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Bright Phoebus Revisited | Peter Cat Recording Co.

Bright Phoebus Revisited | © Pete Heywood

Bright Phoebus Revisited | © Pete Heywood

When the sombre folk-rock album Bright Phoebus by Lal & Mike Waterson appeared in 1972, reactions from the British scene were dismissive. Admirers today, like Jarvis Cocker, consider it a masterpiece; its re-release in 2017 was met with great resonance both in the press and with audiences. The Watersons are one of England’s most significant folk families; heard on the album along with the by now deceased Lal and Mike are their sister Norma and the exceptional guitarist Martin Carthy. Their daughter Eliza Carthy, along with Martin Carthy and Lal’s daughter Mary Waterson, make up the current live band.

Peter Cat Recording Co. | © Promo

Peter Cat Recording Co. | © Promo

Peter Cat Recording Co.

With a music that is strikingly reminiscent of legendary early ‘80s Britpop bands like The Monochrome Set, Aztec Camera or Orange Juice, PCRC, as their fans call them, have become stars in the big cities on the Indian subcontinent. On top of that, Suryakant Sawhney sings in his inimitable world-weary way. When playing live, the band quite often turn the whole deal into sweeping instrumental freak outs. The five from New Delhi once played their first paid gig at a wedding – not the typical place for an indie rock concert, even in India.