Boy Azooga cover Welsh punks The Table (watch), touring US in support of debut LP
Welsh band Boy Azooga released 1, 2, Kung Fu!, their debut album, earlier this year via Heavenly. Led by Cardiff's Davey Newington, the band incorporate a variety of influences into their idiosyncratic style, including '90s alt riff rock, Mac DeMarco-type underwater romanticism and that indescribable Welsh magic (see Super Furry Animals and Cate Le Bon). You can stream the LP below.
Meanwhile, they're releasing a cover of "Do the Standing Still" which was a single by short-lived Welsh punk band The Table. We've got the premiere of its video, which stars former Flaming Lips drummer Kliph Scurlock (who is on tour with Welsh indie icon Gruff Rhys in North America right now). Newington tells us a little about the song, the band who originally released it, and video:
In 1977 Tony Barnes, Russell Young, Len Lewis and Mickey O Connor, collectively known as The Table, released their comic book dead body dance floor classic ‘Do The Standing Still’. The Cardiff band were originally called ‘Do You Want This Table?’. They later shortened themselves to The Table so they could say they were a household name. They were signed to Virgin records just as the punk thing was becoming harder. In response, the single cover shows the band stood in the women’s lingerie department of Oxford Street’s Marks & Spencer’s store, thinking this would make them appear tough - especially as they had not asked permission. As huge comic book fans, the song’s lyrics reference multiple Marvel Comic Fantastic Four titles amongst the other chaos. It’s an amazing song so we decided to cover it, with super hero Eddie Al-Shakarchi behind the desk. Apparently people used to rush the dance floor and stand still for the duration of the song when it came on in clubs or when the band played it live. We hope you enjoy our cover and accompanying video featuring Kliph Scurlock, a polar bear and some confused members of the public. Have a good day. Long live The Table!
Boy Azooga will be on a short U.S. tour starting later this month, kicking off at Brooklyn's Rough Trade on October 24 with Surf Rock is Dead (tickets), and then hitting Philly, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
All dates are listed, along with the video, plus their recent performance of Later with Jools Holland and a stream of the LP, below.
BOY AZOOGA - 2018 FALL US TOUR DATES:
10/24/2018 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade
10/25/2018 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
10/28/2018 - Seattle, WA - Barboza
10/29/2018 - Portland, OR - Holocene
10/30/2018 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
11/1/2018 - San Francisco, CA - Cafe Du Nord