Andy Monaghan from Frightened Rabbit discusses the impact Archie Bronson Outfit had on him, specifically their second album, Derdang Derdang: a bluesy garage rock record.

This first I heard of these guys was through the magazine 'Special Ten', anyone remember that? Their section on the DVD was a session in the amazing Toerag Studios in London which blew me away. Seeing these guys play together like this before hearing the record was excellent, they sounded huge playing in the same room as each other getting recorded straight to tape, just like it was in the good old days. Plus, they had a wizard-like chap playing two saxophones at the same time! Naturally I couldn't wait to get the records. They made their first record Fur with Jamie of The Kills. It was a taster of things to come but it never really left me warm and fuzzy inside like their following LPs.

Derdang Derdang came out in 2006 on Domino and is still one of my favourite records - it's scuzz, bluesy and true. It's not over-produced, and captured the rawness of the band at the time perfectly, whilst not being too lo-fi. Opener 'Cherry Lips' has the signature Archie stomp and bluesy guitar, championing the least number of chords to get through a song, with a few background “hey”s thrown in for good measure. Both the songs and album as a whole are sonically and dynamically huge. With relentless onslaughts such as 'Jab Jab' and 'Got to Get (Your Eyes)' getting the momentum up to a frenzy, 'Cuckoo' takes things to drive-time psych-rock radio territory. Acoustic album closer 'Harp for My Sweetheart' gives a more intimate feel. The closer is also counterpoint to 'Dart for my Sweetheart' a stomping rock tune with some great guitar work blurring the line of in time and tune in some places, also providing plenty of sing along moments.

I managed to see the guys at the Arches in Glasgow during the tour for Derdang Derdang, it had been my most anticipated show for a while and as such maybe over did it a little on the pre-show drinks resulting in the show being a series of telling off's from people around me, “wanna calm down mate” and “could you please stop jumping on my feet?”. Dunno what their problems were, I loved it plus the guy with both saxophones in his mouth was there again. Awesome!

It was four years later that the lads released Coconut, produced by Tim Goldsworthy of DFA / Unkle fame. For me this was an amazing thought, an album created by two of my favourite musical worlds colliding. However, I found myself a little perplexed by this album upon its release. I'd hoped for some arppegiated noise to be added to the blues, instead the album is a dark electro-psych adventure guided by distant distorted echoed voices. After a few listens I was hooked and grooving all over the place.

Coconut kicks off with their wooziest bluesiest guitar to date before hurtling you into a trance with drums bopping around your head. "I think i'm ready for more", yes I am. They meld so many genres in this album it's astounding. A futuristic near nihilistic british blues record that you can dance to. 'You Have A Right To A Mountain Life / One Up On Yourself' sounds like a day at the psychedelic circus to begin with before cranking up the groove and taking things back to some vintage San Fran jams which could accompany a slow motion Tarantino scene. The production on this has a lot to answer for taking the band into the future, I'm glad they didn't make another raw rock record and turned on some drum machines to play along with. They've resampled their own guitars to make shakers and turned on some echo chambers to smash the drums through sporadically. My favourite track 'Chunk' oozes groove and has all the stomp of the 70s, it's guitars would be funky if they weren't so weird sounding.

I'm really looking forward to hearing what Archie Bronson Outfit come out with in the next few years. In my opinion they're leading the way for a lot of forward thinking psych influenced acts such as Goat and the Black Angels.