by Sam Skilton
There’s a brand new sound making waves in the Italian province of Perugia, and Simonfrancesco Di Rupo is sailing on it all the way to the UK, for he is the captain of the weird and wonderful vessel that is The Soul Sailor & The Fuckers.
Set to land on British shores soon, his band are armed with the quirky and tongue-twistingly titled album ‘The Effects of Getting Wilder and Wilder’. Released in November 2012, the LP sold out, but is set for re-issue on iTunes. Produced at Urban Recording Studio in Italy, it is an eclectic mix of psychedelic rock and roll, and eccentric soul.
Inspirations fly in from everywhere on this album, from ‘Wop Bop A Loo Bop A Lop Bam Boom’ which is stimulated by the rhythm and blues beat of Little Richard, to ‘The Silence of Ages’ which sounds like The Who at their finest, combined with a touch of Britpop.
Then there’s the funky ‘Soul Song #1’, followed by the album’s title track ‘The Effects of Getting Wilder and Wilder’ which explores various directions of rock and soul. Its duration is just under five minutes, but during this time this song alone takes you on a journey of strong riffs to gentle acoustics, and back again. The video is a cracker.
“In this album I wanted to give the people an idea of my listening, from Sixties psychedelia to soul,” explains The Soul Sailor. “Most of the influences come from my Mod heritage as a teenager. Paul Weller is always a huge influence in my own writing. I like how he builds projects with many different directions. Maybe people should appreciate him more as an artist and less as an icon – he’s a really underrated musician and poet.”
Di Rupo is certainly not short of material, for this is actually his fifth album release. He has also played shows in the company of Gary Powell (drummer from The Libertines), Dave Rowntree (drummer from Blur), and Alan McGee, who founded Creation records and discovered Oasis.
“I have plans to come to the UK,” he says. “I’ve always loved the Liverpool music scene and I’ve been there; it was love at first sight. But I’ll probably come to London as a first step with the band. My dream is to live in the UK.”
With an experimental ideology reminiscent of the Amorphous Androgynous, we think that The Soul Sailor & The Fuckers would be a welcome addition to the British music scene.
1. Seeing the World with Robert Redford’s Eyes
2. Wop Bop A Loo Bop A Lop Bam Boom
3. Song for the Enemy
4. In the Game of Loving
5. Silence of Ages
6. Soul Song #1
7. The Effects of Getting Wilder and Wilder
8. You Gotta Let Me Know It, Babe
9. When I Miss My Belle
10. Robert Redford’s Reprise
Released: 20 November 2012
Label: Urban Recording Studio
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