When you enter your 7th decade things that happened yesterday are a bit vague but things that happened 60 years ago seem to get clearer. Like remembering a time when those faces looking up at you from the album covers were smiling. Yes, actually smiling. Their music was happy and they all looked happy to be playing it. Compare that with today when no musician dares to show a hint of a smile. They have that hung-over, sorry, street cred look which says, ‘Hear me and share my pain.’ Well here is the antidote to all that arty farty crap, Hidden Arrow is unashamedly good time music designed to get your toes tapping and your hips swaying.
Warbirds was inspired in equal measure by my boyhood heroes, the Shadows and by my love of everything that flies and doesn’t want to suck my blood. These tunes are a tribute to the machines that held it together for us during WW2. Spitfire and Hurricane, Mustang and Mig fought off the Teutonic hordes and, if you can forget their deadly purpose, are superb flying machines worthy of praise. Here are twelve tracks dedicated to them and the men and sometimes women who flew them.
Guitars: Epiphone Les Paul Studio (lead) Fender CP100 acoustic with b-band pick up. Yamaha Pacifica.
Keyboard: Roland Juno-D for bass, organ, choir and strings.
Guitar effects: Korg mini Pandora.
Drums: Alesis SR-16 drum machine
Recorded on a Tascam DP01 fx eight track.