20:20 Portrait – Suzi Chunk

Cardiff-based soul singer, Suzi Chunk joined Groovy Uncle in 2011 to add some lead and backing vocals to what was to be the follow up GU album to ‘Play Something We Know!’. However, it soon became clear to everyone present at the sessions that we should change course and make it a Suzi solo album. Some brand new tunes were written to complete what became her debut LP ‘Girl From The Neck Down’. During those sessions, one of the album tracks – the Kravin’ A’s ‘Look Back And Laugh’ – stood out as a potential single and State Records suggested we release it with a non-album B-side. I suggested another KA track, ‘Tripwire’ and the red vinyl single was released in April 2012, in advance of the album which went out the following September.

With an amazing voice and presence, Suzi has become an integral part of the Groovy Uncle project and we love her loads. Plans are already afoot to begin work on a new solo Suzi album some time in 2020.

Meanwhile Back In Medieval Britain…

‘Meanwhile Back In Medieval Britain…’, album number 7 from Groovy Uncle, has been sent to the pressing plant and is now in production. It will see a limited release on heavyweight vinyl (including download card and lyric sheet) and CD (digi pack), some time in September. Album art (above) by Darryl Hartley is utterly superb (see picture). Many thanks to him for coming up with a great design! Darryl also wrote the title track, as well as the album’s finale, ‘Astronauts’. His Senior Service bandmate, Jon Barker also came up with two songs for the LP in the form of ‘You Think Too Much Of Me’ and ‘Days Like This’. The latter features the guitar playing of another Senior Service buddy (and former member of Medway legends The Prisoners), Graham Day as well as backing vocals from GU Newcomers Ani Graves and Rachel Lowrie. Bronco Bullfrog drummer, singer/songwriter Andy Morten contributes the wonderful West Coast sounding ‘She’ll Never Be Mine’. Seven of the twelve tracks are written, as usual by Glenn Prangnell who also takes on some of the lead vocal duties. Ani and Rachel share lead vocals on ‘It Wasn’t Me, It Was Yesterday’ while Suzi Chunk takes on the opening track ’20/20 Hindsight’ as well as ‘Lie To You’ and ‘Reading Between The Lines’. Miss Modus makes a welcome return to the fold with a breathtaking performance of ‘Good Child’. Coming soon! I’ll keep you posted!!

Album artwork and layout by Darryl Ryan Hartley

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See ‘Lie To You’ (clip) by Suzi Chunk here



New Sounds and Where We’re At

Following the release of the “Life’s A Gift” album in 2015 I wanted to plough on with the next record. I had a bunch of songs that were inspired by and loosely based upon my childhood memories, both vague and lucid. Stories my parents told me, things I remembered, family anecdotes and the music I grew up listening to. I took all these things, embroidered, fleshed them out and used this as the basis for the next Unc’n’Chunk album. So once again we headed for Ranscombe Studios and got to work. As soon as I’d recorded the demos of two Suzi Chunk tracks, ‘Got Up And Gone’ and ‘Find The Morning’, I knew this would make a great (4th) single so we decided to release the first 45 on our own Trouserphonic label and on red vinyl too! The A side features the mighty Groovy Uncle horn section of Paul and Anna Jordanous and John Littlefair while over on the flip side Anna plays the mellow flute arrangement beautifully. We released the single on the 1st September 2016 and you can buy a copy here.

We are now about half way through recording our 6th album (count them!) and ideally I’d like to release it some time next year. However, financial setbacks are such that we may be looking at a later rather than sooner release date and I’m uncertain as to what format we’ll be looking at, though there is a strong possibility it’ll be put out as a download only album. That said, anything could happen in the coming months as all the songs are ready to go and I’m very much looking forward to getting back in the studio at some point. Thanks for your support. See you on the flip side!

A New Vinyl Record From Suzi Chunk – Order Your Copy Now!!

The brand new single from Suzi Chunk is out from September 1st 2016 on ORANGE VINYL!! (Includes download code).

In addition, the first 100 numbered copies will include a signed postcard (photo by Paddy Faulkner)  and specially designed, hand screen printed insert (by Ian Shelley@StumpyPosters). In addition to that, the first 25 copies sold will come with an orange Suzi Chunk badge!

Recorded at Jim Riley’s Ranscombe Studios in Kent, ‘Got Up And Gone’ b/w ‘Find The Morning’ is Suzi’s third single release in collaboration with Groovy Uncle songwriter Glenn Prangnell. The A-side is a groovy, funky upbeat number packed with get-up-and-go while the B-side is the contemplative, reflective morning after.

 You can watch Suzi recording the tracks here.

You can purchase your vinyl copy of ‘Got Up And Gone’/’Find The Morning’ directly from Groovy Uncle here. For multiple copies please contact me at groovyuncle@tiscali.co.uk and I’ll work out the best postal prices. Please be sure to select the correct Paypal button for your location.

Get up and grab your copy before it’s got up and gone!!