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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Friday, May 20, 2005
    Love the cup
    There I was in Probe, preparing to purchase a cd of Sunburned Hand of the Man but strangely feeling I was still missing something. It all came together when I saw sitting on the counter, full of fresh-brewed tea, a monochrome mug bearing the slogan, LOVE THE CUP.

    "That reminds me," I said to the guy serving me, whose mug it was, "I need to get a Sons and Daughters cd too." So glad I did; for the indie-folk groove of Start to End, which first drew me to the band, is complemented on this cd by seven other tracks of similar style and beauty. They're Scots; but (not unlike recently-revered Robert Plant, who appeared on Jools tonight) their blues is en-route to Californian dirt roads, all big drums, strong vocals and mesmerising rhythms. The cup they proffer: I gladly drink from it.