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THE LOOSE SALUTE

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GETTING OVER BEING UNDER by THE LOOSE SALUTE on BIG POTATO RECORDS.

"A collection of big hearted acoustic pop, with impeccable production. Low-key but loveable." CLASH Will Salmon

"10/10!!" 247 MAG

The Loose Salute are a British band founded by drummer Ian McCutcheon of Slowdive and Mojave 3 who also sings and plays guitar. The band consists of Lisa Billson (vocals, keys, percussion), Charlotte King (vocals, percussion, bells and whistles), Alan Forrester (bass, keys).

In a departure from McCutcheon's past projects, The Loose Salute plays a dreamy, surf rock sounding chorus of music helped live by friends and fans. The band tries to encapsulate togetherness and loneliness as well surfing, partying, and beaches among other things in their music. The band spend their time in between London and Cornwall and use the Cornwall beaches and life as inspiration for their music.

"This is mop-pop of a sturdy stripe, delivered with grown-up resilience." 4/5 The Times

"Lush… perfect… the big time beckons" 4/5 Independent

"Gem. Stripped backm simple yet alluring." 4/5 SUN

 

 

"My new favourite band" 5/5 247

"Deliriously summery" 4/5 Maxim

"The aural equivalent of icy coder on a hot day" 8/10 NME

 

Ian McCutcheon - drums, vocals, gtr .... Lisa Billson - vocals, keys, perc .... Charlotte King - harmonies, perc, melodica, glock, gtr, bells & whistles.... Alan 'Tinks' Forrester - bass, keys.... Robert Jesse - guitar.... Alden Evans - guitar, bass & lap steel

The Loose Salute are a British band founded by drummer Ian McCutcheon of Slowdive and Mojave 3 who also sings and plays guitar. The band consists of Lisa Billson (vocals, keys, percussion), Charlotte King (vocals, percussion, bells and whistles), Alan Forrester (bass, keys).

In a departure from McCutcheon's past projects, The Loose Salute plays a dreamy, surf rock sounding chorus of music helped live by friends and fans. The band tries to encapsulate togetherness and loneliness as well surfing, partying, and beaches among other things in their music. The band spend their time in between London and Cornwall and use the Cornwall beaches and life as inspiration for their music.

Here is a piece by Paul Lester for the Guardian from a couple of years back.

The background: The Loose Salute's singer-songwriter drummer may live in Cornwall, but his band of folked-up country-rockers are pure Laurel Canyon. Their name comes from a 1970 album by ex-Monkees man Michael Nesmith and they formed when McCutcheon began writing songs while drumming for Mojave 3, the alt.country outfit who rose from the ashes of Thames Valley dream-pop doyens Slowdive. With their two female singer-musicians cooing and aahing throughout, they out-harmonise the Magic Numbers, while their mixed-sex lineup and blend of summertime pop and sepulchral ballads marks them out as a slightly rockier Mamas & Papas or a straighter Fleetwood Mac, ie the Mac without their resident studio wizard Lindsey Buckingham. "Basically, we're the sum of the albums in my parents' record collection when I was growing up," says McCutcheon. On a more contemporary tip, like minds include Elliott Smith, the Beachwood Sparks, the Tyde, Wilco, the Shins, Midlake and Dr Dog.

They look as though they just stepped out of Almost Famous, all distressed cowboy hats and dishevelled denim. McCutcheon may be big and burly with a walrus 'tache worthy of David Crosby, but his voice is breathy and sad. Charlotte King is the boggle-eyed Goofy One, dancing manically onstage and playing her melodica like Augustus Pablo never happened. Then there's Lisa Billson, the Stevie Nicks of the piece. McCutcheon discovered her while recording in East London's Fortress Studios - he heard a soft, sensational voice in the studio kitchen singing along to Bob Dylan's Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands, and it was her. The daughter of an opera singer, the English-born American émigrée has done everything from modelling to jamming with Buffalo Springfield's old backing band and recording an album in the studio where Nirvana produced Nevermind. Now she's the joint lead singer with the Loose Salute, a pretty focal point during those lulls in proceedings when the band get a little too jaunty and yee-haw hoe-down for our liking.

They've got some lovely songs, though, enriched by pedal steel, banjo and sax, long, slow, stark, more-chilling-than-chilled ballads like Ship On The Ocean (jointly written by McCutcheon, Billson and Mojave 3 mainman Neil Halstead) that evoke the atmosphere of early-70s Neil Young, only with Joni on vocals. Another winner: the country-rock St Etienne.

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Nick Hasted for the Independent wrote this live review from the Boarderline in London:-

The Loose Salute are one of the few country-style UK bands who might leave a real Southern honky-tonk dive alive. Where most alt. country fellow-travellers favour songwriting styles of stark desolation, this band communicate pleasure at the sheer good luck of being alive, through danceable, steel guitar-heavy pop.

Main songwriter Ian McCutcheon, ex-drummer with Mojave 3, is the only member with much previous form, but where his old band had hushed reverence to their sources, The Loose Salute look back to Nineties Brit-country pioneers The Rockingbirds.

The added ingredient that may shoot them to success is singer Lisa Billson. Exuberantly physical and flirtatious, her sultry, low country moan on "Why'd We Fight" grows into a climactic bellow on "Turn the Radio Up". This upcoming single sees Charlotte King enter the action. Whether running on the spot and literally shaking a leg during "Death Club", blowing kisses at the crowd, or singing haunting mermaid notes and tapping xylophone chimes, she is the loosest cannon in The Loose Salute, and a perfect foil to Billson. They interact as if on a great girls' night out, and are clearly excited by their own music, providing bubbling energy on stage, without ever quite losing control.

When McCutcheon steps from the drums to sing the lead himself, there is a contrasting diffidence in his soft voice and manner. But as a counterpoint to the women, this works. Songwriting is new to him, too. But promisingly, a new song not on Tuned to Love is among the night's best. "Karate Chop" is a ballad clear as glass in its pure construction, which Linda Ronstadt would have been begging for back in Laurel Canyon in 1971, when such things were last in vogue. "Ship on the Ocean", too, has the lush craft of an AOR radio favourite.

But it is when The Loose Salute let themselves go that they look like stars. "Through the Stratosphere to the Bars" sees Billson arch her back and half-close her eyes like a country chanteuse, before letting that lung-busting bellow out, as lap-steel guitar notes bend around her. "Nudie", about a soulful stripper, sees the band swirl noisily round its whisky-soaked narrative. The big time beckons.

The Line-up

Ian McCutcheon - drums, vocals, gtr .... Lisa Billson - vocals, keys, perc .... Charlotte King - harmonies, perc, melodica, glock, gtr, bells & whistles.... Alan 'Tinks' Forrester - bass, keys.... Robert Jesse - guitar.... Alden Evans - guitar, bass & lap steel

 

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