that surrounded him (which included the Beatles, the Doors and ELO from his father, and a Filipino mother who played Spanish-influenced guitar), attending countless schools in the process before winning a place at Liverpool’s LIPA institute. Subsequently, Platts played on Corinne Bailey Rae’s hugely successful debut album and then, in 2006, landed his own publishing deal with Zomba Music. This led to collaborations with an extraordinary song-writing A-list that included Rod ‘Thriller’ Temperton, John Oates, Jed Leiber (son of hit-making legend Jerry) and former Gil Scott-Heron collaborator Brian Jackson.

In October 2009 Mamas Gun released their debut album Routes To Riches. Co-produced by Julian Simmons (Guillemots), mixed by Grammy Award-winning producer/engineer Jack Joseph Puig (Black Eyed Peas, U2, the Rolling Stones) and mastered by the equally notable Bob Ludwig, Routes To Riches manages to combine the euphoria of soul and Motown music with the spirit of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Lewis Taylor and the Average White Band at their blue-eyed-soul best. The record is also all about musical enjoyment and nothing to do with the fleets of fashion and this “philosophy” has obviously already hit a nerve as the band have achieved play-list status for their first two singles on the BBC Radio 2 play-list & enjoyed Album Of The Week features on Jazz FM and the Smooth radio network. More interestingly perhaps, Mamas Gun are currently having a huge impact in Japan where 2009 saw them heralded as the most played international act in the country. The band also managed to achieve the No.3 sales slot on the Japanese Billboard charts, beating Madonna to No. 1 in the airplay charts whilst doing so. Naturally, with a talisman like Platts at the helm and a live show that can simply be described as breathtaking, there’s every reason to think that the band’s success in Japan is about to be replicated in the UK.

Mamas Gun have already toured with the likes of De La Soul, Raphael Saadiq, Taio Cruz and Beverley Knight and are this year sold out their own headline tour in the UK & Holland.