The Room in the Wood drops their new video for the track titled ‘Charmed’. With a ‘Bacharach’ vocal swagger and a touch of sarcasm not really seen since the Thatcher era, The Room in the Wood dictates the obvious in a way meant to educate more than snicker. The ‘charmed’ is that 1% who tells us what to be mad about and who to be mad at, which we comply more than we realize.
The track is set to a visual montage with music done in a wonderfully quirky lounge setting with brilliant guitar work throughout.
‘Charmed’ is available across music stores and streaming platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music, as well as Bandcamp. Music lovers can look forward to the band’s forthcoming album ‘We’re The Martians, Now’ by mid-2020.
About The Room in the Wood
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.
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).
“Charmed is about the entitled arrogance of the privately educated rich. It’s about disaster capitalism as pursued by the Moggs & Johnsons of the world, who use jingoism as a mask for self-interest – effectively fiddling while our culture collapses. The music references faux sixties optimism,” explains Dave Jackson.
The accompanying video was created by Mark Jordan and features footage of Dave Jackson and Paul Cavanagh, filmed by Sarah Ryan.
This single follows 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.
Dave Jackson has been writing and recording since his teens – with The Room, 051, Benny Profane, Dust, Dead Cowboys, as Dave Jackson & The Cathedral Mountaineers, and also with former Shack guitarist John Head. He has recorded and released 10 albums with these various incarnations, notched up 7 John Peel sessions with The Room and Benny Profane, and has also appeared on the Whistle Test, Janice Long and Saturday Live.
Jackson has also toured the UK, Europe, and the USA extensively with The Fall, The Violent Femmes, Aztec Camera, The Lemonheads, and The Wedding Present. He currently teaches creative writing at Liverpool John Moores University and has developed his novel ‘Violet City’ as a low-budget fantasy feature film.
Paul Cavanagh has performed as a solo instrumentalist as Cabin in the Woods and as one of Mike Badger’s Shady Trio. He worked with The Room drummer Alan Wills at Deltasonic Records with The Coral and The Zutons. Paul has also recorded 4 John Peel sessions and released albums with Top, It’s Immaterial, Moongoose, as well as critically acclaimed singles with Gloss. He also played guitar for Chinese Religion, The Balcony, and Ludus.