By this point, we all know that the Thamesbeat scene was a journalistic creation, but it can’t be denied that there were a handful of loosely associated bands that were knocking about with similar ideas.
Some of these acts are still going strong, like Good Shoes, Mystery Jets, and Jamie T. On the other hand, Larrikin Love flamed out quickly, releasing a handful of singles and a solid album entitled The Freedom Spark.
While lazy journalists compare the Brute Chorus to the Arctic Monkeys (and likely spell “Artic” wrong), astute listeners will notice much more swirling in the band’s music. It’s something much more sinister, taking bits of blues and rockabilly without being too corny or over-the-top.
The band spent a freezing winter in the Lake District working on their sophomore release, which will be out in August on London-based indie TAPE. Until then, there’s first single “Could This Be Love?,” which is a perfect glimpse of things to come from these guys.
Sometimes you need to look back to look ahead, and that’s exactly what this Yorkshire quartet does, and they do it quite well. Taking hints of ’80s C-86 mixtapers, twee pop, and ’60s R&B, as well as the band’s wry literature reference, and you have a concoction that’s both catchy and memorable.
We all know that Manchester is a hotbed for musical talent, but the best part about the city is that you can find great bands of many different styles. The past few years have seen the emergence of acts like MAY68, Egyptian Hip Hop, Secret Moves, and the Answering Machine, and really, that’s just barely scratching the surface.
I never totally got the cult around Casiokids until I spent a weekend in Oslo. It was there that I spent late nights in pubs with musicians from the band’s hometown, drinking Norwegian microbrews and siting too close to the radiator so my slush-drenched sneakers could dry.
Oft-mentioned (at least ’round these parts) spazz popsters Pulled Apart By Horses are set to release a very special live vinyl for Record Store Day this weekend. Limited to just 500 copies, the good folks at Transgressive Records will be making this dream come true. Pre-orders are totally gone, but if you were slow on the uptake, a select group of stores across England will have stock. I am sure this is obvious, but if you want your copy get there early.
As reported yesterday by Prefix, Britpop era stalwarts Supergrass have announced their break-up, citing musical differences. They were to have released their 7th album earlier this year on Cooking Vinyl (entitled Release the Drones), but at this point the album may not see the light of day. The band officially formed in 1993.
Their final gigs will consist of select UK dates and a final gig in Paris on June 11th.
Although together for a very short time – early ’06 until the end of ’07 – Mother Vulpine left us with a handful of very promising songs that had riffs reminiscent of QOTSA and a rhythm section that’s usually reserved for a much trendier band. They never made their split official, but a note they posted in September 2007 made it clear that the future didn’t seem too bright.
While their output was limited, it’s a band that remains one of my favorites to this day. If you’ve yet to hear, go to their MySpace page and start with “We’ll Be Detectives.” You’ll be sold in an instant.
Hailing from: Dalston, London, England Web:MySpace
Django Django has always intrigued me for a number of reasons. They’ve always been a band that I wanted to like, but one that I never got right away. They probably enjoy being mysterious and a little tough to digest, but the journey to understanding them is a wild and crazy ride, and one that is well worth taking. Equal parts spacey electronica and Saharan rhythms, latest single “WOR” / “Skies Over Cairo” is easily the most unique song that will get on the dancefloor all year. If references to the Beta Band come to mind, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise – John MacLean’s brother Dave is in Django Django.