The Quik Beats have just released a limited edition three track EP on 7” vinyl. A double ‘A’ side, the EP ‘Get Carter’ is The Quik Beat’s first commercial release and features live studio recordings that reflect the band’s stage performances. The title track is a reinterpretation of the evocative Roy Budd film score that provided the brooding theme for the cult classic movie of the same name, whilst the flip side features two tracks, the classic blues tune ‘Dimples’ and ’Sorry’ a song originally released by The Easybeats in the 60s.
Get Carter - A six-minute instrumental that builds from the intro’s haunting initial theme to a crescendo of powerful Hammond and guitar solos driven by a frenetic virtuoso drum-beat.
Sorry - A lesser known tune which Australian band The Easybeats took to number one in their home country immediately prior to making the big time with the world-wide hit ‘Friday On My Mind’ in 1966. More recently the song has become staple of The Quik’s live shows where its driving guitar riff has made it a firm favourite with audiences.
Dimples - The Quik’s version of Dimples is based upon a fragment of soundtrack from another cult classic film, Quadrophenia. In the film the action cuts from a nightclub scene just as the house band (Cross Section) strike up the tune. When the soundtrack album for the film was released a full version of the 30 second snippet did not feature, prompting a generation of mods to search in vain for a recording of this distinctive version of the tune.
Mixed and produced at Univibe Studio’s in Birmingham, the EP was subsequently mastered for vinyl at Abbey Road studios in London by legendary engineer Geoff Pesche. The 7” vinyl is available through the band’s website and has been produced in a short run ‘limited edition’ of 300 copies and will not be repressed. The tracks will also available on iTunes.
This is a highly recommended 7” (I have copy 79 of 300 so this is already moving quickly) and shows the great musicianship of this band (who I previously had the pleasure of seeing support Secret Affair).
Drawing inspiration from the explosion of exciting new bands that burst on to the British ‘beat’ scene in the mid-sixties, The Quik Beats seek to recreate the live music experience that was available in the coolest clubs in swinging London, Liverpool, Birmingham and Manchester in the mid and late sixties.
At a Quik Beats gig you can expect to hear an eclectic mix of familiar favourites from artists like The Small Faces and The Spencer Davis Group and The Kinks, rare soul from Nolan Porter and Julian Covey, foot stomping instrumentals from the likes of Booker T and a whole range of other classic tracks that’ll remind you why the 60s was the most important decade in music history!
Forthcoming gigs: -
16 May The Artrix, Bromsgrove (with The Whoo)
23 May The Hop Pole, Bromsgrove
6 Jun The Feathers Inn, Lichfield
12 July The Feathers Inn, Lichfield - Charity Event
18 July Moduska3
25 July Worthing Music Mania Scooter Weekend
8 August The Britalian Job, Nottingham