Today is the day that the debut EP Magical Thinking from Liverpool-based The Room in the Wood shall appear everywhere across the net and we bring you the first showing anywhere of the video for the song by the same name. Filmed entirely in Liverpool, this video highlights the occult aspect of the city most popularly associated with The Beatles, complete with graveyards, Masonic monuments, secret gathering places and occultism. Brought to us via European label A Turntable Friend Records, this is the first release from this duo, comprised of Paul Cavanagh and Dave Jackson, representing the first time the two have worked together since their post-punk band The Room split back in 1985.
Reunited under the moniker The Room in the Wood, this debut offering will be followed by an 11-track album, to be released later this spring on vinyl, CD and digitally. Together with collaborator and ace drummer Colin George Lamont, they’ve developed and honed these ideas down to 14 tracks with three included on the ‘Magical Thinking’ EP. and the remaining 11 appearing on the coming LP. The three tracks on this offering indicate the diverse spectrum of the duo’s songwriting, with sounds deliciously ranging from The Fall and Iggy Pop on Magical Thinking to The Doors on Dragonfly and a kaleidoscope of folk and gypsy pop on Baba Yaga. The Room in the Wood play their new set out of their sonic window, and the result is not only rich and diverse, but also significant. Jackson’s lyrical storytelling combines with Cavanagh’s exquisite guitar-stylings and make for a diverse collection that blends post-punk pop, gritty blues-folk, and velvety ballads, variously influenced by Russian fairy tales, Francis Bacon, dead oceans, swimming pool bridges and unanswered prayers. This is eerie space-folk meets bluesy-glam-punk – an eclectic mix of styles, prioritizing melodic storytelling and lots of strum and twang. According to the band, the lead track ‘Magical Thinking’ was influenced by The Fall, the post-punk sensibility of their 80s roots, and the desert blues of Tinariwen and Songhoy Blues.
“Magical Thinking is a bit of a tongue in cheek rant about the weird stuff people believe in to get them through their days. Though the lyrics might come from a ‘spiritually unaffiliated’ standpoint, I wonder where we would all be without our collective storytelling abilities, dream logic, mass hallucinations and dogged determination to make 2 plus 2 add up to 5,” says Dave Jackson. The Room in the Wood was recorded with Steve Powell (Michael Head & the Red Elastic Band) at his Liverpool Arc studio and features contributions by drummers Colin George Lamont (Mark Lanegan, Dave Gahan) and Jake Woodward (Peter Perrett). Dave Jackson has been writing and recording since his teens in bands such as 051, The Room, Benny Profane, Dust, Dead Cowboys, under his own name with former Shack guitarist John Head, and as Dave Jackson & The Cathedral Mountaineers. He has recorded and released 10 albums with these various incarnations and, during the eighties, notched up seven John Peel sessions with The Room and Benny Profane, in addition to appearing on the Whistle Test, Janice Long and Saturday Live. Jackson has also toured extensively in the UK, Europe and the USA with bands such as The Fall, The Violent Femmes, Aztec Camera, The Lemonheads and The Wedding Present. He currently teaches creative writing at Liverpool John Moores University, having developed his novel ‘Violet City’ as a low-budget fantasy feature film.
The Room in The Wood ‘Magical Thinking’ will be available digitally and on Spotify as of April 27. It can already be pre-ordered via the label’s Bandcamp and found across various other resources at https://a-turntable-friend-records.lnk.to/fDvvpWE.