Drunkard In The Think Tank
Roy Loney returns to center stage with his first full length studio release in ten years. Drunkard In The Think Tank is again a collaboration with the Seattle based congregation, The Longshots.
Roy Loney was a founding member of The Flamin' Groovies. As lead singer/songwriter, Roy appeared on the band's first four records, which were released between 1968 and 1971. Two Roy Loney compositions, Slow Death and the title track from the Teenage Head album have become rock and roll standards. Not bad for a band that never had more than a cult following during their twenty year life span. Now twenty three years since Roy's last appearance with The Groovies, their important contribution to American Rock And Roll has been celebrated around the world.
Seven years after leaving The Flamin' Groovies, Roy Loney formed the Phantom Movers. They released a string of critically acclaimed albums over the next ten years continuing in the vein that Roy had created with the Groovies. In 1992 Roy teamed up with Scott McCaughey, Jim Sangster and Tad Hutchison from the Young Fresh Fellows and guitarist Joey Kline. Dubbed the Northwest Movers, this band blazed a trail of destruction across Washington and British Columbia.
In 1993, Roy and the band now known as the Longshots reunited to play the Garage Shock Festival in Bellingham, where they proceeded to bring the house down, receiving the only encore of the event. Work also had begun on an album. Released in 1994, Full Grown Head found Roy in top form.
Roy Loney And The Longshots began a full schedule of touring and recording that took them to Spain for several sell our concerts. The Spanish only live album Kick Out The Hammmons was released in 1995. When Scott McCaughey's commitments to REM prevented him from touring, Kevin Lee was borrowed from the Vancouver band Bum. Graham Black from the Model Rockets took over the drum seat at the same time.
Nine of the thirteen songs that make up Drunkard In The Think Tank are brand new Roy Loney originals. House Of Games and One Track Mind get things off to a roaring start. They answer the question: "can the boy still rock"? Anyone yearning for the Flamin' Groovies sound, look no further. Steam is another bit of flat out rock and roll.
The character studies prove to be just as interesting as the rockers. He Talks To Himself is a nod to one of Roy's heroes, Ray Davies. Scott McCaughey and Roy team up for the happily twisted Nobody Does It. Such A Nice Boy takes things to an even darker and heavier corner. Scott McCaughey contributes Grapey Wine, a tribute to a favorite activity. Roy wears his heart on his sleeve for Five Times A Fool. This dreamy ballad hints at Ricky Nelson and Roy Orbison
Digging deep into his encyclopedic knowledge of rock and roll, Roy turns up three choice covers. You Don't Owe Me is a non-lp single from John Fogerty's 1973 Blue Ridge Rangers. She's The One is a 1964 American interpretation of the Mersey Beat sounds originally recorded by the Chartbusters. Also from 1964 comes the bonus track Move It Baby, a minor hit for Simon Scott and the LeRoys.
Roy Loney And The Longshots will be touring this Spring in support of Drunkards In The Think Tank
Selected Tracks: House Of Games, Jennifer Whenever, One Track Mind, He Talks To Himself.