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The Pancakes - Pancakes 4 Track EP - (CD EP)

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Dan Hussey,songwriter and singer, lives in Blaxhall, Suffolk.UK.He makes chairs out of copiced ash from a local wood. He swopped a chair for a beautiful inlaid box guitar once. This is what he tells his suffolk stories on.

3 out of 4 songs are about food, like mashed potatoes, or another one about "pancakes of despair".  A left over song is called "don't park your car on the railway line" with great traffic describing harmonica. It's very funny, as a being human-is-simple blues. The Pancakes are Dan Hussey, guitar and vocals and Jamie Clements, harmonica and vocals. I can't grade this music. I'm not sure if it would be too absurd for anyone, but I enjoy it a lot.

The Pancakes ‘Pancake of Despair' (Backwater). Another fine and dandy release by those Ipswich based dudes over at Backwater HQ, The Pancakes feature among their number (two in case you're asking) a certain Jamie Clements who some of you may remember featured in these very pages with his debut ‘Sleep Creases' from last year which all half decent record collections should have somewhere about them. This release sees Mr Clements teaming up with the slightly wayward Dan Hussey (relation of Wayne it's not known for certain) for four slightly off centre and dare we say tongue in cheek ditties, a simply barking menagerie of dusty Ace memories, dismembered Muddy Waters riffs (check out the loony ‘Mashed Potato'), drifting harmonicas, kazoos and surreally folk meandering aplenty. There are times when these craftily wonky quartet of cuts recall the 80's ensemble the Popticians who featured in their ranks a certain John Hegley especially on the barmy off kilter blues wobble of ‘Pancakes of Despair', toons so loose they are barely held together by gaffa tape and yet there's a child like wonder present throughout as though each of the compositions have been made up on the spot whilst sitting around a campfire. By the time you get to the second cut ‘Spinach and Potato' your beginning to wonder whether there's an impish dig at the whole blues spirit here the whole futility of life's more basic things going wrong not so much kitchen sink dramas but rather more culinary mishaps. ‘Don't stop that car on the railway line' is pure kooky deep South but its ‘Mashed Potato' that stands head and shoulders as it craftily dips into a numbingly off centre who's who of discarded blues memories all smartly wrapped around the subtle drawl of George Thorogood and the Destroyers ‘Bad to the Bone'. You know you need this - go on you want it.