1. Deckchair Poem 1
A stunning new progressive rock album from the “past masters” LYNDEN WILLIAMS (JERUSALEM). GEOFF DOWNES (ASIA & YES), NICK D’VIRGILIO (TEARS FOR FEARS/SPOCKS BEARD) following up their critically acclaimed 2013 release “Who Needs Pyjamas” which one critic said of “wonderful fun musically great stuff and lyrically a real hoot – a refreshing, light hearted treat to take the intensity out of every Prog fan’s day!”
That review could sum up the new album from DECKCHAIR POETS equally as well with its classic rock focus keyboards, inspired and inventive guitar, stunning vocals and a driving beat.
LYNDEN WILLIAMS, GEOFF DOWNES, NICK D’VIRGILIO, ASH CUTLER, BOB COOKE, OLLIE HANNIFAN, ROB AUBREY, RACHAEL HAWNT, RAY DRURY
There are comic interludes embedded between the full-length songs, and these are successful in spicing things up or in delivering some shorter punches, at times in offbeat musical styles (check out "People"). In a way, this feels like a take on the classic The Who 1967 album The Who Sell Out.
Surprisingly, Deckchair Poets still sounds fresh and energized on this second release despite sticking to the same formula that was used on the first album.
Maelstrom Zine (March 2016)
If you want a break from the heavy albums in your rotation and need something a little lighter to forget about your troubles, look no further than the Deckchair Poets. They just might put a smile on your face.
Sea Of Tranquility (September 2015)
The mood gets sweetly nervous in the funky 'We're All Chasing Peter Pan' whose tight groove hangs on a tasty riff, yet there's panache in the rockabilly of 'Bad Is Bad' wherein Lynden Williams' voice stages a sway before Geoff Downes slings his piano and then Hammond into boogie. The real action plays out in the lyrics, though, the simmering AOR of 'Jerk' wrapping grotesque imagery over its seriousness, and if 'Quick Joey Small' glistens with a glitterball kind of fun, the riffs under 'Everybody Wants To Live In America' sharpen the piece's satirical stance and add a bluesy punch to its soulful social swirl.
DMME.net (September 2015)
'The inspiration behind this album is life in general, the fun side and the serious side.' Lynden Williams
Fireworks Magazine (Sep/Oct 2015)
'Jerk' surely is an anthem penned for all you vegetarians out there: 'Before we were kippers we swam in the sea / before we were pork chops we lived in Dundee…' Brilliant, fun, sad, thoughtful and you know that when you jerk you're still alive. All executed not in an abattoir but in the recording studio - and the result is an upbeat pop song despite the controversial topic. In fact, the band seems to like 'Tarts'.
Another hooter (no pun intended) is 'Silicon Boobs' - no need to get into the self-explanatory title except that the number (anti-plastic surgery as the message is) cracks with fun and is played in a fast-paced folky Skiffle style (sans washboard).
To sum up the meaninglessness of life and of our pathetic existence, the listener is treated to closing track 'Just Life' - a wonderful harmonious number that belies the underlying darker message of the lyrics. And it ends abruptly, just like real life!
Music-News (August 2015)
The liner notes from Lynden Williams state that this album is 'riddled with seaside rock' and that is a very good description. This is without a doubt, a fun summer album full of enjoyable melodies and optimistic and humorous lyrics. There is really nothing prog about Searching for a Lemon Squeezer. That said, if you are looking for entertaining pop music that includes performances by prominent prog musicians, then this is definitely the album for you.
Dutch Progressive Rock Page (August 2015)
At times, the rock presentation is innocent and rather naive in terms of its delivery, sometimes reminding me of some of the rocking glam acts of the 70s. You know the sort of thing, lots of wide-eyed lyrics, hand claps, reverb-laden vocals in the likes of the track, Quick Joey Small. Then there's quirky moments from the likes of The Bus Goes On and We Like Tarts that reveals an album infused with humour and, shock horror, social commentary from the unlikely named title, Silicon Boobs.
Paul Rigby (The Audiophile Man) (July 2015)