“Malingerer” – skiver: absentee: shirker: layabout: timewaster
Hailing from the long gone lonesome plains of East Anglia, “The Malingerers” music evokes a sound more at home in the south western states of America than the UK folk scene. However, whilst clearly influenced from a melting pot of traditional country, blues, folk and Rock ’n’ Roll (Hank Williams, Merle Travis, Leadbelly, Woodie Guthrie etc.) their music combines these influences with typically British cynicism and warped sense of humour and history!
The Malingerers were formed from the ashes of twisted country blues noise mongers; The Surgens. Whilst clearly sharing similar DNA, The Malingerers are an entirely different animal with an almost alternatively traditional acoustic Americana slant.
Their latest album “The Lonely Years” contains all original material recorded at Gizzard’s analogue studio in London, straight onto 2” tape, like they used to do in the good old days! To keep the feel of a live band the majority of the songs, including vocals were recorded live and results in a great punchy raw sounding album.
Kev Murphy – Vocals and lead guitar
Craig Murphy – Harmonica, guitar and vocals
Tim Palmer – Violin and vocals
Andy Donovan – Double Bass and vocals
Steve Donovan – Mandolin and Banjo
John Mosely/Joe Warn – Drums
New Brit band knock out some fine acoustic country-blues It may, as the song has it, only be words but a band called The Malingerers, who recorded their debut album at Gizzard studios and have released it on a label called Fat & Bulbous, have made a good start in this reviewer’s book. The latest…
Great Review in Rock n Reel Magazine check out the full on version on their website Website link
Squawking harmonica, dusty strumming and a ragged feel..
Brand new Debut released by Peterborough’s finest purveyors of Country Blues out on 28th January 2013
We’re pleased to announce one and a half new members to the Malingerers line up. The excellent Julian Stone has moved on to pastures new in deepest darkest Northampton we wish him well trying to step up his solo material. Time for a change. Introducing Tim Palmer on Country Fiddle, we’ve been stalking Tim for…
While these songs are good what comes next is exceptional “The Optimist” is simply one of the best songs i’ve heard all year.
The latest in a seemingly never-ending line of British bands who do American music as well, if not better, then the natives. This Peterborough-based band major in old-time and acoustic country-blues.
Taking their lead from The Band, via folk/blues influences like Leadbelly an Woody Guthrie, brothers Kevin and Craig Murphy peddle tales of financial hardship (“The Optimist”) and sleepless nights (“Drunken Angel”), the former’s vocal growl underpinned by the latter’s plaintive harmonica.