Remember The Longpigs? They were the 'other' Sheffield band in the mid '90s whose heyday just happened to coincide with a certain beat combo called Pulp. One Longpig, Richard Hawley, went on to produce a succession of wondrous solo albums, while leader Crispin Hunt seemed to disappear, dabbling in collaborations with Howie B, but generally not doing too much.
Well, now Hunt is back, with Nigel Hoyle (formerly of Gay Dad) and Dylan Rippon in tow, in his new band Gramercy. Debut single Hold On sounds impossibly retro, recalling as it does prime Fleetwood Mac with its sunny guitars and harmonies. It's laidback and hopelessly unfashionable, and will nestle perfectly into primetime Radio 2 schedules. It's also rather wonderful, with the much maligned Hoyle proving that he can still write a fine tune.
You'd expect a collaboration between the minds behind Gay Dad and The Longpigs to be a bit more raucous than this, but this is all the better for the surprise factor. The other two tracks, Possibilities and Please Don't Lie, are even better - the forthcoming album should be a bit of a cracker.