The Aldermen were from East Los Angeles, California and were part of the same scene as better-known acts Thee Midniters and Cannibal and The Headhunters.
The band would cover songs by the up and coming L.A. bands such as The Byrds and Love but were also influenced by the East Side sound that mixed R&B and doo-wop with a Latin sensibility.
Both sides of their 45 were composed by Chick Carlton, a song-writer and hustler who had also penned tunes for other local groups including The Sunday Funnies and The Enchantments, who offered his services after seeing The Aldermen play live in the hope that they could turn his songs into hits.
‘House of Wax’ is a fuzz and Farfisa organ-fuelled swinger with great soulful vocals.
‘In the Upper Room’ is propelled along by a neat bassline and has a brief but cool keyboard break to finish. One thing you can say is that, on the strength of these two offerings at least, Mr. Carlton knew how to write a catchy song and The Aldermen did exemplary work in bringing his creations to life!
Reissues: the single has been reissued on vinyl; you can also find ‘House of Wax’ on East Side Revue Volume 2.
‘House of Wax’
‘In the Upper Room’