Reverb Syndicate…

It’s funny how you can get sidetracked so easily.

By ‘YOU’ I mean ‘ME’ of course.

I was researching a keyword on Benjamin Stanford so that I could find more news stories and maybe write a bit more about him when I came across this video from the Reverb Syndicate over at Youtube. The name is ‘I Am The New Number Two’. The first thing that came to my mind was ‘The Prisoner’ with Patrick McGoohan from 1967. No, I am not that old. Actually I am, but I was still in diapers at that point in time, but back in the early seventies thanks to my mom and dad I fell in love with several different television shows. The Prisoner, The Saint, The Avengers, stuff like that. I still love them and if one is on TV I have to watch.

“The Prisoner” is a unique piece of television. It addresses issues such as personal identity and freedom, democracy, education, scientific progress, art and technology, while still remaining an entertaining drama series. Over seventeen episodes we witness a war of attrition between the faceless forces behind ‘The Village’ (a Kafkaesque community somewhere between Butlins and Alcatraz) and its most strong willed inmate, No. 6. who struggles ceaselessly to assert his individuality while plotting to escape from his captors.

What’s all that got to do with the Reverb Syndicate? Not a god damned thing except that their music evokes that time period for me like certain smells bring back specific memories and times. Here’s the video I found at YouTube.

Damn good stuff.

So what do you do when you find something like this? You, I mean I, head your happy ass over to iTunes and see what their other stuff is like and buy the album that is there, The Jet Set!


Even the ‘album’ cover elicits memories of the ’60s and early ’70s, Ian Fleming, Roger Moore as the Saint and all of the other Spy movies and TV shows that were out at the time. The Reverb Syndicate has a web page (who doesn’t?) that you can visit here. Apparently Operation:Jet Set is their only album that’s out now but they have another coming soon. These guys are out of Canada and are sort of a mixture of blues/surf music. All instrumental from the couple of tunes I have heard so far.