Immaculate Fools on Retrovisor
photo clip from magazine MondoSonoro

We are delighted to report that Mondo Sonoro magazine now has a Retrovisor page dedicated to the band giving a short history and links to a couple of tracks. An English translation of the text can be found below:

 

The Immaculate Fools were a benchmark of the pop-rock of the
eighties, one of those bands that marked a glorious era, full of aesthetic
edges.

The concept of the Immaculate Fools had its birth in the Medway
towns of Kent during the middle of the decade. The Weatherill brothers, Kevin
and Paul, decided to create a unique band that managed to encapsulate a
personal and complex sound, with pop music as its standard, but adhering to a
melting pot of influences that made its sound something truly unique. “I
lived and worked as a musician in London and had become part of a group of
musicians who were also friends. Until the age of 30 I was a bassist, but I had
decided that I was too old for rock stardom. I sold my bass, bought a guitar
and started writing songs to get an agreement with music publisher and write
songs for other artists. Good friend Martin Ansell told me he would help me
prepare some demos. I did not plan to sing these songs myself, but Martin
suggested I should sing them. I did it and discovered that I had some kind of
voice that fitted the work. Meanwhile, we started playing live, and that’s how
Immaculate Fools was born“ commented Kevin.

Defining the sound is complicated, partly this is due to the
great variety of influences that feed into the whole. “I started with the
blues, John Lee Hooker, Howlin’Wolf, Muddy Waters, then I got into pop music:
Small Faces, Kinks, Beatles, Stones, Pretty Things. Also artists like Bob Dylan,
Leonard Cohen and many more. Going into the 80s, my favorite artists at that
time would be David Bowie, Psychedelic Furs, Talk Talk, Waterboys and Robert
Palmer”.  With this mix of inspirations,
they created their two most emblematic works, Hearts of Fortune (1985) and Dumb
Poet (1987). Both have also been recently reissued in special edition of coloured
vinyl by the Madrid label Larvin Music. These two albums perhaps best sum up
the essence of Immaculate Fools . Kevin comments: “I still use those two
albums as reference and live, of course; I still sing some of those songs and I’m
still learning to sing them”.  These were
the albums responsible for elevating them to stardom. Songs like ‘Save It’, the
iconic eponymous ‘Immaculate Fools’ or ‘Wish You Were Here’ make it very clear
to us why this band is considered emblematic of the sound of the eighties. The
debut ‘Hearts of Fortune’ patented a complex personal style. This secret
formula consisted of a perfect combination of guitar lines tied to a firm yet
dynamic bass. The follow up, ‘Dumb Poet’, confirmed the quality of the group’s
output including somewhat unexpected turns with songs like ‘Tragic Comedy’.

After releasing three albums in the next decade, the band
decided, in 1997, it was the right time to bring the journey to an end.
“The emotion had disappeared and I lost myself musically at that time. I
decided to end the band and go back to my roots – and that was the blues. I used
that as a springboard for my next musical adventure”. That was when Kevin
Weatherill decided to embark on a solo adventure under the name of ‘Dirty Ray’,
working with many great musicians to obtain interesting and much acclaimed results.
 Kevin decided to reform Immaculate Fools
in 2010, and also moved to Spain a year later. “I played again in Spain with
a new version of the band at the suggestion of a couple of friends who insisted
that I should stay in the world of the music. I came to Spain with English
musicians, but since then I have made some changes. At this moment I am working
with a couple of English musicians and a couple of Galicians. Galicia has
always been my second home “.

 

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