Sterling Roswell ‘The Psychedelic Ubik’
Enigmatic rock’n’roll oddball Sterling Roswell releases his debut solo album ‘The Psychedelic Ubik’. It follows up his 7” single ‘VENUS HONEY DEW’ and CD-single paired with former ‘Single of the Week’ (Time Out) and ‘Single Of The Month’ (Sleaze Nation), ‘GIRL FROM ORBIT’. The album has started getting further critical acclaim, with 4-star reviews in both Mojo and Record Collector and ‘Album of the Week’ in The Organ.
Sterling Roswell is more commonly known as ‘Rosco’, and most known as a member of the legendary Spacemen 3 from age just 18, recording three albums. When they eventually split, he joined the 3’s Pete Bassman in Darkside, producing two albums for Beggars Banquet. Later he came back to music and made some demos while living in Rome. These led to him being signed by Mint/Jungle, Mercury Rev’s original label.
‘The Psychedelic Ubik’ shows the influence of his years in Spacemen 3, but also an encyclopaedic understanding of rock’n’roll music, somehow fused into a timeless amalgam. The album’s two covers, Alex Chilton’s ‘Blue Moon’ and a variation on cult 60’s garage-punk band The Balloon Farm’s ‘Question Of Temperature’ (‘Ludic Revolution’) were drawn from his 3,000+ vinyl LP collection. His mission has been to create an album of ‘Space Age Pop’.
Sterling Roswell is now scheduling live dates across the UK in numerous clubs & also a tour of Italy. Rosco has attracted some well-respected musicians to collaborate with. Gigs have brought luminaries such as legendary keyboardist Geraint Watkins, the Flamin’ Groovies’ Chris Wilson, and many others. On the album Denny Laine’s son, guitarist Laine Hines; Van Morrison’s drummer Bobby Irwin; and the Ennio Morricone String Quartet are among the guests. Recently, Rosco was recording and producing a new album with 60’s legend Sky Saxon! Rosco has also been seen DJ-ing his amazing record collection at various gigs and events including at Nick Lowe concerts.
MINT CD 017 Mint Microdot / Jungle Release: January 24th 2005
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