Mamas Gun are a five-piece fronted by the charismatic Andy Platts singer/composer/producer/designer, accompanied by bassist ‘Professor’ Rex Horan, keyboard player Dave ‘Eighties’ Burnell, guitarist Terry ‘Spiller’ Lewis, and ‘Union’ Jack Pollitt.
Andy was born in a military hospital in Kowloon, Hong Kong, to a nomadic father who’d landed in the Far East as a police recruit in their battles with underground triad organisations, Platts soaked up the musical ether that surrounded him (which included the Beatles, the Doors and ELO from his father, and a Filipino mother who played Spanish-influenced guitar), attending countless schools in the process before winning a place at Liverpool’s LIPA institute. Subsequently, Platts played on Corinne Bailey Rae’s hugely successful debut album and then, in 2006, landed his own publishing deal with Zomba Music. This led to collaborations with an extraordinary song-writing A-list that included Rod ‘Thriller’ Temperton, John Oates, Jed Leiber (son of hit-making legend Jerry) and former Gil Scott-Heron collaborator Brian Jackson.
In October 2009 Mamas Gun released their debut album Routes To Riches. Co-produced by Julian Simmons (Guillemots), mixed by Grammy Award-winning producer/engineer Jack Joseph Puig (Black Eyed Peas, U2, the Rolling Stones) and mastered by the equally notable Bob Ludwig, Routes To Riches manages to combine the euphoria of soul and Motown music with the spirit of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Lewis Taylor and the Average White Band at their blue-eyed-soul best. Mamas Gun had a huge impact in Japan where 2009 saw them heralded as the most played international act in the country. The band also managed to achieve the No.3 sales slot on the Japanese Billboard charts. Naturally, with a talisman like Platts at the helm and a live show that can simply be described as breathtaking, there’s every reason to think that the band’s success in Japan is about to be replicated in the rest of Asia.
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