The Fun Of The Fair

Liverpool-based The Room in the Wood present their new single ‘Fun of The Fair’, the second taste of their forthcoming album ‘We’re The Martians, Now’. Stomping beats with nods to glam rock, name-checking T-Rex, 70s reminiscence and youth gang flair – all the right ingredients for a 3 minute POP song! The accompanying video was created by the wonderful Mark Jordan, who set things in scene.

The Room in the Wood is, at its core, Paul Cavanagh and Dave Jackson, who are once again working together after a huge gap since their post-punk band The Room split back in 1985. This past year has been highly prolific for them, writing 30+ new songs, putting out three releases, issuing four videos, and performing live.

About this new single, Dave Jackson says this album was inspired by “My youth, growing up in Liverpool in 70s. The music was always Tamla, Glam Rock etc blaring loud. An era where gangs of smoothies, troggs and grebos roamed the parks you had to bribe over 18s to get you alcohol from off licences. Big party seven pint cans of beer that you had to open with a screwdriver and a brick when you realised no one had brought an opener. Being chased by gangs of boot boys and the mysterious magic of being out in the night when you’re young, doing stuff you’re not supposed to.”

At the tail-end of 2019, The Room in the Wood released ‘Charmed’, a beautiful Burt Bacharach-esque ballad about the elite of our society – a timely message given the growing disparity seen in the UK and elsewhere.The accompanying video was created by Mark Jordan and features footage of Dave Jackson and Paul Cavanagh, filmed by Sarah Ryan.

This single features ace drumming by Colin George Lamont (Mark Lanegan, Dave Gahan), charming flute by Simon James and heavenly backing vocals by Helena Jacks. Recorded and mixed by Steve Powell (Michael Head & the Red Elastic Band) at his Liverpool-based Ark Studios, it was mastered by Pete Maher (Barry Adamson, The Alarm).

This single follows their their sci-fi inspired ‘Mars EP’, released in late 2018. Prior to this, the Liverpool outfit released their debut album ‘The Room in the Wood’ and the ‘Magical Thinking’ EP earlier that same year.

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