Wolverhampton, UK-born David Newton was the guitarist and songwriter behind C86 popsters & NME front-cover stars turned US alternative/college radio chart-toppers The Mighty Lemon Drops. After the break-up of the Drops in the early 90s, and following a brief stint with The Blue Aeroplanes, he relocated to Los Angeles in 1995 and built a garage recording studio at which he’s produced and engineered albums for The Little Ones, The Soft Pack, The Henry Clay People, The Blood Arm, The Happy Hollows, to name a few. His first full LP as David Newton & Thee Mighty Angels – entitled A Gateway to a Lifetime of Disappointment – combines his Paint The Town EP, which received enthusiastic reviews upon its initial release and was played on KCRW and KROQ, with five new recordings. The set continues with the earlier elements of The Mighty Lemon Drops sound, with a modern contemporary take on the melodic uplifting side of the 80’s post-punk sound.
Kicking things off is an advance single, “The Songs That Changed Our Lives” with lead vocals by Eddie Argos from Art Brut. The two are old pals, who once toured Europe together with the project Everybody Was In The French Resistance…Now. According to Newton, the song “is basically a fun list of some of the songs that had a big impact on young me. I didn’t put too much thought into it really, it’s not a definitive list and there are so many missed out, I just picked the ones that rhymed ha ha. When Eddie said that he’d love to do the vocal on it I asked him if he wanted to omit or add anything, and he said no, they are ones that he would pick. I think maybe that’s one of the reasons why we hit it off when we first met, over a dozen years ago now. We would stay up late laughing and listening to records at my pad in Joshua Tree, and this led to me making an album and touring Europe with him.”
RIYL: Art Brut, The Mighty Lemon Drops, Ian McCulloch, The Church, The Blue Aeroplanes
“The Newton-penned single finds Argos reeling off a list of songs — from Bob & Marcia’s ‘Young Gifted & Black’ to The Mekons’ ‘Where Were You’ and Jonathan Richman’s ‘Roadrunner’ — while Newton chimes in with an instantly memorable chorus.” –Slicing Up Eyeballs
Label: Parkfield Records
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