Jacco Gardner and Woollen Kits share videos from Trouble in Mind 7″s

By on September 10, 2012

Chicago’s Trouble In Mind released 7″s from 24-year old Dutch multi-instrumentalist Jacco Gardner and Melbourne trio Woollen Kits last month and both outfits have created videos for the A-Sides of their releases. 
Woollen Kits “Shelley”video.

Jacco Gardner  “Where Will You Go” video

Austin Town Hall praised Melbourne trio Woollen Kits’  A-side “Shelley”thusly:
It’s about time for Woollen Kits to take over the US, completely.  The A-Side is titled “Shelley and it encompasses everything I love about the band.  There’s an effortless bit of swagger that has me imagining the band swinging their guitars about the stage; the usage of gang vocals gives the track a raucous feel—and then a sharp-edged guitar solo cuts through. One listen to this jam and you’ll be stomping your feet, begging for the release to come your way.
Give a listen to Woollen Kits’ “Shelley”and check out the scrappy & lo-fi video here.
Praise for Woollen Kits 
 The Woollen Kits might just soundtrack your whole upcoming summer: the late nights, relationships, hook-ups, crazy drunken times and all. They just write great pop songs, if your sense of pop music, like mine, is more the Modern Lovers than whatever’s on the radio. The Woollen Kits, along with their fellow Australians Royal Headache and the Straight Arrows, play music just for the sake of playing music, not for all the fame or hype that comes with being in a band. They don’t seem to care if the rest of the world gives a fuck; they just play their hearts out and, in the end, that’s what makes their music even more endearing. It reminds me of what music used to mean to me, when there weren’t two thousand albums to listen to every day and when you happened upon that one awesome album, or tape, that you listened to nonstop ‘til you memorized all the lyrics or, in some cases, ‘til the tape broke.
Get Bent
 These dudes are part of an pretty amazing wave of Australian proto-punk bands…they ditch the vein of Beat Happening-esque naivete that ran through their earlier recordings in favor of a casually wild Modern Lovers swagger. Tough yet tender.
 Altered Zones
Woollen Kits don’t paint themselves into any corners. They don’t settle for just punk, garage or pop. No, they patch them all into one single, ringing revelation.
Mess and Noise
It’s primitive, gritty guitar tunes straddle surf pop, proto-punk and garage rock.
Covert Curiosity
The Kits know how to write a song, they deliver the hooks and get out leaving you wanting more.  These guys cannot only be catchy but they can be funny too.
 Finest Kiss
More on Woollen Kits
Melbourne, Australia’s Woollen Kits turned quite a few heads with their s/t debut LP last year – released on RIP Society, that long player was a hook-laden, fuzz-filled album of candy-coated cacophony swathed in the jangling, echoed vibes of The Soft Boys & Beat Happening that didn’t leave the TIM HQ hi-fi for months, so you can bet we are thrilled to be releasing the band’s US debut.  The A-side, “Shelley” has an infectious stutter-step verse that hearkens back to the scrappy pop sensibilities of Archers of Loaf or Sebadoh merged with the off kilter harmonies of The Clean.  Once the coda comes in at the end, you’ll be humming this one for days!  On the flip side, “Down Your Street” eases into a chiming guitar riff that crashes head-first into a winsome rocker, swaying to & fro like that rusty old tire swing at that park you used to go to with your first crush.  It’s that kind of song you put on a mix tape.  Yeah – a perfect primer for the waning days of summer.  The first pressing of 500 copies is pressed on randomly mixed vinyl, comes housed in the Trouble in Mind company sleeve & includes a download code.
RIYL: Soft Boys, The Clean, Sebadoh, Royal Headache, Estrogen Highs

Playing guitar, bass, drums, harpsichord, percussion and keyboards on the recordings, Jacco Gardner creates an entire cascading psychedelic world on the “Where Will You Go”7″. Get Bent featured the video and raved:
While not writing songs as half of the freakbeat duo The Skywalkers, Jacco Gardner crafts some of the most finest baroque pop created since the late 60’s…The psychedelic imagery used in the video is a visual interpretation of Gardner’s sound. Taking inspiration from the likes of The Zombies and the hugely overlooked Billy Nicholls, Gardner has made a perfect piece of sunshine pop that should be added to everyone’s summer playlist.
Praise for Jacco Gardner
Produced by Gardner who plays everything but drums, there are traces of mod, but it’s mainly the whimsical sounds of the late sixties U.K psych scene that are evoked here. It may have been recorded and released this year, but it doesn’t sound a day over 1967.
The Active Listener
It’s like a way-back-machine – I mean this doesn’t sound strained retro – it sounds like a lost and found single straight from 1968.
Dying For Bad Music
Great baroque pop/psych treasure.
One Chord
More on Jacco Gardner
Allow us to introduce the US debut of 24-year old Dutch multi-instrumentalist Jacco Gardner – prepare to have your minds blown.  After releasing a criminally limited 7” in Europe earlier in 2012, Gardenr returns with a brand-new, double dose of hits for Trouble in Mind.  “Where Will You Go”s opening guitar strums fade into view before lurching into a dreamy baroque-pop groover, with lush melodies cascading over a driving drum beat, conjuring images of Syd jamming with Revolver-era Beatles.  “Summer’s Game” chimes in with Jacco crooning like a young Colin Blunstone over a lilting harpsichord that unfolds into a heavenly psychedelic pop gem – shimmering right there on your turntable.  Mining the past can be tricky business, but Gardner maneuvers his way around the trapping by not simply aping his influences, but by creating a unique and stirring new voice in modern psychedelic pop music.  The first pressing of 500 copies is pressed on randomly mixed vinyl, comes housed in the Trouble in Mind company sleeve and includes a download code.
RIYL: The Zombies, Left Banke, Paperhead, Billy Nicholls, Black Angels

More from Trouble in Mind
Started in Chicago in 2009 as a way to release 7″s with perfect pop songs, Trouble in Mindexpanded their catalog of releases in 2011 with LPs from Mikal Cronin, Night Beats, The Wax Museums, The Paperhead and The Wrong Words! Check out this playlist with a track from each release plus a bonus track from the Apache Dropout 7″.
In 2012, Trouble in Mind’s exciting release schedule continues with new music from the Estrogen Highs, Hollows, the Resonars and the return of the SXSW/Record Store Day 4-way covers split 7″ featuring exclusive cover songs performed by Mikal Cronin, The Liminanas, The Paperhead and Apache Dropout.
Trouble in Mindhas releases in excellent record stores near you from Jeffrey Novak (Cheap Time), Alex Cuervo, The Limiñanas, Vermillion Sands, Wounded Lion, Personal & the Pizzas, The Wrong Words, Tropical Sleep, Sticks N Stones, Night Beats, The Hex Dispensers, The Mean Jeans, The Limiñanas, Hollows, Ty Segall, Tyler Jon Tyler, Wheels on Fire, Sonic Chicken 4, Charlie & the Moonhearts, The Fresh & Onlys and The White Wires delivering on their mission to put “the emphasis back on the music and prove that the 2 1/2 minute pop song is alive and well.”
Trouble In Mind interviews with The Onion A.V. Club, Fracture Compound and Neu Magazine.


Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.