Wednesday, January 17, 2007

It came from the UK

Here we have the first proper entry of this series that I've compiled since November I believe, since there wasn't one for the month of December other than a year-end three track mash of UK Demos from 2006 that's still available here if you hadn't heard it.

The first track on that one is from the two-piece hardcore/punk band Comanechi, and I've got two more songs from them here which display that same heavy and intense sound they've created. These are somewhat difficult to track down, as most of Comanechi's releases thus far have been seen stricly in vinyl format.

Comanechi - Rude
Comanechi - Naked

Throwaway Style says:

"If you live in London, or generally well up on White Heat and your Artrocker news, then you're most probably aware of Comanechi.

Comanechi are Akiko on Drums/Vocals and Simon on Guitar. This raging boy/girl two-piece have been destroying - mostly London - audiences with their screaming no-nonsense DIY punk for what seems like an eternity now, and it's finally time for the rest of us to catch up."

After releasing a handful of singles and building a mass of popular support throughout Europe and indeed in their homeland of Scotland, the four piece indie rock/pop band The View are prepared to release their much anticipated debut album Hats Off to the Buskers this month on 1965 Records. The album contains 14 tracks and was produced by Owen Morris, who has previously produced albums by Oasis and The Verve. I'd say that's pretty good company. Hear two songs from Hats Off to the Buskers below...

The View - Superstar Tradesman
The View - Skag Trendy

The Veils are a band fronted by singer/songwriter Finn Andrews that splits time between New Zealand and London, composed of himself and high school classmates Liam Gerrard (keyboards) and Sophia Burn (bass). Their album Nux Vomica was released in 2006 on Rough Trade Records and at the end of the year found itself on many critic's "Best of the Year" lists. Their sound has been compared to the likes of The Smiths & Joy Division, and according to Wiki The Veils' live shows have become famed for their emotional intensity and Finn's often scarily possessed stage presence. Hopefully they'll make it stateside in 2007 so we can find out for ourselves.

The Veils - Pan
The Veils - Jesus For The Jugular

If you have not heard of The Fall, I might suggest that you haven't been paying attention. The English post-punk band formed in Manchester way back in 1976, and have produced a whopping 25 studio albums with the 26th album titled Reformation Post TLC scheduled for release in February on Slogan Records. Popular music acts such as Pavement, At the Drive-In, Sonic Youth, LCD Soundsystem and Bloc Party all have paid homage to The Fall and point to the band as a source of influence. The Fall's influence has even extended to rap music and hip hop, with artists such as DJ Shadow and Wu-Tang Clan both reflecting elements of The Fall's sound and giving 'props' to the band; a noted example being a flattering radio interview by the latter's RZA, in which he says he learned the 'beauty of chaos' from them._

The Fall - Fall Sound

The debut album from 21-year-old South London singer/songwriter Jamie T will be released on January 29th via Virgin Records. There's a humorous little tidbit on the singer's Wiki entry that reads "It is whispered that if you say 'Jamie T' into a mirror three times he appears and sings you a Paul Simon record." I think I'll refrain from giving that a try, Paul Simon ain't exactly my bag, baby.

Jamie T - Salvador

I featured a track by the 5-piece indie rock band from Sheffield The Long Blondes some time ago before their highly acclaimed debut album Someone To Drive You Home was released on Rough Trade Records in November of 2006. What I mean by highly acclaimed is (9/10, Prefixmag) (4/5 The Observer) (4/5 The Guardian) etc etc etc. Below is the opening track on the album..

The Long Blondes - Lust In The Movies

This song came up on my iTunes yesterday and it was stuck in my head all day. It's an Arctic Monkeys cover of the classic song written by Van McCoy, and first popularized by Barbara Lewis in 1965. This version was featured on the Leave Before the Lights Come On single by the Arctic Monkeys, which was released in August of last year.

Arctic Monkeys - Baby I'm Yours


Tom said...

I really enjoy this feature, please keep up the good work.

Mr. Curiosity said...

Thanks very much for the feedback Tom, I appreciate it.