The Draytones


Forever On

Despite one third of 1965’s latest discoveries, The Draytones, hailing from Argentina (singer Gabriel traded sunny Buenos Aires for – wait for it – Muswell Hill, due to his desire to “be near where The Kinks bought their suits”), this trio dabble in strictly British wiry pop – well, as the early-Beatles-tinged ‘Time’ expands, Merseybeat to be more accurate. For the most part, it’s like The Draytones found ‘The La’s’, thought, “We’ll have a bit of this,” and failed to realise that some bastard had swapped the disc for The Zutons’ second album. Which, in small doses, is not as bad as it sounds. But FYI: once over the age of six, the spoons are not an acceptable form of musical instrument (‘Trafalgar Square’).

Stuart Stubbs