Micko & The Mellotronics, the new project from ‘Velvet Goldmine’ actor and Bowling Green artist Micko Westmoreland, launches its debut single later this month with guest bass from Specials’ bassist Horace Panter.
‘The Finger’, released on Landline Records on September 27, is accompanied by a video featuring Paul Puttner of ‘Little Britain’ and ‘Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle’ fame shot at South London;’s famous gay pub .The Cock
Micko told Gigsoup: ” We’re very grateful to Paul, who gave us a unique performance. I sent him a description of the Tory-voting estate agent type that the song is about and he turned up dressed brilliantly for the part, Paul’s got a character face and oozes comedy. In the end he made the character much more likable than he was supposed to be, but that means greater entertainment in the end.”
The track features the distinctive bass of Horace Panter of the Speicalis, a co-member of Micko’s punk supergroup The Spammed alongside original Damned drummer Rat Scabies, Monty Python songsmith Neil Innes and actor Kevin Eldon, who record periodically together specifically to raise cash for cancer charities.
Panter filled in on bass duties before Micko enlisted full time bassist Vicky Carroll , who appears in the video. Along with drummer Nick Mackay, the band’s line up now also includes another member of punk royalty, former Banshees guitarist Jon Klein.
The band celebrate the single’s release on September 28 with a show at the Lexington, London supporting the Monochrome Set.