Commoners, peers, drunks and thieves
Anna C watches some little comets
BELLOW BELOW- Big Whoop EP
One of this band looks like someone that I got off with a few times
back when I was an idiot- someone who was a complete twat. Though
I dont know if Bellow Below are twats or not, I wouldnt
tell them to their faces because theyre from Glasgow via Ayrshire.
So they might hurt me. But I actually like them anyway, according
to this EP. Mathy and therefore unconfined by traditional song structure,
Bellow Below are technically interesting and fearless in their approach
to songwriting in a way that deserves respect, attention and perhaps
even a big whoop. Curiously compelling. Well see what happens
The Sanguine EP is the last in Little Comets trilogy of EPs.
I hope you heard the first two. I didnt. Ive dipped in
and out of this band but nothings caught my attention. Until
now. Opening with the simplistic, hooky pop of Ex Cathedra,
here they sound a bit like The Guillemots, vocal melodies soaring
and spurring the song forwards, also borrowing from the recent success
of bands like The 1975, singer Robert sometimes sounding even forcing
a comparison to The Police. The Geordie trio have a well-deserved
following for their heartfelt and personal style, at times even reverent
in the almost hymn-like The Assisted which will no doubt
bring a hush to even the most chattering of crowds when they do their
next tour. Heres hoping at least.
The Talks are the perfect antidote to wet, windy and
cold days. Perhaps an obvious thing to say about a ska band with a
classic bouncy and fun sound, its no wonder that here is a band
who has had support from Less Than Jake and Big Cheese magazine, amongst
others. Hailing from Yorkshire, friends of The Talks will be wondering
which of the titles categories they fall into, following the
revelation that this is their most personal work to date. Always up-tempo
and standing shoulder to shoulder with their contemporaries, if youre
looking for a bit of fun, this is an album and band worth perusing.
Youve got your lovely long hair, opens
this bass-heavy song from Aussie indie heroes, San Cisco, in what
is a fine indie pop love/lust ditty that doesnt pretend to be
any more than just that. Breathy vocals and a beat to dance to makes
this fun, exciting and soulful enough to prick an ear and provoke
the ripple of a shimmy, in the same way that contemporaries We
Have Band and Many Things have been making waves
for their crowd-pleasing unashamedly poppy assault on their adoring
public. Their new album is expected early next year. Lovely. That
Commercial in the extreme, UK quartet Nights arent going to
win brownie points with the obscure indie kids in the vicinity but
those that like Jason Mraz, Bedouin Soundclash and Xavier Rudds
school of heartwarming popular music will wet their pants about this.
Singalong chorus. Check. Jaunty rhythm. Check. Cheerful romantic theme.
Check. Youve been warned. Ill be singing it for a few
days though. And Im not ashamed either. All together now. Heeeeyyyyy